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Polpo

Italian Restaurant
41 Beak St, Soho, Greater London, W1F 9SB, United Kingdom
Hours:
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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
    • Noon–4:00 PM
    • 6:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Sat
    • Noon–11:00 PM
Price:
££££
Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Drinks:
Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:
No

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.

8.3/10

Based on 462 votes

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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)
    Carmen W.
    "Amazing affogato though."(4 Tips)
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  • 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, 2015
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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 Fare · May 13, 2010
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  • 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 MenFar · July 9, 2013
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  • 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, 2015
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  • Adrienne S.

    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

    Adrienne S · February 1, 2012
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  • 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 Citrin · July 2, 2010
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  • Veronika H.

    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.

    Veronika Havlova · February 8
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  • Lizz J.

    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.

    Lizz Jiang · November 27, 2015
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  • tom m.

    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'.

    tom m · July 7, 2012
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  • 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
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  • Catarina A.

    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!

    Catarina Alçada · February 12
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  • Chris W.

    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!

    Chris Woods · August 27, 2010
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  • 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
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  • Cagdas H.

    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.

    Cagdas Hatinoglu · June 5, 2013
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  • Ministry of Waxing

    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!

    Ministry of Waxing · March 29, 2012
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Camilla R.

    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

    Camilla Rigby · January 8, 2010
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  • 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
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  • Reet

    Fantastic and reasonably priced tapas (esp. for London) - get the liver and also the Sardinia crisp bread plate with your Campari cocktail.

    Reet · May 17, 2013
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  • Dave R.

    Try the Cured pork shoulder & pickled pepper Goat cheese, roasted grape & honey bruschetta Veal & porcini meatballs Cauliflower & Fontina gratin

    Dave Richardson · October 18, 2012
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  • Jimmy H.

    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

    Jimmy Hutton · October 5, 2012
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Alejo C.

    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.

    Alejo Cernichari · August 18, 2015
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  • Gavin J.

    The food is excellent regardless, but an intimate meal at the bar is a much better experience than as a group at a table.

    Gavin James · September 8, 2015
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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, 2015
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  • 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
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  • Odo

    Great food, same winning Russell Norman formula, arancini nice, cotoletta excellent, liver crostini perfect. Complete review... Read more

    Odo · April 11, 2012
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  • 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
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  • Pliyo S.

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

    Pliyo Senpai · March 3, 2014
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  • Melissa R.

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

    Melissa Rosenthal · April 28, 2015
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  • Daniel W.

    No problem getting a table, food was great, if a little pricy. Try the Elderflower Martini!

    Daniel Watkins · December 3, 2015
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  • Anna K.

    Amazing Italian Tapas, yes ITALIAN, beautiful waiters too, always busy, check out the tiny bar downstairs!

    Anna Kainberger · July 10, 2012
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  • Christine F.

    Overpriced tapas (2 tiny caprese sticks costing £3!) that is mixed but friendly staff and quick to arrive at the table

    Christine Fai · August 23, 2015
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  • Anna W.

    Too noisy!! Lovely food but we felt incredibly rushed! They were taking our plates while we were still eating off them!

    Anna Walton · June 23, 2012
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Ashton M.

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

    Ashton McGregor · October 10, 2010
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  • Susan L.

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

    Susan Loh · September 21, 2014
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  • 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
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  • BarChick

    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

    BarChick · January 27, 2012
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  • Morten L.

    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

    Morten Legarth · April 15, 2011
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  • Matt

    The downstairs Campari Bar is cosy, intimate and they mix a mean manhattan. Plus great music.

    Matt · May 17, 2011
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