Manicomio - Chelsea

4.5
546 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
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  • Lunch
  • Special Occasions
  • Outdoor Eating
Manicomio chelsea opened its doors in 2003. It is set on the buzzy Duke of York Square, set back from Sloane Square and the iconic Kings Road. Housed in an historic Grade II listed building that was formerly the Royal military asylum- the origin of Manicomio’s playful name (Italian for madhouse).

Renowned for serving simple yet elegant Italian food in the attractive dining room, bar and – weather permitting- the expansive terrace. The adjoining Manicomio Café offers a pared-down version of the restaurant’s menu- available to enjoy in either the café, conservatory, courtyard or terrace or as take away.

Manicomio’s enthusiastic passion for all things Italy- with a strong focus on provenance, quality and taste - has seen the Manicomio family grow to two more successful sites, each with their own identity- Manicomio in St Pauls and Canto Corvino in Spitalfields.

Special Offers

2/3 courses £25.50/£29.50

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 18 June 2019

Ends: 18 December 2019

Availability: Sun 18:00-19:00
Mon-Fri 12:00-15:00 18:00-19:00
Sat 18:00-19:00

1,000-Point Tables

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Daily 6:00PM - 7:00PM 8:45PM - 10:00PM

What 546 People Are Saying
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FR
London
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great to be back and the specials were memorable-truffled tagliolini

p
London
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Overall good food (though the vegan stuff was a bit boring-though of course vegan stuff usually is) plus excellent service in a great location with a welcoming friendly vibe.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food

JH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the delicious set lunch - lovely choices, well cooked, presented and served in the very attractive outdoor area.

MN
London
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great people and amazing location. The outside seating is a must-do in the warm season!

S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we eat at Manicomio it gets better and better. The food is of the highest quality, simply and stylishly presented in a no nonsense way. The outside eating area has to be one of the best al fresco spaces in London and the inside looks fresh and modern after its upgrade. The service is excellent and attentive without being overpowering. I recommend it highly for an informal supper out or meal for many for an occasion. The prosecco is delicious too!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service
Disappointed that my set menu didn’t have the prawn starter so I had to settle for the (cheaper) melon.
Other than that a great restaurant.

MS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restrooms are a disgrace

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious and delightful

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Had the set menu. We initially thought the price was OK, but upon receiving the food we were really disappointed. The quality was good, but the portions were truly tiny.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! Staff were amazing! Incredible food! Best pasta I have had in forever. We will be back.

Made a birthday message on the desert without even needing to ask. Was wonderful!

Also best tiramisu in London

#instWorthy

s
London
330 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

First seating time for eating inside the restaurant on this Saturday was 6.00pm. As we were the first eating inside (the large terrace outside was quite busy) the restaurant was empty so the service unsurprisingly was good but the ambiance was a little subdued. We both started with the octopus salad which was very palatable followed by a rabbit and lobster linguine. The rabbit pasta dish was very good however the lobster dish was a little disappointing, no real depth of flavour although it had quite a generous serving of lobster.

CS
London
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

We were told 3 times that we had to leave by 2pm and yet the food was slow coming out. We were not lingering. Such backward customer service. We only had main, dessert and coffees. Sadly not up to scratch. Food delicious as always.

s
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

I’ve eaten here for lunch and dinner recently - both times it was a warm day and so sat outside. It’s a lovely space and a rare treat to be able to sit outside when not on a main road. However, I find the set up a bit odd - 90% of the very large outside space is for smokers, with a small area for non-smokers behind a glass wall. We were crammed up against the wall by the till because we had specifically asked for non smoking. It should be more balanced so everyone can enjoy the space - the best tables are definitely in the smoking area.

The food was very good both times, but the service is patchy - some charming and attentive staff and some much less so. I have allergies and the kitchen were excellent at dealing with this - no trouble at all - but one waitress who served the food was so dismissive, that we had to call someone else over to check with the kitchen. The kitchen had created the food beautifully free of gluten, but it was a bit of a drama to get the reassurance we needed.

If it wasn’t for the penned in non-smoking area and the patchy service, this would have got full marks for food.

FF
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Worst combination of over priced with secret cover charges etc and then the worst service - we saw two other table staff openly fight with waiters, we had to ask for everything from menus to wine - and even after asking for our wine it took two more requests to get it. The food was mediocre and was not worth the inflated prices. For example a cup of fresh peppermint tea was £4 - for some hot water and mint! You’re paying for the cafe culture and the sunshine - have a drink but go elsewhere for food

JM
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Friendly and helpful service. Excellent food and a good selection of wine.
Thank you.

p
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was amazing by some servers and really below par from others - being told we must leave our table by 8.15 even though we had booked but in contrast to another server really taking note of everything we needed. Went for the set menu where the servings were generous and food was good, not amazing

CM
London
8 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Good food, great outside table. Service a little hit and miss as they seemed very busy, albeit individual staff members were great.

M
London
9 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Good food but poor service

H
London
12 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We ate outside on a sunny day - lovely to be able to book outside seating. Food was good bistro style. Chicken okay, but the strawberry granita was lovely. Service was muddled and slow. Had to ask three times for our olives. Someone attempted to bring us the wrong meal. Set menu was good value though.

d
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Great location. Food good but not outstanding. Good service.

J
London
6 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and the food was delicious

MC
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was carefully crafted in the right quantities and sufficiently different without trying to be trendy.

N
London
15 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely outdoor space, offering very good Italian cuisine with a modern twist, and vegan options too. Service has improved.

a
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in the area - food of high quality, very fairly priced, with top notch service

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Good buzzing place , great food and ambience was good for a nice cosy dinner

Z
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience

l
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and fabulous service. Highly recommend

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was average . Nothing special , no creativity. I had the chicken milanaise , it was plain with poor quality ingredients. . No need to be a chef I could have cooked it myself at home . The starter was not better . I ordered the tiger prawns instead I got 2 balls of risotto with very little prawn inside . For the price I expected tiger prawns not risotto ! The desert was quite tasty though . I picked the mousse and my son ordered the mango sorbet which was lovely too . In summary , this restaurant is overrated and hence overpriced. It is just an OK restaurant .

G
London
16 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

I don’t like to be critical but they forgot the main course ordered by one of our party. There was then clearly a delay while the order was delivered. The manager did at least not charge us for that main course but the shoddy service was what was remembered.

BV
London
18 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

another fantastic meal at Manicomio !
always a treat

AR
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice neighborhood-restaurant with Home-made style italian food. The waitors were proffesional, friendly and quick. A very pleasant experience.

JM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good service. Really good food. Will definitely go back.

ZP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. We have been many time and we love coming back to Manicomio.

RL
London
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The food was of very poor quality. If you are looking for authentic Italian food this is not the place to go. Although the ambience was nice and in a lovely position. The food was bland. My octopus starter was over cooked and chewy and my partners pasta was under-seasoned and far to think. Personally believe you could buy better from a supermarket.

LS
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thought this was the perfect choice to enjoy the buzz of Chelsea and I loved having the vegan options.....our food was delicious. Yes more than we would normally spend on lunch but it was a treat.

AS
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Friendly atmosphere

g
London
178 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful lunch sitting out on the Terrace in lovely warm weather. Pasta homemade and great, tasty meatballs, with excellent service.

S
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite restaurant in London. Used by sophisticated Italians and English cognoscenti.
Delicious and interesting food served by charming staff.
You can eat indoors, outdoors or halfway in between.

S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and 1 thought that the cover charge for a very small and dried up piece of focaccia was outrageous . An otherwise good meal but they need to sort out the rip off !

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