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Il Baretto Wine Bar and Restaurant
If you're looking for a super Italian cuisine and would like to avoid both chain restaurants and designer price tags, Il Baretto in Blandford Street is an excellent choice.
Located between Marylebone High Street and Baker Street, Il Baretto has a smart wine bar located on the ground floor and a cavernous basement dining room that is a stylish restaurant for group parties and celebrations.
Popular with a local crowd, as well as with tourists and shoppers from Bond Street, this restaurant serves up authentic Italian recipes and we love the spaghetti con astice with lobster, sweet chilli and garlic sauce, and the Maccheroni with black truffle. Pizzas and dishes from the robata grill are winners too.
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Clean menu provided to every guest
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waiting staff wear masks
Excellent food as always looking forward to going back
We had arranged for a reservation on the outside tables for drinks. When I called to confirm and add another person, nothing was mentioned about the outside tables requiring a food order.
When we arrived, we waited 20 mins to be served and the waiters were not busy. For this reason, we only had time to order drinks, although we had hoped to order some small plates - but by then it was too late. The manager came out and screamed at us, becoming very aggressive and slamming the menus because we had only ordered drinks. He claimed that we had taken up a table which could’ve been used by others. However, we had never been informed of this policy. He was very intimidating and aggressive, and later on his staff started shouting inappropriate comments about us in Italian (my friend is from Italy, so understood). We were frankly too scared to say anything, and tried to leave as quickly as possible, in case the manager further escalated, as he had come across as somewhat threatening.
Once we left, our table was immediately refilled with new patrons.
Fantastic meal with good service. Definitely recommend the tiramisu!!
Quiet when we were there but I think that was the current circumstances and we were really early.
Definitely recommend for catching up with friends if busy might be a little noisy
Service was slow and not attentive.
Very poor service
The lighting should be revisited, perhaps the decoration as well not as good as the food.
I am an Italian with a knack for cooking and they do really well most dishes, exceptionally well, and good produce qualities. The whole range from pizza to pasta and steak and starters, and good desserts.
The only disappointment is the calamari (too thin and not a fan of the panure) and the courgettes - it is a respectable version but many chefs in London make them lighter.
Dear Emiliano, I'm so sorry that your visit with us fell short of expectations. I really appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback and being so open with us. I wanted to let you know we've taken the good and the bad elements you've mentioned in your review to heart. Have a great week! x
Reception person neutral to slightly hostile, but better than during previous visits last year and earlier. Service initially disorganized but polite , our waiter very efficient, professional, polite. Food very good, cocktails very good as well. Very noisy - it‘s good that it is not a „sedate“ place, it was lively but the noise level at times disorienting.
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I would recommend the restaurant for the food. However, the tables are very low and uncomfortable.
Service and food are good.
Noise level is unbearable.
Do not recommend to go there as a couple but it is a rather a group dinner restaurant as this would be the only way to cope with the noise levels.
The Tomahawk steak was fantastic, best piece of meat we've had in a while. The staff were great and attentive. The whole atmosphere was lively without being loud, we didn't have to raise our voices to talk to each other.
Dear guest, I am so happy that we made your Valentine's Day a memorable day! Thank you for your feedback! Truly! x
Best pizza ❤️
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My wife’s birthday!
Amazing as usual!
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Lovely food and most of the staff were reasonably friendly. The pizza's looked very appetising and they were very accommodating when I asked for a sauce from a different dish to go with my spaghetti, all in all I can recommend Il Baretto but the prices of some of the wines could cause heart attacks.
Dear Collector! Thank you for taking the time to write a review! And thank you for all the stars received! You made me laugh when I read about the wines that have the potential of some serious health damage! :) I hope you did find a bottle that pleased your palate and you walked away with a smile on your face! x
Nice, cosy restaurant off Baker Street. Service friendly and attentive. A bit pricey for what we had which was mainly pasta but it was delicious. We would go again.
Dear Andrea, thank you very much for your review and we hope to see you at Il Baretto soon! Have a magical weekend! x
The food is really amazing
Dear Margaux! Awesome! We are very grateful to receive such phenomenal review and delighted that you have cherished your moments at Il Baretto and appreciated the authentic dishes! We are excited to welcome you at Il Baretto soon! xx
Our pasta starter was tepid (but tasty)
Service a bit vague....
Shame about the TV seemed more like a pub than a bistro.
None the less we enjoyed ourselves and the food.
Last two visits were disastrous. This place has gone downhill.
On our previous visit the service was appalling. It was a Sat night and there were not enough waiters for the tables downstairs. The waiters that were would not look around had no system or area to cover and our table was lost in the mayhem. When we wanted to ask for something it took far too long to simply get someone’s attention to order or to ask for condiments. We had a chat with the manager at the end who was apologetic.
During this lunch visit unfortunately the food was a failure in spite of the restaurant being almost empty. Dover sole was filleted by the side of the table and was cold when finally presented. Sea bass was raw and sent back to the kitchen who returned it still underdone in the centre and so it was sent back again. The fish was finally presented rubbery and overdone and with 1/3 of the fish gone missing. Ordered vegetable soup instead which arrived watery and flavourless.
I would like to encourage the management to employ someone at the front of house who can smile and say hello when you walk in instead of having a permanent scowl on their face.
In a market that is increasingly competitive there is no need to return. High prices, poor service and variable food quality.
The truffle pizza was amazing and so were the other dishes
Thanks roger for the warmth
Dear, thank you very much for your feedback! You made our Roger smile today! See you soon! xx
Had white truffles menu earlier last month and it was superb this time it was mediocre as even the quantity of truffles was reduced .
The white truffles with veal ravioli was inedible hard and chewy and complained to the staff who did not even react .
Hope they react and make changes as I am very fond of the place and regularly go there .
Dear Skippy! I remember your feedback few weeks ago and I was so happy that you have loved your experience with us! I am really sorry that we have let you down this time! Can I please ask you, to email firstname.lastname@example.org, before you pop in, as I would like to make sure you get to be super looked after and leave Il Baretto content and satisfied! Thank you for your report back! Have a great evening, x
We booked this from the US ahead of knowing we’d be in London for New Years Eve. What a great choice!!!!! Beautifully decorated for the holiday, nice elegant ambience. The wait staff superb and the food was even better!!!!
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While the lobster pasta and the pizza were quite good the service was horrendous. We waited 17 minutes for the waiter to come over to take our order. Needed to tell him we would like a bottle of wine before our dinner. The wine came - immediately followed by the food. All in they had us in and out in under an hour. One would think they couldn’t wait to get us through service and out the door. Once the food arrived no service at all. Very disappointed as the restaurants we have been to while on holiday here - The Wolsey - The Chiltern Firehouse - The Holborn Dining Room - Delfinos have all been so warm and gracious with wonderful food and service. Huge disappointment with Il Baretto. Was planning on going back on Sunday with a group of friends but will be looking for another place to dine and enjoy. Restaurants should remember that guests have so many choices of lovely restaurants and should one choose theirs it’s best to appreciate the cusotmer and the choice they have made.
Poor service overall; my friends and I ordered two glasses of wine which took forever to come; my starter didn’t come out for ages and we were rushed out as the restaurant was closing early on Christmas Eve. I appreciate the opening times on Christmas Eve but given the waiting time for drinks and food, I think it was pretty poor to rush people out.
Dear, Thank you very much for your review! I sincerely apologise for your rushed dinner service on Christmas evening. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you! Wishing you the best Year ahead! xx
Service was really appalling.
Dear, I am profoundly sorry to hear that you have felt neglected and being a regular guest of Il Baretto for years, this is unacceptable! Would you please be so kind and email email@example.com Thank you! x
Cute place. Great pasta!! Would definitely go back
Dear Susan, Thank you very much for your awesome review! We are looking forward to having you with us soon! x