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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.

easy to book a table for lunch
nice atmosphere
helpful and courteous staff
great food, loved the crab linguine!

Gina Talbot 11 August 2017
from shaftesbury avenue 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 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 30 reviews)
93% of diners recommend this restaurant
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Recommended for

  • lunch (20)
  • dinner (16)
  • trendy (10)
  • value (5)
  • business (4)
  • large parties (4)
  • child friendly (2)
  • romantic (2)
  • views (2)
  • breakfast (1)
  • entertainment (1)
  • ((((* 14 August 2017 by Judy Goodkin from London

    Delicious food, relaxed atmosphere, great service.

  • ((((( 11 August 2017 by Gina Talbot from shaftesbury avenue london

    easy to book a table for lunch
    nice atmosphere
    helpful and courteous staff
    great food, loved the crab linguine!

  • ((((( 30 July 2017 by Brian Macey from Leighton Buzzard

    Great food, lots of choice

  • ((((( 10 July 2017 by Sandra from near Totnes

    Wonderful meal at Polpo at Ape and Bird, with staff being just the right blend of friendly and professional.The food is as delicious as expected - simple and tasty. Sharing plates of different dishes is what I like best, especially when there are so many dishes I would like to eat. Then there is the wonderfully distressed, yet opulent, decor. Finding the loo downstairs was exciting as I ventured through empty(at that time) rooms promising more delights. The only difficulty was in not recognising the place from outside - an eye level sign would help.

  • ((((( 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

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