Cicchetti - Covent Garden

4.4
47 reviews
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  • Tapas
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Lunch
Set in sophisticated yet relaxing interiors using light colours alongside huge expanses of light grey Italian marble, San Carlo Cicchetti reinterprets the delightful Venetian culinary custom of cicchetti – delicious small plate dishes to share or eat alone, enjoyed with a beer or glass of wine. Each season Cicchetti launches a new, expertly crafted menu. While still retaining the favourites, the new dishes will feature the freshest and best seasonal ingredients sourced from markets in Milan. With an Italian Chairman, Italian director, Italian chefs, Cicchetti is an authentic Italian restaurant.
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WL
London
26 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service superb menu
Thank you for your wonderful dining experience.
See you soon

MA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The layout of the place is very odd and not cosy compare to FUMO and Cicchetti Piccadilly. The food is the same but you get the feeling of a cheap diner so in the future I will stick to FUMO and just had an extra walk to the theatre.

LI
London
22 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent choice for pre-theatre and if you're dining before 6:30pm then ask for the special early evening menu. This allows two diners to choose four choices from a selection of the more moderately priced dishes and is much better value for money. Many dishes were delicious, particularly the sea bass which is prepared for you at the table. Always busy but service still efficient - highly recommended!

KM
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent, especially the pasta and the service

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

Our first visit. We thought the choice of food excellent as was the wine including quality white by the glass. Staff were attentive. Our only criticism was that all of the tapas menu was delivered too quickly.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Despite the numerous amount of waiters running around, the service is terrible. We had to ask for something 4 times. The managers with the ear pieces are useless but on a power trip. The food was average. Bread was hard and stale, eggplant parmigiana was really good, but the carbonara was so salty it was inedible. Best part of the meal was the gelato. I wouldn’t return.

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

Everything was excellent as always. Definitely one of my favourite places to go to in Covent Garden.

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

Great value with the set Fisso menu. We added some extras with cocktails and dessert but still good value. Very tasty food and attentive waiting staff.

a
Kent
8 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

The look both inside and outside is quite charming. We were taken to our table and then it was explained to us how the menu worked. Was somewhat surprised as we expected a relaxing birthday meal. Think Italian Tapas. The food was pleasant enough. However, we were not expecting to have to tolerate constant bickering between the floor managers. We were seated quite close to a til which was used for food ordering and the managers decided to congregate there whilst having a very vocal disagreement. We had to wait 25 mins to be asked about our deserts. We were quite close to the bar and the constant noise from the barman throwing glass bottles into the bin was also quite annoying. So all in all not the meal experience we were expecting.

GE
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find, great decoration and comfortable seating. Lovely food and great service. Was a bit noise but this was minimal compared to the great food and ambiance

A
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

They failed to wash the spinach before cooking meaning it was gritty to eat. They did not put any fat in it either meaning it was dry and stuck to the teeth, also the portion size was underwhelming given the £4.50 price tag. The saving grace of the evening was the scallops which were, admittedly, very nice,

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

2nd visit to this restaurant- and will definitely come back again.
Service better than average but food delicious. Good Italian tapas style food. We particularly enjoyed the spaghetti carbonara.
Only downside is that the drinks are very expensive

CG
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Attentive staff. Good atmosphere. Prices are good for the food and service you receive

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

Fantastic restaurant. Service and meal were faultless, the best meal we had in London during our trip. Highly recommend this place.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such an amazing time! Everyone was so welcoming and attentive and the food was delicious too. Definitely recommend it and will be back!

L
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I have been to this restaurant before and the experience was fabulous. However, on this visit, which occurred in a very hot day, it was impossible to eat comfortably due to the very high temperature in the room. We complained several times, but the AC was not on. In addition, the food, which was superb on our first visit, was absolutely tasteless this time. We ended up giving up on ordering further dishes, given the combination of the heat and the not so great food

VA
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Considering we visited Cicchetti on the hottest day in July, the staff where so accommodating and made the experience brilliant.

MM
London
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 1

Food was delicious. However, very poor service; forgot our drink order twice and our food order. And when asked again for it no apology was given. Dampened the whole evening.

OT
Atlanta
62 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Outstanding!!

l
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cannot fault at all. From the moment we arrived to when we left the staff were very attentive, the food was lovely and in my opinion well priced considering it's in Covent Garden. Would definitely go again.

h
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing italian tapas exceeded our expectations, staff warm and friendly.

KP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We received a friendly welcome as we arrived and shown directly to our reserved table. The helpful waitress explained the menu choices and how we might go about selection of a number of dishes to eat 'Tapas' style. We ordered a reasonably priced bottle of wine and chose 4 dishes off the menu. Our waitress said if we wanted any additional food it could always be brought to us later. Our food was served in a leisurely manner. Clearly our waitress was being attentive. We had ordered the sea bass for which we were provided with clean plates. A thoughtful touch. We decided not to bother with an additional selection of mains but ordered desserts. We were left time afterwards to enjoy the remainder of our wine. All in all an excellent experience. Would definitely recommend

SC
London
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

Air conditioning was not working
Kept waiting for our table and had to keep moving as nowhere to wait
Shown to the worst table
Managers eventually helped and sent a drink over
Had to wait a very long time for extra food ordered

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Bread and olives were not brought out until the end of the meal. Two plates were forgotten and we had to ask twice to have them. We were at one end of the restaurant and it was not well serviced by staff there, we were not offered more drinks etc.
When the food came it was excellent. It was a shame the staff were inattentive and the some of the food was forgotten.

CB
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first experience with Italian tapas and we were not disappointed. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. It was quite noisy but then it was a Friday evening just before show time so this was to be expected and did not put us off in the slightest and we will definitely visit againm

M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent service without being intrusive and food was extremely tasty and satisfying. The decor was beautiful too, would definitely visit this restaurant again.

MG
Dubai
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cicchetti lived up to the expectation that an independent venue can outperform nearby chains with delicious and interesting menu options and individual service. It was pricey, but in keeping with the quality and location. We will certainly be back.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Night at the theatre

M
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My lunch guest went to the wrong branch and was therefore nearly 30 minutes late but this did not phase the staff at all . When she arrived they were very considerate and gave her time to settle before coming to take our order. The food was as usual superb. Another enjoyable visit - it definitely won't be the last.

C
London
52 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-theatre birthday treat... and treat indeed it was! Finally, a gourmet Italian that goes way beyond the ordinary and delivers exclusive regional delicacies and outstanding service in a trendy yet intimate environment. Grazie Mille!

OT
London
19 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delightful at this wonderful italian restaurant. Love the shared plate type menu - means i can taste more dishes

J
London
5 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really like the sharing plates/tapas style. Baked sea bass in black salt is amazing.

G
West Sussex
5 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 2

On a par with Fumo, we found there were too many waiters rushing about in such a small, confined space. It was too busy for a relaxed meal!

SG
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good advice from our waiter ref how many dishes to order. Fab food and wine.

FL
London
12 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and wonderful authentic Italian service. Loved it will be back ASAP!!

CH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We arrived at 5:45 in order to be on time for a 7:30 show. At first the service was ok. Our drinks were delivered in a timely fashion. As the restaurant got more crowded, the service deteriorated. We had to ask numerous times to have our water glasses refilled. The zucchini and calamari appetizer were so so. The veal Milanese was excellent. Tiramisu was poor. Napoleon dessert was good.

WM
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very nice feeling of and good atmosphere. The only thing I couldn't give 5 stars is the service as it was a bit clunky

ML
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian anywhere since Milan

W
Kent
8 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good fun - nice menu, prices fair, friendly staff . . . and lively!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Looked like a really good and interesting Italian restaurant. However, none of the dishes had any real taste. The concept of dishes being delivered to the table when ready from the kitchen didnt really work, as a traditional menu of antipaste, primi and secondi got mixed too much. All in all a bad experience.

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