La Goccia

4.5
1241 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.

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1241 People Are Saying
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paulS
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent good and service

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StellaR
London
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd visit in 2 months, that tells you everything!
Danno looked after us both occasions, friendly, knowledgeable & a great asset to La Goccia.
Food is fresh & great flavors. Ate outside both occasions - lunch & dinner, lovely ambience.
Would highly recommend & will visit again

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The waitress forgot our pre-dinner cocktail. There was a 20 minute gap between the last two tapas dishes

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places I have been to in London!

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NJ1234
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience1

The ambience was good but there were 100's of rates running out which spoiled the whole experience of Fine dining. After paying so much, you have to sit and deal with 100's of small mices. This was really horrific. And the staff was so normal about it.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious and so interesting as you can try several small dishes.
The service is excellent and the ambiance very nice.
It’s our second time and although it’s expensive it’s lovely for a special treat.

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KittyFantastico
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great service- couldn’t have had a lovelier time

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Dolly
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and cocktails were amazing, staff were attentive and the restaurant has an amazing atmosphere.

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Sophia
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Knowledgeable waiter and fantastic food and surroundings.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Lovely setting, food was good and our waiter was very nice, helpful and polite.
The experience was slightly ruined by the person I assume was the manager coming to our table at 19.59 to tell us he would need the table back at 8pm. This meant if we wanted dessert or coffee we would have to move inside. We decided to ask for the bill and when the manager brought this over we asked to pay 50/50. He then informed us he couldn’t work that out so one of us would need to get our phones out to do this.
Fully accept you have a turnaround time on your tables but in your restaurant this was not long enough to have a full meal. We also felt the manager, if that’s who he was, would benefit from working on his table side manner.

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LizP
Manchester
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely covered outdoor seating area surrounded by greenery. Lovely Italian food served by delightful staff. Recommended to anyone wanting a chilled out time in this little oasis.

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SamR
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The aesthetic’s of the location, ambience and overall vibe… Absolutely stunning!

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IainY
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience5

It is such a shame when a lovely place and great food is spoiled by poor service. La Goccia is in a lovely courtyard just off Covent Garden, the food is delicious and reasonably priced by our waiter was surly and inattentive.
A great restaurant makes you feel like they are pleased to see you, La Goccia acted like you should be grateful they let you in.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting with lively ambience. Food was excellent, we especially liked the squid and also the spaghetti with wild mushrooms. Our server was friendly and attentive. Would definitely return.

MM
MarjieM
County Durham
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Ambience ruined by senior staff arguing with waiter close to our table. Created an unpleasant atmosphere. Our waiter was very good though. Bill had charity donation automatically added and service charge of 13.5%. When asked manager told us it was usually for central London and some places charge 15%.

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OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice restaurant. Outside is covered and it’s a nice vibe and atmosphere. Lucy on the door was super welcoming and helpful. Our only downside was the service we received from Richard - not sure why but we always felt like he was looking down on us and we were an inconvenience. Beyond that we had a very enjoyable evening.

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PatW
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and staff here.

La Goccia is especially good at pasta and we didn’t feel the need to venture on to “mains” Desserts were divine too. The wine seems expensive but you pay for the location and outdoor eating experience .

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OliverW
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I had a 12.30 table and arrived ten minutes early. My guest had not arrived at that stage. I believe the time allocation is one and a half hours per sitting. The lady on reception advised me that if I sat down then (12.20) that my time allocated would start immediately.
I would suggest they change that policy as it thoroughly irritated me in its small minded and bureaucratic attitude. Standing outside for ten minutes waiting for my guest did not kill me but the message was unpleasant.

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RichRobbins
London
12 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hidden jewel which provided a great setting for a pre-theatre lunch. The lovely waitress, Eva, took time to explain the menu and gave advice on how much to order

OT
OpenTable Diner
Bath
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday - absolutely lovely

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had booked for inside but the weather was quite nice, the young lady in front desk was just lovely, we sat in the bar area where another young lady took our drinks then table was ready, the waitress explained the dishes to us and best way to order, we loved it, if I have negative thing to say is the “donation put on the bill without asking” I would have done it but should have been asked ,

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Kate
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and great service. A little chilly in the air-con, we asked to move and a table was quickly found for us. I will definitely return.

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Ph98
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Waiter was very pushy on us ordering stuff we weren’t interested in also getting a bottle of wine when we said we only wanted glasses, they then brought the wrong sizes out and mine came 10 minutes after my friends. They very obviously gave our food to the table next to us who ordered the same despite them arriving half an hour after us. Said we couldn’t have a table outside and then multiple people who walked in they very happily moved them onto a table outside. Food was good but won’t be returning again.

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LucyM
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, ambiance and food. It was my birthday and they brought me a surprise dessert with a candle which was lovely!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We loved the food the atmosphere the service was perfect. But there was one thing. We heard so much about the restaurant and the food and we went there hoping to eat some of the best seller dishes but almost a lot of our option we choose they had to change because of containing alcohol in them so it would be nice to I have choices to do it without alcohol for muslims. Otherwise everything was perfect the rest of the food tasted amazing and the staff were so friendly that they did some stuff for us especially

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Gill
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Tasty food in a sheltered courtyard. Pleasant staff.

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Theresa
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the sustainable concept of the food and the interior filled with lush plants and stylish paintings. The food itslef was fairly simple but of such high quality. A simple hummus transformed into a whole experience. Really enjoyable. See you next time :)

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Jess
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and drink, beautiful setting, excellent service.

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LizS
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience2

Food very good but booked table over week before attending. Beautiful evening so outside tables all full - given table for 2 hidden away at end of run of tables and cramped by inside plants. Complained - after discussion gave us table more appropriate. Why weren't we given a decent table given our booking notice? Service good but plates not take away before courses (small plates) Had to request change. Why aren't toilets signposted that they are downstairs?? Busy and buzzy restaurant with good food but let themselves down on small points which wouldn't take much to improve.

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ElaineM
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Beautiful surroundings of greenery and with a continental feel to it.
Food was amazingly fresh and tasty.
I loved the sharing of small plates. It meant I got to try everything I wanted.
Definitely go back again.

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RichardH
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Wife and I visited the La Goccia for our Wedding Anniversary yesterday and had a fantastic experience... Staff were great , food was superb .
I am Gluten Intolerant and our server new about all the options and could even provide alternative Gluten Free Pasta not on the menu . Food came at a good speed , small plates with plenty of options , overall I would highly recommend .

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LAURAK
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Compliments to the chef. Loved the food and the atmosphere. Will surely go again.

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SaadR
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Enjoyed the food a lot and it was very fresh ingredients - could tell from the taste. The portions were too small though which is the only negative about this restaurant
But deffo need to try at least once

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Joe64
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Fell short on service. Dishes were fresh and nice, apart from the baby ‘boiled’ potatoes.

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SarahB
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food. We had a brilliant evening at La Goccia. Would go again in a heartbeat.

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Biggles2
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We didn’t realise that this is a place which only serves cicchetti..and if you look the name up goccia translates to ‘drop’.
so yes lots of little side plates of food which are therefore overpriced.
You need 2-3 pp for a main course amount.they all came out at different times so we didn’t feel like we’d actually eaten together.the food itself was well cooked and good quality so no complaints there.
This was a special meal so we were disappointed.if you want a nice lunch then it’s fine or you like the casual tapas style meal,but if you want a special meal or ‘proper dinner’ then I can’t recommend.
Just to note the court where it’s based is beautiful and packed with foliage..you feel you could be abroad.

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KatherineP
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hidden gem in a beautiful setting. The food was just delicious and the service professional and friendly. Tempted not to tell too many about it as I was very lucky to get a table. 😂

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SarahS
London
17 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very pretty outdoors or indoors spot for lunch in the heart of Covent Garden, yet in a sheltered spot behind the Floral Street shops. Nice concept for lunch of small, sharing plates. I think I'd be hungry if it was dinner. Good cocktail and mocktail list, friendly and attentive service. We ate burratta, grilled chicken and delicious lemon/ricotta ravioli. Only thing we didn't enjoy was the very flat, soggy foccacia - not really authentic at all.

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AndR
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Not our best visit. Extremely noisy, couldn’t hear each other speak. Menu not as interesting as past visits ( or maybe we just didn’t like the choices this time). Waiter was very helpful. But bad taste left in my mouth, yet again, by charity charge added to bill ( it is my own personal choice which charities I support), and by service charge of 13.5%, which I feel is excessive - again, personal choice should come into play.

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vipSLLL
London
70 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We sat outside in the very lovely terrace space and were once again, very much looked after by the staff from arrival to departure. Some lovely dishes made for an enjoyable meal with an ambience that is tops.
Thanks again to Ana in Events who is without doubt one of Petersham's shinning stars.

FAQs

La Goccia does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

La Goccia is rated 4.5 stars by 1241 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.