Spaghetti House Cranbourn Street

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90 reviews
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Italian
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  • Casual
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Among the best of the West End’s Italian restaurants – of which there are many – Spaghetti House occupies a central position on busy Cranbourn Street just off of Leicester Square. The ideal position for a good meal after work or before hitting the big screen, the Spaghetti House is lively yet relaxed with good service from efficient staff and an attractive décor to make the most of the unusual building it calls home, and the immense amount of light which floods in from all sides. Traditionally Italian from start to finish, the Spaghetti House menu includes a host of pasta dishes and delicious wood-fired pizzas, as well as authentically prepared meat and fish dishes.
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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place

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EM
London
14 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I haven't eaten in a Spaghetti House restaurant for quite some years but came across this one in Cranbourn Street when needing a meal pre-theatre. I really wan't sure what we'd get but we were very pleased with the choice. The staff were very helpful and responded to our need for speed. We chose to have the small portions of two pasta dishes with side salads. The food was good and it was possible to have a small carafe of wine that suited our needs. I wish more Italian restaurants would offer smaller dishes of pasta as they are too often quite overwhelming in size. When I asked about a specific wine I was given a taste, which doesn't always happen in chain restaurants. Overall it turned out to an ideal choice. The restaurant isn't enormous, so the noise levels are quite low. There is a basement as well as the ground floor.

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q
London
25 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good quality food and good kids menu

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RD
London
9 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Better than expected. Really delicious food and very nice staff who were friendly and worked well to make it a great experience.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reservation made but not recognized at restaurant from open table. Sat us within 15 minutes however as family of 5. Outstanding food and charming atmosphere. Love the windows and decor yet feels like dining at a friends home too.

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TC
New England
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our reservation was ready even though we were a bit early. Our waiter was great. We had a lovely meal.

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RB
London
8 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Spaghetti Houses have been around for a long time and they are certainly one of the better chains in London. The food is generally good and the service efficient. They are relatively expensive for what you are getting, but this perhaps reflects the London location. A reliable choice, although you may well find a private restaurant better if you can find a good one.

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Y
London
13 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Good food, good prices and generous portions but the service was slow so I would go post- rather than pre-theatre. Very nice kids' menu, my nieces loved the food.

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PS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went here with my family before a show. The food was very good. Everyone in our group was happy with their meal. Our waitress was very nice, and the service was quick as needed before heading out to the theater. They have a kids menu with several choices, which was nice.

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MK
London
34 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Very convenient location for pre-theatre and good, honest Italian food.

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DJ
London
70 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Went for the pre-theatre 3 course meal option for 19.50. This comes without complimentary glass of wine unlike some other pre-theatre offers. The spaghetti house is basically a cheapish Italian offering and while the set menu was unimaginative and limited (main course a pizza or a tagliatelle - dessert; ice cream or panna cotta) the food was of good quality and quickly prepared. Our table was right in front of the noisy kitchen (door left open all the time) so entertaining in one way but not conducive to conversation. The service was good, attentive and not overbearing. With the addition of wine by the carafe the resulting bill (plus the compulsory service charge) made this a less than attractive option compared to better restaurants offering pre-theatre deals in the same locality. Would try somewhere else next time.

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CD
London
29 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We were disappointed when the St Martin's Lane Spaghetti House closed as it was our default pre Coliseum haunt. Happy to say this is only 3 mins walk away and just as efficient at doing the whole pre-theatre dining. Speedy without feeling rushed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Before theatre light dinner, it was very busy and I was glad I booked in advance, host asked me to wait a couple of minutes as I was early (10 min early) but allowed me to go to the toilet,we were given a lovely table, the starter three color salad was fantastic ( very fresh mozzarella, avocado, tomatoes, olive oil and olives), my small main was pasta with gorgonzola was delicious ( you can choose between normal size and small size portion) and my friend had brosceta ( with fresh tomatoes) and enjoyed it very much, we asked for water, still, were given mineral water from bottle t being asked if preferred tap water, bill came to £27, quick and efficient service, very full and very noisy environment, all in all a great place to have a small bite to eat before the theatre, recommend.

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S
London
11 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everyone enjoyed their meals. The only criticism was that my caponata (under the chicken) was too heavy on the tomato, not enough aubergine and I couldn't find any capers!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely touch with desert and candle, singing happy birthday, then offer of free liqueurs. Staff friendly and made Birthday person feel special. Thank you.

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Yorkshire
7 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lobster roll special was tremendous. Fabulous staff and ambience great in the centre of London. Get a window seat on ground floor to people watch, if you want cooling down ask for the cavern part of the basement.

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London
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Rather disappointing. Pasta was too hard. Maybe they could ask you ifvyou like al dente. Fries were awful although garlic bread quite nice. Service not great. Three of us almost finished before fourth meal came. Son had small portion as not too hungry. Was size suitable for a 2 year old. This wasn't explained. Regular portions notvthat big either considering the price.

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d
London
116 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Spaghetti House always delivers tasty Italian food from frequently varying menu. Always worth a visit.

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K
London
7 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good, trusted place.

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F
London
8 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The service wasn't great. My partner arrived ahead of me and already had a drink and I wasn't offered one when I arrived or when the food order was taken. When our pasta arrived and we were asked if we wanted parmesan my partner emphatically said "no" but the waiter immediately tried to put parmesan on his food. My partner had to put his hands over the pasta to stop the cheese. The waiter just said he thought he was joking when he said no. The food wasn't very hot either.

Spaghetti House, in general, used to be really good but now the menu is much smaller with little variety and uninteresting. Perhaps their other restaurants are better but this one felt like a canteen or a corridor and was disappointing.

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p
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic evening - brilliant food. The chicken special was wonderful and the standard of cooking very high indeed. I've been coming to spagetti house for many years, and this meal lived up to my expectations.

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PP
London
30 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very busy so glad we had booked. Table crammed into basement seating area - very cosy! My Maccheroni Amatriciana di Mare was good with plenty of fish and a tasty sauce. My wife's Maccheroni Pesto Rosso Siciliano was dry but improved when she asked for more sauce.

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K
London
7 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Spaghetti House Cranbourn Street is one of our favourite places in London. We have been coming here for years. Good food, lovely staff.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very good food however I thought we were rushed on each course. I got the impression that they wanted us out as quick as possible

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MT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Asking you you stand outside to wait for your table even though booked in advance and in the cold I should say is not great

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n
London
6 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

we booked a table for 19.30 (booking made at 17.30). There was no table for us. They told us that they do not check reservat

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Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, lovely restaurant. Both my daughter (4 years old) and myself really enjoyed the lunch

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t
Surrey
32 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Still as good as when I first went there over 30 years ago!!

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OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cheerful good value for money. Exceeded expectations. Free flowing prosecco option lived up to its name. At last minute accomodated an extra guest for us. All good. Thanks

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely traditional Italian meal. We have dined here as a family a few times when visiting London. Always been a pleasure.

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FL
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The first time we have tried this restaurant as the one next to the Coliseum was forced away. Not as large as predecessor but the same good food and wine at reasonable prices and prompt service.

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SD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Me and a friend came here for a boozy brunch with free flowing prosecco. The food was lovely and it there were great options for the set menu. Our host/waiter was brilliant, very friendly and welcoming, and he kept our glasses to the top! Will 100% be returning soon!

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P
London
8 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I have been eating her for the past 40 years. Staff very friendly food always good. Good atmosphere.

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m
London
46 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2015
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Having been impressed with the Holborn Spaghetti House, we took friends to the Leicester Square restaurant (it being a more convenient location for them). Our reserved table was in a small alcove downstairs which was claustrophobic and cramped. The lighting was so poor it was difficult to read the menu. The restaurant was busy and so despite being friendly, service was slow. Food was generally good although the brownie was cold and stodgy.It was a good job we used Tesco vouchers in part payment as I would have been really annoyed had we paid full price.

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f
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2015
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 1

We booked in advance as I had my small children with me and did not want to be disappointed on a busy London Half Term. Upon arrival at the restaurant, that I know well from the past, we were greeted, when stated we were booked asked to go downstairs, we followed on to a floor manager that then treated his section like cattle we were shoved to the back next to the kitchen door where all the other children were, company policy? or just no understanding of children? Here efficiency of the waitress was high order taken and green lights. There was then a massive argument between two members of staff resulting in plates being thrown and arguments in-front of the children. We were about to leave but the food came out and children where hungry. the food was amazing so we stayed. No apology or recognition from the floor manager that there had even been and issue. Frustrated by the experience we got up approached the till to get our bill so we could leave. The floor manager was total unaware any issue had taken place. I felt sorry for the waitress who obviously was riding this useless manager. Summary fire the floor manger advance the waitress and it will be a happy restaurant for all.

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BS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2015
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Booked for meal at 5:00, so not exactly their busiest time. Not offered set menu we intended to order from. Meatballs with pasta were OK but side salad didn't arrive until half way through meal with a throw-away sorry. Wouldn't recommend and definitely won't be back.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious. The staff were friendly and welcoming and the overall service was excellent. Would recommend the spaghetti house to anyone coming down for a spot of theatre.

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E
London
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2015
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I have visited the spaghettie house three times now and it just is wonderful! Amazing food and a great, authentic, italian ambiance!

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S
London
11 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2015
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

The special dish of the day - pasta with crab - was plentiful and good. However, the starters were not so good. The Caponata was OK but served in a ramekin, with toasted bread, set on a wooden board, all very trendy, but impractical. The mozzarella, tomato and basil was awful. Sour, wet tomatoes, the cheese very roughly cubed and ONE basil leaf, all squashed into a small dish. It was dull and very tricky to eat so I asked for some bread - and that took a while to come. I am sure they used to do this dish under the name Tricolore and it used to be nicely arranged in thin slices with lots of basil.
The puddings were fine.

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S
London
11 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly staff in a busy, but comfortable, atmosphere. The pre-theatre menu was excellent value and the wine good. The caponata was excellent, the Italian sausage and mash extremely tasty, the crème caramel obviously home-made and excellent. Followed by good espresso. Good size portions, so great value at £25 a head.

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