Cotto

4.3
379 reviews
£25 and under
Italian

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Casual
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!

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
What 379 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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!

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Shin
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipKevinL
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Emmanuel
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great little spot to eat some authentic Italian food.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Exceptional food and service. Highly recommended.

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DavidR
London
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Traditional family Italian near Waterloo. Really enjoyed food. House wine £15 food £12-15. Good atmosphere and spacious. No rush and had good family evening

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vipMartinL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Wonderful Italian family restaurant with excellent pasta. Be warned though - the portions are enormous! Lovely owner, and the food is cooked by his wife.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lino the owner was a legend, and my wife said the tiramisu was the best she has every had!

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MalcolmC
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very friendly staff, nice easygoing place.

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ClareH
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very lovely evening at this restaurant, no complaints at all

DC
vipDanielC
Hampshire
15 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Booked, arrived. Not open.

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Carogort
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, brilliant service, one of my favourite restaurants in London

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely place tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the Southbank but oh so close. Great place fantastic food and staff are amazing. Attentive but not overly so and very friendly. Definitely will be a repeat visit, the Kiss and Calzone are the best I've ever tasted.

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Rhinosteve
London
9 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Welcoming, basic Italian eatery with good, friendly service. Had high hopes for good value, slightly off the beaten track, non-trendy Italian 1970s style. But the food was rather uninspired. Insalata Tricolore was spoiled by a mound of lettuce-based salad and Linguine Vongole lacked seasoning and much taste.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! I’m gluten-free and the menu is incredible for people like me- and the food is delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous independent family run restaurant, amazing food at a decent price. When they brought the gluten free food out we almost sent it back it tasted so good! I’ve been celiac for 8 years and this was hands down the best pizza and pasta I’ve had! 10/10

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vipLaurianne
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was alright, nice friendly service - the menu has GF options

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AlexanderA
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lino, the owner and his staff made us feel excellent in our birthday dinner celebration.

Thank you all.

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ChristineN
London
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic and delicious Italian cuisine served by the owner Nino and his lovely staff.

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TonyB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Overall an excellent experience - superb food and very attentive service.

The total bill represented very good value which is much more important than minor irritation at a £1 charge for (excellent quality) bread and butter and a somewhat excessive added service charge of 15%.

Would definitely recommend and would definitely return.

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RichardB
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab Italian food, well cooked and delicious. It’s often very difficult to find a good range of choices of gluten-free food that is tasty and freshly made, but Cotto excels.

I’ve kept this gem a secret from my wife until now, I guess we will be coming back very regularly now the cat’s out of the bag. Can’t wait for lockdown to end!

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DavidG
Kent
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, good food. Excellent, my family and I were made to feel very welcome.

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katiec
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely family friendly restaurant. Looked after us very well and had great food. Very welcoming.

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Londonchoices
London
7 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Cotto is Fantastic value. It casual dining with a great vibe and proper italian food.

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Thomas
London
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Staff were lovely and friendly, but the tomato sauces were a bit bland and that is the hallmark of an Italian restaurant.

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vipJamesS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant failed to honour the Open Table booking. We booked a table for a post-theatre supper. I hadn’t eaten there for about 10 years and had some fond memories of one of the veal dishes so was looking forward to it. When we arrived at the restaurant, and despite being 15 mins early for the booking, a rude lady sitting inside the door barked “closed” at us abruptly and asked us to leave. It plainly wasn’t closed, as we could see people eating.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great and friendly, we came back for more the following night!

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Campbell
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

An appalling experience. We shared a tricolore salad which was poor but edible. Then we had pizzas which were simply not edible. The vegetarian one was absolutely soaked with oil. The other was also very oily and had ham which smelled well past its best. Before this meal I didnt think it was possibly to serve inedible pizza. I was wrong. Worst meal I've eaten in ages - at a loss to understand how it has positive reviews. Avoid

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vipMNYC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are from out of town and it was our third time back. The food is excellent, especially for gluten free. Authentic southern Italian homestyle cooking - tasty and satisfying, unpretentious. Huge menu too! We feel like we are family and will always come to Cotto when we are lucky enough to be back in London! Great place to bring kids or family of all ages as well.

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Mark
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great little place with lots of atmosphere and ambiance. The staff are friendly and attentive. Food was delicious too.

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MRWRIGHT
London
14 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice family run resturant nice service from the waitress. Food was a little naturally bland hence she knew she had to ask do we want salt pepper with everything. But overall decent experience.

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KatieN
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal with home made gluten free pasta that was the best I've ever had. The owner is friendly and really wants everyone to have a great time. Will definitely be coming back to try another gluten free ravioli!
Recommend to everybody, both those with and without allergies.

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ShiningWit
Berkshire
17 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

As ever a friendly welcome at this family run restaurant. The food, which is not overly sophisticated, but tasty and wholesome, was the reason for our visit. The extensive range of gluten-free dishes is the draw. There's a good mixed clientele, with families, couples and larger groups all accommodated. A pleasant meal in a welcoming atmosphere.

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NicoleP
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food was lovely, couldn’t fault it. Restaurant however was completely empty so ambience lacking. Offered bread early on as you are in many restaurants, charged £1 each for a single slice of bread which we weren’t told when offered, frankly this is disgraceful behaviour and underhanded. Would put me off going back.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Reservamos para cenar el 31 de diciembre ya que llegamos de viaje para pasar unos días. Al llegar nos dijeron que había solo un menú para elegir. Ya no teníamos más opciones. Nos pareció caro para la calidad. Teníamos ganas de comer ahí porque habíamos leído buenas críticas de los visitantes pero ese día nos decepcionó un poco. El servicio es bueno y el lugar acogedor

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vipCrazydane
London
174 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was my 2nd time at Cotto and I like that this is an authentic Italian restaurant which got a real family feel to it. The food portions are big and really nice and the service is friendly and helpful. Would definitely go back.

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vipDeanT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Food was OK but service extremely slow.

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OpenTable Diner
London
31 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice visit to this small local family-run restaurant. The home made gnocchi was just ok but everything else was very good - grilled sardines and bresaolo starters and pizzas and veal chop mains. It was interesting to see the difference between the normal and gluten-free pizzas. Our gluten-free diner was happy with their pizza, a little crisp around the outside but doughy in the middle. Decent Italian red wine at reasonable prices. Our waiter was strictly business and in a hurry to take orders but perfectly efficient and everyone else seemed friendly. Would return.

FAQs

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

Cotto is rated 4.3 stars by 379 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.