Permanently Closed - Vico

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267 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. VICO is a contemporary Italian restaurant

We serve uplifting, zingy Italian cuisine, cooked with the finest ingredients in a dramatic urban setting – Italian food for the future.

We serve small plates – tapas style – and are a go-to restaurant for anyone enjoying Covent Garden, Seven Dials, Leicester Square or Theatreland.

We pour an innovative selection of Italian wines – select choices from Alpine, Appennine and Island regions, as well as Italian grapes that have emigrated abroad.

Many of our dishes are suitable for vegetarians, or people seeking a fresh & lighter meal. Our meats and seafood are sourced from the UK and the Mediterranean.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of Operation
Monday: 12pm-3pm & 5pm-9:30pm
Tuesday: 12pm-3pm & 5pm-9:30pm
Wednesday: 12pm-3pm & 5pm-11pm
Thursday: 12pm-3pm & 5pm-11pm
Friday: 12pm-3pm & 5pm-11pm
Saturday: 12pm-11pm
Sunday: 12pm-9:30pm
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Phone number
020 7379 0303 x3
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Jacob Kenedy
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Cross Street
Shaftesbury Avenue
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Parking Details
The closest car park is the Q-Park on Newport street in Chinatown (1 minute walk), the next closest being an NCP on Brewer Street in Soho (5 minute walk).
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Public Transit
VICO is located a short walk from either Leicester Square, Tottenham Court Road or Piccadilly Circus underground stations. There are several bus stops on the Circus outside the restaurant which serve all areas of London. There is a Santander Bicycle stand outside the Palace Theatre, and Hackney Carriages pass the restaurant regularly.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
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4.3
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4.0
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3.9
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very helpful and friendly staff. Food good and well priced. Wine good too.

j
Hampshire
42 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice meal pre theatre

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, tasty food , good experience, staff very attentive and friendly

l
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2017
Overall2food3service4ambience1

the place was empty and very noisey
I expected more.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Enjoyed a meal with friend. Added dishes from the Starter Menu to the Lunch Menu. Fine Bottle of Rose enjoyed at £41.

A recent visit to sister restaurant "Bocca" made me appreciate Vico more. Why not offer the Montepulciano Rose at £22?

My second visit. Will go again.

c
London
36 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2017
Overall4food3service4ambience4

good food, but they had pretty much run out of ice cream which to be honest was one of the big draws of the place.

v
London
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2017
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Amazed by low quality of both starters ordered as pre-theatre snack. Deep fried seafood and polenta (£12) was pale and tasted of old oïl and melon salad (£8?) was small and had too much vinegar. Really bad food!

S
London
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food with excellent service. Will go there again

KP
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Was very disappointed when we got there to find out they no longer have their pre-post theatre set menu, with a bottomless prosecco option, as we had booked specifically for that reason. However, the food was very good, and the service was still quick so still good for pre-theatre.

However they should update their website as its really false advertising - getting customers in to get a deal that they no longer offer any alternative for.

s
London
60 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, it was the second time we went there and we will be back!

M
London
8 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

GREAT SERVICE. FRESH INGREDIENTS, TASTY FOOD. EXCELLENT PIZZA

AB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, brilliant service, and convenient location

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for a meal prior to London Marathon the following day. The family loved it, the food was great and the service very friendly. We stayed for 3 hours, had plenty of food and alcohol and around £35 per head with service. Will return!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were disappointed with the menu options. I was running the London marathon on the next day and was hoping for a pasta meal but there was no option to suit me. It was surprising as I thought that it was an Italian restaurant.

A
London
9 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Italian food. I went to many restaurants in search for the tastiest Tiramisu and Parmigiana, my favourite Italian dishes yet nowhere I could taste them any better than the ones I make at home myself. Until Vico. Try the burata, the orcheletti (I am sure I am spelling it wrongly), the beef, the lasagna and the parmigiana. Trust me. Oh, and for dessert the affogato, the ice cream (they have even won awards for it) and Tiramisu. Very friendly staff, going out of their way to please. I wish I lived around the corner to have it on my doorsteps everyday. 😍

U
London
7 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good restaurant at a reasonable price.

E
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic find for pre-theatre dinner. Great Italian food - we shared a few of the small plates and a couple of pizzas between the 4 of us. The 60 minutes bottomless prosecco was also much appreciated! Will definitely come back if going to the theatre in the area.

J
London
7 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Menu not intuitive.
But dishes are surprising and really good.

OT
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2017
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Busy atmosphere. Ok for pre/post theatre meal. Ideally situated and nice big windows for people watching at Cambridge Circus. Pizza was good. The Tiramisu and the Ice-Cream were fabulous. We found the 'small plates' idea strange for an Italian. Our waitress was nice but too busy to listen to us properly and kept trying to predict what we were going to say. I definitely didn't get the decaf coffee I asked for as I was awake for hours afterwards. Also the tables for 2 are extremely close together.

v
London
7 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Vico presents Italian food in a very interesting way with some sharing plates and superb main courses. It's different to the normal Italian trattorias.

AP
London
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Very helpful and friendly staff. Reasonably priced food. Pizza's were great. Would return and try the tapas next time. Opposite the Palace Theatre so was easy to dine in between the Harry Potter part 1 and part 2 performances.

DP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent innovative small plates served by engaged staff. Highly recommend

GI
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Unlimited proseco option was great. Food was quite good especially mussels and shrimp with pasta.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

At Vico you can meet with your friends and have a pleasent evening with fast service and good food.

C
London
20 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Fourth visit and Vico never disappoints. Just wish lunch time was a little busier. It should be. This is a super restaurant and the food is excellent.

J
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service from all of the staff members. Highly recommended and will definitely be returning.

n
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is what you expect. It has little dishes to share between the table and they were all very tasty. The staff were very attentive and we have enjoyed the experience. It is great under his cathegory.

D
London
49 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great for pre-theatre. Small portions (you need 3 per person) are Italian based and inventive. I recommend the deep fried lasagne and burrato salad. Staff are friendly and efficient. Definitely plan to Crete.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff hugely helpful as we had to change time of our booking at the last minute. The waiter was attentive and suggested wine to go with the food. The menu suggested 3 to 4 per sperson but 3 was plenty. all the dishes were tasty and big enough to share. We had a family lunch between Harry Potter performances and it was perfect venue.

MF
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This is a great option if you are in London and can't get into The Mother Ship - Bocca di Lupo. The view of Shaftesbury Ave. with buses heading up and down and the Palace Theatre (where "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child") is playing is fantastic as it contrasts with the strings of lights across the ceiling. And, if you are alone, the bar is a great place to eat. You miss the view, but you won't miss the incredible cichetti like the lasagnancino - a deep-fried chunk of lasagna (made with goose rather then the usual beef/veal stuffing) that looks like a pear with a fried sage leaf sticking out of the top. Heartily recommended for any pre- or post-theatre dining in London. Bravo!

S
London
65 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience3

An easy option for an easy evening. I would not make a huge fuss about this place, would not suggest that you cross town to visit, however if you're int he area (after theatre?) it is definitely worth a pit-stop. I'm not sure I am a fan of this sharing initiative where you risk to get fish and meat ahead of the pasta, however if you are careful with your order you end up with a very good mix. I missed the lamb dish I had last time around, I hope it comes back at some point

s
London
14 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The food sounded great on the menu but when it arrived we were pretty disappointed. The burrata was good as was the focacia but the fried rabbit with fennel was really not good and we left most of it. The caponata was too sweet but the lasaganacino was pretty good. We had two alcoholic drinks and the bill was close to £80! I'm sorry to say I wouldn't return.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked this restaurant for my parents' last night in London. Vico is located near China town and Leicester square so we took a stroll down these vibrant streets and reached the restaurant. It is so beautiful inside, with the lightings and their reflections in the glass windows. Staff are out of this world amazing, they made feel so welcome and cared for all through the night. They even brought us a free round of champagne because the table wasn't ready on arrival. Food was tapas style classic Italian. So beautifuly presented and mouth-wateringly delicious. We were so full we couldn't order dessert. Also my boyfriend and I are vegan and there plenty of choices for us on the menu as well. What a beautiful night, definitely recommend and definitely going back!

LA
London
18 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very convenient location for the Palace Theatre. Delicious food. Prompt and courteous service. A good choice for a pre-theatre meal.

MI
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overall, a nice experience but did feel that the waiter was a bit pushy with food suggestions (unasked for) and we ended up ordering more than we needed. Food was nice, but not outstanding - considering we spent about £80 on 9 small plates for 3 people - we could have done with 6 plates, that would have been plenty. We had a nice bottle of wine and a glass of Prosecco each - so a total of £150 with service for 3 for lunch was in my view not great value.

JH
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Amazing food and great choice of options. All brought out a regular intervals. A perfect evening and right opposite Harry Potter

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2017
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The food was good, however a bit on the expensive side.
The cocktail were weak and too expensive for what there were.
It was my partner birthday and I specifically stated on the reservation that it was a special occasion and that would be nice to have a candle on the final dessert.
I have also spoken on the phone to the manager about it.
Unfortunately this did not happen and it was very disappointing.
Also the staff started to put the chairs on the tables, as a sign that there were closing before we had the chance to order dessert.
Very rude !!!!!

FL
London
7 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2017
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Nothing bad (though I would say that battered lemon rind as part of a fritto veg dish was very unexpected!) but nothing great either. Easy to find and a convenient location for a group to meet. Got too noisy as the evening progressed - we could barely hear each other speak.

D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location with big windows looking out onto busy theatre land. Lively ambiance. Service good and food excellent. A bit different to usual uk Italian fare.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal in a wonderful location. Well worth a visit.