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Cotto

4.6
4.6
379 Reviews
£25 and under
Italian
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!

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2 people

19:00


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 18:00–21:30 Mon–Fri 12:00–14:00

  • Phone number

    020 7928 5535

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Waterloo

  • Cross Street

    lambeth north station

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Public Transit

    Lambeth North station

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 379 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • London

    Gluten Free Options

  • South West London

    Best Value

  • South West London

    Gluten Free Options

  • South West London

    Healthy

  • South West London

    Italian

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  1. TN

    TomN

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent, traditional food with warm and inviting service. All of our meals were outstanding and the service was warm, personal and consistent. Highly recommend this restaurant!
  2. JH

    JohnH

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great hospitality ,tasty wholesome food from their family owned restaurant very convenient to Waterloo and southbank
  3. TA

    TerenceA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always happy to support a family run business, ate here with my wife daughter and two grandchildren under 10. Had to wait a while for our food but expected that as everything is cooked fresh, we had two chicken risottos two carbonara and a pizza all meals were hot and tasty . Staff were polite and attentive . We would definitely return and recommend .
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food, many gluten free options.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Quaint, family owned, friendly with excellent food. We enjoyed it very much.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The restaurant looked a little tired from the outside, but the welcome was warm and the food was very good. This is a family run business and the place was very busy. It’s obviously very popular.
  7. SH

    SandraH

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An absolute gem, authentic Italian, food was amazing, very good value for money, family run business, attentive but not intrusive. Probably the best food we’ve had in London. Would highly recommend
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a wonderful meal at this Italian family owned restaurant. The staff worked with us based on gluten and nut allergies. The food was well prepared and timely. We dined as a family, which was appropriate. There were couples dining as well. The value of the meal is worth a visit.
  9. SA

    SamAndLa

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect from start to finish. Family run, family cooked dishes. True authentic food which were fresh and delicious. It felt like have dinner with your family with lots of funny stories from the owner, Leto. Great service and good value. We didn’t want to leave. If we lived closer we would be there every week. Avoid chain restaurants and come here in a heartbeat.
  10. J

    Julia

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 23 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Lovely authentic local restaurant. Pasta a triumph!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, good prices, fun staff
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food and service
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    OMG, what a great hidden gem. Leno, the proprietor is a great host. Family atmosphere. Comfy tables. Super service. The food and wine are like something you’d get from home, if your mum was Italian.
  14. YL

    YasminL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Great food and excellent service, treated with a smile!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been to this restaurant several times and will keep coming back. The owner is warm and welcoming and makes sure every customer is well taken care of. Whether you’re looking for a pre theater dinner or just a relaxing dinner with friends, Cotto has what your looking for. Their homemade pasta is absolutely delicious and most everything on the menu can be made gluten free.
  16. R

    Retrobod

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great authentic Italian cuisine and warm welcome. The wine options include half bottles which is rare.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Small cafe restaurant with friendly staff and nice food. Portions are generous sized.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    We went specifically since they had a ton of gluten free options. There was an air freshener that sprayed beside where we sat several times during our meal which was annoying. The table next to us ordered pasta but they brought out grilled meat instead. When the customer said I didn’t order this the server said well you will have to wait 30 more minutes because there are several tables ahead of you now and it’s a one cook kitchen. No apology offered. Thankfully our order was correct. If you are close it’s a fine option but wouldn’t travel across town for mediocre food-gluten free or not.
  19. NS

    NikolayS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a true Italian restaurant. I have not eaten so delicious pasta even in Italy!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Awful customer service. We arrived 7mins late due to not being able to find the place, which is completely acceptable as we are tourists. The greeting we had from the main guy was terrible. There were clearly a lot of tables free however he completely dismissed us because we were 7minutes late. I thought there was a 15minute grace period. Especially as the restaurant was not full. There are also ways in which to refuse custom, his was not professional in any manner.
  21. GS

    GlynnisS

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff were so friendly! The owner and his wife made us a special dinner off menu and it was delicious, so much pride and love put into the food <3 great if you need something quick, romantic, and tasty near the theatres on the south bank
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    What a find!! A superb evening with great food at very reasonable prices. The owners were incredibly efficient and nothing was too much trouble. This family run restaurant cater very well for people with allergies and the food is very authentically Italian. I can not recommend this restaurant enough. If anywhere near Westminster give it a go, or travel across London, you will not be disappointed.
  23. PB

    PatriciaB

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved it here, authentic Italian food and service. We plumped for the home made pasta which was delicious. They do a huge range of gluten free options but we only tried the gluten ones. The place is small so definitely worth booking. Very reasonably priced for central London.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You aren’t going to get better Italian, a more caring homely vibe and value for money than this place. Second time there and I’ll be back. The staff are attentive and friendly and the place has such character. Fresh proper Italian food.
  25. KA

    KAL21

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Warm welcome, traditional Italian family run with wonderful food and most importantly huge gluten free menu, fantastic place!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner here! Our kids are both coeliac and it could be tricky to find a place with the right menu. The owner of Cotto, Lino, is coeliac and he knows his stuff!! He’s a very fun gentleman too, you’ll feel like at home. I recommend it!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing from welcome to departure
  28. B

    Bonviveur

    London

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Old school local Italian restaurant serving true Italian food. Almost like being in Italy. Wish there were more restaurants like this in London.
  29. L

    Liam

    London

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    God food and dining experience
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was great. Staff very friendly and welcoming.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly staff and great food that caters for gluten free intolerance!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hong Kong

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The staff were really welcoming and friendly, but the food was pretty average. I had the linguine vongole and the clams were quite small and didn’t taste very fresh.
  33. S

    Sima606

    Vancouver

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 8 December 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    You will not find a friendlier, warmer, more accomodating place to have dinner in this neighbourhood, The homemade pastas were delicious and we had a terrific bottle of wine. Whatever hesitations I have come from the fact that I have lived in Italy and have been spoiled. As a result, the tricolore salad with avocado, mozzarella and rather mealy tomatoes didn't cut it. This said I wouldn't hesitate to come back. In fact I will make a point of returning.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cozy family-run traditional Italian restaurant. The owner is delightful and charming. He made a special pasta dish for my SO who can’t eat onion or garlic. My baked eggplant was delicious. Prices are quite reasonable. Can’t wait to go back.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting from the US. The best gluten free pizza we have ever had. Try the gluten free gnocchi also. The owner, Lino, and his family make you feel at home with a meal that makes you feel like you are in Italy.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 November 2021

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    We made the last booking for 9.15pm, we had two adults and two 13 year olds with us. There was only two others in the place when we arrived and we were looking forward to a lovely relaxing meal after a 3 hour train journey. We only ordered two starters and two mains abs we were told to hurry as the kitchen was closing. I have never heard of an Italian restaurant not selling garlic bread. As each of us finished our dishes as we asked for it all to come out together, our plates were removed. We ordered two deserts and as we were eating the owner started putting the chairs on the table and turned some of the lights off. I have never known anything like it! Within one hour we were in and out ! Never again! I suggest they shouldn’t take bookings that late if they are not prepared to stay open!
  37. S

    Shin

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service! Definitely will go again and recommend to all.
  38. KL

    KevinL

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and many gluten-free options! Owner was terrific and chatted with us for several minutes.
  39. E

    Emmanuel

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great little spot to eat some authentic Italian food.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Exceptional food and service. Highly recommended.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Cotto does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo and Just Eat. Cotto also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7928 5535.

Cotto is rated 4.6 stars by 379 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Cotto

89 Westminster Road, London, SE1 7HR

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    lambeth north station

  • Area

    Waterloo

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 18:00–21:30 Mon–Fri 12:00–14:00

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Public Transit

    Lambeth North station

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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