La Bontà

4.9
35 reviews
£26 to £40
Italian
Welcome to La Bontà,
a family-run Italian restaurant and delicatessen. We serve high quality, fresh, and homemade Italian food prepared with love and care by our Chef Paolo, who has over 35 years of worldwide high standard experience in culinary goodness. ​We are proud of taking extra care of our guests in a friendly and elegant environment and are looking forward to welcoming you to our restaurant. Italian food at its finest.

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
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff is vaccinated
What 35 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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JaniceW
Norfolk
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderfully cooked food - very special.
Great service- first class

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lesleyv
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really enjoyed our evening. Service was exceptional.
Lovely decor and bar
Food was mostly fabulous. I personally didn’t enjoy the sauce with my carpaccio. But that’s just me. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his steak.
The wines were delicious
Will definitely be back. Quite fancy the Sunday brunch.
Thank you

JW
JaniceW
Norfolk
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulously cooked food and amazing service. The best

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JillB
Essex
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were very welcoming and suitably attentive. The food was excellent and high quality as were the toilet facilities which were the best in a restaurant I have ever seen. I would recommend to all

La Bontà
Responded on 21 November 2021

Thank you for your lovely review and kind private message Jill, we do try to make every part of the restaurant comfortable for our guests!

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Annabelle
London
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely welcome, and wonderful service from start to finish.
Really delicious meal here - everything was just perfect and just like home cooking - but much better! We can not wait to return. Thank you La Bonta!

La Bontà
Responded on 17 November 2021

Thank you for your compliments Annabelle! It was lovely to meet you and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Knightworld
Essex
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Unusual location tucked away in a recent development alo side a charity shop and a mini mart but don't let that put you off. Good food, pizza oven, cocktail bar and uncrowded seating. A hidden gem

La Bontà
Responded on 17 November 2021

Thank you for recommending our restaurant Anthony, we hope to see you both again soon!

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time at the restaurant and will definitely be going back. Great food, great menu and lovely staff

La Bontà
Responded on 17 November 2021

Thank you for your lovely review David, we hope to see you and your family again soon!

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PeterF
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Initial appearances are deceptive, what appeared to be a 'run of the mill' Italian Bistro turned out to be an excellent restaurant. The food was delicious, from the canapes served to start with right down to the last mouthful of the Crostatini Lamponi for dessert. The service was exemplary, attentive without being intrusive. The drinks were expensive but a price worth paying I felt for a superlative meal. Thank you La Bonta.

La Bontà
Responded on 6 November 2021

Thank you for your lovely review Peter, we are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us and hope to see you again soon!

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SueJ
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent service good freshly cooked food, homemade and outstanding.
The staff are friendly and polite. All round an excellent service and food.

La Bontà
Responded on 6 November 2021

Thank you for for your compliments and your kind private message Sue! It always a pleasure having you at our restaurant, we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Jacque
Essex
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent fresh great Italian food ...
Wine a little expensive
But a wonderful evening
Owner staff very friendly and helpful

La Bontà
Responded on 30 September 2021

Thank you for your lovely review and kind private message, Jacque. It was a pleasure meeating you and wish you all the best!

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Holly
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, delicious food, could not have been more helpful, thank you.

La Bontà
Responded on 29 September 2021

Thank you for your kind words Holly, we look forward to welcoming you back next time!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant. Just go 👌.

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Awesome
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Full of top quality ingredients and lovely flavours all cooked to perfection. The service was excellent too. What a gem of a place to dine in.

La Bontà
Responded on 29 September 2021

Thank you for your high recommendation, it is very kind of you to take the time to review us!

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ValerieK
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and helpful friendly staff. We have eaten there a number of times and have never been disappointed.

La Bontà
Responded on 29 September 2021

Thank you for your lovely review Valerie, we are so pleased you enjoyed your evening and look forward to seeing you all again!

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Dandria
Essex
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love everything about this hidden little treasure! When booking try to book a pod outside to make your experience extra special. The food is fantastic, full of flavour & such a great choice on offer for both good & drinks. The service is very friendly & attentive and the atmosphere is perfect for all occasions. We will be regularly visiting this little beauty of a restaurant!

La Bontà
Responded on 29 September 2021

Thank you for your compliments Andria. It is always a pleasure having you at our restaurant!

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RyanH
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding - brilliant service and truly authentic food!

La Bontà
Responded on 29 September 2021

Thank you so much for your kind words and you high reccomendation Ryan. We look forward to seeing your family again next time!

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Cheryl
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our evening was so enjoyable - very friendly (but not over so) staff, great wine list and the most gorgeous Italian food eaten outside Italy!
We didn’t get to sit in the restaurant which looked impressive, but decided to eat outside in the tented area which could not be beaten on such a sunny evening.
It was quite pricey but as the food was so good, we were more than happy to pay at this level. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to others and will be visiting with friend soon. Thank you La Bonta!

La Bontà
Responded on 9 September 2021

Thank you for your recommendation Cheryl, it was a pleasure meeting you both. We do try to provide the highest quality of Italian food, so it is lovely to read you compliments. We look forward to seeing you again!

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ChristineN
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was the first time I had dined in at La Bonita. There is a good menu with a wide selection of dishes available. I found the staff were excellent providing great customer service. I did find that prices were a little on the high side. This particularly applied to the starters which I felt were not terribly good value and the wine. The food was cooked extremely well apart from a minor mishap with the salt in the starter. Overall I would give the restaurant top marks for food but not for value.

La Bontà
Responded on 9 September 2021

Thank you for your recommendation Christine, we are glad you enjoyed your experience with us . The price of our wines reflects their quality, as do the starters which are often large portions as well. We apologise that the salt was not to your liking, but we hope we can provide something more to your taste next time. We thank you for your feedback.

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AnthonyB
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really nice food.good service.will definitely return.

La Bontà
Responded on 9 September 2021

Thank you for this lovely review Anthony, we look forward to welcoming you again next time!

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SarahB
London
27 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best meal out we’ve had in ages. Loved the individual gazebos. Service was lovely and food was fantastic. We’ll be back!

La Bontà
Responded on 9 September 2021

Thank you for your kind review Sarah. We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us and we look forward to seeing you again next time!

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ClaireR
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always enjoy la Bontà , we sat out in one of the pods last night and it was lovely. Food was really good . Highly recommend this place

La Bontà
Responded on 9 September 2021

Thank you for your recommendation Claire, it is always nice to see you and your family at our restaurant!

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patty
London
19 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ‘girlie’ evening with my bestie! Sat outside in the beautiful garden, bit chilly but had the heater on which made it super cosy!
The service is always brilliant, right balance of friendly efficiency, and not too invasive!
The food was excellent, we had mains and dessert!
Would have no hesitation in recommending La Bonta for any occasion… feel very lucky to have such a great restaurant in our village!

La Bontà
Responded on 9 September 2021

Thank you for your kind words Pat, it was our pleasure as always. We feel lucky to have customers like you!

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DavidE
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food, exceptional service, relaxed atmosphere

La Bontà
Responded on 9 September 2021

Thank you for your lovely review David, see you again next time!

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GrahamP
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

La Bonata is a lovely restaurant in a quiet residential area. It's a real gem. Very helpful staff but not over attentive, great ambience and delicious food. A perfect combination.

La Bontà
Responded on 9 September 2021

Thank you for your review Graham, it is very kind of you. We are glad you got to dine with us and we hope to welcome you again one day!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Bonta is the most unusual of restaurants. From the parking lot in the front in a residential estate, it looked fairly unexciting. But if ever there was an example of don’t judge a book by its cover, this was it. We were led to the back and ate in the garden in a private tent. The food was delicious and the staff were attentive and lovely. It’s a family run restaurant and the chef has spent the last 35 years working as a private chef for the rich and famous. It was a special evening. I strongly recommend.

La Bontà
Responded on 9 September 2021

Our restaurant is still a little undiscovered we agree so thank you for your recommendation! Our chef is world class and always strives to provide the best quality authentic dishes. We hope to see you again one day!

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maryc
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to La Bonta for our Anniversary lunch.
Outside area so really well thought out and very pretty.
We ordered the sharing Steak and it was so tender, one of the best meals we've had for a very long time.
Staff very friendly and attentive

La Bontà
Responded on 9 September 2021

Thank you for your kind words Mary, we are so happy you enjoyed your anniversary lunch with us! We look forward to see you for the next celebration!

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EleonoraR
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very romantic location, the food was outstanding, so was the service. I would recommend a visit to the place to everyone, as being a peaky eater myself when it comes to “Italian restaurants”, it was totally worth it. A very hidden gem. Beautiful garden and very nice selection of music during dinner, plus the gazebo outside are equipped with heaters in case you feel a bit cold during the night.
Cherry on top: we had the chance to compliment the chef ourselves, very nice person. We will come back for sure.

La Bontà
Responded on 9 September 2021

Thank you for this delightful review Eleonora, compliments from Italian people are always much appreciated! We look forward to welcoming you to our restaurant again!

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MrsCass
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful garden setting, amazing food. Lovely family run restaurant.

La Bontà
Responded on 9 September 2021

Thank you for your compliments Kate, always a pleasure having your family at our restaurant!

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SimonT
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went on a Thursday night and they were a little quiet . Food , service were both outstanding . We will go again and take friends with us .

La Bontà
Responded on 9 September 2021

Thank you for your recommendation, we are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service, very welcoming and accommodating of children

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ChrisC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely meal - great staff, too. Leave room for dessert....

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IWGW
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I had a lovely meal at La Bontà the food was fresh and yummy , the staff where attentive and friendly. Will definitely be returning!

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SharonT
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food. Very friendly service. A really lovely evening. Will be back again very soon.

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RayH
Essex
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the finest Italian meals I’ve had in years. Food simply amazing. Pasta to die for. Pizza special. Tiramisu delicious.

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SallyG
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious freshly cooked pizza with good quality ingredients. The staff were friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back soon.

FAQs

La Bontà offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01279 871989.

La Bontà is rated 4.9 stars by 35 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.