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La Goccia, London,

La Goccia

4.3
4.3
1498 Reviews
£41 and over
Italian
Petersham Nurseries interpretation of Italian ‘cichetti’ is showcased within La Goccia, a vibrant and accessible restaurant offering an extensive menu of small sharing plates. The emphasis on seasonality is key to the lunch and dinner menu that changes regularly. An open grill and a wood burning oven adds an element of drama and theatre to the ambiance, as food is prepared in front of diners. During spring and summer months, tables flow out on to Floral Court, giving diners the opportunity to eat and drink al fresco. La Goccia Bar has a lively and botanical atmosphere, serving nature inspired cocktails. A perfect meeting point which overlooks Floral Court, the interior reflects the ever-changing seasons and inspirational floral displays in the courtyard beyond.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 8 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian, British
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:30–16:00 Sun 11:30–18:00 Dinner Tue–Sat 16:00–22:00
  • Phone number
    020 7305 7676
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Private party facilities
    La Goccia is a vibrant restaurant with an open kitchen, wood fired oven, large grill and dining bar. A section of the restaurant offers semi-private dining for up to 30 guests. This space sits under the kitchen, which keeps the atmosphere vibrant and the backdrop exciting and guests are invited to choose from one of our set menus.
  • Private party contact
    events.coventgarden@petershamnurseries.com: 020 7305 7676
  • Area
    Covent Garden
  • Parking Details
    If possible, it is best to avoid driving to Covent Garden as parking is very restricted. If driving, it is essential to remember to pay the Congestion Charge. The charge can be paid online, in selected shops and petrol stations, by post, by SMS from your mobile phone or by phone on +44 (0)20 7649 9122.
  • Public Transit
    We are located between Covent Garden and Leicester Square tube stations. For assistance with planning your journey, please speak to a member of our team on 020 7305 7676
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,498 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • West End London

    Great for outdoor dining

1,498 Reviews
  1. StephanieS

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a delicious moment- sharing plates concept makes for a fun lunch

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  2. GIANNIS

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    beef tartare is very top! the drink tea and rhubarb very good

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is now my favourite place to eat in London. Loved it

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  4. 1970TD2012

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 20 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great choice and near the theatre, so perfect for a quick bite prior to a show.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 14 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic find, convenient to theaters in the Covent Garden area. Small-plates concept, but the portions are decent sizes. We had two of the starters and two that are more in the nature of mains, plus a side of delicious roast vegetables, and that was plenty for two people. We particularly liked the pacchetti al ragù and the pork chop. It's part of the Petersham Gardens operation, so all the ingredients are fresh. Good selection of Italian wines. And no cancellation fee!! I'm tired of places demanding £35 pp when our whole tab would probably only have been £90 before VAT and service. We will go to La Goccia again.

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  6. dj33

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    nothing special about food. Fried chicken special - extra dry. The pork was extremely dry.

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  7. NilcanS

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Very ordinary, the menu is limited and nothing interesting

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  8. MindyP

    Essex

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 27 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent evening- the staff were so attentive, the food and wine excellent- sat outside in the evening in Feb and it was lovely and warm! Will definitely be back! X

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  9. marciag

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food - very fresh and just that bit different From the usual

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  10. LouiseR

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was very friendly and very helpful. The food was delicious so tasty. The portions were great sizes. Great choice of wine. The restaurant was very in the summer be a great place. Can’t wait to come back to be outside.

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  11. Acromion

    Hertfordshire

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    When we last dined here 5 years ago, the food was good but the service was so bad we subtracted the 12.5% service charge from the bill. Ir was therefore with some trepidation that we sat down for a pre theatre meal ahead of Plaza Suite. We needn’t have worried. Our Roumanian waitress was a gem, and we had water and wine on the table within a few minutes of arrival. The tapas style sharing plates followed, with olives, antipasti, tasty chicken, and padron peppers. The only glitch occurred after the risotto had made an appearance, because our table was a mere 30 inches square and by now there was so much on it that an infelicitous move pitched it on to the floor. It was replaced without charge. For pudding, we had the apple crumble and custard millefeuille - actually an exquisitely light confection, hardly larger than a canape, washed down with espressos. With a bottle of their least expensive Italian white (£49), plus an extra glass, the bill for 2 (including the service charge, now up to 13.5%), came to a pricey £167.

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  12. Traceytam

    Liverpool

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice place for pre theatre drinks and tapas, the portions are quite big so even 2 for me was enough.
    La GocciaResponded on 16 February 2024
    Dear Tracey, Thank you for feedback on your recent visit. We look forward to welcoming you at La Goccia very soon. Kind regards, La Goccia Team

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  13. RuthT

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place, we had pre-theatre tapas, it was busier than it looked but is divided into different rooms so never felt noisy or crowded. Staff were often hanging around within a few metres of us but not noticing us. However when they did see us they were very friendly, attentive and informative. Food was amazing as you would expect, and the drinks nicely chilled. Great evening, highly recommended.
    La GocciaResponded on 16 February 2024
    Dear Ruth! Thank you for such a lovely review! We are so pleased you enjoyed your experience with us. See you again soon! Kind regards, La Goccia Team

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  14. FriendsGetTogether

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food, right sized portions. Too bad I am on a diet!
    La GocciaResponded on 16 February 2024
    Dear guest! Thank you for such a lovely review! We are so pleased you enjoyed your experience with us. See you again soon! Kind regards, La Goccia Team

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  15. MagdaW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful place, faultless and professional service (the reception lady could do with some friendliness though). I was let down by the food slightly, burrata with truffles was little disappointing as well as polenta - both on a salty side. The steak though - beautiful! Thank you La Goccia x

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The person who greeted us was not very welcoming but once we settled at a table we chose ourselves, much to her annoyance, we had a lovely time. The food was really good as were the cocktails and the wine. The table service was excellent. We will go back now we know what to expect! Hopefully we will get a friendlier greeting at the door.
    La GocciaResponded on 16 February 2024
    Dear guest, Thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback on your recent visit. Your comments will be taken on board. Kind regards, La Goccia Team

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was amazing, and the food is super delicious and good portions.

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  18. erock

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 28 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great and the ambience was nice. We went for a date before a show and the food was prompt and the server was attentive.

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  19. KRJP

    London

    62 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on 18 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We were directed to the bar whilst we waited for our table and sat there for 20 minutes before we were served, being told we had to wait for table service. We were shown to our table and finally got our drinks 50 minutes after arriving. Thankfully the food wasn’t as slow and was nice, if not a bit greasy. Overall the restaurant was disappointing as we were expecting a slightly more sophisticated set-up and this was more like a fast-paced (but slow drinks) canteen.

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  20. Simo

    London

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Location is beautiful, food delicious and service OK. I'd booked for my partner's birthday celebration. I had not realised that the restaurant closes early, at 7pm on a Sunday. Our table reservation was at 5pm. Just before 6pm we were asked if we wished to order any more food/drink as the kitchen and bar were closing. Meanwhile tables were being cleared up around us as the restaurant emptied out, and overpowering incense sticks were being burned. This was not the ambiance I had anticipated when booking a birthday treat, it was really off-putting. If I'd known, I'd have booked elsewhere. After being presented with the bill I asked to speak with the manager. He was very polite but said I should have checked the opening hours, as they always close by 6.30-7pm on a Sunday, (although they don't publish this as its off putting to guests). Too right! He did remove a small amount from the bill, comp the birthday boy a chocolate ice cream and both of us a liqueur each, but I felt this was undertaken only because I complained. Its a relatively expensive restaurant and when booking a treat you don't want the experience marred in any way.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Service was very slow prices didn’t match the food qualiirty

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  22. Lynds

    London

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice restaurant, the outside courtyard is lovely. We were sat next to the heater which was really warm! The service was slow though, and the waitress wasn't exactly smiley. The food is also very expensive, I spent £30 on two tapas dishes. Tasty, but very pricey.

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  23. TheHonestLady

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The outside seating area was just beautiful and the food divine

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  24. Karla

    London

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved it. Great service, good food and wine. Highly recommended.

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  25. ElaineH

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great choice of menu, lots of sharing dishes. Beautiful location, friendly staff

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Nottingham

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We have been to La Goccia multiple times and it was amazing.. but not today. The hostess was so rude to us and made us feel so uncomfortable. The waitress to our table did not seem to care, she told us it was her first 2 weeks working there.. and you could tell. The second hostess was male and was prancing around without a care in the world and did not care about the customers at all. Safe to say we will not be going back which is such a shame. They seem to think they are too good for their customers. Not good

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  27. MoragV

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely lunch for 4 during our visit to London. Love the selection of fresh local produce

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  28. Reindeer

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was inconsistent. Ill informed and rude at times. A shame as the venue is lovely and the food was mostly excellent.

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  29. Catherine

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food as always with excellent service and attention to detail from all the staff.

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  30. Lucy

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious food (not one bad dish, and the flavours were incredible), great service. Will definitely be going back!

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  31. JamesH

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very much enjoyed the service, food and atmosphere.

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  32. PeterC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A stunning menu with superb atmosphere.. It was client and they really enjoyed it.

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  33. LesleyJ

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great food, great selection on menu, great time!

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  34. IrishChef

    Charlotte

    12 reviews

    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 21 October 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Awful menu - service (our server had no interest in hospitality) - I had to find her to request a dessert menu. As a concerned diner would avoid as there are so many better choices in that area of London

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  35. silverdiner

    London

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 18 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Indifferent service, and food of variable quality (some very good, some frankly disappointing). The concept is a steady stream of small sharing plates, which is nice, but it does not work when they all arrive at almost the same time, as happened. It's perhaps a matter of opinion whether dogs should be allowed in a restaurant, but surely, when there is an outside area, that is where they should be.

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  36. PaulT

    Buckinghamshire

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 18 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Unusual concept of dining, a sort of Italian tapas. You need to understand what you are ordering as the menu is entirely in Italian

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  37. ZuzaN

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant double booked and there was no table for our group of 3 in the dining area. They offered a low table in the bar area which is not ideal for dinner. After abt 45 min after we enquired again we got moved to the dining area which was a long wait since we only had 1,5h for dinner (booked a show later). Felt like the hostess didn’t really care abt the mistake the restaurant made n wasn’t very accommodating. Nice cocktails n food though, the rest of the staff was friendly.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice food and amazing vibe.. the service was really good.. wish to come there again soon

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  39. SJanes

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 5 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I am 9 months pregnant and the cod was undercooked with translucent flesh. Overall very overpriced for average food.

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  40. Mulster

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 5 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    This used to be a great place to eat, but the quality has really dropped off. The signature fried chicken was so over-fried it was impossible to eat. Disappointing.

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FAQs

La Goccia does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

La Goccia is rated 4.3 stars by 1498 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 8 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for La Goccia

1 Floral Court, London, WC2E 9FB

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Covent Garden
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:30–16:00 Sun 11:30–18:00 Dinner Tue–Sat 16:00–22:00
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian, British
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    If possible, it is best to avoid driving to Covent Garden as parking is very restricted. If driving, it is essential to remember to pay the Congestion Charge. The charge can be paid online, in selected shops and petrol stations, by post, by SMS from your mobile phone or by phone on +44 (0)20 7649 9122.
  • Public Transit
    We are located between Covent Garden and Leicester Square tube stations. For assistance with planning your journey, please speak to a member of our team on 020 7305 7676
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    020 7305 7676
  • Private party facilities
    La Goccia is a vibrant restaurant with an open kitchen, wood fired oven, large grill and dining bar. A section of the restaurant offers semi-private dining for up to 30 guests. This space sits under the kitchen, which keeps the atmosphere vibrant and the backdrop exciting and guests are invited to choose from one of our set menus.
  • Private party contact
    events.coventgarden@petershamnurseries.com: 020 7305 7676
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