Cicchetti Knightsbridge


SquareMeal Review of Cicchetti Knightsbridge

Knightsbridge has long been a hub for lavish tastes. As a result, many world-famous chefs have set up shop here. So much so in fact, that there are probably more Michelin-starred restaurants than Prets. What the area could use, however, is a few more neighbourhood restaurants. Enter: Cicchetti, by the San Carlo group.

Despite what the pared-back exterior might imply, Cicchetti’s interiors are stunning. The art deco space is brimming with polished marble, eye-catching paintings and enormous palms, all doubled up in the mirrored ceiling. The menu, meanwhile, offers diners a huge range of small plates, along with an expansive selection of Italian wines and Mediterranean cocktails.

This is a restaurant that prides itself on simplicity, so we followed suit, starting with oysters and a classic mignonette. Paired with a glass of bubbly, they perfectly matched the setting. From there, the simplicity continued with tuna tartare and beef carpaccio. Both came with rocket, as well as lemon for the tuna and Parmesan for the beef. Despite these additions, both could have done with a boost in the seasoning department.

The lobster ravioli came next, accompanied by an excellent Puglian Fiano. While the pasta was silky, and the sauce deliciously fresh, the dish was held back by the dry filling. The black salt-baked sea bass fillet, however, was much better, packed with flavour and further enhanced by lashings of salmoriglio.

We finished with a tiramisu, bearing the same monogram as the plates, but in cocoa powder. While a little on the firm side, it still hit all the right notes, served with a cheeky shot of marsala. At around £65 a head including drinks and service, we could have left a little more satisfied. That being said, we’re sure that the stunning interiors and excellent service will keep Cicchetti just as busy as its sisters.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Fun, Glamorous, Luxury, Quirky, Romantic, Traditional, Unique
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegetarian options
Birthdays, Celebrations, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions

About Cicchetti Knightsbridge

Cicchetti Knightsbridge is the third Cicchetti opening from the award-winning restaurant group San Carlo, located on Hans Road. The Cicchetti brand has already been well-received in Picadilly and Covent Garden, so this site is unlikely to disappoint. The San Carlo Group is owned by the Distefano family and has 24 restaurants in London, as well as sites in Manchester, Leeds and Leicester, as well as Qatar, Riyadh, Bahrain and Bangkok. Awards they have gathered include the London Lifestyle Awards, the Eat Sleep Drink Award for best multisite restaurant brand and entrepreneur as well as an impressive 34 more.

A mere stone's throw from Harrod's and San Carlo's Signor Sassi restaurant which opened in 1982, this casual but elegant space is open every day to offer regional plates, mostly incorporating ingredients from producers in Italy. The atmosphere is lively and the service is extremely welcoming. 

The menu offers some lesser-known Italian dishes alongside some more familiar names. Start with a Bellini Veneziana made with white peach juice and prosecco to wash down your crostini. Don't miss the gnocco fritto (fried gnocchi) or burrata with Parma ham and black truffle. Larger plates include seasonal choices and Cicchetti staples, including black truffle ravioli, burrata with smoked aubergine and toasted hazelnut and black salt sea bass with salmoriglio. With a truly seasonal menu, however, you'll likely want to visit in Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn to get the full experience. Perfect for special occasions or casual drinks over food, this is Italian fine dining at its finest. 

This airy space boasts two floors including a freestanding bar and private dining room that seat up to 18. Varnished wood and bright colours decorate the interior to reflect classical Venetian architecture. Visit the San Carlo website for further updates, as they are new openings coming up.


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6 Hans Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW3 1RX

020 7846 7145



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