Il Cucciolo

4.4
422 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Authentic
  • Cosy
Il Cucciolo could win an award for cuteness with its two arched fairy light-filled windows either side of a small arched door just up the street from Technicolor Piccadilly Circus. Inside is as cosy as you’d expect; neatly dressed tables subtly illuminated by faux candle wall lamps. Patient, polite staff expertly serves a modest range of traditional Italian pasta, meat, vegetarian, rice and fish dishes. Carefully-prepared specials change daily alongside a very good value set menu!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday: 12pm - 11:30pm
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Phone number
020 7437 0302
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MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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PS
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

It was an awfully wet night and our table was just inside the door. There was a constant stream of people coming into the restauarnt , it was cold and draughty and why the owners did not put a notice up to say fully booked and not cause disturbance to people eating is beyond me. The restaurant was busy, but service was very slow and waiter not very attentive. The food portions were rather mean and overall the meal was avearge and pricey for what we had. although the food that we had was nicely cooked.

Been once before and it was much better on first vist.

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PR
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Not a good start. Reserved a table for 3. Found ourselves in the corner at the back corner of the restaurant. Seemed to be filling up tables on first come, first served, basis. Aperitif.. for 3...G&T.. tonic was flat and already poured.. no slim-line available.. sent back.. reaction was"Look sir.. you should have told us before if you didn't want the tonic poured in first. Now I'm going to have to pour them away ! Food was good.. but honestly, I've been in more "authentic" Italian restaurants, especially in Soho.

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DF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A good if not outstandingly special Italian restaurant in a great central Soho location.

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s
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a delicious meal in-between the two halves of the Harry Potter play - we chose from the set menu - the food was freshly cooked, served quickly and delicious.
The restaurant was busy, full of chatter and laughter, The staff were friendly and cheerful and everyone enjoyed themselves

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OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the food, nice find and will definitely go back and recommend to friends. Lovely to find an authentic restauarnt not part of chain

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AP
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely resturant. Small and away from the bustle! Quick service between play.

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AT
Bath
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening nothing you can say bad about it. Friendly family atmosphere great food and value for money. I would definitely recommend it.

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KP
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and family-run business make this special little Italian restaurant worthy of a visit, if not many. Extremely accommodating to off-the-menu requests and the place gets packed. Every table was taken, which speaks volumes for a restaurant without a website.

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MR
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely and friendly atmosphere. Food served quickly and very reasonable price! Second time there for me and I will definitely be going back again soon!!

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d
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Pre-booked for in between a two part show, early evening. We ordered a half bottle of Valpollicella Classico Superiore, we received a classico, with no explanation and got charged the same for it.

I ordered a Margaritta Pizza, this was served with no basil, just dried oregano so was very disappointed. The dough was thick and chewy but overall tasted ok as it had a little crunch on the base and the sauce and mozarella were nice. My wife ordered the steak rossini, medium rare - it came blue. I had to get up and ask for my wife's steak to be recooked, she did not want to complain as she is to polite so ate the crouton and some of the veg (she has eaten a little of the steak but not much). We waited 10 minutes for it to be recooked, so I waited as best I could, what was left of my pizza was pretty cold at this point.

At no point during the meal were we approached and asked if everything was ok, or if we wanted any other drinks. At no point in the evening did we see any other table get asked if the food was ok or if they wanted any water or another drink.

We left and again received no thanks or comments. We would never go back, the whole service experience was absolutely awful.

Avoid if you can... for a small family run business we would have expected far more and this was totally awful.

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AH
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and a great venue! Went between shows at the theatre and it was amazing! Def worth the money :)

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Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great atmosphere and excellent service and food.Decent wine list and good selection of beer

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CC
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a fantastic meal between shows, service was excellent and the food was amazing. We will definitely return on our next visit to the theater.

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NG
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Booked for dinner prior to going to the theatre. Authentic Italian restaurant with an excellent, extensive , well priced menu. Service was attentive without being pushy, all in all I would highly recommend.

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WS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A delightful small family neighborhood Italian restaurant

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P
Cleveland
101 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We picked this one because of its proximity to the Palace Theatre and were pleasantly surprised by how good the food was! It ain’t fancy but it’s definitely good. Everyone who works there speaks Italian. Yay chicken crema.

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RC
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Extremely average, bland overcooked food, premium prices and very poor, slow service

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NC
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great location for before or between theatre. Food very good and great service

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SG
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a great find for us. Family run restaurant. Delicious food. Best Bruschetta I have ever had. Main course of Filetto Rossini tasted superb. My husband had the veal which was also very tasty. Highly recommended.

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GM
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was perfect and it was a great anniversary meal there was no rush for us to finish our meal which I love, will definitely be back

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AD
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited this lovely restaurant before going to the theatre
Staff were polite, very attentive and efficient.
Food was of highest quality and served hot as it should be.
Nothing was too much trouble
Very good value for money in our opinion.
Will be going back for sure.
Highly Recommend

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JB
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful and fun small Italian that represents good value for money.

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A
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A pleasant restaurant, convenient for the theatres in Charing Cross Road particularly. The food was very good, delicious tiramisu! My only complaint would be that the tables for two are too close together ..almost forcing you to converse with those nearby and making private conversation impossible!

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Unfortunately I was very ill the weekend we were in London so this review is based solely on my daughter. She had a margarita pizza which she said was delicious. Service was quick and friendly. Ideal theatre location.

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S
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal - family of four all enjoyed immensley

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HD
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

good quality food with friendly service. Great central location so would happily go again.

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MR
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

We had eaten here before and enjoyed it. I booked for our wedding anniversary as we thought it would be as nice as last time. We were wrong. The starters were ok, I had sardines my wife had bruschetta. The mains, particularly mine, were almost inedible. The pasta was dry and rubbery, it tasted like it had been sitting around all day. It was also really salty. I left a large part of it. My wife’s mushroom pasta was a huge portion, again the pasta was dried out and the mushrooms very greasy. Really disappointed and we will not go back.

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

Meat was very hard and pasta was salty.

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PH
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 1

Great location close to theatre. Got us fed and out in less than one hour In time for theatre.

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JR
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Somehow the restaurant didn't have our reservation on their handwritten list, but fortunately there was a treble available and I was able to produce the confirmation email.
My sister and I had 2 courses each off the main menu and both found our meal delicious. I would have liked a 3rd course and was rather surprised when presented with the bill as opposed the dessert menu, particularly as the table next to us had been given the menu a short while before. The prices were reasonable and the location perfect for our between plays meal. Despite the minor issues mentioned, I would certainly recommend the restaurant and go back there.

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D
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked this restaurant for our meal whilst attending Harry Potter play at nearby theatre. Absolutely delighted with it. Lovely white linen on all the tables, large range of options on the menu and a 3 course set meal for £15.99 ( 2 courses for £12.99) if that's your preference. We chose the a la Carte but still really great value for money. The Restaurant is family owned and run and this is reflected bin the service which was first class. Can't recommend this highly enough. Ignore the mass produced, ovepriced chains, go for this and you'll get excellent food at a better price.

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ED
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely Pre-theatre lunch here. The staff were accommodating as we were late due to train delays. The staff were friendly and the food was great! Many thanks!

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HA
London
10 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We came from California to see a play. Il Cucciolo was centrally located. They pour a generous glass of wine and the food was nicely done. We had Chicken with pesto ( chicken was a bit dry) the homemade ravioli - wonderful and the seafood linguini - nice flavor. They were kind, quick with service. Very enjoyable

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SY
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff, made you feel welcome, we arrived early but we were able to sit down as we were there for a pre-dinner theatre meal.

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s
London
43 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I am usually dubious about restaurants in hip areas but this one was straightforward good food and service with no nonsense. Decent house wine at a reasonable price and a comprehensive menu. No problem.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service. Perfect for our between shows meal. Accommodated our early arrival.

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GM
London
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We booked as a family meal between Harry Potter and The Cursed Child performances. The menu is great and we ordered sea bass, pasta and steak. All were excellent as were the starters. Decent wine and quick, friendly efficient service. It was very busy but couldn’t fault the restaurant.

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MA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly welcoming Italian family restaurant with very good food and a relaxing atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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BE
Miami
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Came here before walking to theatre. My wife and I both had different veal dishes. Both of us felt our meals were good, but nothing special. Service was boring.

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ST
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at Il Cucciolo between parts 1 and 2 of Harry Potter at The Palace theatre. Delicious food and friendly staff :-)

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