Cecconi's Mayfair 333

5a Burlington Gardens , London, W1S 3EP

  • Cecconi s interior distressed mirror wall small tables
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SquareMeal Review of Cecconi's Mayfair

Squaremeal London Hot 100 2016Brooklyn, Berlin, Barcelona, Miami – Cecconi’s has been shipped all over the world to great fanfare, but the original Cecconi’s Mayfair still holds a special allure for readers (and ourselves). Occupying a corner site on Burlington Gardens, the set-up is “faultless from the minute you walk in”: the decor “oozes class and sophistication”, while tuned-in staff can “answer any question”. Soft lighting, green leather chairs and zebra-striped floors radiate from a constantly buzzing bar, so settle in for a superb Italian-style aperitif before diving into the Venetian-inspired menu. The kitchen keeps things generous and gloriously simple, from perfectly crispy calamari fritti with lemon aïoli or zesty salmon tartare to rib-eye with broccoli and chilli or crab ravioli with perfect bite in a “sunshine” baby tomato sauce. Tables are at a premium, but spaces are always held at the bar, where you can pop in for a few rounds of Prosecco on tap while nibbling on cichetti. The vibe at Cecconi’s Mayfair varies with the crowd and the time of day – from hedge-fund lunches to weekend shopping treats and “testosterone-fuelled” Saturday jollies, not forgetting winningly enjoyable breakfasts. 

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Cecconi's Mayfair is recommended for

Buzzy | Cool | Fun | Glamorous | Celebrities | Romantic | Special Occasions Under 40S | Breakfast | Brunch | Outside Seating

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Piccadilly Circus Tube Station 462m

Green Park Tube Station 467m

Address

Address: 5a Burlington Gardens , London W1S 3EP

Area: Hanover Square Savile Row

Opening times

Mon-Sat 7am-1am (Sat 8am- ) Sun 8am-12N

Nearby Landmarks

Royal Academy of Arts (Burlington House) 43m

Faraday Museum 114m

Details

Telephone: 020 7434 1500

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Cuisine: Italian

8.3

Food & Drink: 8.0

Service: 8.4

Atmosphere: 9.2

Value: 7.9

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

GH platinum reviewer 17 June 2014

Food is fresh and impeccable. Great for people watching- it has a fashionable and buzzy atmosphere. Service is friendly and attentive. One of my favourite places in London. Great for dining alone, taking a date/friend, or business dinner.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Mike B. bronze reviewer 08 May 2014

This is everything you will have read and heard. Slick and glitzy are indeed the best words to describe it but this is not form over substance. Clients are a combination of sharp-suited city/ hedge fund types, very well-heeled local leisured class and international beau monde. This was a business dinner for me and the restaurant feel was buzzing and lively which sometimes meant we had to speak at a slightly higher volume than felt appropriate to compete with surrounding tables. We booked for 9pm but couldn’t be accommodated until close to 10pm. It was still well worth the wait and the volume of diners passing through hadn’t diluted the quality of the food in any way. Both my starter of Salt Cod and main course of crab ravioli were both full of fresh flavour and whilst I knew the sauce with the ravioli was verging on being a little too rich for me I just couldn’t stop until I had done it total justice. Just as I thought I could take no more, I cast an eye over the dessert menu and, well…you can’t come to a highly renowned Italian restaurant and not have the Tiramasu. It was the perfect consistency – moist, yielding and almost slightly sloppy in parts (sorry there’s probably a technical foodie term I should use but “sloppy” is just how a like a tiramisu to be), deliciously rich (again), and impossible to leave. I can’t believe I hadn’t dined here before because it really is a superb restaurant and can play host for any occasion – business lunch/ dinner, social, special occasion/ anniversary. Book well in advance and you will not regret it.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Natasha V. bronze reviewer 03 December 2012

I had been to Cecconi's some time back in November with some family friends of mine who are frequent diners here. I had the crab ravioli, which was to DIE FOR!!! Cheesecake was out of this world! Second time I came with a potential date for the Cheesecake, again, blown away! Third time I came with my sister and mother for my sister's birthday, and again, I cannot fault Cecconi's at all. The Lobster spaghetti was so delicious, that I could not eat any more and had to take some home. My sister loved her lamb dish and my mother adored her fish dish. I had recommened this place to a friend of mine, and he keeps going back. What can I say? Cecconi's, you are the best! I look forward to celebrating my 33rd Birthday at this decadent restaurant! Bellissima!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Gourmand Gunno platinum reviewer 09 August 2012

If you fancy a spot of informal glamour and are unable to make it over to the likes of Milan, then Cecconi's hits the spot. There is very much a sense of those comfortable with their money here and the people watching is among the best in London. While all this may undoubtedly be true, the reason why people (including this reviewer) keep returning again and again is that it is very hard to fault what Cecconi does. The whole operation is slick and runs both smoothly and effortlessly day and night. Staff are friendly and efficient, swift and attentive. The ability to mix and match from snacks to mains allows for a diverse variety of combinations and one is rarely disappointed. On this occasion, delicate quail eggs were perfectly balanced by a tuna and caper sauce (from the cichetti menu), while crab raviioli to follow was cooked to perfection with the crab finely balanced by fresh tomatoes. My dining comrade enjoyed meatballs (also from the cichetti listings) and a salad, again prepared faultlessly. Importantly, despite the restaurant being busy, we were allowed more than ample to sit and talk at our table once the plates had been cleared away, a very welcome approach in what is justifiably always a busy restaurant.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Continental Diner platinum reviewer 06 July 2012

Bella Italia! Yes, it's true. Your colleague showing off about going to Cecconi's with his wife/girlfriend/client is proabaly not exaggerating. It is quite easy to overspend on Cecconi's lovely menu – and it's wine list for that matter. However, the place oozes with a sense of occaison and the simple understanding that this is a tiny enclave of a top italian restaurant transposed to London. A unbeatable location and a really quite pleasant terrace are futher advantages… Cecconi's fulfills a number of stereotypes, but – and so rarely in London these days – it delivers, and delivers and just when you thought it couldn't improve – it delivered some more. Grazie.

Food & Drink: 0.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 0.0

Candice t. 09 June 2012

On Thursday 7 June 2012 I hate the lamb papardelle for starters and the veal ossobuco for main course I totally hated it, the lamb was very tough and tasted of old mutton and the ossobuco was again very tough I left everything following this very bad experiance i won't be returning to cecconi's again

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Junglefresh. gold reviewer 06 November 2011

Took people there for Sunday breakfast today. Good atmosphere, great location, well decked-out, good value. BUT 1. Dirty Crockery, 2. Terribly weak caffetiere coffee – depite sending back the first, the second came as anaemic as any American might want. 3. Service typical of a chain – no one there who cared about what impression the customer might walk away with. Receptionists chatting among themselves, while people waited for them to turn their gaze towards the customer; servers who did not listen (to the request for coffee brewed strong) and who did not check the crockery they brought to the table for cleanliness… COME ON SOHO HOUSE ! YOU KNOW ABOUT HOSPITALITY, GET YOUR HiT SQUAD IN NOW !!!

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 1.0

Jimmy2times 20 September 2011

After considering a lot of Italian restaurants for our anniversary dinner, I chose this one. It is on the top italian restaurants in London list and the menu looked good. I ca'nt really fault the service but for the price you pay, the food is simply average. The veal cannelloni could have been straight from Pizza Express. Nothing wow about it at all. Also, when I booked, I advised the restaurant that it was our wedding anniversary on the day and that a nice table would be great and anything else they could do. When the restaurant phoned me on the morning to confirm, I repeated that again and they said it was noted. Nobody mentioned anything when we were at the restaurant, we received a standard table next to the window (not the soft seating on the other side of the restaurant) and it was just like any other night. Even chain restaurants make a bit of effort! Very disappointing – will not be going there again.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Renaissance Girl bronze reviewer 23 July 2011

I utterly adore, ADORE, Cecconi's, but you need to make sure you choose it for the right occasion. Want to eat out in a gaggle of chums and roar with laughter? Head to Cecconi's! Want to take your new paramour for a quiet romantic meal – well – I wouldn't really recommend it… The room is one of the busiest and loudest dining rooms in this cooking standard – and this all adds to the atmosphere. Since they smoking ban came in, I love it even more (it was always full of smokers). I've always found the service to be prompt – if not super-prompt. Unfortunately my beloved lobster salad has finally been removed from the menu, but fortunately the courgette's remain. Even if you don't like courgettes, please do order some – this is the best way to eat them, and is how they serve them in Sheekey's too. Cecconi's is fantastic fun. My only caution is that it can be *very* loud. We once took a chum who can't speak very loudly as the result of an accident – it was incredibly difficult to hear him. I shouldn't think this applies to many diners, but it's just a note of caution.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Lisa W. 23 May 2011

Always wear heels to Cecconi's. It's just another way to soak up the feeling that somehow upon entering you are thin, tall, wealthy and cultured. Of course, many people there will actually fit that description. The lighting and a few drinks ensure you look gorgeous, which is good because everyone is looking (though you're looking back). Leave enough time before your reservation to enjoy a cocktail at the bar, where you can whisper with your friends about if the inappropriately young lady at someone's table is a little sister… or an escort. Food is fresh and delicious, waiters are Italian and handsome. Order three courses to make dinner last as long as possible, especially if you are seated on one of the velvet ensconsed booths. Don't take yourself too seriously, relax and enjoy the ambiance. It's a pretty penny but worth every one.