Spaghetti House Cranbourn Street

3.7
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£25 and under
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Italian

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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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good theatre food.

CD
London
32 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Spaghetti House Is perfect for pre theatre dinner. Packed out on a Monday which was good to see.
We had a double portion spaghetti carbonara- great value.

C
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Fantastic food, my only issue was that i couldn't eat more! Friendly, smiley wait staff, and nice atmosphere and quick service.

I found the inclusion of a default 12.5% service charge on top of an already pricey meal quite unneccesary as i would have been happy to tip for the good service we received, but do think the service was over and above to justify the built in fee. This soured an otherwise great meal.

C
London
130 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The food is reasonably priced and service well set up for pre-theatre dining. Plenty of choice.

TC
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Took 45 minutes to get our food.

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was great to have a sharing dish of spaghetti for myself , my husband and our daughter and it was very fresh and just right .

P
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The overall experience was good. Food was tasty and the waiter who served us was very pleasant.

The only negative was the hostess who greeted us at the door. I booked for 6.30pm and she was convinced that we didn't have a table, it was only until we saw it on the diary and we pointed it out to her that she actually did something. It was obvious our booking was messed up because we weren't seated until 7.15pm. She was very rude and abrupt.

PC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Easy to locate and very well situated for West End theatre visits. Food and service were both excellent and the set menu was very good value for money. Will definitely visit again.

SB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The window seats upstairs give a great view of the bustle on the streets outside.

We needed to leave in time for the theatre and the restaurant manager made sure we were served promptly.

Food was good - my lasagne a little overcooked.

Great value.

OT
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Food was good, not great. Our service was excellent. Wine was very good. Had table ready at our reservation to.e.

CV
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fun, easy, casual dining experience. Standard and reliable food. Good portions and good flavors.

NS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place

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EM
London
16 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

q
London
28 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good quality food and good kids menu

RD
London
10 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

TC
New England
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

RB
London
9 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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.

Y
London
13 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience2

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.

PS
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

MK
London
43 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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

DJ
London
77 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience2

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.

CD
London
32 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience3

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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.

S
London
11 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

OT
Yorkshire
7 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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.

d
London
116 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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

K
London
8 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good, trusted place.

F
London
8 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2017
Overall2food3service2ambience2

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.

p
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

PP
London
31 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

K
London
8 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

MT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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

O
London
10 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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

OT
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

t
Surrey
34 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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

OT
London
10 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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