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 delightful 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. The perfect house risotto is always on the menu here served with a theatrical flourish from a rind of parmesan.
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Distancing maintained in common areas
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Tue - Sat 6:00PM - 9:45PM
Could your service and food be any better? Well done, will definitely be one of your regulars
Excellent food with amazing service and fantastic wine
It was a very nice dinner. Very good social distancing and first class service and food. A good alternative in a quiet spot in High Street Kensington.
Friendly environment but the food/wine were quite poor quality.
Kitchen has been disappointing.
Bread is made on site but it was really hard. Maybe baked few days ago.
Pasta were good but served cold.
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.
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!
Great restaurant! Amazing food and setting! 5 stars all the way. If you are looking for something special then look no further.
Wonderful place to eat. Food will now be a go to for dinner with friends. Seriously, great Italian food.
Great atmosphere, amazing food and service. Highly recommended
Love your great service, homey ambience
Perfect dinner as usual. The white truffle was incredible!
I can only recommend this restaurant.
The food and wine were outstanding. Would definitely revisit
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.
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!
Such a lovely Italian place. Very cozy and they serve some amazing food like salad with mushrooms and their special risotto! Delicious!
Great food and wine. Great host. Wonderful service.
Will come back.
We enjoyed a gracious welcome, warm and outstanding service, and delicious food.
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 !!!
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!
Excellent food, and wonderful quiet ambience. Ideal setting for meeting with Europeans wanting a restful evening with a brilliant menu.
Best Italian in London. Great food and atmosphere.
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!
The best Italian restaurant, hands down, in London! Start to finish. Try everything.
A limited menu but it makes up for it in taste. Small intimate restaurant and very good service.
Quirky but fabulous food and attentive empathetic staff
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.
Great place recommend the truffle pasta highly
Cozy place, high quality food, a true pasta experience. Friendly people, you will enjoy it
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.
Consistently delicious restaurant in a quiet corner of Kensington. Authentic Italian food and atmosphere with good attention to detail.
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.
Nice food very nic
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.
We go every year and love it!
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.
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!
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.
Locanda Ottoemezzo is rated 4.6 stars by 238 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.