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POLPO Smithfield

3 Cowcross St, London, EC1M 6DR

(((() Italian
Main course: £10
Food spend: £25
Opening hours
Monday to Saturday: 11:30 - 23:00
Sunday: 11:30 - 16:00.

Very interesting menu, tasty food, great atmosphere and good value. Perfect venue for a team lunch or evening meal.

Caroline Holmes 09 February 2017
from London

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From acclaimed restaurateur Russell Norman, POLPO Smithfield brings Italian small plates to London’s iconic Smithfield Market. Flavour-packed creations are served in a modest setting with exposed brickwork and tin ceilings.

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 in London 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 Venetian-style drinking and dining, find POLPO Smithfield a 2-minute walk from Farringdon Rail Station.

POLPO Smithfield

3 Cowcross St, London, EC1M 6DR

Contact +44 2072500034

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Customer reviews for POLPO Smithfield

4.4 (((() (based on 29 reviews)
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Recommended for

  • lunch (26)
  • dinner (18)
  • trendy (12)
  • business (7)
  • romantic (7)
  • large parties (6)
  • value (6)
  • al fresco (5)
  • child friendly (4)
  • entertainment (4)
  • private dining (2)
  • ((*** 20 February 2017 by Amanda Stevens from london

    Having visited Polpo several times and having always been very impressed by the food, I was looking forward to our Valentines visit. Sadly, whilst the service was friendly and not rushed (surprising on valentines!) the food was bland and greasy. We were unaware when making our booking that we were able to choose the a la carte, therefore had the valentines set menu. As vegetarians, we had an amended version (which the staff were very attentive with and already had our order in place) and it felt as though the vegetarian options were simply the meat dishes without meat and lacked any creativity rather than actual vegetarian dishes. They were also quite greasy and did not have the usual punchy flavours that you associate with Polpo. The veggie menu overdosed on rocket and garlic and we were left rather disappointed. The pudding was nice as was the wine however on the whole the food was extremely disappointing.

  • ((((* 10 February 2017 by James Hall from London

    Loved the shin ragu.

  • ((((( 9 February 2017 by Caroline Holmes from London

    Very interesting menu, tasty food, great atmosphere and good value. Perfect venue for a team lunch or evening meal.

  • ((((( 7 February 2017 by Matthew Lawrence from London

    Lovely food, intimate venue and friendly staff. This restaurant has a really fantastic ambience and wonderful wine.

  • ((((( 18 January 2017 by Lorraine Green from London

    Excellent. Lovely staff and great food.

  • ((((( 16 January 2017 by Sylvia Lee from London

    The crab linguine and classic meatballs were really good!
    So was the tiramisu pot. Flavourful.

  • ((((( 22 December 2016 by Nick Spencer from London

    Relaxed quality.

  • ((((* 18 December 2016 by Zoe Fannon from Oxford

    some dishes a little small in size eg meatballs. Variation in quality - chilli prawns and polenta excellent, meatballs good, salads a little lacking in flavour

  • ((((* 13 December 2016 by Aashlesha Venkatachalam from London

    Food was really flavoursome and tasty, vegetarian choices were numerous (which helped as we had 2 vegetarians!)

  • ((((( 9 December 2016 by Leah Hurst from London


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