Rotorino

4.2
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63 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Cosy
  • Good for a Date
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Rotorino is an Italian restaurant and wine bar in Shoreditch / Haggerston by Stevie Parle. Rotorino is open seven nights and Sunday lunches every week and specialises in southern Italian food.

Whilst the menu changes frequently firm favourites include Sausage Gnochetti, Pea Gnudi, Calabrian Hanger steak, Sasso Chicken and Whole Roasted Seabream. A 2 course Presto menu is offered every weekday between 6-7pm whilst on Sundays an all-inclusive ‘Britalian’ roast dinner is offered for just £15.

Over 50 wines are available on a list curated by Ruth Spivey and the bar counts home-made cellos amongst it’s signature serves.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 18:00 - 22:30




Saturday: 17:00 - 22:30




Sunday: 12:00 - 22:00
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Phone number
020 7249 9081
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Between Dalston Junction and Haggerston station
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining , Wine
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EL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Discovered the restaurant from TV show Catastrophe. It was lovely visually, the service was great and the food was absolutely delicious.

JW
London
10 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I have visited this restaurant before but this time was well below par. Our ticket was missed in the kitchen so we waited far ages fro our food. The starters were ok but my pasta in kale was really nothing more than exactly that. The pasta was under cooked and the kale puree was overwhelmingly flavourless and there was way too much of it. Disappointingly, out of five main courses, one being vegetarian and one fish, one was sold out at only 14:30 leading me to wonder what would be served for the rest of the day. With no lamb being available I opted for chicken with nduja and ricotta. Both the ricotta and nduja, however, appeared to be absent from the dish. The vegetables were under seasoned and under cooked and to be honest I kinda gave up hope from then.

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Meal recommended by the waitress was a let down.
It didn’t have the usual pleasant atmosphere that it normally has which was a shame as we were taking friends there for the first time.

C
Kent
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Really unimpressed. Have been twice before, but not in the last year. Quality of everything has really dropped since last here.
Food was bland and moderately warm. Service was sloppy - waitresses seemed uninterested and talking over us to people at other tables. Loudly interrupting our conversation to deliver meals to the wrong table.

Over priced for quality of food and service. Don’t recommend, although as the place was half empty on a Friday night, suspect I’m late to know this.

m
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was disappointing, venue was quite atmospheric but wouldn't recommend it.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just can’t stop going back - the place is amazing. Drinks good. Food amazing. Venue and vibe perfect. Service great. Music great. Not one singular complaint.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place eta better every time I go

w
London
52 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This restaurant is very well run, with delightful staff, proper Italian food - much more authentic than the average imitation in London, and with a good wine-list and reasonable prices. It was great for after a show at the Arcola Theatre, and if you are ever in Dalston, it is certainly worth a visit. Highly recommended.

KC
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant service great cocktails pasta is delicious

SH
London
11 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely local spot that we came to for a birthday meal. The food was delicious, the service was great and they even put a candle in our cannolis to enhance the birthday celebrations! Would definitely recommend.

S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The menu was great. Just enough to choose From without being overwhelmed. The blood orange and prosecco was lovely! Would definitely recommend it to friends, im already planning my next trip!

BL
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed a lovely meal there on a buzzy saturday night. We shared about 8 dishes and each one was outstanding and simply delicious. The atmosphere was great with a couple of large tables in for birthdays having a great evening along with groups and couples casually dining out. The service was polite, quick and un intrusive which was just what we wanted.

c
London
33 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had really delicious meal and absolutely loved the small plates. Also the gnudi was light and fluffy and delightful. Found the menu a little basic in the main course options but what we ordered was very good. Service was good at the start but at the end waited a long time to get attention to get a desert menu or more drinks. Had to call a waiter over in the end so a slight disappointing end to the evening.

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pea gnudi!!

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JK
Aberdeen
2 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great Sunday grub

KA
London
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was delicious, but the service was very slow and un-attentive, we had to wave a waiter down multiple times to chase drink/food orders. Unfortunately this is a big turn off for me, shame because the setting and food is lovely.

SB
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely Friday evening meal at Rotorino, we used the 2 courses for £15 offer and it was delicious.

We had a very nice evening! We were very full by the end.

LP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The menu is promising but the food quality wasn't there... every dish was overly spicy, even dishes that shouldn't have been like the steak!

j
London
7 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, ambience and food!

R
London
12 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a nice surprise to find a decent Italian restaurant. When we were told chefs were English we were a bit sceptic but it turned out they knew how to make italian food. Impressed that they hand made bread & pasta. Sauce & flavour were nice too. My Italian friend gave a thumb up so that’s a good sign.

B
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I love the space and vibe in Rotorino and have been quite a few times. It feels a bit secret and is definitely hit the nail on the head of feeling classy but not intimidating. The drinks (good wine list, great cocktails), starters (firsts) and deserts are amazing here. The pasta dishes are good but not outstanding. The last couple if times I've been I've not been bolded over by the main courses. The staff are really friendly and helpful and you can definitely hang out here for a while. It's worth a visit.

c
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place in an overly trendy location that actually doesn't have that many relaxed, classy eating options. Great value for money. A lovely night out.

s
London
11 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fabulous evening celebrating a birthday, good food and amazing service

JR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent meal as always. The pasta was fantastic as was the hangar steak. thanks

L
London
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I am a regular customer of Rotorino because its food is very good and the people who serve are superb. Gloria is lovely. I like Sundays' lunch because the restaurant is not full and quite peaceful. I find the regional dinners a bit too busy but I go because the food is good.

lala Isla

OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Perfect portions for Sunday lunch, really enjoyed the delicious food. Friendly service

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Cavolo Nero pasta was a bit bland
Everything else excellent

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It's one of our favourites and is consistently good making it really reliable. It's really five star but unsurprisingly on a Friday night it's busy so the staff are too hence service 4/5. Quieter nights 5/5.

BD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was lovely, the wine was also very nice considering we ordered from the cheaper end of the menu but the staff and the decor are great. Very friendly and attentive waiting and bar staff and also knowledgeable about what they're serving.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great buzzy vibe on a Saturday night. Food and service were great, as was the house wine, which is really reasonably priced. Everything was delicious but the caponata and pork ragu rotini were particularly outstanding. Will def come again!

L
London
28 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for my birthday. Great place, managed by British but excellent Italian food (and I am Italian!). The pasta with nduja was excellent, really spicy. Meat tasty and cooked well. Cocktails had an interesting kick. Ambiance comfortable and trendy. Friendly staff, good price.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal as usual and lovely service from Gloria

A
London
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I went to Rotorino several times. The cuisine and the value have worsened in the last year, I have to admit.
We had the gnocchetti with sausage and fennel, the meatballs, the roasted peppers and two desserts. The "small" portion of gnocchetti (9.50£!) was barely an entrée, the sauce nothing remarkable. The meatballs were floating in a puddle of an acidic tomato sauce, all they tasted of was cheese and basil. The peppers were good. Desserts were good too. We had a drink each (2 people). 35£ each for that? I don't think so.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service as always. The starters and pasta brilliant.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and great ambience. Staff were amazing to accommodate an on-the-spot booking change to add some friends to our table. Thanks so much!

A
London
18 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

A mix of good, not so good, and excessive cost!
A group of four friends.
Starter was nice. Aperitif drinks were overly expensive as was the rather average bottle of wine which cost £30, and could be bought in Waitrose for £6.99.
Three of us had lamb main course. This was nice.
One had sole, which unfortunately had not been gutted, and we ended up viewing a bowl of really disgusting entrails which was a mega turn off for the rest of us!
On mentioning it to waitress, she said she'd tell the Chef and that was that!
Desserts were ok.
For what we got I felt that £170 total was a lot, and an apology for the dodgy sole would have been nice!

c
London
21 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed an evening meal here. Starting at the bar with engaging cocktail waiter then at our table with charming young waiter - just out of drama college.

Food was tasty though portions quite modest.

Nice atmosphere and good service.

SB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This was my third time at Rotorino but my first 'Roastorino' (their Sunday lunch). The starters (watermelon salad, nettle ravioli, spinach gnudi, aubergine & tomato reginette) were all delightful and very much in keeping with the high standard I'd come to expect. My roast lamb shoulder was sadly a bit on the dry/over-cooked and fatty side while the roast cod was reported as a bit plain. The potatoes & roast fennel on the side were very tasty though, as were the puds (choc cake, salted caramel ice cream). Shame that the main event wasn't quite up to the standard of the other (more traditionally Italian) courses and that the service was a little slow but it was a chilled Sunday vibe, terrific value, delicious starters, sides and puddings and a lovely environment for a catch-up with friends.

t
London
11 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved it -- excellent service, delicious food and wine and lovely setting made for a brilliant evening.

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