Murano

Gold Award
30 Reviews
££££
Italian

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Gold Award

Angela Hartnett’s flagship restaurant is Mayfair dining at its very best – “fabulous” food, “unobtrusive” staff and a first-rate wine list manned by a “brilliant” sommelier. The sleek white-and-beige dining room with the odd art-deco flourish may still have echoes of its Gordon Ramsay days, but Hartnett’s Brit-Italian cooking keeps Murano apace with London’s vanguard. The ultra-flexible menu lets you choose up to five courses at will, from an exquisite scallop crudo with plump greengages and crunchy oats, piqued by a lemon verbena foam to gorgeous parcels of rabbit meat and sage in a clear broth or a star dish of confit pink fir apples, crispy skins and a creamy Tunworth cheese foam. The huge wine list stays true to Hartnett’s Italian heritage, and you can keep costs down by ordering the “excellent-value” set lunch. “Murano is perfect for any occasion”, confirms one fan.

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Good to know about Murano

Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Cuisines
Italian
Ambience
Formal, Glamorous, Quiet conversation, Traditional, Widely spaced tables
Other Awards
One michelin star
Special Features
Chef’s table
People
Special occasions

Murano Also Offers

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Private Group Dining

Location for Murano

20 Queen Street, London, W1J 5PP

020 7495 1127

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Opening Times of Murano

Mon-Sat 12N-3pm 6.30-11pm

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30 Reviews
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Anon

Murano
25 April 2016
Had a lovely evening at Murano, food was outstanding, liked that you could have anything on the menu as a starter or main course, thoroughly enjoyed the amuse bouche that were presented between courses. The staff were friendly, efficient and extremely knowledgeable. I particularly enjoyed my beef main course was cooked to perfection. The pistachio soufflé for desert was exquisite. It was friends special birthday and I asked them to do something to make it extra special which they duly did presenting an extra desert with Happy Birthday written on it. Would highly recommend and will visit again
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Anon

Murano
04 November 2015
This restaurant is beautifully decorated, Lovely modern art style. Service is very good and the waiters make you feel welcome. We had an evening dinner and did not felt pressure to rush our meal. Waiters are knowledgeable about the menu and happy to adapt menu to clients . The food was outstanding, beautifully presented, good portion size, tasty ingredient combinations. Really enjoyed the Truffle course. Definitely a place to go again
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Ms/Mrs. Natalia P

Murano
01 June 2015
This restaurant definitely has a wow factor! Beautifully decorated and would please an eye of someone who appreciates modern art. Service is superb and the waiters make you feel welcome. We dined during lunch and there was none of that nuisance of 2 hour turn around, waiters are knowledgeable about the menu and happy to adapt menu to clients - i.e. you can have main in the portion of a starter and vice versa. Food was outstanding, beautifully presented, nice portion size, tasty ingredient combinations. Definitely worth a visit
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Kelly F

Excellent food, limited environment
13 May 2015
My husband and I recently dined at Murano, we both love Italian food of all varieties, and were excited to eat at Murano. The food lived up to its reputation in all respects, flavours were complex and yet fresh and lively. The service was excellent, attentive without being intrusively so. The only downsides were that there is little ambiance, we arrived for dinner at 8:00 and there were as yet few diners, so there was little 'buzz' and there was no ambient music, which made for a strangely odd dining experience. (It did fill up later in the evening and become less noticeable) As such, perhaps best suited to professional dinners and meetings? Secondly, the cocktail selection is limited, crushed ice is unavailable, which makes a variety of cocktails unavailable and a Cosmopolitan ordered was average at best. Still, overall a wonderful meal full of culinary surprises.
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Mr. Bill P

Best meal of the year - so far!
09 December 2013
Murano has been on my list for ages and didn't disappoint. The food was superb. The sweetbreads melted in my mouth and the risotto was to die for. The structure of the menu meant yon could have 2, 3, 4 or 5 course plus pud on top, so completely flexible. The Sommelier was extremely knowledgeable and the chap who served the cheese trolley was deft and enthusiastic. What a lovely place, can’t wait to return.
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Mr. Max B

Italian with a twist
04 September 2013
We had some memorable dinners when Angela Hartnett was at the Connaught and much to my shame I had never been to Murano. Until yesterday, when a business contact suggested lunch there. Everything is as it is supposed to be in a restaurant of this caliber. Precise service, a pleasant, if a bit too hushed dining room, good tables, good light flooding from the street. The food though, takes center stage. Even more than at her previous venture Artnett is presenting a new take on Italian inspired classics. The tastes are bolder and more defined. There is more “gusto” in the cooking, than at the Connhaught. The potato pancake with taleggio was memorable. Delicate, fluffy, yet packing a punch. My host had the octopus and by the looks of it must have just jumped out of the water. Sometimes I like to see how chefs can make even a obvious, tired dish like a beef bavette interesting and I was pleasantly surprised. The meet (perfectly cooked) arrived on a bed of sweetcorn and pepper salsa that transformed it into a firework of flavors. The pre-dessert, a lime granita infused with lavender, was the perfect dish to cleanse the palate. The wine list as you would expect is robust with some interesting newcomers. I didn't see the bill but the three course set lunch at £30 is a steal. I will certainly go back to sample the evening menu.
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Mr. Vincent V

Excellent!
31 July 2013
Had a business lunch and everything wasgreat! The sommelier is extremly knowlegeable and helpfull making every effort to acomodate. The staff were friendly and profesional and the food was extremly well done. The only but was that the atmosphere wasnt great…but then again it was a business lunch! Definetly must come back for a relaxed dinner!
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Mr. Kenichi I

One of best Italians
19 May 2013
We are usually fussy about service but service was great. Food, needless to say, is at top level. Atmosphere was also good – suitable for family, business and romantic occasions as well. It his great package comes with price inevitably – but it's worth the price, I think.
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Ms/Mrs. Alison R

09 July 2012
Fantastic meal, wonderful menu and great service. The food is really exciting and the added extra courses makes it feel even more special. Can't recommend highly enough.
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Mr. Toby N

16 December 2011
First time dining at Murano, we went for my mum's birthday. We went early evening and got off to a slightly unfortunate start when sat next to a table of well refreshed hedge fund managers who'd been out celebrating their work Christmas lunch, and probably spending part of a bonus that is around 10 times as much as my annual earnings! They were fortunately packed off shortly afterwards reducing the noise level by about 80%. The first thing that strikes you about Murano, other than the hedgies noise, is that it’s grown up – I’m nearly 40 and for most of the evening I was the youngest customer there. It’s also a stunningly dull room – everything is beige and the combination of subdued lighting and slightly too warm heating wasn't conducive to a great atmosphere. All of which makes it sound like I hated it; but I certainly didn't. Service is generally lovely, polite and effective – though they did seem to have a few initial problems with the drinks order and the bill took one request and one Paddington Bear style hard stare to make appear, but other than that it all worked as you'd hope, so perhaps they've sorted out the gripe lots of other reviews on this site seem to have had. Food was wonderful, though given the chefs name, the Michelin star and the cost (circa £110 per head for 3 courses, water, wine and a drink before starting) perhaps you've got a right to expect something special, though there are other venues with similar qualities that fail to deliver. I started with pumpkin tortelli, sage butter and crushed amaretti; pasta is frequently, unless you're eating it in Italy, heavy going, but this was light and delicate, warm autumn flavours. This was followed by halibut, bread purée, pear compote, white onion fondue and scallop velouté – the fish was wonderfully firm, cooked to perfection and the range of accompaniments gave everything a warm sweet twist, the only slight oddity being the white onion, which could easily have been omitted without spoiling anything. To finish chocolate ganache, chestnut parfait, artichoke sorbet and mint – I admit I was jealous when others soufflé with caramel and fresh mint chantilly arrived but then I tasted the chestnut parfait and, if I weren't an atheist, I would have believed I'd discovered heaven. I enjoyed Murano, great food, good service and value for money is reasonable, though the atmosphere needs something different. I'm not sure it would be ideal for a date, but for your mum's birthday it's great and I'd happily recommend it; though, given I paid the bill, it might be a once a year treat!
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