Beso London

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Beso is Mediterranean neighborhood restaurant in the heart of #CovenGarden.
Colorful dishes, full of flavor and sexy designed for sharing over a cocktail, glass of wine, or mint tea, vegetarian friendly, gluten free and vegan options, the experience of A Mediterranean gastronomic kiss is welcoming you at beso!


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KT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff and lovely food in a lovely setting. I would thoroughly recommend Besos.

T
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Noisy and food a little hit and miss. Not amazing value either. Staff friendly Voted best LONDON restaurant but modestly filled on a Friday. Great octopus though.

SM
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

The food choice did not live up to its web site promise.. food cold and my octopus chick peas were tasteless especially as I returned from the Middle East earlier in the week.. cost ok but overall disappointed there were 8 of us and no one Was complimentary about their meals!!

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Très bon moment passé, un accueil très sympas
Super !

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K
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time and the food was delicious! the staff was amazing, next time we are coming back if we are in London.

JR
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Our experience of Beso was unfortunately tainted from beginning to end by a lack of detail on service and poor choice for dietary requirements.
We weren't greeted when we arrived as it was clear only one person has this responsibility (anyone can greet, even if someone else checks you in). We were sat approximately 5 inches from another couple's table, the restaurant was pretty empty. We felt cramped and I'm sure the other couple did - it was really hard for the waiting staff to serve us.
The menu. We were recommended to this restaurant for a good pre-theatre menu. It's not bad if you can eat anything. However they've gone to the effort of a vegan starter, and a vegan dessert (rare!) but nothing even close for main course. My partners allergy is dairy and it seemed hard work to get anything to work. To make matters worse, they didn't even have the vegan pasta.
We ate, we paid (with a service charge), we left.

LF
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Went to Beso for my birthday dinner and at the beginning, the lady at the front was lovely and got us sat down on a table, in spite of being about 20 mins early for our booking time. The food was really good with everyone commenting that it was a good choice and still moderately-priced for central London. The real low-down was the attitude of the muscular guy who took our payment in the end, who also shouted at and argued with my friends because he said that our payment was incomplete.

We were a group of 8 people who wanted to pay separately and because we were all chatting, one of my friends, who temporarily sat down on the other end of the table, went back to her seat to get her purse to pay. The said guy then complained to us customers because of this move and he was telling us that he was missing a receipt. Everyone showed him the receipt that he had given, and it turned out that he put his copy of receipt in his pocket. He apologised in the end, but honestly, the guy's attitude is ill-fitting for hospitality or any customer-service-based environment. A real shame.

CL
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked this restaurant for a table of 10, including 4 children under 6 for a 4.45pm table. I couldn’t fault the service and food - the waitress was very accommodating, adapting the menu for the little ones. We had a complementary dessert for a birthday and the food was great. Would highly recommend!

A
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a quick pre-theatre light dinner but wished we had for time. Lovely staff, atmosphere and outstanding food. I understand it is a mix of Spanish and Italian food, great idea and amazing selection of Spanish product ( I am Spanish myself)
We had the crispy squid as a starter and two pastas as mains. Everything was perfection and even they offer the pasta in starter size which I though was a great idea for when you are not so hungry or for when you want to try too many dishes. The wine list also super. We will go back for a longer/larger meal for sure even though it is not in an area we usually visit, it will be worth going a bit out of our way.

J
London
13 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

lovely Italian restaurant, very modern and absolutely delicious, the hand made pasta was excellent, octopus one of the best in London, cooked to perfection, service is very helpful, the Beatles cocktails were surprisingly good.

A
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and really nice staff that gave us very good recommendations. I tried the truffled ravioli and the zucchini/prawn pasta and they were both delicious! one of the best past I have ever tried. They also have very nice cocktails. The price is absolutely ok for London, not expensive at all. The only thing that I think could improve are the desserts, they only have a few choices and in my opinion, were regular. But I loved the pasta so much that I want to go again.

FP
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Very disappointing experience with food that was not well cooked.

SM
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great staff - fresh ingredients, vast wine selection and funky cocktails ;) Zara and Sara took such great care of my friends and I, with interesting chats and quick, efficient service - I’m definitely coming back here!!

GC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food was ok, but limited. They were out of the barley salad. Small portion was really small. No bread with dinner. Waiter forgot to bring water twice. Not sure how this place was voted top London restaurant.

BV
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place. Great staff and amazing food! Our best meal in London!

MB
London
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have already recommended Beso to several of my friends. Outstanding food and will definitely be returning

KH
London
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely restaurant in a great location. Food lovely but was a little disappointed that all the lunch offers were vegetarian options. Meat options were available on the a la carte.

s
London
50 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Just right amount of choices on the menu & good food. When we visited, it was relatively quiet and looked like there were only 2 floor staff. Service got a little slow when the restaurant got busy but it was manageable. All the references to the Beatles were interesting. Would visit again.

N
Surrey
17 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Modern Italian restaurant in theatre land is a great place for a dinner in small groups or large. Nice selection of wine. The fish could be a bit more flavoured. Maybe have a chicken selection as not everyone eats red meat. Would go again.

S
London
11 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a really lovely restaurant with good food and friendly staff in a good location. We went here after going to the theatre and arrived a bit before the time we had booked, which the staff seemed relieved about, so it may not always be the case that they welcome after theatre diners.

Warning: I've found a few restaurants on Opentable now that seem to take bookings for times that are later than they really want to be serving customers.

R
London
12 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, one issue with burnt bruschetta which was quickly rectified, would return, felt it was good value for London and quality of food/ service.

T
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The starters were excellent as were most of the mains. Desert was excellent too. Was not impressed with the service as it was hard to get the attention of waiters and one had seemed to have forgotten our desert meaning we had to spend s ridiculously long time just for ice cream.

MP
London
33 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent early evening dinner en famille. We didn't regret going a la carte as pre-theatre menu a bit limited; black cod, burrata and steak particularly good. Service swift and professional. Toilets need decorating. Don't let the slightly touristy Beatles theme put you off!

TH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Didn’t find it anything special. Calamari was good but no better than others I’ve had. my husbands beef tatanki starter had two much dressing so the beef was over powered. Roast potatoes seemed more deep fried than roasted.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice space, good vibe, food ok but served luke warm on cold plates, no salt or pepper or any other condiments on table or offered, drinks arrived after the starter, which wasn't ideal, service pleasant enough. Nice enough overall but wouldn't return.

MY
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great feed and service for our anniversary dinner. They made us special and welcome. Would recommend.

BR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

I
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Mediocre food; no ambience to speak of; not one to aim for

AD
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, delicious fresh quality food and good value for money

TS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect afternoon celebrating my 50th with friends and great food and drink

SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We had a booking at 10:30pm (OpenTable allowed online reservations until 11pm). When we arrived at 10:35 they informed us that the kitchen had just closed. To be fair, the service and kitchen did an effort to to offer us dinner, although it was all a bit rushed and it seem to show in the way the food was prepared.

IM
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Lovely staff and exceptional food. Hope we get to come back soon

OT
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cute place but small - definately want to make reservations. Food was good - portions Ok - service was fine too.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was great service was challenging. Just too many people and not enough staff.

j
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Something different in a sea of tourist traps. Cool food and relaxed attentive but not in your face service. Definitely return when I’m next in the area

T
London
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Was really looking forward to eating here as had seen all of the great reviews. Unfortunately I found it a bit disappointing. The staff we ok, but not overly friendly. Fortunately the restaurant wasn’t busy as we arrived late due to getting lost, and could still be seated. I had tried to call them to ask for directions but got no reply!
Starters were fine, however my sirloin steak for main course was disappointing, perfectly cooked but lacking in flavour and was served with just rocket with a couple of cherry tomatoes, no dressing at all and none were offered. The fries/potatoes were more like crisps. My friends ravioli dish was lovely. Overall, was just ok

OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

cheap food overpriced compares to quality, it looks like a ‘cold’ place

C
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very fresh, high quality ingredients which are well prepared to create delicious meals. Portions are big enough to keep you feeling full without being too indulgent. Would definitely visit again!

SH
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Tasty food, lovely staff, nice setting. Can't complain!

GB
London
9 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I was late for my booking, and they were very accommodating and seated us outside which was actually really nice. The food was good but just not enough of it, I had to order a side after our main of pasta. Not sure if an ingredient was missing from my pasta of the day and maybe I should have said something. I ordered a side and it didn't turn up but they charged us for it so got them to take it off of our bill. Service is a bit hit and miss. Noticed someone else's order came out in duplicate by mistake. Drinks were good. I would go back as the ladies food next to us looked really good so would like to order other things on the menu.

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