Manicomio Chelsea
Manicomio Chelsea
Manicomio Chelsea
Manicomio Chelsea
Manicomio Chelsea
Manicomio Chelsea
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Those looking to escape the frenetic pace of the King’s Road need look no further than upmarket Italian restaurant Manicomio, a stalwart of Chelsea’s Duke of York Square. Its expansive, floral terrace is perfect for people-watching in all seasons and can definitely be counted among the best spots for alfresco dining in the capital.

Freshly-baked focaccia served promptly by smart staff set the standard for an evening of beautiful food and wine, starting with creamy burrata with prosciutto, peach and fennel, and zucchini flowers with stracchino cheese. From a choice of good-looking mains, our smoked aubergine, broccolini and cashew quinoa was a winner, perfectly complemented by a smoky Chardonnay.

As with the rest of the menu, desserts don’t come cheap, so choose wisely. Our dark chocolate mousse with salted caramel and milk ice cream was as decadent as it sounds, but the strawberry meringue was underwhelming. A patriotic wine list showcases bottles from all parts of Italy, including the islands, plus a small selection from elsewhere.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Italian
Ambience
Fun, Glamorous, Lively
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Counter dining, Wheelchair access
People
Celeb-spotting, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions, Special occasions
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Manicomio Chelsea is featured in

Best Outside and Alfresco Restaurants in London

Location for Manicomio Chelsea

85 Duke of York Square, Chelsea, London, SW3 4LY

020 7730 3366

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Opening Times

Mon-Sun 12N-3pm (Sat-Sun -4pm) 6-10.30pm (Sun -10pm)

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17 Reviews 
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Richard S

26 July 2019  
Interesting food, friendly service, indoor or outdoor seating with great ambience.

Richard S

31 July 2018  
Very friendly; pleasant design with indoor and outdoor dining; strong menus.

Richard S

04 May 2017  
Unusual cooking with very good service in a fine location.

Frank C

Very Much for the Very Sane
15 March 2015  
Manicomio means lunatic asylum in Italian. I asked the hostess why such an interesting name had been chosen and she replied that it was on the site of a previous lunatic asylum. If so, the dubious atmosphere has not carried through to the present day. This is a highly competent restaurant and we had an excellent lunch. Food was beautifully presented and it was perfectly cooked and outstandingly delicious. The restaurant was full, as befits Duke of York Square on a Saturday, but service remained competent although one did have a sense that staffing was short and the stalwarts on duty were rushed. The only quibble is the value for money. The total bill for lunch for four without wine or dessert came to a hundred and seventy four pounds including service. Not terrible but certainly not impressive value either. We recommend Manicomio but do come with a full wallet and with the full realisation that you are in that pricey frontier between Chelsea and Belgravia. Approached with that attitude, Manicomio is a welcome bit of madness.
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Nevine H

Good Italian though not quite Italy!
05 November 2014  
I have been here many times and am not dissappointed, nor am I blown away, though the prices do seem to have increased since the last time. We shared a cicchetti platter which offered a good selection and was excellent, though hardly difficult (dried meats, mozarella, salmon tartare, roasted vegetables, tartines of pate and cheese). I followed with light gnocchi with spicy sausage (of which there was very little) and a heritage tomato salad, perfect combination. My colleagues both ate excellent beef ribs & potato cake, though my American colleague was somewhat dissppointed by the portion size... not suprising! 2 deserts - tiramisu and chocolate both rich and superb. Good atmosphere and service (apart from asking 4 times for some water!), I will still return until i discover a better Italian in the area. It is cold and wet now, but heartily recommend going when warmer as there is great outside space, especially for people watchinig in the summer!
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Gerald D

29 June 2014  
Manicomio is the perfect choice post an evening performance at the Royal Court theatre in Sloane Square. No need to wade through the entire menu, simply choose a simple pasta to make for a relaxing end to the day. But what is really special here is the Gavi – simply the best example I have drunk. Service was excellent and allowed for my guests to enjoy their supper at a relaxed pace. I will return for another bottle of the house Gavi.
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Gavin P

One of the best al greco restaurants in Chelsea
04 October 2013  
Greeted by extremely polite and helpful maitre d who facilited our table for three outside with ease. The waitress was equally charming and took our order (3 courses each) without any need for notes. Water and vino brought promptly. The food was, as usual, good without being exceptional. (apart from the cheese which was exceptional!) The rain was coming down hard but as we dined beneath one of the huge umbrellas with a strategically placed gas heater nearby nobody really noticed.
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Hugo G

Good food
30 July 2013  
Good location and very good food let down by average and at times sloppy service, with an expensive finish. Regardless, Manicomio is always reliable and has good alfresco on a warm evening. Pick your waiter carefully!
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Barry F

27 October 2012  
I have been going to Manicomio for many years and in all that time, the quality of the food has remained high and the service always charming and attentive. The outside dining area is very attractive and a great spot for alfresco dining. I have entertained a wide variety of clients there, it appealing to all ages both men and women. The produce used is of the highest quality and their pasta is made on the premises. There are also lots of meat and fish dishes available always of the highest quality served with vegetables which are far from everyday. Simply delicious. The interior is equally attractive with a great bar to sit at. It is a little bit noisy, but that is a byproduct of popularity. A special mention must go to the restaurant manager who is always smiling, greeting and solving with alacrity any queries raised by a diner. Long may this excellent local restaurant remain, allowing me to sit and people watch whilst enjoying a glass of prosecco with friends, followed by delicious pasta and the yummiest deserts to be found anywhere. PS try the rosemary bread. I am hooked on it.
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Dale T

26 September 2011  
The best antipasti platter I have ever eaten! Fantastic selection including parma ham and melon, bresaola, salami, buffalo mozzarella, foie gras, bruschetta, olives, peppers, aubergine; all looked amazing and tasted great, much enjoyed. Lovely glass of Gavi di Gavi. Excellent, would recommed.
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