Levan

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£25 and under
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Bistro
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
From the team behind Salon, Levan is an all-day bar and dining space in Peckham. With a focus on low intervention, biodynamic and 'natural' wines and contemporary European food, Levan is inspired by the new wave of casual bistro dining in Paris, Copenhagen, Barcelona and beyond.
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LM
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Wasn’t sure about one of the desserts, but otherwise the food was delicious and service excellent. Also enjoyed the wine selection. On the pricey side, but a very good meal.

RJ
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We came for a birthday lunch (for me!) and really enjoyed our meal. It was quiet in the restaurant but they said we could not sit at the bar to watch what was going on in the kitchen, possibly because the bar was being used as an extra work surface. A shame as it all looked so interesting! Food was fresh light and delicious. From memory we had a fabulous grilled little gem salad with an unusual pistachio aioli, very tasty. We had sweetcorn fritters with a Ponzu dipping sauce- just 2 of these but I’m sure we could have scoffed more, they were very addictive. London Burrata with a chilli and toasted walnut dressing (?) was pleasant but I would’ve liked a sharp element on the plate, and I think the dressing could’ve been a little more aromatic. Tagliatelle with courgette and pesto tasted as expected but with a lively freshness to the herbs. Out of pure greed we also ordered the potato galette with side salad. The Galette came wrapped in puff pastry which I really didn’t think it needed, however the potatoes were perfectly seasoned,tender and wonderfully savoury, and the dressing on the salad was a excellent foil to the richness of the main dish. We finished with white chocolate and raspberry macaroons – sadly the filling just wasn’t sharp enough for me so I found these a bit disappointing. A glass of French rose disappeared quickly, I could have easily had another and fresh mint tea and was a calming ending to the meal. Service could have been a little warmer, I felt our waiter was a bit too cool for school but we managed to get him smiling by the end. I will be back to try more dishes!

AH
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

A lovely place we have been keen to try. There was nothing wrong as such but we were just a little underwhelmed by the food offering (apart from the burrata, which was lovely).

CM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service and a good atmosphere. Looking forward to going back!

L
London
19 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another fantastic experience at Levan on Saturday night. Amazing customer service as always, an interesting wine list and a range of delicious and surprising dishes.

AS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a delightful meal with a variety of dishes all shared between 4 of us.
There were so many tastes it was hard to make a judgment about these as also between 4 you don’t get a very big portion though on the whole it was very good. Comte fries simply not enough of. Squid dish was probably the best tasting. Some disappointment in that bread was not more freely available and generally portions not big enough to enjoy as sharing plates between 4 which was our mistake. I would definitely return to Levan but would choose more wisely. Service excellent, varied wine list atmosphere lovely.

SA
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, service and atmosphere. We sat at the counter by the kitchen which I would strongly recommend! Looking forward to returning again!

BM
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I had high hopes for this but didn’t live up to them sadly. We were served by a man who told us how many dishes to order (which seemed a lot given the prices of the dishes) and after taking a look we settled on slightly fewer. The reaction we got back was very abrupt, and frankly sulky - and immediately set a bad tone for our lunch. The food when it did arrive was more than enough - it was tasty and fairly big but expensive and not particularly special for ‘small plates’ in my opinion. Our final dish (cold) also seemed to be forgotten and we had to chase. All round not great and I didn’t feel it was good value for money. I will say the other ladies who served us were lovely and attentive but I won’t be rushing back.

NW
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant as always. One of our favourite places to eat. Staff are attentive but relaxed and the food is always excellent.

CS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, excellent service, several memorable dishes

SB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! What a find.
The most delicious and innovative food. Intriguing menu, sharing plate style. The Comte chips unbelievable and the glazed aubergine a revelation.
Charming, efficient and informed service despite the laid back vibe.
FANTASTIC!!

MF
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably one of the best restaurants in London I have been to. Food was delicious, the products were really enhanced. Most of the dishes are relatively "simple", but executed perfectly. Staff is lovely, and drinks are amazing. Try the comte fries, the burrate with pickled peaches and hazelnuts, and the nectarine tarte tatin!

FD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great meal.

ST
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Mostly wonderful staff, although some were less communicative about asking about our meal than others. Great food, although coffee was mighty strong.

MB
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef's table fantastic, great service. Recommended

TE
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Levan's imaginative sharing menu is exactly how I like to eat. The visually exquisite dishes promised much and absolutely delivered. Flavours ranged from succulent sweetbreads with a south east asian isluenced to aromatic aubergine served whole with almond cream and zingy salsa and there were plenty of choices for our two gf diners. We loved the easy ambiance imbued with hints of 70's retro vinyl and hi fi. Waiting staff gave made us feel like family guests, welcoming us by name as we arrived, and helping us pick our way through the inventive menu.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

We headed for dinner with girlfriends having heard rave reviews. We had pre booked which I think is essential. Our table wasn’t quite ready so we were invited to have a drink whilst we waited - so far so good; someone came almost immediately to take our drinks order and we hadn’t had a chance to take in the extensive menu. We asked for a couple more minutes but no one came back! Our table was late and no one came again to take a drinks order until they came to take the food order. We tried the Italian rosé and weren’t keen on it. When it came to ordering another glass we weren’t sure and asked for some advice and were kindly offered something off the menu - a delicious south of France rosé which was perfect. That needs to be added to the drinks menu permanently as a by the glass / carafe option!
Food wise it was all outstanding. They recommend 3+ dishes per person and the menu is very much a sharing menu. The salt cod beinets was excellent as was the smoked mackerel pâté. Baby gem lettuce with pistachios unusual and delicious, an incredibly generous creamy burrata with peach was sublime and we also opted for the pork chop which was stand out.
The chocolate mousse for dessert with cherry sorbet was rich and velvety but the serving was far far too much even when shared. We were expecting it to be a fraction of the size!
Service was hit or miss with some incredibly attentive knowledgeable people but also a rather irritatingly glum and unfriendly woman within the team. Hopefully she was just having an off day. We will return. It’s definitely more for a special occasion or date night as the costs quickly mount up making it fairly expensive but for us it’s a perfect alternative to heading into town for a vibrant fun dining experience with a short walk home.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always incredible food and fantastic service 🥰

VL
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, great service & delicious food. Featherblade tartare and sweetbreads we’re particular favourites

N
London
11 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent dishes with a great flavour profile for each dish!

S
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I have had in my whole entire life, highly recommended sc

JP
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic in every way. So happy to have as a local restaurant. Lovely and well informed staff. Delicious food.

T
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very nice overall but overpriced for what and where it is, including the wine.

e
London
40 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding food and really knowledgeable attentive service. Very good.

LM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favourite restaurants in London and most definitely in Peckham. The food is amazing and the wine exceptional. The staff are friendly and helpful with the wine list.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Tasty food but lazy service, sense of meanness to the food/wine, and really quite a disappointment. Neighbourhood restaurant with west end prices - and pizza restaurant service.

Was really looking forward to it. But won’t return.

It cost us £170 for two - three glasses of wine each but still. £15.50 for a pasta dish which was good but not THAT good, and not a touch on Bocca Di Lupo. A tough comparison perhaps but at that price it is a natural one.

Place needs to chill. The kitchen is producing tasty things but it risks being ruined by it being a case of being over pretentious and emperor’s new clothes.

S
Bristol
4 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall a good meal and great customer service. Slightly disappointed by the pasta which was rather thick and disproportionate to the filling!

M
London
6 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service were fantastic my only comment is that the corner counter seat is a cut off from the ambience of the kitchen and the restaurant, will be requesting a window or table seat next time - really looking forward to repeat visits.

EA
London
12 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Levan was fantastic, a really lovely meal and ticked all the boxes. We found the Lunch time menu selection very much to our liking and the speed of service impressive. The ambience is perfect with just enough space, the right noise level and very friendly staff. Top notch food and perfectly unpretentious.
The strawberry soufflé an utter delight!

We will return to try the Dinner menu.

Thank you, we look forward to coming back.

PB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, in fact it was exceptional! Excellent friendly service, great atmosphere...loved it!

SD
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food ,with lovely staff.
One downside is the policy that allows dogs in the dining room.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service! Everyone was so friendly. Food was great.

MR
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice ambience excellent wines really interesting menu very tasty desserts and for an incredibly good price for such high standards would definitely recommend to impress someone!

DB
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sit at the counter and watch all the food being made. Everyone was so delightful and passionate about the food and experience, it was just delicious and delightful all around. Highly recommend.

RH
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and really nice setting. Friendly stuff too. We came for lunch but would definitely come for breakfast and dinner

GH
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, relaxed atmosphere, great sitting at the counter looking in to the kitchen! Great, relaxed service too

F
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Overall it was a nice dinner. Food was lovely and there was a great wine list. The only part which let it down was the price of the dishes, and the fact that they almost insisted that we order at least 6 per table which seemed like much too big a portion in the end. I think it's fine to suggest a certain number of dishes but also good to let people decide for themselves based on how much they want to eat / spend.

L
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal at Levan but found it to be expensive for a local lunch. The wine / alcohol is especially expensive and the cheapest bottle of Prosecco is approx. £45 - we would not expect to pay that much in central London. The food is good but menu limited. A nice addition to the locality but would probably not go back as there are better value restaurants around.

MH
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant pound-for-pound in London - and that’s saying something as part of my job is reviewing restaurants! Couldn’t recommend highly enough!

VW
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was fine, but some dishes missed the mark. We had some octopus that was almost mushy! For the price, there are much better options in the area.

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