Bolton's

4.6
224 reviews
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Italian
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  • Business Meals
  • Casual
London’s Bolton’s Restaurant is a popular City haunt, offering a simple combination of fresh Italian flavours and laid back but stylish atmosphere. Tucked down a side road just off of Fenchurch Street, Bolton’s has long been a favourite of the high powered bankers and businessmen of the local area, earning a reputation as a place to network and entertain. With its subtle hints of luxury and affluence the Bolton’s dining room is unpretentious and timeless, very much like its cuisine. A tour of Italy’s famous culinary regions, the Bolton’s menu is hearty but elegant, every dish given the unique flavour of this high end restaurant through the use of good ingredients and stunning presentation.

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JE
London
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First time visit to this restaurant meeting with friends the staff were very welcoming and friendly and the food we ordered was excellent no complaints i will go back it would be rude not to.

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RO
Essex
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food as usual. A tad pricey but not out of step with the area

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite when visiting London. Love the ambiance and food.

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Querétaro
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Definitivamente el Servicio de lo mejor!!!

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WB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent meal and great service.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great experience

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DC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Had an early sitting so was quiet.

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BP
Surrey
71 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Bolton’s has been a staple for Cuty lunches for many years. The reason is that you can always rely on the quality food, service and ambience.
It is a little expensive for every day dining, but the food and service are excellent. I would certainly recommend a lunch at Bolton’s.

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S
London
7 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Bolton’s. old style subterranean Italian restaurant. Time locked in the 80s. Curlywurly carpets and dated decor. All the more charming for it. Nice atmosphere and very friendly old style Italian service. A feel good place. Food is OK. Actually ingredients good, cooking iffy. My liver was ordered medium and arrived raw. The fillet was rare, but ordered medium rare. Vegetables arrived en mass and were splashed onto the plate. Rib on the trolley did not look appealing. Road kill came to mind....
Verdict...nice old style establishment. No surprises; they have been sticking to their knitting for 30? Years. Lambswool rather than cashmere...

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

Nice People but the place was very old and tired. The food wasn’t very good either! Still baffled at the high ratings!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An authentic and well run Italian restaurant - with good size portions and tasty dishes. The 3 course set menu with a glass of house wine was good value at £27.50.

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D
Kent
14 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Boltons, make sure you say hello to Sabino for me

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DD
London
70 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice menu, good atmosphere and ideal for a business lunch

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FF
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The host is Italian. The food and wine were superb. And my boss, who is Italian, loved it. Enough said.

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OT
London
26 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Traditional is not always a bonus...

It had been many years since I last stepped inside Boltons. Rather than feeling happy to greet an old friend, I was left feeling that my old friend had not moved on from the nineties. The prices had gone up in step, but the menu, cooking and decor had not. The whole thing needs a jolly good re-boot.

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A
London
125 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Boltons is a classic and never fails to live up to its reputation

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L
London
72 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyed this meal. The food was very good, service was attentive but not intrusive and, although this was not a cheap meal, if was very good value for money.
This was a business lunch and will definitely be back.

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JB
London
35 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Traditional & dependable. Always great service & classic Italian city food

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service

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m
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They are the best in the City for the lobster linguine

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T
London
150 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice. A bit quiet as Friday night but food was good and service friendly.

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KA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always fantastic food and service in an authentic Italian - thanks

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M
London
7 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An old favourite

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C
Kent
87 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Boltons never fails to deliver good food, highly attentive service and a decent ambiance. It is pricey but then it is aimed at business clients who aren't paying with their own money so who can blame them. If paying for your own food it is therefore a bit lumpy, however you'll more than likely still leave happy for all the other reasons Boltons is so good

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food. Friendly as always and swift - thank you !

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Took my team there for our XMAS lunch absolutely fantastic, they all agreed it was one of the best meals they had ever had, great food/atmosphere/staff what more could you ask.

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HT
London
13 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a great find...doesn't look much from the outside and initial first impression when you enter is not great but the food and service was second to none - excellent place for authentic Italian food.

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N
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic, great service, good times. Lombardo and the team do great job

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p
London
8 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Having worked in the city for a number of years I have walked past Boltons on a number of occasions, but glad I finally discovered it. Traditional Italian, which offers excellent food (and large portions) , attentive service and a great ambiance. Went for a business lunch with clients who also thoroughly enjoyed it. I have already booked it again.

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JH
London
29 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Bolton's feels like a City institution. I popped in at lunchtime and it was buzzing but unfortunately when we had dinner in the evening the restaurant was very quiet. However, the food was excellent and authentic and the service was faultless. We were dining to celebrate my partner's Birthday and were made to feel special. would recommend.

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WK
London
7 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and excellent staff. Quiet on the evening we went but the maitre d' and the waiter were very attentive and when they learned it was my birthday, they gave us all profiteroles and a glass of bubbly. Not cheap but excellent for special occasion. Food was excellent.

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M
London
12 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always guaranteed excellent service, good food and wine when visiting Boltons. One of the dining treasures within the City.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delivered to its usual level of good quality, tasty food

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KC
London
57 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic as always! This place never disappoints. A little tired looking but the food is always amazing and the service even better!

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H
London
15 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Bolton's is a good standard city eatery for a business lunch.
Unfortunately it's slightly more on the pricey side, which I do not think is justified. The food is good and usually you do not get disappointed, but it isn't outstanding.

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E
Kent
35 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious authentic italian dishes served efficiently and professionally. Highly recommend for business meals and entertaining clients from overseas. Worth the price for atmospheric surroundings.

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LL
London
72 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Boltons was the venue choice for a company lunch in December. My CEO hadn't been for years and said 'it hasn't changed a bit - in the best possible way'. We were completely charmed by the ambience, the decor and the immaculate staff. The food was excellent; everything we had was well cooked and served piping hot - and none of your 'haute cuisine' fine dining plates of micro-food - everything was proper 'city boys' portion sizes. The service was a tiny bit brusque at times - although I would forgive them this given we went in one of the busiest pre-Christmas weeks in December and they were completely packed. Save room for a dessert served from a fabulously old-school trolley with your choice of fresh berries or lashings of cream (or both!) on the side. For a business lunch with bags of personality I would recommend Boltons without hesitation.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A bit of a time warp back to the 1980's . Old fashioned Italian in basement setting. Good food - the calves liver was excellent. Not cheap - £470 for 5 (with 3 bottles of wine).
I haven't seen a sweet trolley for years!!

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

This is a very traditional "old style" Italian restuarant and they do it very well. Lots of bustle and atmosphere. Attracts senior people from the Lloyds market. Reassuringly not cheap.

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I
London
12 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2015
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Boltons is a reliable and sturdy favourite. Solid menu of well cooked Italian food with no nonsense.

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