Locanda del Melo

4.9
124 reviews
£26 to £40
Italian
Locanda del Melo opened in June 2006 with the purpose of bringing to London our 25 years of unique experience in the Italian food industry.
Thus, we personally select and import only the finest quality products from small farms and producers throughout Italy. This ensures that our customers taste varied produce that is of the highest possible quality.
What 124 People Are Saying
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GemmaH
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful little find! So quaint, great for a date! Food was amazing and we felt so well looked after for the evening.

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MartinW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not only is the service first class and vey personal, the food is outstanding. This restaurant is one of the best kept secrets in London

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Barbara
London
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great, genuine Italian food, cozy atmosphere and friendly staff.

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vipEpicurean
London
160 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My new favourite restaurant. A super friendly, rustic restaurant at the back of the deli shop. Small menu which is updated frequently based on seasonal produce. Had to change my reservation at short notice and they were really accommodating. Restaurant has tables for about 12 people but guests can also be accommodated at the “bar” area. Waiting staff were attentive and efficient. Food was fresh and full of flavour. Loved the handmade pasta dishes. Tiramisu is served in a pastry shell which was original. Salvadore was very knowledgeable and gave us the background of the deli and local surroundings. It’s my secret London place which I look forward to introducing to friends.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A bit different. Small and intimate restaurant. Lovely food and wine with good service. Recommend.

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KevinW
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not sure what to expect but very pleasantly surprised! Food all homemade and extremely tasty. Excellent value for money. I’ve booked to go again as I was very impressed. No comparison with the horrible Italian chains that purport to give authentic food. You need to try this place

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MarkH
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent little Italian with great food and service. Nice wine too!

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Foodie
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, highly recommend the nduja toast, prawn pasta and tiramisu!
Great choices of wine too

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vipMark
London
145 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well, the food was spectacular, service very Italian, wine superb but very expensive don’t be put off by the cafe look outside it’s well worth a try.

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ShelleyJ
London
17 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A gorgeous tucked away Italian gem. Authentic, limited menu that just was divine. Love a find when the menu boldly declares this is what we do and we do it well. Still dreaming about it. Vino was amazing as well. Wonderful for a date - intimate setting. The homemade pasta was dreamy.

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Stunning
London
7 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely spot. Hidden gem

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Fussydiner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Having dinner in Locanda del Melo was like being in Italy. There are a few tables in the back room behind the deli. The food was first class and reasonably priced.

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WendyC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food in this restaurant is incredible. Our favorite place for fine wine and food in an intimate and caring atmosphere. Our local secret!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great atmosphere, definitely recommend ✅✅✅

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vipZoeJ
London
10 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food and atmosphere in this small intimate Italian. Recommend the soup and parmigiana. They were delicious! Will definitely visit again.

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Exasperilla
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Locando del Melo, and it's great to be able to go back there. The food is as simple and lovely and traditional as ever, the decor and atmosphere remains charming, and Melo and the team are as polite and attentive as they have always been.

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ajmac
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent ingredients beautifuuly cooked. two choices for vegetarians, which suited some of us. Very helpful service and great wine recommendation. A lovely deli/restaurant which I would always recommend.

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CamA
London
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic, wine was good. The tables on the street add a great character to the place.

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NedB
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here on a whim with my dad, absolutely blown away by the charm, service, value and above all, care and respect to the food. Simply delicious, my new fav and will most certainly come back soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious food, great wine choice and excellent service. Comes highly recommended!

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KeelyP
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Valentine’s Day meal. Food was terrific and it’s a very romantic and small restaurant. Wish there had been a vegetarian main for my other half on the Valentine’s Day menu but he was not so bothered. Would highly recommend!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous family Italian

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BeverleyG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My only criticism is I am plant based and when here there's not a huge choice. I am happy enough to be veggie for one evening now and then in order to fit in with family members. To be fair I didn't request vegan food so maybe they would have accommodated me but I worry that will result in even less choice so I prefer not to do that.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely food and cute atmosphere. We had been meaning to come here for some time.

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YuliyaN
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious, genuine Italian food, amazing service and fabulous atmosphere. The fact that there is limited number of tables makes the place more attractive as it creates a sensation of intimacy and home-like feeling. Anyone who wants to experience a couple of hours of pure gastronomic and sensory pleasure should try this place out!

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PhilipR
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My local place which is in

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JeffZ
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Super little restaurant. Wholesome Italian home-cooking, and the staff are lovely.
The wine-list is also very decent.

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vipchrisO
London
6 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful meal at Locanda Del Melo... I have eaten here many times with friends and family since it opened.
Excellent food, featuring Italian food cooked and eaten the way Italians would have it.
Wines are diverse and reasonably priced, with many less well known options, so a few things to explore.
All served in a friendly and efficient but not fussy or intrusive way.

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Glutface
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great authentic Italian food in a lovely gem of a restaurant. Highly recommend.

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MichaelZ
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This very hospitable and friendly owner does not accept any other ingredients other than fresh and preferably from northern Italy. The owner is modest when offering the card, as if there is insufficient choice, but there is more than enough choice. This restaurant has a limited number of places so reservations are recommended, especially if more people discover how good the food is here.
We have eaten here several times, this while there is sufficient supply in London, but after the first time dining here we had to try several dishes off the menu and that was certainly not without merit.
Sufficient choice in wine, the cheapest is already deserving, the rest is what everyone wants to spend.
The cook makes magic, taking a small look into the kitchen is definitely worth it. A small space where there is order and cleanliness.

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GabrielleB
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely evening. Will definitely go back regularly for the great wine selection and delicious food!

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SaraK
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Great food and lovely restaurant, but was let down by the staff.

After waiting a long time after the main course, no one gave us a dessert menu. Having then asked for one, still no one came round to take our order. It's a shame because this let the evening down. I usually don't leave reviews of any kind, but the lack of service did let this place down. I would understand more if it was busy, however it is a very small restaurant and so attention to detail should have been a lot better.

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Foodie
London
21 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Chose this because of the fantastic reviews, but we were very disappointed. It’s not one that we will be frequenting - noisy, tables literally on top of each other and the pasta dishes we tried were poorly executed. The service was ok and the wine was quite nice too.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely birthday lunch

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vipMark
London
145 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We asked for the ribeye to be medium rare, but sadly it was more like rare and o let warm not hot

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fabrizioc
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of the best places in london where eating truly "the italian way" ...

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bettya
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly beautiful and cosy authentic Italian restaurant, feels like a piece of Italy hidden in SE1.

Staff are simply amazing ...

Such a beautiful place to dine or even just have a glass of red...

Love this place .

OT
OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great food and excellent service.

GB
GarrenB
12 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this restaurant. Do believe all the recommendations you read, they are true.

Both vegetarians and meat eaters will dine like kings here!

Without a doubt I will be visiting next time I am in the area.

FAQs

Locanda del Melo does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Locanda del Melo also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7403 7513.

Locanda del Melo is rated 4.9 stars by 124 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.