Il Vicolo

4.6
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427 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
Il Vicolo restaurant in London’s St James’s, near all the grand gentlemen’s clubs and an easy walk from Piccadilly, Green Park and The Mall, is a well-established and very attractive Italian restaurant. Hidden away down Crown Passage – ‘il vicolo’ means ‘the alleyway’ in Italian – the restaurant is a world away from the bustle of the city and is particularly well priced for a high-end part of town. It’s a good-looking spot that’s decorated in the stark modern style, though the service is traditional in its warmth and expertise. Il Vicolo focuses on the cuisine and wines of Calabria, offering authentic Calabrian dishes as well as more familiar Italian dishes and daily specials. The dining room is populated with local office workers and tourists who’ve done their research. Il Vicolo offer daily ‘specials menu’ offers plenty of fish and seafood. Signature dishes include Linguine pasta with fresh seafood and Home-made Papadelle pasta with truffle.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.3
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EY
Kent
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place, delicious food and very friendly staff

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

As always the food was of a very high quality. Thank you.

JW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best Italian around. Gorgeous authentic food. Lovely staff. The spinach and ricotta ravioli is awesome

o
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful family run place with a great vibe and excellent food.

SW
London
7 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We have been going to this restaurant for twenty five years, never had a bad meal or any reason to complain, our favourite neighbourhood Italian restaurant.

o
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always great food and nice waitstaff

FP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I've been here twice and both times I have been very satisfied. My favourite place in London to take friends to try real italian food.

Host is very friendly

DM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I don't need 50 characters. The meals and the place were excellent as they always are

SF
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience3

This little restaurant is tucked along a back alley which makes you feel like you’ve found something hidden. The restaurant itself is small and not overly decorated. The food was good, particularly the authentic Italian dishes. However, they were out of several things: both bottles of wine that I tried to order at the beginning were out and we ended with a reserve Chianti that was fine but just not what I was looking for. My colleague ordered the swordfish and they were out of that and she ended up with salmon. Overall we had a very nice time but the service itself was extremely slow. The bill was actually completed by hand long after we were ready for it. I would recommend this, just know that you will need a good amount of time to complete your meal.

H
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

The food was good but the veal portion was very small and didn’t taste like veal - over breaded. I would go back for the pasta

KK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and fantastic service. The ambience was great for our group as we wanted to talk to each other and the ambience was perfect for that.

My group loved the service as it had a personal touch to this place and was very grateful that I found this place.

p
New England
43 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Tiny, small menu, extremely noisy, tables too close together, food mediocre, dingy alley location.

K
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food is fabulous. Very fresh and delicious.
Host/owner has a wonderful personality. Service is polite, professional but friendly !

L
London
9 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Hidden gem - great food - great service

AH
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Found this little hideaway gem in the back alleys of St. James and decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed and in fact the experience was above and beyond my lofty expectations. Excellent food, casual yet elegant ambience, attentive service and a solid wine list made for a very enjoyable evening of culinary exploration. Authentic flavors of Italy served with style and flair equally perfect for business entertaining or a date or any other special occasion. From top to bottom the food shone through as high quality and well presented. A resounding 5 star recommendation.

JW
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

By and large the occasion was excellent and the owner was charming. My only complaint is the portion size for the cost of the meal. I have no issue with the quality which was good

C
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

The food was very nice but not hot and we didn’t have time to wait for another serving. The staff were lovely and it had a nice feel, but £6.50 for half a dozen olives and some bread which were on the table ( we didn’t know there was a charge) was way too much and £17 a head for tepid pasta and said bread and olives was over the top even for Central London.

t
London
13 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Disappointing. Good first and second courses, and pasta. Limited wine list, and one of those out of stock. Offered another at same price, then mistakenly tried to charge the higher price. Limited choice of desserts. Prices for wines and desserts in restaurant higher than menu on line, and fewer desserts available. Did not recognise an Open Table cheque.

SB
London
10 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Great location in secluded passageway off St James'. Delightful food, ambiance and service. Will definitely return.

B
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very friendly family run restaurant on a quiet alleyway. The food was outstanding. Very accommodating to our 2 children.

K
Denver
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food here was delicious and the service was great! Everything is homemade by the owner and his chefs - pasta, tiramisu, panna cotta, limoncello - all homemade! You can feel the passion for the food and restaurant here. The owner made sure we were happy and was very accommodating with my daughter's allergies. We loved the family run feel and personalized service we received. It was a great recommendation from a friend and we will definitely be back!

RL
London
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently excellent food, and fantastic service from a family-owned restaurant that really cares about their diners' experience!

SW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If authentic Italian food, with personal service, is what you want look no further! We have been coming to Il Vicolo for many years and have never been disappointed. Listen closely to the daily specials.... they are superb! A must visit for good food and good ambiance!

AA
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Tables very cramped. Food very average. Ambience canteenish

SW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and ambiance as usual

JL
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, lovely wine, discreet service, ambient 50s' jazz playing in the background - Il Vicolo is the best place to eat if you're looking for a soothing experience combined with wonderful dishes.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely family run local Italian in a passage in St. James’s London - very authentic cuisine.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

The wait staff was very nice, however the upholstered chairs were clearly dirty which gave a feeling of uncleanliness to the entire restaurant.

Also, they had no salad dressing other than vinegar.

LW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Wonderful food and wine, and terrific specials. Truly a neighbourhood gem!

JI
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Charming, low key and very Italian. Tucked away and all the better for it. The food was superb - the owner came over and told us the specials - tagliatelle with truffles. I ordered it and the perfectly cooked pasta was topped with an entire sliced up truffle - unbelievably good value for £23.

Husband had veal with pasta - daughter same as me but with a (I think) wild boar ragout.

Couldn’t fault this little piece of foodie heaven!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing meal and great service!! ❤️❤️

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Had a wonderful traditional Italian meal with fantastic service! Will be back for sure.

F
Frankfurt Area
38 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Second time here and will be back. Small family run place with great Italian food.

C
London
6 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Fantastic food. Spaghetti with Crab was delicious.

M
London
49 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We arrived quite late but staff were very pleasant and efficient. The food was a bit expensive but very tasty

s
London
32 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Very good Italian food. Restaurant itself requires updating though.

DC
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Il Vicolo is a great Italian restaurant, in an amazing central location. A fantastic hidden gem. The menu was great, with lots of choice, and all based on authentic Italian cuisine. The people were very friendly and helped us select some great choices. The price was highly reasonable, and much less than I'd expect to pay in Central London of this quality

CC
London
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was delicious, packed with flavour and the perfect amount. The service was very friendly and attentive. It was a great pleasure having lunch there.

RW
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We met a friend and treated her to lunch. Service was efficient, food good and hot. Rather a noisy place but with a great atmosphere. Unfortunately we didn’t notice until later that we’d been overcharged and, as visitors for the day, there was nothing we could do about it. All in all, it was a pleasant occasion but expensive.

JJ
London
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Delicious home cooked food, relaxed atmosphere and great location.