Carluccio's Kensington

1 Old Brompton Road , London, SW7 3HZ

2 reviews

36 Italian South Kensington

SquareMeal Review of Carluccio's Kensington

Carluccio’s signature blue & white awnings have been brightening up high streets (& boosting house prices) since 1999. These classy-looking caffè/delis are places to use rather than adore, whether for a mid-shopping pit stop or for an impromptu lunch with pals or family. Open all day, they’re a good shout for a pick-me-up espresso or Prosecco (depending how the day’s going). The mid-priced food is ‘reasonably good’ rather than stupendously so, but the chattering classes still pile in for their fix of Puglian olives, wild boar ragù, pasta alla puttanesca & osso bucco milanese. ‘Stick to the simpler stuff’, advises one regular. The produce in the shop is rather more drool-worthy: ‘I would refuse to leave without making a purchase from the deli’, insists one fan. Wise words.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

South Kensington Tube Station 56m

Gloucester Road Tube Station 771m


Address: 1 Old Brompton Road , London SW7 3HZ

Area: South Kensington

Opening times

Mon-Fri 7.30am-11.30pm Sat-Sun 9am-11.30pm (Sun -10.30pm)

Nearby Landmarks

Ciné Lumiere 240m

Natural History Museum 361m


Telephone: 020 7581 8101


Cuisine: Italian


Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.5

Value: 5.0

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 2.0

London Gourmet platinum reviewer 26 January 2013

This chain in general used to be a good place for decent value for money Italian food but quality and standards have deteriorated over the last few years and now it more and more resembles just another junk food option rather than down-scale but still decent food

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

Sabrina's Passions platinum reviewer 25 August 2010

It is disappointing how these once great restaurants have now seemed to go so very downhill. Its a real shame as I used to go for Saturday lunch every week and the staff were always so bubbly and friendly, with an abundance of Italian staff who really made the brand feel authentic. I rarely go there these days, the food is nowhere near as nice as it used to be and the staff can be abrupt and inflexible. Even the counter staff at the deli aren't as friendly or knowledgable as they used to be. The food never looks fresh, the point blank refuse to slice certain salamis for you (ridiculous!) and a request to order Arancini from the kitchen after 2pm was met with the kind of expression reserved for someone who had made some kind of obscene or absurd request. Disappointing all round and the prices just seem to get higher and higher. I would much rather get my deli meats and Italian dishes elsewhere. What a terrible shame.