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L'ulivo Leicester Square, London,

L'ulivo Leicester Square

4.2
4.2
8 Reviews
£26 to £40
Italian
Here at lulivo (pronounced looleevoh) we are passionate about our food and our customers, full stop, that simple.
There is no better feeling then delivering a great service and knowing you guys are tucking into a great dish.

It begins in the kitchen with our carefully chosen ingredients, all freshly prepared within our premises - We love simple Italian cookery, nothing too la dee daa and complicated, but authentic, the way its cooked back home.

Our aim is to deliver the best Italian cuisine and service to our customers. Simply delicious dishes, served by people who simply love what they do. If you don"t believe what your reading feel free to talk to one of our staff, it's no problem, their love of Lulivo is a daily topic, the real problem will be to stop them afterwards!

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2 people

19:00


Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Pizzeria, Mediterranean
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Sat 11:00–00:00 Sun 11:00–23:00
  • Phone number
    020 3007 1859
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Area
    Leicester Square
  • Cross Street
    Leicester Square/Piccadilly/Charing Cross/Covent Garden/National Gallery
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    leicester square station<br />charing cross station<br />picadilly circus station
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 8 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

230 Reviews
  1. AnitaO

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely meal, great service and the restaurant was beautiful and christmassy!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    A little rushed, the food came way too quickly and was average with little flavour. We had to ask for our drinks twice however so didn’t even get them until we had our mains. Despite having 2 courses we were done within the hour

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  3. KateG

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Food and service were fine, comprehensive menu, lively atmosphere. However it was airless and unbearably hot, like being in a sauna. Two of our party had to take off tops and sit in camisoles and even then it was oppressive and unpleasant. We had planned to stay for a full pre theatre dinner (this was at 6pm on a Saturday) but ended up just having a pizza and leaving asap. We went elsewhere for coffee and desert. My son checked the reviews and found a few sying 'beware, no aircon'. Here's another one! Such a shame.

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  4. PeterG

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a lovely meal here at this great restaurant within easy walking distance of the theatre for a meal after the show. The service was excellent and the staff were welcoming and friendly.

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  5. LindaS

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous lication extensive menu. Food delicious. Staff very friendly and efficient. But orepared to slow down service when asked to. All lovely, especially Mohamned.

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  6. Alex

    Nashville

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Nothing overly processed. Well presented and delicious. Super nice fishing room and even nicer staff. Would dine here again.

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  7. JuneG

    Leicestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely pre theatre lunch. Food delicious and the service was faultless. Great restaurant with very friendly staff. Highly recommended.

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  8. Jonathan

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 29 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Given its location, decent food at a good price. Staff were pleasant and we were served promptly, even though we were a little late arriving. Happy to go back

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  9. The reviews below were submitted before 11 September 2023, when this restaurant changed its chef.

  10. stuart

    London

    7 reviews

    7 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    It was closed but booking was still taken on Opentable

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  11. stuart

    London

    7 reviews

    7 reviews

    Dined on 5 January 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Booking was accepted by Opentable but was closed when we arrived

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  12. AnnM

    London

    3 reviews

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 January 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    As I have already told you, this restaurant was closed (as in gone away, gone bust, when we arrived for our meal.

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  13. BRUCEB

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1 review

    Dined on 4 January 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I am both flabbergasted and dumbstruck that you have the audacity to ask me for feedback on this establishment. We arrived at the restaurant to find it had shut down (many months ago!)

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  14. AlisonT

    London

    2 reviews

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 December 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great genuine Italian restaurant- good food and service. It was very busy albeit early in the evening- recommend booking. Nice for a family celebration and handy for before/after theatre meal

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  15. TerryD

    London

    4 reviews

    4 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food prepared to a high standard, large portions, excellent service and a varied menu with something to suit all tastes

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  16. singing

    London

    4 reviews

    4 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very noisy and busy on this occasion and although we'd booked in advance we were shown to a table at the back near the bar and cooking area which was a bit disappointing as there was constant noise and raised conversation between waiters and chef. Generally the service was helpful and the food is good traditional Italian fayre with generous sized portions.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1 review

    Dined on 21 December 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The only disappointment was that there was no bar staff on duty, so sadly no cocktails. However, the staff managed to still whip up an Aperol. Excellent service and yummy food as always.

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  18. MSB60

    Brighton

    5 reviews

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We have eaten at L'Ulivo at Leicester Square on a number of occasions and the food has never disappointed. If you like well-cooked, unpretentious, Italian food you will like this restaurant. The prices are not too bad either, considering the central London location. We will return, I am sure.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1 review

    Dined on 13 December 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service

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  20. SueJ

    Bedfordshire

    16 reviews

    vip

    16 reviews

    Dined on 11 December 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good old style Italian restaurant. Staff were courteous, pleasant and efficient.

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  21. johns

    Buckinghamshire

    5 reviews

    5 reviews

    Dined on 11 December 2018

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    we have eaten pre theatre before .The food is very good . Unfortunately our meal was interrupted by lengthy table shuffling to fit a group of 10 . I could no longer ebven leave my seat .Not a word to us by way of explanation or apology and the ensuing noise gave us no option but to leave early .

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  22. RogerWarburton1

    London

    1 review

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always visit when in London,we have been many times,and always great,even recommended to a Italian tourist as we left last Monday 10/12/2018

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  23. KateO

    Hampshire

    3 reviews

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 December 2018

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We arrived for our booking and were seated within 5 mins, only to be removed from the table and told that a family had been waiting 15 mins (with no booking) the manager kept telling all of his staff off and was extremely rude.

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  24. DougB

    London

    14 reviews

    14 reviews

    Dined on 8 December 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice food, served promptly. Pasta was great and sauces lovely. Had the cheeseboard and although it wasn't quite what was on teh menu it was amazing.

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  25. deea

    London

    3 reviews

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 December 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    the food was lovely. the ambience was nice n lively. tiramisu n pana cotta v v good. the service was v person dependant and not v friendly. e.g. when i was struggling to get the pram out of the restaurant, the maitre de just stood there watching my struggles

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  26. Patsy

    London

    2 reviews

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 December 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    2nd visit here lovely restaurant, food wonderful and staff lovely and very helpful will be back

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  27. FrancisV

    London

    1 review

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Calamari's starter was superb as was the pasta with smoked salmon and spinach. I also enjoyed the selection of beers and the house red. I will be booking again soon.

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  28. SV18

    London

    5 reviews

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 December 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, and not overpriced as you would expected from its location. A lot of choices.

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  29. SallyB

    London

    1 review

    1 review

    Dined on 1 December 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent venue, with quick and friendly service. I would definitely recommend.

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  30. ShaunJ

    London

    1 review

    1 review

    Dined on 1 December 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Can be quite warm but a great atmosphere and great food

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1 review

    Dined on 20 November 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's great place for a relaxed meal in Central London.

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  32. pennquaterregular

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    7 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    People were nice. Location convenient for meeting friends. Good at best so-so.

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  33. CillaZ

    Exclusive

    1 review

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Waiters were slow. They charged me 12.5% of service charge from the full price and not the discounted taste card price.

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  34. Robert

    London

    1 review

    1 review

    Dined on 17 November 2018

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Dinner took an hour and a half after the starter to arrive. When it did the order was wrong with missing sauces, and chorizo to a person who cant east chorizo. Also cutlery still have bits of spaghetti stuck in it from someone else's meal. The kitchen staff were shouting at each other most of the time in full blown arguments. We were told one of the chefs did not show up for work, makes me wonder why they still filled the place then. If that's is the level of organisation I think I rather eat elsewhere. The food its self was ok but nowhere near the amount we were being asked to pay. All in all from a table of 8 people now one was impressed and all decided the cafe meal we had for lunch was far superior and a fraction of the cost.

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  35. JVPfromLA

    London

    62 reviews

    vip

    62 reviews

    Dined on 15 November 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The primary feature of this restaurant is its convenient location for pretheatre dining. Prices are moderate but no better than swankier eateries in the area. Service is hindered by well intentioned and friendly but inadequately trained service personnel — ordering a gin martini required explaining it to three different servers. Pastas were good. Caesar salad had more chicken than romaine lettuce, and the meat was dry and leathery.

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  36. JTLondon

    London

    11 reviews

    11 reviews

    Dined on 6 November 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A welcome breath of fresh air from all the overcrowded, overpriced chains in Leicester Square. This lovely restuarant feels family run, the food was delicious and tasted extremely fresh (Nonna's recipes?), very reasonable prices and portion sizes, cosy haven in bustling central London. Waiters gave us VIP service despite our bill only being GBP 20 each including a glass of wine. I will be back.

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  37. Pommie

    London

    3 reviews

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 October 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Authentic Italian food at reasonable prices. Relaxed setting - attentive but unobtrusive service. Wine very pricey.

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  38. TK69london

    London

    20 reviews

    20 reviews

    Dined on 15 October 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We went here at around 22:30 after seeing a musical. It's located at very busy touristic area, but because of the time, it was quiet. The service were nice, and the foods were better than we had expected. Nothing special, but for after theatre dinners, considering there's limited options, I think this restaurant is reasonable.

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  39. ALRum

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5 reviews

    Dined on 13 October 2018

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Not bad but felt like a tourist trap of non authentic Italian with slow service and mediocre food

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  40. StephanieH

    London

    1 review

    1 review

    Dined on 3 October 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My review is for both the Leicester Square and Charing Cross L'Ulivo restaurants. We booked for the Leicester Square branch but when we got there they had been closed for filming unfortunately. The manager apologised and gave me a card to go to the Charing Cross restaurant which we went to and enjoyed just the same. The atmosphere was perfect and the food was tasty and enjoyable with a good cocktail to accompany. Highly recommended restaurant, will visit again.

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  41. RMDSM

    London

    1 review

    1 review

    Dined on 2 October 2018

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Having booked a table for 7 at the restaurant we were most disappointed to find that the restaurant was occupied by film crew and closed to customers. We were told that we would be taken to their sister restaurant that was 3 minute walk away and that someone would accompany us. This was a pre-theatre meal. We were not told where their sister restaurant was and after walking for several minutes further away from the theatre we decided not to go any further and found an alternative place to eat close to the Theatre. We are very disappointed that the restaurant made the decision not to contact us on the day to let us know that there was a change to the booking.

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FAQs

L'ulivo Leicester Square is rated 4.2 stars by 8 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Google Map for L'ulivo Leicester Square

14-15 Irving Street, London, WC2H 7AU

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Leicester Square/Piccadilly/Charing Cross/Covent Garden/National Gallery
  • Area
    Leicester Square
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Sat 11:00–00:00 Sun 11:00–23:00
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Pizzeria, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    leicester square stationcharing cross stationpicadilly circus station
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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