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POLPO Smithfield

3 Cowcross St, London, EC1M 6DR

((((* Italian
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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 enjoyable evening. Great food. Despite the restaurant being busy, the staff were attentive and friendly, and the service was excellent.

Steve 24 January 2018
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

4.1 ((((* (based on 62 reviews)
88% of diners recommend this restaurant
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Recommended for

  • lunch (45)
  • dinner (36)
  • trendy (21)
  • romantic (18)
  • business (14)
  • value (13)
  • entertainment (10)
  • al fresco (8)
  • child friendly (7)
  • large parties (7)
  • private dining (7)
  • (((** 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 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 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

  • ((((( 20 August 2017 by NO from London

    Casual and intimate. Small plates are god to share and well accompanied by wine. Best gathering place for friends.

  • ((((( 10 July 2017 by David from Newcastle

    Very good

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

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

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

    Lovely restaurant, friendly service and great food.

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

    Great food, nice cozy atmosphere.

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

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

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