Locanda Ottoemezzo

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Italian
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.
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vipSara
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Little Italian gem in Kensington, food was awesome, however our waitress was uninterested and seemed bothered by the presence of clients. The owner however was the sweetest. Warmly greeting us when we arrived and left, and the burrata and tortellini were to die for.

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SolomonP
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely fabulous restaurant with an incredibly welcoming staff. The food is absolutely incredible, at least from what we tasted. The truffle pasta wasn't heavy as others usually are. I found myself wanting another one! The tiramisu is a must have: one of the best that I've had in my life. Overall, if you are hesitating between two places as we were, I would advise you to choose Locanda Ottoemezzo. You will not regret it!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Amazing food and setting! 5 stars all the way. If you are looking for something special then look no further.

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Jamie
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to eat. Food will now be a go to for dinner with friends. Seriously, great Italian food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, amazing food and service. Highly recommended

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love your great service, homey ambience

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect dinner as usual. The white truffle was incredible!
I can only recommend this restaurant.

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vipLORETTAM
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food and wine were outstanding. Would definitely revisit

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was superb. The menu is mouthwatering which makes difficult to choose. Our dishes were tasty. Excellent wine list too. Overall, we had an amazing evening and according to my partner, Ottoemezzo is one of the best Italian places in London... It makes us feel in Italy.

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Hildk
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch with Italian board and Risotto in forma. Very well presented and very nice and sweet staff. Highly recommended. We will definitely comeback back next time in London. Thank you again for a delicious meal!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely Italian place. Very cozy and they serve some amazing food like salad with mushrooms and their special risotto! Delicious!

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vipBonappetit2015
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wine. Great host. Wonderful service.
Will come back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a gracious welcome, warm and outstanding service, and delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Nice welcome and interesting decor with great movie & music posters.
3 of our party had Mushroom Rissoto, small & very little flavour and no seasoning whatsoever.
I had spaghetti with clams in a spicy sauce, this was quite simply the tiniest bowl of pasta I have ever had. Minuscule doesn’t come close. The few clams were tasty, but again the sauce like the Risotto was without flavour & certainly no where near spicy. We had three bottles of still water, one bottle of Prosecco & four tiny main courses that cost £160.00
A real rip off. Definitely wouldn’t return & certainly wouldn’t recommend. We’re back in London tomorrow & WILL BE DINING ESLWHERE !!!

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anonymous
London
6 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The risotto served in a Parmesan bowl is amazing. Ingredients are fresh and dishes interesting and reliably delicious. Excellent food, personal friendly service, lovely wine...always a wonderful dinner with great food and wine. A very nice night out with friends visiting from out of town. I love to dine here in the evening and visit the cafe in the daytime. Locanda Ottoemezzo always delivers a high quality Italian experience. A local neighbourhood hidden gem!

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CatherineN
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, and wonderful quiet ambience. Ideal setting for meeting with Europeans wanting a restful evening with a brilliant menu.

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PaulH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian in London. Great food and atmosphere.

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anonymous
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, neighborhood gem. The risotto served in a Parmesan rind is so unique. Staff are friendly. We love coming to Locanda Ottoemezzo’s cafe for a casual breakfast or lunch, or the restaurant for a delicious dinner. Would highly recommend for great Italian food!

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vipHouston120
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian restaurant, hands down, in London! Start to finish. Try everything.

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Speedy
3 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply amazing!

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CharlesT
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A limited menu but it makes up for it in taste. Small intimate restaurant and very good service.

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jbird
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quirky but fabulous food and attentive empathetic staff

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vipThomas
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Plates cold , food cold. Food mediocre and seriously over priced. The bad bad experiences looked more fundamental than just an off night. Can’t understand the 5 star ratings in open table.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place recommend the truffle pasta highly

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mariop
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy place, high quality food, a true pasta experience. Friendly people, you will enjoy it

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vipKeith
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will be back for sure...warm greeting from the host, cheerful timely service from all of the staff, great ambience with soft lighting and quality background music, great tastes in the starters, superb pasta special, creative and perfectly finished scallop main, dessert board including an outstanding version of a tiramisu. A fine aperol spritzer and well crafted negroni, followed by a great selection of Italian wines tops it all off.

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vipFoodieATL
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious restaurant in a quiet corner of Kensington. Authentic Italian food and atmosphere with good attention to detail.

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DavidH
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

very personal traditional service..very good window seat on ground level. My food (pasta and fish) was good value, wine a shade on the high side but what you would expect for location.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice food very nic

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SharonD
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Had a wonderful meal at this little gem of a restaurant. Excellent food and very friendly staff. . The owners are very welcoming. Will definitely be visiting again.

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Celia
London
6 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We go every year and love it!

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vipBill
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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Dentist
London
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just love it - discovered a few months ago and the most enjoyable and welcoming place to eat in the area
Interesting ambience, excellent food, good wine list and reasonably priced. Owners are delightful and engaged.

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vipMajorfoodie76
London
55 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Somewhat disappointing but the food was good. Quite a funky decor and if you get "stuck" downstairs which you'll most likely be, it'll feel somewhat claustrophobic since it's low ceilings and small seating. The service was the main issue, it just was strange. Perhaps it was on an off night but we felt like it was rushed and the waitress kept making mistake, even breaking glasses at the table which shattered everywhere. Luckily no one was hurt but I think the restaurant should've at least sent dessert or an after dinner drink or at least offer coffee on the house for such a mistake. On the positive side, no one chewed on any broken glass!

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vipannie
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a small place in Kensington near our Airbnb during a visit to London. We passed it many times and decided to give it a try for dinner. While we weren’t expecting a set menu, it exceeded all of our expectations. Every dish and service from start to finish was incredible. Would highly recommend for anyone in the area.

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awag
London
17 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience3

This is my favourite Italian restaurant in London. It never disappoints.

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Minyoung
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ask for their dessert menu. Very well made. Very good food and atmosphere. Server was there whenever we needed.

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CanD
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We had dinner with my parents after a few months apart. The food was quite good and so was the ambience. Staff was friendly, quick and knowledgable. Price/performance was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb. Best Italian in London

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AndrewK
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely meal, with great service. Ottomezzo is a reliable neighbor gem.

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