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Villa Mama's London

4.5
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45 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Middle Eastern
Inspired by world travels and the memories collected from them, Chef Roaya Saleh opened the first Villa Mamas in Bahrain as an extension of her own kitchen. In September of 2017, we opened in London to share the warmth of Khaleeji food and hospitality with an international audience.

At VML, you will be able to taste traditional Bahraini and Gulf dishes with a twist. We like to think of ourselves as a Middle Eastern style, Mediterranean, Persian and Fusion cuisine.
From starters like creamy, smooth Hummus, mains like our fan favourite Tahcheen or Mozat Laham to our Saffron Rice dessert and more, you'll be sure to fall in with the flavours of Villa Mamas.

Join us daily for Happy Hour 4PM - 7PM and enjoy 50% off drinks! (*some restrictions apply)
Join us daily until 30/09/2020 and take part of Eat Out To Help Out for 50% off food (*up to £10 pp)

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks

Offers

Dine Local: 50% off food and non-alcoholic drinks up to £10

Sep 23-30, 2020·Daily 13:00-16:00

Dine Local: 50% off food and non-alcoholic drinks up to £10

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

Sun 1:00PM - 9:15PM
Mon - Fri 4:00PM - 9:15PM
Sat 1:00PM - 9:15PM

50% Off Drinks at Happy Hour

Aug 26, 2020-Sep 30, 2020·Daily 16:00-19:00

Enjoy 50% off our drinks daily from 4PM to 7PM

What 45 People Are Saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a lovely restaurant with great staff and ambience (especially the outdoor seating if the weather is nice). Food is expensive for sure but in line with other restaurants in the area - while price is high, it is delicious and portion sizes are great. Would definitely recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the grilled halibut, tamarind sauce was amazing!

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TahaniA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Lovely waitress

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Ann85
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was nice & service were nice. Menus was quite limited, some portions were surprisingly small (the spinach (sapzi I think) dish with meat was £22 for a tiny bowl) with red kidney beans, alternative to the original recipe of black-eye beans (quite disappointing).
whereas, other portions were moderate. Quite overpriced for what they offered, wouldn’t go back again tbh, it’s ok for a one off.

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PETERG
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Superb food and service......... ............ 👍👍👍💕💕💕💕💕🥂🥂🥂🥂🥂🥂

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

While the food was good and the Service satisfactory, I was disappointed with some elements such as the very poor and overpriced coffee.

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MoaadT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. Great flavours
Small tables make it a little uncomfortable. Especially outside

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ReemaA
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and quantity is quite large one dish could be enough to share for two people.

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fozlin
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience3

The restaurant had an aesthetic, minimalistic, middle-eastern decor with an outdoor seating area, also the food was average. However, I would not say it was worth the total cost. It was overly priced even with the eat out to help out scheme, furthermore, an additional compulsory service charge of greater than 12.5% was added to the bill. Also, it was mentioned that there was going to be 50% off on drinks between 4-7 pm however, later to realize it was only on alcoholic drinks, this was misleading as it did not specify online. Lastly, the location is not the most ideal as it is in a residential area and around a 10 min walk from South Kensington station. Unforutaley, due to these factors I will not be returning again.

Villa Mama's London
Responded on 25 August 2020

Hello, we are sorry to hear you were not completely satisfied with your experience at VML. Please know that the service charge is not compulsory and you can opt out at any point. We believe our food is far above average, we prepare our food using fresh, high quality ingredients, this being reflected in our pricing. Non alcoholic drinks are discounted with Eat Out To Help Out Mon-Wed which is why you were told they're not part of the Happy Hour deal. We do hope to see you again! Your VML Team

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Diya
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, Excellent service. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Awesome meal - really took care of my mum and I on her birthday. Thank you guys!

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Meeshi
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious. Felt v safe covid-wise, nice airy restaurant, lovely waiters, really enjoyable evening.

Villa Mama's London
Responded on 25 August 2020

Hi Meeshi, thank you for your lovely review. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your time at VML and we look forward to see you again in the near future! Your VML team

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HessahA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, interiors were relaxed and service was good. Definitely coming back again!

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TeresaS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, great staff. One of my favorite in London! 100% recommend!

Villa Mama's London
Responded on 24 May 2020

Hello Teresa, Thank you for your review! We look forward to hosting you again hopefully in the near future! We are currently offering delivery and take-away if you're craving VML!

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vipMashail
London
8 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

We were a party of 5 and were given a table next to the door (Tho there were better tables in warmer corners available). The manager kept opening the door and leaving it open while we were eating.
We have visited Villa Mamas twice, and each time the main courses come before the tables are cleared from the starters.
The food is amazing and worth coming for. However the staff lack the basic skills of hospitality. The manager in particular.

Villa Mama's London
Responded on 24 May 2020

Hi Mashail, thank you for your review. We are sorry you were placed next to the door. We always do our best to make our guests comfortable however, sometimes, tables are blocked off for reservations leaving us little to work with. Nonetheless, we apologise for the inconvenience and we are very happy to hear you still enjoyed our food! We will pass along your comments to management as we are always looking to improve. We hope to see you again and, in the meantime, know that we offer delivery!

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ClaireB
London
14 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A wonderful lunch! Perfect place for a catch up - nice and cosy and neither quiet nor loud - with exquisitely flavoured and presented food. We over-ordered - could have split the main between 4! - but we greedily scooped almost everything up and made space for a delicious rice pudding too. Excellent service, very friendly and just the right level of attentiveness. What a gem of a place! Definitely my new go-to place.

Villa Mama's London
Responded on 24 May 2020

Hello Claire, thank you for your lovely review! We look forward to hosting you again hopefully in the near future! We will pass along your positive comments to our team. We are currently offering delivery and take-away if you're craving VML!

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vipMashail
London
8 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taste of back home

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience1

The food no good and no frish

Villa Mama's London
Responded on 24 May 2020

Hello, We are sorry you did not enjoy our food. We cook everything fresh daily using seasonal and organic ingredients. We do hope you will come back so we can change your mind!

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Mark
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

poor choice of dishes. little veg options.
food below average did not taste much

Villa Mama's London
Responded on 28 February 2020

Hello Mark, Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry you were disappointed with your experience at VML. We pride ourselves in the quality of the food and service we offer to our guests and strive to be well above average. If you could reach out to us and reference this review, one of our managers would be happy to talk to you about your visit. We do hope to see you again as we are sure you will not leave disappointed once more. We look forward to hearing from you. Your VML Team

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AbdullahA
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was average
To expensive
And the kids not allowed rule is annoying, specially for traditional restaurant. I've heard alot about the restaurant it is below my expectation

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Abdullah

Villa Mama's London
Responded on 28 February 2020

Dear Abdullah, Thank you for your review. We are sorry you were not completely satisfied with your experience. We pride ourselves in the quality of food we offer and strive to be well above average. Please know that our food is made from fresh, seasonal ingredients and this is reflected in the price. We are located in lovely Chelsea, a beautiful yet expensive neighbourhood and you will find that our pricing is on par, if not lower than most restaurants in the area. We hope to see you again! VML

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DaleR
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing we’re recommending it to everyone that we meet!

Villa Mama's London
Responded on 28 February 2020

Hello Dale, Thank you for your review! We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your experience with us! We hope to see you again very soon. Your VML Team

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

Villa Mama's London
Responded on 28 February 2020

Thank you for your review! We hope to see you again very soon! Your VML Team

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We truly enjoyed our meal at Villa Mama’s. The food was fantastic. We ordered theIr specialty dishes. We really enjoyed our Lebanese wine and the service was impeccable.

Villa Mama's London
Responded on 28 February 2020

Thank you for you review! We are delighted to hear you had a positive experience with us. We hope to see you again very soon! Your VML Team

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HannaLW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was exceptional. The service was good, but we were quite upset about them removing the plates before we were actually done, even though it was clearly visible that we were not done yet.

Villa Mama's London
Responded on 28 February 2020

Dear Hanna, Thank you for your review. We apologise for the removal of the plates, it is not in accordance to the standards of service we strive to provide our guests and staff have been reminded of this. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed our food and do look forward to welcoming you again in the near future! VML

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant as usual i really recommend it to everyone

Villa Mama's London
Responded on 28 February 2020

Thank you for your review! We hope to see you again soon. Your VML Team

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AldanaA
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Limited menu, not delicious, the chicken was very hard to cut and eat 👎, I will not visit it again ever

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BudourM
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The prices were really too expensive for the portions provided.

Villa Mama's London
Responded on 13 January 2020

Hello, Thank you for your review. We’re happy to hear you enjoyed our food! Please note that our food is made fresh in house daily and our prices reflect that. We’re also located in a lovely but expensive neighbourhood and you will find that our prices are on par with, if not cheaper, than most of the other restaurants that operate in our area. We do hope to see you again in the near future! Your VML Team

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Food was great but the service was very slow + we found a hair in our pasta..

Villa Mama's London
Responded on 13 January 2020

Hello, Thank you for your review. We take take all feedback seriously and apologise for the incident. If you could reach out to us, a manager would be happy to discuss this further with you. We do not believe we are a one star restaurant and hope to see you again in the future so you can experience the true VML experience we pride ourselves in. Your VML Team

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurant in London ❤️
The food os really delicious and tasty 👌🏽

Villa Mama's London
Responded on 13 January 2020

Hello, Thank you for your kind review! We are delighted to hear we are one of your favourites and hope to see you again very soon! Your VML Team

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vipfatmag
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is yummy, however, we had one dish that was not freshly cooked. Also, food is too pricey.

Villa Mama's London
Responded on 13 January 2020

Hello, We’re happy to hear you enjoyed our food! We address all feedback and one of our managers would be happy to talk to you about the dish in question. We take pride in the fact that our food is made fresh in house daily and our chefs make all of our dishes fresh for each order. When factoring in our organic ingredients and the lovely, yet expensive neighbourhood we are located in, you'll find our pricing on par if not cheaper than most restaurants in our area. We hope to see you again soon!

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SvenjaD
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the drinks could be bigger for the price but it was definitely worth the visit!

Villa Mama's London
Responded on 13 January 2020

Hello, Thank you very much for your review! We will take your feedback into consideration. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your experience with us and look forward to seeing you again soon! VML

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QATM
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They refused to give us our table that we booked week ago because i arrived a total of 10 minutes late. Everywhere else they give you 15 minutes window.
The ladys excuse was we waited FIVE minutes so we gave your table away because we are very popular.

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Raja
London
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I usually love eating at villa mamas especially the one in Bahrain and I was so excited to visit your branch in London however it didn’t turn out the way I wished I wanted to eat one of your grilled chicken dishes but it turns out it wasn’t on your Christmas menu which heads up I didn’t like especially the idea of not being able to order anything that wasn’t in that menu like I’m a very picky eater and I couldn’t eat anything on that menu but what if someone is sick and can’t eat something from that menu or what if they are allergic or what if they were vegan or vegetarian like I understand the whole it’s really Crowded and full so we wanted to stick to a few dishes and all that but it’s just unfair people come from far places to eat your food and this is what you give them a limited choice. Another thing I wanted to address was the fact that you restaurant is so small you should really expand there is barely any space to move around and walk. I also wanted to address the lighting situation I could barley see what I was doing it was so dark and candles aren’t gonna help you should really get more lights. Lastly I wanted to address the WiFi common 20 minutes of WiFi only like what is someone gonna do with that it’s a really bad idea. In conclusion I would definitely not recommend the London branch to anyone in fact if I do tell them about if I would talk trash only however I would definitely recommend the Bahrain branch to a few friends and family because I do really like the Bahrain one more

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AbdullaA
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I booked a table in the Christmas day a week before and i shocked when i arrived that there is set menu which no one inform me about it .

Villa Mama's London
Responded on 28 December 2019

Hello, We are sorry to hear this. Our Open Table page advertised this set menu; during the booking process, you would have seen this message and your booking confirmation email would have also included this information. Additionally, please know that we tried to call and confirm every reservation for Christmas Day. We do not believe we deserve a one star rating for this. However, we apologise you were disappointed and hope to see you again on another occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Small place and slow service

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Ahmad
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was super delicious but there is a mouse on the ground playing between the tables.

Villa Mama's London
Responded on 13 January 2020

Hello Ahmad, Thank you for your review. Please know that our restaurant is constantly inspected and we are or were not aware of any mice in the restaurant around the time of your visit as we did not receive any other complaints. Since receiving your review, our team has been extra vigilant and no incidents of the sort were reported. Thank you for your positive review, we are happy to hear you enjoyed your meal with us! We hope to see you again in the near future. Your VML Team

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omoric
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The starters was not worth it, the portion was very small and too expensive. Food is OK, but not a lot of variety.

Also, I was shocked when they asked us to leave the restaurant at 10:56 pm, they gave us 5 mins to leave.

Villa Mama's London
Responded on 7 December 2019

Hello, Thank you for your review. We are sorry you found our starter portions too small. Do know that our menu is methodically crafted with a few of our most popular dishes. Due to the small size of our restaurant, we do the best we can. Please note that we do close at 10:00 PM and are obligated to vacate the premises by a certain hour. We hope to see you again soon! VML

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you👌🏾

Villa Mama's London
Responded on 13 January 2020

Hello, Thank you for your review! We hope to see you again soon. Your VML Team

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Olivier
London
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely team and delicious food. We really enjoyed our evening. The degustation menu was a great experience. We now have our favorite dishes. We can’t wait to come back. Thank you :)

Villa Mama's London
Responded on 13 January 2020

Dear Olivier, Thank you for your kind review. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your experience with us and are looking forward to seeing you again soon! Your VML Team

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vipcarolap
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food very nice staff lovely restaurant l. Would defiantly reccomend

Villa Mama's London
Responded on 21 November 2019

Hello, Thank you very much for your review. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us! We hope to see you again soon. Your VML Team

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FAQs

Villa Mama's London does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo and Uber Eats. Villa Mama's London also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 3034 0777.

Villa Mama's London is rated 4.5 stars by 45 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.