Da Paolo Restaurant

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959 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
This traditional Italian restaurant, reputed as 'a village restaurant in the heart of London', prides itself on its 'family run' feel yet maintains an air of professionalism when it comes to the service and the authenticity of the food. The décor creates an intimate ambience with antique furniture and pictures making it an ideal business venue at lunch and perfect for a romantic dinner a deux by night. Patrons who can be found here are a host of regulars, celebrities, tourists on the trail to and from the nearby British Museum and theatre luvvies. Menu highlights include châteaubriand, pappardelle with duck breast sauce, and linguine with seafood. But don't worry, if your favourite dish is not there, the chef is more than happy to accommodate your request! This is the place where you can enjoy a relaxing evening out. In fact, you will relax so much you don't want to leave!
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JD
London
12 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Have been coming here for many years but evening was a disaster as one of our party was told that we weren’t at the restaurant although she showed my name on her phone& I made the booking. She waited upstairs for half an hour then left her business card in case we arrived. We were downstairs & she was told it was a private party which was rubbish as there were several different tables of diners We were not given her card & didn’t know she had been till I spoke to her next day. Absolutely awful. Food ok but clearly will never go back Would like an explanation

Da Paolo Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

Dear JoyDB, we actually don't understand your case. If anyone arrives at the front door indicating that there is group waiting somewhere inside, that person is always allowed to walk the whole restaurant until they find their party group. We never say "No, Your Party is not here, wrong restaurant or stay outside and wait". Please come back to us with more details as your case requires special attention and we will promise you to fully investigate your case. Regards Mr Carlos DC. Owner

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W
London
166 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Da Paolo is my favourite restaurant for a reason - everything is unbelievably good there, the food, the ambiance, service, wine selection - just an insanely great place

HT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It’s my second time to Da Paolo, food was amazing and with good portion. I especially love their pasta - simple, authentic and delicious! Will definitely come back!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. Big portions, old school Italian!

HT
Pinehurst
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I felt like I was back in Italy. The food was delicious, the servers charming and the ambience cozy and authentic.

OT
London
25 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Warm welcome, thriving busy restaurant serving large portions.

SK
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was very very good but restaurant was over crowded and hot. We moved outside which was better, but felt left out by the staff.

H
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service, always great to go back!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good place for a meeting with friends.

S
London
57 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our first visit to Da Paolo but will not be our last. Food, service and ambience were all very good. Great location.

PR
Manchester
9 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Sólo voy a italianos que prepararán pasta fuera de este mundo (ya que a mi me sale espectacular, modestia a parte). @dapaolorestaurant cumplió a cabalidad. Con una burrata al pesto, pan al ajo con receta secreta de como lo ahumaron, unos fideos de tinta de calamar con choritos, q no tienen madre ni padre. Para cerrar, el supremo tiramisú. 4.7/5

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JC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The waiter decides which dish to sprinkle with Parmesan cheese?

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was slow. Food was luke warm and unremarkable. The space is small and crammed. Overall, not bad but nothing to “write home about.”

AR
London
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service! Amazing food. I am vegan and they made a special pasta dish for me which was Amazing!!! My partner and I were treated exceptionally well. It was a fantastic experience we will definitely be back. Highly recommend. Thank you so much

AK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place

JE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really wonderful small Italian restaurant. Great food and wine and professional, friendly service.

MR
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely restaurant with lovely service
Excellent portion sizes & great value for money

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening - great food - fast becoming a favourite restaurant

AS
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

It was alright, but only if you like your lobster crunchy. For the price, I'd say you can find better. The service was amazing though, so huge thanks to the waiting staff, you guys were great!

SM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent Italian food with a varied number of options, however, fairly expensive

PR
Manchester
9 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my girlfriend’s birthday. We had previously been there a couple of months earlier and loved it. We had just as wonderful an experience this time. The food, service, wine, everything was sublime.

V
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Escapade italienne à Londres, cela change du tumulte des pubs.
Produits de qualité, cuisine inventive, et service aux petits soins.

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E
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant accomodated our group of nine in the basement comfortably and without any difficulties at all. The service was also efficient and attentive, just right for a big group like ours. There was something for everyone on the menu and the mains were very tasty and voluminous! Would definitely go again when I’m craving a plate of fine pasta.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service

D
London
35 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I was there last night meeting a friend from HK.

We ordered Italian bread with olive oil to start and shared two mains one prawn homemade linguine and duck breast.

I am a little disappointed that the duck breast tasted better than homemade linguine given it’s a highly rated Italian restaurant. Linguine was quite dry (sauce was very tasty which it came with more of it), king prawns were over cooked.

Tiramisu was too dry, not alcoholic enough - quite a common miscalculation when making this I guess.....

Service was lovely though, thank you team.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m a regular and love this place - told all my friends and family. The best thing about the place are the portions and quality still remains the same!! Love it

OT
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, best place in town!

SL
London
13 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st time dinner, really impressed. Definitely come back!

AZ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Chose Da Paolo restaurant for our anniversary and it was a great decision. Loved the atmosphere and the food, made us feel relaxed and cosy and it was perfect for a romantic dinner with some very good food. Definitely will return and would 100% recommend.

AW
London
26 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Generous portion size. Great service. Cozy atmosphere. Recommended.

MT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Worst Italian food I’ve ever had. Risotto was awful and tiramisu... just tried and leave it... never back

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place. In every aspect. I cannot recommend enough. Will absolutly return

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Warm friendly, cosy restaurant. Lovely food. Will definitely be back.

5
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved this intimate little restaurant. It is cozy and the staff were friendly and attentive. We enjoyed our dishes and everything was served in a timely manner, no rushing. If I lived in London this gem would definitely be a regular stop!

M
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A favourite restaurant of mine. Very reliable - good service and good food in a central London location that is off the main track. Always have a decent selection of specials to supplement a tried and tested menu.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was great. The sitting position is tight but managable. Cosy place and accessable.

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

Great food and great service! A lovely food experience.

AT
London
40 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

A great spot. Unpretentious exactly as Italian food should be, all the classics and good specials. Really good. Would recommend entirely.

D
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very helpful staff, food was of very good quality and well cooked, prices reasonable for what is being offered. Very cosy italian cuisine restaurant, one I would put on the top of my recommendations to anyone that wanted to have italian food.

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