Da Paolo Restaurant

4.5
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977 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian

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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!
What 977 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great portions

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HelenN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was a lovely resturant for a pre theatre meal. We were seated near the door which was a bit crafty when anyone came in,but the waiter and waitress were very attentive in pulling the large curtain across the door way to try and stop the draft and keep us warm. The food and wine was excellent, large portions! I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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RandyG
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food was not anything extraordinary for the price. I’ve had better food at restaurants charging half of the price that Da Paolo charged. I will not return.

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OpenTable Diner
Cheshire
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service and ambience
Will defo recommend to anyone and will definitely be going again

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Mixter
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was my first visit to Da Paolo and I wasn't disappointed. The reviews are very accurate.
Portions are large, the food is delicious and the service excellent.
If you get a chance to eat here please do, you will not be disappointed either.

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vipBaha
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian restaurant in London. Great food and great service.

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vipPerryM
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian in London, the lobster liguine and vongole were superb.
Also for garlic lovers this is an absolute treat.
Great Italian service, warm, welcoming, and attentive.
My new favourite.

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TerryM
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service. Will definitely go back again!

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KeithA
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Although the food, ambiance and service was fine, the portions were very large. Some would consider that a strange observation but quality over quantity always prevails.

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MikeM
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We liked it so much that we ate there 3 times during our 6 day visit to London.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great session

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RyanO
London
9 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a bit of a track to get to but it was so worth it I love this old school Italian restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Da Paolo is amazing. I am Italian, so quite picky when it comes to Italian restaurants, but the ravioli with mushrooms and truffle that I got were just perfect. Everyone at dinner was satisfied and very full after the meal. Quality and quantity, like a good Italian restaurant. I’ll definitely go back.

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ElaineY
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely food and service. The layout is a bit too pack in the main room for my liking. I think we’d have enjoyed it more in the smaller dinning room. We would still return though as food was proper lush!

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vipWrighty
London
177 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Da Paolo is authentic quality-produce, high flavour, big portions, exquisite wine all in one place - simply brilliant

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very authentic old style family Italian restaurant. Extensive menu. We all had different meals and all were delicious. Great service.

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Ginge58
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Our first time eating at Da Paolo. We had a lovely meal. A very good selection of dishes and wines. Portions were very generous, so much so that, had we known we could have shared starters. The restaurant was quite crammed and busy - a testament to the restaurant. We will be back.

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JoyDB
London
14 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

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 on 12 October 2019

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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vipWrighty
London
177 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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HannahT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Big portions, old school Italian!

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HeatherT
Pinehurst
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
London
25 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Warm welcome, thriving busy restaurant serving large portions.

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SharonK
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

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.

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vipHila
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service, always great to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good place for a meeting with friends.

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vipShal
London
60 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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PRASADB
Manchester
9 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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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JCZuerich
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The waiter decides which dish to sprinkle with Parmesan cheese?

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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

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AichaR
London
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipAaronK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place

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vipJEP67
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MandyR
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening - great food - fast becoming a favourite restaurant

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ArtyomS
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

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!

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SMaynard
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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

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PRASADB
Manchester
9 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Vincent
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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

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