Amici Mediterranean Bar & Grill - Kennington's Secret Garden

4.5
27 reviews
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£25 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Outdoor Eating
Amici restaurant serves a selection of traditional Italian dishes together with an extensive wine list to complement your meal.
The decor is modern and the seating consists of curved booths at one end of the restaurant, with a large red wooden communal table as the room’s centerpiece and smaller tables dotted around it.There is an outside area at the back that’s perfect in warm weather.
The Atmosphere is loyal regulars come back again and again for never changing favorites, but seasonal additions keep it interesting. Service is reliable and there is no problem adding something to a dish if you wish. The clientele is a mixture of couples young and old, families and groups of friends.
The menu also hits all the right notes, with its line-up of well-turned-out comfort food: textbook carpaccio, calamari, perfectly cooked Steaks, veal milanese the size of Sicily, &, especially, knockout pasta (try the crab linguini).
Amici is fully licensed.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of Operation

Monday: closed

Tuesday-Thursday: 12am-3pm; 6pm-10:30pm


Friday-Saturday: 12am-3:00pm; 6pm-11:00pm


Sunday: 12:00pm-3:00pm; 6pm-10:00pm
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Phone number
020 7735 0302
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Gennaro Garofalo
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Private Party Facilities
For parties of 30 or more we do insist on serving a set menu as we prepare and cook all of our dishes to order from fresh. We are of course more than happy to cater for vegetarians or special dietary needs. Once you have chosen your set menu, why not add in additional courses?

We welcome the opportunity to discuss any special menu requirements you or your guests may have and we look forward to welcoming you and your party for your special occasion.
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Private Party Contact
Sandra: 020 7840 6620
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Public Transit
By Underground - Take the Northern Line to the Oval, Vauxhall our Kennington tube station. Amici is ten minute walk.

By Rail - Take South West Trains to Vauxhall station which is a ten minute walk from Amici.

By Bus - The following buses set down within a 5-minute walk of Amici: 3, 59, 109, 133, 159, 333, 36, 185, 436, 360.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cigar Room, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Wine
What 27 People Are Saying
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RM
London
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JC
London
11 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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DM
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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j
London
64 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Chilled. Food very tasty. Atmosphere a little limited.

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SJ
London
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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ER
London
65 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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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i
London
17 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2015
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2015
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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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m
London
48 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2015
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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

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A
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2015
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

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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CG
London
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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J
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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

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a
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2014
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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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i
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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a
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2014
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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s
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2014
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

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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JC
London
11 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2014
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The menu offers a great variety of Italian favourites. Our starters included a smoked salmon bruschetta and spicy calamaretti, both were excellent. There is a selection of seasonal Specials on offer. But if you are looking for a more simple meal Amici does superb risottos and crispy thin-crust pizzas.

The Specials change daily and the menu itself keeps evolving which is probably why we just keep coming back. In the summer, the tables in the courtyard garden are perfect if you want to dine outside. It is without doubt my favourite Italian restaurant!

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MS
London
50 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This place is great for a local Italian. The specials are great, as are the staff. Your meal can be as relaxed or as special as you want it to be at Amici.

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d
London
38 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2014
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice service, but then again it wasnt busy at all. Food was good, will go back

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2013
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

strange smell in restaurant
location not super

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