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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.
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.
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!
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 ;-).
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.
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).
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!
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.
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.
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'.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Fantastic and reasonably priced tapas (esp. for London) - get the liver and also the Sardinia crisp bread plate with your Campari cocktail.
Try the Cured pork shoulder & pickled pepper Goat cheese, roasted grape & honey bruschetta Veal & porcini meatballs Cauliflower & Fontina gratin
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
This was a perfect spot for a Soho lunch, delicious meatballs and tons of other dishes to try.
Great campari bar!! Get the polpo salad & fennel salami with figs. Unmemorable: Meatballs, fennels almond, potatoes, fritto misto -
Overpriced small rations. A bit of dullness in the plates, happy to pay good money for little treasures, but not that's not the case in this restaurant.
The food is excellent regardless, but an intimate meal at the bar is a much better experience than as a group at a table.
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..;( )
Duck ragu, chickpea balls, roast tatties and spicy pork meatballs were all very good. Quite cosy/on top of each other.
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.
Spritz it up, then dive into their fantastic menu. House wine is their own = dangerously quaffable. Finish with an affogato. King of desserts!
Amazing prawn & artichoke linguine, bottarga plus Rabbit ragu, black olives & gnocchi. I will come back for sure!
Wonderful tapas in the heart of soho. Must try the sautéed octopus.
No problem getting a table, food was great, if a little pricy. Try the Elderflower Martini!
Amazing Italian Tapas, yes ITALIAN, beautiful waiters too, always busy, check out the tiny bar downstairs!
Overpriced tapas (2 tiny caprese sticks costing £3!) that is mixed but friendly staff and quick to arrive at the table
Too noisy!! Lovely food but we felt incredibly rushed! They were taking our plates while we were still eating off them!
Aperol spritz is delicious; pizetta bianca is a must-order, and steak with truffle cream sauce is gorgeous.
Delicious food and drinks worth the visit but it's very busy with tables really close to each other
Incredible value, especially the larger dishes. Fish dishes are exceptional, desserts OK but not amazing
really enjoyed the liver and flank steak with truffle cream. meatballs weren't anything special.
It is a good choice for a cosy diner before movie kind'a place. Warm beer and cold tapas.
Waiting more than 2 hours when they say 1, and auto-adding service charge on all incl. waiting drinks. That is bad taste. Food was ok though
The downstairs Campari Bar is cosy, intimate and they mix a mean manhattan. Plus great music.