Marco Polo Italian Restaurant & Delicatessen

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100 reviews
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Italian
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  • Outdoor Eating
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasions
Welcome to Marco Polo On The River, the Italian restaurant and delicatessen on the riverside between Wandsworth and Putney. Here you can enjoy fine Italian dining in a comfortable, spacious, modern setting with panoramic views across the Thames (PATIO ONLY). We have an large and varied menu of meat and fish dishes as well as pasta and pizza and vegetarian options. This is accompanied by an extensive choice of wines and drinks to complement your meal. Adjacent to the restaurant is the Marco Polo Café which is open from 8.30am for breakfast, pastries and coffees to eat in or take away, and throughout the day for lunches and lighter meals.
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OT
London
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

A lunchtime menu would be appreciated and may make the place busier.

Good food.

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m
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful lunch. Catered for a group of family and friends perfectly. House white is great, starters tasty and loved the variety on offer. Will come back.
Marina

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H
Munich
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wir waren diese Woche zweimal dort, einmal mittags einmal abends. Beidesmal sehr gutes Essen (Lamb cutlets, Tagliata) und zurückhaltend-freundlicher Service. Wunderschöne Terrasse, drinnen schlichtes Ambiente. Nächstesmal gehen wir wieder hin, wenn wir in London zu tun haben.

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b
London
15 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Dinner with work colleagues. Good food, nice menu. Service was ok. Convenient for work but I wouldn’t make the effort to visit otherwise.

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s
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great location on the river, great sized food portions and good quality, very helpful staff, lovely interior restaurant, fab decking to sit outside for the warmer evenings! A little on the expensive when it comes to main courses - otherwise, couldn't fault this place and would definitely go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was very good
Service was very poor

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always

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GJ
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Having been here a number of times I have to say we were thoroughly disappointed. The service (considering it was Mothering Sunday) was awful. They hardly spoke to us and we had to ask for our drinks a number of times before we got them. Food was ok, but due to service and ambience we did not enjoy it!

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant and friendly service. the food was amazing quality and perfect quantity. The lighting was just right and the overall atmosphere was relaxing.

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JN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were lucky and picked an outstanding warm sunny february lunchtime. the choice of wine was great as were our choices and the food delicious. They were busy but we managed to catch the waiters eye when we needed to.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about my experience was amazing I would recommend to everyone I know. The Calamari was crispy yet still buttery soft that alone was a compliment to the chef and I had the grilled sea bass for my mains it was absolutely divine. I will be back food and service was extremely good it's a no brainer you need to be here!

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B
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great customer service,our waiter was very attentive and took great care of us. Food was brilliant and cooked to perfection.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and the service of the staff are excellent, they really look after the customers, great hospitality!

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SH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Marco Polo for a family birthday celebration with children. Staff were friendly and entertained the children. Amazing choice on the menu - it took us a while to decide, including the kids menu!

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NB
London
8 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been eating at Marco Polo since just after it opened. The food and service are still excellent and it offers good value for money.

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NL
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The pizza was delicious and the children ate all their food (they are quite fussy!) although my friends pasta looked like it had been sitting out for a while. Quite expensive.

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WF
London
58 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is down by the river and tends to be busy during weekend days but often overlooked at night. Once again we had a very good dinner, the food was fantastic and the staff very efficient, friendly and helpful. Great night out.

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t
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good service, very good food. A little bit more expensive but a lot better than your average Italian restaurant.

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ME
London
7 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As usual, we had another really enjoyable lunch, great food, and a lovely sunny day!

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SH
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I and my wife had her birthday dinner here. Can't fault location, view and interiors - quite nice, especially the large patio area near the river.

Look, the food wasn't bad (with English standards); produce was very fresh and texture (we had fish) perfect. Presentation - pass. BUT, it lacked taste. Chef seemed to, either lack imagination and creativity, or simply forgot seasoning, including salt. A souce would have been appropriate. We both left with just "fish taste" in our mouths...

Service: well, we were not kept waiting - it was quite normal (just enough time to finish starters). But, waiting staff NEEDS training. Let's get one things straight: they're not italian. They're east european. Nothing wrong with that per se. But, they need to be trained in how to communicate with customers, if you have any ambition to pass as a "fine" restaurant. In a way, I guess it was good that our waiter "made his prescence known to us" (as it can sometimes be irritating what you cant get a hold of anyone). But he kept walking up and down between the tables, standing behind us and humming etc. in a way that was quite irritating. Also, he got very stressed when asked to recommend a dish. True enoguh, "we might not like what he likes", but really, in a "fine" restaurant we expect a different answer (delivered in a more "communicative" way).

If you can only work with some of your staff (including your chef), it could be a really good place for anyone to like (and make that "automatic" service charge warrented). I would give it a second chance.

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IR
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Uninterested staff, average food, poor ambiance inside with what sounded like a tinny radio on, and massively overpriced for what it was. Massive shame as location is excellent.

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HF
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I have visited this restaurant before and enjoyed the food, atmosphere and service. Hence I decided to book it to celebrate my Mother's 60th birthday. Unfortunately it was one big disappointment, and could not have been further from my previous experiences. The waiter who showed us to our table was so impolite and hostile towards me - it appeared to me and to the rest of our party that he had taken some sort of immediate dislike to me, for no reason. He rolled his eyes repeatedly and seemed to go out of his way to make us uncomfortable. He also showed us to a table laid for 4, even though we had booked for 5 and a highchair - and when we asked for an additional seat and a highchair, it seemed as though this was a great annoyance to him. He came over to take our order and then just disappeared - seemingly because my very young daughter dared to make a noise. He told me we could not move tables (we requested this not to be difficult, but to get out of the very hot direct sunlight). He said in 15 mins the sun would move and we would all be in the shade - the opposite was true and we were all soon sitting in the baking July sun - including my toddler daughter. He also told me we could not sit inside, as it was closed - even though we could see people eating inside. Aside from our grievances with this particular waiter, there were other issues too - in my previous experiences at this restaurant, the staff have made a real fuss for special occasions - I was expecting this sort of treatment as we had made a point of letting them know it was for a 60th birthday - but there was nothing. A big, big disappointment and a bewildering experience with a very rude and hostile waiter.

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IM
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I have often eaten there especially on nice days, I love the calves liver. The service was good and I had no reason not to give it a good review even having read previous negative ones. It can get very busy there and sometimes a wait but they have always been attentive.

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IE
London
72 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fabulous location right on the river and free from cars. Great food too. We will be back.

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RB
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Chaotic service, no Italian ambience, food appeared tired as it had been sitting for ages, not cooked as ordered. All main dishes appear to be served with roast potatoes in anonymous sauce.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Booked on open table and then waiter laughed and said they didn’t accept booking after 6pm (even though slots were available every 15 minutes) - yet people who didn’t book in front of us were seated instantly. Service was extremely slow, 30 minutes for water. Main course arrived and starters were forgotten.

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RB
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The service is not very good at this restaurant. However, it does have lovely views overlooking the river. We ordered bread and olives for a starter and they decided to give us a more expensive dish in the hope that we wouldn’t notice.

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RM
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Let's face it, World Cup Finals, Wimbledon Finals and it was hot!! This may be why some of the waiters appeared to be a little frazzled. It's a wonderful location and the food was good. We will try this restaurant again.

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KF
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely place for a family get together . Extensive menu, catered for young and old alike . Wonderful position right on the river

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AM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

The food was good by the service appalling. We were seated indoors and promptly left to our own devices while staff were assigned to serving outdoor tables. There didn't even seem to be a manager on site to restore some sort of balance.

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GF
London
178 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Lovely setting and lovely food but was super busy Monday night so service was rushed and lax. Very inattentive. Also they had run out of most icecream varieties so we cancelled that order but they never took it off the bill which we did not notice until later. Bit disappointing all round to be honest.

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JM
London
37 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

This restaurant should be fantastic as the location is wonderful and the food is good. However EVERY time I go (and I will probably stop going now) the service is terrible. The staff are pleasant and welcoming but really slow, inattentive and don't listen - you often have to repeat your order and ask several times if you need more water etc. One waiter on Monday asked me three times between the entrance and our table (c. 30 feet) what my name was and had we booked. Really frustrating. Service takes for ever so don't think about going there if you are in a rush. They do get busy but on Monday there were only 3 tables and it was still really slow. Such a disappointment as I live close by and would like to go more often

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CM
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Our new favourite restaurant!! Great ambiance and delicious, thin crust pizza.

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WF
London
58 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

He food was good and as the sun was shining we sat outside. Great to be near the river. Service was poor which was the only disappointment. Nice for weekend lunch or dinner in summer when the sun is out

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NB
London
51 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

our 3rd visit and once again enjoyable in all respects. It is also very convenient for a meal after catching the river boat clipper to the pier only 10 metres from the restaurant.

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AT
London
39 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

The service was at a level of shockingly bad that I really thought no longer existed in london or at least anywhere that is still in business. We asked for water, glass of wine, where our starters and mains were three times, finally gave up waiting for the bill and got up and paid it. Ina strangely British way I did not ask for the service charge to be removed but was so keen to get out of there and home I couldn’t be bothered. Shame as my spaghetti Vongole was really good when I got it, the weather was lovely and so was the setting. I will never go back though. Hopeless.

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B
London
16 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food in a lovely restaurant.

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AP
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A really lovely meal in a restaurant set right by the Thames in a select 'causeway' area with other bars nearby. Reasonably priced for such a location and we were well looked after. Highly recommend it. Superb food.

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T
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We arrived before any rush but had pre-booked, we were served in good time but once the place filled up everyone behind us were complaining about the long wait and the waiters need to lean how to speak English & smile too.
They should have more staff at the busy periods other than that the food served was tasty and so was the Strawberry Cider.

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PL
London
8 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Nice terrace, but food and service very average. Nice atmosphere inside.

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