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Polpo

Italian Restaurant££££
Soho
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  • Alexia K.
    "Nice trendy Italian tapas great for night out with friends"(8 Tips)
    tricia w.
    "Great campari bar!! Get the polpo salad & fennel salami with figs."(8 Tips)
    BarChick
    "Russell Norman is like the Ron Jeremy of the restaurant industry"(3 Tips)
    Chris H.
    "Affogato for dessert is a wise choice!"(4 Tips)
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  • Chris H.
    Chris HainesDecember 8, 2014
    A great Italian place that's very authentic abs pleasant to dine in. The food is delicious and the staff are friendly. Plenty to choose from. Affogato for dessert is a wise choice!
  • Y K.
    Y KimApril 13, 2015
    Love cod & lentils, soft egg pizza and meat balls. But the waiters are quite pushy...keeps asking if any dish is finished. But foods itself and atmosphere is nice. Will come back definitely.
  • FerAlex M.
    FerAlex MenFarJuly 9, 2013
    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.
  • Inna K.
    Inna KovaljovaJanuary 11, 2015
    Lovely Italian tapas place. Take a good company with you and try to order as many different dishes as possible. Everything tastes good (loved the chickpea&spinach meatballs and their pizzettas).
  • Adrienne S.
    Adrienne SFebruary 1, 2012
    Love this spot for small plates and good atmosphere. Always crowded but worth the wait. There's also a location near covent garden great for post theater dining! (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Stuart C.
    The wait at dinner time can be long (up to 2 hours), but it's well worth grabbing a drink at the bar and soaking up the atmosphere. The Fritto Misto is your reward!
  • Matteo G.
    Matteo GilardoniOctober 10, 2013
    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 ;-).
  • AskMen
    AskMenMay 5, 2011
    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
  • Ministry of Waxing
    Ministry of WaxingMarch 29, 2012
    Polpo is a small, tapas style restaurant with delicious, and we mean delicious, Italian food. They don’t take reservations, so come early and avoid the long queues!
  • Veronika H.
    Veronika HavlovaFebruary 8, 2016
    Great setting for a lively yet romantic date. The dishes were decent. However, for £40 for two including a glass of wine, you can make better choices in London than Polpo.
  • Tonic Music
    Tonic MusicAugust 30, 2012
    This was a perfect spot for a Soho lunch, delicious meatballs and tons of other dishes to try.
  • Reet
    ReetMay 17, 2013
    Fantastic and reasonably priced tapas (esp. for London) - get the liver and also the Sardinia crisp bread plate with your Campari cocktail.
  • James G.
    James GoochNovember 21, 2016
    Delicious lunch - the meatballs of all varieties were to die for. Good selection of cocktails and wines with the option for a carafe.
  • Evening Standard
    Evening StandardMay 14, 2012
    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
  • Jimmy H.
    Jimmy HuttonOctober 5, 2012
    Lovely little Italian in Soho. Friendly staff and the food is amazing. Try the potato & parmesan crocchetta. Its so good I had to order more
  • GinMonkey
    GinMonkeyJune 22, 2013
    Spritz it up, then dive into their fantastic menu. House wine is their own = dangerously quaffable. Finish with an affogato. King of desserts!
  • tricia w.
    tricia wangSeptember 21, 2013
    Great campari bar!! Get the polpo salad & fennel salami with figs. Unmemorable: Meatballs, fennels almond, potatoes, fritto misto -
  • Lizz J.
    Lizz JiangNovember 27, 2015
    The bruschetta was amazing - goat cheese grape and walnut. However, be careful of one of the waiter, who scammed me. Said I only gave him 20 quid when both my friends saw me give 40.
  • Dave R.
    Dave RichardsonOctober 18, 2012
    Try the Cured pork shoulder & pickled pepper Goat cheese, roasted grape & honey bruschetta Veal & porcini meatballs Cauliflower & Fontina gratin
  • Caroline C.
    Caroline CitrinJuly 2, 2010
    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!
  • Laissez F.
    Laissez FareMay 13, 2010
    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
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RosenthalApril 28, 2015
    Wonderful tapas in the heart of soho. Must try the sautéed octopus.
  • Alexander P.
    Alexander PalmerMarch 29, 2015
    Duck ragu, chickpea balls, roast tatties and spicy pork meatballs were all very good. Quite cosy/on top of each other.
  • Cagil K.
    Cagil KasapogluFebruary 23
    Delicious food, lovely staff. Fennel salad with hazelnuts and courgette salad fabulous. Seafood Fritto a must!
  • Pliyo S.
    Pliyo SenpaiMarch 3, 2014
    Amazing prawn & artichoke linguine, bottarga plus Rabbit ragu, black olives & gnocchi. I will come back for sure!
  • Chris W.
    Chris WoodsAugust 27, 2010
    Put your name down with the friendly staff around 1h before you want to eat. Then hang out at the bar ... and you won't notice the hour go by! Don't let anyone push in, mind!
  • Gavin J.
    Gavin JamesSeptember 8, 2015
    The food is excellent regardless, but an intimate meal at the bar is a much better experience than as a group at a table.
  • Odo
    OdoApril 11, 2012
    Great food, same winning Russell Norman formula, arancini nice, cotoletta excellent, liver crostini perfect. Complete review... Read more
  • EmeraldStreet
    EmeraldStreetJuly 12, 2011
    One of our favourite Italian eateries in London. The Campari bar downstairs dishes out cocktails made with our favourite red apéritif. Read more
  • Anna K.
    Anna KainbergerJuly 10, 2012
    Amazing Italian Tapas, yes ITALIAN, beautiful waiters too, always busy, check out the tiny bar downstairs!
  • Daniel W.
    Daniel WatkinsDecember 3, 2015
    No problem getting a table, food was great, if a little pricy. Try the Elderflower Martini!
  • élise G.
    élise GilbertDecember 12, 2014
    Delicious food and drinks worth the visit but it's very busy with tables really close to each other
  • Cagdas H.
    Cagdas HatinogluJune 5, 2013
    very cool,very hip and trendy.ambiance is great.but that's as far as it gets for me.I really don't understand what all the fuss is about this place.food is slightly above average.
  • Cigdem G.
    Cigdem GAugust 9, 2013
    spinach (with parmesan and soft egg) pizza is delicious. also, salad with beans too.
  • Louis M.
    Louis McNameeMay 20, 2014
    If you are sitting at the bar eating don't sit directly under the air conditioning unit - you're food gets very cold very quick.
  • BarChick
    BarChickJanuary 27, 2012
    Russell Norman is like the Ron Jeremy of the restaurant industry; creative, fun and always mixing it up a little. Take her wherever you can get in. Read more
  • Melda G.
    Melda GöknelMarch 11, 2014
    It is a good choice for a cosy diner before movie kind'a place. Warm beer and cold tapas.
  • Murat E.
    Murat EvinJanuary 17, 2014
    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..;( )
  • Ken G.
    Ken GoodyearJuly 12, 2013
    Really fun restaurant with great food and a relaxed atmosphere must go back.
  • Susan L.
    Susan LohSeptember 21, 2014
    really enjoyed the liver and flank steak with truffle cream. meatballs weren't anything special.
  • Brendan L.
    Brendan LewisApril 25, 2015
    Get the pork meatballs and ask for some bread to sop up the extra sauce
  • Jennifer E.
    Jennifer EvansJuly 13, 2015
    Delicious appetizers. Try the octopus and the arancini. Very good!
  • Oliver S.
    Oliver ShreeveDecember 1, 2014
    Really surprised how good the food is here. Think this might become a regular spot.
  • The Times and Sunday Times
    The Times and Sunday TimesSeptember 26, 2014
    Sure, there is better Italian cooking around. But you come here to drink and laugh and then go home and have sex with someone you just met, which is a lot more fun than boring old food. Read more
  • Fon S.
    Fon StarApril 1, 2013
    Meatballs are unmissable. Spinach, chick peas and ricotta ones are really tasty.
  • Debbie M.
    Debbie MorrisonAugust 30, 2014
    Venetian inspired tapas, rustic and genuine. Everything is good.
  • Gökhun G.
    Gökhun GüneyhanJanuary 21, 2016
    Good way to get full by tasting a little from everything. Lovely staff.
  • tom m.
    tom mJuly 7, 2012
    Great food, but the service was bad enough to never come back, we may have been unlucky, but one dish dropped on my wife and three other dishes delivered to the wrong table is way beyond 'relaxed'.
  • Sophie K.
    Sophie KSeptember 7, 2014
    Great food... Order as many dishes as possible always great trying lots
  • Arnold Z.
    Arnold ZokasNovember 21, 2012
    Sit at the bar. Service is very quick. Great place for a quick lunch.
  • Matt
    MattMay 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The downstairs Campari Bar is cosy, intimate and they mix a mean manhattan. Plus great music.
  • Nitya B.
    Nitya BFebruary 3, 2013
    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.
  • Marcy R.
    Marcy RichardsonMay 30, 2012
    Try the Pork And Pancetta Involtini W/ Balsamic - Lovely lunch with team @elleuk - definitely gym later!
  • John B.
    John BannisterAugust 25, 2014
    All of it. The veal is amazing, much as we should disagree.
  • Steve L.
    Steve LoveNovember 25, 2014
    Great music - relaxed atmosphere - food looks good - hope it tastes just as food
  • Alexia K.
    Alexia KApril 3, 2015
    Nice trendy Italian tapas great for night out with friends
  • Camilla R.
    Camilla RigbyJanuary 8, 2010
    Arrive early. We went last night and sat down at 6:15pm. The staff are super chilled and don't rush you once in, so just pitch up ASAP. Great place. Read more
  • Rob L.
    Rob LlewellynJune 7, 2013
    Great place for a very informal bite to eat. Meatballs very very nice
  • Suzi E.
    Hmmmmmn. Been twice now and I don't quite get it. I just find the flavours a bit muddy.
  • Clare M.
    Clare MunzurAugust 21, 2011
    The runner bean, red onion and pecorino dish is oh so simple but oh so good.
  • Laura S.
    Laura SpenceAugust 13, 2011
    Great Italian tapas, annoying you can't book for dinner but campari & sodas will keep you going
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MurphyOctober 12, 2013
    Nice Italian tapas. The set menu for a large group is a good option.
  • Lizzie M.
    Lizzie MJuly 30, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Aperol spritz is delicious; pizetta bianca is a must-order, and steak with truffle cream sauce is gorgeous.
  • DR G.
    DR GFebruary 13, 2015
    Woof! Potent cocktails... Vin Santo cannoli makes a nice mini dessert (but pricey)
  • Miranda S.
    Miranda SkyMay 3, 2012
    Get your waiter/waitress to select some cichetti for you and wash down with a spritz.
  • Camila C.
    Camila ClarkeMay 7, 2013
    Try the Bruschetta With Broad Beans, Mint And Ricotta
  • Bruno M.
    Bruno MarinhoAugust 21, 2015
    Nice small plates to share or eat more than one!
  • Ms J.
    Ms JenSeptember 29, 2012
    The food, drink, and atmosphere are wonderful. Go.
  • Matt S.
    Matt SaundersAugust 20, 2013
    Great meatballs, though someone tell them to invest in some wine glasses
  • Daniel H.
    Daniel HowellsMarch 29, 2013
    There's a probably-not-so-secret Campari bar downstairs for negroni fun
  • Sabrina Séverine D.
    Sabrina Séverine DussOctober 22, 2014
    Love it!! Really nice small dishes of Italian food!!
  • Ashton M.
    Ashton McGregorOctober 10, 2010
    Incredible value, especially the larger dishes. Fish dishes are exceptional, desserts OK but not amazing
  • Valentina C.
    Valentina CiolinoApril 17, 2016
    They all have pretty mich the same menu, it won't disappoint you. Service was a little clumsy.
  • Lizzie M.
    Lizzie MFebruary 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    They have a new Campari bar downstairs, opens at 5:30pm Monday - Saturday.
  • Claire N.
    Claire NørgaardApril 30, 2014
    You can buy their cook book - it is great!
  • Gökhun G.
    Used to love this place, but disappointed this time. If you're 2 and waiting for your friends, they don't give you a 4 people seat until they they arrive. Food quality has decreased, too.
  • meimaimaggio
    meimaimaggioAugust 7, 2014
    The food is good but not mind-blowing considering the restaurant's reputation - think of it as a very small, dark branch of Carluccio's. The gelato is mediocre at best.
  • Sarah T.
    Sarah TaylorApril 6, 2015
    Not what it once was but Spinach & egg pizette and Ox cheek are superb
  • andy
    andyOctober 16, 2010
    Amazing amazing restaurant. great soundtrack. Try the sardines. DO IT!
  • Catarina A.
    Catarina AlçadaFebruary 12, 2016
    Slightly disappointed. The food was good, but their seating policy is terrible, and they make you feel uncomfortable. Don't go there if you're waiting for someone, you won't even be seated at the bar!
  • Jeanette Y.
    Jeanette YuenNovember 4, 2014
    Get one of the meatballs and a negroni.
  • Phil S.
    Phil SheardJanuary 14, 2012
    There's a Pinot Grigio on the wine list that restored my faith in that much abused grape
  • Vicky P.
    Vicky PerlepeDecember 22, 2015
    decent tapas, nothing special though. good service and lively place!
  • Anna W.
    Anna WaltonJune 23, 2012
    Too noisy!! Lovely food but we felt incredibly rushed! They were taking our plates while we were still eating off them!
  • Sasha F.
    Sasha FilimonovMay 22, 2013
    Classic Negroni is the way forward
  • Rebecca W.
    Rebecca WilsonJuly 30, 2013
    Great food, very busy at lunchtime (= very noisy), and very slow service.
  • Carmen W.
    Carmen WFebruary 14, 2015
    It's nice but overrated. Amazing affogato though.
  • Simon H.
    Simon HeagneyOctober 20, 2012
    Try the spicy pork & fennel meatballs - to *die* for
  • rabin m.
    rabin mukerjeaFebruary 24, 2014
    The Nutella Pizzetta needs ticking off your bucket list. Amazing.
  • Emma B.
    Emma BennettAugust 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Frito misto and linguine vongole are incredible
  • Elliot Jay S.
    Elliot Jay StocksDecember 11, 2014
    Don'’t believe the hype: despite the rave reviews and hour-long wait, the food is very, very average. Tables are separated by about 5cm, resulting in an extremely loud environment.
  • Chard W.
    Chard WardJune 29, 2013
    The service in here is great and the cocktails are strong
  • pdub
    pdubApril 14, 2010
    The pork belly is AMAZING! Amazing food and competitive prices! One of my favs!
  • Laura G.
    Laura Green-WilkinsonFebruary 25, 2011
    Try the goats cheese bruscetta & steak on rocket. Amazing place!!
  • Peter S.
    Peter SigristApril 15, 2010
    Red wine by the demi-litre carafe is excellent, and a way to keep the bill down.
  • Ken G.
    Ken GoodyearFebruary 15, 2015
    Valentines day lunch, superb food and great service as ever.
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WordsworthNovember 5, 2010
    best negroni in town. But bring a torch the place is dark
  • Luke M.
    Luke MagnusonApril 14, 2010
    Very good Italian-styled tapas. The cuttlefish in it's own ink is good but challenging!
  • Cristina B.
    Cristina BolzonellaApril 26, 2012
    The mussels and clams are amazing!
  • Claire N.
    Claire NørgaardApril 30, 2014
    Spinach Egg Mini Pizza - YUM YUM YUM
  • Almost L.
    Almost LocalsNovember 20, 2014
    O Polpo é de tapas Venezianas e para comer todas as entradas, é só pedir o Cicheti (£ 8). A bruschetta de pêra com nozes e queijo pecorino (£ 7) é outra delícia. Leia mais aqui Read more
  • Carla B.
    Carla BettiniOctober 19, 2015
    Me encanto la terraza!! La comida rapida, pero rica!!la zona es muy animada, vale la pena
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