Amici Mediterranean Bar & Grill - Kennington's Secret Garden
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.
Great food. Amazing staff.
The restaurant was shown as being open on Sunday evening and Open Table accepted a booking for 7.30pm. The restaurant closed at 4.30pm according to the opening times on its door.
Websites should be updated to show ACTUAL opening times.
Open Table shouldn’t accept bookings for when the restaurant is closed.
So excellent value as the restaurant charged us nothing!
Dear Eat4pleasure, Thank you for choosing Amici. Having read through your comments, I can see that you must have gone to 'I Due Amici' which is a coffee shop around the corner from our restaurant. You are completely right they do close at 4:30pm however Amici & our courtyard were open. I am sorry you didnt manage to find Amici on this occasion therefor I would appreciate you to remove your comment from OpenTable site as it is not factual. Thank you.
Great food and staff 5 of us went after watching cricket at the Oval short walk from the ground fantastic end to the evening
The pizzas were exceptional , my special pasta was a bit disappointing in flavour but well cooked
Excellent fresh food with interesting and different flavours and friendly service. We will be back
Very personal service. Amazing food and great value.
Great food and great atmosphere, will definitely be back!
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.
The food was delicious and exquisitely presented. The staff were lovely, polite and friendly. Great value!
Great place and great service. Highly recommend this eatery for a cosy meal with a delightful variety of options fit the connoisseur.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It was a great evening and the service was excellent! The food was brilliant!
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.
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.
Chilled. Food very tasty. Atmosphere a little limited.
My boyfriend and I had a really good time. Nice atmosphere, very nice waiters and waitress. Really good food as well!
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
Always friendly service, great for a local catch up with friends. Good but not great pizzas
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.
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.
great italian food, reasonable prices what more could you aks for
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.
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.
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...
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.
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?
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!
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.
Nice service, but then again it wasnt busy at all. Food was good, will go back
strange smell in restaurant
location not super