41 Beak St, London, Greater London, W1F 9SB
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  • Today
    • 11:00 AM–2:00 PM
    • 4:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Sun
    • Noon–3:00 PM
  • Mon
    • Noon–3:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 11:00 AM–3:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 11:00 AM–2:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–10:00 PM
£ £ £ £
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
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Yes (incl. American Express)
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POLPO, a Venetian style bacaro, occupies the ground floor and basement of an early 18th century building in Soho, once home to the painter Canaletto, perhaps the best known and most prolific visual chronicler of Venice.


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  • "... probably-not-so-secret Campari bar downstairs for negroni fun" (3 tips)
  • "Nice Italian tapas. The set menu for a large group is a good..." (4 tips)
  • "Russell Norman is like the Ron Jeremy of the restaurant..." (3 tips)
  • AskMen

    Owner Russell Norman has branched out on his own & the result, quite frankly, is remarkable: a hole-in-the-wall that has cool, understated interiors & some of the best food in the city. Read more

    AskMen · May 5, 2011
  • James W.

    One of my favourite places in London

    James W. · December 24, 2010
  • Tonic Music

    This was a perfect spot for a Soho lunch, delicious meatballs and tons of other dishes to try.

    Tonic Music · August 30, 2012
  • Laissez F.

    A Venetian bacaro meets Lower East Side Manhattan bar, Polpo has a lovely buzzy atmosphere & relaxed but professional service in the middle of London’s Soho. The food is simple but generally very good Read more

    Laissez F. · May 13, 2010
  • James W.

    Venetian food of glorious awesomeness. Enjoy.

    James W. · August 16, 2011
  • Josh B.

    Terrible waiting staff. Food is mediocre. First time I've ever requested a service charge be removed.

    Josh B. · February 23, 2013
  • Nitya B.

    Hmm. Think two years of glittering reviews have given way to complacency. Meatballs dry, duck ragu no flavour, plus everything tastes of uncooked canned tomatoes.

    Nitya B. · February 3, 2013
  • Ashton M.

    Incredible value, especially the larger dishes. Fish dishes are exceptional, desserts OK but not amazing

    Ashton M. · October 10, 2010
  • James H.

    Affogato, gods answer to dessert!

    James H. · August 11, 2010
  • Xavier O.

    The Fritto misto is amazing...

    Xavier O. · October 26, 2010
  • Matthew K.

    Great food, lovely vibe, just get them to turn the music down.

    Matthew K. · March 24, 2010
  • Anna S.

    Food was average, at best.

    Anna S. · August 4, 2013
  • GinMonkey

    Spritz it up, then dive into their fantastic menu. House wine is their own = dangerously quaffable. Finish with an affogato. King of desserts!

    GinMonkey · June 22, 2013
  • Daniel H.

    There's a probably-not-so-secret Campari bar downstairs for negroni fun

    Daniel H. · March 29, 2013
  • Daniel B.

    Drink many Negronis

    Daniel B. · October 16, 2012
  • Jade B.

    mackeral tartare... anything. just yum!

    Jade B. · November 16, 2011
  • andy

    Amazing amazing restaurant. great soundtrack. Try the sardines. DO IT!

    andy · October 16, 2010
  • Peter S.

    Red wine by the demi-litre carafe is excellent, and a way to keep the bill down.

    Peter S. · April 15, 2010
  • Martin D.

    The liver is very good.

    Martin D. · April 2, 2010
  • Pete D.

    Hidden gem in Soho - well worth a visit. Try the mackerel tartare...

    Pete D. · February 16, 2010
  • justin p.

    The best new(ish) place in soho.

    justin p. · February 12, 2010
  • Suzi E.

    Hmmmmmn. Been twice now and I don't quite get it. I just find the flavours a bit muddy.

    Suzi E. · 1 week ago
  • Pliyo S.

    Amazing prawn & artichoke linguine, bottarga plus Rabbit ragu, black olives & gnocchi. I will come back for sure!

    Pliyo S. · March 3
  • c g.

    spinach (with parmesan and soft egg) pizza is delicious. also, salad with beans too.

    c g. · August 9, 2013
  • Arnold Z.

    Sit at the bar. Service is very quick. Great place for a quick lunch.

    Arnold Z. · November 21, 2012
  • Jason B.

    These aren't the droids you're looking for... Move along. Move along.

    Jason B. · September 21, 2012
  • Evening Standard

    Soho's answer to a Venetian "bacaro". The anchovy and chick pea crostini is delicious and the mortadella, gorgonzola and walnut is an inspired combination. Read more

    Evening Standard · May 14, 2012
  • EmeraldStreet

    One of our favourite Italian eateries in London. The Campari bar downstairs dishes out cocktails made with our favourite red apéritif. Read more

    EmeraldStreet · July 12, 2011
  • tracey d.

    They don't take parties over 6 but looks lovely.

    tracey d. · February 26, 2011
  • Simon R.

    I could basically write an essay on the bread in here

    Simon R. · February 23, 2011
  • Lizzie M.

    Aperol spritz is delicious; pizetta bianca is a must-order, and steak with truffle cream sauce is gorgeous.

    Lizzie M. · July 30, 2010
  • Caroline C.

    Tip-top Italian tapas in Soho - impossible to book at since Giles Coren's rave review. Heavenly food, proper service and great Twitter action too. Low-key cool crowd. Again please and soon!

    Caroline C. · July 2, 2010
  • Alessandro H.

    The arancini are to die for. Also the bigoli are great

    Alessandro H. · March 18, 2010
  • Ben d.

    Venetian dishes in small and larger plates to share. Each restaurant has a bar dedicated to a liqueur in the basement.

    Ben d. · March 23
  • Alessandro D.

    Fritto misto is a must

    Alessandro D. · March 22
  • Marie W.

    Food is good. Service not so much. They obviously like to turn the tables v.quickly as no reservations

    Marie W. · March 16
  • Melda G.

    It is a good choice for a cosy diner before movie kind'a place. Warm beer and cold tapas.

    Melda G. · March 11
  • Moving Brands

    Good italian

    Moving Brands · March 3
  • rabin m.

    The Nutella Pizzetta needs ticking off your bucket list. Amazing.

    rabin m. · February 24
  • Ziga Z.

    Campari Bar, underground

    Ziga Z. · January 24
  • Murat E.

    Hmmm lovely very arty hipster style, lovely cocktails loooong waiting. Food is ok bistro style;( very expensive I have been in HIX Mayfair couple days ago I didnot pay that bill shame..;( )

    Murat E. · January 17
  • Daniel M.

    Nice Italian tapas. The set menu for a large group is a good option.

    Daniel M. · October 12, 2013
  • Matteo G.

    I suggest, pizzette Basil and anchovy, baked peach amaretti and thyme and you have to finish drinking a cafè espresso. Smell the coffee and don't use the sugar, only for purist ;-).

    Matteo G. · October 10, 2013
  • tricia w.

    Great campari bar!! Get the polpo salad & fennel salami with figs. Unmemorable: Meatballs, fennels almond, potatoes, fritto misto -

    tricia w. · September 21, 2013
  • Matt S.

    Great meatballs, though someone tell them to invest in some wine glasses

    Matt S. · August 20, 2013
  • Sophie C.

    Get the house wine.

    Sophie C. · August 11, 2013
  • Rebecca W.

    Great food, very busy at lunchtime (= very noisy), and very slow service.

    Rebecca W. · July 30, 2013
  • Ken G.

    Really fun restaurant with great food and a relaxed atmosphere must go back.

    Ken G. · July 12, 2013
  • FerAlex M.

    Is there anybody who still hasn't understood that you simply MUST have all the varieties of splendid meatballs? Best choice: the Meatball Piadina. Keep an eye on the specials board! True treasures.

    FerAlex M. · July 9, 2013
  • Timur S.

    Хороший итальянский ресторан, оч вкусно и быстро.

    Timur S. · July 17, 2013

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