ROVI

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£41 and over
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Mediterranean

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Good Vegetarian Options
Our newest restaurant in Fitzrovia is different to anything we've done in the past. The 85 seat restaurant serves a menu with vegetables at its heart but with a fresh focus on fermentation and cooking over fire. ROVI also features a large central bar with cocktails based on seasonal spices and house shrubs, and a dynamic low-intervention wine list from small producers.

We've teamed up with farmers who are passionate about growing great produce while respecting the environment. Fruit and vegetables will be come directly from biodynamic Brambletye in Sussex, and from Organiclea, a cooperative in East London.

In the center of the room is our bar which is reservable for guests dining with us over the age or 18, or 16 if accompanied by an adult. The rest of our seating is a mixture of standalone and communal tables which can be be converted into a semi private area for up to 10 to 12 guests. To host your event in this area please contact us directly.

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A
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Friendly and attentive service , however I found it a little expensive for what it is .

EB
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sit at the bar for a more casual and fun experience.
Lunch menu, recommend Celariac Shawarma

GR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Brunch menu has limited options for Gluten Free.
Also, they don't offer gluten free bread, even thought they have gluten free pita available (but only for lunch).
After complaining with manager I eventually could have my GF bread on the table.
Portions are not particularly big (above all pancakes, only 2 in the plate).

F
London
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great food and different experience than Ottolenghis other restaurants. Our server only forgot to tell us that there were traces of the bullet in the duck.

EO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Absolutely stunning food, particularly as a vegetarian - so many options! The celeriac and leek dishes were exquisite

DT
London
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Superb food, lovely restaurant with a great atmosphere. Service was very good albeit a little hasty at times but we won’t hold that against them ☺️

b
London
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious brunch, unusual options which made a change from the usual fare. Main dishes were reasonably priced although smaller options were on the pricey side (very expensive croissant!). They also accommodated our baby, providing a high chair and storing our buggy in the office. Would definitely come back.

Y
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Loved it. The jalapeno cornbread was amazing. Highly recommend.

KJ
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The welcome and the ambiance were great and so was the food
The waiters attention to detail wasn’t as great although they were charming

T
London
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and delicious food - recommend the octopus delicious

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Wir waren sehr gespannt auf das Abendessen im ROVI, da wir leidenschaftliche Ottolenghi-Hobbyköche sind. Unsere Erwartungen wurden jedoch nur zum Teil erfüllt. Das Ambiente war nett, der Geräuschpegel in Ordnung und der Service bemüht. Jedoch war unser Aufenthalt sehr offensichtlich zeitlich getaktet und das Personal schien dazu angehalten, dass die Gäste eine Mindestanzahl an Gerichten bestellen. Insgesamt fanden wir das Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis nicht ausgewogen.

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MF
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience4

I love Ottolenghi but the service was extremely rushed, we had asked for the traditional service (starters and then a main course) but our main courses arrived before we had finished the starters. When we finished the main course, the waiter had already asked if we wanted desert and coffee, we ordered desert and said we would like to order coffee after the desert, the waiter said he was foi g to “check” If this was possible. It was all very rushed.
The decaffeinated coffee was horrible, we had to send it back. The food was good.

C
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Expectations were high. Like Ottolenghi's recipes. But, very disappointed. Food was mediocre - the tempura vegetables were pathetic. Overpriced and bland food.

AR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience2

I have visited twice before and been blown away by both the food and the service.

Unfortunately the service was a real let down this time. When asked if the meat was halal or kosher, we were told it wasn't, but that they use very fine cuts of meat (not particularly helpful for one of our party). The meal felt rushed with too little time between courses, culminating in us being told our table was needed by another party and that we could finish our deserts at the bar.

The exceptional lobster crumpets promised by the website had been replaced with prawn crumpets, which lacked any real wow factor (according to our waiter, because lobster is out of season). The octopus, on the other hand, was outstanding, as were the deserts.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, excellent service and delicious, unique food

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AP
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderful service as always! Kindly offered additional pillows for my aching pregnancy back and really made sure I felt comfortable!

g
London
183 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience2

The food at Rovi is flavoursome, but perhaps too convoluted. Broccoli was so al dente you couldn’t even cut it with a sharp knife. Biggest downside for us is the closeness of the tables, such that you can barely get through to sit down & conversations on either side can be clearly heard. Wines are very expensive, & all in all, for what you get, this is a very over-priced restaurant.

MB
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and 2 friends were in London to see a show and to stay for 2 days. We were recommended to go the ROVI for a meal. Booked a table and had a fantastic evening and a lovely meal. Would go there again.

AB
Kent
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Expensive and poor wine list. Some great dishes - must try celeriac kebab!

NS
London
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was quite rich. Really struggled to understand the waitress. Wine recommended was sent back. Didn’t love it as much as we thought we would.

GN
London
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, expect it was a very cold breeze sitting in the bar.

D
London
23 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always excellent food. The tempura herbs still a favourite. Immensely delicious flavour combinations. Service this time was superb.

IL
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Interesting combinations of flavours. Great service. Not cheap but you get what you pay for.

EP
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lots of amazing flavours. Very good service. Nice selection of wines and cocktails. A bit noisy to my taste. Will definitely go back !

AA
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic Sunday afternoon lunch experience at ROVI where Freddy and the team gave us excellent service and the food was amazing. Will definitely go again and will recommend to friends.

T
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Unfortunately not the experience we were hoping for! It’s such a shame coz the food was lovely but the staff were rushed of their feet and therefore inattentive! It felt like an airport restaurant instead of a high end eatery
Maybe a few less covers and a few more staff would be advisable

M
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was excellent, full of flavour. One observation, though, was that there was little in the way of veggie protein. But what there was, was really imaginative and superbly presented.

AR
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Having been before I found the food was less good. No lobster crumpet so we tried the prawn but they were quite well done and the prawn filling no where near as good. Mallard duck was fine but the pancakes were quite cold, shame. Otherwise enjoyed the experience.

AJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ottolenghi does not disappoint - the flavours are huge and delicious and the choice is fantastic, especially the veggie stuff but the standouts were the prawn crumpets, the celeriac (the clue was in the wifi code), the leeks with sage (how do they do that to the humble leek??) and the haddock to share with dreamy curry sauce. The only down side was the price of the wine - nothing really under £40.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very positive!

s
London
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We were a little rushed - the 1.5hrs slot before 6 seems a bit pressured, but one of the staff (tall gentleman) spotted it and invited us to take a bar stool at the window to enjoy a final drink. So we ordered champagne! And stayed for a bit. Food amazing

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food! And the staff was wonderful and helpful. Wish there was a place in Sweden like this! I recommend this place to everyone!

J
London
7 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An amazing cuisine! We tried most dishes and each one was a culinary experience in its own right. Well done!

Only slightly negative comment I would make relates to the chocolate fondant- less saffron pls as I thought it was overpowering the fondant.

A wonderful experience- thank you!

MK
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and staff were very friendly. Will definitely go there again in my next visit to London.

MH
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful evening at Rovi, loved the food, great service and beautiful restaurant. A dream came true for this Ottolenghi fan!

m
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's not cheap but the care and love that goes into the inventive dishes makes for an incredible meal. Staff were hard-working but friendly. Usually at this standard of restaurant the staff can be a bit snobby but not at Rovi. They were friendly and patient, nothing was too much trouble.

AS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes it was an amazing experience would love to go there every day for breakfast

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience1

The food was amazing and my friend and I loved everything we ordered.

However the service wasn’t great. I arrived early and was forced a menu into my hands when I was taking my jumper off, the format for ordering was whispered to us, no extra drinks were offered, and the door lady rudely told us we had to leave or move in 15 minutes which was fine, but we had finished, and instead of asking how long we would be it felt like she was telling us off. As the tables are ridiculously close to each other, where to even get to a bench seat is a struggle if you’re larger than a size 10, the waiter wiped the table next to us and accidentally knocked the candle on the floor and hot wax covered my jeans, and my friends new leather boots and coat. So we spent the next ten minutes wiping hot wax off our clothes. But not to worry they got their table back on time. Definitely wouldn’t recommend unless they do takeaway.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing bartenders advising us on the food. Great ambiance and perfect food!

R
London
13 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The ambience and the service was really great. Food was good too (I enjoyed the focus on pickling techniques!), however, compared with the usual high quality Ottolenghi offers, this wasn’t as tasty. Some of the dishes weren’t as balanced as I would expect them. Also, a lot of Indian spices dominated the food and one cannot tell that from reading the menu. An aperitif cocktail at the start of the meal was quite watery and average tasting for the cost of it. Overall, I would say the meal was too overpriced for the quality it delivers. I wouldn’t mind paying more if the quality was better but it was quite average.