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Authentico, Chelmsford, Essex

Authentico

4.8
4.8
197 Reviews
£26 to £40
Italian
Authentico's founder Marino, born and raised in Puglia, brings a slice of Southern Italy to Chelmsford. Focusing on the freshness and the quality of food, best Italian produce and wine, Authentico delivers true authentic Italian flavours and shares a heritage of family recipes cooked by generations.
For those wanting to try the best of what Southern Italy can offer - don't hesitate - book your table today.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 18:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 18:00–21:30

  • Phone number

    01245 290024

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

What 197 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Essex

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    Best Food

  • Essex

    Best Service

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  • Essex

    Romance

  • Essex

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  1. DR

    DeborahR

    Essex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is amazing and the service is second to none.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    It was rather disappointing after reading good reviews. We booked to be at restaurant for 7:15pm to get food but need to go somewhere else at 8:50, leaving ourselves a good hour and a half to get some food, which we thought was appropriate. It took us more than 20 minutes for us to even order food and then after an additional hour, we finally got our starters which is just ridiculous. After speaking with staff, I was told that they were actually running low of staff, both waiters and chefs, so everything would take longer. I don’t know why they even opened. Then they tried to suggest that actually when you book, they state that the whole meal is an experience like authentic Italian and it was supposed to take 2.5 hours for both starters and mains to come up. I’m not sure who they’re trying to be but it’s just not realistic. It also doesn’t say that after double checking. After we cancelled the mains, they then tried to charge us 1) for some food we never even got & 2) full price for the food we did get with a service charge… a little bit cheeky on their behalf. The food that did come up was Arancini and a plate of prawns. The arancini was fried to death and the prawns were bland. Overall, a just disappointing experience.
  3. JS

    JuliaS

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely Italian restaurant, staff very attentive. Food was very good and fresh. Would definitely recommend
  4. SD

    StevanD

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service, great food and the young lady who served had great knowledge in recommending the wine from the menu!
  5. d

    dianea

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant and will be our go to place to eat. Food good & staff very friendly & helpful.
  6. SG

    SteveG

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service and the staff working there was superb ! Definitely visit again !
  7. DK

    DanielK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice restaurant, attentive and courteous staff. Nice breads to share. Tasty but not amazing pasta dishes. The gorgozola ravioli lacked the coarse walnut and truffle oil apparent in other diners pictures. Slightly bland and lacking texture. Papadella Wild boar ragu was just minced meat rather than cooked down pieces so again lacked a nice texture. Panncotta was served in a tiny bowl rather than being turned out onto a plate. Maybe because it wouldn't have stood up on its own. Custard tart was very nice but the accompanying biscoff cream lacked the promised biscoff pieces or biscoff flavour. A nice touch was the Limoncello with the bill.
  8. P

    christopherP

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely staff tha gave great service. My Braesola starter was lovely. Ribeye steak for main was juicy and full of flavour. Well recommended
  9. SG

    StevenG

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Loved it, will definitely be back soon for the Swordfish again ♥️
  10. AN

    AshleyN

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had been to Authentico once before and had good memories of it. The entire experience on this occasion exceeded my memories, and the service and food were both exceptional. The quality of food is fantastic, and the menu options are unique and step away from a lot of cookie cutter Italian chains in the area. You can tell that they take pride in the food, the building is lovely, and the service goes above and beyond. Highly recommend.
  11. FF

    FrancescaF

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We visited Authentico for my sons birthday. Food and service were equally amazing. We cannot wait to revisit. The spinach and ricotta ravioli was the best we’ve ever had. Thank you for a wonderful evening!
  12. S

    Stevew

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best meal out for months. If you want something a bit special, go. It’s a fantastic place to eat.
  13. L

    Luke

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Possibly the best food I’ve had in Chelmsford, coupled with fantastic service. The only thing I struggled with was how warm it was inside, no air con. Cannot wait to come back, the ravioli is to die for!!!
  14. SW

    SeanW

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff were so accommodating with our allergies & made every effort to prevent any cross contamination. Nothing was too much bother
  15. C

    Cookie

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a lovely authentic Italian restaurant, the service was amazing and our waitress was impeccable. Her understanding of the menu and how the food is prepared was amazing which made deciding on what to have so easy. Definitely will be back again.
  16. S

    kevinS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I would highly recommend a visit. The food was great and the service, friendly, caring and highly professional. We will vertebrae coming back.
  17. JW

    JessW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and lovely friendly staff. arancini, ravioli, wild boar ragù and the custard tart were all absolutely amazing, proper Italian food at its best! Can’t fault a thing, definitely my new favourite place to eat in Chelmsford.
  18. JD

    JacquelineD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant,service is brilliant and the food is delicious.
  19. SF

    SarahF

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing. Excellent service. Cute little restaurant
  20. LP

    LindaP

    London

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The staff could not have been more welcoming, friendly & efficient. The food was delicious but the portions were quite small considering the prices.
  21. R

    Russ

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely cosy restaurant with good food and terrific service - well worth a visit.
  22. KM

    KimM

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service 100% recommended Really attentive team
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleasant restaurant. Lovely staff, delicious food, great ambiance. We look forward to visiting again soon
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Essex

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This restaurant lives up to its name with some great authentic Italian food. Bresaola then spicy spaghetti with a beautiful Primitivo comes highly recommended
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was great Perfect service
  26. S

    Sarah

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An excellent experience! The food was delicious and service was faultless. I would highly recommend and definitely go back!
  27. C

    Cherry

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As the name suggests this is a very authentic restaurant. Proper Italian food at its best! Starters were very big portions….not that I’m complaining!! Service was very good and waitress was lovely. I can see this place becoming very popular as it is better than some of the highest recommended restaurants within the area.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    East Sussex

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, attentive staff and lovely ambience. There's a reason we return!
  29. EK

    EleanorK

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service as normal and gorgeous food. We will be back, it’s such a treat!
  30. LP

    LucyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a brilliant meal and the service was great.
  31. JE

    JohnE

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great location in the centre of town. Warm feeling, great welcome, very attentive staff. If anything, maybe a little expensive.
  32. m

    marianne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    really lovely restaurant , the food was delicious! and the staff were really pleasant and polite and looked after us. definitely recommend and will defo go again soon!
  33. J

    Jjjjj

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 24 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really nice authentic Italian food Would definitely visit again
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Essex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, the staff really look after you. Fantastic atmosphere
  35. DN

    DannyN

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service.
  36. k

    kands

    Essex

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was nice but overpriced. Ravoli main dish was small in size. Souffle dessert seemed uncooked - almost a paste in the middle - with icecream being put onto to hide the fact that it hadn't risen. Creme brulee was almost rubbery in texture
  37. IS

    IrinaS

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you Ranetta and team for taking such good care of us! ;) Compliments to the chef on the prawn linguini!
  38. G

    Geoff

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fantastic gem in the heart of Chelmsford, amazing traditional Italian food , with a warm friendly service , what's not to love about this place , I would highly recommend you try this place out , and not to forget their homemade tirramasu..... I'll be booking again soon!
  39. BK

    BKNI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a very enjoyable evening at Authentico. Dined for 2 hours and didn't feel rushed. Staff were great, attentive without being over attentive.Food and wine were very good, empty plates all around. As it was busy, the noise level was quite load. This did not affect our experience, but could do with some sound absorbers in the high ceiling. Thank you
  40. AL

    AbbieL

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was incredible!! Waitress was so lovely bit on the pricier side but definitely worth it.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Authentico is rated 4.8 stars by 197 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Authentico

18 Baddow Rd, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 0DG

Additional information

  • Area

    Chelmsford

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 18:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 18:00–21:30

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine

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