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POLPO Smithfield

3 Cowcross St, London, EC1M 6DR

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

Excellent evening. quality of food was exemplary and service also friendly. Liked the restaurant design and ambiance. I am struggling with the 1/12 hour policy which seems ridiculously short for a three course meal with wine.

Andrew Lawson 21 December 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 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 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

4.2 ((((* (based on 59 reviews)
89% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • lunch (45)
  • dinner (34)
  • trendy (20)
  • romantic (17)
  • business (14)
  • value (13)
  • entertainment (10)
  • al fresco (8)
  • child friendly (7)
  • large parties (7)
  • private dining (6)
  • (**** 15 January 2018 by Jane from London

    I booked a table here on Saturday 23 December. Being the holidays, I knew it would be busy and the only time available at any Polpo was 9:30 at the Smithfields location. We arrived on time to an empty restaurant (there were two other tables). I don't understand why it was so difficult to book a table when the place was empty. Trying to find a table was difficult and the process made the place feel very exclusive and difficult to book. Because it was empty the ambiance was dull but I figured the service would be speedy. That was not the case. The entire thing left a sour taste in my mouth and I will not be back to any Polpos across the city.

  • ((((( 21 December 2017 by Andrew Lawson from London

    Excellent evening. quality of food was exemplary and service also friendly. Liked the restaurant design and ambiance. I am struggling with the 1/12 hour policy which seems ridiculously short for a three course meal with wine.

  • ((((( 30 November 2017 by Rudy Melo from London

    Absolutely loved the stuffed olives. Never had it before. Staff were lovely and friendly, food was on point and delicious and the music was great. Love the low light vibes. I do wish there were more beer selection, not many, maybe a local craft beer or an Italian craft beer. Nothing wrong with Birra Moretti though. Negroni was delicious.

  • ((((* 29 November 2017 by Alison Benn from London

    Great service and fantastic food

  • ((((* 11 November 2017 by Daniel De Burca from London

    Polpo has a fantastic look and atmosphere. It is quite dark, but with enough table light to see menus which have plenty of options. Their negronis are lovely to start with and their food is excellent - cooked well and brought quickly to the table. Highlights include beef shin ragu, scallops with butternut squash purée, fritto misto, mushroom and truffle arancin and everything else we tried. We had a lovely bottle of chianti with our food. The only downside was that it was not the bottle that I had ordered, but this was not highlighted by the waitress and didn't appear on the bill differently. When queried, I was assured that it was an equivalent in lieu of the other wine having run out. A little more clarity on this would be good, but actually the wine was lovely anyway!

  • ((((( 4 November 2017 by Dan Thwaites from London

    Superb food - delicious sharing plates.

  • ((((( 1 November 2017 by Helen from London

    Lovely restaurant, great ambience, delicous sharing dishes and great wine selection

  • (((** 11 October 2017 by Jenna from London

    Great food, but the service could use improvement. First of all, they had run out of Bellinis by 7 pm on a Saturday night, which seems like a planning problem, and we really had to work to get more drinks and then our bill. We had a booking for drinks elsewhere, so the half an hour it took to get and pay our bill was stressful and meant we were late for our booking.

  • ((((* 5 October 2017 by Hanna Cevik from London

    Ambient atmosphere, feels intimate and private for lunch in a very busy area. Service was good, one really young waitress was perhaps not the most professional but certainly trying hard. Not too attentive, but not left waiting around for anything.

  • ((((* 21 August 2017 by Lucy Grant from London

    The latest booking times online need to be earlier. The staff were as nice as they could be about it but we were very rushed

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