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POLPO at Ape & Bird

142 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8HJ

((((* Italian
Main course: £10
Food spend: £25
Opening hours
Monday - Saturday: 11:30 - 23:30
Sunday: 11:30 - 22:30.

Tasty food and great service (really friendly and good recommendations on the food and wine) Venetian meatballs particularly delicious. Good value for money. We had a great family lunch :)

Miranda Bolter 12 December 2016
from London

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A venture from acclaimed restaurateur Russell Norman, POLPO at Ape & Bird brings refined Venetian cuisine to a stunningly restored London pub. Weathered wood, a stool-lined bar and shelves packed with rare wines are found in the dining room.

Reminiscent of Venice’s charming backstreet restaurants, POLPO specialises in Italian small plates and signature spritzers. Hand-rolled meatballs, freshly-stretched pizzettes and colourful salads head up the POLPO menu, and favourite creations include cuttlefish & squid ink risotto with gremolata, or pork jelly with apricot and sage. For dessert, culinary innovations include Campari panna cotta, or ricotta doughnuts with cinnamon sugar.

POLPO near Leicester Square also serves an artisan brunch menu, with breakfast cocktails, pastries and fresh juices served alongside dishes like nutritious scafata with poached eggs, and sourdough with wild garlic, mushrooms and ricotta. Accompanying a selective wine list is a list of classic POLPO cocktails.

Offering laidback Italian dining in the bustling West End, this POLPO in London 3 minutes’ walk from Leicester Square Tube Station.

POLPO at Ape & Bird

142 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8HJ

Contact +44 2078363119

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Customer reviews for POLPO at Ape & Bird

4.2 ((((* (based on 15 reviews)
93% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (8)
  • lunch (8)
  • trendy (3)
  • business (2)
  • child friendly (2)
  • value (2)
  • entertainment (1)
  • large parties (1)
  • (((** 20 December 2016 by Justine Copping from London

    Food was good
    Music was way too loud for a restaurant thought it was being played at the volume for the staffs benefit rather than the customers did spoil it

  • ((((( 12 December 2016 by Miranda Bolter from London

    Tasty food and great service (really friendly and good recommendations on the food and wine) Venetian meatballs particularly delicious. Good value for money. We had a great family lunch :)

  • ((((( 29 November 2016 by Rhiannon Smith from London

    I love Ape and Bird and have always had a great experience there.

  • ((((( 8 November 2016 by Ben Nicholl from Basingstoke

    brilliant, loved the food and the service

  • (**** 1 November 2016 by Natalie from London

    Dreadful food. The worst pizza ever.

  • ((((( 4 October 2016 by Ian Jones from London


  • ((((( 8 August 2016 by Paul Arman from Wallingford

    Polio at Ape & Bird is a fantastic restaurant. The food is all small plates, so you have 2-3 plates per person, and the food can be shared. The quality of the food was excellent. We had the best Frito Misto we have had outside of Italy - it's normally too heavy in this country, put it was perfectly light here. We also had chickpea and spinach "meat" balls which were delicious. The pea and mint salad was refreshing, and the octopus carpaccio was also delicious.
    The service was very helpful and friendly. Our waiters knew when to help and when to leave us alone.
    We had a lovely time at Polpo, and will definitely return. It should also be mentioned that this restaurant is extremly convenient for the Harry Potter play, as it is just across the road from the theatre.

  • ((((* 6 August 2016 by Shellagh Dodds from Royal Leamington Spa

    Lively Italian bar in great location for theatres. The staff were friendly, helpful and very welcoming. A great selection of foods and all very tasty.

  • ((((( 5 August 2016 by Colin Heal from Saint Albans

    Modern Italian sharing menu, makes
    a nice change from the usual pasta and pizza. Food very good. Didn't try the wine as had to go back to work unfortunately

  • ((((* 2 August 2016 by S from London

    Very good ambiance and food, perfect for a working lunch. Could benefit from offering WiFi, I was 30 minutes early and wanted to work while waiting for my client, but WiFi was not available. A bit strange since so much of their website refers to how many business people are here during the day.

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