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Volta Do Mar, London, United Kingdom

Volta Do Mar

4.8
4.8
456 Reviews
£26 to £40
Portuguese
Volta do Mar is the culmination of a journey of discovery the founders - Isabel and Simon - made over many years. They traced their family-history through food and travel, learning how people and culture integrated and inter-married across continents and over distant seas. What they discovered on that journey was an idea that later became a restaurant - Volta do Mar – meaning; to return from the sea.

Our menus at Volta do Mar showcase the delicious regional cuisine of Portugal and celebrate the international culinary confluences from its trading past. We cook Portuguese classics and dishes from the countries and places along its former trade routes, touching on Brazil, Cape Verde, Angola, Mozambique, Goa, Macau and Japan. We want to celebrate the diversity and interconnection of Portuguese food and culture across the globe.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Portuguese, African, Global, International
  • Hours of Operation
    Sat 12:00–22:00 Sun 12:00–21:00 Lunch Tue–Fri 12:00–14:30 Dinner Tue–Fri 17:00–22:00
  • Phone number
    020 3051 2352
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    At Volta do Mar we have a beautiful Private Dining Room - our Kitchen Table - accessed through the kitchen. The space can accommodate groups of 8 to 14. It is completely private and has its own AV facilities.
  • Private party contact
    our Private Dining Coordinator: 020 3034 0028
  • Area
    Chelsea
  • Cross Street
    100 Draycott Avenue SW3 3AD
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    London Underground stops: South Kensington
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 456 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • London

    Best Overall

  • London

    Best Service

  • South West London

    Best Overall

  • South West London

    Best Food

  • South West London

    Best Service

  • South West London

    Best Ambience

456 Reviews
  1. MfromHK

    London

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was fabulous - the food was so unique and amazingly well presented; the service was at the right level - not in your face at all but so friendly and couldn’t do enough for us …we will be back …soon !!

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  2. CraigB

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Disappointed with the food, nothing spectacular for the price.

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  3. Marcella

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, people and ambience. Very child-friendly too. The service is a bit slow, though.

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  4. NickC

    London

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Absolutely delicious, excellent seafood, great sauces and impeccable service. We will be back 😋

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  5. MagdaG

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, service and ambience. We had a lovely dinner !!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I recently took some clients for lunch and the food and service were both great.

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  7. Aoife

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fantastic lunch at Volta do Mar. The food was delicious and the presentation was great!

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  8. Rudy

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely setting with delicious food and inspired wine choices. Great service also.

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  9. Anonanon

    London

    41 reviews

    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service excellent. Food mostly very good, especially the mackerel. Did not enjoy the burger and it was poor value for money.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, great service and very cozy atmosphere

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  11. RSRS

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never a disappointment! Fantastic food. My partner and I make sure we dine here each time we visit London. We can not wait until or next experience!

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  12. IsabelA

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fantastic!! The food was superb! Cultural and beautifully complexed plates catered to everyones paladar. Delicious drinks and amazing staff!! Will be definitely returning !!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been to many London restaurants and this by far tops the chart. Me and my partner decided to take a stroll through Sloane square and by chance we went on open table and decided upon this restaurant and it did not disappoint. The food was excellent, the service even better. I was blown away.

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  14. Raphaeld

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Authentic food from around the global Portuguese diaspora. Served with love and pride.

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  15. globaldiner

    London

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Newly opened Volta Do Mar is a hugely welcome addition to the local restaurant scene - warm, friendly welcome, exceptionally good food, a very well chosen wine list and a stylish interior. It’s become an instant local favourite of ours.

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  16. Scotland

    London

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic restaurant, food and wine. Great welcome from Isabel. Highly recommend!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Warm and friendly staff, great fish dishes and pleasant ambience. Slightly difficult to find from the street as awning hides name

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  18. CarysM

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Small select menu - always a good sign! Looking forwards to going back.

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  19. LuisR

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good service , staff very attentive and friendly . Amazing food

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  20. supermags

    London

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great discovery in South Kensington. Homely feel but very good food. We shared various courses on the menu and were consistenty impressed. Two of the favourites were the chicken wings, the fish and prawn stew and the fruit tart dessert.

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  21. CliveP

    Dublin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb cuisine at this Portuguese influenced restaurant that has recently moved from Covent Garden to a smaller, more intimate, location. Service is exceptional, as is the quality of the food. A small menu means that the food is cooked to perfection. Sensibly priced. Recommended.

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  22. archimedes

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Neighbourhood gem with a small and friendly team of staff who genuinely want you to love every aspect of dining here. The food, Portuguese bass notes with flavours and sauces inspired by former Portuguese colonies around the world, is a joy, different from anything you might have had before, and plentiful. Particularly recommend the Grilled Prawns 'Laurentina', I have never had better.

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  23. ChrisB

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful find in its new location. Food was excellent, service attentive and a very nice ambience. Highly recommend.

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  24. KarenK

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food and ambiance. Would recommend however is a bit pricey.

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  25. DavidK

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious, a bit different from the photos we saw online which definitely don’t do it justice. Lots of herbs and spices and we enjoyed everything we tried. There was a mix up with one of the orders and we got the Piri piri chicken Instead of the fish but the owner gave us free deserts (also delicious) which more than compensated for the mistake. Had a bottle of Florão and two shots of port which went well with main courses and dessert respectively

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  26. CJACK

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Recent addition to the Chelsea restaurant scene. Visited early evening pre Cadogan concert when restaurants closer to the venue were booked out. Soft shell crab burger and fish stew were flawless. Fantastic Portuguese wine very similar to a red burgundy. Very attentive service. Only 10 mins from Cadogan so will make this my new pre concert stop.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very tasteful, very good, very subtle, very good service

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food along with caring and friendly service!

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  29. Judy

    Cambridge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 March 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful food and a charming waiter. Particularly liked the arroz verde: delicious!

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  30. PaulB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Charming service, simple but delicious food. Definitely going back

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  31. Bobo

    London

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 14 March 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I would keep going back some day they don’t have all the food on the menu and the wine is missing some bottles but this is the times we live in and i still have a soft for this resturant

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  32. JoeM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food, amazing service, wonderful atmosphere

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  33. JamesP

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely spot with great food and service. It’s becoming a regular spot for me.

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  34. Janelle

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 8 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful small place with thoughtful touches like art carrying out Portuguese and diaspora theme. Excellent pork loin and eggplant curry. Great Portuguese wines

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  35. RuthB

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 March 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A lovely atmosphere, delicious food and very friendly staff. Highly recommended, I would definitely go back.

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  36. rowcharlesi

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 3 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice staff. Very good food. We will be back. Like most places these days, a bit understaffed so took a bit longer than desired and servers were busy so didn’t feel like we were being taken care of.

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  37. Pete

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great. Service a bit slow, but nice friendly relaxed atmosphere.

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  38. Stephan

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderfull food. We highly recommend. And the prices are reasonable.

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  39. Raphaeld

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Wine took a while to come and think main course was missing rice

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  40. JonathanG

    London

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Portuguese food. Nice independent family restaurant. Avoid Cote and the bland chains: this is distinctive stylish food. A great evening

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Volta Do Mar is rated 4.8 stars by 456 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for Volta Do Mar

100 Draycott Ave, London, United Kingdom SW3 3AD

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    100 Draycott Avenue SW3 3AD
  • Area
    Chelsea
  • Hours of Operation
    Sat 12:00–22:00 Sun 12:00–21:00 Lunch Tue–Fri 12:00–14:30 Dinner Tue–Fri 17:00–22:00
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Portuguese, African, Global, International
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    London Underground stops: South Kensington
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    020 3051 2352
  • Private party facilities
    At Volta do Mar we have a beautiful Private Dining Room - our Kitchen Table - accessed through the kitchen. The space can accommodate groups of 8 to 14. It is completely private and has its own AV facilities.
  • Private party contact
    our Private Dining Coordinator: 020 3034 0028
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