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Grato

4.6
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81 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
Nestled in the corner of Kensington Square (off Kensington High Street) is the Italian restaurant Grato, the second venture from the founders of the popular Gusto Notting Hill.

The menu is inspired by regional Italian cuisines, creating dishes for what is fresh on the market. With a wealth of resources from farmers, fishermen and artisans, the kitchen sources pristine ingredients for each of its dishes. Our fresh pasta is handmade in-house with abundance of love & attention. The flavours are delicate and ingredients fresh & plentiful. The wine list is extensive serving wines from artisan producers.
This split level restaurant is decorated to create a relaxing ambiance. A private dining area makes it perfectly suited for a private lunch or dinner.
Reservations for more than 6 guests, please contact Grato directly.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 81 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.4
Value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely staff and great food! Super Yummy

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vipNerys
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really lovely food. Intimate surroundings. Worth the trip

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall1Food1Service5Ambience3

The menu was limited and my gnocchi dish was unappetising

Grato
Responded on 12 September 2020

I am compelled to respond because your review is extremely unfair to the hardworking Grato team. The Gnocchi Malfatti, handmade with spinach & ricotta di bufala, a gluten free dish very popular with our regulars. The flavours are delicate. Our menu consists of 7 starters, 4 pastas, 3 main courses+side dishes, desserts.We stopped Specials & removed some items from the menu during Covid-19 to reduce wastage. You may wish to reconsider when reviewing restaurants during these challenging times!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Great food in a posh, pretty area but also a little overpriced. Felt a bit awkward as the owner was packing back and forth and took away my bread plate as soon as I picked up the last piece...

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vipAngeloA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Simply amazing!!! I went for dinner with my hubby as it was recommended by some relatives and we were very impressed with the quality of food! Pietro, the owner was very kind and attentive. The only thing that let us down was the tiramisu, not as good as expected but we will definitely go back!

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JayaV
London
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, personalised service for our boisterous group of 12, including 6 kids. They seated us in their private dining room and indulged us no end with their service and scrumptious food. Highly recommend!!! Thank you

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Marc
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding service, tasty Italian food, great location.

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vipCornelius
London
41 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Perfectly nice restaurant. Staff are warm and welcoming. The food is under seasoned and over priced. The veal is worth a try.

HM
HannahM
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Amazing food, lovely staff. We felt a little rushed but perhaps this is because the staff were so on-the-ball with getting the food to us. Lovely location - would definitely come again.

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vipLocalresident
London
18 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent ingredients, well prepared dishes, unpretentious in a charming location.

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vipBabyD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food! Really cute location. The staff was very friendly. Will definitely go back!

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Pilky
London
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

We booked an open table on Wednesday via the site, but arrival was told there was a separate handwritten list of people waiting ahead of us.

The whole point of reservations is that it holds the table for us. Instead we were sat downstairs next to the toilets and it's literally like a dungeon down there. I don't think they should be seating customers in that dark, isolated space.

The price for the food quality was a joke. £70 for 1 entree and two mains without sides and a glass of wine each. The pasta was extremely bland. My partner looked so disappointed and was kicking herself for suggesting this place.

Grato
Responded on 17 August 2020

Dear Luke, Sorry for the poor experience at Grato.It was an extremely busy night because of the Eat Out Help Out Scheme, we do have a handwritten reservations in addition to open table, guests are seated as per their bookings. I disagree our lower level is a dungeon it is a private dining area- italian stucco on the walls, an oak dining table etc. and many of our guests were dining downstairs alongside yourself. With discount you paid £50 for 1 entree, two mains & 2 glasses of wine!

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vipAnnaM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice outdoor table, very good service if a tad over attentive by three different people dropping past in rapid succession asking if everything was ok

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vipLauren
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely local, casual italian spot. Everything we had was very good and staff were polite.

JD
vipJaneD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Neighbourhood gem - fresh and well seasoned dishes. Crab pasta was delicious was told its made in the restaurant and tiramisu that melts in your mouth. Notable wine list & great location opposite a garden square. Definitely recommended.

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Awesomeness
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Wonderful place to have a beautiful meal in London. Started out with pumpkin ravioli and it was superb. Pasta with just the right amount of filling and set in a lovely butter sauce. Pasta was a tad too aldente if I had anything to say negative about the dish. Sea Bass did not disappoint. Tiramisu was not my favorite. Wonderful people who care about the experience, own and manage this lovely spot.

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AL1153
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Magnificent food, fantastic service and a lovely setting

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KarenR
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

This a genuine and delightful place with emphasis on the food and not frills.

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vipRajie63
London
13 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very fresh ingredients and wonderful flavours. It was a beautiful day and we were lucky to get a table outside. A tranquil setting, great service from a friendly and polite team. We would thoroughly recommend this great little local authentic Italian just off High Street Kensington.

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vipSRM12
London
24 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious and very fresh Italian food in a very cute well located restaurant!

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Lezin
London
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

If you are looking for really good food, high standards higiene and an original menu, Grato is the place.

I love that the place is so cosy with a touch of familiarity to it. The owner is often around and will attend discretely to everything you need.

It’s ambience is cute and mostly quiet, perfect for conversations between friends. You will feel no pressure to rush out as this place grows into a comfort zone that becomes difficult to leave.

If you are a vegetarian they also have something delicious waiting for you. And they are super nice if you request any special modification if you are vegan.

More than worth the money and your time!

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ElizabethS
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A great little neighbourhood restaurant serving fresh pasta and some imaginative dishes. Their bread is out of this world. Delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All the food was terrific. Great Tiramisu!

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Sandy
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent food in a small gem located in High Street Kensington.
Our lunch was for business purpose and the place was pretty quiet.
I would definitely recommend this place to eat nice, tasty and fresh Italian food !

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Poke
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We were seated in the basement. It was less noisy than the ground floor seating area, but exactly what we wanted. The staff were very attentive all through our meal. The food was excellent and we found it to be good value for money. We would return if we were in the area.

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Roberto
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Quality of food and wines acceptable but overpriced. Restaurant very small and the tables are very near to each other. Good service provided by our waiter.

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MarkW
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, nice owner made for a great experience!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely evening. Even on a busy Valentine’s Day the food was amazing and the atmosphere relaxed and welcoming.

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BobT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Pre show dinner. Small Restaurant with very good Italian food. Service was very good, we were very happy and made it to the Royal Albert Hall in good time. Thank you

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vipRonaldF
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friends and I had a wonderful experience at Grato. The food was amazing and the service impeccable. The Gnocchi was out of this world!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Real shame. Had high expectations but felt completely unwelcome and that the staff were distracted and not coping. The food was rushed out and was nice but underwhelming and did not make up for the uncomfortable surroundings. So disappointed

Grato
Responded on 15 February 2020

Dear Guest, your review is not in line with how we operate or treat our guests. I have sent you a message to get in touch to understand better the issues you had. It was a busy Sunday lunchtime and we try to be attentive to every table and needs of our guests. Best Wishes Grato 🙏

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DavidM
London
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is delicious. Difficult to equal. Very warm welcome.

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PedroF
London
7 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service and really outstanding Italian food. And the owner made us feel at home. We will certainly come back!

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Unbelievable ! I haven’t experienced a restaurant in London that puts that much effort and care into their food. Very fairly priced, authentic Italian. When the bill came, I felt happy to support the business.
Bravo !

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Sopd
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved this place - had dinner here, the food was delicious (rigatoni and gnocchi were ace) and the staff were welcoming and made you feel right at home. Highly recommend

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BryanM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great low key Italian place in Kensington. Really enjoyed the food and ambiance.

KJ
KeithJ
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent - service, food, & hosts, will definitely return

Nice to find a restaurant in central London that provides such good value

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India1968
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Found this little place on opentable, and liked the sound of the menu and we were not disappointed. Many recommendations made by the owner and we happy with the choices we made. We were here to celebrate a birthday, the cake and candle was a lovely touch. It nice to meet the owner and his wife Su, a busy little place so booking is a must.

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HolR
New England
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved this neighborhood restaurant--small and intimate, with excellent food and very friendly service and staff. We would go again when we are next in London.

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HelenMW
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the most wonderful family lunch at Grato. It couln't have been more perfect from start to finish. The service was impeccable and the food was amazing. The location in Kensington Sq is also beautiful.

FAQs

Grato offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 3371 9338.

Grato is rated 4.6 stars by 81 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.