The Red Pepper Restaurant

4.3
175 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Authentic
  • Neighbourhood Gem
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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MB
London
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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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.

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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.

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

Fabulous home made pasta dishes and good consistent friendly service.

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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

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

Mains were disappointing

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PH
London
38 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.

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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.

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OT
London
1 review
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.

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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.

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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!

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f
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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c
London
3 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).

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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.

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NM
London
9 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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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PH
London
38 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!

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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.

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

Great pizza and pasta. Lovely desserts. Friendly staff

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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.

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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.

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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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TG
London
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Hastily booked on OpenTable as it was close to the concert we were attending at the BBC in Maida Vale. Didn’t know what to expect but was very pleasantly surprised. The pretty entrance was covered in flowers and there were plenty of people eating - ambience looked and felt good as we entered.
We were shown to our table quickly by an attentive waiter and handed our menus. Ordered drinks, which were quickly and accurately distributed to us. Food ordered and came quickly. The bruschetta arrived and it was delicious, one more slice would have been appreciated though! Mains were pizza for hubby and pasta for me. Both were absolutely delicious! We would definitely eat there again and definitely would recommend them. It’s a small restaurant, maybe 10 tables so it could be noisy when full, but we didn’t find this to be the case.

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VP
London
209 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The Red Pepper has elements of good, and elements of ordinary. In the era of sourdough pizza popping up at every corner in London, and Franco Manca resetting the standard for what a most basic and accessible pizza should deliver, The Red Pepper has some catching up to do.
My starter was the "good" part - a burrata surrounded in a pool of caponata, balanced, tangy, retaining bite and not too oily. The burrata itself is fresh, firm on the outside but yielding creaminess with just a nudge from the fork.
But the pizza, alas, does not deliver as much. It's a good, standard pizza - but I would not travel to eat it. It misses any of the pillowy dough now so easy to find across London, and with that, it also lacks those wonderful charred blisters you hope to find on your crust. Good sauce, fair cheese, but it definitely does not stand out in any way that I would be returning for.
A dessert of tiramisu is delivered in an original little cup of sugar pastry, similar to that used to make little ice cream cups in swanky ice cream stores. The tiramisu' is good, traditional (but for the sugar pastry cup), but a bit like the pizza, delivers what is expected - and that's all.
An unoffensive restaurant, but one I would visit only if I was already in the area and tight with options.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

The food was as usual very good but ... the service !! Awful ! Got rushed from the moment we sat down, and the waiter was really displeasant. A shame as the place is nice but you don't feel welcomed at all !

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N
London
6 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef sets a high bar for freshness, delicate flavoring, and excellent presentation. The service is prompt, and the servers are friendly, and attentive (but in no way intrusive). This is one of our favorite restaurants!

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J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I have been going to the Red Pepper for many years and have never been disappointed. Their Tiramisu is divine.

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L
London
47 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The restaurant was busy with lots of people eating. The food was mediocre and the wine expensive and not very good this place is probably OK for a pizza but not for a real Italian meal

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice family place

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite Italian restaurant. We keep coming back.

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j
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

They got our order wrong and there was grit in the pizza. We pointed out the grit which was some kind of stone – no complimentary glass of wine as apology or anything – will not visit again.

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JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Waitress had poor English and wasn't attentive. Overpriced food for the limited number of ingredients used.

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A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely friendly local restaurant - its quite small and cosy and you often end up talking to the people next to you ! The food is outstanding - the pasta is delicious and the tiramisu is a must! We love it there and will definately be back

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BJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

On the surface it looks like a nice place with a reasonable choice on the menu and pretty tasty food.

My only reservation is the service. The host seems rather abrupt and judgemental, which is surprising for a service establishment.

Somebody with a little more understanding for people may be better suited for greeting customers and taking their orders.

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A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal - friendly staff , lovely atmosphere The tiramisu was amazing - will definately be back!

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B
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is more than a neighborhood pizzeria. The kitchen makes creative pastas and a variety of seasonal dishes. The cuisine might be called Roman. Atmosphere is friendly and welcoming of children. Prices are fair and the wine list is extensive and reasonable.

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