L'ulivo Villiers Street

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602 reviews
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Italian
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Lunch
Welcome to L'ulivo Villiers Street!
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.

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L'ulivo Villiers Street Private Dining

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TG
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is an excellent restaurant with very good food, drink and service. It is particularly useful if you are attending one of the theatres nearby. It is very convenient for Embankment station. Would definitely recommend.

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ST
London
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a table for 6. Placed in a small, intimate alcove where we could chat easily. Delighted with out seating arrangement
The food was delicious,hot served quickly.
The waiting staff were polite, helpful and cheerful.
We had an excellent evening. Thankypu

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EA
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely date there the other night. Nice and warm atmosphere and the staff is wonderful. The food is amazing and very reasonably priced. Will be back definitely!

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BR
London
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We like L'Ulivo very much, have already been back there, and will certainly return again. One of our favourites in London

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NT
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We'd heard good things from a friend, but for us it was poor. Pizzas were average with skimpy toppings. Burger was overcooked with plastic mozzarella. Good friendly service and lively pre-theatre atmosphere.

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CB
Essex
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good although would have liked more options. Portion size was plenty and service was efficient

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CW
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

I had previously been to this restaurant and it was very good, hence our return visit. Our table was fine but i immediately felt very pressured to order as well as buy the more expensive wines! It all felt rushed and the waiter tried to add on the highest level of tip without checking with me first. Overall we will not be returning as it has got far too commercialised and they are trying to rush as many covers through as possible in the least time.

On a positive note, the food is ok but not great as it had been previously.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice staff sat downstairs much quieter food was really nice v happy

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SC
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Nice location near to theatre, service was fast, was looking forward to the calamari starter which they had run out of, it was only 6-30pm so a lot of people will of been disappointed that evening. Pasta dish was fine and so was salad dish. Burger was disappointing, all salad and tomato and couldn’t taste burger & chips was frozen shop bought rubbish. All in all had a nice evening but won’t be returning as not value for money. Oh and wine was £8 a glass!

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Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable

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WM
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really charming restaurant down a side street with big windows to look out and watch the passing parade.
Management and staff are friendly and on the ball. No-one has an attitude.
Service is excellent!!
Food is really good and the wine list, though small, has some excellent wines.
There are thousands of places to eat in London but we have eaten here 3 times in 4 days! Do yourself a favour and book a table now, you won’t regret it.
Highly recommended.

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AC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Good quality, honest Italian food, good portions, handy location. Can be really noisy & busy over dinner service. Still a good option in Charing Cross.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly fast service. Not hurried with lovely food

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose this restaurant for pre-theatre dinner. Everything about the place was great, fantastic Italian food and wine, staff very pleasant and ambience was perfect. Would recommend booking as restaurant was very busy. Will definitely go back.

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KB
Hampshire
7 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

This is a family run business that I feel needs a little updating. I appreciate this restaurant is busy but having told two waitress that we would like a drink first then decide what to eat , we were hassled until we did just that.
In this day and age not to serve low sugar drinks ie slimline tonic is unbelievable and when asked why not the waitress jus laughed at us.
We had vegetarian camalloni aneamic as it was served and just warm in the centre of this dish , a basic margarita pizza , a gin & tonic , glass of red wine and a coffee. With a 10% tip the bill came to £55 which I thought was on the expensive side as nothing was special or difficult.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food quality. Friendly service comfortable setting

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E
London
13 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

L'ulivo is a excellent restaurant that consistently delivers very tasty food quickly and in a lovely setting. We have been to this restaurant a lot of times and have never been disappointed. The service is excellent, the restaurant has a lovely ambience (nice lighting/candles) and the food is extremely well cooked and prepared. We will definitely book again.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice and nice service the waitress smiled a lot makes all the dolifference

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CM
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

I love this restaurant but during my last visit I ordered a starter and the waitress brought the wrong item. I said that I didn't order it but she inisted that I did. She wouldn't take it back so I accepted it just to keep the peace. I think your staff need training to address situations like this more appropriately.

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PS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Loud and not at all relaxing - improved when it emptied out a bit. Food OK, (great soup!), but few veggie choices and all very heavy, except salad and I don't want salad on a cold night. The people next to us (a mother, son and daughter - we knew bease they were shouting) got very drunk and the man was verbally abusing his mother who seemed to be on the point of collapse due to how much she'd drunk. The man was foul mouthed and very, very loud. It would have been nice if staff had reminded him that there were other customers. A very unpleasant experience.

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LR
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal, lovely food at a reasonable price.

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Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Good food but poor service. When we arrived we were greeted with a look of shock horror when I said we had a reservation. It was busy but after only a short wait we were seated so not sure what the problem was. The same waitress took our order (eventually) without a smile. Quite unpleasant. One of our starters was delivered to a different table by mistake. The food we did get was very good with generous portions. A very pleasant waitress took the dessert order, so the evening ended on a high.

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CH
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had two meals in two days here. Great calves liver and fabulous risotto from the chef’s special menu. Service was very good. An all round really good experience. We will be back.

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Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service.

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m
London
7 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Great buzzy atmosphere, but staff were overstretched and it took several minutes to get their attention each time we wanted something (an extra napkin, to order drinks, to order food etc). Food was dated (thick gravy on calves liver like we were in the 1970s) and disappointing.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

I was disappointed as I L'ulivo can do much better. For example, I requested at the end of the meal
an itallian capuchino. Instead what was provided was an capuchino which would served in a british
restaurant without the chocolate on top and tasting of hot milk rather than coffee!

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KG
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A lovely restaurant for all occasions, I went for lunch, good quality food and big portions (well if you go for the dinner options lol). I would recommend L'ulivo :)

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CK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely lunch- don’t forget to ask for the lunch menu as it has some lovely dishes. Waitress not the friendliest in the world but the food quality and atmosphere made up for her shortcomings.

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g
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good time to be had at l"ulivo. I'm glad I don't go there too often as is wouldn't be a treat.

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D
New England
16 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was very welcoming and attentive. Total teamwork.

Compliments to the chef for the nightly specials. I went 2 nights in a row, and had the fish one night and traditional pasta the next. I wish I could get his vegetable soup recipe. I would eat it for all 3 meals. They made an error in my order, and I chose to accept it. I was compensated. Now I need to return during my next business trip so I can really have the clam sauce.

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DS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to meet friends as it’s so near to Embankment tube and good for pre or after theatre.
We’ve eaten here numerous times and love it. Food is fabulous.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

This place was great for a quick valentines meal before a theatre show. Nice ambiance and quick service.

Unfortunately, my pasta was in a pool of oil and it seemed as though it had been scooped out of a big pot. It tasted alright. The tiramisu afterwards was played nicely and tasted fine as well.

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F
West Sussex
5 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great restaurant
Great choice on the menu, very good service and a really nice atmosphere
Will definitely return

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RW
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had booked a table got to the restaurant to find a queue to get a table. As we were going to a show I said to the people I was with we may have to find some where else. We went in the manager came over asked if any one had booked I said yes we were shown to our reserved table. I think the restaurant is good value, food really good and service great

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DP
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is very nice, the service relaxed and friendly, but unfortunately the pizza is not exceptional - however the pasta we saw on the other tables looked tasty, so maybe that would be a better choice,

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SQ
London
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good and quick. Service perfectly satisfactory. Liked the music playing. Good idea to book as gets pretty busy. Need more choice of wines by the glass, but limited. Brought the wrong dish but offered to change it immediately. Pleasant staff. We were very early for our table but they did not mind.

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JB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Starter of bruschetta was superb, Partner had the prawns which was a bit bland. Pepperoni pizza for main was lovely but the Caesar Salad wasn't great as the croutons tasted a bit stale.
Over all a good restaurant in a superb location

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal and friendly attentive staff

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CW
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Quite a busy place, but despite that service and delivery of food was in adequate time. Food portions were generous and very lovely. I like the open kitchen, so you cam watch them cook.

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CD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great for pre/post theatre dining. Can be a bit slow sometimes with service and getting the bill. Staff seem to change quite quickly so it sometimes seems they are always learning the ropes. Orders not always correct as they don't write anything down!
This is the Villers Streeet branch. Other than that really good value for money. Thank you.

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