Caraffini Restaurant

4.7
67 reviews
£26 to £40
Italian
Caraffini, close to Sloane Square, is a long-standing Chelsea favourite, offering a generous welcome, excellent service, wonderful food and fine wine, all at a very competitive price. Our highly experienced team, and the warm elegance of the ambience, provide a memorably happy and relaxed experience.

We are reopening for business on 12th April 2021. From that date until at least 17th May tables are only available outside, in accordance with Government Covid rules.

Closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 67 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AlexandriaR
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and charming staff - as always. Favourite restaurant

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LucyT
Surrey
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just the loveliest Italian in the country. Consistently delicious food, superbly friendly service and great value.

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vipsmiler
London
98 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Late birthday trip for my wife. Always love Caraffini. No change in the fabulous service but obviously only outside seating.
Food outstanding, always enjoy the scampi & asparagus with rice and a portion of Zucchini & sauté potatoes to share.
Fabulous with a couple of glasses of wine.
Always recommend Caraffini as it’s consistently excellent with staff that care.

CM
ChristineM
London
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional as always! So wonderful to be back, felt safe and warm (!) food was delicious and as ever service exceptional

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was very enjoyable despite the weather

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Jdiner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service in difficult times and very good food - lovely to be able to dine on the warm terrace.

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ClaireWT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first evening out after lockdown in a lovely local restaurant where all the staff were wonderfully welcoming, our meal was delicious and we had a really enjoyable evening.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great restaurant always hard to get into which tells you popular they are , the service we get is always outstanding we have going there for over 20 years
Food is brilliant in every way just a great restaurant with great people!!!

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vipPeterE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun Italian, friendly service, well set up for social distancing

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AnnetteC
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

food was tasty and well prepared - thought the starter was overpriced other than that can't fault anything
Waiters were very attentive without being intrusive

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vipOllyB
London
12 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food was very good, the staff were friendly and efficient but the lighting in the restaurant was quite bright so the ambience was not as relaxing and comfortable as it might have been. There was no background music which could be seen as either good or bad but it was impossible not to overhear the nearest diners’ conversations.
Overall it was good and worth visiting.

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kackar
London
6 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I ate at Caraffini a few weeks ago for the first time, outside in a group of six, and I had the monkfish & courgette pasta, which I thought was fabulous. I booked to take a friend for his 70th birthday last Friday, and I didn't want to have the same dish again, although he had that as a starter. We both had the splayed chicken breast as our main, but I have to say, I was not bowled over this time. It was a bit ordinary and therefore a bit disappointing, but good value, and I would go again when Covid is over, when the atmosphere might be a bit jollier. The service could have been more attentive.

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JuliaR
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has always been a welcoming place to go to
The food is consistently great

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AntonioJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food as per usual !!!!

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susanj
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As ever food delicious and it’s always very pleasurable to dine in this restaurant

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Luna
London
17 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice atmosphere, good food and nice service. Will go back again :)

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jeanettel
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, service fantastic and as the restaurant got busy late lunchtime it was a fantastic atmosphere! Can’t wait to come back!

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vipAnon
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food. Feels like being back to the old country

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Horace
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, excellent food and service. So good to be back

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ianw
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was another superb meal on the first day of opening after lockdown.They are very careful with the anti covid 19 and the servce and food were excellent.We will be back as soon as we can

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Sanjayb
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a safe haven for excellent food during these trying times

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AmandaB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect restaurant and super staff. Food of top quality and the service.

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Beddall
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in London, proper Italian food cooked to perfection everytime. Old fashioned high quality service where they remember your name even if it has been 6 months since you were last there, great menu and wine list to boot.

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viphappyeater
London
13 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Have been meaning to go to this popular neighbourhood restaurant for some time. But we found the food only average reminding me of Italian restaurants from yesteryear when there was not much choice.

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vipmarkT
London
19 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really good local Italian with get food and lovely service Wine list a bit short but it doesn't matter, a really good evening

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ChristineM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Well set up to address Covid situation, excellent food and service

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PatriciaR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious, reasonably priced ItaliaN food in a very handy location. Service was impeccable.

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AlexN
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reassuringly good food and friendly service, and the high quality we are used to.

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KEITHR
London
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

High quality Italian food - beautifully made pasta.
Definitely recommend ordering pasta dishes as this is best quality of the restaurant for me.
Quiet and sophisticated dining.

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BadExperience
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

We liked the food, but the sides were not served hot, more like lukewarm to cool. There is nothing worse, in my view, than side plates that are not hot enough. The fried zuchinni seemed like it was prepared some time ago, and did not taste fresh.
I had the Linguini Al Vongale, which I enjoyed, followed by the Calf Liver Special, which was very good.
My friend had an avocado salad to start, which she really liked, followed by Veal Escalope , which she also enjoyed.
The restaurant was almost empty, which gave us some concern.
We may return, but we feel like the kitchen did not live up to the reviews we had read.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice food, just opposite our hotel, Sloane place.

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RossB
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Average food and very brightly lit unpleasant atmosphere . Service ok - functional but not very personable. Disappointing

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vipsmiler
London
98 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wedding anniversary trip and Caraffini being one of our favourite Italians in London we are always looked after. The food is always good and they have a few dishes we both love. Scampi & Avocado in a cheesy sauce with rice is fabulous and the Creme Brûlée is the best we’ve tasted anywhere . Service is always excellent and the restaurant is rarely quiet.

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vipLogger60
London
29 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there because it was suggested by friends who live close to the restaurant. Caraffini was perfectly acceptable. Everything was good. The veal limon was nice and I found the orange segments in caramel sauce pudding intriguing. Overall, a nice local Italian place. If I lived in that neighborhood, I would probably go there often. But it’s not a place I would seek out.

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Jherek
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten at Caraffini Restaurant several times and have always had a very good experience. This time during the Pandemic I have to say they handled the situation very well I was happy with the measures that they have put in place to keep staff an diners safe. As always the food and service was first class.

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vipmarkT
London
19 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely but could do with a few mor reasonably priced wine

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TheAnt
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Classic Italian food we had Spinach Soup homemade and the special pasta Paglia e Fieno which were excellent. Service is always very good.

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Darklangel
London
35 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good quality italian food in a nice and safe atmosphere

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David
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant as usual.

C
vipCharles
London
7 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great value with great service.
The sardines and veal were excellent.

FAQs

Caraffini Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 67 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.