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Cotto

4.2
322 reviews
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£25 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Gluten Free Options
  • Authentic
  • Cosy
Since the Romans left, the Italians have been operating a policy of conquering the world's palate, plate by plate, and traditionally-run family restaurants like Cotto are their failsafe. The welcome is unfailingly warm here, the decor is authentic in feel, with murals on the walls, and the pleasures of the table are taken seriously indeed. Cotto is a 5-minute walk from the London Eye and the Aquarium, perfect for before or after family outings and it's also very popular with business customers during the week. There's live music on offer, too. As for the menu, try classic Tricolor salad to start, one of more than a dozen pastas, like Spaghetti carbonara, and a main course of simply and beautifully grilled Sirloin steak. Or just opt for a pizza and be happy!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday:12pm - 2:30pm, 6pm - 11pm

Saturday: 6pm - 11pm
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Phone number
020 7928 5535
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Public Transit
Lambeth North station
Additional
Beer, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 322 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.0
ambience
4.1
value
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on 5 April 2018

We had a great dinner with our 2 kids (5 and 9). Pizza was tasty, pasta were very nice and our kids shared a great and tasty gluten free pizza. One of our daughter has celiac disease and such place with tons of gluten free options is the real paradise for her. Thanks Cotto for this great family dinner!

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4.0Dined on 22 March 2018

Went with a big group. We were well served and happy.

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5.0Dined on 15 March 2018

We went to Cotto on the last day of our London vacation, and we couldn't have been happier with the food and the overall experience. One of those so-rare genuine family restaurants with fantastic food. Wish we could have gone back again.

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3.0Dined on 17 February 2018

Meh, nothing special. The tiramasu was especially banal. Sort of place you can imagine Gordan Ramsay tearing apart.

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5.0Dined on 16 February 2018

Handmade gluten free pasta, including filled ravioli!!! Tge gf pizza crust was fluffy; not the flat, crunchy crust we are usually stock with. The owner has been celiac for 30 years so he understands what is necessary to keep his celiac customers free from illness while still having tasty, authentic food. The bread was out of this world and there were multiple gf dessert options. My only recommendation would be to have more dairy free/casein free options, though that is quite difficult at an Italian restaurant. All in all, a great meal for my family and I.

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5.0Dined on 15 February 2018

Great Italian food and service, worth checking out, plenty of gluten free options.

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1.0Dined on 9 February 2018

We arrived 5 mins late for our table, to find that it had been given to other diners. The owner then tried to hurry up other diners to get a table free for us - we left before they made matters worse. Would avoid

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5.0Dined on 3 February 2018

We had a great time, a good welcome, good menu choice and the food was great too. Value was fine so we would definitely go back. Reasonably well located for us, so easy to get to.

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4.0Dined on 2 February 2018

WE had a lovely evening with lots of GF choices. The Italian owner made us feel very welcome. Great house wine too!

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4.0Dined on 26 January 2018

Well-priced, big selection, friendly hosts. Would happily go again.

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5.0Dined on 23 January 2018

We had a lovely time at Cotto, the food was great and the portions were super generous! This is one of the only places which offers almost everything on the menu as a gluten free option! Would definitely go again :)

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5.0Dined on 9 January 2018

Booked for the gluten free options as my companion is celiac. She was particularly impressed by the many options on offer and thought that this was the best restaurant offering gluten free meals that she had encountered.

The food was delicious and the service was impeccable, and we would highly recommend a visit - she did in fact go back the following evening, such was her enthusiasm for the menu.

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2.0Dined on 12 December 2017

Oldlooking restaurant, old furniture and when we enterd they couldn’t find our reservation. We were put in the back, in the corner, looking to the wall and without heating it was very cold. When we complained about it they gave us the answering that the cold was because of the weather....
The average food, covered with a supermarket-actioncorner-containerfood tomatosauce got quickly cold aswell. Costed us £ 80,-Whoeaaa! The only thing that made us glad was that we coul leave!

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4.0Dined on 18 November 2017

Our second visit and a bit less busy than previously. The usual cheery welcome, but this time we got more of the back story on the extensive range of gluten for options. Service better than previously, due to staff being less pressured. The food was good as usual and the drinks reasonably priced. We'll be back.

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5.0Dined on 10 November 2017

The restaurant is a 5 min walk from Westminster bridge. The gluten free food was very good as was the selection offered. It's a typical Italian restaurant but offers good gluten free Italian food not just pizza

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5.0Dined on 28 October 2017

Best Italian food and AMAZING Gluten Free food. Simply the best

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5.0Dined on 11 October 2017

Really like this place. Great charm, lovely house red and attentive service.

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5.0Dined on 9 October 2017

Very welcoming, efficient service and food was good. Reasonably priced and great for gluten free.

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4.0Dined on 30 September 2017

The restaurant had a lovely family feel and great ambience. I was extremely impressed with the gluten free options, however I had the gluten free pizza and couldn’t finish it as it was much too salty for my taste. I would still return and perhaps try the one of the other many options! I did really trust them to limit contamination which is extremely important for me.

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5.0Dined on 26 September 2017

Outstanding food, Outstanding Service! A+ experience at Cotto!

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4.0Dined on 21 September 2017

Nice place and clearly friendly and family run. Loads of gluten free options, but you pay for the pleasure- around a £2 premium! But great to be able to eat and drink (Peroni) totally gluten free, which is often difficult.

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5.0Dined on 9 September 2017

Probably some of the best Italian I have ever eaten. I will go back even if its out of the way next time im in London!

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1.0Dined on 2 September 2017

A rude and unwelcoming owner, cold food and slow service made this an occasion not to be repeated. Strange that there are so many glowing reviews of this place on Open Table, either a lot of people have extremely low standards or the reviews are fake. When searching for decent restaurants In future we will pay more attention to the negative posts! No way could Cotto be recommended to discriminating diners. The Three Stags just up the road saved the evening and we enjoyed a welcoming atmosphere, great pizzas and excellent service there.

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5.0Dined on 25 August 2017

We dined at Cotto five years ago, while visiting from the States. Our family has a number of food restrictions (celiac, nut allergies), so we were thrilled once we dined at this restaurant. Fantastic gluten-free pasta and bread. We spoke directly with the owner - he was great at steering us the right way, and was extremely friendly and helpful.

Earlier this week, my daughter and I just visited London again, and decided to go back to the restaurant. I'm pleased to say that we were just as happy with the food quality as we were on our first trip. It was great to catch up with the owner again, as well.

I would enthusiastically recommend Cotto to anybody.

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5.0Dined on 15 August 2017

Great Gluten Free Options
My daughter had a great gluten-free pizza. My son ate regular pizza which was great too! we had wonderful pasta and starters
Nice Hospitality by the Italian owner
Simple and nice Italian family atmosphere
Good value for money
Thank you!

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5.0Dined on 11 August 2017

Wonderful authentic restaurant in Lambeth - loved the menu and the wine. Will be returning soon.

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4.0Dined on 4 August 2017

Excellent food and a lively atmosphere. Always seems to be busy so wise to book in advance.

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4.0Dined on 31 July 2017

Family run, authentic, just go there!
Found this when leaving the Lambeth Tube.
Looked online and decided it was worth a visit.
Wasn't disappointed.

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1.0Dined on 28 July 2017

You will either be very hot or freezing depending on where you sit.
Room really small and crowded.
Service is very inconsistent. Food...eh. really not great

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5.0Dined on 25 July 2017

Excellent gluten free menu. Fantastic if you are coeliac.

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2.0Dined on 21 June 2017

This is basically fast food. Do not go if you are expecting a fine Italian meal

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5.0Dined on 10 June 2017

This place was adorable. The owner was delightful. I felt like we were in Italy. Service and food were great!

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4.0Dined on 3 June 2017

Charming restaurant with wonderful staff - including the owner. Authentic Italian food in the centre of London. Very handy for the Old Vic and South Bank. Really enjoyed it.

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5.0Dined on 25 May 2017

Excellent homely Italian cuisine, authentic, friendly and communicative staff, good drinks selection - what's not to like ! Non vedo ora di ritornare e prendere un altro Amaro Lucano - buona fortuna a tutti !

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5.0Dined on 25 May 2017

I've never been high-fived for being the difficult one at the table before! I'm on a Low FODMAP diet (medical) which can make eating out really difficult and sometimes quite embarrassing. At Cotto you're made to feel special no matter what to can or can't eat! Their homemade gluten free bread was delicious, and my specially crafted main met my dietary requirements and was the loveliest gluten free pasta I've tasted. Portions are generous, especially the bresaola, and my non-fussy friend enjoyed her dinner just as much. Looking forward to going back and trying the pizza!

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1.0Dined on 24 April 2017

The food quality was pretty poor and we both had stomach issues after. Formica tables in a cafe - not very cosy.

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2017

Booked Cotto for an after show meal for my partners birthday as I am coeliac - the owner was great - only pizzas as very late (after 22.30) but fine as he could provide me with gluten free - best gf pizza I've had in last year since diagnosed and we'll be back earlier to sample full menu as fantastic service.

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5.0Dined on 29 March 2017

Had a tasty meal and good size portions before theatre.

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4.0Dined on 6 February 2017

We were a group of 8 from work, so trying to find a venue that suited everyone, including a vegetarian and coeliac diet, was potentially challenging. However Cotto could cater for everyone, without a fuss. The food portions are generous and the atmosphere is welcoming; no fuss or pretentions and no long waits between courses. Everyone had a good time and would happily return there for the next team meal out. The only (slightly) negative aspect was that, although the booking was clearly made for 8 people - we booked electronically, so could produce the evidence of this, they insisted that we had booked for 6 people; although 2 extra places were quickly added to our table it was a bit cramped. If the restaurant had been very busy, it would have been a squash for some people. So if you have a big party, even if you book electronically, it might be worth giving them a ring to double check the numbers. This would certainly not put me off eating there again. It is a great place, great food, plenty of it, a warm atmosphere and convenient location for access to stations.

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2.0Dined on 3 February 2017

Average pasta in a poorly decorated restaurant.

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