Moro

4.4
1364 reviews
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Mediterranean
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Moro restaurant in London’s Exmouth Market may retain its reputation as one of the hippest restaurants in one of the hippest parts of the capital, but this Clerkenwell restaurant still focuses more on good food than its own image. Moro’s décor with its polished wooden floors, long zinc bar, open view to the kitchen and its charcoal grill and wood-burning oven, is functional and welcoming. Cuisine of the southern Mediterranean, from the Iberian Peninsula into Northern Africa, is the menu’s exclusive province. This Moorish cuisine with European influence is every bit as striking as it was when the restaurant opened its doors in 1997. Moro’s menu changes weekly to reflect the freshest of seasonal produce, and there is a shortish list of tapas too. The wine list shows the owner's passion for sherry, a wine first brought to Jerez by the Phoenicians, with nearly two dozen available, many by the glass.
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NS
London
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Moro was decent but not exceptional as many reviews suggested. We went on a Thursday evening with a friend from out of town. The restaurant had a good vibe, full of people and fortunately, no music! May I suggest some wall hanging to dampen the noise a bit though? The service was slow but understandable on a busy night. The wait staff were friendly and helpful (particularly with the wine choice).

We had the cuttlefish and the Moroccan bread salad as starters. The cuttlefish was good, the Moroccan bread starter was merely adequate. Our mains were wood-roast chicken, seabass and the vegetable mezze. You could tell the ingredients were reasonably fresh but the meals themselves lacked flavour. I expected more from a place which purports to have Moroccan influences. All in all, pretty decent but not a place I would make another trip to.

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B
London
49 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Reliable as always. Moro's formula works. First courses are creative, mains well garnished grills, desserts reliable if not exciting. It's worked for over twenty years. May it continue.

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PP
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite restaurant full stop. There’s always a great buzz about the place and the food is always fantastic.

Can’t wait to go back.

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T
London
24 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our meal on Saturday was just the most delicious thing. So good and such a treat to be at Moro as ever.

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D
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Device was great but the menu over promises! At £27 for a main of lamb with chick peas I would have expected something pretty decent but the plate that arrived was skimpy on the (well cooked) lamb... and everything else was just mush! Our starter of asparagus in a salted almond sauce looked pretty revolting. The asparagus was over cooked and the sauce fairly tasteless and looked like sick. Such a shame, this place used to be well priced and offer sharing plates and some tapas as well as mains. Now it is overpriced and uninspiring.... but service was good and we made sure despite the high prices it was rewarded!

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SF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Proper food cooked properly with a proper understanding of origins and ingredients. Moro continues to deliver confident delicious food without any interest in resorting to gimmicks or fashion.

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JU
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Moro, made so very welcome, explaining it was my birthday and my guests had cancelled last minute due to ill -health. I was given a wonderful predinner drink and the table next to me gave me their flowers!!

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RB
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great Moorish inspired Spanish food in a great space with a friendly vibe.

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SA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I have been eating At Moro for over 20 years, and this was a really disappointing visit. The prices are now in the stratosphere, and sadly, the food just did not justify the price. my partner had falafels as a starter and 1 small, dry falafel and some leaves do not justify an £8 price tag. The lamb main course that was served was a real mess- some overly rare lamb (that had not been left to stand so there were bloody juices all over the plate) with pureed fava bean gloop and another type of gloop plus some green beans in tomato sauce- it needed proper vegetables or a pulse dish accompaniment. the flavours clashed and it was more like lamb with soup! This could not justify the £26 priced. I had the vegetable mezzo which was sizeable, was comprised of far too many dips and lacked any real susbstance. Overall the quality of the food and the rather strange accompaniments plus the astronomical prices mean that Moro is no longer worth the trek to Clerkenwell. It's living on its past reputation and lacks the input of the two Sams. Avoid and spend your hard earned cash elsewhere

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f
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is quite casual which was great. Our waitress was very helpful. The food was fantastic, we were expecting tapas but this was for the bar only. Everything we chose was so tasty. We would definitely go back. Thanks for a great night.

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NC
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good dining

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DG
London
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food!!!!! Wine selection was superb - Seth and I chose the half bottles, which was great, given that one of us was eating meat and the other fish. I loved my skate :) Looking forward to coming again!!

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

Excellent food and flavours, fabulous service, a very pleasant experience

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MM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a lovely evening - great buzzy atmosphere and super tasty food. We will visit again!

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S
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

I was so looking forward to trying Moro after reading and hearing such good things. Could not have been more disappointed with the food. Salty, over cooked and some things just weird. Also overpriced. Really wont be going back and definitely won’t be recommending.

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G
London
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always mind blowing. Food, service, atmosphere - impeccable. You literally can’t go wrong here. Sumptuous, unforgettable food, staff relaxed yet superb, vibey yet special atmosphere, intimate yet casual. Really, Moro is truly an institution of excellence. And does it all with style.

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HC
London
9 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I always make a point of eating at Moro when I visit London and am never disappointed (although this lunchtime it was very quiet, I think that was because it was the day after a Bank Holiday - I missed the usual buzz).

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food! Excellent every time we go here!

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JF
London
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Moro is a wonderful restaurant and I love coming here. The food always tastes wonderful. However on this occasion I chose mussels as a starter and I got a really unpleasant stomach bug the next day as a result. My daughter also had one of my mussels and was also affected though not as severely. Everything else was perfect, and we all had a lovely evening.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had lovely time

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JJ
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Really delicious but portions a little too big for mains and puddings.

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RN
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service - they moved us to a bigger table with no fuss, and were tactful and smart about when not to interrupt as it was a business lunch. The food was great and the drinks were delicious.

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r
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, lovely olive oil, lovely sherry and Malaga raisons.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful, Fresh, Delicious Food, thankyou! Perfect from start to finish!

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LM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A thoroughly enjoyable meal could not be faulted other than sourdough bread would have been desirable over the bread which was served

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EB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and service as always. Never the same menu. Falafel was delicious

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MR
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really excellent food and good atmosphere - third visit and will return again

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OT
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food but not much space and very noisy - just to be aware. The food trumps the noise though!

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JA
Kent
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The main course vegetarian platter was quite delicious and the only problem was fighting off my fellow diners who kept pinching my side order of fried potatoes

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MH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always delivers, not the cheapest but defintely worth it generally. Food is always good, the raisin ice cream is to die for.

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JC
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

I ordered a dessert with a glass of alcohol. But when I paid they charged me a bottle of alcohol which is 40£. I realized it when my friend checked the bill. Actually when I paid I felt the bill is more expensive than I expected but I didn’t say it. As a waitress before giving customers the bills you should check the bill. When I knew there is something wrong with the bill I went back to that restaurant and told them the problem. They said sorry to me and refunded the wrong charge but they didn’t refund all of them. They just refunded the money of the drink but ignored the service charge which should be 3£. I think probably they know everything but they just want to earn more money when they see an Asian face. They are not new and should know the rules clearly but when it was possible they decided to blend the rules to earn more money. That’s not decent.

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PT
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Moro was one of the best spots we visited in London! A nice break from all the bustle, we went on the early side and it wasn't too busy. The food was outstanding, service friendly, helpful and accommodating, atmosphere quite nice and relaxed. All around lovely, not something I'd do every day but as a slight splurge, absolutely perfect. I'd come again for sure.

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

Delicious food, exquisite tastes, and brilliant service.

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NB
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous well constructed & balanced menu - as always I’m never disappointed with anything I order - just love it here

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T
London
6 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb variety of different flavours made this a fine family dining experience. A lively buzz on a Friday night enhanced a delicious meal and I would recommend Moro without hesitation.

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RP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

great food, great service, great food, great service, great food, great service, great food, great service, great food, great service, great food, great service, great food, great service, great food, great service, great food, great service, great food, great service, great food, great service, great food, great service,

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MH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Moro is always good, and lovely geature of our waitress to let us taste the other dessert, the one we did not have space for after a fantastic meal but managed to finish anyway!

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CS
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Since Sam & Sam Clark started Moro we have been following them: buying their books and making their recipes. We love their way of cooking.
The lunch we had at Moro fully filled our expectations. The food was delicious, the ambiance was nice, casual and the personnel very friendly. Alas we do not live in the neighborhood but we would love to eat there regularly.

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LG
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first time, and a truly enjoyable experience. The food was marvellous, with many new and marvellous tastes. Drinks excellent too, if a tad on the pricy side (although it is London....). Love the area, the service was great and can’t wait to return. Leigh and Judith Griffin

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W
London
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was very poor given the 12.5% service charge automatically applied. The food was good, but tricky to justify the fine dining costs associated.

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