Café Murano - St James

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1737 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
A restaurant from Angela Hartnett and Group Executive Chef Samantha Williams, serving a regularly changing, seasonal menu of Northern Italian dishes in a relaxed yet lively environment.
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JuanC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service always attentive, but not overwhelming ... love the diversity and layout of the wine list.

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vipBromleyOne
London
119 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The St James branch of this group is bright, efficient and friendly. It serves excellent Italian dishes and really good Italian wines. Despite COVID-19 they are handling busy trade in a socially distanced way and keeping service levels high.

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yummyfoodlover
London
48 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

short menu, good variety of dishes, good Italian wine list. Friendly environment, tables a little too close together in the current climate.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great service. Gem in St James

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CatherineM
London
7 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food overall was ok. Drinks very good. My husband said his Hake was over seasoned with salt and quite plainly presented. We felt quite rushed with the courses. We ordered drinks and were served bread which we’d only just finished when our starter arrived. We’d yet to finish our cocktails. There wasn’t much of a gap between starters and main course either. We’d only been there 50 mins and we were already presented with the dessert menu! So we slowed everything down by asking for another drink and saying we’d wait before ordering.
We saw the staff regularly washing/sanitising their hands but didn’t see them disinfecting tables after people had left. We hope this was done at the end of the shift? I visited the Ladies’ Toilets and there was no notice on the door about restricting the number of people in there, especially as the only two sinks were next to each other. Also the only means of drying my hands was a couple of boxes of tissues - no hand dryer or proper paper towels. By the amount of discarded tissues on the floor around the bin, the bathroom had not been checked in a while.

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JonathanG
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Absolutely perfect, delicious food, great portions, well priced. Wine selection was a joy and the staff were very attentive.

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JohnC
London
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always
Great service as always
Great place as always

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great pasta but servers had no masks on... seemed like an obvious oversight for such a long-running establishment.

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Cassie
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good value for money - nice informed staff - Covid quiet😊

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MonikaS
London
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely as always. Wonderful ingredients, deliciously fresh pasta, always eat far too much
An elegant place for a refined dining experience

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SarahB
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was friendly and efficient and they coped well with the fact that one of our party has a number of serious allergies. The sommelier was very helpful and recommended wines to go with each meal that aligned with our tastes. The food was excellent both in conception and execution and excellent value. Even the "starter sized" portions of pasta were large. I will definitely go back soon!

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JoeH
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great to be back. Fabulous food. Good wine. Excellent service.

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Nich
London
6 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Perfectly pleasant restaurant. Would Probably have liked to have seen a wider choice of cicchetti, but it was an enjoyable lunch.

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vipJascanlan
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt very safe and secure. Amazing food and incredibly welcoming staff as always. Go back to support Angela and her terrific team.

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Finola
London
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, high quality ingredients treated with respect and cooked well. Excellent service from the staff who were friendly and helpful.

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grahamb
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite place in London. The food is wonderfully complex in a simple way.

We ate a le carte this time buy the set menu is always good too. Especially if you start with fizz and arancini !!

It’s a lovely space and I was very pleased to be back.

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HWill
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely to be eating out again after 'lockdown'!
I had a brilliant meal with my 10 year old daughter. Impeccable service, delicious food.
The £16 menu for two courses is an extraordinary bargain.

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GavinC
London
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is seriously good genuine Italian. And to back that claim up there was an Italian couple who had just got married (she in full bridal white) having their reception in the PDR. Always follow the people who know.
Spaghetti carbonara is a simple dish on the face it that is surprisingly difficult to get right. Mine was perfect as was the rest of the meal.

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vipWayneM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great to be back to Cafe Murano. The service was great and it was clear efforts had been made to make guests feel comfortable and secure. Food was wonderful, as always. Good value too.

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Maude
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely evening, celebrating my birthday. They gave the “birthday plate” to the wrong person. No bid deal but I’m surprised they didn’t check first.
Tables were well spaced out but apart from that there were no obvious Covid precautions - no ugly plastic partitions, no visors for the staff. All very pleasant and relaxed. Food as always was delicious. Great wine too at a reasonable price.

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vipRUTHB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, considerate and safe service, a slice of Italian heaven in troubled times.

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AndrewM
London
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lunch at Cafe Murano was everything we expected it to be. We opted for shared anitpasti which was really good and we each had a small pasta dish to follow plus some Dolci...All very lovely and well presented. For a business lunch it couldn't have been better and the staff choice of the lower priced Puliasi red was wonderful and great value.

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SusanP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely family lunch last Saturday. Food and service were excellent. Thanks to the super friendly staff and chefs.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Cafe Murano

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SueD
London
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food great value and very good staff. Will definitely return .

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AmberD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A fabulous inviting Bistro style restaurant. We dinned at the bar with the pre theatre menu. The black squid and polenta was amazing. The rice dish not so exciting. A vast wine list! We would revisit in a heartbeat!

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vipOliveTree
London
10 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

The meal was pretty average. Not a great choice on the set menu. There was 5 of us celebrating a birthday and we were put in the back of the restaurant on a very small table.

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NoorzamanR
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I have had lunch several times at the St James Restaurant and it has always been a very nice experience. Monday and Tuesdays are less hectic at lunchtimes so these are the days I prefer.On my last visit, we had the grilled place for two people at £56, we were told that it was about 1kg in weight.Sadly we were disappointed whilst the fish was delicious it really could not have been more than 750gn, to begin with. I will, however, return!

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vipJfgiants
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service.

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Skiddy
London
12 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food, fish cooked to perfection(always difficult). Rocket and parmesan glad very good indeed. Wine list very reasonably priced for Mayfair.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

It used to be one of my favourite but the service went really down and the food is now quite average .

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food ambience and service. A solid choice for St James area dinning.

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FrancisT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and negronis, and very good service.

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Phil58
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Too noisy
Very creative italian food ...really good one

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Nosila
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were served quickly and the orders were correct. We halved the first course - lovely octopus with beans. Main courses were varied, looked attractive and tasted delicious. Orders not too big so we all had a sweet. Again they were delicious.Would recommend this restaurant.

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lola
London
11 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect venue for lunch with a girlfriend - the food and service were both excellent, and the atmosphere relaxed and friendly. The only negative was that we thought the decor was rather old fashioned and tired, but the really delicious menu and super-charming staff made up for it.

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HHHH
London
14 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We really enjoyed the meal. The staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful. This is a restaurant that we shall most certainly return to in the future.

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Simone
London
9 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Is was a shame.
Was so looking forward to eat at one of Angela’s restaurants for a while.
Service was ok, food was less so.
Starters of fish and pasta was good, only good.
Mains of home made nduja pasta did not live to expectations; risotto Milanese, same and bavette was so incredibly small and not tender enough.
Dessert of chocolate tart; if am not mistaken was taken off the bill as it was barely eaten. Dry dry dry, might have been sitting around for a while.
Husband said coffee was very good though.
But it was an expensive bill for what we where given.
Sad, to say the least.

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Kentishmaid
Surrey
31 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food and wine and generally very pleasant staff.

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viplondonroxy
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an absolutely fantastic restaurant! The food is first class and the staff so helpful. The maitre d’ found me a lovely table and because I waited a few minutes brought some cichetti. Amazingly nice. Even the lady taking the coats wanted to know what we ate and what we liked as they were trying new things on the menu. Clearly a real team effort with everyone pulling together.

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Café Murano - St James is rated 4.4 stars by 1737 OpenTable diners.

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