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“The canteen of many a local”, Cecconi’s is every bit as slick as that reader description suggests, given that the locale in question is the Mayfair of fund managers and gallery owners.

Expect “a wonderful welcome” (staff will do their best to accommodate you if you arrive without a booking) and a “great buzz” (the people-watching is “wonderful”), whether you turn up for an Anglo-Italian breakfast, weekend brunch before a show at the Royal Academy over the road or an evening blowout dripping with more glamour than the jewellers on neighbouring Bond Street.   

Simple, “easy-to-eat” Italian food is the order of the day: tangy cacio e pepe or subtle vitello tonnato might be followed by a gigantic veal milanese and profiteroles drowned in a hot sauce that melts the pistachio ice cream within the pastry. It’s retro to be sure (the food of fondly remembered parties), but it’s rarely anything short of “delicious”.

But while the cooking may be relatively straightforward, complex hierarchies are involved in the seating plan – secure a table at one of the discreet emerald-green velvet banquettes and you know you’ve made it in life. Show-offs, meanwhile, might prefer a window seat where they can bask in the envious glances of passers-by – especially when the frontage is open to the street in summer.

The really chic thing to do, however, is to turn your back on the whole scene, bag a stool at the bar and nibble on cicchetti while knocking back Prosecco by the glass. As they say in Italy, la vita e bella! 

About Cecconi's Mayfair

Located just away from the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly Circus, Cecconi’s is a modern but classic Italian restaurant which focuses on using the finest ingredients to create dishes that you can’t help but love. At Cecconi’s the service and ambience is just as important as the food and adds to the real sense of occasion when you eat there.

The outside of the Burlington Gardens restaurant looks old-school smart from the moment you approach it, with large windows allowing you to see into the smart dining room. The interior of the restaurant continues the feeling of traditional fine dining with white tables cloths covering every table, mirror-covered walls, and a large dark wood bar in the centre of the room; servers wear classic black and white uniforms.

When it comes to the food menu, you can expect everything from Italian dishes you will have tasted often, to more decadent plates of food. The all-day menu begins with cicchetti such as meatballs with tomato sauce, and whipped ricotta with truffle honey and crostini. In terms of starters you might go for Cornish crab with avocado and lemon, or there is of course a classic burrata on offer too. There is also a selection of raw meats available such as tuna tartare, as well as a plant-based section which includes grilled cauliflower with salsa verde.

Appealing pasta dishes vary from a tagliatelle bolognaise to casarecce with wild boar. Whereas other main courses option include dishes such as fish stew and veal Milanese. If you still have any room, desserts range from tiramisu to crème caramel. As well as the all-day menu, Cecconi’s also offer a breakfast menu full of brilliant Clarence Court egg dishes.

Drink-wise, there is of course a wine list covering many different regions with bottles, glasses, and half bottles available, and also a great selection of cocktails to pick from.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Italian
Ambience
Cool, Fun, Glamorous, Lively
Food Occasions
Breakfast, Brunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
People
Celeb-spotting, Romantic, Special occasions

Location for Cecconi's Mayfair

5a Burlington Gardens, London, London, W1S 3EP

020 7434 1500

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Opening Times

All day
Mon 07:00-01:00
Tue 07:00-01:00
Wed 07:00-01:00
Thu 07:00-01:00
Fri 07:00-01:00
Sat 08:00-01:00
Sun 08:00-00:00

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Dina I

31 July 2018  
A favourite for tender grilled octopus and a crisp wine!

Mikkel G

28 June 2018  
Best breakfast place in Mayfair always good service and great atmosphere.

Kruti P

27 June 2018  
Staple favourite, service, ambience, great for people watching, very relaxed and just a regular spot.

Tim L

27 June 2018  
Always a wonderful welcome and great atmosphere.

Emily H

09 May 2017  
The whole experience at Cecconi's is faultless from the moment you walk in. The decor and ambience just ooze class and sophistication. Everything seems expensive, but not flashy. The waiters are completely knowledgeable and can answer any question you have on the menu. The food never fails with my personal favorite dish being the crab ravioli. However, I would challenge anyone to enjoy a breakfast as much as i do in Cecconi's. Cooked and seasoned to perfection, they really have got it down to a T.

LIZZIE G

09 May 2017  
Everything was amazing! Food and service!

Catherine B

04 May 2017  
Great food, great atmosphere, lovely decor and always busy and the lighting in the restaurant at night is really soft.

Spencer J

13 May 2016  
Consistently excellent food served by staff who obviously care.

gowsia H

17 June 2014  
Food is fresh and impeccable. Great for people watching- it has a fashionable and buzzy atmosphere. Service is friendly and attentive. One of my favourite places in London. Great for dining alone, taking a date/friend, or business dinner.
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Mike B

08 May 2014  
This is everything you will have read and heard. Slick and glitzy are indeed the best words to describe it but this is not form over substance. Clients are a combination of sharp-suited city/ hedge fund types, very well-heeled local leisured class and international beau monde. This was a business dinner for me and the restaurant feel was buzzing and lively which sometimes meant we had to speak at a slightly higher volume than felt appropriate to compete with surrounding tables. We booked for 9pm but couldn’t be accommodated until close to 10pm. It was still well worth the wait and the volume of diners passing through hadn’t diluted the quality of the food in any way. Both my starter of Salt Cod and main course of crab ravioli were both full of fresh flavour and whilst I knew the sauce with the ravioli was verging on being a little too rich for me I just couldn’t stop until I had done it total justice. Just as I thought I could take no more, I cast an eye over the dessert menu and, well…you can’t come to a highly renowned Italian restaurant and not have the Tiramasu. It was the perfect consistency – moist, yielding and almost slightly sloppy in parts (sorry there’s probably a technical foodie term I should use but “sloppy” is just how a like a tiramisu to be), deliciously rich (again), and impossible to leave. I can’t believe I hadn’t dined here before because it really is a superb restaurant and can play host for any occasion – business lunch/ dinner, social, special occasion/ anniversary. Book well in advance and you will not regret it.
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