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Polpo Soho

41 Beak Street, London W1F 9SB, England
+44 20 7734 4479
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good38%
  • Average18%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“meatballs” (219 reviews)
“fritto misto” (98 reviews)
“tapas” (111 reviews)
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Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
41 Beak Street, London W1F 9SB, England
Neighbourhood: Soho
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Reviewed yesterday

I'd recommend eating there as the food was very well done. It's like sitting in an Italian Ostaria in Florence - pleasant atmosphere, the staff was young and dressed in a modern fashion and very well mannered and looking after guests. We sat inside on...More

Thank yggdrasil250
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here on a busy Saturday evening with my husband. The locale was buzzing, the staff was busy and, much to my surprise and delight, we were seated within seconds of walking through the door. Cozy tables alight the walls of this rustic Venetian inspired...More

Thank Clara F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Service was amazing with Diego. Food delicious just a bit disappointed by the size of the Arancini. But it is a great place for dinner !

Thank colinegautierjube
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have tried to look online for the best places to get an Italian "Aperitivo" and this came up as one of the best places so we went there. At our arrival, we found a bartender which I believe was "Luke" or "Luca" who we...More

Thank Arilie91
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was meeting friends in Soho and Polpo seemed the best bet to satisfy a group with diverse dietary requirements (one vegetarian and one relatively fussy eater). I arrived early with one of my party and we were seated at a table for four with...More

Thank andybristol12555
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good for a quick and hearty meal. But the cicchetti are pretty close to the real Venetian thing. We loved the prawns and the stuffed octopus as well as the baby octopus (moscardini). Less so the stuffed olives. House "Polpo white" wine is to be...More

Thank Marco C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place for an early evening dinner or late lunch. The tapas style plates mean that you can eat as much or as little as you like. There was plenty of choice and everything was freshly cooked so it came in stages....More

Thank Nealy68
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a find. Lovely rustic feel with excellent choice of small plates. The thinnest crispy pizza base was best since trip to Italy. Staff very attentive, friendly we could not have asked for more. Shall return.

Thank ToppyHertfordshire
Reviewed 20 April 2017

As I've owned their cookbook for years, we were so excited to visit Polpo in person, what a let down. The food was bland and flavorless, the service HORRIBLE, the drinks atrocious. I just can't express how disappointed we were. The bartender was so rude...More

1  Thank cmschis
Reviewed 15 April 2017

have eaten here before and at various other branches normaly very good if not as cheap as it looks but this meal was poor menue getting smaller as are the portions particually frito misto brussel sprouts with chesnuts worst dish eaten in resterant in years...More

1  Thank derekklgr
The go-to district for a good time in London, Soho
hosts a wealth of world-class theatres and a
compelling lineup of cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars,
and clubs. At Soho's core is London's original Red
Light District and the epicenter of the LGBT scene –
and thus the city's hottest nightlife. For shopping
enthusiasts, Soho is not only the home of London's
greatest concentration of boutique shops, but also the
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Yoav G
Do you have gluten-free options?
20 November 2016|
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Response from Guinle | Reviewed this property |
Oh yes.. they do
Sue K
Do you have gluten-free options
29 October 2016|
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Response from Jaidev M | Reviewed this property |
There are a few items - but unfortunately those meatballs do have gluten. The menu did mention allergy information and the staff did seem quite knowledgeable and should be able to navigate you in the direction of the most... More
Are dogs allowed in their Covent Garden restaurant?
9 October 2016|
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Response from Faure H | Reviewed this property |
No really sure about that.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 23:00
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12:00 - 23:00
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12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 41 Beak Street, London W1F 9SB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Soho
  • Neighbourhood: Soho
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7734 4479
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Polpo is a bàcaro, a humble, Venetian restaurant serving simple food and good, young local wines within a modest setting, exposed brickwork, tin ceilings and copper bars. Several of the restaurants have basement bars - a great clandestine destination in their own right for drinks and a snack, or as a handy place to hang out while you are waiting for your friends to join you.