La Gaffe Restaurant

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91 reviews
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£25 and under
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Italian
Run by the Stella family since 1962, our award winning restaurant boasts a relaxed atmosphere that draws our customers back time and again. We have been applauded by the likes of The New York Times and major UK broadsheets for our exceptional Italian food and warm atmosphere. And we are very proud that our guests love La Gaffe too, as demonstrated by our entry into the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame for being awarded a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years.

Our restaurant menu is an out-and-out celebration of Italian cuisine. Perhaps begin with fresh avocado with smoked salmon and mozzarella, followed by ravioli rosa (pasta parcels filled with ricotta cheese and spinach in pesto sauce). Meat-lovers will adore the likes of fillet steak in a green peppercorn sauce, while fish fans might opt for grilled whole sea bass topped with olive oil and herbs.

Whatever you would like to order we look forward to providing you with the warmest of welcomes.

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Sun - Mon 6:30PM - 10:00PM
Tue 12:00PM - 2:00PM 6:30PM - 10:00PM
Wed - Thu 6:30PM - 10:00PM
Fri 12:00PM - 2:00PM 6:30PM - 10:00PM
Sat 12:00PM - 2:00PM

What 91 People Are Saying
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MS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding local restaurant with great food and a real family-run ambiance

LK
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A superb meal. My wife had Gnocchi which she enjoyed. I had the roast duck again which was terrific.

LK
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extraordinary dining experience. My roast duck was exquisite and flavorful! Never had better duck! The panna cotta was the very best!

m
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and cosy restaurant in the heart of Hampstead

LK
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always a joy to eat at La Gaffe! Great food, great atmosphere, great experience.

KM
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, friendly service. We had a perfect meal and would love to return.

MS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delightful restaurant with a great ambiance and friendly staff. The food is great and good value for money

BE
London
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So nice to discover a good quality, affordable, and very friendly independent restaurant. I've been passing this for years, but this was my first visit. Lovely food. Nice staff. Not to busy nor loud. Good price for the quality of food and location. I'll definitely be back.

R
Brighton
14 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to eat here. The food, service and ambience is always top top. A great menu to choose from, the food is always delicious served with great service as well.
If you fancy a drink before or after the cosy bar is close by so saves on having to go elsewhere.

CR
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Quiet and pretty room, good food, pleasant service and all for a very reasonable price... we’ll be back!

BC
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A small intimate restaurant with an interesting menu. The food was good and very well presented. We would certainly recommend this restaurant as it made for a delightful evening out with friends.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a very nice choice of fish and vegetarian. Exactly what we were looking for

R
Brighton
15 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here several times and the food and service are excellent. Really authentic Italian restaurant.

V
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and service. Authentic Italian you can count on.

MA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was an average experience- food was ok, not as authentically Italian or interesting as anticipated, too much english influence. Place feels a bit tired, uninspired. Staff very friendly and kind.

h
London
12 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

La Gaffe is an old favourite, unpretentious, welcoming and relaxed with very good food and wine and offering a reasonable choice of mainly italian inspired dishes: pasta, fish, meat, vegetarian . A place for conversation and enjoyment. Piped music is rare and is willingly turned off. . . Service is calm, friendly but not familiar.

DC
London
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My people were a little late arrival but the restaurant was cool and calm about it. Enjoy the meal and the food. Wine was very gooe too. I enjoyed the proseco.

Will definitely be going back.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food, a really taste of Italian cuisine. ‘Trota alle mandorle’ was just amazing. Lovely staff and reasonable prices. Highly recommend! Fantastico!

NF
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Will definitely return.

La Gaffe Restaurant
Responded on 1 February 2019

Thank you :)

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TE
London
9 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service fine . Very poor wines . I mentioned this to the manager on the way out . No reason why it can not provide decent wines in £25-30 range , this day and age . Even nearby Flask pub does better . Suitable if you are looking for a quiet venue & fair value on food provided .

M
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good food & service, quiet & cosy - close to the tube

MF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A long standing Hampstead institution. The food is very good - traditional and all the better for it. No pretension just good cooking. Service is perfect. Prices are more than fair, especially for Hampstead. Highly recommended.

La Gaffe Restaurant
Responded on 4 January 2019

Thank you very much. Everythng you mention is what we aim for, so glad we hit the target for you :)

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g
London
102 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

La Gaffe is a Hampstead institution, serving good Italian food - and wines. Service is impeccable and friendly

C
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

Was quiet/empty on a Friday night and the food was average. My steak was overcooked and bland, my wife's spaghetti was fine. Ambience/setting was dated - I wasn't expecting anything modern but even by 'family-run trattoria' standards this place desperately needs a facelift. Personally, I wouldn't return.

OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

First time in London and wanted some authentic Italian. Nice place for the two of us. Very genuine and the chef/servers were all hospitable and pleasant. We will be back!

e
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambience! It looks, feels and tastes like you are in Italy, rather than in the middle of Hampstead. Lovely, all around. Thank you, Lorenzo!

SS
London
106 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice place. Good history of the restaurant. Wonderful location. Parking is a problem though.

Z
London
22 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Genuine friendly restaurant, rare to find staff who are not so rushed they can't enjoy bringing you the best of their restaurant. Original decor, well made food and great location.

R
Brighton
15 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have visited a few times, excellent food and service each time. Always made welcome.

K
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tucked away in quite street, we think it is a local gem. Pasta were well made and service was good. Very good value for money too.

NW
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal. Were staying in Hampstead for the weekend and searched on internet for best Italian. I eat gluten free and was able to find three courses that I loved. Best mushroom risotto ever and all good value. We will return

TC
London
14 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

La Gaffe was far more quaint than I expected, perhaps even a bit dated but that did not take anything away from friendly service and some very good food. This is a great and likely very reliable neighbourhood restaurant.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Beautiful venue, great food and great ambience. I will be coming back.

T
London
21 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Authentic Italian restaurant with generous portions and friendly wait staff.

PF
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent restaurant, great food and professional and friendly service

RD
London
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Salmon was wonderful. Staff polite and attentive. Really enjoyed our meal. Will return.

WY
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food. Good portions. Left feeling full. Good value. Attentive staff. Will certainly be returning.

OT
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed the set menu for Mother's Day. A delightful meal with a good choice. Great quality food and served with a smile. The restaurant was bust but we were never left too long without being attended to.

SM
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very cosy atmosphere and delicious food. Very obliging staff, nothing seems too much trouble. Would definitely recommend. My friends loved it too !

K
London
46 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is something wonderful about this old fashioned Italian restaurant. The dated decor with fake marble walls and beautifully cooked straight forward food. Liver in sage butter and dauphinois potatoes and the best minestrone I’ve had in ages. Service was pleasant and welcoming. Will certainly go back. This restaurant has been there for over 35 years and long may it continue.

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