Gran Paradiso

4.1
212 reviews
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Italian
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A fixture on the Pimlico dining scene for more than thirty years, Gran Paradiso has long pleased London locals with its authentic Italian charm. Charming service from the ever-friendly staff is just the beginning of the long list of oh-so-Italianite experiences which make Gran Paradiso so popular, indeed it comes as little surprise to note that many diners are regulars who return time and time again for the predictability of a relaxed evening punctuated with excellent food. And the food is indeed good, authentically Italian with the usual favourites, done well, making up the main of the menu. Salads are picked from the owner’s garden while fish is delivered fresh twice a day.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation
Mon - Fri: 12:00pm - 2:30pm, 5:30pm - 10:30pm Sat: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
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020 7828 5818
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MasterCard, Visa
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Smart Casual
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t
London
44 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2014
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was good, but not great. The service was very good. It's okay for pre-theatre dining, but I think the price is high for what's on offer

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EA
London
7 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2014
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We visited Gran Paradiso lunchtime on 19-6-14.We were initially surprised to find how empty and quiet it was.However, this did not detract but perhaps enhanced the superp service we were about to receive. Our starters of prawns in a chilli and mushroom sauce was delicious. Our main courses were Halibut and Seabass.The Halibut was a generous portion with saute potatoes and veg to match.With fresh raspberries and mango for sweet, all washed down with a good housewine, it was indeed a marvellous lunchtime treat to be recommended.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening dinner following seeing a show. Mum and 3 daughters. Lovely

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Y
London
7 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another enjoyable evening in this wonderful family run restaurant - everything about this restaurant makes for a pleasant and delicious dining experience - from the wonderful olives and bread to the wine, but the food is the real star whatever you choose from the menu.

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M
Warwickshire
3 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2014
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 2

Pleasant atmosphere and the staff were charming to our ( well behaved) ten year old. However food was average - standard fare. Extras - (bread / water) pricey. Pleased to have a round table.

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B
Kent
9 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2014
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

I thought the food was excellent - I had the lamb chops and my husband had the liver and we both felt we had never had such tender and tasty meat before. My 2 sons were also very impressed. Because we went early 5.30 pm as a pre theatre dinner it was a little lacking in atmosphere (we were the only ones in there for the first half hour).

Service was ok but not overwhelmingly good. Perfectly pleasant but not the typical exuberant Italians.

I wanted spinach instead of beans in the chefs special vegetable platter and this was not possible which I thought was a bit strange as spinach was available as a vegetable.

They were very pleasant about us bringing in a birthday cake and provided a song a cake.

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t
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had travelled from the north west and had booked the table on line, we where not disappointed . We wanted a meal prior to the theatre so we booked a table for 5.30 and we had a truly relaxed and delicious meal. I would recommend this restaurant as a pre theatre venue or just for an evening meal in relaxed surroundings. The price of the food and wine was very good.

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G
London
58 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2014
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Excellently positioned minutes from Victoria, I love this place. Food is reasonably priced and delicious. They even do gluten-free pasta which is not that common. It's a great place for business or pleasure and consistent in quality. Service is never with a smile but is perfectly adequate, just don't expect charm or outwardly friendly staff.

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L
London
7 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2014
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The starters and sides were very good, but the mains were average. We ordered the veal chop and the halibut and both were somewhat overcooked. Nice atmosphere though.

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F
London
122 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2014
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Two of us came here last weekend. We both had a starter and a main course but no puddings and no alcohol as neither of us drinks. The bill came to £81 which I thought was very steep for what we had and much more expensive than this place used to be. The owner (I think he was the owner) took our order but forgot one of the vegetables. When our main courses arrived without it and we pointed this out, he was very off-hand and not in the least apologetic. A replacement vegetable was quickly rustled up but it was stone cold; it had clearly been cooked earlier and not reheated. My main course was delicious but overall I was not entirely satisfied.

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J
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2014
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Very unlike the usual Italian restaurant. Staff and maître d far from happy. Service slow and food below expectations.
Would not return or recommend.

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P
London
6 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I revisited Gran Paradiso for lunch after an absence of many years and my only regret was that I had not come back sooner. We were made welcome, had a great table in plenty of space, the service was attentive but never intrusive, the food was first rate and the whole experience was wonderful.

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RC
London
11 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2014
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Prompt friendly service, nice atmosphere and reasonable value for money
We only had a main so didn't sample much of the menu but the daily specials we had were
very tasty

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The proprietors of Gran Paradiso welcome you like a long lost relative every time you return. The food is prepared with much tender loving care and is 'to die for' delicious!

The service is warm and friendly, the ambience cosy but sophisticated.

Greatly recommended.

Amber

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AC
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2013
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My second visit and just as good as last time round. Arrived before our booked time and given seat by the window. Service was again excellent and, although many other diners kept arriving, the timing of our various courses was perfect. Food was again also topnotch with the housewine a fine accompaniment. Will be back.

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TG
London
88 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The Gran Paradiso is an established Italian restaurant where I last dined at well over twenty years ago! It was good to see that the owners continue to be exceptionally friendly and go out of their way to make sure their customers feel welcome. The soft ambience is attributed to the candle light and traditional décor.

The menu is imaginative and has something to suit all tastes. This evening we had a combination of sea bass, halibut and lobster that was exquisite and cooked to perfection with good flavours accompanied with rosemary potatoes. The head waiter was a charming man and made time for us although the restaurant was very busy. This is a delightful restaurant where an enjoyable intimate evening is guaranteed. Highly Recommended!

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F
London
122 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2013
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This long-established Italian restaurant is a firm favourite among locals for its good cooking and reasonable prices. The menu is traditional rather than innovative but none the worse for that. My prosciutto with figs was particularly nice and the friend I dined with had high praise for the halibut.

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S
London
19 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2013
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

An excellent meal, good service and a good wine list

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OT
London
27 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2013
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

A wonderful Friday evening meal for 4 slightly spoiled by the rather stand-offish attitude of some of the waiting staff! The very warm and friendly welcome from the proprietor should have been followed with a similar attitude by all his staff - to ensure a really enjoyable dining experience. Delicious fish 'specials' and calves liver. Just a little bit expensive perhaps, but compensated by very generous complimentary post meal drinks!

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S
London
19 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was a first visit but we will definitely return. The food was very nice, good service and a good selection of wines.
Nice atmosphere

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a
London
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

booked pre-theatre meal, and found the staff attentive but not pushy..plenty of choices on the menu, and the food was excellent..decor was nice and sub-dued . prices were in keeping with London, but bear in mind they add 10% onto the bill, although you did not have to pay this

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TS
London
48 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2013
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Nice ambience in the window seating area of this restaurant. The three of us thought the menu and food was fine, nothing that special but certainly cooked well. Service seemed confused - one waiter helping for one thing but couldn't seem to take our orders, another seemed to be the only person taking main course orders, another delivering food etc. It seemed a popular choice with those wanting more traditional Italian food than perhaps we were looking for.

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R
London
156 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2013
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Lovely setting and very good service but I thought the food was rather disappointing. I don't think I will be going back...

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Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2013
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As always the food is great! I am a flight attendant so in 2 out of 4 times flying to London when London is my schedule. I eat there. I usually take a group of flight attendants, pilots and gate agents there 2 or 3 times a year, they also return to enjoy the food and bring their own friends and business associates. I personally love the place and I am willing to pay a bit more for the food and the atmosphere. I feel as if I am in a family restaraunt in Italy rather than a family place in London.

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G
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2013
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This is a very good classic Italian London restaurant, they even serve vegetables with two spoons from a tin tray. The food is uncomplicated but very well made and at reasonable prices. I could eat there every day...

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NA
London
16 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2013
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Had a dinner at Gran Paradiso with a friend. The menu features some Italian dishes as well as steak and other traditional British food. The food was nice but not outstanding and because of that £120 for 2 courses and a bottle of house white seemed steep. When we were leaving the waters lost interest in us so we had to fetch our own coats from the cloak room which did not have lights.

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r
London
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2013
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We have been coming to this restaurant for over 30 years - it never changes, the menu is still the same and it was fantastic then and it is now.

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F
London
122 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2013
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We ate early and I was rather surprised to see how full the restaurant was by 6.30 pm. I chose the roast partridge special and the way of serving it - with no vegetablesa other than a few mushrooms and no sauce - was not to my taste but otherwise the food was just as expected: standard Italian dishes done well. You will not find modern European cuisine (whatever that phrase really means) at Gran Paradiso The service was below par, however, and I had to ask several times for drinks, the menu and the bill.

The bill at just shy of £150 was more than I expected for a party of five two of whom were children given that we had only two courses each and two half bottles of wine between us - maybe it was the partridge inflating the cost.

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m
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2012
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was very special for our special celebration

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s
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2012
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Asked for fegato salvia not with the onions- produced in minutes with a smile- perfectly cooked too

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T
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2012
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant has a real Italian "feel" in a convenient place in London. The menu is varied and the taste authentic Italian cooking simple and straightforward. It has charm.

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OT
London
27 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2012
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

A really enjoyable meal that could have made for an excellent dining experience had the waiting staff been more friendly and attentive. Without exception we all gave high praise for the food quality; superb antipasta misto (plenty of choice, and enough for two to share) and a spectacular fried fish main course stood out amongst the other fine dishes served to our group of five. Would certainly highly recommend and will return - hoping that we were just unlucky with some of the waiting staff on this occasion.

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ED
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2012
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a lovely dinner in a very nice restaurant in Victoria. Staff were friendly and the food was very good.

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KD
London
9 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2012
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Had a mid- week dinner at Gran Paradiso, the food was ok, the service was a little slow and not massively friendly and on the whole it felt like the restaurant was getting a bit tired. A bit of a shame!

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j
London
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

i personally struggle with italian restaurants as i have spent time in italy. this restaurant is a gem. it is an old style italian restaurant, we went with two friends and none of us had any complaints. my ravioli was home made and the calves liver with sage was as i remember.

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W
London
21 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2012
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I've been coming to Gran Paradiso on an occasional basis for more than 25 years. It's one of my favourite restaurants, run by a delightful couple who have created a real family ambience. Try the mushroom starter.

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A
London
10 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2012
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We have been regular diners at Gran Paradiso for many years and the standard has never faltered. The food is first class, the service faultless. The portions are generous and the quality superb. Wonderful carpaccio and prawns followed by juicy steaks. Perfect!

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Y
London
7 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the pleasure of enjoying a really wonderful meal at Gran Paradiso (VIctoria - London) again on Tuesday evening. What a delight to dine in such a lovely family-run restaurant and to eat food of the highest standard with excellent service. We both had the 'special' spinach ravioli to start with followed by the signature dish of fillet steak with mushrooms in a cream sauce - it was perfect. Thank you so much for a very special dining experience.

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JH
Kent
8 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2012
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food with good unobtrusive service.

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ZB
London
14 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2012
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Especially good fish today

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