Bocca di Lupo

Price guide: Mid-range

12 Archer Street, London, W1D 7BB

Price guide: Mid-range

Sitting at the bar © Tom Eats

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#74 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:3.8 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.9
3.9
Ambience:
3.5
3.5
Service:
3.5
3.5
Location:
3.6
3.6
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Seasoned travellers, Nightlife, People watching, Trendiness

Expert review of Bocca di Lupo

London took an immediate liking to this informal Italian eaterie.

Couples, groups of friends, business people – everyone seems to love Bocca di Lupo, which specializes in sharing plates of authentic Italian recipes.

Food and drink: 

Every dish has a note of its regional origins on the menu – anything marked BDL instead indicates it was devised by the restaurant. Dishes range from Trentino and Alto Adige right down to Sicily and come in small or large sizes so you can eat tapas-style or in courses as preferred. The kitchen’s so serious about getting things right they make their own cotechino (pig’s trotter sausage), buristo (blood salame) and ‘nduja (spicy soft salame). I love the mostly-Italian wine list, which includes three contrasting reds served chilled. Avocado smoothies and almond milk are among the thoughtful choice of non-alcoholic drinks.

Ambience: 

It’s not the ideal choice if you’re looking for an intimate supper. The dining room’s usually crowded and noisy (the downside of having a terrazzo floor) – I’d much rather eat at the marble-topped kitchen counter.

Service: 

Really patchy in my experience.

Location: 

On a still-seedy street to the south of Soho.

Price advice: 

It’s possible to eat here cheaply at any time, though you may not feel full afterwards. Small plate sizes start at £2 for stuffed olives and rise to £12.50 for grilled scallops with gremolata. Lunch and pre-theatre one-dish meals are £8-£18.

Other useful branches: 

Gelupo, on the same street, is Bocca di Lupo’s gelateria, deli and coffee bar – see website for details.

More information on Bocca di Lupo:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant, Tapas bar
Food:
Italian, Modern, Traditional
Address:
12 Archer Street, London, W1D 7BB
Telephone:
020 7734 2223
Website:
http://www.boccadilupo.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat 12.30pm-3pm, 5.30pm-11pm; Sun noon-4pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Always essential
Free tags / Keywords:
regional Italian

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