Cotto

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390 reviews
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£25 and under
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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!
What 390 People Are Saying
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4.1
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vipJamesS
London
5 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
6 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
Sydney / NSW
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
11 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
16 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
156 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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DeanT
London
2 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.

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TeresaD
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s difficult to find a restaurant that has fabulous food for people with dietary needs. I would eat here once a week if I lived in London! The owner was extremely friendly . There were 6 of us & only I had issues. They loved everything as well.

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Graytodi
Hertfordshire
14 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Small space.
Bread was charged. Extra bread was not gratis.
Sword fish was not great.
Pasta dishes were amazing

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jamiesi
London
8 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent genuine Italian. We went for pre-theatre at 6pm and by 6.15 it was pretty busy so make sure you book! Friendly reception, nice big bread tray and really good food. The home made pastas are very good indeed, and a half bottle of verdicchio was just right. Highly recommended!

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TalatA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Because they have a gluten free options and also regular menu.

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snowflake
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Lasagne was burnt. Naked women on the walls. Lady on the counter had her face mask on. That does not go well with enjoying food in a restaurant. Ambiente was nice

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Yumyum
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It is the first time I have been to Cotto and took a chance at recommending it to friends for our next place to meet and catch up. The food was excellent, and the service very good until the bill was given to us without waiting for us to ask for it. It made us feel unwelcome, were being rushed out of the restaurant and the owner stood by our table speaking in Italian in a deliberately loud voice to a couple sitting on the table next to us to the point where we could not hear each other when trying to have a discussion. It made us feel very uncomfortable and ruined our four monthly get together to catch up with with each others lives. However, in spite of this, we very much enjoyed the food and the fact that gluten free choices were available for one of my friends was refreshing and they would like to return for our next get together.

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Cat2019
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cotto is a great little restaurant and perfect for anyone who is coeliac/ following a gluten-free diet and is bored of all the usual chains! Cotto offers an extensive menu and a lovely homely, family-run vibe. Easy to get to from Waterloo station too. I really recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I stopped in for dinner during a recent holiday trip. It seemed less touristy then most places in the area. Food was good and staff was friendly and attentive. I'd definitely dive there again.

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Healthy
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience1

They served bread as starters, but they charged without informing us of the cost. Also the bread was like rock and was hard on the teeth.

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AmyB
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Quick service . And full gluten free options. 5 of us were all very happy with the meal. Would definitely recommend for groups with one GF members as there was no compromise on the other meals . And everything had a GF options.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Italian dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love coming to this place. The food is always amazing.
Very nice and small family run place. It feels you are in Italy

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just love this place. The owner is so awesome and it’s great to get legit GF food that taste like regular homemade Italian. And the prices are great for how good the food is. Go try it out!

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KateB
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The food was okay, albeit overpriced but the service really wasn't very good. A 15% service charge was automatically added to the bill which, given the poor quality, was very presumptuous. I would expect 10-12.5% ordinarily. We felt rushed out despite the fact that the restaurant wasn't busy and our waiter wasn't very attentive. The food was overpriced for what it was and I wouldn't recommend or return myself.

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Tilly
London
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and staff made this a very enjoyable lunch. All options are available gluten free which was good for me but the standard versions I am told were also brilliant. Great Italian food!

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Megsw19
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful to find an authentic Italian restaurant with so many home-made gluten-free options.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fantastic meal! Rivaled some of the best food we’ve had in Italy - and that’s not easy to do!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing service and food. The authentic Italian experience.

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LouiseG
London
11 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent gluten free options, the whole menu is taylored for those wanting gluten free. However even though the food is tasty, it’s not exceptional. Very homely. Good but not fantastic.

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UkiH
London
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent italian food, friendly service and a genuine athmosphere. We visited on a friday night, the restaurant was maybe half full. Very friendly service and extremely fast! I was surprised how quickly we got our food and have to say - IT WAS GOOD!

Definately a great place to go if you're looking for a genuine italian restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. I have many allergies and they couldn’t have been more accommodating. Will come back again often!

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BethP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service. Owner was so kind & made each guests visit special. Food was fabulous! I had the gnocchi & my husband had pizza. Wonderful experience!

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DebbieE
Hampshire
6 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find this place. Device excellent and very friendly and good excellent. We will be back. X

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vipCrazydane
London
156 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a really nice dinner at Cotto with a friend. The food was lovely and authentic Italian. The staff was welcoming and serviceminded and the atmosphere was nice. Great find close to Waterloo station - I will be back.

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rebeccak
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Authentic Italian food gluten free options knowledgeable & friendly service

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StuartB
Ayrshire
3 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very pleasant meal at Cotto which would appear to be a well established family run Italian restaurant. Only complaint was my wife’s ravioli was slightly hard. Otherwise nothing else to find fault with.

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BigAl
London
66 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great as always, love eating at Cotto, Pasta is great and the service spot on

FAQs

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

Cotto is rated 4.1 stars by 390 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.