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POLPO Soho

41 Beak Street, London, W1F 9SB

((((* Italian
Average
Main course: £10
Food spend: £25
Opening hours
Monday to Saturday: 11:30 - 23:00
Sunday: 11:30 - 22:00.

WE had the set lunch menu which was excellent value the staff were all very friendly and made us feel very welcome.

Christopher Greenwood 18 March 2017
from London beak street

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Oozing industrial chic, POLPO Soho serves up signature Venetian small plates. Exposed brick walls and rustic wooden seating are joined by a charming wooden bar, well stocked with Italian wines and spirits.

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 Soho 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.

Bringing Italian charm to London, POLPO on Beak Street is a 5-minute walk from both Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Circus Tube stations.

POLPO Soho

41 Beak Street, London, W1F 9SB

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Customer reviews for POLPO Soho

4.1 ((((* (based on 97 reviews)
85% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • lunch (72)
  • dinner (47)
  • trendy (31)
  • value (26)
  • romantic (22)
  • business (12)
  • entertainment (8)
  • large parties (7)
  • child friendly (4)
  • al fresco (2)
  • breakfast (2)
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  • ((((( 21 March 2017 by Robin Hutt from London

    Have eaten here on my own and in a group. Both experiences have been exceptional for the quality of the food, the professionalism and positive attitude of the staff, and the relaxed and convivivial nature of the small plates dining style. In the group, it was a great experience to order a small-ish number of small plates and then re-order/order anew after lively discussion! Would be a lovely place for a first date. Would recommend it to anyone looking for somewhere with great food and charming staff with a real enthusiasm for what they do.

  • ((*** 20 March 2017 by Rob Boyd from London

    We had booked a table at Polpo Soho for 2pm, were finally able to sit at it at 240pm, found it very difficult to order a drink whilst waiting- it was busy but there was minimal eye contact from staff and I stood at the bar for 20minutes before being acknowledged despite trying politely. When we eventually sat at our table it took another 20minutes for anyone to take our order. Not very impressed with the service at all. The food however was really delicious though. Awesome Meatballs (the classic wins), arancini, fennel salad, zucchini salad, everything delicious. We couldn't be bothered to wait to order dessert. The restaurant itself is a groovy space, but perhaps it would have been better to book for 330pm or something. But that's not really lunch time is it.

  • ((((( 18 March 2017 by Christopher Greenwood from London beak street

    WE had the set lunch menu which was excellent value the staff were all very friendly and made us feel very welcome.

  • ((((* 18 March 2017 by Chrissie from London

    Nice atmosphere and good location. Perfect lunch menu.

  • (((** 14 March 2017 by Marina Strinkovsky from Swindon

    We ordered 5 dishes overall and received 3 of them pretty quickly. All 3 were very good, but we noticed something was up with the other 2 when our waiter came to clear our plates away, assuming we'd finished eating. We explained that no, we're still waiting for 2 more dishes. He said he will "check with the kitchen" where these were. Nothing happened and there was no update for a good 15 minutes (by then we'd been there an hour - a long time to wait for some meetballs). We tried to flag someone down, but despite being well staffed the place seems to employ people whose speciality is avoiding accidental eye contact with middle aged people. Anyway, we managed it in the end - and that chap also said he would "check with the kitchen". He came back a few minutes later to say our food was "on the way".

    And this, for me, is where everything went south. Because shit happens, especially on the weekend - I've worked in restaurants myself, I know how it is. What matters is how you deal with it, and how you deal with is never ever by lying to a customer. The meetballs haven't been "on the way" for 30 minutes while everyone in the restaurant continued to get their food. There had been a cock up. I asked him to be honest with us about what the mistake had been, but he just stonewalled me.

    10 or so more minutes of invisible meatballs later, the manager turned up to ask us what dishes we were still waiting for, because he was going to "check with the kitchen". I told him the kitchen is probably quite fed up with being checked with at this point, but he insisted, so we repeated our order (quite a feat of memory by this point in time). As if by magic, once the manager got involved the extremely slow-cooking meatballs landed on our table. And, to be fair, were taken off the bill. But I just can't get past having been lied to by a kid half my age like that. I'm old mate, not stupid. If you can't admit to a mistake, stuff your overpriced faux-rustic meatballs, frankly.

  • ((((( 12 March 2017 by Kate Dinwiddy from London

    Stuffed olives and classic meatballs were delicious as was the flour less chocolate and almond cake.

  • ((((* 10 March 2017 by Paul Milnes from London

    Great atmosphere and friendly barman

  • ((((( 8 March 2017 by Erik Van vliet from The Hague

    Fresh welcome and fresh ingredients too
    Bit confusing as there are other Polpo locations in the vicinity too

  • ((((( 7 March 2017 by Doris Valasek from Zurich

    Exquisite cool athmosphere. Fried vegetable a delicacy. White wine should be served colder. We enjoyed every minute.

  • (((** 6 March 2017 by Linda from London

    Food fine. Service not great. Ladies and gents toilets horribly dirty.

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