Cotto

4.3
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376 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!
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Hertfordshire
13 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

j
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

TA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

s
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

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

Y
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

H
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 1

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.

AB
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome Italian dinner!

OT
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

KB
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

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.

T
London
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing service and food. The authentic Italian experience.

LG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

UH
London
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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!

OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

BP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

DE
Hampshire
6 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

C
London
137 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

r
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Authentic Italian food gluten free options knowledgeable & friendly service

SB
Ayrshire
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

BA
London
65 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

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

NA
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Male toilets clogged. Placed at the worst table, right by the cutlery (even though we were first customers of the evening). Offered bread, not told this would be charged. Food passable at best. Very much in a hurry to get us out and the next diners in - including the bill being presented un-asked for. Compulsory service charge. Vile.

KC
Dublin
6 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Had read good reviews but out of a group of 4 only one person thought the food was ok. Rest of us did not enjoy the food. Wine was nice. Overpriced and disappointing overall. Would not recommend

RO
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Had dinner with a friend and it was fine though I was expecting better based on other reviews. We shared a pizza and a pasta dish, with a tiramisu for dessert. The owner is lovely, and the staff are ok, though it was a bit difficult to get a recommendation or much banter out of them! We got put in a poky little corner up the back too which wasn’t great.

C
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent staff, food was beautiful, service was also great, really lovely owner.

MF
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It is, not only for Gluten-free people an excellent Italian restaurant. Outstanding!

JO
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As good as any in Italy Great pasta dishes. Was in London for three nights and eat here twice

BA
London
65 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Cotto, is one of those gems, it doesn't look great from the outside but don't be put off walk in and get a great italian welcome, super service and fabulous food, I've been several times now and I love the place.

SK
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Meal was ok service good apart from the amount of time it took, 40 minute wait from starter to main. For an italian restaurant to have no pasta or pizza dishes on the set menu i found very strange, just fish or steak 🤷🏼‍♂️

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is hard to find a more authentic meal anywhere - the food is fantastic, as is the service and atmosphere. Pizza, pasta - can’t beat it. We went twice while in town - both amazing. Thank you!!!

A
London
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant with amazing genuine Italian food and staff! All the menu is gluten free, so it’s a paradise for gluten intolerant people!

LC
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food with extensive gluten free options (all their pasta and pizzas are available gluten free as well as several desserts) and the food was very nice. The atmosphere is quiet and traditional and the staff lovely. I’ll definitely go back!

DB
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

After several days of eating at exclusive restaurants in London, we were just looking for some bread, pasta and a bottle of wine. We were thrilled to find this place just a few steps from our hotel.

AM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived early for our booking but it was not a problem for them. The menu was fantastic for the gluten free option for my husband. He said it was the best bread he had ever tasted and we both had the lasagne, which was lovely. Staff and service was first class. We cannot praise them enough.

LM
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

True Italian experience. The owner is hands on here and makes sure everything runs smoothly. He has had Celiac disease for 30 years and takes gluten allergy seriously. Loved chatting with him! Delicious pasta and wide selection of gluten free menu items. Definitely going back!

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