ROVI

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Mediterranean
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  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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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JB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

The food and people were very nice, also the homemade ice tea was brilliant. Just the noise level was frustrating, this is no place to eat and have fun, sounds more like a school cafetaria. We prefer a smaller Ottolenghi place.

TS
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Booking via the Internet went well. We arrived well before time and were offered a very uncomfortable chair outside on the pavement for a drink. Our table was not available at the allocated time. What happens in inclement weather, as there is no overhead canopy? The staff are very obliging, but in retrospect inadequate numbers to maintain the accelerated tempo necessary to achieve 3 sittings of an evening. ( Saturday ) The food is excellent, but not everyone is into the current " sharing " fetisch. A table of six will of necessity not eat as quickly as smaller groups.
Although we were assured there would be compensation for the delayed starting time, it is no exaggeration to say we were all but unceremoniously " thrown "out when our alloted time 9 plus ) was up, effectively ruining an otherwise enjoyable evening. For some clients the presence of a sommelier might be of use to assist in choosing appropriate wines for this excellent food. In reply to the usual question - Would I go back ? Yes, but with reservation.

M
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We were really looking forward to eating at ROVI. The food met our expectations. However, we found the waitress a little pushing to take a starter. And within an hour we were outside again. Still we were happy we went there.

L
Warwickshire
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely early dinner - wonderful to discover new delicious ways with produce easily available in the UK. Atmosphere is great - bright and smart. Young and old enjoyed , highly recommended

S
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved ROVI. Wonderful experience. Food was amazing. Waitress was so helpful. Had such a good time.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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MF
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Restaurant was pretty cold (airco?), food was nice and service was also good

F
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I almost never review anything unless u have a serious complaint, but Rovi is so impressive I have to recommended it. I was at Nopi two weeks ago and found the experience identical. Fantastically flavourful and surprisingly savoury sharing plates. Love these restaurants.

m
London
55 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

We got told that we had to leave the table before they even finished serving us the food that we ordered.... That kind of ruined the mood. No one told us it was a timed slot and it was less than 2 hours....
Food was average. Though my impression could be tainted by the experience.

F
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous lunch here , the service was excellent and the food delicious. The desserts were bigger than we expected and we ordered 3 for £15 , great value if a little greedy on our part!

C
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

A good restaurant with an attractive formula of sheering the food. In general the food was very good though one of our main courses where a bit dissapointing (the vegetarian Jeruzalem mix lacked the subtility of the other dishes). It was a bit noisy when the restaurant was full but the staff was very friendly.

JP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was excellent with good advice from the staff on ingredients and potential choices. Cocktails were very interesting and could have easily been repeated. However the one downside was with the service as the cocktails went missing as did the desert wine. There seemed to be a conflict of interest for the bar staff in serving clients at the bar and preparing drinks for those seated at the tables. Perhaps the problem could be solved by a separation of responsibilities.

MF
New England
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a little glitch in terms of seating but very quickly remedied and management was over the top on it. I loved everything we had to eat. Highly recommend this hot spot.

JW
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal cuisine, terrific for vegetarians. Each dish delighted us beyond our expectations. I cannot wait to go back.

JB
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If we could give 6 stars, we would! Food was divine. Life-changing butter beans. Most wonderful service from Frederico and George. We couldn’t stop laughing. Would fly over from Canada just to eat here again!!

SB
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent choices of small plates means you can try more dishes which are imaginatively put together. I loved the lobster roll, ribs and celeriac shwarma. Attentive service and laid bustle but relaxed vibe. Would go again.

V
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What can one say about Chef Ottolenghi! His recipes are just superb

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and attentive service. Nice ambience. Food is very tasty everything was good with interesting spices and very colorful on the plate. Total bill was very reasonable for quality of food and cocktails. Would definitely come back.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was exceptional! And our waiter franco was amazing!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delights. Great experience at the bar. Staff was great and did not yell or cuss at me in public

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully cosy atmosphere and excellent food and service.

c
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Celeriac shawarma, Jerusalem vegetarian mixed grilled, frangipane served on a leaf, simply heaven on a plate, it does not get any yummier!

b
London
10 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

This was the MOST terrible experience. The waitress revelled in the pretentious charade of explaining every dish on the menu in the most irritating manor and without knowledge or sincerity. She then disappeared and thereafter it was impossible to get her attention. The food was served by the kitchen staff which was fine but where was our waitress? Invisible. It took a lot of effort to order further bottles of win and a glass of wine to 20 minutes to appear. It was utterly ghastly and made worse that the entire evening was a thank you to colleagues and also a birthday party.
Never never ever again and I only love 2 minutes away. Ghastly

CD
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First visit to Rovi. We sat at the bar area and were well looked after by the staff. Food was fantastic and we had a wonderful evening. I would recommend and am looking forward to returning.

C
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, service couldn’t have been better and the food and drinks were exceptional!

AP
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Very unique and wonderful flavours! Plus (surprisingly) the best coffee I had in London. Lovely service too!

FD
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious with cracking service.
Fantastic menu with many many vegetarian dishes AND tasty meat options too, the hogget ribs deserve a special mention, sticky gorgeousness.

SW
London
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was excellent. Service was poor. The server forgot one of our dishes and looked rather put out when we mentioned this. No apology. Also, on the final bill, we noticed two butter bean dishes at zero cost. We think these were supposed to be brought as a complimentary appetizer, but we did not receive them (the table next to us did). The person serving us was dour throughout.

l
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall experience was fantastic.
Great food, friendly service, good value.
I will definitely be back!!

MP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and the service was delightful. The maître’d was particularly lovely.

C
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal, great range of veggie and vegan food in a relaxed setting. Really delicious food, highly recommend! We’ll definitely be back.

M
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The peaches were to die for. Yum

SM
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

We had a mixed experience at Rovi. The food was outstanding but the service was disappointing. When we sat down at the bar at 3:30pm we asked our waiter how many dishes he would recommend ordering. We were told to start with 4 and if we wanted we could order more. While we were eating our dishes we were thinking of ordering 1 more dish. We were then told by the waiter that the kitchen had closed at 4pm with the time now being 4:10pm. We found this very surprising considering he hadn’t told us this when we sat down and even told us we could order more dishes if we liked.
Shortly after this the fire alarm went off and we had to evacuate the building. I understand this is not the restaurants fault. After standing in the street for 30 mins we were allowed to return. Our half drunk drinks and dessert still sitting at our table. When we asked for the bill I was at least expecting the drinks or dessert would have been removed from the bill due the inconvenience and the fact they had sat there for 30 mins. Unfortunately this wasn’t the case. Only after I told the waiter I was surprised at least the drinks hadn’t been removed did he do this.
Loved the food and decor in the restaurant, disappointed with the service at a restaurant of this standard. We might have just been unlucky with the waiter we had.

OT
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food.
Great staff.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible as always !

SP
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service , lovely people, orange wine, all wonderful

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe and very kind service! My favorite Ottolenghi restaurant in London.

AS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our evening at Rovi. Food was delicious, wine list excellent and ambience great. Wonderful experience for fans of the Ottelinghi cookbooks!

PH
London
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really novel experience and great to see the links to where the food is grown and the wine made. The staff were also very knowledgeable about the dishes.

J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sick food! Amazing flavours! Great looking chefs! Loved the floor staffs especially Cesar! The small manager with the beard was also really friendly and warm, shall be coming back!

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