Moro

4.4
1404 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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SP
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything superb, but was sat next to extraordinarily load people. To her absolute credit, waiter spotted this herself and kindly moved us to a quieter table. What an angel.

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JP
London
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

There was a coeliac in the dinner party and their needs were very well catered for.

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LT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and atmosphere, great location. We had a very good time, thanks for having us.

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SH
London
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

It is a few years since I have been to Moro and the restaurant lay out , busily noisy is still the same . However food definitely not the same , very large tough scallops with courgette fritters and a salad did not look and was not appetising. Apart from the lamb we all felt a little under whelmed by the food. sorry will not be returning

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NF
London
15 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, casual, unpretentious and comfortable surroundings, pleasant staff

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B
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Not my best visit unfortunately. For start I had the calves liver and crispy chickpeas, it was delicious and I would have loved it as a main!! Then I decided on the Octopus with Courgette Fritters - unfortunately this was a bit of a disappointment (rare at Moro). I found the octopus rather tasteless, certainly no charcoal flavour on mine and I'm afraid it became slightly boring... The courgette fritters were lovely but frankly I thought there were too many of them and they became rather stodgy as they cooled. Something in addition might have made this a more interesting dish. The rocket salad and dressing was ok but a bit uninteresting. The raisin ice cream was glorious as always. So all in all a bit disappointing but I will certainly not hold this against them as this is the first time I have been anything other than blown away!!

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C
London
10 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. The food is always amazing absolutely delicious. Charming service good ambiance.

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LG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

My group—a film crew from Los Angeles—came on a Sunday night and the staff felt lackadaisical and unenthusiastic. The food was good but not great, which is not how I remember Moro from my last visit nine years ago. It was not a special dinner as I had hoped!

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d
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

outstanding, inventive cuisine. Was recommended by a friend and exceeded our high expectations

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PH
London
30 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always

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AD
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was good if a little over attentive. We were in the small room of at the back which was nice and quieter than the main room. It was really the food that we didn't do it for us. We're big fans of Morito but didn't feel this really lived up to it, esp for the increased price.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We loved our diner at Moro. Staff was very helpfull and friendly and the food was really very good.

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I
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food with exquisite flavourings.
Intelligent foodie service. Wonderful atmosphere. Stylish & comfortable with a hint of Moorish interior.

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JH
London
8 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

We went early evening before the theatre. There was nothing wrong with the quality of the food or wine but felt the service was complacent. Never had a check back on the food, never asked if we enjoyed our meal or thanked for coming. There are plenty of good restaurants in London and we will try somewhere else.

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PO
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I can warmly recommend this restaurant, where I have eaten a number of times. The food is absolutely excellent, and the restaurant is very good value for money.

The only problem we have ever had with it is that is usually very noisy. But on Friday we arrived at 7pm and got a table in the corner. So we had no trouble with the noise level, even after every table was occupied.

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e
London
7 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been coming here since it opened and it’s one of a handful of restaurants that has retained its quality over many years. Still surprises you with new dishes and tastes. Always the quality of the ingredients is outstanding. Great atmosphere and friendly, helpful, knowledgeable staff.

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O
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I had booked a table for two. The main sitting room, a large room with street view window at the front, a counter and bar along one side, and a semi-open kitchen at the back, is a very attractive room, minimal and understated with good atmosphere. Good wooden tables and chairs. Unfortunately, we were taken to a small room at the back with a sun roof. There, we sat one on a couch the other on a table, a table on one leg between us, sun roof above reminding us of the time (taking us out of the ambience of the restaurant). This small room had too many tables than it ought to have had, all couples seated next to each other on either side. That alone is enough to put me off going back here again. The food itself was fine, nothing to write home about, the best being the seared tuna starter. But the scallops were over cooked, the meze platter was, like our small, stuffy room, too crowded and the flavours not distinguishable enough. A big raw carrot stick lying across it served no purpose, and really nailed home the sense that this was kinda just overpriced ambiguously south european/Middle Eastern/Mediterranean ad hoc. A bottle of nice green wine was a redeeming factor. Overall I’d avoid Moro and stick to Morito in Hackney, where they seem to still be eager to make an impression.

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m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Fun place for family and friends.

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T
London
25 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always just so sensational, completely the most happy eating experience in London

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PM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Great for a special occasion or everyday eating.

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S
London
13 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favourites restaurants, the food is always so tasty with great flavours and textures. I love to come here and eat lamb, but my colleagues ordered hake and were equally as impressed.

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M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I always love going to Moro, its is one of my most favourite places to eat and yesterday was no exception, friendly , relaxed service, great cooking but one little niggle our starter was on the tepid side apart from that our main courses and desserts were delicious!

Looking forward to our next visit in the not distant future.

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LR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another lovely evening at Moro. We took old friends who haven’t been before and were delighted. Delicious food as always and warm friendly service. Consistently great, It’s our local and we love it!

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A
London
10 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I almost always like a meal at Moro. None of your small plates nonsense or tasting menu tedium, a nice plate, instead, for you to enjoy along with good wines, sherries and interesting cocktails. Still one of London's best relaxed restaurants.

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p
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had not been to this restaurant for awhile and was delighted to see that its standards are as high as they were when it opened many years ago. Indeed, I was impressed to see Samantha Clark, was cooking in the kitchen. My friend and I had a light-ish lunch, one had the superb pea soup with barberries and pistachios and the other the pork sausage with fava beans, and we shared a Moroccan bread salad. Super! The service was professional and prompt, and everything about our experience was a real pleasure. We'll definitely come back again and not leave it so long this time.

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T
London
14 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food & service!

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DA
London
21 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food, lovely atmosphere, able to eat outside.

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YI
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was exceptional, good range of options. Lively ambience.

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MK
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and different. Fabulous but pricey. Highly recommended especially as we are fans of your cookbook.

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P
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal, we took an early table 6.15....ambiance was perfect...not too busy but a great atmosphere and so worth the change in our normal 8.00 dining....food was outstanding.

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PA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A regular lunch with an old colleague. We had both been to Moro several times before; he more than I. As ever, the service was slick and friendly. When the food arrived they did not ask 'Who get's the fish?' Always a refreshing sign. We both had (different) fish. Mackerel and Sea Bass. Both well-cooked with well-judged portion sizes. WIne list a bit pricey, even by London standards, but the wine was good and the selection broad enough.

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AJ
London
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic. Mains are around the £25 mark, so be prepared. However, the food is fantastic. Very complicated flavours. Absolutely delicious. My favourite is the chicken. A really special evening out.

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W
London
36 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

lovely evening and excellent food . we were celebrating a special birthday and it was perfect

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LS
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVED Moro! Fantastic food. Simple, stylish surroundings. Excellent ambience. Superb service.
No sound problems - critical, in terms of optimum enjoyment, for those of a certain age!

Sam and Sam Clark are stars!

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M
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Good food but over priced
Lacked atmosphere
Decor too clinical

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DG
London
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Unique Spanish/ Moorish food and wines in lovely setting

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c
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Sorry....I was really looking forward to my meal as I remembered it few years ago but it wasn't as good. The fish starter was uninspiring, the pork belly was presented like sliced ham, thin and again uninspiring and for the price, I am sorry to say, not good. Will not return.

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AO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was outstanding, but at the end we were surprised about the bill. A little bit expensive for that style of food and presentation.

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NS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
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 on 23 May 2019
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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