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About Il Castelletto

Located in London’s one of the most historical corners, just a few steps away from Holborn tube station, overlooking the British Museum, Castelletto is a small Mediterranean oasis away from the city frenzy.
A feast of smells, flavours and colours from our sunny homelands, bring a bream of light and romance to a rainy day.

17 Bury Place
London, WC1A 2JB
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Sunday: 12:00 - 22:00

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
£25 and under

Payment Options:
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
020 7405 2232

Website:
http://www.il-castelletto.co.uk/

Public Transport:
5 minutes walk from Holborn station.

Additional:
Cafe, Non-Smoking, Wine

Il Castelletto Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.6

service

4.1

ambience

3.9

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

72% would recommend it to a friend

Lunch (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Casual (5)
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Cosy (4)
Neighbourhood Gem (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Good for a Date (3)
Group Bookings (3)
Authentic (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Brunch (1)
Business Meals (1)
Child Friendly (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Outdoor Eating (1)
Outstanding Value (1)
Romance (1)
Special Occasions (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
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·Dined on 9 December 2017

We had a great night here. Very friendly service and delicious food. Very reasonable pries for its location. We’ll definitely be back!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Casual
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food4
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service5
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 (London)·Dined on 6 October 2017

Great service, nice food and a very reasonably priced menu. Highly recommend for a meal before going to see something at the British Museum, literally around the corner.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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food5
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service5
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on 9 August 2017

My friend and I absolutely loved the food and the whole experience. Our server is top notch!

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 (London)·Dined on 13 July 2017

Really great next door restaurant, we were so happy to have i. During our stay in London ! Very conveniently placed a few steps from the British Museum, the food is great and prices very reasonable, the waitresses very nice, and the atmosphere definetely mediteranean, go for it !

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Tasting Menu
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food5
ambience5
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 (London)·Dined on 11 July 2017

We went for present theatre meal. Service was great and the food was lovely. I had penne arabbiata which was gorgeous. Restaurant is on a lively Street. Decor is great and service with a smile. Would recommend to anyone.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on 10 June 2017

Excellent good value meal at this informal Italian restaurant. Very convenient for the British Museum. Would definitely return.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (London)·Dined on 11 February 2017

An authentic Italian delight! Delicious food, served by people who clearly felt proud of the menu! Great atmosphere and nothing seemed too much trouble. We would definitely recommend this restaurant, especially as a pre theatre lunch spot! Superb!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on 23 August 2014

my friend and i had a super meal at ll castelletto,a charming restaurant.we were greeted by the head waiter and shown to our table.the menu has plenty of choice.the staff were relaxed and friendly throughout creating a warm atmosphere.the food was delicious.we both had veal which came with a wonderful presentation of vegetables and a very tasty sauce.we were well impressed.with a nice bottle of wine our bill was £54.excellent value.i would recommend this restaurant,it is a must try.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Pre/post Theatre
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food5
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service5
value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 19 April 2014

Took my parents and aunt for an Easter Saturday lunch after a visit to the British Museum and we all had a really great meal. The service was very friendly and the food was great. Woudl defintely go again.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Warwickshire)·Dined on 31 December 2013

The outside is a little dated. My partner commented that it looks like a naff take-away. She's right, the signage is in desperate need of being re-done.

However, once inside, the 20-ish table dining area is lovely!

Staff are exceptionally welcoming and service is great yet never intrusive; despite being packed (and on NYE) we never felt rushed and our meal was a delight.

Food is out of this world - all (very) freshly prepared and the flavours are wonderful

Definitely be back on next trip to that part of London.

Tags: Business Meals, Outstanding Value, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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food3
ambience3
service4
value3

 
 (London)·Dined on 27 November 2017

Good whitebait, and veal was tasty but a bit on the chewy side. Very convenient for the British Museum. I would not go out of my way to visit again, but might when next at the B.M. Service was very good (unexpected Spanish girl in an Italian restaurant!).

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food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
·Dined on 22 November 2017

Good value meals with friendly service. Great for pre-theatre eating.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
·Dined on 11 November 2017

I love this restaurant, unfussy, delicious food, really reasonable £ given the location.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Authentic
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food3
ambience5
service4
value3

 
 (London)·Dined on 28 October 2017

Cosy little Italian restaurant. Food was nice if slightly on the basic side. Good choice of wine. Restaurant is only small so is not noisy at all.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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food4
ambience3
service3
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 (Buckinghamshire)·Dined on 3 August 2017

A charming family run restaurant with good food and service offering really excellent value for money. A particular compliment on the Chardonnay we drank which was a real surprise. The only minor criticism is that the tables were a little cramped. A place I am likely to visit again, especially with its close proximity to the British Museum

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic
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food4
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service4
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 18 May 2017

Great place to meet a friend. Everything was good!

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ambience4
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 11 March 2017

I was looking for somewhere different to meet three friends for a Saturday lunch catch-up and decided on this option via OpenTable. It was already very busy when we arrived with one large group of people. The restaurant itself is quite small so booking is recommended. There was a very cheap lunch menu but we chose "a la carte" which is really the equivalent of an average Italian restaurant. Food was very enjoyable and I would chance going there a bite to eat if I was in the area e.g. visiting the British Museum. The wine (and prosecco) was very reasonably priced. Service was excellent - the staff managed to work efficiently with very little room to manoeuvre.

Tags: Cozy, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Casual, Outstanding Value
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food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 25 February 2017

This was an excellent find. Lovely authentic Italian with great food and service. Will definitely return

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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food3
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Berlin)·Dined on 15 January 2017

Nice Little italian Restaurant . Not noisy . Very friendly personal. Cooking good, simple , authentic food. Good value.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Authentic
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service5
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 (London)·Dined on 2 January 2017

What a find! I stumbled across this while trying to find a restaurant open on a bank holiday, that would seat 10 people. We had a wonderful experience and would highly recommend this restaurant. The service was exceptional and the food, authentic and tasty. The set menu was very good value (from memory, three courses for £22.95) and the A La Carte was good enough value for people to pick and choose if they didn't fancy the set menu. Worthy of note however that unlike so many restaurants, the set menu comprised high value items and unless something else appealed more, featured something for everyone.

The house wine was really good too - and the drinks generally, reasonably priced.

This is a cosy and intimate Italian restaurant serving authentic cuisine in a rustic, warm environment. It's such a treat to find a restaurant like this that doesn't try to be fashionable; just great at the important things such as food and service. It's a wonderful setting for large groups of friends, couples and families alike. No intrusive music either, so despite the restaurant being busy, it was heaven to be able to have a proper conversation with friends.

We will be back!

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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food4
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service4
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 7 December 2016

Recommend. Good food, good atmosphere, friendly staff and you can hear each other speak.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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food4
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service5
value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 24 October 2014

I booked this restaurant as I was taking friends to the theatre nearby. When we arrived for 6pm I was a little worried as we were the only ones there but the restaurant soon filled and had a good atmosphere.

The serving staff were friendly and helpful throughout.

The food was very good - tasted very fresh and perfectly cooked.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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food4
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 20 September 2014

Il Castelletto is small but perfectly formed! Two of us ate lunch on a Saturday in September. My companion had not visited the restaurant before but thoroughly enjoyed the Castelletto salad. My gnocchi was also delicious - made with the sauce of your choice - and accompanying mixed salad generous. We were unfortunately on a rather tight schedule and didn't have time for a dessert on this occasion. Service is pleasant and efficient. Definitely recommend it if you are visiting the British Museum or surrounding area.

Tags: Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Outstanding Value
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food4
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service4
value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 27 August 2014

Went for a nice bowl of pasta and a glass of red wine with a friend. No complaints. Simple food.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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food3
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service4
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 3 July 2014

My friend and I enjoyed our meal at Il Castelletto. The restaurant has lots of big windows giving it a nice open, airy feel, especially on a warm summer evening. My friend's vegetarian pasta was great and cooked with very fresh ingredients. Our shared dessert was delicious. My main risotto looked promising and had all the right ingredients but tasted a little bit bland. The service was great and with the 25% off everything offer it was good value. I would definitely go again, but maybe choose a different main course, and there is lots of choice.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Outstanding Value, Pre/post Theatre
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food4
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 (London)·Dined on 19 April 2014

We ate here after a matinee performance at the theatre. The food was really good and as we got 25% off the total bill by booking with to table it was really good value too. Service was good and I would thoroughly recommend.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Outstanding Value, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 5 April 2014

This is a real find, a lovely old-fashioned Italian neighbourhood restaurant. Food and service both excellent, big portions and small prices. Just tucked away from the tourist trail around the British Museum. Will be a regular fixture on our list of favourite restaurants.

Tags: Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Outstanding Value, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre
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food3
ambience3
service4
value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 22 January 2014

Straightforward, good quality Italian food with plenty of choice, including a variety of vegetarian and fish dishes, A simple setting that makes the most of the limited space without feeling crowded. Pleasant, friendly service and reasonable prices (we did not take up the fixed-price offer).

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre
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food4
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service4
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 (London)·Dined on 5 January 2014

We booked this restaurant based solely on reviews from Toptable and we were delighted that it met expectations. The service was prompt and attentive, the food was fantastic and beautifully presented. We went early at 6.30pm so it was quiet. For convenience, I think, we were seated at the next table to a group already there which meant we felt a little cramped, especially as the rest of the restaurant was pretty much empty!

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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food4
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 (London)·Dined on 27 December 2013

Excellent all round.
Service was friendly, fast and efficient. We had a lovely saltimbocca and another escalope, both being generous portions with good accompaniments and full of flavour. Starters of whitebait and bruschetta were also excellent, satisfying and competitively priced. House wine was very drinkable at £14 a bottle. A good meal for two for under £50 almost opposite the British Museum was excellent value for central London. A restaurant I intend to revisit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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food4
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service4
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 (London)·Dined on 21 December 2013

Intimate and friendly with an excellent range of dishes. All in our company were impressed with the quality.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 16 December 2013

Unfortunately the menu on the Toptable website is not the menu for this restaurant. The staff at the restaurant were unaware of this. They were however very friendly, food was good, a typical Italian restaurant menu.

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 (Berkshire)·Dined on 24 November 2013

The meal was pleasant and the service good

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value2

 
 (London)·Dined on 18 October 2017

Food really wasn't great. We all had different meals and only two out of the six meals we enjoyed

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 (Dallas)·Dined on 13 September 2017

Traveling on business. Restaurant was close to my hotel and had good reviews. Restaurant itself is quite quaint and the ambiance/decor was very nice. The food was very mediocre, and I actually heard complaints voice from two other tables (not difficult to overhear as the place is so small). My food was served hot and that's the most positive thing to say. There wasn't much flavor and the quality of ingredients was a bit lacking.

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·Dined on 30 August 2017

The staff were very friendly and the ambience nice, but I'm pretty sure we ate frozen meals that had been microwaved.

Sorry Il Castelletto, your staff were lovely but the food truly wasn't worth paying for.

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·Dined on 21 July 2017

Conveniently close to the British Museum so a good place to meet before a visit there - the daytime atmosphere seems more relaxed than the evening . The food is generally good though I think some dishes have been overdone in the microwavwe.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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 (London)·Dined on 16 June 2014

In an area with few restaurants, this is the perfect place for a quick lunch near the British Museum. Nothing fancy; good daily Italian fare and excellent service. Relatively few covers so booking advisable.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on 24 April 2014

We had a decent night here, which was relatively inexpensive. The food was adequate though nothing special and the room was nice and unstuffy. Perhaps won't be rushing back as there are other Italian places nearby which we've enjoyed more.

Tags: Outstanding Value
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 (Leicestershire)·Dined on 27 February 2014

The service was good, the waiter was full of character and attentive.
The starters and mains were enjoyable but the dessert was a little disappointing. It lacked a personal touch and fresh flavour.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Brunch
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