This place needs no introduction. Super chic, friendly staff and amazing service. Great Italian food and fabulous drinks. You can't go wrong with the cocktails, and the bread basket is large and delicious considering it's complimentary.
They pretty much make any drink you request, if by some chance it's not on the extensive menu.
I cannot wait to revisit on my next trip to London.
Everyone mentions the chic, trendy and well healed. Yes there were a lot of very lovely people there, but that alone doesn't give it 5 stars. It is a good restaurant, but there is a bit of the "trying too hard" element at work.
We had just arrived in London from several days on the coast in Cornwall and were tired and in need of good food. We couldn't get anyone to answer the phone to make a reservation so we walked over and asked if they could fit us in. She said she could, but it would be more than 2 hours (it was early around 7:30) and there were numerous tables empty. We saw seats at the bar and found out they served dinner there. Perfect! We love eating at the bar. And it was, for the most part, great. But many of those empty tables were still empty when we left, nearly 2 hours later. It reeks of the kind of place that would rather turn you away than admit they were taking walk-ins on a Saturday night.
Fortunately Francesco, bartender/waiter saved the day. He was attentive, helpful and good at what he does.
We ordered starters. Husband had meatballs which he labeled bland and not interesting. I had the chicken liver pate crostini which was good. The liver could have had more seasoning, but the carmelized onions on top made up for the shortcomings of the pate. They were outstanding.
For mains I had the organic salmon with salad. It was well cooked. The salad was a wee overdressed. My husband had Tagliatelle with clams and botargo which he declared excellent. Definitely would order it again.
Dessert, I had the Tiramisu which was good but nothing to write home to mother about. My husband had pistachio ice cream but a single serve was about the size of the sorbet palette cleanser they used to serve between courses.
Price. Hmmmm. It was overpriced. I was having a vodka tonics, which were 10.50 in pounds equalling $19.50 US. A bit much.
It isn't a bad place. There are just a lot of places who do that kind of thing much better.
Would I go back? Probably not. But I might just to sit at the bar and enjoy a grossly overpriced drink at the bar with Francesco -- and to watch the people watching each other.
Solid classic Italian food, classy ambience and great service -- Cecconi's got it all.
We ordered the bruschettas for starter, and tagliolini with clams, crab ravioli, quinoa salad and classic spaghetti with tomato sauce (not on the menu but made to our order) for main. Everything was on the dot. I especially enjoyed the crab ravioli. It was heartily filled with chunky pieces of crab, and the tomato sauce was just perfect.
The ambience was just my taste as well. Simple yet sophisticated, it seemed perfect for dining of any purpose.
Finally, I quite liked our waiter. He was happy to help us decide which wine to get and was willing to make the classic spaghetti with tomato sauce just based on our order. Everything was prompt and well-organised. Given the wide range of poor to great services you can get in London, it was definitely on the excellent side of the scale.
All in all, I would definitely go back to this lovely place!
Very good. I was by myself and waited for a seat at the bar. The staff was quite friendly and the food absolutely perfect. After an excellent meal I topped it off with their cheese plate and a nice port. I strongly suggest this place if you are casting about and even if you're not!
Cecconi's is one of my favorite spots in this part of town - just a bit off the main Regent Street / Piccadilly scene where you can get a meal or just have a few drinks. For my most recent visit, I came here for a late dinner (almost 11pm) on a Thursday. The bar was already closed and the kitchen was about to close in 15 minutes. This usually concerns me as if the kitchen is about to close, the servers hover around you, they drop hints about "needing anything else" repeatedly, and the kitchen tosses the food out to the table in a hurry, sometimes ruining the food.
This was not the case at Cecconi's. I have been here many times and I am always very happy with both the food and the service. I usually come here in the late afternoon or early weekend when the place is jammed, so I was interested to see what the service level would be like near closing time. In short, it was excellent as usual. I was greeted warmly at the door and brought to a table. The host informed me that the kitchen was closing very soon, but was almost apologetic, and not rude about it. The server who waited on me was very friendly and did not rush me at all. I ordered the chicken paillard (chicken pounded thin and grilled, with arugula "rocket" and tomatoes). It was very good, and was well presented on the plate - definitely not thrown together in a hurry by some guy who was doing his kitchen closing side work.
Cecconi's was put to the test and passed with flying colors. Next time, I will get there a bit earlier.
Pretty good food considering they screwed up my order by totally forgetting to to order it for me.
I had the Fresh Sea Bass and it was just perfect.
Bread and oil was a nice surprise as we were starving. Very good timing.
Man, what a shame. I am a HUGE fan of their restaurants in the USA, especially at the Soho House in Miami. I've actually planned stays at that hotel just because I like Cecconi's. Though in London... I would stay away. Every dish we tried was poorly executed. Things were undercooked, overcooked, bland... you name it. It was just unfortunate. I will never go back to this location (though the decor and waitstaff is just fine).
We came here hoping to try lunch, but before noon they're still serving breakfast items, so like Hobbits we wound up getting 2nd breakfast. A nice excuse to eat more for dinner!
I ordered their pancakes, which come with almond slivers, blueberries, sliced pears (likely canned), and a thin layer of honey. They were delicious! Flavors really went well together, and I liked how it wasn't drowning on sweet syrup. Pancake was a few mm thicker than I'm used to, but it was firm which may have made it soak up the honey a bit better.
As something of an Italian food connoisseur, I thoroughly enjoy Cecconi's. It seems very authentic Italian, and the place has a great energy. It's on the more expensive and fancy end of the spectrum, so I typically only go when my parents are in town. That being said, the prices are at least somewhat justified with perfectly executed Italian food. We ordered a delicious vegetarian risotto when I was last here which was top-notch. I also enjoyed my homemade ravioli and the roasted potatoes as a side.
Nice place to go in central London with dependable, quality food and sure to impress guests or out-of-towners!
Super critical I may be but it is hard to find much wrong with Cecconi's in London, just a spit from Old Bond Street, and believe me I have tried. I am fortunate to have eaten there for breakfast, lunch and dinner, midweek and evening, small and large groups, business and just for pleasure. I am also easily bored and tremendously fussy about all aspects of the dining experience and.....Cecconis never disappoints. One of the few restaurants where I just know anyone we take or introduce to it will have an excellent experience, wether it is a meal to impress or a casual early evening or just lunchtime pasta at the bar with a delicious glass of Vino Nobile or Valpolicella. This place sometimes manages to cross the divide. One could easily mistake it for one of the most exclusive London dining experiences but it is actually quite unpretentious, always lively and tremendously good value. Lucky I do eat out often but still bless the day I was introduced to Cecconi's.
Seriously good pappardelle pasta with lamb and artichoke ragu. I was expecting more pretentiousness, smaller portions, and higher prices but was pleasantly surprised on all fronts. I was stuffed by the end of the meal and I found the service to be very friendly and professional. On a last minute whim (9:20 PM), I made a reservation here on recommendation from the concierge at The Stafford - it started as a table for 2 at 10 PM and soon changed to a table for 4, and by the time we arrived there were 5 us. The hostess didn't bat an eyelash and we were easily accommodated.
The pasta and the dessert were the standouts for the evening. The only slight service downside was the fact that everyone kept reminding us how late it was and that the kitchen was closing / running out of items. But I still don't care - great, great food!
2.5 rounded to 3 for friendly service
the staff and kitchen were kid enough to let us order brunch after 4pm but I do wish we hadn't.
The Eggs Benny were really really bla. J'ai pas les mots. The Florentine presented better but was also not unique or flavourful in taste and its salmon was cut too largely. The sausage appetizer was tasty but notez bien que the side sausages on the other hand are bland and overlooked.
The few who ordered from the lunch menu (sea bass and a pasta dish) were pleased.
The desserts saved the day as well. Vanilla cheesecake, creme caramel and chocolat fondant were all divine. Americano coffee was too bitter but the cappuccino was nice.
Few gripes with service as well:
Staff was very friendly but...
Our party was seated at the wrong table and had to be moved.
I ordered a mimosa and never got it.
There was a long wait for the main course and even longer for dessert and coffee.
But the setting and location made for an enjoyable outing.
I RECOMMEND: Les desserts et les cafes.
EXTRA TIP: Confirm your reservations because it gets packed and large parties are hard to accommodate
After J and I had been searching the streets of London for a place to grab a drink (Yelp was ONE day from launching and without it we were in dire straits!), I spotted the awning over Cecconi's. With J in tow, I dashed down the street and through its doors. Suffice it to say, I needed a dirty martini. Bad.
After we checked our coats with the friendly hostess, we perched ourselves at the marble bar and were promptly greeted by the bartender who asked us what we'd like to wet our whistle. In addition to placing our drink orders, we also picked a few snacks from their menu: meatballs and the platter of Italian cured meats.
Why, yes, we were hungry. Why do you ask?
But back to Cecconi's, it definitely has an ambiance from another era: the waiters are wearing white coats and black ties, little round cafe tables spot the restaurant inside and out and there's a quiet hum of chatter and silverware. Definitely a great spot for a drink after work or a spot of shopping given Regents Street is one block away. And to us, a very welcome find on a cold, rainy evening.
This is a very busy (even on a Sunday at 3pm) restaurant filled with posh shoppers and tourists. The food is excellent and the interior and accoutrement (dish ware, marble bar, chairs) are all very high end, without being too pretentious. It would have received better marks but the tourists were annoying (they were talking to loudly and standing in the way at the bar) and the service was a tad slow, likely given the business. Still, I would come again.
OK. Two words to describe my early supper at Cecconi's. LOVED IT! I've always walked past this curious place and wondered what the food was like, as it was always packed with an odd crowd of young and old. But hey it's Italian, so a no brainer for me!
So finally I decided to book an early dins with a friend as we had to go off to 'Gin and Jazz' at the Intercontinental later and weren't sure if there were eats there (there was as it happens but it was very 'meaty' and 'sushiesque'!). Online booking was a bust with no availability, but the website says if you call them they set aside a few tables for last minute people.
Ha...I dialled thinking a) I'd never get through b) it was an urban myth. They answered the phone promptly and saved me an excellent table by the window. BIG tick of approval there!
My friend Apes was pleased I booked there as she often gets taken for power breakfast briefings there but had never been for an evening meal. And boy did they deliver. They brought over an excellent range of complimentary breads and olive oil to nibble on.
Like Bocca Di Lupo the all day menu format can be traditional starter, main and dessert. But I recommend small sharing plates (Cichetti). We went for quail eggs, mushroom aracini, breaded mozzarella (sounds a bit 'Iceland' tacky - but tasted ace) and a main it had to be risotto - squash and castelmagno, a Piedmont cheese. Portion was massive and I couldn't finish it. Friend had the ravioli which were tasty. Knocked back a couple of glasses of Prosecco and the bill was under a £100 including service.
Service was phenomenal IMHO - you go to the bathroom (Cowshed soap and moisturiser, natch - as Cecconi's is part of the Soho House group) and return to find your napkin neatly folded by the waitress. Additional bread and water brought without fuss and efficiently. Room was busy but had just the right 'vibe' of bustle but liveliness that makes a restaurant in to destination dining.
Yup I think I've found my regular haunt in the heart of the West End...And now I understand why it's always busy night and day.
Posh italian restaurant in the heart of Mayfair, but not so pretentious as I would have expected.
When my friend invited me here for dinner I was expecting huge prices and small portions, instead I had a lot of very good food for an honest (although not low) price.
I would really recommend the parmigiana di melanzane as starter, it is one of the best I had outside Sicily. All the mains were good, I had a fillet and was delicious. Good wine list with a variety of Italian and international wines.
Very slick Italian restaurant with delicious hors d'œuvres and friendly and speedy service. It was a bit expensive for my usual taste, but recommended so long as you're aware of it. And while while I only had wine & some appetizers, I bet the main courses are quite good as well.
It is also a great location off of Regent street. Close enough to make it convenient but far enough to get away from the hustle and bustle of such a main road.
Great restaurant, great food, great wine list.
Carpaccio is a must!
Been going to this restaurant for years and it never seems to disappoint.
I am a fan! Had lunch with a client here last week and it was really really good. Fist off, the service was impeccable! So hard to find good service in the UK and the level of service is what you expect at a business lunch place like this.
I had the scallops which was really really tasty and we shared a few sides of spinach, zuchinni and salad. Ended with an Americano and it was by far one of the best business lunches I have had in London.
I will be back many many times.
I agree with other reviews that Cecconi's is without question a more "up-market" Italian restaurant with good and possibly great food. Last night we enjoyed the:
- Selection of crostini & bruschetta - creative, worth trying, but not a must
- Buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomato & basil - excellent
- Mix endive, gorgonzola, walnuts & pear - terrible
- Crab ravioli - great dish
Honestly, the service was brutally slow. I was not in a rush and appreciate a slow dinner, but the service bordered on inattentive. Also, at this price point, the food should be exceptional. For what it's worth, I didn't find it pretentious in the list - great vibe actually.
This jawn is expensive!
I was here for brunch. Highly not recommend it. This is just another restaurant trying to act like they do brunch but in reality they are trying to sell you their regular menu. The brunch food is ordinary and a bit overpriced for it's quality and my waiter was a bit douchy.
This place is at the posh hood of Regent, and i should have expected the consequence also. Sigh...
I don't know about their regular menu, and I am not going to find out.
If you're in Piccadilly shopping or simply walkabout, please do yourself the favour of dining at Cecconi's. I have only had the pleasure of many a lunch - table and bar - at this wonderful little Italian mainstay and was never, ever disappointed.
Allow me to recommend that you start with the Calamari and then anything else you might order will delight your taste buds.
Go. Enjoy. Bravo!
Overall I wasn't impressed with this place unlike my friends. I don't get sucked into the whole "this is a posh place and therefore the food is excellent".
The waitresses were attentive and polite. The ambience was good, very family orientated for a Sunday brunch. The food was nothing special. It wasn't much of a brunch menu but rather a dinner menu.
I have been to various different Italian restuarants and including those in Italy and this place is just so-so. I can always recommend a few other Italian restuarants in London alone and this restaurant will not be on my list.
Soft shell crab - badly presented (I seriously thought it was moving) and it was pretty hard (was it sitting out in the cold for a while or did they reheated it?). I didn't enjoy this dish at all.
Selection of crostinia and bruschetta - some of them were too oily but others were good.
Royal sea bream, spinach - This was value for money as it was a whole sea bream, pretty good size. Make sure you ask them to debone the fish, although there were still some bones left in the fish. This is quite a messy dish once the waiter deboned the fish but at least it's fresh.
Tiramisu - highly recommended. Out of this world.
If you want to go for the experience, then give it a go. Otherwise try somewhere else.
Good looking. Discrete. Relaxed. Perfect for breakfast. Nothing is too hurried (including the service) but the food is usually worth the wait. We had breakfast and the eggs Benedict was surprisingly good: better than the Savoy where I ate 4 days earlier.
Update. My latest breakfast was great but the wild mushroom omelet a massive disappointment. Greasy, flat, tasteless. Come on ideas. Don't rest on your laurels!
This place is expensive.
But its also very good.
I've had better italian, but there is nothing to complain about here. This service is *excellent* (as you would expect, given the prices), the food is interesting and delecious, and the atmosphere is nice as well.
Its sort of an old-boys-club type of place, and it wouldnt be my first choice ... but if you like nice, old school places with very solid food and great wines, than you won't do much better than this...
A slice of Italian dolce vita in Mayfair. This place has the ability to make you feel restored after just one g&t. A gift.
You need to look fabulous or book. I don't mean 4 inch heels and a bandage top, I mean like you OWN Mayfair and have a right to be there (thankfully something I can do, unlike the first).
The menu is extensive and Ivy-esque (homely). Service is prompt, reserved and no fuss - and let's face it, you're faking it to be there, so the less questions asked the better.
Unavoidably, you will have to navigate the incessant queue and questioning from Abercrombie & Fitch groupies who loiter and snake around the corner like a seeping sore in Mayfair. Retreat with haste to a table inside of Cecconi's and that high note toxic perfume they spray on their bodies can be cleansed by any of Cecconi's offerings.
The most wonderful restaurant in Mayfair. Always a place to see and be seen.
Delicious food served by welcoming staff and very consistent in approach.
My personal favourite whenever looking to treat friends and business contacts nearby our couture salon.
Roubi L' Roubi, fashion designer, London.
This appears to be one of the places to be seen in Mayfair and it's usually necessary to make a reservation but if like me you can get there early on a Saturday or Sunday, and I mean about 8.00, you can usually get a table while the place fills with London's beautiful people.
Real leaf tea served by starched Italian waiters and a really fantastic Eggs Benedict make it one of my favourite places to eat breakfast in London.
If, like me, you like a cigar, there are tables outside so you can enjoy a stogie after your breakfast as you watch the world go by and popping in later in the day to sit at one of the green leather bar stools for a reviving prosecco will make you feel like a reel high roller.
The best breakfast venue in London by far,
Everybody needs to go here at least once
As an Italian food lover, I've got to say that this is one of the best classic Italian places I've been at, not to mention the food.
This restaurant is a great place to gather with friends or just spend some quality time with the loved ones. Has an amazing interior, which makes the atmosphere so calm and yet so lively. The mirrors are my favorite thing in this whole conception, they give a classy and elegant look to the place.
The food is amazing, it seems like always the products that are used for the dishes to be cooked are so fresh, especially the vegies, they taste like that they have just been harvested from the garden.
This place is highly recommended!
Surprisingly ans refreshingly great service and very good good food. What's even better is the value. Classic menu, nothing fancy, but something that you can actually EAT , and not just appreciate the "creativity" .
Will definitely be oming back and back and back for more and more and more:))
THe dinner was very satisfying both for the body and mind.
Cecconi's exudes an old school vibe, bar seats are cushy and tenders serve you quite formally in crisp white jackets. We sampled the meat plate and meatballs, I hadn't realized until just then what a meataholic I've become, both were tasty. The marinara sauces on our meatballs was fresh and the meat plate was generous. I had a glass of the Rioja they had on offer and it worked nicely. The crowd is well-heeled, if a little stodgy; a perfectly fine place for a business rendezvous.
Cecconi's has a very cool, old-fashioned feel to it, and the service was very good during a busy lunch when I ate there. The food is good, although not exceptional in any way. I had a very respectable gnocchi dish, and the people I ate with all seemed pleased with their food, although nobody remarked about it, so I'd suspect their food was also similarly "good, but not great." However, it does seem pretty reasonably priced, especially for this neighbourhood, and after you eat, you can stroll down Bond Street and admire all the fancy jewelry. A good bet for a nice lunch in this area.
I love this restaurant, I LOVE the wait staff, I love the food, I love the ambience. The dishes are consistently tasty, prices are reasonable, the lovely lights everywhere make each visit feel like a special occasion.
If you're looking for old school posh, dirty martinis, and clean bathrooms, this is your spot. You get what you pay for with the service and menu. While it's a bit too boring and unoriginal to impress a date, it's an ideal spot for a meal with your parents or colleagues. Especially if they're paying.
The gorgeous setting, those plush green velvet arm chairs an sofas, the luxurious bar and the dim lighting make this restaurant feel exclusive and special. I've been wanting to go here for a long time so being treated twice in a week was double whammy of brilliance for me- or so I thought!
The food was... disappointing. I had the oxtail papardelle on my first visit- with a side dish of fried zuccini. Both of these dishes were good, but the papardelle was a little on the cold side and I would have preferred a little more ragu! On my second visit- I started with a crab ravioli- alarmingly for such a smart restaurant 2 out of 3 of my raviolis had crab shell in them. My main course was a butternut squash risotto. I love risotto- but this one was lumpy, slightly overdone and lacked punch in terms of flavour. So far, not so good. I finished with a chocolate pudding, as my spoon entered its side it erupted with chocolate, oozing over my plate- much like the pudding in the m&S advert- it was accompanied by pistachio ice cream- which sadly didn't taste very much of pistachio. Highs and lows, but the highs just weren't good enough considering the setting, ambiance and high esteem the restaurant is given. Sad to say it, but Cecconi's did not live up to my expectations.
Went back for lunch the other day and was very impressed. The summer vegetable salad was huge and very fresh. Lots of beans and greens. Maybe a touch too much dressing/oil.
The chicken paillard was very nice. They pound chicken very thin (not quite paper but close) and then grill it without breading. A lot of time this dish is breaded which is fine but this preparation was quite nice. Then some rocket, tomatoes and fresh parm on top. I'd definitely get this again.
It's a good spot for all day--business breakfasts, lunch and dinner.
We were again given a recommendation to go to this restaurant. It is really very nice although I find the menu a bit limited. What I couldn't understand was that we had a reservation for an early dinner and the restaurant was almost empty. I realize this was because we were dining so early (6:00pm). What I couldn't figure out was why we were seated in a corner all the way in the back of the restaurant. We were dressed properly for the place but I couldn't figure it out. Oh well, the food was good!
It was a very busy Wednesday, but after reading the reviews, I was excited about coming here. The food was OK, not great. The chicken liver appetizer was way over salted, clam dish a bit underclammed, no Parmesan offered and the service was a bit slow. I think the place has potential and will write my experience off to a bad night
No update on the food (still good, would still recommend the lobster spaghetti). Wanted to mention that last time I was in there, Paul McCartney and Ronnie Wood were there with a group. Had my parents in from Canada and it was pretty cool - a quintessential London celeb sighting. Everyone in the restaurant played it cool, and there was no fuss made over them.
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