Il Bacino

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£25 and under
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Italian
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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very tasty food. Went here to celebrate a work promotion with my girlfriend. Waiting staff were lovely and friendly. They provided lots of guidance on the food and service was fast but not imposing. Large portions too!

R
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We went on Valentine’s Day which obviously was busy. The food was very tasty - especially the caponata. I’m italian and I would absolutely recommend it.
The staff is really nice and polite.
The only negative point is that we had to wait about 45 minutes between the starters and the main course (and as it was a set menu I would expect it to take way less) - but then again, Valentine’s was a busy day.
Will definitely go back again.

MB
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A pleasant dining experience. It made Valentine’s Day special. Attentive staff and good food.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1food2service4ambience3

Waited over an hour for our main and when cane was not nice at all

KE
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good friendly restaurant. Will also let you take time to eat and not rush you.

VS
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Been here a few times now never disapointed. Will certainly be going again.

ND
London
19 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We went at noon the day after boxing day so the restaurant was literally empty apart from us. It is hard to comment on ambiance and service, although obviously we were served quickly and efficiently.

The food quality was really good. We had a selection of starters and the spicy chicken penne. It tasted really good, and authentic too. I guess the location is a bit out of the way but I'd recommend visiting the restaurant if you're able to get there.

JF
London
10 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very attentive, good food and drink

GK
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Pretender to the throne.

We are regulars at Il Bordello and had read a few positive reviews on Il bacino, Wapping Lane. Some had even compared it to the established Italian trattoria less than 500m away but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

An ominous sign was entering a restaurant on a Sunday afternoon at 13.30 to find it completely empty?

The atmosphere was sterile except for the festive soundtrack in the background but even that couldn’t make up for the dour personality of the only waiter in attendance. His attitude was just plain negative bordering on miserable.

The food was no better, scallops overcooked in their shells with a herb crust like sand. Grilled prawns overdone and chewy and minestrone that lacked any depth of flavour.

My main was monkfish dressed with mussels and a shellfish sauce. It looked great but was ice cold. It was sent back but specifically requested a fresh dish not a re-heat. It arrived and yet again it was stone cold. At this point I told the waiter to forget it. 19 minutes later it was served again but sent back.

A pasta dish that was void of any season for flavour and a veal dish much the same.

Overall 5 of us ate very little yet the bill still came to almost £200 which was a complete rip-off so we won’t be going back. Long live Il Bordello

RG
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and the service was very attentive. Great value for money and delicious food

KD
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant only booked it late, the pizzas are large with plenty of filling

CB
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, very friendly and accommodating. Specials did make a difference, they were very tasty and good value. Great location for access to Tobacco dock.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love this place. It reminds me, in all the best ways, of the Italian neighborhood restaurants of the 80's and 90's. With better food. Portions are huge. Welcoming and just lovely

B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Portions were absolutely huge! one bowl of pasta is enough for two and we ordered a pizza to share too!

J
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic - contender for the best italian in wapping
Friendly professional service, great menu and atmosphere

JD
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I was sick after eating the prawn pasta dish - must have been a bad batch of prawn?

My partner’s crab ravioli was fine though and the garlic bread and olives were nice.

JF
London
10 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very relaxed, had our table all night, good food

C
London
9 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The restaurant is located near the Dock which give it nice views if you are seated outside in lovely weather. The food was nice too and it had great ambience.

l
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great local Italian spot. Large portions and easy dining experience

JW
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. House wine is drinkable but not anything I’d specifically recommend.

The pizza / pasta dishes may seem a bit pricey but the pizzas are 15 inches and the pasta dishes are huge. My girlfriend and I shared 1 pizza and 1 seafood pasta dish and it was more than enough, maybe too much. Would recommend all around, good quality seafood and great pizza with a genuine Italian family feel. Very quiet location too

AP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Nice restaurant. Pity about the noise levels which were VERY high.

VS
London
6 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food great venue fantastic prices brilliant staff would recommend this restaurant good.

DD
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

despite the restaurant had very few guests the noise level was high unfortunately due to a couple of waiters constantly arguing against each other...not really a pleasent view...

GG
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I ate here twice last year and both times it was very enjoyable.
This was a meal for my 60th birthday with 8 friends and all thought the food excellent and portions generous.My grilled octopus starter found easily have been a main course.The view,decor and location all added to the experience.

d
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Bacino is my favourite Italian Restaurant. The staff are as amazing as the food and the view is lovely.

S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The restaurant was in a quiet location but food was excellent.
We had asked to go to St Katherine’s dock but this restaurant is at Tobacco dock which is further away.
Having said this the staff were very pleasant and the food excellent.

TU
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The service was quick and the staff friendly. The food was tasty and the portions generous.

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. The portions were great and the service was first class

P
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Varied menu with good sized portions. Good value, would definitely recommend.

OT
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service in a relaxed environment.

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Tasty food, large portions, nice restaurant interior. Would recommend.

BM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really like it here although I get the feeling that the staff do not get the service charge on the bill because they also ask you to either add or reject a tip when you pay by card. I advise you to ask for service charge to be removed and then add tip separately.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!

DP
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Nice food big portions lovely and quiet area, would go again

NS
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a lovely birthday dinner here. The waiter was very attentive and helpful with recommending dishes and wine. The food was lovely, decent sized portions full of flavour. I will definitely be coming back.

BQ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to Il Bacino, and our experience was even better than the first time. All of the staff are so friendly and they give it a really authentic, Italian feel. The food was absolutely fantastic and we were particularly impressed with the pasta. The limoncello shots at the end we're a lovely touch. We look forward to coming back to our new favourite restaurant soon!

FF
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We had to send back one of the mains, as it looked/smelled funny. Dish presentation was generally well below par.
The chocolate fondante was a glorified sponge cake with no melted chocolate inside.

G
London
119 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Second time here, but not as good as the first. I think the staff had had an argument before we arrived because our waiter was pretty rude to us actually and the other staff seemed to be discreetly apologetic about him. Portions massive!

A
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Was nice food waiters are a bit keen and seem to interrupt a little bit to much for my liking.... overall was a pleasant evening tho

SA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, friendly staff and very handy location. Can be noisy with the place full but this is usually later in the evening. Best Italian in the area and well worth s visit.