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Giorgio Locatelli’s influential HQ is mentioned so often in conjunction with the phrase “best Italian in London” that it might start going to the celeb chef’s head. Apart from temporary closure in 2014, his “polished and luxurious” restaurant has delivered gorgeous consistency and discreet A-list dining since opening in 2002. The pale interior (all cream leather, gentle lighting and beaded curtains) offers a murmur of privacy for the enjoyment of reassuringly expensive and beautifully cooked dishes with Michelin-starred status. Start with a summer salad or ox tongue with salsa verde and egg, before sampling mostarda-crusted pork fillet with borlotti beans or juicy monkfish with walnut and caper sauce, but don’t sidestep the magnificent home-made pasta (chestnut tagliatelle with wild mushrooms is a “delicious” standout). Clever touches work especially well at dessert, witness a violet jelly and strawberry sorbet served alongside vanilla cheesecake. It’s all incredibly assured: intelligent, simple, seasonal and alive to the way customers want to dine, while the vast regional wine list is a paean to Italian viticulture. “Everyone has to eat here once,” insists a fan.
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Locanda Locatelli

8 Seymour Street ,London W1H 7JZ

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Still feels special

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Oct 2015

Editor's pick A trip to this restaurant is always special, and we were curious after the re-opening earlier in 2015. Gliding to our table, we were presented with the longest homemade bread sticks, glasses of Champagne and such a large bowl of different breads we couldn't possibly do justice to them all. We focused on seasonal treats including taglierini with fresh Umbrian truffle (heavenly), and homemade chestnut tagliatelle with wild mushrooms (delicious). We both had the main course of roast monkfish...

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Lynn W.'s rating

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

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8 Seymour Street ,London W1H 7JZ

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Almost excellent

by   platinum reviewer (212)

Feb 2014

Expectations inevitably run pretty high for a restaurant that has a celebrity chef with a Michelin star and remains one of the hardest to get a table in, despite having been open for close to twelve years. Notwithstanding the booking process (forget impromptu dining here; telephone bookings only, and preferably one month in advance), we very much looked forward to our visit to Locanda Locatelli, somewhere we have eaten close to ten times since its opening. And while the experience could broadly be...

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

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by   platinum reviewer (108)

Jan 2013

One of the best high-end italian restaurants in town. I would say the food is somewhat more classic and refined (similar to say zafferano but by now probably a touch better) than the top-notch but slighly “simpler” dishes you'll get at say river cafe or theo randall (they're great though, don't get me wrong – just a slightly different take). Like the other top places it is always down to the ingredients that make the dishes work. A really good venue both for lunch and dinner with attentative service.

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

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8 Seymour Street ,London W1H 7JZ

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Mar 2012

I got taken here by my wife on Friday 10th March for my 30th Birthday and it was truly one of the best meals if not the best I have ever had! I had wanted to go for some years as I am a huge fan of Giorgio Locatelli and so when we walked in, it was a complete surprise as I had no idea I was being taken there. The welcome was excellent, very warming and completely un-pretentious which is always a danger with places of this calibre. We had a lovely table and overcame some delicious bread and oil of...

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Scott M.'s rating

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

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Locanda Locatelli

8 Seymour Street ,London W1H 7JZ

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by   platinum reviewer (125)

Mar 2012

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Locanda Locatelli serves the best Italian food outside Italy I know. It is seldom that a celebrity chef so directly delivers what he promises. The restaurant is a true pleasure, of course this level comes at a price but it is a truly very good effort. The menu covers the classics but allows for some slightly more innovative dishes as well. A top pick in London. This impression was recently re-affirmed. Italian in London? Look no further.

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

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by   platinum reviewer (85)

Oct 2011

Locanda Locatelli oozes money. The staff, the decor and the clientele. They all scream, in a modest understated way, that if you have to ask the price of anything, you shouldn't be here. Now beating up a restaurant on Portland Square, next to Little Arabia and just up from hedgefund-land, for its pricing might feel a tad unnecessary. It's like attacking the child infused atmosphere of a Harvester during the middle of the summer holidays or as someone less verbose than I would put it, like shooting...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 4

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8 Seymour Street ,London W1H 7JZ

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May 2011

This is food my mama used to make. Its food her mama used to make! I have had four dinners here in three weeks (am trying to get as many lovely evenings out before my twins arrive in early june) and I am not only a very lucky woman, I am astounded at the level of professionalism. I am an Italian who spent her childhood listening to my family discuss what they were eating for breakfast, lunch and dinner, not understanding the importance as a child. Now I get it! Giorgio Locatelli's flair for keeping...

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

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by   silver reviewer (21)

Mar 2011

A good choice for dinner, lovely food, really authentic. I think if you are a foodie, then this is your place, as the chef does Italian very well. Location is right behind Oxford street, so very central. Ambiance, I wasn't convinced. I'm more of a Chelsea type, but it seemed a bit flat to me. Food was the absolute highlight, so go for that. Go elsewhere for a scene.

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

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by   platinum reviewer (90)

Jan 2011

Whilst it may not be cheap, I have always found the service at Locanda Locatelli to be excellent. In fact it was the service that from day one, drew me in and encouraged me to make repeat visits. The food is excellent and LL is home to the best scallop dish I have ever had… The Capesante Al'Aspretto di Zafferano is a revelation of carefully balanced flavours. Plump scallops with celery and a saffron vinaigrette are a great way to kick off the meal. The one thing about LL is that the food is pretty...

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

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    Quiet eating :: Quiet Eating: Locanda Locatelli

    Following their renovation after a fire (you should really watch were you drop those cigarette butts) I decided to visit to see if the kitchen was still up to scratch following a necessary hasty departure from the premises by the cooks. The new menu unfortunately was missing some of the favourites I had enjoyed on my last visit which were dishes that I had not seen elsewhere (and haven’t since) such as ox tail ravioli.
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    Food Expectations :: Food Expectations Locanda Locatelli London Review

    I have been hearing how good Locanda Locatelli was for a long time but they closed down for a bit last year because of a fire and just recently reopened. My mother-in-law and her boyfriend were visiting from the US and they are quite conservative with food so we decided it was a great spot to take them.

    The d&cor is plain, nothing very exciting and the restaurant was very busy on a Wednesday night.
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Giorgio Locatelli

Giorgio Locatelli was born into a family of cooks in his native Lombardy and was pressed into helping out at his uncle’s Michelin-starred restaurant from the age of five. He left Italy for an apprenticeship under Anton Edelmann at the Savoy, then worked in Paris for three years before becoming head chef at Zafferano in 1995. He opened Locanda Locatelli with wife Plaxy in 2002. His Made in Italy cookbook is a modern classic.
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Essential Details for Locanda Locatelli

  • Address: 8 Seymour Street, London W1H 7JZ
  • Telephone: 020 7935 9088
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  • Opening Times: Mon-Sun 12N-3pm 6-11pm (Fri-Sat -11.30pm Sun -10.15pm)
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Area: Marylebone
  • Price: £50
  • Wine: £16.00
  • Champagne: £65.00
  • Private Dining: 50

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