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POLPO Smithfield

3 Cowcross St, London, EC1M 6DR

((((* Italian
  •  - London
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  •  - 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.

Very relaxed atmosphere. Lovely food in small dishes to pick at with lush service.

Mark Davis 03 July 2017
from Colchester

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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 48 reviews)
89% of diners recommend this restaurant
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Recommended for

  • lunch (39)
  • dinner (29)
  • trendy (17)
  • romantic (14)
  • business (10)
  • value (10)
  • al fresco (6)
  • child friendly (6)
  • entertainment (6)
  • large parties (6)
  • private dining (5)
  • ((((( 10 July 2017 by David O'keeffe from Newcastle

    Very good

  • ((((( 3 July 2017 by Mark Davis from Colchester

    Very relaxed atmosphere. Lovely food in small dishes to pick at with lush service.

  • (((** 26 June 2017 by Stephanie Davey from London

    While the food was on the whole very good, there were a couple of things about the staff which dampened the experience.
    Firstly, when a couple of people from the group ordered drinks the waiter tried to put them off and get them to choose something else which didn't appeal to them rather than just taking the order. The same waiter laughed when another member of the group told him they have a nut allergy. (The staff should have already known this because I specified it in the notes when I booked the table online). Later for dessert we asked if there were any nuts in one of the dishes, the waitress said there weren't any. It arrived, and contained nuts. If this person had eaten any of the dish he would've had a full anaphylactic shock and required medical attention. The waiter would not have been laughing if this happened in his restaurant!
    The food was great. The atmosphere in the restaurant was good but the staff could have provided better service.

  • ((((( 13 June 2017 by Astrid Fleur from London

    Lovely restaurant, friendly service and great food.

  • ((((( 7 June 2017 by Siobhan Howard from London

    Great food, nice cozy atmosphere.

  • ((((( 7 June 2017 by Alan Sallabank from London

    Lovely food, excellent menu, difficult to say no to anything!

  • ((((* 26 May 2017 by Bo Van der meulen from London

    Good rustic italian food

  • ((((( 11 May 2017 by Stephen Fox from London

    Friendly service, unusual menu.

  • ((((( 27 April 2017 by Janet Gustafsson from London

    Bit confused about how to order but successfully managed to order a lovely meal for four with sharing starters and a couple of main dishes. Really enjoyed the prawns (special) and the pasta and crab.

  • ((((* 23 April 2017 by Fiona Jerreat from London

    Tasty and interesting Italian food in a relaxed atmosphere. Very chilled staff

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