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Amici Mediterranean Bar & Grill - Kennington's Secret Garden

4.6
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44 reviews
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£25 and under
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Italian
Amici is a true, family-run, independent restaurant in the heart of Kennington,. When we started out, way back in 2002, our self-set mission was to serve great food, be a fanatical focus on service, give back to our neighbourhood and to have fans, not customers. Over eighteen years later and our priorities have not changed one single bit. While we are the proud holders of numerous accolades – our motivation is as it has always been, to continuously provide our fans with a memorable gastronomic experience.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 44 People Are Saying
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GrahamBM
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Went for lunch with a friend on a Saturday, my first trip out following the lockdown. Perfectly lovely al fresco dining in their secret garden, from a tasty menu of pizza and pasta and a variety of delicious bruschetta plus attention to safety without ever feeling oppressive and charming, good spirited staff where nothing was too much trouble - perfect for these times. We stayed in the garden chatting for more than 4 hours after our lunch without any pressure to leave from the owners. I will certainly return.

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King
London
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good place. Good food. Good service. Will do you a company discount if you sometimes go for team lunches.

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SamS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, and the best creme brûlée in London!

Amici Mediterranean Bar & Grill - Kennington's Secret Garden
Responded on 24 February 2020

Dear Sam, May I thank you on behalf of everyone at Amici. It is very heart-warming to hear our guest had a great experience dining with us. This is really what we all about. You are right – the creme brûlée is great (I tend to have too many myself). We hope to see you again at Amici soon. Please do call me on 07775843522 so I can make your next reservation personally. Kindest Regards, Houman Meshkati

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Cynthia
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

STAFF - Funny and attentive, my friend got a bit lost and they were helpful with giving me directions. They were also very helpful with letting me know the specials of the day, and asking any questions I had which were a lot as I have new dietary requirements that I'm still adjusting to.

FOOD - The food was DE-LI-CIOUS! Proper traditionally made food you could taste the love. My one complaint was that the Ravoli portion was very small for a main, if we had known we may have considered the option to order a side salad or fries. I also wished there were a few more toppings on my pizza.

LOCATION AND LAYOUT - I loved the little reception bit before you enter the main restaurant, having somewhere to hang your coat or sit and read magazines while you wait made it feel really homely. The toilets were nice, the chairs were comfortable.

Amici Mediterranean Bar & Grill - Kennington's Secret Garden
Responded on 15 January 2020

Dear Cynthia, May I thank you on behalf of everyone at Amici. It is very heart-warming to hear our guest had a great experience dining with us. This is really what we all about. We hope to see you again at Amici soon. Please do call me on 07775843522 so I can make your next reservation personally. Kindest Regards, Houman Meshkati

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vipCrooch
London
32 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect Afternoon location for a Cricket Lunch.
Set Menu gave a decent selection while being affordable
Bonus of being outside
Service was spot on couldn’t do enough for us.
Will definitely be coming back to try the full menu.

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LorenzoS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Good food, friendly and great service in a lovely courtyard setting

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PrincessV
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Amazing staff.

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DavidG
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and staff 5 of us went after watching cricket at the Oval short walk from the ground fantastic end to the evening

Amici Mediterranean Bar & Grill - Kennington's Secret Garden
Responded on 15 January 2020

Thank you for your 5Stars :-)

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LornaS
London
8 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The pizzas were exceptional , my special pasta was a bit disappointing in flavour but well cooked

Amici Mediterranean Bar & Grill - Kennington's Secret Garden
Responded on 15 January 2020

Thank you for your 4Stars :-)

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aliangel
London
21 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent fresh food with interesting and different flavours and friendly service. We will be back

Amici Mediterranean Bar & Grill - Kennington's Secret Garden
Responded on 15 January 2020

Great to see you have enjoyed your visit to Amici and thank you for your wonderful five-star review.

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PrincessV
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very personal service. Amazing food and great value.

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Chris
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great atmosphere, will definitely be back!

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SueR
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was meeting two friends and it was lovely to be greeted at the door and shown to our seats. The service was excellent, the food was really tasty and the whole atmosphere was great. We were able to talk without either the worry of being overheard or the noise from other customers. We weren't hassled by the staff at all and only when they knew we had finished our meal did they come over to clear the plates and to find out if we wanted anything else - that was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and exquisitely presented. The staff were lovely, polite and friendly. Great value!

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SDunny
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and great service. Highly recommend this eatery for a cosy meal with a delightful variety of options fit the connoisseur.

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TimO
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love Amici, it's a great local restaurant. Fantastic pizza and pasta with a splendid brunch at weekends. The absolute gem of this place is the internal courtyard, it makes you feel like your on holiday with the bonus of no noise for the busy street outside.
Friendly, efficient and helpful staff. I can't praise this place highly enough.

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Rayray
London
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked Amici for a wedding anniversary lunch. Having read the postive reviews and being new to the area, we were keen to discover a nice local restaurant. We were not disappointed. Amici is indeed a little gem with a beautiful courtyard at the back that transports you from Kennington to the Mediterranean as soon as you sit down. Our family group varied in age from 20 to 90 and the well thought out yet varied menu had something for everyone. It was also good to see that a great, good value brunch menu was also available which from what I could see served will certainly warrant a return visit in the near future. The staff were courteous and knowledgeable without being intrusive and the owner who stopped by the table to speak with us was also charming and great fun. All in all, a winning combination - great food and wine, great staff and a lovely atmosphere. Well done Amici. Already looking forward to next time.

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RaphyM
London
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend brought me here recently and I loved it that much that I had to bring my boyfriend just 2 weeks later. The staff are incredibly friendly, the food is really tasty and I will definitely keep recommending it to other people. We sat in the outdoor courtyard, which is a sun trap surrounded by pretty pastel buildings. It's nice to find somewhere in London that seems so calm. I had the lime, feta and avocado on sourdough and my boyfriend had the full English. Both were lovely. So happy to have found a nice brunch place close to home.

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JonC
London
13 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. The menu has all the Italian favourites plus more besides. Pizzas are perfect with a proper Italian dough and their risottos are excellent too. Very friendly service with lots of interesting seasonal specials on the menu that they are happy to talk you through. We have been coming back to Amici again and again. Can’t go wrong here.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Dishes well presented and very tasty, but 'nouvelle cuisine' means helpings which, while OK for us oldies, are a bit meagre for healthy younger appetites.
Noise levels from other tables a bit troublesome for us to hear.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great evening and the service was excellent! The food was brilliant!

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DrMetropia
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2017
Overall3food3service5ambience2

It was our first visit to Amici since it reopened. I found the restaurant a little bleak and devoid of atmosphere while the midweek menu was uninspiring and over priced for what it was. We weren’t totally disheartened, the staff were excellent so we will probably try it again one weekend to see if it then proves a better dinning experience.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A good place for lunch - although the food was good it did come at a price, partly due to the fact
that the Test Match was on at the Oval.

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vipjnhx
London
63 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Chilled. Food very tasty. Atmosphere a little limited.

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SarahJ
London
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My boyfriend and I had a really good time. Nice atmosphere, very nice waiters and waitress. Really good food as well!

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vipERCB
Norfolk
78 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We asked for a table outside as the weather was nice, and they gave us a table outside.
The were a little bit disappointing in terms of service, not very attentive when giving out the menus, topping up water etc but on the whole it was good and it's a great setting.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Amici has a lovely courtyard that's perfect now the weather is warming up, so we went specifically to be able to eat outside. However, while we were there I remembered just how good the food is, and how reasonable. At c. £10 for a main course, it's not a big outlay for a very nice meal. It was very busy when we ate, and the staff seemed a little under pressure - probably everybody in the area had had the same idea as us - so there was quite a wait towards the end of the meal for drinks, dessert and then the bill, but to be honest we were quite happy to sit there. I'd definitely recommend it.

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vipigor
London
19 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very nice place.
We went for Saturday lunch, place was empty. But service was good and quick. Food was good too. I will come back, I love Italian food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, wine and feel! My date had a delicious salmon, and I had an incredible pizza! The wine was delicious and staff was very friendly and helpful with recommendations. We are going back for their Valentine's Day special! So excited! Highly recommend it :)

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2015
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Last night was a birthday meal, and I emailed ahead saying as much and the girls at Amici very kindly organised a birthday dessert which was great. My starter, chicken liver crostini (that days special) was sublime. Flavoursome and delicious. I then had a pizza, and it was very good. Stone baked, with a good base. Unfortunately the tiramisu fell down. The lady fingers were dry and it wasn't set. But oh well, 2 outta 3 ain't bad. The service was great, both waitresses were very friendly and made sure we were happy.

Overall, we were so happy with our evening, and will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2015
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I have been to this restaurant quite a few times in the last couple of years and you were always greeted warmly followed by a fantastic meal. However, after the last one I won't be going back.

The staff were dressed as if they were settling down for a night in front of the TV. Big wooly cardigans and leggings.

Their knowledge of the menu was minimal and they seemed quite disinterested anyway. The bruschetta can only be described as bland tomatoes on thin bread and when asked to bring some olive oil, was left until it went cold to get it.

Main meal ditto. Oh the desert was even worse the tiramisu consisted of dry biscuits and sloppy cream. When we complained and left it after 1 mouthful we were assured it would be taken off of the bill it wasn't.

All in all, a meal for my mums birthday turned out to be one best forgotten.

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vipmurraytrees
London
49 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2015
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Always friendly service, great for a local catch up with friends. Good but not great pizzas

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vipAnon
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2015
Overall2food3service3ambience2

My friend and I had lunch at Amici at noon on a Saturday. The restaurant was completely empty apart from us for about the first hour, so the atmosphere wasn't great. We ordered pizzas, which were really tasty, although I found the crust chewier than I would have liked. I had gelato for dessert: it was a very generous portion and also tasted good, but it was less smooth than I would have liked for a gelato, with some small pieces of ice inside. The staff did a good job, and the meals are very reasonably priced.

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CampariGirl
London
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Following a tour of the Beefeater Distillery, which is a stone's throw away from the restaurant, myself and three friends continued our afternoon with lunch at Amici. The weather was just clement enough to sit outside and the staff were very accommodating with our request to do so. My dish of spaghetti with anchovies was excellent, as was the tagliatelle with clams, and the pizzas were eaten with gusto! We began our lunch with glasses of Lemon Pop (a cocktail of Prosecco and Limoncello) - a great start to our 'pranzo abbandonato'! The staff were lovely and the food was good. I would highly recommend Amici.

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Joe1
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience3

great italian food, reasonable prices what more could you aks for

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andhileaters
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2014
Overall4food5service4ambience4

All the tables in the sun outside were taken which was a shame as the Courtyard is a lovely place to eat. A roomy table inside was a good alternative and although the service was a little slow the food was worth waiting for. The Bruschetta starters were fabulous and all the mains pleased - the vegetarian among us was able to have a Quattro Stagioni without ham which was good. We will be going back.

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ianp
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice restaurant and particularly happy that they were able to accommodate a booking of 16 people late on a Saturday night with only 15 minutes notice.

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anon
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2014
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Didn't expect it to be as good as it was, having dined at that location a few times in the past (when it had different names). The ambience was still good (had always been) altho the photocopied paper menus seemed out of place with the rest of the classy environment. The outside space was tidy and inviting tho we opted for a table inside. We stuck to the chef's specials for starters and mains (aubergine, gnocchi) which were surprisingly good. The portions were generous so there was barely room for dessert (we ordered but could not finish). 3 courses pp, 2 bottles of wine and a few beers set us back £40 each (incl service, which wasnt great on the night but that was a glitch and the staff were extremely apologetic). So we'll be back...

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. It reminds us of home whenever we return to the restaurant, having lived round the corner for 5 years. All anniversaries are spent here, when my daughter was born, my 30th etc. Although they don't recognise me *sniff*. One of the many reasons we want to move back to Kennington. Excellently deceptive food… never looks like a huge amount, but always catches you out. Not sure about the new makeover… we loved the airy brightness of the old look. It's gone a bit dark and less friendly (the modern hues). This wouldn't put us off enough to not come back. Favourite restaurant in London.

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stevo
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2014
Overall4food2service4ambience5

I had a pizza and I'm sure they don't make their own base (I know pizza!). Also the vegetables were either jarred or cooked to within an inch of their life prior to being put on the pizza so it was quite sloppy. If in going out for dinner I expect fresh vegetables at the very least. The pizza was very oily. The bruscetta starter was nice but dried herbs? Really?

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Amici Mediterranean Bar & Grill - Kennington's Secret Garden offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7735 0302.

Amici Mediterranean Bar & Grill - Kennington's Secret Garden is rated 4.6 stars by 44 OpenTable diners.

Amici Mediterranean Bar & Grill - Kennington's Secret Garden does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/amici-creating-happy-memories.

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