Bocca Di Lupo

4.5
1950 reviews
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Italian
Jacob Kenedy and Victor Hugo opened Bocca di Lupo in November 2008. The restaurant has since received various awards and accolades for its stripped-down, honest regional Italian cuisine. Despite the buzzy feel and glamourous surroundings, we are a family business, a small and humble trattoria at heart.

We specialise in the obscure and the delicious highlights of food and wine from all across Italy's twenty regions. If we can make something ourselves, we do - gelati, breads, sausages, salame, pickles, mostarda, and pasta of course - the rest is carefully sourced from Italy. A selection of Italian wines and home-made and imported foods is available for delivery, along with our famous gelato, from Gelupo.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.5

If you want to know where to find the best Italian food in Soho is, it’s at Bocca di Lupo.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 1950 People Are Saying
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OT
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Bar stools around kitchen (where most of patrons are seated) should be adjustable so that shorter patrons can adjust height.

Food was amazingly good!

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T
London
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was wonderful. Please can you let me the details of artist whose work was hanging in the restaurant. Great lunch. Thank you

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R
London
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, lovely setting, delicious Italian food. The sea bream was especially well cooked and the mozzarella was like you’d get in Italy.

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FI
London
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, fabulous staff - sommelier was outstanding!

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Hertfordshire
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We come here on occasion to eat before the theatre. Always like the food and this occasion was exceptional - brilliant risotto with asparagus and great pasta with slow cooked beef.
We like the wine carafe option, with a good choice.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The homemade pasta was outstanding!

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RH
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent artisan food. Although not much elbow room at the bar I enjoyed sitting there to watch the bar staff and chefs at work. Great for pre theatre, quick service. Very friendly staff.

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LP
Surrey
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a lovely place for dinner for a friends 40th. Lovely food and wine and a great atmosphere and friendly staff. Only negative was a charge of £5 per person when we brought our own small birthday cake which seemed excessive.

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DH
London
291 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

buzzy atmosphere makes for an exciting lunch venue with excellent consistently tasty food and very good wine list including many by the glass and 500cl.

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S
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiting staff were excellent. The location is perfect for theatre trips. Food was delicious. Loved the way the menu said which region each dish was from. A busy place but comfortable with a great ambience. Will definitely go again and recommend to friends. Only one quibble. I don't believe that the menu told you that you'd have to wait 40 minutes for the Spring Chicken. Lovely waitress told us and helped with other choices.

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SM
London
8 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, unique flavours and tastes of regional Italian cuisine, with very attentive and friendly service. The suckling pig was particularly delicious.

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MA
London
15 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Bocca Di Lupo is a really busy traditional Italian restaurant in the heart of Soho which my wife and I were trying for the first time. The menu choices are classic meals with a modern twist from various Italian regions and I strongly recommend the veal tartare and asparagus risotto. Wine options are very good and reasonably priced too. Finally the service in this small but noisily atmospheric restaurant is excellent

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a
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

my favourite restaurant bar eating experience in London

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JD
London
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Delicious and unusual food ideas alongside classics. Best part are the options for small portions so we had four courses each!

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LH
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The kitchen bar is one of the most enjoyable dining experiences I've enjoyed in a long while. Perfect as a pre theatre restraunt with attentive and engaging staff serving some of the most wonderful food. The varied and ever changing seasonal menu is just a delight. I can not recommend Bocca Di Lipo enough.

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MQ
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was one of the best restaurants I’ve been to in London. Pretty pricey and smaller portions but it was totally worth it !

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ES
London
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was amazing - but the service could be improved. When we packed the whole quail dish (because we ordered too much), the waiter dropped the box (I’m sure food spilled over) and pretended it never happened.
Would recommend for the food though!

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d
London
10 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic lunch. Very chilled. Food delicious and service sublime. Would definitely recommend.

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B
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for lunch. We were in two and shared 3 small starter dishes and two small size pasta dishes. Every thing was cooked perfectly and was all fresh and yummy! The waitress was very friendly and polite. Relaxing atmosphere.

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C
London
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! They make you feel like being part of the family. We will come back!

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E
London
17 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Mother’s Day meal!

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AL
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal to celebrate mothers day. The food was excellent as was the service. This is our favourite restaurant in London

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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CS
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and great service- we were seated at the bar which was pleasant although the table was a little high! But plenty of room and overall a really enjoyable meal.

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G
New England
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Service was really good. Enjoyed my birthday!

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L
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Moisy and chaotic

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JN
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The classic ' what's not to like'.
Helpful staff, really creative food beautifully cooked.

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B
New England
28 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

This is a perfect post-theater Soho restaurant. Despite the modern flourishes, the back room has a nice, rustic feel and the food is absolutely fabulous. The service was chaotic the nice that we were there (not assisted by a fire alarm that no one could figure out how to turn off) but everything came out ok.

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AA
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food, I would recommend.
Only things to improve:
not enough space at bar counter to have dinner and red wine is served not at the right temperature
In general very good restaurant

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was excellent. The only negative thing was that we were seated at the bar at first. We hadn’t noticed the small print in the confirmation email about that two persons only can sit at the bar. We also had a phone call from the restaurant confirming us booking a table for two and nothing was mentioned about the bar seated in that call either. So arriving at the restaurant we had a very negative attitude from one man. After a not so nice discussion we did receive a table. But the food and service was superb after that.

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j
Oxford
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love this place - but book early to avoid disappointment

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and ambience. Seating at the chef’s table is very tight. They should remove one or two seats to make it more comfortable for everyone.

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p
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Fabulous food and very friendly service
Also enjoyed being in a smaller stylish space with less tables than most restaurants nowadays

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AF
London
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurante is amazing!

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Unfortunately we had some loud drunks beside us and the tables are very close together anyway. But that fairly major issue aside it has maintained its other restaurant standards well.

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SL
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an incredible restaurant. Very Italian and food is very delicious. All pastas are fresh and very inventive. Good list of Italian wines by the glass. We loved it so much that we went 2 nights in a row. Book early. It is hard to get into but you can reserve seats at the bar. We sat right in front of the chef’s and that was fun.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

Tables were very small, staff constantly pushing chairs past us and having to push in our seats. Menu was limited - no traditional pasta dishes. Over priced for quality. Hugely disappointed

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VB
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food is Good but hostes service is not. There are also better options with better price.

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RI
London
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Regular customer , but the menu changes are less appealing than before

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d
London
27 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great lively restaurant. Really interesting (and delicious ) menu all delivered with great service

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