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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.

It was fine

Nick Edwards 13 March 2017
from Milton Keynes

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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 Venetian small plates and spritz. Hand-rolled meatballs, freshly-stretched pizzettes and fresh colourful salads head up the menu. The main menu varies with the seasons and favourite creations include cuttlefish & squid ink risotto with gremolata, roast stuffed pork, lentils & radicchio and crab & chilli linguine. For dessert, choose from a variety of classics, such as tiramisu or Venetian ricotta doughnuts with cinnamon sugar.

In addition to the main menu, POLPO near Leicester Square offers a great value all-day set menu, and daily changing specials to look out for on the blackboard. Aperitivo Time takes place every day from 4-6pm. Sip on a refreshing Spritz and enjoy some delicious bar snacks like black truffle crisps & Bella di Cerignola olives, for just £5.

Offering laidback Italian dining in the bustling West End, this POLPO in London sits 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

4.0 ((((* (based on 22 reviews)
90% of diners recommend this restaurant
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Recommended for

  • lunch (12)
  • dinner (11)
  • trendy (5)
  • value (3)
  • business (2)
  • child friendly (2)
  • romantic (2)
  • entertainment (1)
  • large parties (1)
  • views (1)
  • ((((* 27 March 2017 by Pablo Strong from London

    Really nice

  • ((((* 13 March 2017 by Nick Edwards from Milton Keynes

    It was fine

  • (**** 16 February 2017 by Aline Chardon from London

    The Service was appalling! Very disappointing! Overall dinner experience was shockingly poor! Food quality just average!

  • ((((* 12 February 2017 by Erin from London

    Food is amazing, set menu is great value. Love the elderflower martinis (a bit too much). They need to sort their front door out though. It kept blowing open / being left open and I finished lunch in my coat.

  • ((((* 8 February 2017 by Anne Cooper from London

    Wonderful choice odd delicious sounding dishes which never fail to pleases.

  • ((((( 5 February 2017 by Elliot Honeyfield from London

    Great food and reasonably priced

  • ((((* 23 January 2017 by Nicky Pearson from London

    Great lunch on Saturday. We enjoyed the low key vibe although I thought I might be upstairs. The food and service were great.

    I would like it if you could order the food like arancini by number as there were 3 if us and one each would be nice.

  • (((** 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.

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