Scalini

1-3 Walton Street , London, SW3 2JD

9 reviews

75 Italian Chelsea

Scalini London Italian restaurant Chelsea

SquareMeal Review of Scalini

Back in the day, Scalini was considered one of London’s ‘premier restaurants’, observes a reader – and crowds still flock to this long-serving, ultra-traditional Italian, despite rather ‘surly service’ and ‘astronomic prices’. A photographic wall of fame at the back of the pale, yellow-walled dining room testifies to its enduring popularity with celebs as well as locals and tourists, who come here for food that that is familiar, reassuring and resolutely old school. Apart from the odd the seasonal special, the menu rarely changes – so get your fill of baked avocado with crab and cheese sauce, tortellini with Gorgonzola, cream and asparagus, char-grilled lobster or calf’s liver with butter and sage. Like the menu, the wine list is Italian to the core, with the odd French vintage for good measure.

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Scalini is recommended for

Traditional | Special Occasions Under 40S | Wheelchair Access

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

South Kensington Tube Station 659m

Sloane Square Tube Station 700m

Address

Address: 1-3 Walton Street , London SW3 2JD

Area: Chelsea

Opening times

Mon-Sun 12N-3pm 7-11.30pm

Nearby Landmarks

Harrods 384m

Michelin House 401m

Details

Telephone: 020 7225 2301

Website:

Cuisine: Italian

Private Dining: 25

7.0

Food & Drink: 7.1

Service: 7.0

Atmosphere: 7.7

Value: 6.0

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 0.0

Neil M. gold reviewer 03 April 2013

Back in the day this was considered one of the premier London restaurants, so I can only imagine how bad the others were. Service is attentive but surly! The food is OK but not inspired and the prices are astronomic ! Heaven knows why it was so busy!

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 1.0

Miss A bronze reviewer 24 July 2012

Pros: The very friendly staff, the buzzy atmosphere and the nostalgic decoration Cons: Most of the food was fairly bland and RIDICULOUSLY overpriced. On top of paying for this privilege the tables are literally on top of each other. If i want excellent Italian food in this neighbourhood for this budget i would go to Zafferanos every day of the week over Scalini. Daphne's would be a second choice. I cannot see us bothering to try Scalini again.

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 1.0

Continental Diner platinum reviewer 04 March 2012

What a pity. Even the great heritage of Scalini in Walton Street can make us forgive its current shortcomings. Let's hope they will in time be overcome. Like so many other “vintage” London Italian restaurants, Scalini has been resting on its laurels for quite some time. The food was not “bad” but notably mediocre and by current standards of inspired italian cooking in the capital. But the problem here is that there are so many so much better places close by. Let's hope that one day there's a revival in the kitchen. At the moment there is room for imporovement. However, there are glimmers of hope, I believe it would be a very good place for a private party…

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Natalie K. 06 December 2011

I have visited Scalini on numerous occassions for both business dinners and personal socialising, and every visit get's better and better … From the warm friendly atmosphere, the amazing food, extensive wine list and impeccable service, The team at Scalini always leave me wanting to come back for more … highly reccomended!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Louise A. silver reviewer 20 March 2011

I have been to Scalini several times and always had a very good experience. I've always found the food to be perfectly cooked and very flavoursome, huge portions too, and with a good selection of wines and a loud, fun, bustling atmosphere. The tables are close together, it can feel a little cramped at times, but generally very friendly and authentically Italian! Its definitely a place to go with friends rather than a romantic dinner. As other reviewers have said, the langoustines are delicious and there are a few things available ‘off menu’ so it pays to chat to your waiter, or even better, know them well! Overall a great restaurant and a firm favourite with my friends and I.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Ross Y. bronze reviewer 16 November 2010

good all rounder this place – food is always good (not amazing italian food – trading a little on its name – but still good) atmosphere is great – friendly service – price is fair for what you get – a place a would go back to a few times a year

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Hamed E. 18 August 2010

In Scalini We Believe. Consistently Great Food. The Langouistine is mouthwatering. I keep going back for affirmation again and again and again…

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

paul s. silver reviewer 03 June 2010

I like this place, although at peak times you almost have to shout to be heard, so better to go in a group then a couple!! i love the food here, proper italian cooking, lobster spagetti is yummy as is the veal escalope, portions are really good, i have never left here hungry, and is reasonable priced for knightbridge!! a good all rounder

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Epic 31 January 2010

Scalini never fails to entertain… hits all the spots with its delicious array of comforting Italian food and personalised service. The warm dining room, crowded with tables of all shapes and sizes, is filled with an eclectic mixture of people… it's loud, fun and filled with laughter – nobody seems to be in a rush or overly interested in the dining guests with more well known faces. The food speaks for itself, it looks as good as it tastes… the grilled langustines with garlic butter are to die for, as is the pasta, actually, whatever you see arrive on other guest plates is what you quietly promise yourself that you will try next time. If you can afford it, bring your friends and family – you're in for a treat!