La Gaffe Restaurant

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98 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.

Special Offers

Dine out on Christmas Day for a stress-free Christmas

Celebrate Christmas in our comfortable and relaxed restaurant - enjoy our special set menu, good for traditionalists, with its turkey and pudding, and Italian favourites for those who want something a little more modern!

Tuesday, 24 December, 2019

Celebrate New Year's Eve with a fantastic meal!

See the New Year in at dinner at La Gaffe - whether in our comfortable wine bar or intimate restaurant, we're sure you'll enjoy not just our friendly service but excellent food. And after more than 50 years, we know how to make our guests feel welcome too!

Tuesday, 31 December, 2019

1,000-Point Tables

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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 98 People Are Saying
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BS
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

first experience of this restaurant - will definitely go again - that says it all!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Early birthday meal nice food friendly service

GR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was our first night in London, we checked into La Gaffe. Put our bags in the room and then came down to use the Restaurant. It was quiet, service was great. Food was excellent and we had a lovely evening. I would highly recommend.

DP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly service, lovely atmosphere. We'll be back.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Pleasant ambiance and good food, but very slow service

SF
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We were staying in Hampstead for the weekend and chose to eat at La Gaffe based on very positive customer reviews (4+ out of 5). Unfortunately our experience, although not bad, was not as positive. The restaurant itself might be described as traditional or a bit dated, depending on your outlook. It was only half full when we visited on a Friday evening - good for service but less good for ambience. The food was all ok but not great. Potatoes and vegetables are not included with main meals which is gastronomically questionable and which pushes meal prices up to levels that don't represent great value for money.

In conclusion, no major flaws or disasters, but disappointing because our experience fell short of expectations.

BB
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent food. Good menu with wide choice of Italian themed meals. Unusually quite a few fish dishes which were served with interesting sauces

MS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LK
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LK
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and cosy restaurant in the heart of Hampstead

LK
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

V
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

MF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall3food3service2ambience1

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
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
107 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

Z
London
22 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

K
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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