Theo's Simple Italian

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£26 to £40
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Italian

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Theo’s Simple Italian in Kensington Earl’s Court, is an all day restaurant serving a classic rustic Italian menu by acclaimed chef Theo Randall.

Executive Chef Theo Randall and his brigade of chef to create casual Italian dining, using top quality ingredients and perfectly balanced flavour combinations.

The bar features locally sourced beer on draught, artisan Italian beers by the bottle and classic Italian cocktails.
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LB
London
75 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice spot of lunch

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Came in for dinner and was seated by our reservation. Sat at the table for 20 minutes before leaving and was given no service except for water upon arrival. All other tables were being serviced except for my table. There was one server assisting with more tables than they should have and one bar tender with no customers at the bar not assisting.

SG
Birmingham
11 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Having sampled Theo’s at the Intercontinental several times, I was eagerly awaiting to try Theo’s Simply Italian.

I must say the food and service was excellent as you’d expect. The quality of food was superb, maybe not so refined and high class as the IC but still very good. When we dined it was very a very quiet Saturday night, which was surprising. However, overall it was well worth going and experiencing.

TH
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service. Just surprised there were only a few people there.

K
Berlin
11 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Italiener, aber leider ein Hotelrestaurant. Gutes Essen, aber es fehlt an Atmosphäre und aufmerksamem Service. Ein Einmalerlebnis.

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AJ
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Mostly good. Just need more staff on to cater for a relatively busy period.

T
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Having dined at Theo Randall at the Intercontinental many times I was excited to try his new restaurant. Although I was not expecting fine dining it was a little disappointing. Overall I had a pleasant meal with quite good food except for the Artichoke and Spinach Tart which I thought lacked flavour and that the pastry was bit dry. The ambience is a more like a casual cafe than a good restaurant. The service was very friendly but staff are not very knowledgeable and a bit slow. It's difficult to understand what Simple Italian is trying to be because the prices are quite high but the surroundings and service don't reflect the cost. I would not recommend it for a special occasion and would rather pay a little more and return to the Intercontinental next time.

HW
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great place to eat alrhough not sure about indigo hotel guests walking past a few times to use lift across from table area

MT
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

A little disappointed with the menu variety and lack of imagination on this occasion. The wait staff are run off their feet and need more assistance - two or three servicing a busy restaurant will lead to slower and less personalised service. They do a great job under the circumstances.

CC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice vibe and attentive staff. Simple good quality ingredients, beautifully cooked. The monkfish was excellent.

Theo's Simple Italian
Responded on 29 May 2019

Dear CassandraC, Many thanks for your kind comment. We are very happy that you enjoyed the monkfish. Hope to welcoming you back in the nearest future. Warm regards, Jane

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M
Tasmania
4 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Efficient service. Interesting menu. Lovely ambiance.

CD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Nice place and people. Service was just excellent. Very pleasant bar staff. The food was good. As a vegetarian there was a reasonable choice and the food was nice. But I'd prefer the zucchini fries thinner - I'm not sure thick cut courgette chips really work. My friend is a meat eater and she was very happy with her food. The place was nicely done up but even though it was nearly full by the time we left wasn't very buzzy. I wonder if there's more they could do to make it less like a hotel restaurant? But I'd recommend it and we had a very pleasant evening. It's also worth mentioning the chairs. I hate eating in uncomfortable surroundings - but these chairs were lovely - very comfortable.

BC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food very good, service very friendly and attentive we had a lovely afternoon here and although not on the menu we managed to get Frangelico affogato for dessert! And we were very happy with the bill. 👍👍👍

CS
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem of an Italian restaurant hidden down a side street. The food was a taste delight from start to finish, and the wine selection complements the dishes available. Looking forward to another visit.

FN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

We were really disappointed with the poor quality of the food and although the staff were friendly they did not ask why we had not eaten the food. Because we were with old friends who we had not seen for a long time and they asked us not to mention the disappointing food we did not address this at the time.

TM
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and the service was top notch.

Will consistently return to this restaurant when in London!

LH
London
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful delicious food. We were a party of 6 and everyone raved about the food. If we are in London again we will definitely return.

Z
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

First courses (Primi) were MUCH better than the main ones (Secondi). If I would go there again I would order only Primi ones.

FF
London
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect, quality of the food service, location.
Definitely coming back soon!

Well done guys!

RK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We had great experiences in the past but this time the service left something to be desired. Maybe that’s why the place was empty on a Thursday night when in the past it was busy. Ordered an appetizer and never received it. Server never checked on us after our mains were delivered. Pasta was still great though.

r
N. Ireland
11 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food as before was delicious. A small menu but enough choices to suit. We visited for a special occasion which we had noted with our booking but no mention was made of this. The restaurant was quite quiet compared to a previous visit and we had to wait for a table to be cleared even though we had booked. Would highly recommend the ragu. Excellent wine list to accompany the meal.

OT
London
83 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely but expensive.

JS
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Superb Italian food, great value for money on mother’s day special menu, knowledgeable service and wine service from the host, but ignorance from inattentive waitress. But I would return happily!

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The starter of Salumi Misti was nice, some tasty meats and well sized portion but the bread with it was hard and dry. The main house Ragu was disappointing, it was only warm, the amount of pasta was a starter size and it lacked seasoning. The waiters were friendly.

A
London
13 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We went with our two small children. Pasta was good. We all enjoyed our dishes. Children friendly is a bonus. Children menu available. Clean and tidy.

GR
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent food, We shared the Fritto Misto and Meat platter to start. And then my boyfriend had the pappardelle ragu while I had the duck filled pasta with mushroom sauce. Absolutely delicious
The staff were a little slow to take our order, and automatically selected the larger sharing board for us despite the fact we said we wanted it as a starter. In spite of this excellent.

Classy yet cosy setting

ES
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant, excellent food and helpful service. We're looking forward to visit Theo's Simple Italian again next time we'll be in London!

T
London
5 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal at Theo's Simple Italian. The ambience was great (not too noisy, not too quiet), the service was attentive but not overbearing (one of the servers was particularly helpful when it came to choosing a starter suitable for sharing) and the food was excellent, if ever so slightly too salty. It was a lovely restaurant to spend an evening in and I would highly recommend it.

d
London
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Overpriced and very mediocre food. It's basically fancied up room service food at a mid-market hotel. Not worth the trip - especially for the prices they charge

CM
Amarillo
5 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food lacked salt. Lovely service.

K
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening with delicious food and outstanding service. A hidden gem in Earl's Court!

S
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Très bon restaurant italien, une carte juste de la bonne taille, des plats savoureux pour un prix correct et dans un décor sympa👌

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent and nicely presented. The staff were very helpful. The only negative point was the size of the portions. I was still peckish leaving the restaurant.

KR
London
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked for a family birthday celebration and we are so pleased we did. We all had a wonderful evening, food was delicious, staff were very efficient and friendly but professionally so. Nothing was too much trouble for them, from bringing a selection of wines for us to taste to making the 'Birthday boy' feel special. All in all we enjoyed ourselves tremendously and will definitely be back for another visit when in the area.

S
London
12 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This is a nice place with a good atmosphere. staff were helpful and friendly so no issues there at all. The food was tasty overall however the portions were very small for all three of us. I had the alternative breakfast which consisted of two eggs, (which were fine) one small hash brown, a small square of grilled halloumi, a tiny pot of beans and again a small pot of smashed avocado. The mushroom was small and hardly worth having, oh and no toast. Tasty but by no means a filling breakfast. This is really easy to rectify as everything else is overall very good, however the food is important, hence the 3 stars overall.

B
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive staff, delicious, comforting food and a pleasant quiet atmosphere excellent for conversation.

MJ
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

We had our Christmas dinner at Theo's and the service was poor, the food was not much better and the price of 60 pounds per person was outrageous.

PM
Hertfordshire
7 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant evening. Friendly service, relaxed atmosphere, good food and set menu was excellent value, particularly for central London.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

駅から近く、便利な場所で静かな雰囲気のお店でした。
カジュアルに利用できました。

味は特筆するものはあまりありませんが、標準的なおいしさです。

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AP
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The food was pretty good, but the staff was so pretentious that I kind of ruined the dinner.
The menu does not specify whether sides are to be ordered seperately, and the staff, pretentious as they are, will not offer you any help with it either.

Dessert was the saddes sorbet ever. For that price, it could have been served in a nicer way.
Do not order the hot chocolate. It was not hot, and it was not good; a bit like the one you get out of a regular vending machine.

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