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Squaremeal London Hot 100 2016 “Just lovely, full of people having a great night” sums up readers’ enthusiasm for bold, unbuttoned Bocca di Lupo – a handsome slice of Italy that “never fails to delight”. It may be squirrelled away on unremarkable Archer Street, but there’s much to enjoy once you’re inside – from the glowing dining counter overlooking the kitchen and bar (highly recommended for a quick bite) to the more comfortable high-ceilinged space at the rear (great for big celebrations). “Fab” waiting staff will guide you through the seasonal selection of small plates and larger specialities, all categorised by region and provenance. The menu changes twice daily, but you might find Venetian sea bream carpaccio splashed with a zing of orange, Tuscan beef tagliata with rosemary or a Lombardy-inspired risotto of deeply pungent porcini mushrooms – all “incredible” and “without fault”. It’s also worth sharing some Roman-style fritti – perhaps delicate sage leaves filled with anchovy, buffalo mozzarella bocconcini or squid with lemon. The celebrated terroir-led wine list matches the regionality of the food and lubricates Bocca’s jovial atmosphere, while prices overall are moderately high – but justifiably so.

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All reservations are for 2 hours. PLEASE NOTE all bookings for parties of 2 will be at the chef's counter rather than at a table.

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Bocca di Lupo

12 Archer Street ,London W1D 7BB

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Nice

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Apr 2017

Bocca di Lupo was nice. It has been on my list of restaurants to go for about 2 years so I was very excited to go! (As they change their menu so often I would have only chosen to go at certain times and it is very hard to get a table at short notice) After having read that it is the best Italian in London I had very high expectations as I have eaten a lot of top notch Italian food. I was let down a little bit. While I cannot fault the pasta I had, the fried bocconcini was quite average and didn't...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 5

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12 Archer Street ,London W1D 7BB

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Loved this place!

by   platinum reviewer (51)

Mar 2017

Editor's pick I didn't know what to expect from this self-styled "Venetian tapas" place and I have walked away raving. We opted to sit at the counter and watch the young chefs juggle the orders and perform a veritable ballet in a small space, neither knocking each other or the dishes over! The menu does take a little explanation as there are several different ways to order your meal - either lots of small sharing plates or some sharers with a big sharer or just a big plate for yourself - and there...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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12 Archer Street ,London W1D 7BB

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Food exceeded expectations - service didn't

by   bronze reviewer (5)

Feb 2016

Bocca di Lupo has been on my list to try for so long and sadly kept getting overtaken by newer places so I was very excited to have a table booked and I was finally going! The restaurant was busy and is the perfect setting for a get together with friends - if you're a couple, then the counter is for you - as the main restaurant is lots of round tables designed to get conversation and drinks flowing so volume levels are raised.....perfect for the birthday we wanted to celebrate! The food was...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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Bocca di Lupo

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Feb 2015

I can see what the fuss is about. An innovative menu with some delicious flavour combinations, one visit won't do the large menu justice. From the simple ( grilled squid ) to the sea bream carpaccio with blood orange every plate was a success, though I was a bit surprised to see the salt cod in a thick batter. Knowledgeable and friendly staff, though over the course of ( a slightly extended ) lunch we interacted with a fair number of them. The only slight disappointment was the number at the...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 5

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12 Archer Street ,London W1D 7BB

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Bring on the Squacquerone

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Dec 2014

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I had never before tried this pure, soft, cheese with a slight tang and creamy melting quality. The starter with parma ham that was recommended to me arrived on a wooden platter generously draped in wonderfully tender lean thin ham with 3 diamond shaped pillows of warm golden toasted bread and a blob of the snowy squacquerone cheese rounding off an unassuming, and yet sublime combination. I had wanted to visit Bocca di Lupo for a long, long time, but never managed to get the timing right, and...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 9

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12 Archer Street ,London W1D 7BB

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by   bronze reviewer (9)

Jun 2014

There is a nice buzz when you walk into the restaurant. Bocca di Lupo has a nice ambiance to it and warm lighting. When ordering wine for the table, our waitress brought over her colleague who gave us his best recommendations for the type of wine we wanted. He came across a little arrogant, but he was very knowledgeable about all the wines. You're spoilt for choice with food. It's great to be able to try one of each of the fritti romani (sharing dishes), although you are paying £4 for something tha'ts...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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May 2014

Bocca had yet again a great combination of ingredients. The smallish restaurant lends itself perfectly to a really buzzy atmosphere; even for a late lunch. The staff are pleasantly attentive and engage in the right way. Nothing too formal but appearing to genuinely enjoy meeting you. Finally, the food was great. Seafood for starters, scallops were delightful. Mains fab, suckling pig memorable and lamb ragu pasta. Only small improvement is the need for a signature dessert.

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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Apr 2014

This started badly. A phone call to confirm my booking said I would have seats at the chef's bar as I hadn't said I wanted a table on “special requests”. I said I'd go somewhere else and they came back later and said they had found me a table. Service on departure was surly – my friend's coat was recovered begrudgingly – but at the table was delightful. The menu is fantastic – so many delicious and unusual things to choose from. So all ended well, and I'd certainly return to try different dishes...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 8

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Apr 2014

We have eaten several times at Bocca di Lupo and it is always outstanding. We have only been seated at the Chef's Counter. We love to watch the Chef and his crew put together all of the wonderful dishes. It culinary entertainment! Absolutely everything looks good and it is hard to decide what to have. They have a great wine list. We have either the Chianti Classico Riserva or the Brunello. They open at 5:30 which makes it a perfect place for dinner before the Theatre. You can only have the table...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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Oct 2013

Editor's pick This is the second time I've eaten here. The regional Italian dishes are authentic, with some less common treats such as lamb sweetbreads. The starters are generally for sharing (a whole large artichoke with dressing and crab – a great dish), a seasonal pasta withe porcini was perfect (although the portion described as large was anything but large); a seabass was just simply poached but with a perfect cuisson.The puddings are less overwhelming. There are a few wines under £30, but not many. The cheap...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 6

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    I went to Bocca di Lupo ages ago, way before I ever moved to London and since we have been here (almost two and a half years), I have been meaning to go back, but for one reason or another, I always had to cancel my reservations. Every time we went to Gelupo, their gelato place across the street, it reminded me that I wanted to make a booking and go back, but reservations are never easy to get, unless planned with a lot of notice.
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Jacob Kenedy

The son of an artist and a cellist, Cambridge natural science graduate Jacob Kenedy is perhaps not the most likely candidate for the chef’s life, but he certainly seems to have found his calling. Bocca di Lupo, the lively Soho Italian he opened in 2008, is perennially oversubscribed, while his nearby gelateria Gelupo (arguably) serves up some of London’s best ice cream. Bocca di Lupo's sister restaurant Vico opened summer 2015 and serves Italian style street food in an informal setting.

Essential Details for Bocca di Lupo

  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Area: Soho
  • Price: £50.00
  • Wine: £21.5
  • Champagne: £33.5
  • Private Dining: 32

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