Ponti's Italian Kitchen - John Princes Street

3.9
237 reviews
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£25 and under
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Italian
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  • Pre/post Theatre
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  • Business Meals

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About

Tucked around the corner from Oxford Circus underground, we see ourselves as the perfect complement to the West End hum. Italian casual dining is our proud claim, cooking what we love to eat ourselves, with impeccable service and unimpeachable, authentic ingredients.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation
Mon - Fri: 08.00 - 23.00
Sat: 10.00 - 23.00
Sun: 10.00 - 22.00

Last Orders
Mon - Sat: 22.00 | Sun: 21.00
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Phone number
020 3230 3018
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Additional
Cocktails, Full Bar, View, Wheelchair Access
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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant lunch time visit with our granddaughter before the theatre. Seated immediately, attentive service, well cooked pasta and pizza.

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PS
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The service was good. Some of the pasta portions are extremely tiny compared to the price you are paying (around 8 pieces of pasta!), therefore not value for money at all. The place was too noisy and dark. But overall, the food and service was decent.

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p
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2016
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was absolutely terrible. It took us 1.5 hr to get our main course. Our waiter was no where to be seen.

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JC
London
8 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice enough but nothing particularly special. Nothing particularly good or bad.

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OT
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2016
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Incredibly disappointing. Nothing inventive here, just going through the paces and picking up tourists like us in the process. not sure how they garner the reviews they do. There was nothing "wrong" with our food, it was all prepared adequately, served adequately...but for what it was, we could have done much, much better! I'm just disappointed to have wasted one meal in here, when we could have gone to a real artisan gem. Oh well, no use crying over spilt milk.

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WO
San Francisco
86 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time here but I will be back to explore the menu further. Safe choice, fun, busy, worthwhile place to eat.

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MH
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely diner during our stay in London. Friendly and good food. Even for children a nice menu.
Thank you for your good service.
Manja, Hans and Anne Mariska from Holland.

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AP
London
14 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2016
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Services was good and this is a perfect joint for dinner after a day of shopping.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2016
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Two dishes: one heavy on the salt, the other bland. I had great expectations and was pretty let down. The ambience and the rest of it was fine, and the portions were considerably generous.

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LH
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Met colleagues for a breakfast meeting - food was excellent and the place is bright and airy. Service was woeful especially as it was not particularly busy. Staff seemed both disinterested and distracted. Had to ask several times for items forgotten or not put through on the order.

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NH
Oxford
18 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great location for a business meeting - breakfast or lunch. Good, friendly and attentive staff made you very welcome.
Food was spot on - straightforward and tasty

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E
Nottingham
17 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My two daughters and I visited Ponti's on A weekday evening. The staff were friendly and the food good value. ( we had the set menu) Close to Oxford Circus tube station

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r
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant, now out of business, has always been great.

However, this is the SECOND time a restaurant has not had my reservation even through Open Table sent me a confirmation and reminder. I will not be using Open Table again.

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OT
London
38 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Such a lovely restaurant not far from Oxford Circus. Food was good and great value for a London venue. What we really enjoyed was the excellent service...I can highly recommend Ponti's.

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CB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived early, and the staff couldn't have been more helpful. We were going to the theatre afterwards and I'd mentioned that in my booking. The waiter made a point of asking us when we had to leave to ensure we weren't late.
The cocktails were excellent, and the food was fantastic. I had a delicious rosemary marinated chicken breast with roast vegetables, while the rest of the family had pizzas, which were large , thin and had lovely toppings. Desert was a warm chocolate brownie, again fantastic.
The atmosphere was lively, but not too noisy. Just an happy buzz in the room.

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DL
London
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and good service. Service charge indicates all goes to staff. No need to Tip

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SL
London
11 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Forgot how many times been here, always good!

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l
London
6 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

If you're bothered about getting your five a day make sure you order sides - as with many Italian restaurants the menu's quite carby. But very yummy! Olives sharing starter was fun; massive olives and beautifully presented. And the tuna pasta was utterly gorgeous. Service great too. Highly recommend.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant no matter how busy service is always with a smile and nothing too much trouble . Rare find near busy Oxford st and food is delicious - would highly recommend

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C
London
45 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Ponti's is on of my firm favourites! Always great serving great food. They never disappoint. The staff are friendly and attentive. Love this place.

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DF
Hertfordshire
18 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2016
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Sandwiched between a visit to the Wallace Collection and the Bryan Ferry concert at the Palladium this was the meal we wanted and we got it. While not outstanding, the food was good and while busy, this place was not a noisy or cramped as some venues I could mention. Being only a stones throw from Oxford Circus Tube it was surprisingly inexpensive and though the wine was a little pricey it was served at the perfect temperature (I had red, my wife had white). What really stood out was the excellent service from all the staff with just the right balance between being attentive but not pushy. We were both made to feel very welcome and this is certainly the venue we will return to when we are next in the area.

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MG
London
11 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good breakfast... Would have liked to have some fruit too.

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HW
London
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to meet up anytime of the day. Conveniently located by Oxford Circus just off the high street. Great food and great service

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E
London
59 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice place to have lunch in the middle of the hectic Oxford Circus. The food was good and the ambience was quite relaxing. A good option for the busy centre

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N
London
72 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food. The service was really good too. They coped well with my list of allergies, and when one item was brought to the table too late, gave us 20% off all meals as an apology which was very fair. We will be returning.

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C
London
45 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is my second visit to Pontis and i've had an enjoyable experience both times. The service is fast, friendly and efficient. The food is tasty with good portion sizes. Just love this place.

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OT
London
28 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice food but excellent waiter, didn't have to wait to place an order. Twinkly Christmas lights made a great atmosphere. Can't believe its so close to the tube but in a quiet street so away from the bustle.

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a
London
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I suppose it's a perfect place for family or friends meetings.I spent really great time with my dad and I was happy that he liked it,as he came just for 3 days,so warm and friendly atmosphere makes you feel home and relax.Pasta and meat were tasty ,so I will be happy to recommend this place to my friends.

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SL
London
11 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Forgot how many times been here, as usual, always nice!

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good, tasty food, excellent for pre theatre dinner.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2015
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I truly enjoyed my experience at this restaurant. The service was impeccable and the food of very good standards.

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LL
London
12 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

After all these years walking Oxford street to find this great place not far from Selfridges. Attentive staff and quick service. Thank you

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U
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2015
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Picked this restaurant as it had good reviews but I must say it fell well short. I don't usually have much complaint with restaurants but this didn't really reach my standards.

Firstly when ordering we were told there was no pizza available - a pretty fatal flaw for an Italian restaurant.

My girlfriend ordered a carbonara and said it was not very nice, it appeared that the egg had been scrambled.

I then ordered a vanilla cheesecake for dessert, which turned out to be lemon cheesecake, which I was not impressed with.

It then took me ages to get the bill.

All in all I was very underwhelmed. It is indeed fairly cheap for it's location, but I'm afraid I don't agree it offers good value.

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j
London
11 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2015
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

All was good except several things.
So here I write down some several points which leave much to be desired.

- We asked if the kitchen was able to make Spaghetti aglio e olio but the staff just said that there's no such thing without checking anything from the kitchen - normally Italian restaurant accepts and makes aglio e olio even though it's not listed on the menu.

- We ordered one pizza to share and asked two small plates but the staff might forget to bring them.

- Bacons top of Carbonara were smaller than pictures of images on websites and they were a bit dry and quite salty (I know bacons are salty in general but they were really salty)

However, the foods were quite good in general.

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A
London
20 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Another lovely fresh pasta, good seafood and good wine. Staff are really friendly and make you feel welcome and I'm coming here more and more for less formal business meetings.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We all enjoyed a splendid meal at Ponti's after a theatre performance. We were all delighted with the quality of the food, it's presentation and charming waitress who served us. We would certainly recommend Ponti's and will be back!

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SL
London
11 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2015
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We've been to Ponti's Kitchen quite a few times, excellent, good food, nice wine and friendly service. Just this time the service was bit slow. Will come back again.

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JB
London
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2015
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Our experience was enhanced by your excellent waiter Christos

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t
London
40 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2015
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

It was okay, some highs, some lows. Overall probably what you’d expect.

The waiter took quite a while (5-10 mins) after we sat down before asking if we wanted drinks (a cardinal sin in my book!) and took even longer (c. 20 mins) to bring the antipasti we ordered (just bread and olives). The olives were lovely though.

Things got much better when the supervisor/maître ‘d got involved. He very quickly brought a missing steak knife and some condiments when asked (and was very apologetic these hadn’t been brought earlier). He also provided complimentary fries for one of my companions.

Not a bad option if you’re in the area, but not worth a trip out of your way.

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A
London
20 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2015
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Surprised at how fresh the ingredients were so close to Oxford Circus. Lovely wine, friendly staff and the olives were superb! Highly recommend to anyone to take a break from shopping there. It's comfy, clean and nicely decked out.

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