O Ver St James

4.5
81 reviews
£25 and under
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
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 81 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant , real Italian feel, would recommend

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
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.

CZ
ChristinaZ
London
3 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

MB
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

MH
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.

J
Joannalondon
11 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.

GS
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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Xxxxxx
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food
Great service
A bit pricey

CZ
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.

SR
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!

CH
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).

OT
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
55 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.

KC
KCL124
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DC
DinahC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CM
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!

KC
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.

OT
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

OT
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.

DJ
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!

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ColdDiner877877
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service from the moment we walked in. The food was delicious and exactly what I had hoped it to be.

Only small comment is the food prices are very slightly high. Would definitely recommend to friends & family.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Not great service. Not very attentive or helpful, food made it better. Also I booked mentioning it was for a birthday, which they acknowledged on entrance and didnt after that. No gestures at all even when the neighbouring table received complimentary after meal shooters

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leer
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Perfect post-theatre place for our early Saturday supper; simple menu, but great choice, particularly if you like pizza. We don't but there was still lots to choose from, whether carnivore, or not. Great service, with knowlegeable and eager-to-please staff.

SC
SalvatoreC
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best pizza and Italian restaurant in London!
I’m Italian and the food is properly Italian

SP
SPLondon
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

I have enjoyed the Borough original so I was surprised by how poor the service and food at this branch were. The pasta was inedible because it was dangerously over-salted. When I pointed this out to a waiter, he didn't do anything.
However, an excellent pistachio pudding and good pizza make me regret the failure of staff to ensure customer satisfaction. The tables were only about 1/3 full, so staff had plenty of time to attend to us but didn't.

CW
CatherineW
London
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Not a good dining experience. Poor quality food and over priced. The broccoli was over cooked. The pasta was greasy. Portion sizes were small. We were still hungry after our 2 course lunch.

JO
JonO
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Service was slow - there were more staff than diners but still it took an age to get dinner. One table left while we were there as they got fed up of waiting. Pizza was actually good once it arrived.

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OpenTable Diner
London
13 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

It was a love experience, the atmosphere is perfect in there, nice chilled out with w touch of class. The service was great however the pizzas we order were very soggy in the middle. It has to be said though they did still taste great

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vipMpen81
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Seated promptly and service was reasonably good. The appetizers were quite good but my pasta special was disappointing as the homemade fettuccine was a bit tough.

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VSFJ
London
7 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I previously went to the Borough Market
O ver and was keen to compare the two. The St James’ one didn’t disappoint. Food was excellent and a great location. Would definitely recommend

OT
OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious pizza and great wine recommendation

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vipsteff
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food service and ambiance!

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Pelks
London
19 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place to meet and eat good Italian food in central London but off the busy roads.

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 4.5 stars by 81 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.