Taberna Etrusca 1

9-11 Bow Churchyard , London, EC4M 9DQ

020 7248 5552

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SquareMeal Review of Taberna Etrusca

Like some of the racing cars pictured on its walls, Taberna Etrusca has come to be regarded as a 1960s classic. The setting couldn’t be more Cockney (note the lovely courtyard almost beneath Bow Bells), but at heart this is a “typical” City trattoria with chummy service, good wines and “tranquil” evening sessions in contrast to busy lunchtimes. “Massive portions” satisfy on a basic level, but the kitchen has merits beyond mere sustenance: “full-flavoured” dishes often embrace international influences, as in a confit duck salad with peanut, orange and chilli dressing or anchovy tempura atop grilled Shropshire chicken with Caesar salad. There’s fresh homemade pasta too – try the chitarra spaghetti with sliced beef fillet sautéed in garlic, chilli and plum tomato. With its noticeable Italian tilt, the wine list provides gratifyingly wide choice at the lower end – a sensible approach to pricing that’s much-valued by regulars.

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Taberna Etrusca is recommended for

Buzzy | Fun | Dates | Outside Seating

Special offers

2 courses £17 per person

This offer is available from January 2, 2018 until November 30, 2018, subject to availability as displayed in the booking interface. Not available in conjunction with other offers. Offer excludes service.

From: 02 January 2018

To: 30 November 2018

Max: 8

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Mansion House Tube Station 233m

St. Paul's Tube Station 280m

Address

Address: 9-11 Bow Churchyard , London EC4M 9DQ

Area: Fleet Street St Paul s

Opening times

Mon-Fri 12N-3.30pm Tues-Fri 6-10pm

Nearby Landmarks

Mercers' Hall 168m

Painters' Hall 214m

Details

Telephone: 020 7248 5552

Website:

Cuisine: Italian

Lunch: £17 (2 courses)

Dinner: £17 (2 courses)

Private Dining: 30

6.9

Food & Drink: 7.1

Service: 5.9

Atmosphere: 6.6

Value: 6.9

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 4.0

Luncheon Vulture platinum reviewer 12 December 2016

Having used Taberna on a number of occasions for what were very pleasant lunches, it did not seem too big a risk to book a table for a pre-festive catch up with a friend. On arrival my heart momentarily sank to see the restaurant set up for so many larger size parties with a handful of smaller tables haphazardly wedged in to what limited space remained. The first table we were shown to was not only placed in the main walkway but was also so close to a neighbouring table that neither occupant would have been able to move without the explicit permission of their neighbour! Fortunately we spotted a slightly better positioned table a deux and our request to move was accepted. Whilst I still had to hang on to my wine glass whenever the serving staff attended to the adjacent table, at least we did have to be on first name terms with our fellow diners. We opted for the a la carte menu and whilst our meal of squid, crab risotto, sea bass and a shared plate of cheese is unlikely to have any top chef shaking in his boots, it was relatively tasty, good size portions if a little carelessly presented; my risotto was accompanied by four prawns, but rather than make a feature of them they were just left submerged in the beigeness of the dish, with not even a sprinkling of chopped herbs to raise its appearance. What really lets this place down though is the utter disinterest and lack of engagement of all the waiting staff; they gave the impression that they really could not be bothered with any of their customers and basically just went through the motions of taking orders and bringing dishes to the table. Having experienced first class service with lively and fully engaged staff at the nearby Temple & Sons earlier in the week (and notably paying a similar amount for both meals, so it’s clearly not a case of you get what you pay for) it was a sharp contrast between the good, and not so good, of eating out in the Square Mile.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Jade P. 19 July 2016

We made a reservation outside however by lunch time it was slightly chilly, they kindly allowed us to switch tables to move inside. The Paccheri con Gamberi was very tasty with large prawns. Great portions. I have visited this venue many times, the food is excellent and staff are very accommodating.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Dorina R. 12 October 2015

Food was delicious. Best tiramisu in town!

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Stephen L. 02 October 2015

As a longstanding City venue this restaurant is consistently good. A classic menu supplemented by specials make it worth a visit for a business lunch or dinner

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Emma W. 08 July 2015

My colleagues and I really enjoyed our lunch at this restaurant. Although we have frequented many Italian restaurants in the area, we had not visited this one before. We all really liked what we ordered, as well as the drinks (sampling of the G&T menu is a must). The prices were also very reasonable for the portions given. The service was also very good.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Karen W. 03 June 2015

Booked this venue for lunch with friends, overall good choice of dishes on the menu, plenty of waiters and waitresses to accomondate the size of the restaurant, not bad value for money, decent reaonably priced bottle of Malbec. Overall I would recommend this little place, service and quality of food was very good - 3 very statisfied diners! I would surely choose this venue again.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 1.0

Russell N. bronze reviewer 03 June 2014

I booked this for lunch with a friend as the reviews were reasonably positive. I was badly disappointed. The service was dreadful – a quick lunch (starters & main courses only, no dessert) took 90 minutes mainly because to order, one first had to find a member of staff who was not engaged chatting to the kitchen staff. My guest had a glass of the house sauvignon blanc while waiting for me and said it was almost undrinkable. The pinot grigio was apparently better. I stuck to tap water. We both had the whitebait to start, which were soggy and served with a spicy mayonnaise which had clearly been left hanging about in small serving pots because mine had a kind of skin on. Nice (not). The main course we chose was also the same the cod with olives. The spinach was so overcooked it was inedible. The fish was also over-cooked and dry. For the above we paid £75 for two including just two glasses of wine and two coffees. Go elsewhere.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 1.0

Value: 1.0

Laurence C. 25 May 2012

One of the worst experience I ever had in the city. The service is very bad from beginning to the end and more importantly when you ask the manager what he could do or propose to compensate this uncompetence, he was just able to propose nothing. This restaurant treats people like animals and just want your money … The food is average and expensive. Don't expect to have what you ordered, they usually make mistakes. Don't go to this place, there are far more bether nice places to go for a lunch in the city.

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With a prime spot on characterful Bow Lane, this well-loved family-run restaurant now operates an attractive, modern and comfortable private room, with state-of-the-art multi-media facilities available. Service is always professional, but friendly.

Room for 30 people
Capacity: 30
Special offers

2 courses £17 per person

From: 02 January 2018

To: 30 November 2018

Max: 8

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