Manicomio - Chelsea

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558 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
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  • Lunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
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 558 People Are Saying
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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside, great setting and food too.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last dinner in London! Was the best way to say goodbye !

G
New England
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lunch with my family, really lovely x

L
London
19 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 1ambience 5

Lovely place for a quiet lunch or meeting. The antipasti platter was wonderful

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

Too expensive for what it offers. Hosts were unkind

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Dry tasteless pasta. Average service

FR
London
24 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Manicomio food wine and service all excellent specials too
Love the cafe too

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

MS
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

First time at this restaurant! As we knew the weather forecast was for sunshine we were able to book an outside table which was perfect! We went for A la Carte only because I thought the set menu choice was rather limited? This is not a cheap restaurant but the standard was very good! Food was excellent- waiters could have been a bit more cheerful ?

MS
London
12 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As good as ever. I had a fabulous rib-eye, cooked to perfection!
I like it here because it’s not noisy in the restaurant area.

JM
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible and the service was excellent! I would highly recommend this restaurant.

FR
London
25 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

p
London
8 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
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
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

Service is terrible . Food is average . Food was cold by the time waiters brought in to the table . Squid was over cooked .

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
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
6 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
334 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
10 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
3 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

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