TOZI Victoria

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Silver Award

Hotel restaurants don’t often have a good reputation, but we defy you not to be charmed by this light and airy cicchetti restaurant in Victoria. TOZI is part of the Park Plaza Hotel, but thanks to a separate entrance and its self-assured identity, you’d easily forget that you just have to head up the stairs for a quick nap.

Popular with Victoria’s throngs of suits and pre-theatre diners (the restaurant is only a short walk away from both the Apollo and Victoria Palace theatres), TOZI is a bright and modern space, featuring whitewashed walls and high ceilings, while smart finishing touches see marble streaked tables and mustard yellow banquettes.

The interiors might be a tick-box exercise of modern trends, but the food menu is entirely traditional, and it’s all the better for it. Naturally, all meals here kick off with a selection of breads, including pillowy soft chunks of focaccia with a balsamic dip. Next up, move between small plates and a few larger sharing dishes – think tempura-battered spears of asparagus served with a delectable blob of truffle aioli, or a doughy pizzetta with charred edges, topped with tomato, baby spinach, dollops of fresh goat cheese and a smattering of pine nuts.

The pasta selection at Tozi is short, but well considered. On our visit, we were most impressed by a plate of three supremely buttery ravioli dumplings, filled with sweet buffalo ricotta and flecked with earthy black truffle shavings.

The all-Italian wine selection is a punchy prospect, but fun cocktails offer a cheaper way in to the drinks list. Desserts stick to the classics too, seeing an Amalfi lemon tart paired with an equally as mouth-puckering scoop of raspberry sorbet, while a sfogliata is essentially a mini Jenga tower of snappy pastry, warm chocolate sauce and fresh strawberries. Come to think of it, we might need that nap after all.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cosy, Fun, Lively
Food Occasions
All day dining
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TOZI is a much-loved Italian local in London's Victoria, perfect for both relaxed, long lunches with friends and yet glamorous enough for special occasions, too. The restaurant is open from Tuesday to Saturday for all day dining, serving up a selection of menus devised by Chef Maurilio, inspired by traditional Venetian fare. Of course, its location is ideal, whether you're coming from central London or further afield, thanks to its position right next to the underground and train station. 

Venetian cuisine is famous for its cicchetti dishes which are typically served with drinks before a meal in bite-sized portions. TOZI re-interprets this idea by offering cicchetti-style plates across its menu, meaning you can try even more of the menu's flavour combinations. 

Smaller dishes include seared beef carpaccio and grilled artichokes, as well as zucchini fritti and Tuscan bean soup with spelt and rosemary oil. There's also a selection of options from the deli and salad bar; get stuck into octopus with chickpea purée, alongside burrata, roasted aubergine and dry tomatoes, and Umbrian wild boar salsiccia. 

If main dishes are more your thing, we like the sound of the slow cooked pork shoulder with cannellini beans and cavolo nero, as well as roasted cod with Castelluccio lentils and chard. For a special occasion, enjoy an impressive sharing dish like lobster linguine and 500g of 31 day aged beef rib with rosemary and garlic. For dessert, it has to be a traditional Italian sweet like pistachio tiramisù, pear and yoghurt semifreddo, toffee and hazelnut crumble, and the Tozi affogato. 

In terms of the space, expect calming, minimalist decor that ticks all of the aesthetic boxes. Neutral tones are paired with natural materials for effortless chic, while mid century chairs sit next to sinkable booths, perfect for both intimate dinners for two and socialising spaces for larger groups.  


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8 Gillingham Street, Victoria, London, SW1V 1HJ

020 7769 9771 020 7769 9771


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue 18:00-21:30
Wed 18:00-21:30
Thu 18:00-21:30
Fri 18:00-21:30
Sat 18:00-21:30
Sun Closed


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9 Reviews 


19 September 2021  
Food & Drink 1.5
Service 1.5
Atmosphere 1.5
Value 1
Very pretentious

We were shown halfway to our table then told it wasn't ready yet. We waited at the bar for 10mins only to be put in the corner of the room rather than allowed a window seat (despite four being vacant and ready, and remained that way for the whole of our meal). Despite dressing up for the theatre I think we didn't fit the wealthy look they wanted to show off in the window. Very discriminatory and pretentious- food was fine but I wouldn't go there again and definitely wouldn't recommend to any friend.


21 February 2020   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 3.5

blah blah

Jeremy Q

26 July 2019  
Consistently excellent food, tremendous staff and best all round dining experience in London.

Sienna L

28 June 2019  
Absolutely fantastic food, reasonably priced for the quality and taste, huge varied menu, good service, relaxed but slightly sophisticated atmosphere/decor. Have visited many times and cannot recommend enough!

Sienna L

12 November 2018  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
To die for food
Absolutely amazing food. Cannot fault any of the dishes we ordered. Full of flavour and cooked to perfection. So many options on the menu - I will definitely be going back for more! Worth it!

Charlotte S

21 January 2015  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Great place for pre-theatre
The service is friendly and welcoming and extremely helpful full of cheerful smiles! The food is delicious, great selection of small plates to give you a wide choice of flavours and tastes. Excellent for pre-theatre and we will definitely return.

Lawrence P

31 December 2014  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 3
Value 3.5
Nice Venetian Restaurant
A very interesting Venetian restaurant where the menu is modeled after tapas styled restaurants. The menu is somewhat limited. They were out of the pasta we wanted to order but they readily made a substitution. No table clothes. The dining area could become noisy. Generally, a good find in Victoria.

Wendy M

18 September 2014  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
Fresh fresh fresh
Wonderfully fresh victuals were almost enough to cause rapturous acclaim on our first visit, so I have to try to restrain myself being a first-timer last Sunday lunchtime. An informal dining experience in Victoria, within comfortable spacious modern surroundings was an excellent surprise - not sure how this slipped by us until now. If they have been doing this for over one year, they should keep doing more of the same. Straightforward menu of small and larger plates for many of the dishes suited us. I relished the idea of tasting as much as possible, so the sharing style of this dining outfit, matched my desire. Our Italian waiter was knowledgeable whilst being clearly passionate about food and wine and helped guide us with portions and wine. Broccoli Fritti was classically simple but perfect, closely followed by truly fresh avocado salad and a salami pizzetta, possibly in my non-expert opinion the best outside Italy. Pork rib ragu was smothered in a deep tomatoey sauce as it should be and the pasta al dente. In contrast, the ravioli consisted of a sensationally super-soft and silky egg pasta encasing delicate buffalo ricotta, coated generously in smooth butter and heavenly-scented black truffle shavings. The fact that it was almost one dimensional visually was quite incidental - if one dish should be obligatory, then it would have to be this for being unbelievably good, provided that it can be successfully replicated time and again. Baby chicken with sautéed potatoes and spinach brought smiles yet again to our faces as we shared out last plate. All this food paired with a superb Tuscan wine completed a satisfying lunch - for me, this kind of cooking is equally as enjoyable as the more sophisticated efforts of Pollen Street Social, Sketch and Ametsa.

Martyn C

22 July 2013  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 3.5
Superb Experience Again
This was the fourth time we have visited Tozi since it opened a few months ago. As usual the experience was up to their usual standard. The Italian (Tapas) style of eating, only works if you have good timing and service. So far this has always been the case. would heartily recommend the restaurant.
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