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POLPO at Ape & Bird

142 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8HJ

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

Great food, ambience and service.

Jim Porter 07 June 2017
from Tampa

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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.

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

4.2 ((((* (based on 26 reviews)
92% of diners recommend this restaurant
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Recommended for

  • lunch (16)
  • dinner (14)
  • trendy (8)
  • value (5)
  • business (4)
  • large parties (3)
  • child friendly (2)
  • romantic (2)
  • views (2)
  • entertainment (1)
  • ((((( 7 June 2017 by Jim Porter from Tampa

    Great food, ambience and service.

  • ((((( 24 May 2017 by Natalie from London

    Great service, incredible attentive staff, lovely setting. Pretty good selection of vegetarian options and the meatballs went down a treat (or so I was told)

  • ((((( 16 April 2017 by Nick Grecian from London

    Great ambience, great nosh and a fantastic unpasteurised IPA resulted in several hours of the weekend disappearing. We will return!

  • ((((* 10 April 2017 by Michelle Mccrohan from London

    No problem with the food at all - usual excellent standard.

  • ((((* 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

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