Il Vicolo

4.8
458 reviews
£26 to £40
Italian
***Please note that due to government restrictions, from April 12th we are Open For Sheltered Outdoor Seating Only***
Il Vicolo restaurant in London’s St James’s, is a well-established and very attractive Independent Family run Italian restaurant. Hidden away down Crown Passage – ‘il vicolo’ means ‘the alleyway’ in Italian – the restaurant is a world away from the bustle of the city. It is in historic location that’s decorated in the modern style, though the service is traditional and you feel the warmth from the members of family who all work together. Il Vicolo focuses on the cuisine and wines of Southern Italy Calabria, where the family are from. The Menu offering authentic Calabrian dishes from family recipes to more familiar Italian dishes. Il Vicolo offer daily ‘Specials Menu’ which is changed weekly. Signature dishes include Linguine pasta with fresh mixed Seafood and Home-made Ravioli with Seasonal Truffles.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 458 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.6
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food - simple and delicious authentic Italian cooking. Wild mushroom tagliatelle with truffles was magical!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service ! Will definitely dine here again !

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TheTadpole
Bath
48 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marvellous in every way 😊

SH
vipSteveH
14 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! The most amazing truffle pasta ever! we went based on the excellent reviews and they were all spot on, It’s a lovely family run restaurant it’s a quiet location. We’ll return for sure

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply put - the best restaurant in London!

MC
vipMatthewC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really good food and excellent attentive service, a real treat after Lockdown.

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jacquelinef
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food. Great service. Will definitely return.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Run by an aweome trio of sisters who.are.as aunthentic as the food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you so much ladies for an amazing experience! The excellent dishes were very tasty and such a fabulous fine dining experience, but at the same time the staff created a friendly home from home very ‘cosy’ atmosphere! Thank you for having us and will definitely recommend to others and we will definitely come back to this very special magical gem!

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HenryP
London
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place... great food and amazing service. A must if you like authentic Italian food.

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Chris
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening with good food and very welcoming staff

DB
DanieleB
London
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some difficulties due to covid restrictions of course, but food was fantastic, and the two owners were super helpful and nice!

KY
KikiY
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Managed to book a table for outdoor dining at relatively short notice. The restaurant is tucked away from the busy streets and has a nice vibe.

The food was good and the staff were very pleasant, however service was a bit chaotic and the restaurant seemed very understaffed.

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PiersN
London
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

By chance stumbled on il Vicolo as I was looking for anywhere that I could eat out.
What a stunning find.
The food was delicious and soo fresh wine flowed,and the beautiful staff made this a Saturday to remember.
My only worry is that I won't get a table for such a long time because I have told everyone to visit.
A small slice of Italy in St.James

HN
HarryN
London
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely family run restaurant with that personal touch that you do not often see anymore. Congratulations to the owners and staff .

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edpsydiner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent lunch plus a Calabrian wine new to us. Necessarily outside in the passage and cold so we experienced some discomfort towards the end since service was slow although staff really friendly and informative. Will look forward to going again when we can be inside or when summer really comes!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Amazing food! Great setting in cute little street. I believe Covid regulations were a bonus since we got to sit outside and enjoy the quiet walkway it is on. A bit pricey, however. The ingredients definitely look high quality and fresh, but it was a bit over our budget. Would therefore only go more sparsely, for example on special occasions. We were 4 people and got 4 main dishes and one starter to share and it ended up just under 30£ per person (only drank tap water).

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vipHeadhunter
London
174 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always has been a great family run Italian. Superb food, good wine list, excellent service. We sat outside in the passage, which is not the prettiest place, but somehow felt we were somewhere more glamorous. We felt very touched that our visit meant so much to the owner and she was so heartfelt in her thanks to my guest for his support during lockdown - getting takeways. This is a restaurant that deserves to thrive.

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Essexlady
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautifully run family restaurant. Never before have they catered outside before covid, yet they are doing their upmost, for anyone dining, to enjoy the experience of their restaurant.

The sisters “waitresses”, are knowledgeable about the food cooked, some of the dishes handed down by Italian family members.

Although a chilly evening, they provided blankets. Had heaters on all evening. They could not do enough to make our dining experience special.

Will most definitely be returning when life becomes more normal to enjoy a dining “in” experience.

YA
YajaiA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made the right choice for choosing il Vicolo to celebrate our wedding night. We not only had amazing authentic Italian food and wine but also the soulful service and accommodation were beyond description. We will remember our lovely wedding dinner at il Vicolo and will definite keep coming back for more. Highly recommend for people who value authenticity and wonder service from this Family restaurant.

RL
RobL
London
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful family restaurant with exceptional Italian food. Highly recommend.

JP
vipJohnP
London
24 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

What a find!!
Usually eat in Mayfair only and ventured down to St James (all that way!) due to outdoor only rules.
This place is a gem - family run, super-friendly, great food and reasonably priced.
Visit!!
JWP

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vladd
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance is very similar to a tinny street somewhere in Italy.

SW
vipSWhite
London
10 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fact that we have been going to this restaurant for over 25 years must say something about the food and the service. It is our favourite restaurant, visit it and see why!

TK
vipTomK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Warm and welcoming. A real treat.

SW
vipSWhite
London
10 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This lovely restaurant never fails to delight - it is our family’s favourite....

WS
WolfgangS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very nice food, a place hidden away, but the ambiance suffers a bit. Excellent service.

TW
TraceyW
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely hidden away gem. Well worth a visit and we will definitely be back.

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Pennard
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent; whenever we are in London we waking a point of eating there.

RM
RichardM
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good lunch, excellent service with theminimum of fuss.

DB
DuncanB
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I love this gem. An Italian family ristorante hidden away in a pathway of ancient and historic London, right in the heart of the West End. What a great place to catch up with friends and be with people you love.

JI
JessicaI
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Intimate restaurant, perfect for romantic dinners. Amazing Italian food at fair pricing. Very nice stuff!

EY
EsraY
Kent
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, delicious food and very friendly staff

IO
IkeO
London
7 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

As always the food was of a very high quality. Thank you.

JW
JimW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian around. Gorgeous authentic food. Lovely staff. The spinach and ricotta ravioli is awesome

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ontheroad
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful family run place with a great vibe and excellent food.

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vipSWhite
London
10 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We have been going to this restaurant for twenty five years, never had a bad meal or any reason to complain, our favourite neighbourhood Italian restaurant.

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ontheroad
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great food and nice waitstaff

FP
FrancescaP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been here twice and both times I have been very satisfied. My favourite place in London to take friends to try real italian food.

Host is very friendly

DM
DavidM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I don't need 50 characters. The meals and the place were excellent as they always are

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Il Vicolo using the Order Online button. Il Vicolo also offers delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Il Vicolo also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7839 3960.

Il Vicolo is rated 4.8 stars by 458 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.