Carluccio's - South Kensington

4.2
242 reviews
£25 and under
Italian

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Casual
Welcome to Carluccio’s Italian restaurant in the London, South Kensington. This restaurant is conveniently located next to South Kensington underground station and is just a short walk from the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

We’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday to Sunday, offering a broad range of classic Italian food. On top of that, our menu also caters for vegetarians/vegans and those who are following a gluten free diet. Therefore you should book a table at London, South Kensington today!
What 242 People Are Saying
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AliE
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Great location, straight across from the tube station. Food was ok.

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AliThomson33
Surrey
70 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Such a vibrant casual scene, close to Kensington Station. It was busier than I thought it would be, so pleased I had booked ahead. Friendly service, good all round food, lovely afternoon

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RebekahE
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

My only comment was that it was very noisy and is in need of some sort of sound absorption. The Chicken Milanese was very dry and needed some sauce of some kind. Goats cheese starters were lovely.

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Hammer2001
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience1

Had a meal here before a show at the Royal Albert Hall. Was very busy but had prebooked. Quickly taken to our table. Food was great and service quick and efficient. Only downside is the tables are crammed together and the restaurant was noisy which spoil the experience if you are looking for a quiet intimate occasion. The layout and ambience are more akin to a fast food joint than a fine dining experience!
But food and service was great, but would not choose again for such an occasion.

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NancyB
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Staff were really friendly, 5 stars. Ragu not very rich and maybe a few to many olives. They came really quickly to take my five year olds order which I really like. They understand tired children coming from science museum!!

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MariaLovesFood
London
7 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love Carluccios
Staff amazing
Good great
So sad so many have closed!

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GrahamJ
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

Our table was booked for 12:00. We had to order twice to get the children’s food. Our starter took 30 mins to arrive and our main course 1 hour 15 mins to arrive. Lack of cutlery despite asking. Overall very poor service and average quality food. Will not use again.

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DianeM
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience2

The food was luke warm & not much choice on the menu

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GaryH
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Pre Albert Hall event dining. Chose one of the expensive items on the menu, lamb.
The actual meat was so pale it had all its flavour cooked out of it and was tasteless. Unfortunately the flavour did go into the broth and vegetables it was served in as this was so salty.
I did mention it to the our waitress who reported to the duty manager. A £7 overpriced beer was taken of our bill still meaning I had paid £12 for a tasteless salty main course. Definitely won’t be rushing back.

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Elle
London
7 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great for families like ours. Accommodating staff too. Well done Carluccio’s.

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JordyG
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a fab lunch with the girls on their set menu options. We arrived early and got seated straight away. My friend has a nut allergy and we’re very attentive to her! Our waitress was fab and I even said to the mngr how great she was

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

Perfect place to meet with friends and family around some decent food. Excellent service, improved decor but still a little noisy.

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PruM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely meal, the food was delicious and very tasty. The staff were attentive and made you feel welcome.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience5

Hi, we really enjoyed our experience and our waitress ( from Sicily) was really lovely.
The only disappointment was that the fish was either not fresh or it was over cooked - it was very dry and not good at all. The vegetables were, in contrast, very nice!

JP
JohnP
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience1

just really lacklustre, food not very warm and tasteless. Also got one dish wrong

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PaulC
London
8 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Was good level of food as always but felt hectic and noisy as it was very busy.

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KC12
Kent
19 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience1

The food was fine and the service was ok, but really, at a branded venue like Carluccio I would expect more. The ambience was poor - music on very low and lots of noise from people chatting. The service was perfunctory- the specials weren’t explained and when we ordered one we were told it wasn’t available.

Really, I couldn’t recommend it.

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SCD2211
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service by Clint and good food. It was disappointing that there was no gluten free pasta available but the risotto was delicious.

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MaggieF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really attentative serving staff who took great care that the dish I ordered was safe ( I have an allergy to cod)

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KeithF
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food, good service and a very central location. Not too expensive either.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food

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Susiq
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were a table of 7 ladies who had not seen each other for two years.
It was a very busy Sat lunchtime and we were made to feel welcome from the moment we arrived.
The food arrived hot and was delicious. The servers were friendly efficient and saw that our needs were met.
Will definitely go again

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NicL
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fabulous service, very attentive. Food was very nice, good value for money, and arrived in good time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Best thing? The service. Really lovely people. The food was very good and beautifully presented. The music was a little intrusive, but I would eat here again.

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traceyd
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very impressed with Carluccio's. Even though the restaurant was very busy the food arrived very promptly which was delicious and well presented. I had the set menu which is very good value for money. I will be back for sure

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Angela
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

Busy restaurant, friendly staff and fast service. Several items on the menu not available which we were told was often the case on a Sunday - bit disappointing.

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Chiswick
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A classic but absolutely fabulous. Looking forward to going back ASAP

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Stumpy63
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

We arrived late. The staff were very accommodating. Food and service top notch. The only negative was the noise level. Very very noisy. Otherwise a great lunch.

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ShirlB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent range of cocktails. Sausage burrata pasta very good. Staff friendly and helpful.

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LornaS
Cumbria
3 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Not as good as it used to be.
Staff helpful and attentive.
Food well the calamari was on the tough side and the green salad was drenched in dressing with half a dozen parmesan Shavings on the top not what I call value for money

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LynseyD
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a minute to spare before being late (sth ken Station shut) Manager was gracious. Waiting staff a delight. Food as ever delicious. Our pre RAH meal stop every time. Thank you for taking such great care of us. We hope your staffing concern is soon resolved, we had no ill effects as a result and we are grateful for the care you have taken during our visit.

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Basia
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Unfortunately is not as good as before. Breakfast was really disappointing and that it used to be my favourite meal at restaurant. Waiters are nice but a bit slow. Service it used to be very shap and food was excellent. Not anymore

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AnneB
London
10 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

It was very noisy when the kids were there - you could hardly what each other were saying. Once the kids had gone it was more peaceful. Something needs to be done to lower the noise level. It puts me off going back that I cannot hear what my fellow guest is saying.

Please note the telephone number in your confirmation email is incorrect. It says 020 3097 8767 and as I could get not reply I looked it up on Google and got 020 3907 8767. In other words the zero and the nine are the wrong way around.

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TerJ
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Staff cheerful, and a pleasant environment, but the food was very lacklustre. Perfectly edible. but just lacking in any charachter - spaghetti carbonara was very bland with an anonymous sauce, and the the calamari were more or less tasteless. Shame, I've enjoyed it on earlier occasions.

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PenelopeT
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great restaurant, food delicious. Value for money was good. My friend and myself really enjoyed out meal of lasagne.

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TonyP
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

The staff were very attentive and friendly and we would definitely return to this restaurant. Personally I think the portions could be a little bigger, but I admit I do have a healthy appetite!

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Adelyned
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience3

Met up with friends and their children there and service was very slow and felt unprofessional (untrained staff maybe?) which let the Carluccio standard down.

The food wasn't that well cooked and when a friend mentioned it, the member of staff took it badly and had a real attitude about it.
Finding a hair in her meal after wasn't great either and the manager, or whoever came to us, felt the need to come back to our table with the hair in question to tell us that his kitchen staff doesn't have long hair... nor did anyone of us at the table. Absolutly discusting way to handle the situation!! We were appalled! It plummeted our lunch, we got the kids to finish their lunch and quickly left.

Fair to say there are SO many other restaurants to try in the area that we will not be going back to this place. A real turn off...

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GillianB
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Very good menu, plenty of choice. Excellent service.

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GabbiS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Decent pasta, good variety on the menu. Charming and attentive service. I went with my son on a weekday lunchtime and we both enjoyed it. I suspect if you were dining as a couple or singly, the overall noise level and ambience may not be quite what you want though!

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maxybaby
Staffordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience1

Disappointing as had been recommended. Tables very close to each other hardly any room for staff to get to tables. Thought there would be a greater choice of pasta dishes being an Italian restaurant. Main course - small portion so had a desert. Meringue with strawberries and ice cream -disappointed few bits of meringue at the bottom not what I expected for the price. Sorry wont be back!

FAQs

Carluccio's - South Kensington does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo and Just Eat. Carluccio's - South Kensington also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 3097 8767.

Carluccio's - South Kensington is rated 4.2 stars by 242 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.