Moro

4.4
1169 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Mediterranean
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mediterranean
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Hours of Operation
Lunch (Mon–Sat) 12.00–2.30
Lunch (Sun) 12.00–3.00
Dinner (Mon–Sat) 5.15–10.45 (Sun) 5.00–9.45
Tapas served all day at the bar (Mon–Sat)
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Phone number
020 7833 8336
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MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Area
Additional
Full Bar, Wheelchair Access
What 1169 People Are Saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Have had great meals in the past at Moro. One of those restaurants were you fancy everything on the menu. This time though the menu felt very limited and the quality was definitely lacking. My lamb kebab main was £27 and was fine, but gastro pub level tbh. Real shame....

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AK
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greatest restaurant on planet earth!

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DC
Surrey
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

4 of our party came earlier in the year for the special Moro anniversary; the other 2 of our party were coming for the first time. The food and service made the whole experience really enjoyable. Little extras like bread and water were replenished as required. Would recommend anyone who wanted something a little different from tapas and Mediterranean food should come. Booking essential.

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NM
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Despite but probably because there was a limited choice on the menu the food was fabulous. What a shame the tables were so small that it spoilt the dining experience, the waiter had trouble finding space to put the dishes down and we all had to be careful not to knock anything off the table. Why??? There was plenty of space for larger tables without having to reduce the number of covers.

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

Absolutely great food and lovely lively ambiance. Staff are very attentive and friendly. Will definitely be coming back

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

A little squashed in, but we moved tables with little fuss. Non alcoholic drinks selection was limited. But a great ambiance, fantastic service and lovely food.

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I’ve been at Moro several times and I love the food but, they haven’t changed their dessert options for many years that’s why I gave 4*

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h
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had a nice meal, but certainly not amazing for the cost! We had a children’s birthday party near us, which was quite loud. We had children with us too but but we certainly didn’t create the kind of noise they did!
Much prefer the cookbooks! I’d been dreaming of going to Moro for years too.

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JN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

We'd been here before and, as usual, dinner was excellent. The service, however, was awful. When we could get our uppity waiter's attention, he (rudely) told one of our party who was there for a birthday to "try smiling." (She'd recently lost her mother.) This was after he put a candle in the dessert of someone else at the table which she was apparently supposed to enjoy extinguishing. We were perhaps unfortunate to encounter the one poor server there but the experience left us shy about returning.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service. I had accidentally booked a counter seat and brought baby and pushchair along, and the maitre’d was incredibly helpful and found as a table. Service fantastic, food incredible. What a treat!

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K
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting food, great service , extremely helpful staff. Going back next week.

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

Tasty well presented food in a informal environment with great service. Perfect relaxed spot to catch up with my friend for a long chat over a good bottle of wine. Service was professional but not intrusive, portion sizes were reasonable and the food was beautifully spiced. Would have been nice to have tried a few tapas but only available at the bar in the evenings which we didn’t realise when we booked.

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AJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I have been visiting Moro for some years and it never fails to disappoint. Friendly and efficient staff; very creative cooking; and a great place to relax and enjoy the happy atmosphere - fabulous!

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E
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal! Having loved the cookbook for years, I finally got to try a few dishes cooked by the experts. (they do it pretty darn well!)

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DT
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall it was an enjoyable meal with excellent food and good service. My issue is that the cost of the food and drink are overpriced and the restaurant itself lacks an immersive experience. There are many more restaurants in London were costs are similar but the experience is a lot more immersive, or where the food is equally good but less expensive and therefore I am less likely to return.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lunch with first class service. Amazing cocktails to start. Love this restaurant and just wish I lived closer.

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

Excellent food but a bit pricey.
Would be nice to have an option of a lighter lunch menu

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JT
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 1

I had booked this for a special occasion birthday as the menu is is outwith my price range and was really dissatisfied. I felt the food quality was below average and when you pay over £100 for a meal for 2 you expect a certain experience.

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TR
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Alright really, but they do charge like the Light Brigade for what they provide. For example - mixed mezze at £17.50 or so is perfectly pleasant but more than three times what you wd pay in a Turkish place in Haringay for a dish that is as good in my view. I know there must be some difference to pay for the swish ambience, but not this much.

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a
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Superb food and delicious wine.....very friendly and enjoyable. A family birthday treat to remember!

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was ok, but a bit hit or miss. Some dishes were really tasty, and others were quite basic for the price, I feel like something I could have made at home. The wine was excellent, the service was fantastic and the atmosphere was lively, just a bit disappointed with the food. I thought it was quite expensive for what it was.

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L
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always here, wonderful food, friendly, efficient service, good ambience.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

disappointed with the fish meal extreme amount of bones in a filleted fish

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JC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food. Very warm and very friendly servers. An overall very satisfying experience

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O
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant with a consistent record for producing excellent food and wine over many years.

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JS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at the restaurant is excellent and delicious and I will return

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HS
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and friendly service. Not too busy at lunch time which meant i could hear the converstions without having to lean forward all the time.

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r
London
11 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a business lunch at Moro and overall it was very pleasant with good service although the food was a little slow coming out.

I would recommend Moro to friends and family.

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NH
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunch with friends. Really good adventurous food cooked superbly. Interesting wine list.
Something for everyone, but my main course was one of the very best vegan dishes I have ever had.
Highly recommended.

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J
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, all of the party would agree. Made late lunch booking. Would aim for a little earlier in future as we were only people left in restaurant 45 minutes after arrival. Felt a little awkward but that was probably our fault rather than moro’s. The food more than made up for it though!

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JB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food as usual would definitely recommend.Our main waitress was lovely but there was another one who could have bee friendlier.

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UW
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyable meal. Had very tasty grilled lamb. Rosewater cardamom ice cream was delish.

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CF
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely food and service. Thank you to all that made my birthday so wonderful.

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

I have been here several times with work colleagues and decided to treat my wife for a change! We went at 1:45 on a Saturday when the restaurant is a bit quieter. Moro is still lovely but to me it's not quite as good as it once was.
Our starters of chicharrones and scallops were extremely tasty, perfectly cooked and well seasoned but one scallop for £8.50 is ridiculous! The waitress had told told us beforehand "it's one large scallop or two smaller ones" which is fine but this was no more than one mouthful.
My main of roast hake was also perfect and the accompanying farika nicely flavoured with zaatar. My wife's pork belly was extremely tender but the crackling was a bit too chewy, not really crisp enough.
Desserts were fine, the yogurt "cake" is my perennial favourite but the chocolate and apricot tart had no discernible apricot!
At £100 for two with only one glass of cider they really need to raise their game.

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L
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Another wonderful visit to this fave . The food is always glorious and authentic and the atmosphere lively and fun . The waiters continue to be friendly and knowledgeable and their own people . And what a wine list !!!

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A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Lovely neighbourhood place. Generous portions but quite overpriced

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The chicken had a strange rubbery texture and I couldn’t eat half of it, the fried potatoes weren’t cooked enough and any crispy was made soggy from the gravy. The flavours though were lovely so I felt confused and ripped off by this dish fir £23. As was the vegan mezze for £17 just crudités and dip, though tasty not enough for the price. And to make it vegan it didn’t feel like the absent dairy items were substituted for sufficiently. Was really looking forward to this meal but also felt out of place with the clientele, my mistake for not researching enough but an expensive one. These prices are higher than average for me so I expect perfection for the money.

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NR
London
8 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Iberian menu that goes so well with a selection of fortified wines and crusty bread baked in house. Go there before an evening at Sadler's Wells. The service is excellent. One of the best places to eat in London

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HC
London
7 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Been coming to Moro for years - in every visit to London and brought family and friends in a number of occasions. Always try something different but always finish off with the delicious Malaga ice cream.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

The food was bland . The sweetbreads has no flavor, the brill on lentils were all one note in texture and flavor. The poor waitresses looked miserable and were run off their feet. In the allotted time i had, 1.45 mins to be exact, I saw table after table being flipped. More like a factory than a lovely dining establishment.

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