Olivomare

Price guide: Expensive

10 Lower Belgrave Street, London, SW1W 0LJ

Price guide: Expensive

Cuttlefish with ink sauce © Henry Lawford

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#68 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:3.9 out of 5
Food and drink:
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Ambience:
4.1
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Service:
3.6
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Location:
3.5
3.5
Value for money:
3.4
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Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Mature travellers, Design and architecture, People watching, Romance, Trendiness

Expert review of Olivomare

This isn’t just an Italian restaurant, it specialises in the seafood dishes of Sardinia.

Exquisite freshness is what springs to mind when I think about this classy restaurant – and that applies as much to the stylish décor as it does to the food. There are people who treat Olivomare as a neighbourhood joint they drop into weekly, but this is posh Belgravia, and for us mere mortals it’s more of a special occasion restaurant - the trick is striking the right note of understated glamour in your choice of outfit.

Food and drink: 

I have many favourites but you can’t go wrong with bottarga, Sardinia’s cured roe of grey mullet: sprinkled over richly creamy burrata cheese and cherry tomatoes, or simply tossed with spaghetti and butter. The chargrill turns out smoky lobsters, prawns, bream and tuna for those craving greater simplicity. Classic Italian puds (tiramisu, pannacotta, semifreddo) dominate the dessert list but why not use the occasion to try Sardinian cheese fritters doused in honey. The all-Italian wine list is mercifully brief – even so it’s best to concentrate on the Sardinian bottles, which include house red and white at £18.80.

Ambience: 

Sleekly sophisticated, the cool white décor punctuated with a couple of stunning feature walls and contemporary lighting.

Service: 

Pretty slick but I’ve been frustrated by long waits for dishes, and had to wave down staff to sort out the bill.

Location: 

A ten-minute walk from Victoria station but quite removed in spirit.

Price advice: 

This is Belgravia, remember, and you can easily spend £120 on a three-course meal for two: to keep costs down, exercise restraint when it comes to side dishes, aperitifs and coffee.

More information on Olivomare:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Italian, Seafood
Address:
10 Lower Belgrave Street, London, SW1W 0LJ
Telephone:
020 7730 9022
Website:
http://www.olivorestaurants.com/cgi-bin/olivo/olivomare.html?name=olivomare-welcome
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, 7pm-11pm; Sun noon-3pm, 7pm-10.30pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

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