Locanda Ottoemezzo

4.6
199 reviews
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£41 and over
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Cosy
  • Fit for Foodies
The owners of Locanda Ottoemezzo Italian restaurant in London’s Kensington, just a few moments’ walk from the High Street, are film aficionados extraordinaire. In particular, their admiration of Federico Fellini’s masterpiece 8 ½ has inspired them to name their delight restaurant after it and to decorate the interior with 8 1/2 – themed details. The general vibe of this charming and accomplished neighbourhood restaurant is vibrant and warm and full of colour with collectors’ details like rare LPs, books, instruments and a precious 1963 poster of the film. Yet there’s nothing gimmicky about Locanda Ottoemezzo. Food, service, quality and style are the focus here and you can always expect a delightful dining experience. The perfect house risotto is always on the menu here served with a theatrical flourish from a rind of parmesan. Locanda Ottoemezzo’s fillet of beef in salt crust with aromatic thyme, rosemary and red wine served with wild mushrooms is a favourite, too.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation
Monday 19:00 - 22:00
Tuesday Wednesday Thursday 12:00 - 14:30 19:00 - 22:00
Friday 12:00 - 14:30 19:00 - 22:30
Saturday 19:00 - 22:30
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020 7937 2200
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Andrea Capra
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Gift Card
Additional
Beer, Fireplace, Wine

Special Offers

1,000-Point Tables

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Mon - Wed 7:00PM - 10:30PM
Thu - Fri 6:00PM - 10:30PM
Sat 7:00PM - 10:30PM

Reviews from verified diners
199 reviews
4.6 out of 5 stars
Outstanding
69%
Very Good
24%
Good
5%
Fair
0%
Poor
2%
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Austin
2 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The veal chop was outstanding. Nice quiet off the beaten path restaurant. One of the best meals I had on my trip to London.

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MO
London
9 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Proper Italian food and warm hospitality from the owner Emidio.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my father’s birthday and you made the experience wonderful!

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g
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

cappachio of beef was the finest we have tasted.great Italian wine list

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JT
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner out - great service and the food was delicious

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OT
London
13 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our friend’s birthday, and the whole experience was terrific! It is a gem of a place, and the owners are kind and make us feel like family every time we are there. I highly recommend it.

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GM
London
10 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our 2nd time to Locando Ottomezzo and it is the best neighbour restaurant you could ask for. Great food, attentive service and a nice atmosphere.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Rustic setting, film-themed decor, delicious food, charming service. Birthday candle accompanied by happy birthday played on vintage vinyl.

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A
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was good food and good wine. The wine recommendation was impressive as it was not expensive but very good. My lamb was excellent.

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AC
London
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Locanda Otto Emezzo: 1st time there

I've been in many places in London comparable to this, just to name some: Macellaio south Kensington, Fenchurch sky garden, Barbecue St Paul's, Luna Rossa Notting Hill, Duck and Waffle Liverpool Street and so on.. all of them had something good enough to make me feel I'd like to go back there again or I wanted to suggest it to someone with the knowledge he won't be disappointed.

But this one had only the service, impeccable for a nice little every day un formal restaurant, location and venue. All of them dressed very well, nicely done as most of people would say, but other than that not much..

I had 2 courses, 1 "pasta/primo" dish of homemade pasta with shrimps and 1 "main/secondo" halibut with butter squash. None of them impressed me, and I am trying to be kind.

The halibut was simply wrong, the chef managed to ruin a tasty decent piece of fish, paring it with can chickpeas. Very disappointing.

My girlfriend had a meal based on meat dishes, she said they were good.

On the upside, the desserts were very tasty and properly made, they met my expectations there.
Obviously again well dressed, but that is part of the show, at least there was some substance.

We ended up paying £125 roughly, which isn't an unreasonable bill if you eat good food.

Overlall on a scale from 1 to 10, I'd say 6, a lot of potential, but still a lot to improve.

I understand we are in London and appearance is the first step to success, but then there is the second step and a third and so on.

Probably you can get a date with some make up on, but if it goes forward you better be preatty otherwise someone will regret the experience the next morning.

Suggestions for readers:

A very nice and cosy restaurant, where service is special and bespoke is Marianne in Notting Hill, little bit more pricy, but 100 times better under any aspect.

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P
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Used to be fabulous, sadly now quite the opposite. Bland food, small portions. No atmosphere/deserted. Manager very rude towards customer. Awful experience.

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K
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We were surprised to see the invoice with 12% service charge.

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A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food. I loved the homemade taglioloni with truffle.

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GG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the quality of the food is fantastic. The risotto in the parmesan crust is my absolute favorite but the rest of the menu never lets me down. Truffle tagliolini also amazing.
Service is always friendly and makes you feel like home.

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Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in London for vacation staying near Hyde Park and this was a great authentic Italian spot to get away from the crowds and enjoy a quiet and delicious family meal. The service was great as well.

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G
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very good meal, great service. However, there was, it appeared to be charge for a single diner. Not acceptable. Also, wine list VERY restricted. Tuscany and Piedmont. Needs a bit more thought. Food very tasty, well presented and of good quality.

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s
3 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this is one of our favourites and did not disappoint....it has actually become very good value....

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and great service

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A
London
6 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here a couple of time with business colleagues and impressed every time. Food is first class, customer experience is very good.

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OT
London
19 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We never had the chance to had lunch at the restaurant because although we had a reservation for 2 made through Opentable some time ago, when we arrived there, the rude waitress told us that there was no table for us.

We asked them to check our names both at the cafe and the restaurant but nothing. So after showing them my confirmation from Opentable on my mobile nothing happened and we left the place and had a lovely lunch at The Ivy Kensignton, where the servicewas outstanding and the food delicious.

I would never go back to Locanda Ottomaezo! I hope you improve your service and your booking system for the future.
I was SO dissapointed. Besides, i was surprised for the lack of athmosphere. Not even low music... and not buzzy.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

カジュアルなお店ですがお料理は丁寧に作られた美味しいお料理でした。
また行きたいと思います。

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EM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect evening. Delicious food, charming service, gracious host, warm inviting atmosphere.

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FC
London
34 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Amazing service. Different from the usual Italian food. Place is very trendy.

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A
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat!

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OT
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow, we absolutely loved this place. No wonder it has such fab reviews. Great food, lovely staff. Not busy at all, no idea why, could have done with a little more atmosphere but the food absolutely won out!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food (beef carpaccio and risotto were delicious) and attentive service!

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GC
London
15 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2017
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

After many years of popping in to Ottoemezzo for breakfast pastries and coffee - they make the BEST pain au chocolat - my wife and I decided to try their lunch one Saturday. We were seated by the window (lovely!) however the wait staff was far from courteous - not once throughout the entire meal were we asked how things were going, how we liked our food, etc. They simply took our orders and delivered the food. I have met the chef on several occasions and he is very warm and friendly. It's a pity the other staff do not share the same level of customer care. I ordered the meat ragout pasta, which was quite tasty, and my wife had the pasta with clams. We both really enjoyed the home made pasta, however my wife's dish was extremely sandy. They served us some table bread which was warm and toasty and a real delight! We also tried the Tiramisu and it was lovely. I will continue to patronise the shop for their coffee and pastries, however it will likely be some time before we return for lunch, and when we do we'll try the pizzas instead.

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EA
London
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

The food was good but it was ruined by the very weird attitude of one of the waiters, who had a rude, abrupt manner and spent a lot of time staring at us from a couple of feet away while we had lunch.

At the end when I asked if service was included he said 'Well...', so I checked the bill and said 'oh yes, it is', and he said 'But it goes to the restaurant, not me', which I thought unprofessional and totally inappropriate given we had had very poor service from him.

The other waiter was nice but this man ruined it for us. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant which is a shame as the food was good.

Cote up the road is good food, cheaper, and has far better service.

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JH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2017
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Have eaten here before. All meals were disappointing. The food was below average. We felt the waiters just wanted to sell us the most expensive bottle of wine. Disappointing experience.

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a
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Italian food - especially the risotto in Parmesan rind! Love this place for the casual cafe upstairs and the lovely evening meals downstairs!

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice meal, lovely staff. Would recommend. My only criticism is the service charge which I think should not apply. If I receive good food and service, I would tip anyway but to be compelled to do it leaves a sour taste. I know it's London but I've only had this happen once before and I just don't agree with it.

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A
London
32 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A fantastic find!
Great food, wonderful service.
We will be back when we are next in that part of London

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Risotto is very special

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OT
Manchester
14 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant meal in a lovely small restaurant. Delicious food from the set menu but plenty of choice. Good selection of wine by the glass.

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L
London
9 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Frankly a little disappointed with the food - tomato sauce on ravioli could have been tinned tomatoes, not very refined at all. Beef tartare starter was great though.

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GM
London
9 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb food

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G
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. It is very special and always a treat to go there

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LL
London
10 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2017
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 3

splendid food. we had an early sitting and were alone in the restaurant until 7.45pm. very small capacity in terms of seating but fun. We'd definitely return though preferably witha group of friends.

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B
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2017
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Love this place. Have been many times. Food and service always wonderful. Service last night wasn't great. Brought entree out for one while still on appetisers. Felt very rushed. Detracted from the night.

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J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Sitting down stairs is like sitting in a dungeon.

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