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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What 227 People Are Saying
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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

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 !!!

a
London
6 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

CN
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

PH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian in London. Great food and atmosphere.

a
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

H
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Istanbul
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing!

CT
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

j
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quirky but fabulous food and attentive empathetic staff

T
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place recommend the truffle pasta highly

m
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

K
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

FA
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

DH
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice food very nic

SD
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

C
London
6 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We go every year and love it!

B
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

M
London
55 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

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!

a
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

a
London
17 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

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

M
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb. Best Italian in London

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AK
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MF
Austin
6 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.

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

Proper Italian food and warm hospitality from the owner Emidio.

SP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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

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

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

Lovely dinner out - great service and the food was delicious

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.

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.

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.

A
London
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.

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.

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.

K
London
8 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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