La Bontà

4.9
52 reviews
£26 to £40
Italian
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 52 People Are Saying
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SatishK
London
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Thoroughly recommend. A little gem!

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Venusia70
Essex
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a nice evening with a friend who was in the area visiting me. Lovely fish soup and amazing dessert. The atmosphere was very calm and relaxed. Good service. The young lady who looked after us was very kind and accommodating. Would definitely recommend dining at La Bontà.

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pauld
London
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s my 5th visit and I have had 5 great meals. Fabulous fish, great quality meat , beautiful desserts and lovely wines etc.
There is a well stocked bar.

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bfdes
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely family-run restaurant. Fantastic service and ambience.

My favourite dish was the baked salmon with red pepper sauce & black rice. I find it is hard to make interesting fish dishes, by La Bontá did it!

It is a shame that the restaurant is out of the way -- more people need to be aware of it.

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CliffD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was great and the food and service were first class. Would definitely recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
Essex
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely Saturday eve meal ! Great place great service will definitely be going back ! Great local find !

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OlgaD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing find? Not great location and a bit on a small side, but service and quality of food more then compensate. Will recommend and definitely go back

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OpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a brilliant restaurant!
We were the only table in the restaurant as it was late on a Sunday so it was really nice.
They catered for my vegetarian food preference and made me a pizza that we have since named Pizza Sabrina. For anyone that wishes to try it…it’s a margarita pizza with broccoli and black olives.
Bravo La Bonta. As ever, we shall return.

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Neal
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my wife and some friends for my wifes 60th birthday dinner, the food, service and ambience were all excellent. The staff were very friendly and attentive, I couldn't fault it in anyway, they even had a Vegan menu for my daughter. The Jazz music in the background was an excellent choice and it wasn't too loud. We thouroughly enjoyed the evening and I'm sure we will visit again.

Grazie tanto per un fantastico sera.

La Bontà
Responded on 9 January 2022

Thank you for your kind review Neal, it was a pleasure to meet you all. We are so glad you enjyed your birthday dinner with us and look forward to seeing you next time!

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Sara
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous little restaurant - we had no idea we had such a gem on our doorstep!
The food is top quality and delicious, what you would expect in a high-end London Italian restaurant,
Beautiful interior, lovely staff and amazing cocktails. Higher end pricing but absolutely worth it as a treat or for a special occasion.

Cannot recommend La Bonta enough!

La Bontà
Responded on 9 January 2022

Thank you for your compliments Sara, we are happy to have met you and your parents and look forward to seeing you again when you are back in town - Grazie mille!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal for our wedding anniversary!! I cannot wait to return.

La Bontà
Responded on 9 January 2022

Thank you for your nice review, we hope to see you again soon!

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EmilyB
London
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous experience. Staff, food, ambience and facilities were all really lovely. Would highly recommend!

La Bontà
Responded on 9 January 2022

Thank you for taking the time to leave this lovely review Emily, we are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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Emma
Essex
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hidden treasure. Couldn’t recommend this place enough

La Bontà
Responded on 9 January 2022

Thank you for your review and kind private message Emma, we hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year!

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PaulL
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was second to none and food was excellent as usual.

La Bontà
Responded on 16 December 2021

Thank you so much for your lovely review Paul, have a fantastic Christmas and New Year!

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AgnesH
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere is so nice with Italian music. The waitress is nice too and helpful with patient
Food are well presented and yummy.
My family is satisfied with this dining on Sunday.

La Bontà
Responded on 16 December 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave this amazing review Agnes, you family is always welcome with us and we hope to see you again soon!

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MichelleK
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A really lovely experience. Lovely food and superb service - many top London restaurants could learn a lot from this team. Thank you - we will visit again soon!

La Bontà
Responded on 16 December 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave such an excellent review Michelle! Have a great Christmas and New Year!

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SimonR
Essex
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is how a restaurant should be. We were made most welcome, excellent fresh food (no Brake Brothers here) and great service.
We will be back, and next time with friends too.

La Bontà
Responded on 16 December 2021

We thank you for your compliments Simon (we love that opening line!) - we hope to see you again soon and hope you have a lovely Christmas and New Year!

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JaniceW
Norfolk
4 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

La Bontà
Responded on 16 December 2021

Thank you for your kind words Janice, hope you and your partner have an amazing Christmas and New Year!

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lesleyv
London
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2021
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

La Bontà
Responded on 16 December 2021

Thank you for your positive review Lesley! Your feedback is much appreciated, do bear in mind that we are always more than happy to bring our guests a different dish if anything is at all not to their liking. Have a lovley Christmas and New Year and see you again soon!

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JaniceW
Norfolk
4 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2021
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
6 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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FAQs

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

La Bontà is rated 4.9 stars by 52 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.