Moro

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£26 to £40
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Mediterranean
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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CL
London
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Moro is an old favourite of mine. I hadn't been in a while, but it was wonderful, as ever. Unique flavours, everything cooked perfectly. Quick service, well-informed waiters. Not too noisy. Not cheap, but worth every penny

MH
London
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting food. Great service. Fair price. Love it!

l
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely meal extremely tasty - good service lovely staff

i
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere for lunch and I've been here before a few years ago. Unfortunately, this time i was a little underwhelmed by the food, especially given the prices. My fish main came in a gravy with broccoli which seemed to dilute the flavours, while the lamb seemed fine - but not the spectacular cuisine I'd been expecting.

m
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

i have been to Moro before and loved it but they sadly seem to have lost their way a bit. it was decent enough overall, but the 1970s called and they want their boiled broccoli back, seriously you can't serve broccoli boiled to softness like that in 2019. it was like my gran used to make, and not in a good way.

G
London
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great, vibrant food. Been coming here for over twenty years and never a bad meal.

MT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

An excellent restaurant for a business lunch or meal with friends. Good wine to accompany the meal consisting of exciting new starters [eg girolle mushrooms on sourdough toast] and mains; the lamb was, and always is, excellent - served "pink' just as it should be. Table service was very efficient and friendly.

HJ
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We've been going to Moro for years and the quality has steadily declined. The food is good but overpriced and the wait-staff is lukewarm, at best (which makes the 12.5 percent 'optional' gratuity outrageous). Currently looking for a new favorite restaurant...

c
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a table at 6pm last Saturday and the restaurant was about one-third full at this time. We were sat right at the back and had to keep trying to catch the eye of the server whilst she was in conversation in order to be served. The food was delicious though and we had treated some family to the restaurant for the first time. It was just a shame that the service wasnt as good as normal.

C
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We have been a number of times and this time was the most disappointing with quality and presentation of food. It all felt a bit tired

RB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have dined at Moro since it opened 29years ago and it is always excellent. I thoroughly recommend this restaurant to all.

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

Best food ever

MT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, fantastic service, buzzy (pretty loud), and very enjoyable.

F
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, as always; great atmosphere; attentive service.

ND
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I have had all the Moro/Morito books for some years; love them and cook from them regularly.
As we live in the Lakes and get to London seldom I was very much looking forward to eating there.
However I have sadly to say that it was a disappointment. Super bread though.
My Wife had the cauliflower soup which was nearly cold, bland and uninspiring.
I had the morcilla/caramelised apples which was pleasant but far too much little gem and not enough apple. Again bland is the word.
My mains was the pork belly with the sweet and sour spinach. Very nice but so large a portion that eating it became a chore and meant; quite apart from feeling seriously uncomfortable, that it stopped me having a dessert.
My wife had the mixed veg mezze and again boring and bland fitted the description.
Wines were superb however.
Service was slow and unobservant. Pleasant staff though. Not having some sort of gentle background music resulted in our having to listen to the loud and constant dialogue from the next table which did not assist in making this a relaxed and enjoyable experience. I do not usually do "reviews" as they can be so subjective (quite apart from the delights of a certain "trip a......" which from our experience can contain many false reviews posted by competitors) but this was such a disappointment and could so easily be improved that I felt the need to comment. Hopefully things will get better!

SB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service were excellent . The noise unfortunately was not impossible but very high.
The ingredients were of first class and we had a very good and jolly time.

CS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of our favourite restaurants in London. Food is always outstanding, great service too. Love the ambience, can be a little noisy but it's all part of the vibe.

HW
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Waiters seemed unhappy. Food was quite nice though the skin on my fish had an unpleasant burnt flavour and it came with 'slow cooked broccoli' which was a bit like baby food. All a bit mushy. Didn't really feel worth the price tag- not exceptional. Felt stark like a cafeteria. Also we felt rushed - when I booked the confirmation said we could have the table for 1 hour 45 but they started rushing us out (rudely) after 1 hour 30 (fair enough that's their policy but they should have mentioned it when we sat down).

JP
Bath
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food & wine, great service. Would hope to visit again soon.

MH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, great wine and excellent staff; what more van you wish for...

AJ
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Both of the two best meals we have eaten out, have been at Moro’s. The flavours are so real, earthy and natural. A total treat.

h
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always

RE
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Girolles starter showed an absence of understanding in cooking the mushrooms and ended up being merely too watery and devoid of taste. Chicken and Lamb mains were outstandingly good. Fish mains were badly overcooked. Restaurant way to noisy to talk to ones table companions. Staff always friendly and helpful. We will probably go again because the restaurant is still one of the best post Sadler's Wells dining options despite leaning towards mediocrity.

F
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really amazing food, very special! The mixed veggie mezze is the best.

F
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the staff were exceptional , knowledgeable , friendly and unobtrusive . the food arrived quickly and was excellent . i would not hesitate to recommend the sadlers wells early free pudding deal ; )

PG
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Average at best on all fronts. Hasn’t aged particularly well!

j
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

You are one of the few restaurants in London that have managed to maintain excellence for over 20 years. I rarely order sea bass in restaurants because I have a very good fishmonger and cook it myself.
the dish on Friday was faultless.

JM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food great as ever
Service fantastic at first when quiet, however when restaurant was full the waiting staff struggled a little to cope

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was really good. I wished we had sat at the main hall as the side conservatory is not as atmospheric. But all in all excellent.

CR
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love sitting at the bar for tapas in this lively, fun restaurant. Service great, food delicious and overall experience 5-star!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Was expecting better after all the positive things we heard. Maybe we just ordered the wrong dishes...the Sea Bass was good, but the Mackerel was barely edible and our dessert cake was average at best. Good vibe in the restaurant and other table’s food looked good, so I would give it another shot, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to return.

HC
London
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and good atmosphere. The only problem was the main course food arriving only a few minutes after the aperitif (even though they were ordered in sequence)

LY
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved our dinner here. Friends recommended it and they were not wrong. The sea bass, the soup, the aubergine starter, the Negronis were all excellent, as was the extensive wine list. We were there on a Thursday night after 8:30: The restaurant was packed and the energy level high. If you are looking for a low key, quiet restaurant for deep conversation, then book late when the crowds break up.

KH
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

It was great. The food was delicious and just the right quantity and weight for lunch. My only complaint was that it is very (cheerfully) noisy which makes it difficult to hold a conversation. Would definitely go again but try to get a quieter table.

D
London
29 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time to Moro
Rudy was brilliant! The food was gorgeous and inspiring and it's on a lovely street in London. Go check it out - it's definitely worth a visit - more than once!
Thank you to all

K
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite restaurant - as always the food was delicious

s
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice food and very friendly staff, I would recommend!

L
London
9 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good food quality but small portions and overpriced. Ambience is a bit noisy

L
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was very good but the portions are too large . Think the value for money particularly for the mains not that good. Stall helpful and pretty attentive though it does get busy.
Overall still a very good restaurant (been going over some years).
It is noisy !

D
London
31 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and great ambience, unusual menu, just a bit noisy for intimate chat

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