Sartoria 333

20 Savile Row , London, W1S 3PR

020 7534 7000

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SquareMeal Review of Sartoria

Time moves relatively slowly when it comes to Mayfair’s classic restaurants, and Sartoria’s thorough refurb (along with the arrival of chef/patron Francesco Mazzei from L’Anima) is still news on Savile Row. The place now looks pin-sharp, of course, if a little stately with its heavy furniture and hotel-neutral palette – although Mazzei’s emphatically “wonderful” cooking elevates the experience to something approaching “faultless”, with back-up from an “incredible” wine list. He’s not afraid of simplicity, stuffing romanesco peppers with salt cod or pairing brown and white crab with green apple and pickled radish. Like his well-dressed patrons, he’s not averse to the luxurious, either: try Grana Padano risotto with saffron and duck livers, generous veal milanese for two, or slow-roasted Black Pig belly with pickled vegetables and black pudding. To finish, insist on zabaglione – think of it as keeping a craft skill alive, not drinking a bowl of expensive custard. Meanwhile, in the late-licence bar, it’s snacks and Negronis a go-go.

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NYE Tasting menu: 5 course tasting menu £95

Available from 5pm on the 31st December. A two hour return time applies for this seating. Not available in conjunction with other offers. Credit card details are required to confirm the reservation

From: 31 December 2017

To: 31 December 2017

Max: 14

Maximum of 14 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

NYE early sitting: 3 course set menu £55

Between 5pm and 7pm on 31st December. A two hour return time applies for this seating. Not available in conjunction with other offers. Credit card details are required to confirm the reservation

From: 31 December 2017

To: 31 December 2017

Max: 14

Maximum of 14 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Set Lunch Menu 2/3 courses £26.50/£32.50

From a set menu. Subject to availability as displayed in the booking interface

From: 03 January 2017

To: 31 December 2017

Max: 7

Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Saturday Set Lunch Menu 2/3 courses £26.50/£32.50 and glass of bubbles

From a set menu. Subject to availability as displayed in the booking interface

From: 02 April 2017

To: 31 December 2017

Max: 7

Maximum of 7 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

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Food & Drink: 8.1

Service: 6.6

Atmosphere: 7.3

Value: 7.0

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Paul P. bronze reviewer 05 February 2017

Since the reincarnation, this restaurant impresses consistently. I've only been for business lunches for which the service is efficient and the spacing means you're not overheard. But the food has been a pleasant surprise on all three occasions.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Paul A. platinum reviewer 15 February 2016

Given that the French Guide Michelin has had the courage to award 54 new stars in its 2016 edition, it is encouraging that UK chefs are continuing to work towards ever higher standards knowing that it is unlikely that their efforts will affect the increasingly negative and increasingly unjustifiable ratio of stars between the UK and France, even though, whatever The Sunday Times may say, there are precious few chefs in this country who would actually refuse a star or two or three. So, should Francesco Mazzei bother? Sartoria is difficult to judge in some respects; it copes with a very sizeable number of covers, split between the cavernous main dining room, which almost has the look of canteen, and this certainly contributes to some lack of ambience, and three private dining rooms. However, the canny lay-out of the tables and the, in most cases, relaxed efficiency of the front of house staff, does make it feel like it should be a fine-dining restaurant. There is no permanent tasting menu, but we were lucky enough to be offered a special Valentine’s Day set menu. Another factor working in favour of fine-dining status is the excellent wine list, especially, as you would expect, the superb selection of Italian beauties, but also a decent choice of wines by the glass and half bottles. So does the food swing it? To go with our Prosecco some bread was served with some olive oil but without any descriptive detail, and no amuse-bouche was forthcoming, so, having persuaded our waiter to persuade the kitchen to change the menu main course from beef to the dish people, and food critics, are talking about, namely cod marinated in liquorice, and having chosen a suitable bottle for the three seafood-based courses, we plunged into the first course. We do sometimes wonder how many hand divers there are under the sea at any one time, but we happily paired the charcoal-topped hand-dived scallop with the fiery ‘nduja, the latter taken with the purple potato mash being a good match rather than a dominant feature, and as the palate became accustomed to the spice the lovely prawn, allowed to be perfectly natural, came into its own. The second course was a bit of a puzzle; the lobster in the ravioli would have been far more obvious if it had not been minced up and in the end it was rather neutral, and as the accompanying truffle was on the same sort of innocuous level on the flavour scale this was not a dish to write home about. It was a cautious thumbs up though for the almost too generous serving of cod cured in liquorice, the yummy richness of which was cunningly counterbalanced with a slightly vinegary beetroot coulis and complemented by a small portion of mash, some trendy singed lettuce and a potato crisp for texture. The dessert brought the meal to a close with a bit of theatre, the cupolone chocolate dome being coaxed into collapsing by the hot chocolate poured on it to reveal inside a light hazelnut cakey mousse and a dash of sweetish sauce with a suggestion of alcohol. Overall, then, we reckoned that one or two tweaks are still needed for Sartoria to start offering a proper challenge to the many other established toppers in Mayfair.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Lynn W. platinum reviewer 01 February 2016

We arrived for dinner and had drinks in the bar first - a glossy space, welcoming and a good spot for a catch up. Moving into the dining room, we all liked the wing back chairs and comfortable environment, and settled in for a good dinner with lovely copper pots of breads and fab olive oil. Actually, it was a bit patchy. The winter salad with crunchy raw veg, soft puree of pulses and quails egg was enjoyable, the tortellini with Marsala broth was said to be very good, and the seafood with Sardinian fregola was apparently epic! Wish I'd had that ... For main course a friend and I shared the salt baked sea bass, this was good fish, delivered whole to the table but spoiled a little by rather unskilled service, it ended up as a bit of a heap on the plate. The lamb looked very good, but was apparently not a good piece and was too fatty and chewy, while the fritto misto was rapidly polished off. Sides of ultra-thin crispy fried zucchini and double baked potatoes with mozarella were delicious, but the spinach was more like tough chewy chard. For dessert 3 of us succumbed to the thought of chestnut and meringue montebianco, but none of us finished it - the meringue was nice and crisp but flat, the filling a bit claggy - overall just too sweet and stodgy and not the luscious rich but airy confection we were expecting. One person chose the roast pineapple and was very pleased with it. Service was very pleasant but there were long waits between courses. Overall we had a good evening, but given we have been to L'Anima several times for chef Franceso Mazzei's cooking we came away feeling that some dishes were very good but others were disappointing.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Sibylle B. 26 January 2015

Very enjoyable meal - quality excellent.Good choices and variety. Service was very attentive but the Restaurant was not full at the time. I am not sure how well the staff would cope if every table were to be taken. Would certainly be happy to return.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

graham B. 16 December 2014

Waited 90 minutes for the main course - I have better things to do with my time than go to this restaurant again.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Gourmand Gunno platinum reviewer 20 September 2012

I first ate here over ten years ago and for no particular reason had failed to return since. However, for any restaurant to be able to maintain consistently high standards in a city with a dining culture as competitive as London's is testament to the fact that Sartoria must be doing something right. The sensation on walking in is one of comfort, namely discreet but far from overbearingly formal luxury and service. The main dining area is beautifully light and spacious with the tables set well apart. We only ate mains, but my veal Milanese and my conrade's crab linguine were both prepared to perfection. The veal was tender and the lemon proved a perfect foil and the spinach a good complement. The sommelier informed us that the first wine we had suggested was not at the right temperature and so he suggested a suitable alternative, a touch that was appreciated and the wine in question (a Pinot by Banfi) was a pleasure to drink. All round hard to fault, although I would argue probably much better for business (i.e. this occasion) than I would imagine for pleasure. Cecconi scores significantly higher for atmosphere and the best Italian in London for me remains Locanda Locatelli, perfect for any occasion.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Subramani V. 23 September 2011

Had spent my own minutes with friends last week there. Can say surely this is a right choice to have authentic Italian cuisine. Service is really good. I loved there. Delicious foodies. Pork belly, castellucio lentils, braised chicory, salsa verde are really tasteful. Now the location is offering some special deals, I received the status from dinner-deals.com where the place, I booked.

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Sartoria in Mayfair boasts two spacious private dining rooms. Connected to the restaurant by large oak-panelled sliding doors, they can be left open to enjoy the theatre of the restaurant or closed for privacy. The sleek design includes fabric walls and creates the perfect ambience in which to entertain guests. Each room can comfortably cater for up to 25 guests for a seated dinner, or 35 for a standing reception. For larger parties the rooms can be joined together to seat up to 50 guests or 70 guests standing. Surround yourself with some of Italy’s finest wines in the third private dining room, situated in a newly built wine cellar. Hosting up to eight guests, the room is a stunning setting for more intimate groups who desire a thoroughly tailored experience. 

Private Dining Room
Capacity: 25
Private Dining Room
Capacity: 50
Special offers

NYE Tasting menu: 5 course tasting menu £95

From: 31 December 2017

To: 31 December 2017

Max: 14

Maximum of 14 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

NYE early sitting: 3 course set menu £55

From: 31 December 2017

To: 31 December 2017

Max: 14

Maximum of 14 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Set Lunch Menu 2/3 courses £26.50/£32.50

From: 03 January 2017

To: 31 December 2017

Max: 7

Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Saturday Set Lunch Menu 2/3 courses £26.50/£32.50 and glass of bubbles

From: 02 April 2017

To: 31 December 2017

Max: 7

Maximum of 7 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.