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61 Jermyn Street
020 7499 2211
A venerable gentleman of Jermyn Street, this tasteful Italian has been smoothing out its diners’ careworn creases for more than 60 years. Alfresco tables are gold dust on summer evenings, while the dining room is calm and grown-up with a couple of particularly striking artworks and a brigade of staff who are full of courtesy and charm. Breakfast is a popular business call, but the kitchen saves its best for refined lunch and dinner menus. Creamy Burrata is given an indulgent lift with truffled mushrooms, pungent Parmesan sets off wafer-thin slices of beef carpaccio and sea bass is treated with a light touch (alongside aubergine purée, baby courgette and cherry tomatoes). Start with cocktails in the bar before moving on to something from the accomplished, mostly Italian wine list – just be wary of “real central London prices”.
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Franco’s made it to the
shortlist entirely on the strength of a fine Italian selection. There is an ‘International Wines’ section (including such makeweight countries as France!) and a truly impressive spread of 24 rosés,
but this list is really all about Italy, particularly given that there are 14 vintages of Sassicaia and Tignanello.
StreetSmart - London restaurants
Best in St James's
61 Jermyn Street
020 7499 2211
Green Park Tube Station 261m
Piccadilly Circus Tube Station 501m
Fortnum & Mason 135m
Mon-Fri 7am-12am Sat 8am-11.30pm
Our private dining space offers many options and can be set up to suit your needs, for whatever the occasion. From board room style private meetings to product launches, dinner parties, family re-unions, birthdays and anniversaries Franco’s is the perfect setting for your private event.
Food & Drink:
Rate & Review
Food + drink: 4
I keep going back to Prezzo Leatherhead as the food is delicious and the service is impeccable. On my last visit I tried the spaghetti with king prawns. The dish arrived with a large chilly on top. I would recommend it, as it was exquisite and just hot enough.
It's always hard to name a great Italian in London, especially given how opinion on Italian cuisine divides even the Italians in town!
Is it L'Anima, Cecconis, River Café, Zucca, Murano, Locanda L? Franco's is not quite the aforementioned, but the team do a decent job of getting close. It ticks the boxes for a superb lunch venue - good viewing, outside seating (if you're two), bright and airy, top notch service and good simple food done very well.
Expensive, but worth it and a wine list that is both innovative and where decent value can be found - just ask.
It's a surefire staple that it will not disappoint especially if you haven't been before.
I found Franco's on Square Meal as a convenient location after going to the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy. For a Friday evening it was pretty full, and the accommodated us though we were quite early for our booking. Service was efficient, and we had 2 courses each in good time, without being hurried along. Good sized beef carpaccio had mushrooms underneath and lots of shaved truffle on top. 2 mains were both pasta; mine was little tubes ( a bit too al dente) with duck ragout. Wine by the glass was real central London prices (£12!).
But, overall it was efficient and tasted good, not too noisy and with pleasant staff.
Quite a wild painting at the reception!
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