Al Duca

4-5 Duke of York Street , London, SW1Y 6LA

Al Duca

SquareMeal Review of Al Duca

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Al Duca is the kind of reliable Italian that shuns fireworks in order to get the job done. Tricked out in terracotta tones, its looks are modest, but that’s all part of the venue’s ongoing appeal: here is a genuine neighbourhood restaurant among St James’s bigger hitters. Tastefully rendered tradition is the dominant culinary theme: to start, try the bitter hit of sautéed endive and radicchio with goats’ cheese and toasted hazelnuts or Culatello ham with pear, ginger, black pepper and truffle compote. Pasta includes classic crab tagliolini and homemade pappardelle with a rich beef ragù (as well as gluten-free options), while secondi are based around prime hunks of meat and seafood – monkfish with mushrooms pleased one reader. Puddings such as tiramisu and profiteroles hit the universally acknowledged sweet spots, and the “respectable” Italian wine list offers some pleasant discoveries (biodynamics included) for under £30.

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Special offers from Al Duca

20% Off food

From: 10 July 2018

To: 30 September 2018

Max: 6

From the a la carte menu.

Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

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Al Duca Location

4-5 Duke of York Street , London SW1Y 6LA

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020 3641 1875

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Opening times

Mon-Sat 12N-11pm (Sat 12.30pm- )

Al Duca's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 8.5

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Service: 8.2

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Atmosphere: 7.5

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Value: 8.2

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Food + drink: 4

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 4

Silver Reviewer
23 November 2015

We arrived about 8.15pm on a Friday evening (having booked online) and were shown to a table promptly. It was, and remained pretty much full throughout our meal, but wasn't horribly noisy. All aspects of the meal - food options, ordering, service and waiter attention- were very acceptable. Delivery also was well-timed. My chili tagliatelli with crab was excellent, with no trace of shell; in fact it could have been a little spicier even. Monkfish with mushrooms was another interesting option. A respectable choice of wines by the glass, with reasonably priced house wines. Overall, with service of 12.5% included (and a £1 donation to Charity which should at least have been mentioned in advance), £115 was a satisfactory cost for the meal.

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Food + drink: 4

Service: 3

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 4

15 June 2014

This was my second visit to Al Duca, and it didn't disappoint. We went with two friends who had not been before. Our table was excellent, just by a fully opened window, whch on a warm evening added to the ambience. Three of us glad three courses and on had four. All of the food was of a very high standard, and we all liked the pricing structure ie a fixed price simply based on the number of courses., all chosen from a menu with adequate choice. The ine was a little pricey, but very enjoyable. Only one critiscism – the waiter did not top up the glasses, and having chosen a good wine and paying the standard 12.5% service charge, details like this matter. I have o say however, that in my experience, the standard service charge provides no incentive to the waiters to go the extra mile!

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 3

28 February 2014

This is an excellent Italian restaurant in the heart of Jermyn Street. Food and service are consistently good. The atmosphere is good if a little bright. A good selection of Italian wines. Like most decent London restaurants its a bit on the pricey side. Tables a bit close together for a romantic night out.

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