Bocca Di Lupo

4.5
1981 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Authentic
Jacob Kenedy and Victor Hugo opened Bocca di Lupo in November 2008. The restaurant has since received various awards and accolades for its stripped-down, honest regional Italian cuisine. Despite the buzzy feel and glamourous surroundings, we are a family business, a small and humble trattoria at heart.

We specialise in the obscure and the delicious highlights of food and wine from all across Italy's twenty regions. If we can make something ourselves, we do - gelati, breads, sausages, salame, pickles, mostarda, and pasta of course - the rest is carefully sourced from Italy. A selection of Italian wines and home-made and imported foods is available for delivery, along with our famous gelato, from Gelupo.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.5

If you want to know where to find the best Italian food in Soho is, it’s at Bocca di Lupo.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 1981 People Are Saying
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Chicago
28 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were celebrating our fourth Wedding Anniversary in London on a family trip, so we decided to sneak off for a special dinner. We were met with champagne to celebrate our special day. Once seated, our waiter took the time to highlight the most effective (and delicious) manner to explore the menu. We started with tortellini and orzotto. They were both divine, and the rabbit was cooked perfectly. We then moved on to the "main" course, of lamb shoulder with a sides of spinach and white asparagus salad. The spinach was served cold, which although unexpected, was delightful. The white asparagus salad with cheese and walnuts was light and refreshing. The two sides paired well with the tender lamb shoulder. The sauce that the lamb shoulder was prepared with was comforting.

Unfortunately we were too stuffed for dessert, but our drinks were well made with no skimping on the Hendrick's Gin.

Overall, we had an Anniversary dinnerto remember, not only from spending it in a new city, but with fantastic food!!

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London
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

My fish was a bit undercooked. Veg were over salty.

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MP
London
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My fist visit to Bocca Di Lupo but one of my two guests had been several times before. In fact, the only downside was that there were two items that he had eaten on previous occasions and had been looking forward to having again (including a radish salad) but these were not on the menu on this occasion. We shared starters and had a main each. All of the starters were good but the fish carpaccio was magnificent. I had suckling pig porchetta with a side of spinach; really delicious. We shared a bottle of Primitive Reserva, which was delightful. Service was friendly and attentive without being intrusive. Altogether it was a splendid lunch and I am looking forward to returning before too long.

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PJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great restaurant super food friendly professional fun service
Table was cramped but ok
Will come again

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g
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Always very good fresh, seasonal Italian food. Helpful waiters as well.

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JR
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good god this place just gets better with time. Brilliant hospitality and food. Always going to come back to the Boc.

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SJ
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place, we love everything about it, food is always fantastic, staff really helpful, and informative, a definite stop for either lunch or dinner, but don’t forget to book, or you will be disappointed.

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B
London
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the moment we arrived the team were fantastic. Really attentive and helpful.
The food, as always was incredible.
One dish arrived late and we were given a drink on the house - very kind offer.
It was our anniversary and without asking our waiter arrived with a candle in our dessert.
Such a wonderful experience - thank you

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

Not Impressed: too loud, too dark and the food is ok, would definitely not classify it as one of the best Italian restaurants in London.

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Naples
2 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Screaming chef made for disruptive lunch, only complaint.

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S
London
27 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We are regulars at Bocca Di Lupo so know where to ask for a seat and what to expect. We love sitting at the bar watching the team of chefs prepare our food and watching them getting food ready for others diners. Sometimes we say "we should have ordered that" but know that there will be a next time. This occasion was an anniversary celebration and we were given a complimentary glass of Champagne, we selected about 8 or 9 small dishes which are perfect for sharing. Fresh ingredients, perfectly cooked in a wonderful atmosphere; a real culinary treat.

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Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent place just had to season dishes which why it was 4/5 and not 5/5. Definitely will go back.

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London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

A favourite restaurant of ours. Food freshly cooked in front of you. Attentive waiting staff and great ambience. What more could you want

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TR
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food, sommelier, and server all made for a fantastic experience. Thank you!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic ambiance, delicious food and superb service. The fossil fish was a standout as usual, and the fresh pastas we ordered were simply out of this world.

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J
London
29 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious regional Italian cooking. Loved that you could order everything in small or large plates to share. Perfect for a special occasion.

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Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food and wine. The malfatti and trofie in particular were brilliant.
Could do with some better ventilation as it was really warm.
Would not hesitate to recommend.

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Miami
5 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excelente muy buena la experiencia me
Encanto la opción de los platos pequeños para compartir!
La atención súper!
Lugar muy bien ubicado
hay pocas mesas hay que reservar!

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London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My daughter’s birthday

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New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Very tough menu

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B
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious Italian, great service. Interesting dishes but not fussy, just great cooking

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AP
London
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Been there numerous times will not be going back due to waiters comments

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M
Washington DC
112 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were disappointed to to find actual octopus dish on the menu as restaurant is called Polpo and also the beautifully pictured and promoted whole grilled fish on the website that was no longer part of the menu. But our sea bream filet, the nduja arancini and Frito Misto was so delicious we had to order another portion of each!
Lovely always smiling service staff and good value for dining overall. We will return if we are in Covent Garden area again.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect London Italian. Great pre show dining. Lovely date night. This was my third visit. Started with squid/shrimp tempura. Burrata tomato salad. Tortellini. Suckling porchetta. Goat ricotta ragu. Lovely wine. Everything was fabulous. A favorite...

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CE
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We arrived late as the show we were at overran. The staff were friendly and very understanding, making us feel welcome. The service was extremely efficient and we got our orders very quickly. The food was delicious and perfect for what we needed! All in all, we were all delighted and look forward to going back for seconds!

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Every time a total culinary joy!!

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Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Outstanding creative menu, high quality cuisine, extraordinary sensitivity to advance notice re food allergies, excellent service, reasonable cost particularly given quality of every part of the dining experience. Only issue is high decibel noise level, but no worse than other modern London restaurants. If I lived in London I’d be here every week. Unfortunately we have to settle for only 2-3 times a year.

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D
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

When I arrived at the restaurant, it was absolute chaos. I was left in a queue of impatient diners, who were all crowded, standing in the open doorway and up to the till. I waited for ten minutes, despite having made a reservation. Diners were pushing in and the staff had little control of the queue, and it made for a very unpleasant start to the evening. It was a cold night and the door was kept open throughout our meal, causing an unpleasant draft. I asked to be moved (we were sitting at the bar) but this was not possible because the restaurant was fully booked. The staff made no attempt to close the door. My guest asked for her delicate cashmere coat to be hung on a hanger, to avoid damage, but it was not - and she received it back crumbled with the hook almost damaging the coat, and having made a big indent in the lining and neck line. She was furious. The waiter was impatient to take our order, but once our order was noted, we received little service and had to keep asking the staff behind the bar for extras. Our wine was not poured in a timely manner. The pasta and home made bread were excellent, and the carpaccio and the rest of the food we ordered was good and great value.

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AB
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing authentic italian food. Highly recommend! Beautiful decor and friendly staff to top it off. Went for mums 60th and was a great find. Everyone left very happy knowing we found somewhere we would definitely go back to... can't wait

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GP
London
20 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

The best Italian restaurant anywhere, always delivers.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Bar stools around kitchen (where most of patrons are seated) should be adjustable so that shorter patrons can adjust height.

Food was amazingly good!

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T
London
24 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The meal was wonderful. Please can you let me the details of artist whose work was hanging in the restaurant. Great lunch. Thank you

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R
London
6 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, lovely setting, delicious Italian food. The sea bream was especially well cooked and the mozzarella was like you’d get in Italy.

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FI
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, fabulous staff - sommelier was outstanding!

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Hertfordshire
23 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We come here on occasion to eat before the theatre. Always like the food and this occasion was exceptional - brilliant risotto with asparagus and great pasta with slow cooked beef.
We like the wine carafe option, with a good choice.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The homemade pasta was outstanding!

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RH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent artisan food. Although not much elbow room at the bar I enjoyed sitting there to watch the bar staff and chefs at work. Great for pre theatre, quick service. Very friendly staff.

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LP
Surrey
6 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was a lovely place for dinner for a friends 40th. Lovely food and wine and a great atmosphere and friendly staff. Only negative was a charge of £5 per person when we brought our own small birthday cake which seemed excessive.

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DH
London
294 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

buzzy atmosphere makes for an exciting lunch venue with excellent consistently tasty food and very good wine list including many by the glass and 500cl.

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S
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Waiting staff were excellent. The location is perfect for theatre trips. Food was delicious. Loved the way the menu said which region each dish was from. A busy place but comfortable with a great ambience. Will definitely go again and recommend to friends. Only one quibble. I don't believe that the menu told you that you'd have to wait 40 minutes for the Spring Chicken. Lovely waitress told us and helped with other choices.

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