Il Baretto

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Bronze Award

Eating out isn’t always about wanting to experiment and try all sorts of innovative new flavour combinations. Sometimes you just want food that you know you’re going to enjoy, a nice bottle of wine and a pleasant atmosphere; this is exactly what Marylebone’s Il Baretto is all about, even if it doesn’t come cheaply. The food isn’t ground-breaking and neither is the decor, but it’s still a very pleasant place to go for some pretty decent – and sometimes decadent – Italian cookery. 

The restaurant’s navy façade initially screams classic French bistro rather than upscale Italian trattoria. However, once you’re inside, a framed print of an Italian flag hangs from the exposed brick wall and Italian TV blares in the background. It’s nice that the restaurant doesn’t take itself too seriously but equally there’s something a little jarring about football being shown in a restaurant where your napkins are refolded when you leave the table. The interior of the two-floor restaurant is simple but cosy, with the downstairs feeling slightly more formal than street level.

When it comes to the cooking, there isn’t a lot to complain about. A subtle tuna carpaccio comes served atop a disc of crushed avocado while crisp slices of rosemary bread are perfect for dipping into the creamy burrata. And we wolfed down the acorn-fed San Daniele ham generously served on a long wooden charcuterie board.

Larger dishes included a wonderfully rich fillet of beef served alongside foie gras and a deep red wine jus and finished with the earthy notes of shaved black truffle. If you can, try and leave space for a classic but particularly special tiramisu served in something resembling a silver goblet. The accompanying wine list is impressively extensive, but with few bottles under £30, you might just want to stick to glasses or carafes.

Il Baretto is old fashioned and by no means cheap, but if you’re after top-quality Italian produce cooked really rather well and can afford the hefty bill, it’s a name worth knowing.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Eat at Home
Cosy, Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Romantic, Traditional
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Counter dining, Dog friendly, Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Birthdays, Celeb spotting, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


Are there gluten-free options on the menu at Il Baretto?

Yes there are gluten-free options on the menu at Il Baretto.

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Location for Il Baretto

43 Blandford Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 7HF

020 7486 7340


Opening Times

Mon 12:00-14:00
Tue 12:00-14:00
Wed 12:00-14:00
Thu 12:00-14:00
Fri 12:00-14:00
Sat 12:30-16:00
Sun 12:30-16:00
Mon 18:30-22:30
Tue 18:30-22:30
Wed 18:30-22:30
Thu 18:30-22:30
Fri 18:30-22:30
Sat 18:30-22:30
Sun 18:30-22:00

Reviews of Il Baretto

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5 Reviews 


19 February 2020  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
A place to come back!

We visited couple of times Il Baretto during our stay in London! One of the best pizza in town and some delicious main courses including fresh hand made pasta and ravioli. The dessert is a must, especially the tiramisù! We will definitely go back next time we’ll be around!

Chris V

10 July 2018  
Very good Italian dishes.

Peter B

09 June 2016  
Traditional service. The truffle macaroni is out of this world delicious.

joselyn L

29 May 2015  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 5
You must try this hidden gem!
Great cocktails, fabulous food, good vibe and accommodating staff what more can you ask for? Try it, I can't imagine anyone being disappointed.

Maribelle B

02 March 2015  
Food & Drink 5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4.5
A firm favourite
We have been regulars at Il Baretto for almost a decade and it is consistently excellent. Our top favourite Italian in London.
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