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Bistro Italiano

#15,355 of 17,542 Restaurants in London
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Covent Garden
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15 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JZ, England
+44 20 7508 0002
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Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2015

Great food! Absolutely fantastic flavours. The chefs have got it just right. I will definitely be returning as this was my first time visiting. Staff could have been a little friendlier but I didn't leave gratitude because of this as felt like they didn't want me and my partner to be there. The food outshun the staffs rudeness though! :)... More 

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Thank Christina191282
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2015

Like others, I wish I had read the reviews. I asked for a pint of beer, but they didn't do draught - offered me bottle of beer, choice of only 3. My wife asked for a gin and bitter lemon - didn't do bitter lemon - "fresh orange then ?" "Didn't do that either." She had a wine at around... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2015

Although the staff is very nice and friendly, the food is terrible and the prices they charge are absolutely atrocious, it's a rip off pure and simple.

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1 Thank Londoner_S66
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2015 via mobile

Disgusting food, overbearing service. Just don't go here. I can't warn you enough. Go somewhere else no matter how hungry or desperate you are!!

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1 Thank Joseph D
Great Dunmow, United Kingdom
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153 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2015

I nearly walked on past when someone came out from the Bistro to "explain the menu". I'd already decided to go in. Once you are seated you discover that the menus are on tatty pieces of paper - again this should have warned me. The food is overpriced for what you get, even for this area of London. The wine... More 

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Oxford
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333 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2014

If I could score this thing lower I would, thing because it cant be classed as a restaurant. I can only echo the previous comments, its located very close to the exit of the aldwych theatre and in the dark appears cosy, thats where it ends. We had a disgusting pizza the size of your hand obviously pre bought, an... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

I wish we'd read these reviews first. Having just come out a matinee at the Theatre Royal opposite, we were in a hurry to eat an early diner before our train home. I chose tuna steak and chips and my daughter chose chicken polpetto (I think that's what they called it - basically meatballs with mash potato round them). My... More 

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1 Thank Kimeuk
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2013

Not only was the food obviously store bought and disgusting, but they found every possible excuse to scan us out of money. They advertised a 'minimum £10 food charge' but didn't include the extorsionate drinks! They then charged a 12.5% service charge even though the service was appauling. They were rude and sleazy and when we argued against the ridiculous... More 

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3 Thank Laurendurkie
UK
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2013

We popped into here for an 'express' pre theatre meal before seeing the Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre. The food looked reasonable value on the menu outside but we should have realised something wasn't right as the place was empty. Unfortunately hadn't seen the reviews but have to agree with them whole heartly as this was one of... More 

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1 Thank cakeloverUK
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2013

Quite simply the worst restaurant experience I have ever had. I was charged £12.50 for cod and chips and it is the first time I have ever, on being asked how we were enjoying our meal, stated that I expected a lot better if I am being asked to pay that amount for a meal. Both my son and sister-in-law... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    2 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    2 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighbourhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7508 0002

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Covent Garden

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Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or simply to be among the multitude of people who pass through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated by some impromptu act of a street performer wowing the crowds in Covent Garden's Piazza. If you do have tickets, you'll be pleased to note that many of the local eateries accommodate theatergoers with prix fixe menus, early dinners, and later than usual opening hours. 


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