Zizzi - Bankside

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£25 and under
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Italian

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Check out the illustrations on the walls throughout the restaurant which were inspired by the surrounding area - a hub of urban skateboard culture that involves spirit, music and fashion, illustrated by the artist Matthew Brooks. Look out for loads of other interesting details including skateboard decks, modern art and vespa scooters. We hope you love all of these exciting elements as much as we do!
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JS
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Had to wait nearly 10 minutes for a table despite table reservation for 13.00. And then Had to wait a long time for service- restaurant was full but it seems only 3 staff were looking after whole restaurant. Food was not great: Superfood salad with chicken was not great- Some salad leafs looked rather yellow/wilted. Classic Salami Pizza was ok. Zizzi at Bankside used to be good especially the food.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service, quality and price.

d
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service very good and attentive, gluten free menu a real plus. Only criticism being that we had to keep our coats on as we were a little bit chilly.

J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The atmosphere is nice especially when sitting in the booths next to the windows, with a nice nice view on the Thames River. The food is up to the brand's standards, we like Zizzi. However, compared to other locations we went to in the past, the service was very poor. WE waited around 10 minutes to be seated and the waitress could not find our booking on the sheet, so she left to 'figure it out', but ended up serving wine, and taking orders at other tables, right in front of us, standing in the entrance. The manager had to come in and confirm that we had indeed booked a table. The service was okay until we had to wait around 20 minutes once finished with our meals: the waiters were not aware of their surroundings, never looking up to check if customers were waiting for their food to be taken away or needing anything else, they seemed to be rushing although the restaurant was half empty (around 40 to 50 tops for 5 team members in the restaurant which I think is manageable) so I don't quite understand. Regardless, the waitress who took care of us (when she was) was very smiley and kind. If we hadn't waited so long after finishing our meals, we would've gotten a dessert, but got sick of waiting. We would recommend the restaurant for the food, fair price and location, but not for the quality of the service.

MW
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place to go with friends for a good laugh and chat! Excellent gluten-free options, and service.

M
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding customer experience, great location and views

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good food, meal for two, starter and mains and drinks came to 48 quid . Value for money

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Massive gaps between each part sitting down to ordering main to bill bill to payment

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The location of the restaurant is good, overlooking the Thames. We had booked ourselves a table but when we arrived and got to the top of the stairs we were stood for a considerable amount of time without being spoken to, even though staff were continually walking past us, it would have been nice to be acknowledged even if we had to wait to be seated. The restaurant was very busy but it wasn't a great start. Once we got seated the service was actually fairly good! The food was what you would expect from a Zizzi, not poor but not outstanding. Based on how busy this was (a Saturday evening) it may be wise to book yourself a table in advance if you plan on eating here.

JE
Washington DC
104 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our second visit with family. Some uncertainty as to whether they had our reservation, and then further uncertainty as to whether our party of 5 could sit at a table with adequate lighting, but then service and food was very good.

MM
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

It was okay, nothing too special and the staff weren't too enthusiastic. Portions get smaller every time I go here, but overall not too bad.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Food took 40 mins. Was lacking in taste and cold in parts. Service was slow because place was understaffed given volume of customers. Waitress was pleasant, friendly and apologetic.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was little bit cold.
The service was very slow.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Didn’t start well as they had no record of our reservation for seven people booked through open table.
After putting together a table which was rather cramped the service started slowly but got a lot better once we latched onto a decent waiter.
Food good and pretty good value.

RO
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great preshow meal on Bankside!

NL
London
15 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Disorganised restaurant. Booked on open table 2 weeks prior to event, received open table reminders but they had no trace of my booking which means they only print hard copies of bookings made directly with them and ignore Opentable, if there is a contract between the two Zizzi has broken it making Opentable appear useless and irrelevant and Zizzi management incompetent.
The floor service staff were great in managing the situation that arose but they have enough to do and should not have to deal with managerial incompetence.

S
London
34 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The lunch menu was not available which was disappointing

J
London
12 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Unfortunately this will likely be our last visit to this particular Zizzi. It seems that every time we go, even having booked a table, we are just left waiting for ages and ignored. This time it was for 10 minutes and I told 3 different waiters we had a reservation and they just said to wait for the Manager who also ignored us.
In fact whilst we were waiting a couple gave up in exasperation and left. There are no smiles to greet you and you are left feeling you are rather an inconvenience. Our waitress was lovely but got several things wrong on our order. Our table was booked for 7.30 and we had to wait till 8 to even get a drink (our tray of drinks was left waiting on the bar for so long my partner got up in the end to get it himself).
Really poor.

FD
London
10 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice dinner, service is great.

A
Vancouver
24 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were there for pre-dinner theatre. It was great. Very busy and lively. The restaurant has great gluten-free choices.

e
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were charming and the food excellent. Would definitely go again.

CB
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Although we had to wait awhile for our booked table,as the previous diners were still eating dessert, they kept us updated and were very apologetic. We were then shown to a table with a lovely view of the river and London skyline. The service was attentive and friendly the pizzas were huge and delicious and very good value. We will definitely return on our next visit to London.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Tutto ok, buona la pizza senza glutine.

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H
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Utterly enjoyable and very friendly. A delightful pre-theatre experience.

AA
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great service, our waitress was so good when my friend had a birthday and helped me keep the secret surprise cake. She also reserved me a really nice seat by the window. Thank you Zizzis!

PE
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Only two waiters for a restaurant that requires 5. Staff had very low moral and people were leaving after not being served. I took my wife there for a romantic evening. After sitting for 10 minutes we told that our drinks order will be taken in another 15 minutes. At this point we decided to leave as we were not happy with the atmosphere . We went to the Nando’s restaurant and iur food was served n less time thatbwe would have had to wait for our drinks order to be taken.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, quick service and lovely view!

HK
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall3food4service1ambience3

We booked a table for 6 at Zizzi's for my husband's birthday. It took 25 minutes before they came to ask us for drinks. They were short-staffed and it was not a nice experience when you are there for a special occasion. The food was good though!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent location, great atmosphere, scrumptuous food, and captivating service ... so good that my daughter and I dined there twice on our one week holiday. We will definitely be back.

m
Dusseldorf Area
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Ich hatte die Reservierung über OpenTable 2 Wochen im voraus gemacht. Als wir ankamen teilte uns die Empfangsdame mit, dass es keine Reservierung für uns gab. Wir konnten einen Tisch bekommen; leider nicht in der ersten Reihe am Fenster wo man einen tollen Blick auf die Thames hatte.
Die Bedienung war chaotisch und unaufmerksam. Wir hatten Cocktails und Oliven als Starter bestellt. Die Oliven kamen mit der Pizza und die Getränke wurde erst auf Anfrage gebracht nachdem wir den Hauptgang bereits hatten. Das Essen war typisch Zizzi -- sehr lecker, solide italienische Küche.
Ich würde diese Zizzis Filiale nicht empfehlen. Es gibt eine bessere - wo die Bedienung hervorragend ist - in Covent Garden.

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m
Bristol
149 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Zizzi on the southbank. Always very busy. Has view of the river.

m
Bristol
149 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This is a nice Zizzi overlooking the Thames and near to the Globe theatre.

AK
London
6 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I was very impressed with the level of service I a busy Good Friday. We booked online and asked in the comments section for a booth with river views as we were meeting out of town visitors. I am happy to say the request was met. We had a lovely view of the Thames at Bankside. The staff were attentive and alert with really good attitudes. The food was very nice - we are vegans and our meal was great. What a pleasure to be able to go to restaurant with our Omni friends and have as many options as they had. Most places have quite pathetic almost afterthought options for vegans. I am happy to say as a vegan I have no such problem at Zizzi hence the reason I choose this restaurant. Thank you Zizzi.

m
Bristol
149 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Great Zizzi with lovely views of the river, even if you don’t have a table by the window. Very near to the globe theatre so handy for pre theatre meals. They seem to close quite early and have had occasions where booked after show but they had stopped taking diners - which is a bit strange when they’ve taken the booking!

m
Bristol
149 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Visited many times and always a good e perience. Lovely views of river, and handy for the globe theatre.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent value with January code for 50% off main course.

M
London
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2017
Overall3food4service1ambience2

They did not have us on their reservation list, despite having made one. Fortunately we got there early, and had printed out our reservation confirmation.
We sat next to the window, which was beautiful. However it was HOT - fanning outselves with menus kind of uncomfortable hot. There are dropped ceilings above the window booths and it was as if the heat just couldn't escape.
The majority of the waitstaff was eating together at the booth next to ours, and they were very loud. We also had to flag down the one working server to get service after fifteen minutes of being seated.
The food was good, the rest of the experience was rather bizarre.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I was most impressed by the way we were given a four seat table with a view even though there were just two of us. Our waitress was extremely polite and attentive.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had an evening meal following a shoe at the Globe.
Excellent food, great service and not overly expensive for London.
Would visit again!

m
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Popped in before the theatre. Had good service and good food