O Ver St James

4.3
94 reviews
£26 to £40
Italian
OUR PHILOSOPHY

‘O ver comes from the Neapolitan dialect to mean:
“Truth”

We do our best to reflect this with the
Authentic, delicious and healthy Neapolitan street food
we freshly prepare every day

‘O ver uses the unique ingredient of
Pure Sea Water,
which is extracted from the purest areas of the Mediterranean.
Less sodium and more minerals makes the food lighter and easily digestible

All our Pizzas are made with Pure Sea Water, the best artisan ingredients from small Italian producers and finished with organic extra virgin olive oil from Sicily

We only serve Authentic Neapolitan pizza, which is very soft, elastic, tender and fragrant.

Every single dish is made with love and patience by our chefs,
in full respect of Neapolitan tradition

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff is vaccinated
What 94 People Are Saying
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StefanB
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Food was really poor. Cold starter (melanzane) and deep fried lumps of cheese (street food). Then the worst part being two undercooked, runny doughy pizzas. Such a shame as this was a birthday treat.

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AlessioB
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good. Will come back!
Enjoyed the good food, and the ambience

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DominicKinsella
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Flavours were good, pizza was a little undercooked for my liking. Gnocchi was tasteless, bland and abit boring, especially for the price, have done better at home.

Staff started putting chairs up before a few tables had finished eating. A lot of the staff moving around not doing much, don’t believe the hype. Overpriced and not worth the hassle of going.

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KarenD
London
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, beautiful ambience & wonderful service - highly recommended

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Spamela
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Speedy and welcoming service from all the staff. Would certainly re visit

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Steakman
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The calamari was greasy, the pasta dish wasn’t cooked (hard inside, so not even fresh pasta- how hard is that?) and too salty and a pizza which was ok cost £17. The coffee was nice, the waiters aftershave overpowering. If you only have to cook pasta and pizza, it’s hard to fathom how you can mess it up so badly.

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vipBosco
London
7 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pizza in Mayfair

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OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience1

This was a special occasion with my girlfriend.
The starter was great as we chose random options of Neapolitan dishes, which was excellent.

However the main was really disappointing with the pizza being quite burnt around the crust area and the centre area being very raw.

The crust was gigantic for the size of the pizza.

There were not many options for pasta dishes, which were the main reasons we attended this restaurant.

The seating areas were too narrow, meaning we were uncomfortably close to the adjacent customers, who were eavesdropping on our conversation!

Overall, a bit disappointing, and standards were not met for the prize charged.

Would not go again.

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ChrisF
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and friendly staff. Main course was delicious and the wine was excellent. The tiramasu was pleasant but overly creamy which was slightly disappointing. Restaurant is in a good location for visiting theatres and tucked away off the main roads so slightly quieter. Enjoyed our meal.

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nikkib
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food itself was delicious, with clearly high-quality ingredients. The staff were attentive and quick to respond. The only downside was that it was overpriced, which can be expected for central London.

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HeatherT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food ok, but overpriced… staff and ambiance good but would not recommend as v poor value

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MaureenN
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Innovative menu, excellent cocktails (esp. Negronis), very friendly welcome and service. Looking forward to dining at O Ver St. James again.

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NLai
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Nice location. Service was okay. Not value for money.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant , real Italian feel, would recommend

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff and service, food was very good just on the expensive side.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely pre-theatre meal on the terrace. Service was 5* - originally seated outside but they moved us outside on request with no fuss. Delicious pizza, great Sauvignon blanc, table of 4 was less than £30pp for pizza and wine in a great setting. Would recommend!

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Priya
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great food and beautiful restaurant. Portions are a little smaller than expected, but delicious. The restaurant is pretty but music inside is pretty loud. Our waiter got our order wrong a couple of times, but friendly nonetheless.

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ChristinaZ
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I love the pizzas that are usually in the menu and was v disappointed to find out that despite still being on the online menu they were not on offer due to the oven not functioning. I would have appreciated a note on the website particularly given it was not something that happened at the time we were there but an issue they were aware of

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MrsB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very nice place and good food and service. Overpriced though. We came for a pizza but there were none on the menu and it didn't state if you could order sides - chips etc or more vegetables. But apart from that would return when pizza back on the menu

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MariamH
London
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely waiters, amazing atmosphere on a nice quiet street. Food tasted great, it’s good value for money. Good portion size too.

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Muriel
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was outstanding. Staff was very nice however the service was rather slow, we were told we had the table for 1 hour 30 minutes. Took a while to order so by the time we were served the main we only had 20 minutes left.

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Joannalondon
London
13 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a dinner for two, pre theatre, inside. It was great - super friendly and nice staff, delicious food, shame there were not more people - definitely will go back.

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vipGiuseppeS
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pizza in London. I go there every week. Waiters are very professional

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AMxx
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food
Great service
A bit pricey

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ChristinaZ
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Family Saturday dinner. Excellent food - nice atmosphere.

Few challenges with Covid restrictions and table setting. We were asked to move table before the mains arrived but staff were very apologetic about it and it wasn’t a big problem for us.

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SteveR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The menu portrays something new and different from other Italian restaurants sadly the food was mediocre at best

Pizza looked great but was just too thick and doughy and the special pasta of the day sounded fabulous but was thick, heavy and just really disappointing

Saving grace was the cocktail we had, very nice

Overall, expensive for poor quality Italian food

Service and staff were very good though

Sadly not worth a return visit

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and outstanding service!

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CatherineH
London
11 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Really lovely meal tonight. Felt safe with social distancing, qr code menus and staff wearing masks. Food was tasty and interesting and was pretty good value. Service was very good (I think our server was new).

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a lunchtime get together here. Informal but service and food was excellent. Pasta and pizza were both fresh and deliciously tasty.

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vipBrabazon
London
58 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We ate at O Ver on a Friday lunchtime during the heat wave so the restaurant was very quiet. The food was excellent, with some interesting choices on the menu. The involtini starter was one of the best I have ever had. The service was friendly and efficient and all staff were wearing masks. The location is excellent, on a quiet alleyway off the Haymarket, with plenty of outdoor seating. The only downside is the wine list, which is quite expensive, although the house white we had was great. Will definitely eat here again, though hopefully in cooler weather.

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KCL124
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first trip to the St James venue, excellent service, would recommend.

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DinahC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Deliciously fresh and inventive food, fine house wine and a splendid mocktail.

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vipCharlieM
London
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great dinner last night. There was a slight mix-up with a glass of wine at one point, which was swiftly – and generously – put right by the charming waitress & manager.

Lovely food in a nice setting – I will be back!

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vipKirstyC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always fantastic at both St. James’s and Southwark. One of my favourite restaurants in London.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing - best pizzas we’ve had!! The staff were so lovely and the location and atmosphere was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Pasta was undercooked and crunchy, not al dente. Server wasn’t

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WilliamK
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food and really nice vibes. I recommend the selection of street food as a shared starter.

Two issues:

1. We were seated at this bizarre table at the back with the weirdest seating layout ever. It felt like they wanted us out of the way. I had a wall in between me and my girlfriend. I guess they didn't want to seat 3 people at a table that could seat 4? Felt a bit stingy.

2. The music was too loud and the choice of music was a bit baffling - 90s pop bangers did not suit the rather sophisticated decor the place otherwise cultivated.

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GRAZIELLA
London
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The food was VERY bad. We ordered pasta and it wasn’t properly cooked, I had to chew it like GUM. I know what “al dente” looks like and it was definitely not it. We had carbonara which was the worst of my life, salty and amateur. My boyfriend has pasta if a meat sauce supposedly cooked for 12 hours, but in reality it was watery and with no flavor at all.
Very disappointing, especially considering each dish costs around £20.
I have been to many italian restaurants in London and this was by fat the worst.
I would like my money back.

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DJR23
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent Italian cuisine - properly authentic with high quality and fresh ingredients. Well informed staff with good recommendations.

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Almonaco8
London
11 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve now been to both locations and the experience was equally amazing each time. Service was friendly and attentive without being disruptive and the food was excellent both times! They offer different experiences/vibes so make sure to try both!

FAQs

O Ver St James does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. O Ver St James also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7930 9664.

O Ver St James is rated 4.3 stars by 94 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.