Li Veli Winery & Bistro

3.9
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200 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian

About

Li Veli is an Italian informal “Bistro” and "Winery" bar with a stylish sharp service and a warm welcoming atmosphere. The menu is focused on traditional Apulian cuisine, delivered weekly from our Puglia regions, to suit a wide range of tastes.
There's also an extensive range of wines available - nurtured by our partners at the renowned Masseria Li Veli vineyard - and available to purchase. We are unique in also offering wine classes on request from our in-house winemaker.
The menu is both a la carte with specials and on request for pre' theatregoers.
There is a private dining room downstairs available for special occasions or large parties.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of Operation
Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Kitchen
Mon–Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
020 7240 8163
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Antonio Campanale
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Private Party Facilities
Private dining at Li Veli Cellar (10-45 people). No deposit required, no pre ordering necessary. As relaxed or formal as you like. Order off the daily changing menu on the day, or if there is something specific you are after you can let us know in advance and we will prepare it for you.
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Private Party Contact
Alfredo Falvo: 020 7240 8163
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Catering
Wine tasting at your home. Private dinner with our chef and our wine maker. Italian garden party “the best of Italy cured meat and cheeses buffet”.
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
Drury Lane
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Parking Details
Prive car park Townsave Ltd Royal Opera House, Shelton Street London WC2E 9JN United Kingdom
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Public Transit
Underground Stations:-Covent Garden Tube Station 2 mins-Holborn 4 mins -Leicester Square 6 mins Mainline Stations:Charing Cross Railway Station 9 mins
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 200 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.9based on recent ratings
4.0
Food
3.8
Service
3.9
Ambience
3.8
Value
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74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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London
71 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Competent but unimpressive food completely ruined by inattentive and incompetent service. At least the manager acknowledged the fact when brought to his attention- it seems the place is closing for renovations next week. Let’s hope the kitchen and service are renovated at the same time!

BF
London
14 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Great wine and a great place to while away an afternoon with a couple of glasses of their wine and a paper. Tasty food and not too big a portions.

P
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

We had a good experience at Li Veli. The wine was excellent and the food was very good (the portions could have been a bit larger). The service, however, really could improve. You are only alloted a 2-hour slot for your table, which is fair enough and we were warned in advance, but we found the service slow. When we asked for a second bottle of (the same) wine, the waitress did not give us a taste of the bottle before pouring the new wine into our glasses which had the previous bottle's wine in. We did have a lovely evening overall and would recommend Li Veli for anyone who enjoys great Italian wines.

OT
Hong Kong
11 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The manager is super friendly, we had a great time there and even learned about some Kinder Bueno cake that we really want to try now. Anyways, food is great, tiramisu is excellent, wine is very good although a bit pricey. Overall we had a great night

TM
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

As always the food in Li Veli is excellent. You cannot fault the home made pasta, it is delicious

OT
County Durham
4 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Chance find on open table as we were stopping nearby but a perfect choice of great food with great and different Puglia wines

G
Leicestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We are regular diners at Li Veli, we absolutely love the authentic environment and truly delicious food.
On this occasion it happened to be the hottest day of the year and the air con had broken. Very unfortunate. This left the venue incredibly hot which did have an impact on our experience this time.
Nothing that was the team’s fault or food, all of which was superb!

n
London
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely lunch sat out in the sun. Pasta was good my wife loved the chicken

WD
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

The quality of the food was very good but let down by sloppy service: we had to ask the waitress for menus after 10 mins of waiting at the table and then one of the menus was for lunch; the same waitress spilled the water and didn't bother to mop it up, then ignored us for the rest of the evening. Finally the other two waitresses served us in a more efficient and friendly manner.

L
Tampa
41 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant with authentic Puglia food, servers and manager top class !

c
London
120 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

small and cosy restaurant,. wine is excellent and food is delicious.

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

Lovely food, lovely wine, lovely staff. Very reasonably priced for the area too. Will definitely eat here again when in the area. Cheers.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The pasta special that day was not that good as other flavors. Especially we ordered red wine but the pasta is seafood based, which made the pasta taste even worse. It would be great if the staff can recommend which wine to order to match with the cuisine in the future. Regardless of the pasta, everything is great and would still recommend Li Veli to my friends.

P
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Extremely nice and smiley staff. Food was very good. I loved the tomato soup especially.
A delightful dinner.

AJ
London
23 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

A nice little Italian place with good food - an authentic spot. The pasta and desserts were particularly good - and only £10 for a plate of pasta is very competitive in Covent Garden. However, everything else on the menu was much more expensive.

GP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

What a great place. They are rightly very proud of where they source their produce and wine from. Over the r years or so I've k.oen this place they have turned their menu over regularly. Staff are attentive and incredibly nice. Go!

Li Veli Winery & Bistro
Responded on 17 May 2019

Dear GeraldoPhillipo, thank you very much for your lovely feedback. Every single feedback, regardless of what the rating is, still a big present to us. Guests like you give us the opportunity to deliver the best guest experience and satisfaction every day more than the day before. Our target is that we have to make unforgettable dining with us. Thank you very much for your precious time and your really appreciated feedback will be spread with all the staff members.

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N
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Adequate menu and good tasting food. Service excellent both friendly and efficient.

q
London
21 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very limited menu but the food was really nice, would recommend the focaccia and the chicken breast!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant just a few steps from Covent Garden station.
Very relaxed atmosphere with low background music and bright lighting, perfect for a date or to catch up with friends, but they also have a downstairs area that could serve large groups.
Excellent food, fresh and simple, just how Italian food should be. The maritati pasta with ragu and the tiramisu are stand outs, but other dishes tried were also great. Good selection of Italian wines too, from their own winery, and others. Very friendly and attentive service. Highly recommended!

MB
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it, staff was amazing. Was very friendly, knew their menu inside out and was able to recommend good food.

Li Veli Winery & Bistro
Responded on 12 April 2019

Hi Manob, We are incredibly grateful that you took the time out to leave us this note. Our company values put guest satisfaction as the top priority and we are committed to our guests. It is guest like you that make our job wonderful. We look forward to serving you again. Raffaele, Li Veli Winery and Bistro 020 7240 8163 info@liveli.co.uk

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Amazing pasta, great selection of wines, attentive team, fantastic value :)

Li Veli Winery & Bistro
Responded on 12 April 2019

Hi , Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a beautiful review. Most people don't bother to leave reviews about positive experiences unincentivized, and that's what makes this so special! It's only when we receive such positive feedback, do we rest knowing that we have done our jobs well. Thank you for giving us this proverbial pat on the back, you made our day! again. Raffaele, Li Veli Winery and Bistro 020 7240 8163 info@liveli.co.uk

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FD
London
9 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good, would return

CB
London
90 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

I really like this place, it’s like a little bit of Puglia in Central London. Simple food well cooked from quality ingredients washed down with some of the best Italian wine you will find outside (or even inside) Italy.

DD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

Li Veli has such potential given its connection to vineyard/wine production. We have been here many times over the years and it has declined significantly. Feels like a pre-theatre place now - getting one-time customers through.

Menu: It used to have complex and interesting main courses including red meats and robust specials. It is now full of standard dishes - many served in a hot bowl on top of a cold plate, as if reheated. I chose a bean and chicory dish with wilted greens £10. It was a giant bowl of mush with overcooked greens dumped on top. Octopus stew £17 tasted “canned”. Aubergine parm £10 similar to a microwave meal.

Service: We arrived 15 early for our table and indicated that we would be happy to wait. The hostess looked around, said there were no tables avail and indicated one might become available in 20 minutes but she didn’t know. Staff were in the back bar area polishing cutlery and glasses most of the time; very hard to get their attention.

The manager is new and will need time to make changes, so there is much potential, but I will look closely at the menu before going again to see it changes have been made from overpriced mediocre to the delicious home-style Italian from years past that was excellent value with fantastic wine.

RM
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Second visit to Li Veli, both times the ambience is lovely, food is great and the Li Veli wine choice fantastic

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Awful bruschetta and pasta was bland!

M
London
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Really bad service and cold food I would not recommend this restaurant.

KM
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Food was ok, but not exceptional. Service could definitely be improved. Too pricey for what they offer.

P
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

A rather disappointing experience. I pre-booked a table for 2 near a window, but was sat at a table right in the middle of the restaurant with no explanations or excuses given.
Menu was rather limited, the waiter didn’t know what the specials were and chose to shout across the restaurant to his colleagues behind the bar to find out.
Still they gave wrong information and when the “specials” arrived and wasn’t what they had said it was, they kindly took it away and came back in 2 minutes with a small bowl of uncooked pasta sprinkled with basilic, and for the same price!

KW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Can't wait to go back. Delicious food, charming professional staff

HL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

First visit - proved to be an excellent choice for our pre-Theatre meal. Will definitely aim to eat there again when next in Covent Garden.

DA
London
7 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 1

Very underwhelming - lunch with my 80 year old mother, who is frail and we turned up to find we were sitting in the overflow basement and had to negotiate steep stairs.
Service was sporadic at best, felt forgotten most of the time. Food was average given the prices - my mother’s pasta ragu was £12 and not much to write home about. Definitely a disappointing surprise given the good reviews we’d read.

MA
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Extreamely poor service. Waited for over an hour just to pay our bill.

LC
London
18 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Enjoyed it. Food was very good. First waitress made some good recommendations on food and wine. When we didn’t want dessert the other waitress quickly whipped out the bill and planted it on the table. Fair enough but unusual and slightly rude, given we still had half a bottle of the overpriced (delicious) wine still on the table and were enjoying a good conversation.

KC
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant with interesting and unique wine and food pairings. Hard to find a good Italian restaurant that breaks away from the standard fare well, but this one has done it!

MR
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great menu. Fantastic wine. The BEST service.

LT
London
74 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 1

No atmosphere or ambience. Quite pricey. The set menu did not appeal. Food from a la carte was godwas good but that's about it.

K
London
9 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Service was slightly aggressive. Nice atmosphere but I would not come back in the evening.

s
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Liveli was my favorite bistro in London as the food was delicious and atmosphere was cosy. Unfortunately, the last experience was not great. Food was average and service was below standards (arrogant attitude, clumsy service). I hope they will improve, as the place has great potential and it is a true gem in the heart of london.

M
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We had a very nice time at Li Veli. The interior is lovely, the food was decent, and the service was ok. Not exceptional, but ok. I'd recommend this restaurant to my friends.

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