Manicomio City

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558 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
Manicomio City occupies a stunning glass fronted Norman Foster building set over three floors moments from St Paul’s. Situated on Gutter Lane which runs between Cheapside and Gresham Street.

This somewhat hidden Italian gem buzzes Monday to Friday from the moment it opens at 7am with nearby workers on the coffee run and business breakfasters. Lunch service from 12pm is lively and Manicomio's spectacular take away counter has proven to be as alluring as the ground floor café itself, and also the two floors of a la cate dining above.

Come the afternoon, the ground floor café draws a crowd from early evening drinkers, gradually transforming into an atmospheric candlelit cocktail bar offering aperatifs and snacks before the kitchen starts its dinner service.

Manicomio City’s exceptional menu, combined with city views, have made for great TV fodder- having achieved several screen appearances on Celebrity Masterchef and Chanel 4’s Dates.

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Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 7 October 2019

Ends: 29 November 2019

Availability: Fri 18:00-21:30

2/3 courses £24.50/£28.50

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 7 October 2019

Ends: 28 November 2019

Availability: Mon-Thu 18:00-21:45

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Mon - Fri 6:00PM - 7:00PM 8:45PM - 10:00PM

What 558 People Are Saying
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London
74 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely delicious lunch, thank you! Very suitable for a business lunch, we had plenty space around our table and the noise level was perfect (ambient but not intrusive). I'll definitely be back, thank you!

JG
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service in a great & quiet location. The entire party of 5 thoroughly enjoyed your restaurant. I come here often on business and you just made my list of places I will take clients where I will be confident of a successful business dinner.

OT
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It's good but not great value for the price. It's not going to make it to my list of restaurants to take clients to near St Paul's/Bank.

EB
London
183 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A great quality Italian restaurant in the city. It is a perfect spot for a business lunch or team catch up etc as well. Brasserie and coffee downstairs and proper restaurant upstairs. Food is always authentic and service impeccable. This time we had burrata zuccini flower and king prawn salad - all delicious!

TD
London
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I love the food here and the service is usually good, but a few blips this time.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 2

Not suitable for morning meetings

A
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific food, attentive but not obtrusive staff. A great place for a business lunch

J
London
56 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is located upstair with good modern decoration. It is not a big restaurant but we dont feel it was over closed to the adjoining table so we feel reasonable comfortable and relax.

The staff is friendly. But we did felt the Manager can do better when greeting us and show us to our table. The food is well cooked and presented. But not special.

c
London
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food - broad bean salad particularly delicious.
Sat on the first floor which was quieter than the ground floor and more formal

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Food was great, but they charge a “cover charge” on top of a service fee which is a joke given how expensive a plate of pasta is to begin with. My carbonara was £26.

b
Surrey
65 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

A city find great team helping to lift the rather tired decor. Food and wine excellent value.

c
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is consistently good at MC. It has a good balance of considerable choice while not diluting the quality of the offering. It is a proper business standard of lunching which does not disappoint.

JC
London
33 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Breakfast meal, very good. There are probably better value options though it was very enjoyable

S
London
26 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Went for a business lunch - would definitely recommend!

s
London
134 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My friends and I ate a meal here for my birthday. Service was impeccable and the food was faultless.
Highly recommended.

n
London
37 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time at Manicomio and i enjoyed the food and ambience, and will definitely be back. Pasta was cooked to perfection. It was a Monday night when I went and it was very quiet - only a few diners. If you are in the area then it is definitely worth seeking out.

JP
London
33 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food and a beautiful setting. Was a bit noisy so wouldn’t have a business meeting there, but great to see friends.

E
London
27 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Took ex colleague for a business meal. Good food and service. Bit on the expensive side on the 2nd floor. Pastas are from £18-£29.
Nice building, nice ambiance.

Would happily go again.

EB
London
183 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Delicious Italian food in stylish surroundings in the heart of the city. Perfect for a business meal. I had the veggie pasta which sounds boring but it was SO good!

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice food and place for a business meal

RN
London
9 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a reliable choice in the city. Great food, well prepared

RP
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

I would recommend based on the quality of the food, however the service and attitude of the staff isn't ideal. The staff in the café downstairs seemed more friendly and accommodating than those upstairs in the restaurant. This is a shame, as actually the venue and food are lovely.

RB
London
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Will definitely return - lovely atmosphere and proximity to the City.

C
London
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and great service. Highly recommend

S
London
73 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

An upmarket Italian restaurant, always reliable with lovely well-presented food.

W
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Extensive Italian wine list. Efficient service. Good range of dishes including Vegan options. Would certainly recommend.

V
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice atmosphere. Food was good, but way overpriced.

E
London
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Brilliant food and service was very good, but definitely a business-feel. We were one of two tables upstairs so was very quiet and not much atmosphere, downstairs was much better atmosphere.

GK
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Very professional welcome, and the room (top floor) leaves good space between tables, so chatting is possible. Lovely food that three of us enjoyed.
One thing detracted from our perfect enjoyment; it was a hot sunny day and despite the drawn sunblinds, the area at our table by the window did become extremely hot. A difficult challenge to address...

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service!

MI
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really impressive house special lunch on Wednesday

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Chic and good food

JL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I had been keen to try Manicomio for a long time and eventually came for dinner with two friends last week. The restaurant upstairs was empty upon arrival and the waitress seemed impatient for us to order, coming to the table every couple of minutes. The generous Skrei cod dish on bed of lentils that I ordered was rather delicious - perfectly cooked. An awkward moment came when the waitress brought the wrong desserts, and rather than solving the problem immediately, remained at the table telling us the kitchen was busy catering for a party downstairs and that we would have to wait 15 minutes for the correct dessert. Almost as if we were expected to accept the desserts as substitutes, which was a bit odd. We sent them back and the correct order turned up in about 5 minutes. The majority of my tiramisu tasted mainly of fresh cream, rather than mascarpone - I have eaten a lot better to be honest. The decor is elegant and the staff are courteous enough. Overall a good experience but not in a hurry to return.

CD
London
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was absolutely superb! The service was friendly, low key and speedy.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Showed up for breakfast. Ordered a salmon and bagel and my friend ordered a breakfast sandwich. When the waitress brought his breakfast sandwich she informed me that they were all out of salmon and will be unable to make my bagel. She asked me if I would just want a croissant instead. She was incredibly rude and then after all of that to charge me for the croissant.

s
London
134 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The octopus was divine.
As was the whole meal.
Service impeccable.

BS
London
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place, a little hidden away but good value for money.

AM
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was really good and service was fast. Overall good place for a business lunch

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

Excellent service and good food at City prices

RB
London
194 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Manicomio in the city is a sound spot for a lovely dinner with friends - great food and good service. I keep returning.

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