SAN LORENZO

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Italian
Iconic, classic Italian restaurant established in 1963 by Lorenzo and Mara Berni. Osteria San Lorenzo opened with nine tables and it was an instant success. It now seats up to 180 with 2 private dining and event areas.


The cuisine was a combination of Tuscan, Piedmontese and Roman influences, which was at once popular with everyone in London. Unchanged by modern trends the food is light and uncomplicated using ancestral recipes whilst constantly introducing innovative seasonal specials.
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LK
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I have no idea what the restaurant was like as it was closed when we arrived! I spoke with a member of staff who came to the door when we knocked and was surprised that Open Table was taking bookings during the afternoon when they didn’t reopen until the evening.

MF
London
8 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

The service level is at best disinterested and unenthusiastic. The tables were all crowed into one area of the restaurant which meant one kept getting bumped as waiters and other guests moved around. It was Valentine's Day so one normally expects some extra effort/spark from the restaurant - there was none. The food was good, but not good enough to compensate for other deficiencies. We wont be going back there

WN
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

A once great venue allowed to die slowly. Awful beyond belief. Please relaunch it!!

RT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and service

AM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

San Lorenzo, in Knightsbridge's Beauchamp Place, is probably my favourite family-run Italian restaurant on the planet. The menu - focusing on classic dishes from Tuscany , Piemonte and Rome - is as good as you are going to find anywhere in Italy itself or outside of that beautiful country in my view. The wine list also reads extremely well ! Round that off with the friendliest welcome from the wonderfully interesting owner Lorenzo and his charming daughter Marina and you are guaranteed a great time. If you are really lucky you may find a special on the menu matching up to their unfussy yet spectacular Coniglio con Polenta - truly a joyous experience. 10/10

C
London
10 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic italian. Not pretentious. Not too expensive. Great selection of classics. Everything i tried was good. Calamari. Courgettes. Mozzarella. Fettuccine al ragu great desserts too.

k
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very relaxed atmosphere. The food was excellent. There was some confusion when we arrived and we were just pointed to the area where our table was. The service was slow but as we were with family over from Los Angeles who we hadn’t seen for two years it didn’t actually matter in this instance.

LC
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere. The service was a bit inconsistent. The food was good, not over the top. It was an enjoyable meal for our last meal in London.

FT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The food was ok when it eventually arrived. It took ages and nobody seemed to care....despite adding 12.5% service charge automatically to the bill. I'm not sure how many times we had to ask for something 3 or 4 times....it got really annoying in the end. They forgot the wine completely , were incapable of bring a bottle of water and had 2 mix-ups with the food. It wasn't even busy....
This place really needs to do better on the service side as if not people will just go elsewhere.

G
London
7 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely great tasty food but presentation from the 80’s

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting daughter in London.

SM
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic lunchtime meal with a client, there was plenty of choice and our waiter was brilliant, as was the food! Really couldn't fault it - highly recommended.

WJ
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place and food is wonderful. Easy to see why it was Princess Diana's favorite restaurant.

p
London
7 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

La comida, muy buena, si bien no se espera menos por el nivel y precio del local. En cambio, el punto más fuerte y positivo de la experiencia fue Álvaro, nuestro camarero que se mostró siempre amable y eficaz, además de dejar muestras permanentes de su buen conocimiento del producto de la carta, lo cual facilitó el buen consejo al momento de comandar.

Ambiente cálido y muy acogedor.

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FN
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Expensive & poor produce & quality served up. Will not recommend or return. Poor experience

AB
London
20 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I booked this restaurant for a birthday meal for a very good friend. We turned up and the restaurant was closed with no notice. This is the 2nd time they have done this. The first was in June when it was an extremely special occasion which had been booked in February. They gave me 2 days notice that the restaurant was closed thus not enabling me to book a similar restaurant elsewhere. When I queried the 20th August booking they said that Open Table was blocked off for their summer holiday which doesnt quite explain why I was receiving confirmation and reminder emails. To say I was disappointd is an understatement.

F
London
12 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The restaurant is stunning to look at with contemporary art on the walls. The menu is quite short but the quality of the food is excellent supported by friendly efficient service. It lacks the buzz of the old days and deserves more customers.

A
Cheshire
3 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Soo disappointed on every level! Confirmed my booking through open table, rang restaurant on night to alter the time, they said they didn’t have a booking for us, but could accommodate us. Wish they hadn’t. Sat upstairs not in the main part of the restaurant. Service terrible, had to ask several times for wine that we’d ordered. Not a relaxing experience. Will never go again!

KH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

The service was not friendly, neither unfriendly, just very cold. The appetizer we requested was No more available (although the restaurant was absolutely empty). So we ordered mozzarella , tomato and basil. We got a plate with a mozzarella that was hard, (like the supermarket type), 4 leaves of basil and a few tomato slices. The pasta was average. All in all it was a disappointing experience after we had heard so much about this restaurant

KP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are good reasons that this long-established, upscale, family-run restaurant that has been a celebrity magnet for decades.

The interior offers a choice of cozy, rather private dining with a garden view, or the bright skylight-lit room that makes you feel as if you are sitting in the gardens as you look out on them. Rest assured that attending a private party is also very special.

The food is exquisitely Italian, in that everything is made from the freshest, most flavorful ingredients and expertly prepared. Handmade pasta and sausages are melt-in-your-mouth delicious, sauces have complexities that linger on the palate. Desserts are what one hopes for at the end of an already ambrosial meal. The seasoned staff are there to help you enjoy every moment whilst under their care.

Proprietress Marina watches over all, her lovely manner and gentle wit setting the tone for this sophisticated venue. I see that San Lorenzo can easily become one’s favourite night out, as both a restaurant and a salon. One wants to linger here.

I know I shall return to San Lorenzo upon each of my subsequent, thrice-yearly visits from the US, and highly recommend it to all.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Absolutely terrible food and the service was worse than awful.

Would never recommend San Lorenzo and never return. And I’m Italian.

TA
London
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The food is no palatable at all! Shame. The Restaurant Owner and Head Chef need to sit down and rethink the menu from scratch.

DB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Nıthing left from the menu
We asked for burrata/sorry
Vine list / 2 slected / sorry

OM
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Valentines day

LC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EXCELLANT meal

MP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food - fabulous wine - fabulous location - fabulous layout - fabulous team and fabulously authentic! So strongly recommended 😀

BO
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding. The service excellent The whole experience was amazing. Will be back again very soon!!

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall3food4service5ambience1

Was disappointed to find an empty restaurant at 7.45 on a Friday evening so severe lack of atmosphere
Food service excellent though

HE
London
34 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Sadly, only 3 tables in use at any one time. Quiet with little or no atmosphere. Attractive decor. Nice service, pretty good food but well over-priced.

e
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

romantic dinner-beautiful restaurant , not the usual fine dining in London, its the ACTUAL fine dining one would expect...exceeded expectations.

TM
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Disappointed. Quiet so service should have been better...
Dover Sole was over done...
Second course came out immediately after the first course which was very off putting as they knew we were in no rush..
No gluten free bread for one of the girls..

A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall4food3service3ambience3

En ningún lado aclararon que lis spagheti a la vongoler eran con ajo y sumamente picante, no los pude comer porque me adormecieron la boca. No se lo recomiendo a quien no le gusta lo picante porque eran por demás de picante. Lo bueno es que tuvieron la decencia de no cobrarlos pero nadie pidió disculpas

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F
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding restaurant- service was excellent. We were in vacations in London and happen to be our son’s birthday so we decided to celebrate at San Lorenzo’s with all the family. Great location, food was fantastic, great selection of wines. Lorenzo came to our table to greet us. What a nice treat- we realized how well known he is. We would come again in our next trip

A
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This used to be a reliable institution. It has sadly gone down hill. The fish was terrible, manky, greasy sole. I will not return.

B
6 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent tasty food in a lovely setting with views of the garden either side of the seating , windows that open to let in breezes . Whilst the food was yummy the servings were on the smallish side . Nice branch ground music

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Birthday. 4 people arrived fir 8-30pm finally served our main course at 10-30... 1.5 hours between courses... no dessert as we would have been there till the morning.

Z
London
14 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall1food1service3ambience1

We visited on New Year’s Eve and the food was lovely. But this time we didn’t enjoy it at all !

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Very poor service. We were rushed to order our food - the waiter then got every person's order wrong and didn't offer to provide us with the food we ordered because the chef had left.

NY
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had dinner at San Lorenzo this week with my husband and our son. We had a delicious meal. The service was also very good.

f
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our most favorite restaurants in London. It is simple Italian food at it's very best in a lovely and elegant yet comfortable setting.