Bocca Di Lupo

4.5
1885 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.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

I used to love the place but perhaps due to its success, the quality of the service and food has dropped considerably! What a pity!

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T
London
54 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Remains one of the best Italian restaurant in London

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KH
London
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been wanting to try this place for a long time . It certainly lived upto the hype and the only downside was not having enough time to try the sharing plates due to having to go to the theatre !
Return visit is definite.

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S
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I’ve been there a few time when a older chef was in the kitchen and the food was v good.
This time I went and the chef was a younger guy.
The food was over spiced, bad present and chewy! I’m not coming back

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CG
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Took way too long to be seated, hostess was cold and on the verge of rude, server took too long to take our order, they were out of the cocktail ordered, server forgot to bring bread. Overall, not worth the money or the trip. Disappointing.

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JF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and great ambience, enjoyed the experience of eating at the counter area.

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VN
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Expected much more from an authetic Italian. Artichoke salad was shaved uncooked artichoke - not great... pasta dish was poor - orecchiete had spinach or some other green sauce and too much chilli. Fish was decent but unremarkable. Deserts were the best - canolli and torta caprese. Too expensive and overhiped.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable meal, lovely food wine and service. Can't wait to go back!

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M
London
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable, tasty, and just right before the theatre.

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OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and knowledgeable waiter -we will be back!

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D
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Overpriced and stressful. I won't be back. Portions very small also.

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NY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

There was not much variety for gluten free eaters.

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P
London
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Deft Italian cooking, solicitous staff, excellent cocktails - what’s not too like? Had an amazing dish with ricotta, sage and pine nuts that was gorgeous - only wish I had asked what it was called so I can order it again.

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MP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It was great

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JW
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as usual, great food great service, reasonable prices for such great quality

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CB
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite restaurant in London. Great service, wonderful food and a fantastic atmosphere to while away a few hours with friends

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EC
London
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I took my wife to Bocca Di Lupo for her birthday, as she has been wanting to go for a long time, having heard great things about it. Unfortunately, the food was very disappointing. In fact, a couple of dishes were almost inedible. Everything was incredibly salty, to the point that it was so overwhelming we couldn't finish a couple of the dishes. We still had a lovely evening as the staff were very attentive and the service and atmosphere were great. The food, however, was very disappointing. I hope it was a one off

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L
London
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favourite restaurants - ever! Thank you Bocca x

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R
Kent
12 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic birthday lunch, the food is really something special and great if you don’t like huge plates of food but lots of small uniquely flavoured Italian dishes. Pop over the road to their gelato shop too. Mmmmm

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OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was my first time visiting restaurant and definitely will be back. Great menu, very good quality food and service was friendly and polite. They suggested to us to have 2-3 smaller plates to share and one main/ large which was exactly what we wanted. Amazing to see in front of you chef’s and team working like orchestra.

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AB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

good interesting food served in tapas style portions.
We were seated at the bar despite booking 3 weeks in advance and it was very noisy.
wine over priced and not the best quality but fine with the food
probably would not return

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a
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Is not good restaurant, expensive and small dishes and not so delicious
Not value for money

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f
London
68 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent lunch and pre theatre menu at £10. Well chosen dishes attached to Italian locations.

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TS
London
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and the environment. Service was impeccable!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

The food here is always amazing but we were really disappointed by the service which was terse and rude. A real shame for such a wonderful restaurant and one we have visited so many times before over the years. We escaped and finished off our sons 21st birthday with coffee at bar italia which lifted our spirits again.

Please think carefully about your customer service and spend some time training your staff.

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S
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent fast service with friendly and helpful staff. Great choice for pre theatre dining.

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C
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Staff is a bit confused and the food is good, but nothing special. Probably won't come back.

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B
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

I have loved this restaurant since its inception but this time the service was much wanting with the waiters not looking at their tables and even saying that they weren't responsible for my area. The manager should have been aware of this without my having to draw his attention to it. I did not pay the Service Charge for the first time ever.

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TJ
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Sitting at a counter seat was neat. Food was expensive for what you get.

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NJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, excellent food with fresh and delicious ingredients. Very good service.

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JP
London
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food on the slightly salty side. I would not ask for extra olive oil and balsamic vinegar for your bread as they charge £1 for it. Otherwise, good.

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SH
London
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Recommend sitting at the counter.

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CV
London
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best food ever!!!! My favourite restaurant in London. Thank you.

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Hertfordshire
22 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We sat on the stools by the kitchen, so watched the whole process. We chose small starters - sage leaves with anchovy, boccacini; small risotto and palma ham with pickled aubergine and then the roast teal. We shared all dishes. And had a nice chianti in a carafe.
Busy atmosphere, good staff and service.
My only issue was the eagerness to move us on, when finished !

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TF
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious food (though one of us had a problem with the escarole!) and very attentive waiter. Thank you!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant and great service. Food is really interesting and varied.

Overall a great experience.

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KB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, attentive and friendly staff, great all round. A must for those who enjoy good food.

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

Friendly, attentive service and delicious food. Not a whole lot of vegetarian/vegan options, but the ones they did have were amazing.

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

Bocca di Lupo is my favourite restaurant in London - I love the food, the staff , the atmosphere - a very special place.

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AK
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I was disappointed that we were seated at the bar instead of a table. There wasn’t any mention of that when I made the reservation or when they called to confirm. You should be told that when booking or confirming. The bar at the restaurant is at an awkward height for dining and doesn’t make for a great experience.

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