Con Gusto

4.6
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261 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
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.

Special Offers

Celebrate New Year's Eve with a fantastic meal!

Come and dine at Con Gusto on New Year’s Eve! Enjoy a luxurious meal for £78 per person for 4 courses. There is 2 hours per table. Choose 4 courses from our usual À la carte menu. Please note there is a full cancellation fee of £78pp for any cancellations, which overrides our standard £20 fee.

Tuesday, 31 December, 2019

What 261 People Are Saying
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NS
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Pitched just right IMO - 6-8 dishes per course and a nice variety of dishes which were well presented and used fresh ingredients. Tiny gripe about my starter would be that my burrata was more like 1/4 of a burrata. The seafood pasta main was very flavoursome even if the sauce was a little excessive. A nice bottle of Puglian Primitivo (wine menu was also very good) and decent dessert wine. Came to £60 a head which was fine for London including the wine. Will go again.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gem of a restaurant in Woolwich. Excellent food, wine and service as always!

L
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love this little restaurant. On this occasion there were 6 of us and we had the set meal menu for £39 which is great value. Our meal was amazing 10/10.
The set up and location are 10/10, the service again, fantastic - Alcohol - cocktails 🍷 are a tad pricey. See you in a few weeks, already booked to go back!

HL
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food is great but the space is too small and music is too damn loud for dinner time.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food

B
Manchester
7 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely phenominal meal, it was brilliant from start to finish! Outstanding service, delicious food for EVERY course and really lovely wine to go with it. Can’t recommend Con Gusto enough!!! A jewel for the Royal Arsenal and perfect for both special occasions and a treat on a Saturday night

O
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Disappointed with the beef carpaccio as it was swimming in tasteless olive oil, the beef ragu however was delicious.

JH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everytime we go here we always have a good time. Food is so fresh and tasty.

GE
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a true gem of the area. The food is always amazing, the service is always impeccable and I would highly recommend this to any in the area. You will not regret the choice.

SL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly amazing food (up there with the best London has to offer), great value and great service...but the chairs are a bit oddly small.

AM
London
19 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourites

AH
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy to have celebrated my birthday there. My favourite place in SE London :-)

GR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always love going to Con Gusto, such an interesting setting and cosy restaurant. Would have given the food a 5/5 if it wasn't for my Ragu that was rather over salted. The remainder of the dishes ordered were very tasty.

FC
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The restaurant is charming and the food was very tasty. However, as the venue is full - with all tables occupied - and it there was just one waiter, the service was very time-consuming and the noise level was higher than the normal.

JO
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was our third or fourth visit, food always excellent and very friendly staff. Atmosphere very good as well due to the cosy size of the restaurant and decor also warm and welcoming.

MB
London
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally got to eat here, been meaning to for ages. Was much better than expected, food quality amazing and fantastic service. Will definitely visit again soon. Cannot fault anything other than we were un fortunate enough to sit next to some loud and rude people who were extremely noisy, however staff moved us to a different table. Probably best quality food in the area.

LJ
London
171 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice food, cosy environment.

S
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Con Gusto to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It wasn’t the first time but we loved every minute of it. The food is always exquisite, the place is cozy and elegant and the service is lovely. We will be going back.

MD
London
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Con Gusto remains one of our favorite restaurants in the world.
It's our first reservation any time we plan a trip to London.

Woolwich is lucky indeed to have such a gem tucked away by the Thames.

HR
London
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our third visit here and we've never had a bad experience. Everything from the first greeting on arrival to - the ambiance - the meal, and the service was to perfection!
Such a special gem on our doorstep!

H
London
30 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Another lovely meal at one of my favourite restaurants

E
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Having ordered the strozzapreti pasta alla marinara, I was disappointed to discover that there were no large prawns in the dish. I was informed that the prawns had been cut up, which meant that you couldn't actually detect them as they were cut so fine upon close inspection. The dish was filled with mussels, which came across as if the cheapest option had been selected. Also, when we were finishing our dinner, rather than inform us that they were closing, our glasses (including water glasses) were removed from our table. When we asked what time they were closing, we were told it was 15 minutes prior, to which end the music promptly stopped creating the feeling of an unwelcome end to the evening.

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the second time I’ve been here and both times were really nice. Great food, good atmosphere and really attentive staff! Could not fault it!!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it all. 10/10

RM
London
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. We go every few months and have never been disappointed.

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to Con Gusto on a number of special occasions now, and it never fails to disappoint. It's a lovely venue, fitting so much into a very quaint building without feeling cramped at all. The staff are always pleasant, the food is always nice, and it's never too loud.

I rarely eat Italian out, as it's something my partner and I can cook very well - however Con Gusto do it beautifully, and their thick cut fresh pasta really is quite special.

We had a three course meal, with a bottle of pinot grigio for £120 between the two of us, including service. Decent value, though some of the items on the menu are a tiny bit overpriced for what you get. However, the meal as a whole is filling.

Will be back again for sure!

AM
London
19 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourites! Wonderful food. Lovely team

FB
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food, the wine and the service were all very good, although the wine we wanted in the first place was not available.
The only negative point is that unless you are sitting in the sofa then you might feel uncomfortable sitting in such "baby" chairs.

KF
London
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Nice ambience, but the quality of the food had diminished since my last visit, just over a year ago. Our service was rushed and we felt the staff couldn't eject us quickly enough from the restaurant at the end of the evening, as they clearly wanted to pack up and go home. Whilst our waiter was very friendly, the restaurant manager was cold and surly. It's a shame, as the location is great, the decor appealing and the environment intimate. Tables a little too close together to ever feel we could enjoy a private conversation, however. I would on balance recommend as it's still the best option in the area for dining out, but the restaurant should not rest on its laurels. I'll look at other options before heading back myself.

AB
London
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Food was lovely the ambience and noise levels perfect and made for a really lovely evening. Im lucky as I live almost next door but clipper down then dinner here with clipper back would be a great evening out

DH
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Having been here many times before and given 5 star reviews I am disappointed to have to give it a low rating following my visit on Saturday. I had the slow cooked pork belly served with sweet potato purée however the purée was barely warm and was not enjoyable to eat. My partner had the seafood pasta which was sadly lacking in having much seafood - in fact there were no prawns to be found on the plate. To add to our misery we found that the restaurant had allowed the couple sitting next to us to bring their average sized dog into the restaurant ( not a guide dog) and it took up the space between our tables. If you have been to this restaurant before you will know that space is at a premium. This was not a good experience from a restaurant where I have had so many good experiences. Sadly not this time. Really disappointed.

DH
London
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best Italian restaurant I have ever eaten in. The flavours in the food were just unbelievable! The front of house guy Andy was just so attentive but not in an intrusive way. The ambiance is just superb inside this converted guard house. If you love Italian food, please take the time to eat here you will not be sorry I promise you.

VB
London
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, delicious food, excellent location.

F
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience2

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.

D
London
16 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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)

G
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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!).

MT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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.

NM
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambience.