San Carlo Cicchetti Covent Garden

Italian, Mediterranean·
Bronze Award

SquareMeal Review of San Carlo Cicchetti Covent Garden

Bronze Award

This glamorous mini-chain of old-school Italians has satisfied hungry Londoners for years. The San Carlo group is known for delivering casual but effortlessly elegant all-day dining with great panache. The interiors are shiny with lots of gold and marble, the service is effortlessly charming and there’s little chance of leaving hungry – this place is Italian to the core. Seasonally changing menus feature a run of sharing plates: start with a creamy helping of buratta, served with parma ham and sprinkled with shavings of earthy truffle, before moving on to larger plates including intensely meaty Paccheri pasta stuffed with Tuscan pork sausage, and veal wrapped in parma ham. Continue the fun with a glass of Prosecco or an Aperol spritz, before choosing from the likes of tiramisu and panna cotta from the dessert menu, or if you can’t decide, opt for the dessert tray which serves you a little bit of everything.


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Average Price
££££ - Under £30
Italian, Mediterranean
Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Unique
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Location for San Carlo Cicchetti Covent Garden

30 Wellington Street, London, London, WC2E 7BD

020 7240 6339


Opening Times

Mon-Sun 8am-12M

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4 Reviews 


Astonishingly poor service
16 July 2019   - Verified Diner

We had asked on this site and again in a confirmatory phone call for a quiet table. On arrival the manager (?) was dismissive of this request, and our table was noisy .... difficult as two of our party of four are hard of hearing. The food was imaginative and tasty although the portions were small even for a tapas-type experience. But after the initial ordering process we were more-or-less ignored. We had to ask for the correct cutlery, for more water (twice), for the dessert menu, for our choice from the dessert menu, and finally it was very difficult to obtain the bill. We deducted most of the included 12.5% service charge and were rewarded with stony stares and grim faces as we left. Never to return - it was a great disappointment.

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Lawrence P

31 July 2018  
A perfect after-theatre dining spot.

Jo T

lovely London restaurant
02 October 2016  
Have visited this restaurant and the Cicchetti in Piccadilly on trips to London. Lovely atmosphere, delightful staff especially manager Nicolas, brilliant food. Strongly recommend.
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Stuart C

Another San Carlo Cicchetti to add to the illustrious list.
31 December 2014  
Another San Carlo Cicchetti and this one near Aldwych, the Opera House and many West End theatres so perfect for a pre show meal or a libation or snack post the show. It amazes me how the food and service remain at such a high level across all the San Carlo restaurants and this new one is no exception. They are certainly doing something right. It doesn't yet have the queue leading out the door that you see at Cicchetti Piccadilly but give it time as, once more and more people are aware of its existence, the Wellington Street restaurant will no doubt see similar activity. The food is superb but if I had to recommend one dish, it would be the ravioli with pecorino and truffles.
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