Il Boteglio Restaurant

60 Long Lane Barbican , London, EC1A 9EJ

SquareMeal Review of Il Boteglio Restaurant

A Smithfield institution for more than 30 years, blue-fronted Il Boteglio is a trattoria of the old school, right down to its old wine barrels, potted palms and candles dripping in Chianti bottles – although prices are not exactly ‘retro’. The menu trawls its way through familiar antipasti, salads, 10 sorts of pizza, assorted pasta dishes (fettuccine with meatballs, four-cheese ravioli, and so on) and well-tried mains ranging from lobster and pumpkin risotto with saffron, or tuna steak with deep-fried zucchini to calf’s liver with butter and sage or veal chop with rosemary on a bed of spaghettini. Set menus offer decent value for hard-pressed bankers, and the food is matched by a traditional list of everyday Italian wines.

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Il Boteglio Restaurant is recommended for

Traditional | Group Dining 8 Plus

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Barbican Station 93m

Barbican Tube Station 186m

Address

Address: 60 Long Lane Barbican , London EC1A 9EJ

Area: Clerkenwell Barbican

Opening times

Mon-Fri 12N-3pm, 5.30pm-11pm. Sat 12N-11pm

Nearby Landmarks

Worshipful Company of Haberdashers 219m

Smithfield 242m

Details

Telephone: 020 7600 5507

Website:

Cuisine: Italian

Lunch: ££14.95 for two courses

Dinner: ££14.95 for two courses

5.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 1.0

Value: 1.0

Joanna B. 18 February 2013

We were dragged in by an over-zealous waiter while just reading the menu outside, an off-putting start. But with not long before our concert at the Barbican to get a meal in we didn't have much choice. The caprese starter for £10.95 was 3 slices of (admittedly) buffalo mozarella, 3 slices of anaemic tomato and one tiny basil leave in the middle. I had veal for main… in a mushroom sauce and brandy sauce. The sauce felt like it came from a packet. I cannot really recommend this restaurant. It had an old fashioned feel… candles dripping over chianti bottles…, if the food had been cheap and good then there would have been a place for the retro atmosphere… the food was just too over-priced for what it was. Cannot really recommend.