Con Gusto

4.7
229 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
Con Gusto is a fine-dining Italian restaurant based on the river Thames in the heart of the Royal Arsenal Riverside.

With a team of dedicated Italian chefs, they specialise in handmade pastas, bread and desserts.

The menu is ever-changing with the seasons using the best of well sourced products and local suppliers .

Group Menu
Please note there is an obligatory group menu of £39pp for 3 courses for groups over 5 people in the evening.

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VB
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, delicious food, excellent location.

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F
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

Excellent food but service was discriminatory. We were deliberately not being served to the point of being ignored. I am not sure why? We were disappointed by the service and when we politely said to the waiter that we preferred not to pay the service charge, we were told that it was up to the manager to waiver this or not and that if we did not pay the service charge, we would not be allowed to ever come to this restaurant again. Surely illegal? Unacceptable in 2019. The couple next to us overheard the waiter speak to us and said that they were not ordering their desert and leaving. I am aware from others in the local community that when you give less favourable feedback even in a polite manner they often respond punitively.

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D
London
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Tried Con Gusto for the first time despite living 5 minutes walk away. Service is alright, nothing outstanding, nothing bad (a tad cold maybe). Food was outstanding, really tasty: good flavours, ingredients were cooked very well (pork belly was melt in the mouth, sweet potato puree was smooth and delicious). Price without a menu is a bit steep, especially considering portions aren't huge, but would definitely go back for an occasion! (£100 for two, two courses and a bottle of wine)

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G
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food ever, realty enjoy and meal I’ve had in there owners are brilliant and delight

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SD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Such a lovely restaurant. We went for a birthday meal (mine) and took advantage of the pre theatre menu. We had our 2yo with us and whilst they were pretty accommodating, there wasn’t anything on the menu that she would eat, and no offer /attempt to accommodate... which was a shame.

Our food was very tasty, and the wine was great. So all in all a good choice, but would have been even better with a slightly more child-conscious service (though the service we got was perfectly good!).

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

I think the main attraction of this restaurant is its location in a historic building by the river. The food is average to slightly above average (that's subjective of course) and service on the night when we were there was fine, a little understated, but Ok. the pricing was on the high side - four of us, two courses, plus some nibbles, two bottles of wine - about £200. If you want a nice evening, maybe taking the river boat from central London out to Woolwich Arsenal with a v short walk to the restaurant, then you will probably have an enjoyable evening. I suspect that this place does not have a regular clientele.

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NM
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service (and very accommodating), small restaurant so cosy surroundings. Would thoroughly recommend it!

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AH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambience.

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EJ
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely find and a great foodie restaurant. You will need to boo to get a table though. Well worth it

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e
London
14 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful visit to Con Gusto. Highly recommend! A+++++++

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

I definitely recommend this place. The food is amazing (I recommend the pork belly), the service is efficient and the ambiance is lovely.

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t
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If we can describe Con Gusto it is like a Tiffany s box with something precious inside which is the extraordinary food and the kindness of the staffs and the chefs owner.Thank you again for this lovely meal last night and we are so sorry to see our waitress going but very good luck to her for his new life.

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PL
London
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as usual ! I came with friends from Oxfordshire, when they visit they always want to eat with you !

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FB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 5

The seafood pasta was as delicious as ever...!! My partner had the lamb which was also really nice.
We will be back soo. 😊

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MP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A jewel in the Royal Arsenal Riverside crown. Long may it be there. Now my 'local' Italian. Perfect, perfect pasta. Good wines and desserts to die for :).

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LB
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Recommend a set menu of two of three courses not all three for groups. Two incidents occurred the evening we were there where separate situations a person came to the door to inquire if they could have a coffee another wanted to use the washroom. In both incidents the employee responded VERY rudely to the person making the inquiry and we were sitting where we could hear everything. It accelerated to very bad and the employee accelerated the situation instead of diffusing it. Being able to respond kindly and firmly is acceptable but the employee made the person feel like their request was an outrage. The employee even went to the point or threatening to call the police with the gentleman who quirked if he could have a coffee.......really? And to add to the general treatment and service ...we arrived with a carriage with a newborn and an almost 2 year old to celebrate a grandfather’s birthday who was visiting from Canada.....the entrance door was held by the grandfather for the carriage to enter...and the employee raced over, yelled to not open the door that far, took over the door holding and closed it more with attitude like we had almost broken the door...and then he held it open reluctantly for the carriage to barely enter....his attitude and actions would have had me turn about and leave from such rudeness...but the group had a Birthday plan to fulfill so we followed through. This employee needs training and more experience working with people. No doubt it also has shown up with the fellow employees he works with. His behaviour set the tone of the restaurant....
Prawn starter was average. Pasta tagatella with beef ragout was superb. Chocolate cake with pudding and ice cream average.

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BJ
London
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Eaten here many times, small place only 25 or so covers so advisable to book, good quality menu but not a huge selection, great ambience.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely intimate setting with amazing food. Have to check it out.

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B
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely little place with great food!

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O
London
9 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as ever

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice place with good service and great food!

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AA
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a fabulous restaurant - a creative and delicious menu - friendly and attentive service - cosy atmosphere - a real asset to the Royal Arsenal. I cannot recommend it highly enough. We visit regularly and are delighted with our experience every time.

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GR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a treat when you can get a table at Con Gusto... a quaint Italian Restaurant bordering the edge of the Thames on the Royal Arsenal site. It only has room for a few tables, so a real unique experience! The food is good authentic Italian and all 3 of us had different pasta dishes that were wonderfully rich in flavour and full of taste! We ordered a plate of Tomato Bruschetta to share on arrival, that was also delicious. The staff were very efficient and friendly and the food was served without much delay and was simply delicious. We left as very satisfied customers and hope to visit again.

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MC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely little hideaway in Woolwich’s Royal Arsenal Riverside. Very good, discreet and friendly service and genuinely good food. Prices match the quality of the food on the à la carte, with the current 3 course, set menu for £25 being very good value. Range of decent wine, one bottle for each colour by the glass, though each of good quality. Always a nice treat!

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S
London
18 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A neighbourhood gem in a great building. Service is always good and the food is first class. Would not hesitate to recommend.

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J
London
10 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I love Congusto, I’ve been a few times. Great service and ambiance. Really lovely restaurant with character

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AM
London
12 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place

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p
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth swimming across the River Thames for their Tortellini alone!

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H
London
13 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always. It does really deserve all the accolades!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pork tortelloni was fabulous, and with 12 tortelloni, plenty filling. The rucola (rocket) salad with Grano Padano a great side, and the tiramisu the best I've had outside Italy. Accompanied by a nice Nebbiolo and finished with a lovely glass of limoncello, I thoroughly enjoyed my birthday dinner to myself. The service was perfect - enough attention to be solicitous, but not intrusive.

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AA
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another delicious meal at this wonderful restaurant. The jewel at the heart of the Royal Arsenal. Cannot recommend it highly enough

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful little restaurant, a romantic setting for our anniversary . Service was friendly and helpful . Food was terrific - the steak was rare and delicious and the parpadelle with ragu was stunning . One teeny moan ... the playlist was ... interesting . I don’t think that my husband ( a massive Clash fan) will recover from the cheesy cover of shall I stay or shall I go to a bossa nova beat . Butit gave us a laugh . We will return tho - meal was fab

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AM
London
12 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and lovely ambience

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JJ
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food, and just the waitress and chef in there made it feel like a really homely place. the only real issue was that the extractor fan is very noisy and as we had the place to ourselves pretty much there wasn't other noise around to drown it out. food was great though and the cheese board was delicious.

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PP
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very quiet for a Friday evening. Faultless service but we were caught out by prices charged for children’s pasta and ice cream, which were unbelievably expensive. Would return but leave the kids at home next time.

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RB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was fine apart from the wine which was appalling. So much so that the couple on the next table (who had the same wine) asked us if we could finish theirs off - we didn't! If you go there avoid the Primitivo wine at £29!

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PW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We were looking forward to visiting Con Gusto hugely. Being a resident and let down by other eating establishments on the Royal Arsenal we very much wanted this to be what the RA cries out for and needs more of and at 95% overall it is. The restaurant is unique in character, a Grade II listed building which used to be a Guard House. It has few covers due to its size and dining is in 2 hour slots maximum, which is perfect. There was a steady flow in and out on Thursday and as such the ambience is excellent.

The menu is superb. Great variety. Not having visited before and not usually requiring a starter we enjoyed sharing the Puglia nocellara olives, Focaccia served with olive oil and balsamic vinegar very much. Juicy olives and the lightest Focaccia seasoned perfectly with excellent olive oil.

We noted many of the diners were having starters and that is what we'd choose to do another time...

Our mains of Handmade strozzapreti pasta alla marinara with prawns, calamari, mussels and octopus and
Handmade pappardelle pasta with slow cooked Black Angus ragu, were absolutely delicious but I had to find the shell fish and unfortunately the portion size is so under that even my partner who has a light appetite in general had to comment that there wasn't much pasta to enjoy, however delicious it was.

We'll definitely go again. Want this gorgeous little place to succeed which it clearly is, but next time we'll have a starter too!

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for a date. Wonderful food.

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S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a lovely valentines evening. We like that the Resturant is cosy and the service is good.

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RA
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant in all aspects.
Atmosphere is charming and the food fresh and delicious. A very good wine selection.
Staff was very friendly and, even on Valentine's day, were not rushing anyone.
A really great addition to Woolwich.

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