Cecconi's City of London at The Ned

4.3
602 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
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  • Live Music
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Special Occasions
All-day Venetian brasserie, serving the same Northern Italian favourites as its sister restaurants in Mayfair, Berlin, Barcelona, Istanbul, Miami and West Hollywood – namely, lobster spaghetti, veal Milanese, carpaccio and tartare, salads, risotto and pizza fresh from our two wood-fired ovens.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation
Tuesday - Saturday: 07:00 - 00:00
Sunday and Monday: 07:00 - 22:00
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Phone number
020 3828 2000
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Public Transit
Bank Underground Station (Central Line)
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Entertainment
Nightly live music from The Nickel stage.
Additional
Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Wine
What 602 People Are Saying
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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L
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food , great service very busy music a bit too loud so had to shout but other than that great

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NS
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience as always, service spot on attentive without being intrusive

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D
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very nice to be back! Great food.

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KD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

The food was Italian home cooking. No extra fuss. No need to take photos of your plate. Just honest food. We had a pretty good time until the manager ruined our outing.

We had ordered a final round of cocktails (after having aperitifs, wine, starters, mains and dessert) and been told by a waiter that it would be fine for us to sit at our table for another hour while we had our final round of cocktails. Before the drinks arrived, the manager came and told us we needed to leave. He said this was so they could make our table available to walk-in diners. The restaurant was 3/4 empty at this stage. He told us he had found some seats for us at the bar. We thought this sounded fine. He then led us out of the restaurant to some high chairs not at the bar but in a dark corner of The Ned proper. He announced that as we had now left the restaurant we would need to settle the bill and set up a separate tab for our final round of drinks. We felt we had been treated extremely rudely and that we were not welcome. It killed the fun of our big meal out and meant that I would definitely not return or recommend this restaurant.

By the way, we spent over £600 and our table remained resolutely empty after we were kicked off it. This place needs to learn the basics of looking after customers and how to appreciate them.

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TQ
London
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Given cost of meal I would have expected a table that didn’t wobble

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Dinner for two: shared starter, two mains, two desserts, 500ml wine, 1 martini - £145

Food was good
Service was ok to good
Ambience wasn't great as it was too loud. Some of the speakers facing the restaurant need to be adjusted for volume.

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WH
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked through open table. Although they emailed several reminders about our booking in the preceding week - when we got there, there was no booking at Cecconi. The female desk staff member was unhelpful, and left my guests and I standing in front of the desk while they milled around and ‘had a look to see if they could help us’. Another male member of the staff finally found us 3 seats at the bar to wait while they sorted it out. We were asked to show them proof of the booking and email it to them. Finally we got a table, and from then on the service and food were exemplary. A round of drinks to apologise for the poor start would’ve been welcome. Cecconi is great, but we are not pleased with open table reservation service.

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S
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent but the food was so so average. Nothing we tasted wowed us especially the cacio e pepe and the burrata which was £16. I wouldn't go back again unfortunately.

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DF
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The atmosphere and venue was nice, I liked the jazz singer and musician.
I visited with my mum. We both enjoyed our starter but we weren't too keen on the main courses. Also the starters came really quite quickly which I would not expect from such a high end restaurant.
However the staff were efficient and friendly and I enjoyed the décor and actual building itself.
Although it wasn't hugely expensive, I don't believe the quality of food matched up to the price. As someone who is half Italian and eats Italian cuisine on a regular basis, I don't think it was up to the standard that it should have been considering Cecconi's reputation. The portion sizes could also have been bigger.

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JB
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Thank you Cecconi’s for a great lunch. 5 of us went there for a works do on Friday. The ambiance and service was excellent. The food was wonderful and so easily could have been a let down when 4 out of the 5 mains were served luke warm. However they insisted on changing everything and cooking it again. Furthermore and without any fuss on my part they didn’t charge for the mains and sides. An unexpected surprise and very decent of them.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

This time was quite disappointed with two things (despite me being a regular at Cecconi’s and in general being a fan of the place):
1) table was booked for 8.30pm, but we got sat only at 9pm. No apologies offered.
2) the music today was way too loud compared to every other night. Could hardly talk. Out of usual London places I’ve regarded Ceconni’s as a quite intimate place with background music, but this time the latter was overpowering.
Great food and service otherwise!

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MM
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

I have to say this was one of the worst dining experiences I have had in some time. Firstly it took around 1 hour to seat us (the hostess having ignored the fact that she sent us to the bar and having clearly given the table away several times). Secondly the service was just appalling, surly waiting staff, forgetting key things (such as our drinks) long waits and fairly sub standard cuisine. Also the noise level is unbearable - like eating in a nightclub. Would definitely avoid sadly.

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DR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I definitely wouldn’t recommend Cecconis at The Ned to anyone because then I wouldn’t be able to get in!!! Shhhhh! It’s fabulous🤫

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The breakfast at the Cecconi’s was very expensive and absolutely not worth its price: we went on a sunday morning with only 6 more people having breakfast, the juices that they labeled as “freshly pressed” were served in a closed bottle,... It was empty, the service was bad and we felt like it was overpriced.

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E
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This place is a oasis of calm and charm in a sea of energy. Great food and drinks.

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A really great venue, the food service and atmosphere all excellent

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NH
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We had awful service at they tried to rush us out after 40 mins. They didn’t offer me grated cheese on my pasta as I saw them offer other tables and then they over charged us and added on extra drinks to our bill. Would not recommend or go back. Food was good but overall experience was not great and very disappointing as I had wanted to try it out for ages.

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M
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A solid 4/5. Shoreditch Cecconis is much better for ambiance, quality of service and food. Something about the Ned and it's hotel lobby feel lacks in appeal. One of those places that it's nice to go to say you've been. Service was incredibly slow and the restaurant had about 5 waiters for 5 tables.

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TC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and even better service!

The NED is an incredible venue, proving a great ambience.

Would recommend.

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DG
London
179 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Business breakfast - good atmosphere and varied menu to start the morning straight.

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JG
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent. The atmosphere and setting are incredible. The place was very busy though and there was a queue outside as they were restricting numbers into the building which houses other restaurants and bars too. After a brief wait and explanation we had a booking, they let us through the queue. When we went it is was buzzing in there! The live music is great whilst you are eating and the ceilings are very very tall but this does not affect the atmosphere! It feels cosy still! I thoroughly recommend it and will be back soon! Many thanks!

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CH
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Booked for business breakfast. Easy to book, good range of timeslots, good food (although colleague slightly disappointed at lack of Granola on the menu but understand they did provide some for him. Good alternative to Millie's Lounge at same venue.

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A
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great service! Definitely the best Italian in London

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S
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

great food though the usually attentive service wasn't there this time around. also remember that that band plays right next to the dining area so can be quite loud at times

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CJ
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place and good food. Very atmospheric especially on Sunday evenings with live music.

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RD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Food and setting lovely but band very noisy so it was difficult to hear/converse.

Staff were friendly but very slow.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fantastic restaurant - serving the most delicious food. Staff were very attentive and made our visit extremely pleasant. Many thanks, we will be back.

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JS
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

I have eaten at the Ned before (Millies) and enjoyed it very much
This was a let down especially as I had recomended this to friends as well
Starters were very nice - main meals were a let down from poor pasta to very fatty/grissly steak
Sorry Cecconi's never again

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TO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved the vibrant atmosphere and professional staff

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CD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited Cecconi's with a friend for my birthday and was not disappointed.
Food and wine were delicious with a great atmosphere and service. It's noisy as they have a live jazz band but this add's to the appeal in my opinion, my friend and I still managed to have good conversation, can't wait to go back!

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OT
London
12 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

You can end up not being able to hear yourself think when the music is too loud. Otherwise fab.

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Bit average, the calamari tasted like hard rubber. Portion size relative to quality of food was low.

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NL
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Service was very slow. It took 1hr to get our food. When it arrived it was cold. Smoked salmon was stringy and chewy. Portion size was a lot smaller than I have had there during the week.

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D
London
19 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fabulous steak and great vegan options too. Great variety and service

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MH
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place like all the others in the world. Found the open place and the size great als well as the fantastic room of the Ned!

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PS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Service was not good st all and the food was REALLY salty

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H
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

I was really looking forward to an evening here and enjoyed having drinks at the bar. When we were led to the table (which was ready 10 mins late), I realised how much noisier the restaurant space was. Though the live music was good, it was far too loud for what I was expecting on a Monday night. Our round table was originally set for four though we were only three so shouting across increasingly became an issue. The tables were too close together so I had (very polite) waiting staff brushing against my back most of the evening.
The food is delicious and worth a high price but within that price tag you are also paying for the refined Cecconi brand which has definitely been lost in this outpost.
We shared starters of incredible creamy burrata, fresh crab and calamari (the last a little rubbery). 2 x lobster linguine followed which was rich and moreish, plus a beautifully cooked lamb dish. Petit fours followed.
The service was exemplary. Attentive and genuine.

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JB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place. Not our first visit and initially intended to go for Neds Feast, we found the Sunday feast here by accident a few weeks back. Food is really good, service very friendly and just overall a really cool way to feed on a Sunday!!

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EW
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for brunch with friends. Great service and atmosphere. Yummy food!

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SG
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Lovely venue, service wasn’t the greatest.
Had to wait ages to be handed a menu once seated, had to ask 3 times for another glass of wine only for 2 extra glasses to be charged to the bill. Forgot to bring over ordered bottle of water also.
But all rectified with no bother, lovely food and general ambiance.

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