Mele E Pere

4.2
1526 reviews
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
An Italian restaurant with a difference, Mele e Pere is brought to London’s Soho by Peter Hughes and Andrea Mantovani, previously of the acclaimed Wild Honey. From the moment you arrive in Mele e Pere you know you’re in for… something a little different – the basement interior is utterly unlike any Italian restaurant you’ve pulled up a seat in before, lit with anglepoise lamps and decorated with bold abstract artworks. The menu is made up of just a well-chosen handful of bold, confident dishes from throughout Italy; Venetian fish, Sicilian prawns, heartier offerings of red meats and tripe from Rome and the north. Desserts, equally typically Italian, are worth leaving a little room for, everything down to the handmade ice cream earning rave reviews from even the fussiest critics. Mele e Pere’s wine list includes around thirty bins at a range of prices.

Special Offers

3 courses & a glass of bubbles: £20

Offer applies to Set Menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 8 people

Starts: 21 January 2019

Ends: 21 July 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-15:00 16:30-21:30
Mon-Thu 12:00-15:00 16:30-18:00 21:30-22:30
Fri-Sat 12:00-16:00 16:00-18:00 21:30-22:30

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C
London
64 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Took some friends visiting from Japan here for dinner. We had the set menu. Lots of words in the menu I didn't understand so had to ask questions - it would help if the menu was easier to decode.

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RV
Manchester
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Awful food on the set evening menu.
Service almost non existent.
Ragu dry as a bone.

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PJ
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place for a big group. Patient waiters. Great location and value.

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PC
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant as always, this place never disappoints!!

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A
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great cost for money. Food wasn’t amazing, however, great value.

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SH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Disappointing pre-theatre early dinner. Firstly the positives - appearance wise the restaurant is very cool and makes for a buzzing Saturday evening atmosphere. The Antipasti were also delicious and good value for money
The disappointment was the overall lack of service and quality/value for money of the main course. We both chose the Maltagliati with king prawns, mussels, chilli and garlic for £22.....that would be 2 king prawns, 5 tiny mussels (in fact 2 shells were empty) and a lukewarm, watery tomato based sauce with virtually no flavour or kick with bland pasta. We were also left in the corner of the restaurant with nobody taking a repeat drink order, and when my wife asked for a finger bowl (given we were peeling prawns) we were left with a dry bowl and a single napkin. We also had to appeal for 2 small plates from which to eat the cheese we ordered for afterwards. Overall, we got the impression that we were being rushed through our meal with very little attention given to whether we were content or not. The waiter did ask at the end if we enjoyed our meal and I pointed out the points above regarding the main course which were met with a hapless smile, so not sure whether anyone cared or not!
A lot of potential, but ended up very disappointed

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b
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My only real main was that the music was very loud coming through all the speakers - no matter where we tried to sit so very hard to talk and hear

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r
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really lovely and lively place for a weekend evening meal.

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JR
London
6 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service, particularly as we had a toddler and a baby with us and they made us feel really welcome and were very accommodating. The food was really delicious, far better than lots of the other Italians in this area.

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J
London
8 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Went with three friends - ladies of a certain age. We all loved it. Been to lots of more expensive places and been disappointed. This was lovely. Authentic, laid back and lovely

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

Just gorgeous. We had the pre theatre menu. Bargain!!! The food is authentic. Good quality ingredients. Tasty. Delicious. I was watching other people's food - am going again.

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

We had the pre theatre menu. Great food, great location and great value.

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AM
London
49 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent for pre theatre

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OT
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

What a lovely pe-theatre lunch we had. It was pretty quiet when we were there, but there was a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. The food was delicious and great value. We had the 3 course meal for £20.

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DC
London
21 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here on a busy Saturday night.Rather large portions for our starters but with top quality ingredients. The Taglierini with butter, cheese and truffle was a stand-out dish.

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H
London
151 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yet another successful pre-theatre trip to Mele e Pere. The 3 courses + glass of prosecco menu is simply sensational value. This time I went for burrata, beef tagliatelli and fiordilatte affogato - all superb. Service as always was friendly and efficient. Not surprisingly, the restaurant was full by 6pm. So long as they maintain this standard and value, we will return time and time again.

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MB
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent food at reasonable prices. The set menu is incredible value as the food is cooked imaginatively, there are healthy choices and the ingredients are good quality. Service was good and you even get a free glass of bubbly in the price. Definitely one of my favourite lunchtime restaurants

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PG
London
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Liked this place a lot. Food and service were top quality

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Very loud, basic food, slow service. I do not recommend.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Appalling service, felt like my server was ordering for me rather than listening to my order. The food was lovely, but I wouldn’t return due to the frustrating service provided.

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PH
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Nice waitress but lacked choice and atmosphere. Would not visit again.

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e
London
33 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My third visit here for lunch, with three different friends. The food is very authentically Italian with some surprises for the 'uninitiated'. We have all enjoyed it immensely; the 2 course lunch with a glass of bubbly is excellent value.

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LS
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

A COMPLETE RIP OFF!

The worst food I have ever had! £18 for what looked like someones leftovers! It wasnt though as my companion had exactly the same. Only 2 prawns, 3 empty prawn shells and 3 clams, one of those empty in the pasta dish. No other seafood and only 2 small 2 inch squares of pasta.

I complained and they replaced it with beef ragu which was very smelly and very strong flavoured. It was a stronger flavour than venison. Awful.

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O
London
121 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of our favourite places for a few years now. Consistently good food, well served, in a pleasant atmosphere, and completed by an interesting wine list. What's not to like?

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RR
London
45 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I have been to Mele e Pere several times and love it! It's a great atmosphere, with delicious food and excellent service. Brilliant for catching up with friends or for a quick bite before the theatre.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service - loved it!

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AR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food is good, not amazing though. A bit expensive for what you get in my view
Great for big groups because it’s rather big and often have space which is great

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ordered the truffle pasta + beef ragu - both were excellent. Also highly recommend the amalfi lemon gelato! Atmosphere was casual.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

Staff were pretty inattentive to the point they were ignoring us.

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OT
Hamburg Area
5 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

J’avais espéré de trouver un restaurant vraiment italien mais les plats n’ont pas répondu à mes attentes. Ambiente était bien mais personnel peu sympa et finalement j’étais déçu par le prix élevé pour des plats simples et ne pas authentiques.

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BP
London
16 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Decent food but overpriced for what it is

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JT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

This was a lovely night out however my only quip was that the service was a bit slow - had to ask 2 times for our drinks order but the food was delish and would def go again

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c
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great venue for lunch in central London. We were a group of 9 and the leisurely pace of the meal suited us given our number as we spent a good three hours catching up with each other. The food was excellent and staff were friendly and attentive. Prices were very reasonable for London and would definitely recommend this place.

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T
London
38 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A further visit to this Soho restaurant. Again not disappointed. Food was very good as always and service as well despite being very busy with Xmas trade. Highly recommended for very good Italian food and wines and the odd vermouth!!

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MU
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I used to love love love this restaurant but my seafood pasta was completely inedible. It tasted like someone had thrown a jar of olive brine into the sauce. There were 2 varieties of mussels in it too. Raw ones and dead ones. To be fair they took the dish off the bill but everything was well below average. Such a shame I hope they get back on track

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A
London
15 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This restaurant was ok, but nothing extraordinary. Not sure I would go again.

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L
London
12 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely lunch, the service was great and the £20 lunch special is a bargain in Soho.
I’ll ne going again soon

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e
London
33 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was my second visit to Mele E Pere for lunch with two different friends. On both occasions we have been delighted with the food. This time I asked that we could be seated downstairs and we certainly enjoyed the atmosphere there. Our Spanish waitress was 'a delight' and cheerfully explained what some of the dishes were and was very attentive. I will definitely return, perhaps with yet another friend!

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TM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I went with friends I had not seen for many months and we had a good time. We stayed for very long. Ok place and food is ok too.

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f
London
39 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Great ambiance. Authentic modern Italian food. A tad on the expensive side but its not an everyday occasion.

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