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The name alludes to Dante’s unfinished masterpiece, and there are quotes from the great poet all around this modern Italian – although most diners simply appreciate the ‘convivial’ atmosphere and admirable space between tables (“one can truly have a private conversation here”, notes a fan). There’s also some “excellent” Italian regional cooking to be had, from indulgent plates of San Daniele ham accompanied by bouncily soft burrata, or crunchy octopus with a rich nduja sauce, to a risotto with roast quail and red onion purée, or veal chop with fresh artichokes (“as good as I get in Venice”, notes one traveller). Handmade pasta is a sound shout for those that want it (we suggest pappardelle with seafood and raw Sicilian pachio tomato sauce), while zabaglione semifreddo drizzled with espresso coffee sauce make a fine finish. The “reasonably priced” wine list lacks informative notes, but staff are more than happy to suggest a decent Italian match for food and pocket.

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Il Convivio

143 Ebury Street ,London SW1W 9QN

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A nice surprise

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Feb 2016

I have been eating just down the street at an excellent Italian for some 30 years. Decided to give Convivio a try and loved the space between the tables. One can have a truly private conversation at every table! Also, the excellent but reasonably priced wine list along with the food that was very good made for a great evening.. I had t octopus and rucula starter followed by an excellent rib eye. My partner had the veal and said it was as good as she gets in Venice. We will return, often I hope.

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

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Il Convivio

143 Ebury Street ,London SW1W 9QN

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Worth a visit

by   bronze reviewer (5)

Jan 2015

I needed a resturant close to Victoria Station for a business lunch and found Il Convivio. It was a short walk and on arrival was made very welcome. My guest and I had excellent service, a delicious meal and were not rushed nor ignored throughout our meal. It was a great experience and one I am happy to repeat.

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 8

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Il Convivio

143 Ebury Street ,London SW1W 9QN

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Jul 2014

Not a particularly great experience, particularly given price and location. Starters were very simple, and not particularly well-executed. For example, “Asparagus with quail eggs” featured soggy over-cooked asparagus, and hard-boiled quails eggs. Seemed to show a lack of effort, or focus on pre-preparation. Mains were along similar lines. “Spagetti alla vongole” was very salty, seemingly featuring tinned/bottled clams (many tiny and dry clams, no whole shells in sight), but somehow still managed...

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 4

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Il Convivio

143 Ebury Street ,London SW1W 9QN

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Dec 2011

Have visited twice now at lunch times and found polite, efficient service, delicious modern but unfussy Italian food and a good value wine list in a bright, modern environment with plenty of room between tables. Highly recommended – one of my favourite restaurants, and in my view and experience, the nicest, best quality lunch destination near Victoria station.

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

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Il Convivio

143 Ebury Street ,London SW1W 9QN

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Apr 2010

Belgravia is spoilt for choice when it comes to Italian restaurants, but il Convivio is the one I find myself returning to most often. The room is a well designed space, with the rear half of the restaurant sitting under skylights and the front being a clean, modern front half that is refreshingly well lit. The menu doesn’t change too often, but there is plenty on there worth trying. Starters are mostly safe choices like mozzarella and tomato or carpaccio of beef or tuna. The home made pasta is...

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

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143 Ebury Street ,London SW1W 9QN

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Mar 2009

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I must admit that I have a bit of a negative bias to Italian restaurants after a few too many of them trying so hard and charging even harder. After all, the Italian cuisine is rarely overly complicated, right?! Anyway, I had a pleasant experience at Il Convivio. I would have preferred to sit further in the restaurant, under the skylights, but it wasn't bad in the section before. The food was well presented and definitely delivered. I had a carpaccio for starter and a crab linguine as main. Apart...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 4

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  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Area: Belgravia
  • Price: £54.00
  • Wine: £18.00
  • Champagne: £50.00
  • Lunch: £17.50/23 (2/3 courses)
  • Dinner: £23.50/29 (2/3 courses)
  • Private Dining: 14

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A stunning private dining room with a large antique dining table seating up to 14 people, plus a small adjacent lounge area with sofas and a coffee table for relaxing before and after your meal.

 

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