The Red Pepper Restaurant

4.3
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189 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Cosy
Maida Vale has a relaxed, neighbourly vibe, so it’s no surprise to find Red Pepper here among the stuccoed houses and well tended gardens. With its buzzy, bistro feel, this restaurant has stood the test of time, serving Londoners good food since 1994 (a lifetime in restaurant terms). Many locals, some of them good cooks and cookery writers, regard Red Pepper as their home away from home. The authentic pizza, cooked in a wood-fired oven, is just one reason diners keep coming back; another is the friendly welcome which greets them. Cosy and informal, Red Pepper invites you to enjoy delicious homemade pasta, grills, and fresh seafood from all over Italy including the forgotten regions of Sardinia and Campania.
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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Real Italian cuisine. Excellent flavours all round. Fantastic ragu, brilliant wood fire oven pizzas, excellent grilled prawns. A local dining experience with that something special. Highly recommended.

LP
London
7 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best Pizza's in London. (I'm Italian). Quite expensive but you get what you pay for.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family get together after many years of not dining here returning was as good if not better than anticipated
We will all be back

l
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely evening. Very efficient and friendly service and delicious food.

B
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Decided to visit little Venice having just been to “big” Venice- outstanding waitress service, prompt delivery of food, awesome quality- just like Italy. There was a lovely family atmosphere with groups and babies too which was a nice feeling. Highly recommended!!

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice simple food and good service. Perfect local restaurant.

N
London
9 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neighborhood ambience with the quality of a first class restaurant. Absolutely splendid!

EC
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious, portions generous & service very good,

f
London
31 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We move to Little Venice 24 years ago and the Red Pepper has always been there (it opened 6 months before our arrival). We've never had a bad meal there, and our most recent visit was no exception. I was particularly taken with my tagliolini cacio e pepe - pasta al dente and the sauce wonderfully pungent and peppery. The only downside is the price of the wines which have ramped up steeply in the last couple of years.

AM
London
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Locale carino,l'ambiente al piano terreno, un po' piccolo, sopratutto i tavoli con piu' ospiti.Il servizio efficiente ed il personale gentile.Buono il cibo, non tipicamente italiano, ma sicuramente ben preparato per essere fuori dall'Italia.Lo consiglierei.

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HD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Good local community restaurant. Relatively expensive (but that goes with the area). It won't win any gourmet prizes but always an enjoyable night out.

Z
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Red Pepper is an authentic Italian restaurant, there is a feel of 'family' about the place. The menu is very concise, some excellent starters, I had a wonderful Sea Bass Cervice. The pasta is excellent and obviously home made. We really enjoyed the lunch. It's a little on the pricey side, but this is a fashionable up market part of London and for the quality the price isn't unreasonable. We will return.

J
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious pizza and friendly service. Lovely neighbour hood with relaxed atmosphere

MB
London
7 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I am constantly looking for that perfect pizza (outside Italy). Red Pepper comes close.

a
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Food has become a bit bland and lacking the flavours of good Italian, linguini with clams was particularly disappointing. Service was lovely though.

a
London
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Don't bother. It has all the makings for a great local pizza place but the service was poor although the head waiter tried. Not enough staff, some of it positively surly. Food was not good. Bill was higher than expected. Poor wine choice. Freezing as despite booking we were sat next to the constantly opening/left open front door. We used to live near here and go all the time, just wish they could get it right.

GB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived 1 hour early for our booked table (as we were in London on a visit) on the off chance we could be accomodated and we were so we didn't have to disappear and then come back! Paulo and his staff made us very welcome. One vegetarian and one vegan were well catered for in a lovely quiet corner of London.

LM
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous home made pasta dishes and good consistent friendly service.

V
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in fun surroundings
Excellent service
Would return soon hopefully

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Mains were disappointing

PH
London
40 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good local restaurant serving good honest food. Reasonable pricing.
Always seems busy which is a good sign.

J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Other than the pizza the menu needs help. They are missing some basic things that would be very helpful especially for families. The pastas are not things you want to eat, only the Ragu, but that's been in the menu for years.

The staff are wonderful. They really need Ron back. He was the spark.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Italian food and great selection of Italian wine. Friendly staff and original Italian atmosphere.

GP
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Good food and usually good service. On the evening we went there must have been some type of staffing issue is the food took a really long time and made things quite stressful as we had another appointment to get to. We let the staff know of this but it wasn't much good. Good food, small potion sizes.

N
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Booked as I've been here many times and it's close to my house....in future I would book by calling them because we were a table of 4 squeezed in downstairs (which was freezing/drafty/basically in the kitchen). I took my parents who had to breathe in to be able to get round the table. Upstairs is much nicer, cosy atmosphere and cute. Food has changed which was a little disappointing but that's my preference!

f
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service at a local neighbourhood Italian restaurant, serving the best pizzas in town.

c
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always happy with the service and food at Red Pepper. They serve authentic Italian with a smile. Really recommend their pizzas. Fresh ingredients and reasonable prices. Informal dining room - perfect for two or bigger groups (we were 9).

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

This place used to be so good buy sadly not any more. Service was chaotic and disinterested and vegetarian pizza bland and soggy.

NM
London
11 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Used to be much tastier, both courses - pizza and pasta - were slightly disappointing because the flavours did not work well together. The charming cosy ambience is still there and hopefully the quality of food return once again

LO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

One of my favourite Italian's in Little Venice and possible all of London. Unpretentious, good-quality food every time. Cosy atmosphere, fantastic wines, and always a pleasant experience. Highly recommend.

MR
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Really really good pizza! Authentic italian cuisine. Tiramisù is amazing !!!

A
London
7 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasty, big pizza, if a little pricey... nice waitresses

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Sadly very disappointing now it has changed hands. The mozzarella in my first course was inferior quality, my main course of calves liver was luke warm and the tiramisu was again of inferior quality. However, the one redeeming feature of the evening was the courteous and friendly manager who acknowledged our concerns.

NS
London
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always been our local favoutite restaurant that we visit when we are in London.

PH
London
40 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve eaten here a few times previously and enjoyed the food very much, but this time the food was exceptional! I went for two specials, Burrata to start with and sea bass for a main course. Wonderful!

C
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with great service and ambiance. We had the pizza and a roasted duck special. Small menu but they had a lot of very unique specials including desserts.

J
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pizza and pasta. Lovely desserts. Friendly staff

L
London
13 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Nothing special and driven by commercial greed rather than customer service! As previous customers to the Red Pepper, we were very saddened by the treatment we received and will not be returning. The food is nothing special, but pricey. The motivation for this restaurant is commercial greed rather than customer service, as we felt rushed the last time we visited, but this time we had only been seated an hour and 5 minutes and drinking the (overpriced) wine still, when unprompted, the manager came over with the bill saying he needed the table for others, who we had overheard did not have a reservation, which we did. It seems once you have ordered and eaten (thankfully we had finished the food!) you are no longer valued and walk-ins take priority. We will make sure we go to the Summerhouse a few minutes away which is excellent every time.

F
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Small, expensive plates. £9 for anti-pasta that had a few tiny scrapes of salami, 2 small slices of tomato, a sliver of artichoke....for the main, the waitress was actually embarrassed when she brought my £12 plate of spaghetti....without me saying anything, she went back to the kitchen and brought me an additional helping given it was small. First and last time we will visit.

L
London
12 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A real gem on our doorstep. Fantastic food and enthusiastic young staff, eager to make your experience memorable. Watch out for the rosé as it came immediately and we had finished a carafe before the mains came and had to order another. 😁. We have added this place to our favourites.

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