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
    • 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
  • Sun
    • 1:00 PM–4:00 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)
    tricia w.
    "Great campari bar!! Get the polpo salad & fennel salami with figs."(9 Tips)
    "Russell Norman is like the Ron Jeremy of the restaurant industry"(3 Tips)
    Carmen W.
    "Amazing affogato though."(4 Tips)
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  • tapas
  • Italian food
  • lively
  • russell norman
  • Campari
  • bruschetta
  • cocktails
  • meatballs
  • seafood
  • wine
  • trendy
  • venetian bacaro
  • casual
  • authentic
  • affogatos
  • liver
  • pizza
  • cozy
  • Aperol
  • steak
  • 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
  • Phil N.

    Nice for an Italian nibble. Not worth an hour wait and the scattered service could use more polish.

    Phil Nom · August 28
  • 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
  • Bruno M.

    Nice small plates to share or eat more than one!

    Bruno Marinho · August 21
  • 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
  • Sam B.

    Not a bad thing on the menu!!

    Sam Bloor · August 7
  • Jennifer E.

    Delicious appetizers. Try the octopus and the arancini. Very good!

    Jennifer Evans · July 13

    The food is excellent with exciting and interesting flavors. Good place to go for sharing and trying lots of small plates. Excellent Campari bar downstairs, great atmosphere.

    AGVSM · July 10
  • Thomas W.

    Great small dishes

    Thomas W. · June 19
  • 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
  • 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

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