Italian Restaurant
41 Beak St, Soho, Greater London, W1F 9SB, United Kingdom
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People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • 1:00 PM–4:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 1:00 PM–3:00 PM
    • 6:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Tue
    • Noon–2:00 PM
    • 6:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Wed
    • Noon–3:00 PM
    • 6:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Thu
    • Noon–3:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • Noon–11:00 PM
£ £ £ £
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

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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    Alexia K.
    "Nice trendy Italian tapas great for night out with friends"(7 Tips)
    "Russell Norman is like the Ron Jeremy of the restaurant industry"(3 Tips)
    "Campari bar downstairs dishes out cocktails"(3 Tips)
    Carmen W.
    "Amazing affogato though."(4 Tips)
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136 tips. Filter by taste:

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  • tapas
  • russell norman
  • lively
  • meatballs
  • cocktails
  • seafood
  • bruschetta
  • liver
  • wine
  • casual
  • venetian bacaro
  • trendy
  • affogatos
  • authentic
  • pizza
  • good for dates
  • pork
  • cozy
  • steak
  • rustic
  • Thomas W.

    Great small dishes

    Thomas W. · 2 weeks ago
  • Melissa R.

    Wonderful tapas in the heart of soho. Must try the sautéed octopus.

    Melissa Rosenthal · April 28
  • Brendan L.

    Get the pork meatballs and ask for some bread to sop up the extra sauce

    Brendan Lewis · April 25
  • Y K.

    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.

    Y Kim · April 13
  • Sarah T.

    Not what it once was but Spinach & egg pizette and Ox cheek are superb

    Sarah Taylor · April 6
  • Alexia K.

    Nice trendy Italian tapas great for night out with friends

    Alexia K · April 3
  • Alexander P.

    Duck ragu, chickpea balls, roast tatties and spicy pork meatballs were all very good. Quite cosy/on top of each other.

    Alexander Palmer · March 29
  • Ken G.

    Valentines day lunch, superb food and great service as ever.

    Ken Goodyear · February 15
  • Carmen W.

    It's nice but overrated. Amazing affogato though.

    Carmen W · February 14
  • Dana G.

    Woof! Potent cocktails... Vin Santo cannoli makes a nice mini dessert (but pricey)

    Dana G · February 13
  • Allan S.

    Totally overrated and overpriced.

    Allan Sheriff · February 5
  • Paula B.

    Bruschetta, pizzette, meatballs.

    Paula BC · January 12
  • Inna K.

    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).

    Inna Kovaljova · January 11
  • Dom

    Great all around!

    Dom · December 14, 2014
  • élise G.

    Delicious food and drinks worth the visit but it's very busy with tables really close to each other

    élise Gilbert · December 12, 2014
  • Elliot Jay S.

    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.

    Elliot Jay Stocks · December 11, 2014
  • Chris H.

    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!

    Chris Haines · December 8, 2014
  • Oliver S.

    Really surprised how good the food is here. Think this might become a regular spot.

    Oliver Shreeve · December 1, 2014
  • Steve L.

    Great music - relaxed atmosphere - food looks good - hope it tastes just as food

    Steve Love · November 25, 2014
  • Almost L.

    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

    Almost Locals · November 20, 2014
  • Jeanette Y.

    Get one of the meatballs and a negroni.

    Jeanette Yuen · November 4, 2014
  • Sabrina Séverine D.

    Love it!! Really nice small dishes of Italian food!!

    Sabrina Séverine Duss · October 22, 2014
  • Ingo I.

    Italian tapas. Fantastic place.

    Ingo Ivic · October 19, 2014
  • Carmen L.

    Compared to their sister site Spuntinos service is far too stiff and the food is on the bland side.

    Carmen Litiu · October 5, 2014
  • The Times and Sunday Times

    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

    The Times and Sunday Times · September 26, 2014
  • João R.

    Meat balls are very good!

    João R.B. · September 26, 2014
  • Susan L.

    really enjoyed the liver and flank steak with truffle cream. meatballs weren't anything special.

    Susan Loh · September 21, 2014
  • Sophie K.

    Great food... Order as many dishes as possible always great trying lots

    Sophie K · September 7, 2014
  • Debbie M.

    Venetian inspired tapas, rustic and genuine. Everything is good.

    Debbie Morrison · August 30, 2014
  • John B.

    All of it. The veal is amazing, much as we should disagree.

    John Bannister · August 25, 2014
  • Essie S.

    The cocktails were great but honestly not worth the wait. Nothing special.

    Essie S · August 24, 2014
  • meimaimaggio

    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.

    meimaimaggio · August 7, 2014
  • Yalcin G.

    One of the best meal place in Lndn

    Yalcin Gunes · June 5, 2014
  • Raminta M.

    Don't follow the hype - it's really nothing special... 1.5hrs wasted waiting for 2 bar seats.

    Raminta Malinauskaite · June 4, 2014
  • Louis M.

    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.

    Louis McNamee · May 20, 2014
  • 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!

    Stuart Cruickshank · May 3, 2014
  • Claire N.

    You can buy their cook book - it is great!

    Claire Nørgaard · April 30, 2014
  • Claire N.

    Spinach Egg Mini Pizza - YUM YUM YUM

    Claire Nørgaard · April 30, 2014
  • Suzi E.

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

    Suzi Edwards-Alexander · April 12, 2014
  • Marie W.

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

    Marie Wylde · March 16, 2014
  • Melda G.

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

    Melda Göknel · March 11, 2014
  • Pliyo S.

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

    Pliyo Senpai · March 3, 2014
  • Moving Brands

    Good italian

    Moving Brands · March 3, 2014
  • rabin m.

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

    rabin mukerjea · February 24, 2014
  • Ziga Z.

    Campari Bar, underground

    Ziga Zig · January 24, 2014
  • 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 Evin · January 17, 2014
  • Daniel M.

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

    Daniel Murphy · 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 Gilardoni · October 10, 2013
  • tricia w.

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

    tricia wang · September 21, 2013
  • Matt S.

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

    Matt Saunders · August 20, 2013

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