Palatino

4.1
40 reviews
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Italian
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Palatino is an Italian restaurant in Clerkenwell focused on the food of Rome, from Stevie Parle.

Palatino serves authentic Roman dishes with an A la carte menu offered alongside an all-day pasta menu. A 2 course presto menu is offered early weekdays and an express lunch menu is also available throughout the week.

Special Offers

Unlimited Prosecco: £14pp

Enjoy unlimited Prosecco at Palatino on Saturday lunchtimes for £14 per person.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 12 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 15 June 2019

Ends: 30 November 2019

Availability: Sat 12:00-15:00

Pre-Theatre, 2 Courses for £16, 3 courses for £20

Enjoy Stevie Parle’s pre-show Presto menus ahead of a visit to The Barbican, Sadler’s Wells or The Almeida theatre.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 12 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 4 April 2019

Ends: 30 November 2019

Availability: Mon-Sat 12:00-15:00 17:30-19:00

Bottomless Pasta: £25

Enjoy unlimited plates of pasta at Palatino for £25 per person

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 12 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 23 February 2019

Ends: 30 November 2019

Availability: Sat 12:00-15:00

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

My favourite dish is served in this restaurant, I love to go there every so often to get my fix - the Tonnorelli (OK I can't spell) is amazing. Apparently they do all you can eat pasta brunch on Saturdays - must go and gorge myself on that ;-)

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The first time we visited the food was amazing, this time it was just ok. Service was great though.

M
London
46 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Have visited Palatino several times when it first opened and enjoyed its authentic Roman dining and modern setting. This time wasn’t as successful and I doubt that I will return. Our server was fantastic and very knowledgable on the menu which needs some explaining. However, the food was so salty it was difficult to eat. We managed, but we were so hungry by that time. Everything was salty, even the side of rocket. The waitress was fabulous and apologised and they gave us a small discount but someone needs to reign in the salt in the kitchen. Also the room was nearly empty and lacking in atmosphere and this was on a friday night. Sadly. I can’t see this place lasting much longer and I will miss the Cacio e pepe which this time as per the other dishes was very salty. It’s a shame.

M
London
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

traditional Roman dishes taste as they di in Rome.

p
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Unfortunately the booking on / via OPEN TABLE was unable to be honoured. booked via the app and arrived promptly on time at the restaurant where the booking was not apparently in the system, we were informed that the kitchen was closed early (10:15) and as a result unable to honour the booking and we were turned away. Shame as the food here is really good normally....

RD
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Freshly prepared food . Great mix of seasonal dishes on menu as well as a few old favourites.

All the dishes up to the usual high standard and great service to make for a very enjoyable evening

r
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

It really is a shame because the pasta dishes were amazing. But the big restaurant lacks ambience it feels like a university common room.

The set menu cocktails were good, pasta was great. Service was fine but we couldn't help feeling unwelcome by the overly keen staff you come over just to take away one glass.

Starters were average, the pudding was unpleasant. I was very disappointed by the offering which I was hoping would be more homely as well the general atmosphere that had nothing of Italian hospitality we had been hoping for.

r
London
9 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great local restaurant for me, pasta is very good and is the service.

OT
London
25 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An overall fantastic experience. Great food and staff.

A
London
24 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our neighbourhood favourite restaurant. Never been disappointed. Totally a thumbs up!!!

KN
London
23 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tasty food. Signature spaghetti was a highlight. Interesting environment and appreciated the privacy of the booths. Would highly recommend.

G
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A nice place to get a good plate of Italian food before the theatre at the Barbican. Very friendly and helpful service.

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Reservamos una mesa en el restaurante para la noche de fin de año, pero al llegar vimos que estaba cerrado. Un señor nos abrió y nos dijo que era imposible que tuviéramos reserva, ya que estaba cerrado por unos días y que si hacía mucho que teníamos la reserva hecha. Solamente hacía un mes que teníamos la reserva, por lo tanto el restaurante ya no tendría que ofrecer la reserva para tal día. Estamos muy disgustados con el restaurante, pero también con la fiabilidad del servicio de OpenTable.

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London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We booked Palatino for a late lunch, a friends catch-up on the last Friday before Christmas.

The service was friendly and fun, and the dishes were excellent - every single diner commented on the quality of the food.

c
London
15 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Rather mixed fortunes at Palatino this time. Good antipasti, very good pasta but a main course of goose leg was too salty and the accompanying red cabbage too liberally laced with vinegar. On balance still recommended but could do better.

OT
London
25 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Delicious. Christmas menu was a bit confusing but excellent value.

S
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Hi,

We had a nice night at Palatino but were really disappointed by the ricotta and mushroom ravioli, it was watery and tasteless, I hope this was just a dud!

Loved the starter (anchovy and stracciatella on toast - but thought that three small pieces wasn't much for 7 pounds). The cacio pepe and choc pistachio dessert were good too. We were also really excited to find Isole Olena on the wine list, however I thought it would be getting a bit old in the bottle after 3 years.

All in all, a nice night, but not sure if we'd return as the pasta just wasn't that amazing and quite expensive. When you compare to Padella or Bancone, unfortunately Palatino doesn't stand up.

EL
London
142 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place- great food, so fresh and full of flavour.
We shared 2 primi’s and 2 secondes and they were all great. My personal favourite was the veal pasta.
Staff were lovely and went the extra mile to help make sure we had everything we needed.
Excellent cocktail and wine list too!

S
London
9 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, an excellent experience. Outstandingly good food and I love the new menu options!

F
London
16 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Generally good food, but lacking in any finesse.
Currently no offal on menu (this restaurant purports to specialise in Roman cuisine).
Bread sticks stale.

MG
London
279 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Reasonable food service and value, but plenty of better Italian restaurants in almost any part of London

C
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Food was not great, I was even given the wrong icecream and had to inform the waiter, and was over priced

FC
London
18 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

I'd heard great things about Palatino so was excited to visit but the food was just ok and the service was chaotic - telling us certain dishes were included on the set menu and then deciding they weren't + undercharging us and then having an argument in front of us about which server's fault it was. Atmosphere is also lacking - it looks like a WeWork space rather than a restaurant which might be great if it's full but not so when it's empty.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Absolutely without doubt one of the worst meals I have ever eaten in London. Dreadful dreadful food. Does this place have a chef ? I took guests and ordered the set menu. A very big mistake. The portions were embarrassingly minute and utterly tasteless. Went to Union St Cafe the next day on a set menu - similar price. Absolutely Superb! And real plates of food.

A
London
18 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They are trying to serve Italian food,very far away.
Service is very basic,food could be better,there is effort,but nothing wow.

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely quick lunch - cool space, quite delicious Italian food and excellent value for money. Quite a neighbourhood find, good spot for working lunch in Clerkenwell

L
London
9 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I live nearby and Palatino is becoming a go-to restaurant for a relaxed meal with friends.Really friendly staff and well cooked Roman food. It can be challenging for vegans but the kitchen is flexible enough to satisfy everyone. A great local restaurant.

M
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Ambience is nice, but food is average. Some starters like bruschette are good.

S
London
11 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food and service were fantastic. One notable downside that hit us immediately upon entering was the strong smell of fish. This continued throughout the dinner. We suspect the open kitchen extractor was not working as well as it should. It's a shame because the decor and everything else was lovely.

h
London
15 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, very good value considering the quality, excellent wine, great service, pleasant decor, comfortable seating.

M
London
46 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good, modern italian restaurant in my neighbourhood. Food is very good and unusual. Cocktails are excellent twists on italian classics. Staff are friendly and passionate about the food (rightly so). Love the cacio e pepe. Would be willing to return there daily just for another mouthful.

A
London
14 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

They didn’t have my reservation on arrival but luckily it was not busy and they seated us anyway. There was also an event going on for the business space in the building which made our dinner seem like a strange off-shoot of that.
The food is very good, the service is excellent, the price is a little excessive for what it is but worth a try.

F
London
15 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

The food was ok but much more expensive than it warranted, it had a lovely simple bent to it - eg mozzarella with orange, but the ingredients didn’t live up to it. Also we were unfortunate to be there when a couple with a child were very badly behaved (not the child’s fault but truly terrible, Mirhef shouting , child clinging to my chair and waiter as I ordered), and I was disappointed that no effort was made to protect our experience there but our specific waiter was very knowledgable and courteous. If you go get a booth, sitting in the middle of the room is a bit soulless.

N
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food and friendly service, we enjoyed it a lot!

g
London
279 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This place is amazing the sweetest juiciest olives I've ever had and you have to try the tonnorrelli (?) pasta so simple yet so tasty! We'll be back for a sbagliato 😀

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

the food is just consistently great every time - we live nearby and it's become one of our regulars.

H
London
52 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 1

Food lived up to the critics reviews. The pasta cacio e pepe was excellent as were the rigatoni and the cod . However it took over an hour to arrive and we had to chase our food. Our table was in front of the kitchen and we all left with our clothes smelling strongly of fried fish. The smell was so over powering that it put us off the food especially desserts. It was also extremely noisy so hard to have a conversation. I'm afraid the amazing food is not enough to tempt us back.

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed Palatino - a new local gem for workers in Clerkenwell / Old Street. Similar to the River Cafe but lots cheaper and quite a cool space too; good lunch menus for under £20

F
London
16 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The "Rigatoni con la Pajata" is a must - rich, delicious flavour.
If you have to kill animals for food, you should at least eat everything that nature provides!