L'ulivo Villiers Street

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746 reviews
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£25 and under
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Italian

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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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M
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Chicken wings are not the best however the seafood pasta was lovely. Not a great dessert wine either

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Second time here, overall very good, but it’s very busy therefore somewhat noisy. I ordered a beer and by the time it arrived I’d finished my meal. Staff are polite and I would definitely return. You need to reserve in advance. 4 stars.

MG
London
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best pizza in london - try pizza gitana

VJ
London
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice food and good service. Have visited several times. Only downside are the toilets which are in need of some attention.

F
Kent
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good bustling atmosphere with friendly and helpful staff. Varied menu and good quality dishes. Have been there several times and will continue to be my first choice for a meal in that area.

GG
Aberdeen
7 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easy to make booking, food was plentiful and very tasty. Good value for money xo soldering in central London.

B
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great Italian restaurant in the centre of the city. Food great and nice vibe.

HM
London
19 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good pretheatre meal, service was good and timely.

MH
London
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place to eat before the theatre. Service is very quick and it’s great to be able to go somewhere that isn’t a Chain restaurant.
This is about the 6th time we have eaten here and the food was very good as always

LC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff, large food portions, seafood pizza is excellent.

OT
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I came here for a lovely pre-cinema meal. We shared a bottle of very nice Prosecco, I had the lasagne and my partner had a pasta. The food was well cooked and well presented, with quite large portions- so in that manner it was good value for money. It was easy to get the attention of the wait staff and they were friendly and attentive. The prices are due to the location, but it had a lovely atmosphere (if not fairly loud) and was overall very enjoyable. I think I would happily go back.

J
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was good, but clearly none of the staff subscribe to the theory of 'Service with a smile'

G
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is authentic and well made. The stakes are large and very tender. Pasta well cooked and lovely sauce. My fish was excellent. Choice of dessert is limited but all very well done. Drinks are reasonable. A real plus point is the service, attentive without pushy. It can be a bit noisy but nothing to worry about

LH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice food, nice wine, nice atmosphere, friendly staff. We were seated immediately- what’s not to like.

ML
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food as always with a very friendly approach and location close by most theatres- frequent customer!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely restaurant. Food is great. Have a small menu for kids if required. Definitely recommend booking in advance. Always very busy, but you can understand why with the great food and location.

RG
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly reception, very good food quickly served in pleasant surroundings at a reasonably price.
Very pleased we booked this restaurant. Would do it again.

VC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Terrible. Booked for 6.30 on Saturday. Finally got to a table at 7.10 - no explanation, apology or even a smile. When we did get seated we didn't get served until we flagged down a waitress. She didn't write out order down and subsequently our Tortellino was forgotten. The food was poor, other than the lasagne which, to be fair, was delicious. The mozeralla balls were tasteless, the pizzas were average and the tortellino was raw. When we asked for it to be cooked again there was no apology we were just told it was supposed to be like that. We should've been suspicious by the bags of tesco and asda dried pasta that were being used as decoration beside our table! Have been here a few times before but that will be our last unfortunately. £140 for the worst meal we've had in London for ages. Such a shame.

C
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Authentic Italian food prepared beautifully in cozy surroundings

O
Buckinghamshire
5 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Lovely restaurant we ate here before our theatre trip. Staff were friendly and efficient and the food was fantastic. Good quality Italian and good portion sizes

ML
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Bruschetta dissapointing as it was rasther tastless probably due to the tomatoes.

RG
London
17 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Great pizza, pasta and more near Covent Garden. Good value for central London.

N
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Not very special. Most of the ingredients were straight from a can, example Salmon Nicoise salad had just packaged smoked salmon not a real piece of baked salmon as one would expect on a proper Nicoise.

AM
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good and choice excellent for a vegetarian. Large garlic bread great. Main meals nice and hot with plenty of options. Puddings on the expensive side for the size given, but very nice. TLadies toilets are cozy.

WP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, service was timely and accurate. Spent a very enjoyable long lunch with no pressure to rush.

NB
London
63 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I may have only marked '3' but do not avoid this as it is a good restaurant to go pre-theatre (local to the Playhouse), it is a good Italian restaurant with very efficient service ie we will return!

MS
London
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have a limited choice because of varying food sensitivities. It would be nice if they had a
a gluten free pizza base. Maybe something they could consider. However I know the prawns are always well done to the recipe I require so this restaurant is a favourite for me. The service is always good and attentive of my food sensitivities. It is also right opposite Charing Cross station so the journey home is a simple one.

AD
London
12 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent for pre-theatre meal - delicious pasta and risotto and fine desserts

OT
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sehr leckere Gerichte, die Weinempfehlung war hervorragend. Der Service war freundlich. Wie waren gleich zwei Abende nacheinander zum Dinner dort.

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DP
London
18 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for dinner on New Year's Eve. Good food, speedy service with a smile!

DG
London
6 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We booked a table for New Years Eve. We were not made aware of the 25% service charge when we booked. I understand that it was a busy evening, but the service was very hurried and our dinner felt very rushed. However the food was great.

J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

While this restaurant is on a busy street across from the train station it was very pleasant we were seated promptly and given time to order drinks and appetizers before our main course We had the squid ink pasta, the prawn diablo with the mussel appetizer It is an excellent choice in the Charing Cross area

OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Food was fine. Not the best and not the worst Italian meal. But, as a party of 1, I felt like I was shoved in a corner and, other than taking my order (finally!) and delivering the food to my table, I may as well as been invisible. I literally had to beg to pay my bill at the end of my meal, asking no less than 3 employees to allow me to pay my bill. If the restaurant doesn’t want to serve parties of 1, they should limit the type of reservation they accept. From the time I sat down, it took 2 hours to have a 2-course meal. Not because the portions were large but because I was not acknowledged for 20 minutes at the start of my meal and it took over 30minutes before someone took the 3-minutes to process my payment for the food. Worst dining experience I had during a 11-day trip to London.

JD
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

From the moment we walked in the staff we not attentive and borderline rude... and not just to us, to everyone. They try to walk away before you have finished ordering and that's if you can manage to grab their attention long enough to tell them you want something. They forget things too, a note book might comr in handy for these guys. They did remove some of the incorrect food from the bill but I would still give this place a miss next time.

LC
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, all staff really Friendly and very welcoming. brilliant service and accommodating

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the meal, been three times so far and not been disappointed once. Will be returning ASAP.

NO
London
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was amazing and there was a lovely ambience.Glad we booked as this was very busy.
The toilets were a bit of a let down and needs a good overhaul however.
Would definitely recommend this amazing Italian restaurant .

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

A 25% mandatory service charge added on a Christmas Day. Without having been informed I just spotted that on the bottom of the menu once I sat. Honestly is not really professional especially when the service was poor for the whole time. Not deserved at all.

NB
London
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Io e il mio ragazzo abbiamo pranzato a Natale in questo ristorante italiano situato a pochi passi da Piccadilly. È stata una scelta ottima: abbiamo mangiato benissimo, le porzioni abbondanti e i prezzi assolutamente adeguati, tenendo conto di essere a Londra il giorno di Natale dove praticamente è tutto chiuso. Il personale è davvero molto gentile e disponibilissimo: nonostante le tante persone in sala, sono sempre stati sempre attenti a soddisfare ogni nostra richiesta. E che dire della location??? Una favola!!!
Non possiamo che ringraziare per tutto!!

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MC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

I had a main course of veal which was overcooked and very dry. Complained to waitress who offered to replace or refund. Due to time constraints, I decided to have a refund. Everything else was fine. Waitress was very apologetic and courteous