Moro

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1518 reviews
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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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L
London
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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

L
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Very pleasant evening that cannot be faulted

JV
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was really, really yummy. Made our reservation very late but no problem even though quite busy. Waitress very friendly. Main course were expensive though and upsold extra side dishes we didn't really need.

B
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. The sea food was perfect and service was friendly and efficient.

AC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Our visit was disappointing overall. The service was haphazard with 3 waitresses coming to the table and asking the same questions. The starters were not inspiring, the main courses, particularly the pork belly were excellent while the sweet of choc/apricot tart was over-cooked and had no flavour of apricot that I could detect. I complained about it to the waitress who came to the table and said that it had been taken off the bill ‘ because you did not like it’. No apology (or explanation) as to why the pastry tasted and looked burnt. The wines were good, but expensive. One of our favourite ‘serious’ restaurants but I doubt we will go back on Sunday’s experience.

DA
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Pleasant, carefully prepared Portuguese food excellent , we have been a number of times,friendly and efficient staff, choice for desserts could be bigger, we will be back for sure!!

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

Delicious, distinct food

H
London
48 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

There was a time when it seemed London restaurant maître d's were cut from a similar cloth. Cold, slightly disdainful and under-appreciating any questions from prospective customers, even those with a reservation. In recent years this has changed for the better; but not at Moro. We were a post-Sadlers Wells table of 4, with a reservation (hence this review on Opentable). We dared to ask for a different, slightly less noisy table to the one we were frostily led to. The request was summarily dismissed with quite a serving of unnecessary dripping sarcasm, which led us to consider whether or not we should just leave. In the end we stayed; lateness and hunger won over the ignominy and noise level.
The subsequent members of the Moro team we encountered were friendly and engaging; which made the first interaction all the more obtuse. We ate red prawn brik, cuttlefish koftes and aubergines for starter, followed by 3 lamb and one sea bass main courses. All good to excellent but, for me at least, having dined at Moro on at least 4 other occasions, smaller portions than I remembered. We drank an excellent Catalan white and Portuguese red and shared two good desserts.
It is true that Moro is an established restaurant, with a regular clientele. Even so, our first interaction and impression from this, on this visit, means we will not be one of those.

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

Staff were amazing, food was excellent and drinks choice was great!

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

One of my most favourite restaurants in London. Nothing disappointed. Excellent all round.

N
Wales
3 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I had a fantastic meal - a particular mention must go to the amazing tomato jam and to the sheer range of deliciousness in my plate of mezze. My husband's mackerel was very tasty but unfortunately rather full of bones, which is unfortunate when the fish has been flaked into a salad.

H
London
11 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The best octopus I’ve ever tasted!

SR
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Our only disappointment was the very limited vegetarian choices which meant my partner, who was celebrating his birthday, and I had to have the same ( and only ) vegetarian main course. The food was lovely but we were both surprised in a restaurant serving this type of cuisine that the vegetarian options were so poor.
However everything else was very good including our friendly waiter and lovely mother and daughter at the neighbouring table.
Just wouldn’t be planning what to eat on our next visit.

EP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

First time dining here - food was excellent. Loved the buzz of the place and the setting.
The service felt a little rushed as our reservation was 22:15 and maybe a reservation at this time shouldn’t be offered if it is going to rush?
Overall a well enjoyed meal.

DF
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

I ate the chicken dish. The sauce looked a bit weird and the next day I had serious stomach trouble. It could not have been caused by anything else. I wrote to Moro but haven’t heard anything yet.

BP
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for a celebratory meal. Good service, great food...

SK
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Lovely place to eat, great food and wonderful waiting staff. One sour note was being delivered the bill exactly 2 hours after our reservation, we had almost finished and 10 mins grace would have been really appreciated

JK
London
12 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Apart from the tough quail dish everything was lovely thank you

e
London
8 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. One of the very few London restaurants to have maintained it's high standards over many years. Every dish faultless !

NW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great value on both wine and food. Fabulous tasting tomatoes. Seats a little too close together but didn’t spoil our experience

RO
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The food, wine and atmosphere were great but we were a little disappointed by the service. We ordered one starter and 4 main courses but all the main courses came to the table first. We asked our waiter about this and he offered to bring the starter to the table at the same time. This clearly wouldn't have worked so we ended up cancelling the starter which was a shame as that was the dish that the individual concerned was most looking forward to.

c
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and food. It’s been around a long time for good reason.

HC
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with a great vibe. The dishes are interesting and delicious. Went with friends and has a buzzy atmosphere on the weekend.

CW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fabulous food. Very fresh and innovative. Some tables are a little cramped together. We were lucky to get a spacious one as we were there very early evening.

S
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious food. Sat outside. Waitress particularly helpful and made sure we able to leave in time for our show at nearby Saddlers Wells.

j
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Moro is a wonderful place, food is original and imaginative. Despite being a very small menu, you will always find something exciting to eat. The place is relaxed and very welcoming. The service is good and professional, although the "warmth" does not seem to be there.

AG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Interesting tasty menu options, good pricing, unfortunately not near tube station which may be an issue for some. It is also very noisy so not ideal for a cosy tête à tête

PP
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, nice people, relaxed feel. We had a big benefit for having tickets for Sadler's Wells which made extreme value for money! Staff were great making sure we got away in plenty of time for theatre.

DJ
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been coming to Moro for 15 years and it is always a memorable meal. The food is excellent, the staff friendly and knowledgable and the wine list great.

ES
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic from the cocktails that actually had alcohol in them to the bread that was clearly fresh, for once. The portions were large, the meats were perfectly cooked and the dishes were flavourful. We’ll be back.

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I was a bit disappointed with the food as the restaurant was recommended to me. The starter was ok but the main underwhelming. It wasn’t seasoned well and the chicken was undercooked raw meat in the centre, and the skin was limp and fatty (I sent it back and it was better cooked when returned). The wine was very nice. The staff were nice but seemed to be rushing us

FR
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third visit for pre-theatre dinner. Food and service always excellent. Lovely helpful staff. Will be returning again without a doubt.

HC
London
9 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always have a meal in Moro when I visit London and have since it first opened. It helps to bridge my memories between my annual visit to the Granada Festival of Music and Dance. I’ve also introduced a number of friends to this wonderful restaurant.

T
London
27 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you, always just the BEST. Fabulous food as ever.

GG
London
24 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really interesting options, lovely service and bright venue. Could see on a packed evening it being quite noisy however on a Saturday afternoon lunch it was perfect.

A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

I have been going to Moro for over ten years. This time the food was overpriced (watery fish, dirty plates, teeny tiny courgette salad) - it’s always on the more expensive end anyway, but at least you used to get value for money. The service is always great, but even the bread has changed? Everything tasted like they were trying to cut corners and to be honest, I probably won’t be back. Given today’s climate, a real lack of vegetarian options.

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

It's been a while since I've been here. The food and venue is still great.

CZ
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful innovative food and now that they open at 5 pre theatre, we can always enjoy it.

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