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5.4 /6 Excellent 278 Reviews

500 Italian Restaurant

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About 500 Italian Restaurant

Named after tiny legendary Italian speedster Fiat 500, 500 Restaurant in Archway brings you an excellent choice of top-notch Italian dishes. Fresh ingredients, bread and pastas prepared on the premises every day are key to the singular taste of 500 Restaurant on Holloway Road. With a changing menu that’s always taking into consideration seasonal produce, head chef Mario has some special dishes that he was asked to bring back time and time again. And you have never tried proper Italian food before you’ve tasted his oven-baked rabbit in balsamic vinegar sauce.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 18:00 - 00:00
  • Tuesday 18:00 - 00:00
  • Wednesday 18:00 - 00:00
  • Thursday 18:00 - 00:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 00:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 00:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 23:00
500 Italian Restaurant, 782 Holloway Road, N19 3JH London

Further Information

We know of at least two passions head chef Mario Magli has: one is the tiny Italian classic car Fiat 500, which gave its name to the Archway restaurant. His other passion would be the top-notch Italian cuisine that he routinely puts out with abandon. His restaurant 500 on Holloway Road is a dining place that sticks to the wonderful basics of Italian cuisine and varies them in ways almost unfathomable. Try the amazing Tagliere 500, a selection of cold starters and some cured meats. All their breads and pastas are handmade every day on the premises – it doesn’t get any fresher or more authentic than this.

500 Restaurant in Archway is trusted by a huge fan base of knowledgeable foodies and people that just wish to spend an excellent night out alike. As winners of Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence they know what it means to create an ambiance that manages to cater to both gourmets and diners looking for a small romantic place. Go for their tasty gnocchi with Italian sausage ragu and ravioli. And don’t forget about Mario’s Tiramisu, which he’s quite proud of, and rightfully so.

CHEF'S CHOICE

278 Reviews

5.4 /6 Excellent 278 Reviews
Service: friendly
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Quality/Price: cheap
Atmosphere: entertaining
Food: heavenly
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2 reviews so far 6
14.06.2017 09:50

Great menu selection and all the dishes were very tempting. You can mix and match mains and starters as smaller portions to try out more dishes. It's a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere with lots of regulars. Great value for money too. We would definitely return.

2 reviews so far 6
31.05.2017 09:08

Excellent as always. I particularly like being able to have two small starters. The crab was very fresh and tasty. Had veal pasta as a main.

2 reviews so far 6
30.05.2017 17:33

Never a negative experience at 500. Excellent food, excellent value. Don't really want to say how great it is or I will never get a table !!

1 review so far 6
26.05.2017 20:22

One of the best Italian Restaurants in London offering authentic Italian cuisine. The staff were really friendly. It was our first time at 500 and will definitely not be our last. We will definitely recommend 500 to our friends and family.

3 reviews so far 5
14.07.2016 09:56

As always, a delightful experience. So nice to have a good local restaurant with a chef who likes to try out new dishes and then cares what his customers think about them. For example, he's added a lovely Fritto Misto of fish and shredded courgette to the starters. A real gem of a dish. When he came round at the end of dinner to see how people had liked their meals, he said that he'd originally had it as a main but people weren't interested. So he turned it into a starter and it was proving hugely popular. In the meantime, a starter I had previously reported as not nice at all (the waiter said I wasn't the only one) has disappeared. That's the kind of flexibility and originality that make 500 such a great restaurant. Plus they buy really good ingredients. One of my guests pronounced the beef some of the best he'd ever had.

3 reviews so far 4
04.06.2016 18:04

We love this restaurant and go there fairly frequently. The staff are wonderful but the food can vary a bit and this time wasn't the best we've had. For the first time in my life, I sent a starter back. It wasn't that I didn't like it, it was actually inedible (others in the party agreed). The waiter acknowledged it wasn't to everyone's taste and that others had disliked it so I wonder why they keep it - raw scallops marinated in campari and orange. I had expected something vaguely ceviche-like but the the campari and orange gave the scallops a really awful bitter taste. They were incredibly nice about it, produced an alternative (delicious) immediately (didn't charge for the rejected scallops) and the rest of the meal was very pleasant. Not amazing - as it has been on previous occasions but nice enough. I'd still recommend 500 as it's great value and a lovely atmosphere. It would be nice to be 100% sure of the food though.

2 reviews so far 5
26.10.2015 23:03

Having just read about this restaurant in Quandoo last night, I decided to try it out this evening. It's a great little Italian restaurant serving excellent quality food and wine with quite a different menu to the usual. The seafood stew, on a plate, was a great combination of seafood, cooked perfectly, and other great flavours, although there was just a little too much garlic for my taste. It's the sort of dish that you want another one of straight away. Wines were varied and good value for small glasses and bottles - a nice change. Try the plate of Italian cheeses - lovely quality served at a good temperature. Great all round with very friendly people and I'd go back there tomorrow.

4 reviews so far 5
20.12.2016 12:54

Fabulous food - I only wish my dining companion were more 'live to eat' than 'eat to live' so I could have lingered longer and sampled pud etc. 'Small' starter sizes were more than adequate for me as a (normal size) starter - I ordered two, as the menu suggested, but would have been happy with one. Can only imagine how huge the regular size portions are! Still, it meant I sampled both the stone bass carpaccio and the smoked duck, both of which were excellent. The guinea fowl for main was also superb. Got dragged out before I could launch into the rum and raisin gelato - a shame as that was my family's preferred xmas pud when I was small...

9 reviews so far 6
09.08.2016 07:55

I have been here before and loved it each time but it was a first for my partner. We went to celebrate his birthday and celebrate it we did. Once again excellent food, wine and, particularly, friendly, knowledgeable and considerate service. Winner with more than Time Out - we will go again. 500 is very small and very busy (deservedly so) - so if you want to give it a try, it is best to book in advance.

3 reviews so far 6
12.02.2017 10:32

A hidden gem in the heart of the local area. 500 restaurant offered us an unreal dining experience from start to finish. The service, food and atmosphere was perfect for a Saturday evening outing. The tiramisu was a little piece of heaven on Earth and as for the venison stuffed pasta. By far the best I've tasted outside of Italy. Overall I would highly recommend this restaurant and intend on dining here again in the near future.

1 review so far 6
31.01.2016 15:38

500 is a lovely restaurant. It was wonderful to have such a terrific place near us, although I first heard about it from my brother who lives further away. The food is distinctive and always delicious- there are regular features such as rabbit and the delicious sharing cold plate of salamis and cold meats, but always special dishes. The service is unobtrusive but warm. The acoustics are very good, it is never too noisy. Reliably brilliant.

1 review so far 6
08.09.2016 09:04

I enjoyed rack of lamb, cooked as instructed ('pink') followed by a Copa 500 dessert, being peaches with ice-cream covered in chocolate sauce. I had a Campari with orange juice as an aperitif and a glass of the house red wine with my food. Service, as always, was polite and effective. Overall, a very pleasant experience overshadowed somewhat by an unrelated but very serious health problem affecting my partner's mother which meant that I dined alone.

2 reviews so far 5
09.01.2016 07:43

We had the shared platter to start. a nice way to sample and we were not disappointed. Everything was delicious. The pasta we ordered was also very good, al dente as should be, with wonderfully rich and velvety sauces. The service was excellent, friendly and attentive. The only let down was the decor. It is not as elegant as the food. And I did not like the slight unpleasant smell of cleaning product in the restaurant. But even that did not spoil the experience. We will definitely return .

9 reviews so far 6
12.02.2016 09:54

What a lovely local restaurant and a great find in what is a bit of culinary desert. Despite the hustle and bustle of the Archway end of Holloway Road the restaurant is a haven of buzzy tranquillity. Great menu with daily specials, food lovely and so nice to get rabbit on the menu. Waiting staff very nice indeed and the place is an all round winner. We will be back.

2 reviews so far 6
08.02.2016 22:47

I have been going to this restaurant every few months from when it opened and have never had a bad meal. It is one of my favourite restaurants--- excellent tasty interesting Italian food---wonderful pasta dishes always perfectly al dente-- good fish- rabbit, veal chops etc. Short very good value Italian wine list. I have nothing bad to say except that it can be noisy but not on a Monday evening.

6 reviews so far 6
19.07.2015 10:15

Still buzzing after another excellent meal at 500. The sincere friendly convivial welcome & service only bettered by the kitchen who offer up dishes of true perfection. The antipasta are wonderful, with the San Danielle and melon, & white and brown crab Carta music "lasagna" standouts, whilst the ravioli is ravishing richly delicious. The place to go for Italian, with a sublimely sardegna vibe, luxury at more than affordable prices!

1 review so far 5
08.09.2016 22:54

We dined with four friends at 500, and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The food is definitely a cut above most Neighbourhood London Italian restaurants, and the ambiance is pleasant. There is ample parking nearby. The wine list too is excellent, and not overpriced. For such impressive cooking this restaurant is extremely good value. It is a welcome innovation to offer half portions of starters. This makes it possible to have a varied meal without eating more than you really want. or need.

1 review so far 5
12.08.2015 10:59

I'm always astounded by what good value 500 is. The standard of cooking is very high and the bill always surprisingly small. They also have a great selection of reasonably priced wines. The food is delicious, especially the pasta. Our favourite is the beef ragu which is meaty and rich. We always have the selection of starters - you get to try a bit of everything and it's a generous amount for two. A wonderful neighbourhood restaurant but worth travelling for too.

3 reviews so far 6
24.07.2016 05:16

We visited very early on a Saturday evening, and only wanted a fairly light dinner. The service was excellent, as was the food. My only problem was that my lemon sole dish could have fed two, and I couldn't eat all of it. I have been to 500 several times, and it is one of my favourites. I recommend the sharing (for two) platter for a starter.

3 reviews so far 6
20.12.2014 15:25

I had high expectations as I read good reviews about the restaurant but I have to say the restaurant exceeded my expectations. This is an authentic italian restaurant, the same you would find in Italy, where regional cuisine is proposed rather than the usual touristic plates. Ingredients are fresh and tasty and the preparation excellent. I can't wait to go back to feel at home again.

3 reviews so far 6
11.06.2015 13:06

It's a lovely gem -- an oasis of Italian tranquillity on one of London's busiest roads. You feel like you've stepped into Italy. The food is exquisite. I went with a friend who has been to the best five-star restaurants around the world, and he thinks it's a brilliant restaurant that gets it all right: food, ambience, service, price. I can't recommend it enough! Mel

1 review so far 6
18.09.2014 12:45

As usual, a great meal with attentive staff. We had light parcels to start followed by "Chargrilled loin of lamb served with oven baked squash e chestnuts. Almonds and anchovies dressing" - succulent lamb, soft squash and a delicious dressing. Yummy!! We also had a rather good bottle of Nero d'Avolo. As always, the bill was a lot less than we expected. Highly recommended!!!

1 review so far 5
16.12.2015 18:38

The menu is constantly changing. All mouth watering descriptions. I've been here for the 4th time. This time the Veal, Truffle Oil Ravioli in Sage and butter, wasn't as good as the one I had from Pasta Ramoli at Finsbury Park. I couldn't taste the butter or Truffle oil. Veal was naturally lean so it was quite dry. The Duck breast starter and broccoli soup was very good. Starter and Main no drink, £25 .

2 reviews so far 6
18.01.2015 00:22

Probably one of the best Italian restaurants in London. It is a bit noisy but that means success. The cooking is as good as it gets, a seafood tagliatelle being superb as was the rabbit signature dish. A wonderful Italian wine list. Not expensive for the quality you receive. Attentive service. No wonder it can be difficult to book a table!

1 review so far 6
06.04.2017 03:11

Wonderful plate of fresh pasta completely filled both of us up. Good strong Aperol Spritzs and some fresh mint tea to complete the meal. A delicious meal and good service and no two hour sitting. My friend, who lives a few tube stops away is planning to return with her husband. Thanks for a lovely evening. I'll be back soon.

6 reviews so far 5
11.05.2015 17:08

An excellent small local Italian restaurant well located close to Archway underground station. It has an understated frontage and you could easily walked past. It is my second visit there, both times in the company of an Italian friend. It has a nice varied menu and some nice wines. The service is attentive without being intrusive. On both occasions I have thoroughly enjoyed the evening. I shall definitely visit again.

1 review so far 3
03.03.2015 09:42

Service was excellent but unfortunately the food was really not up to the standard we enjoyed last time; each of the four of us thought our vegetables badly cooked and our complaint was acknowledged but nothing done about it. Maybe Monday evening is not a good evening to eat here. Portions are huge but vast portions do not make up for food not cooked as well as it could be. I must say however the main part of the meal - the meat or fish - was fresh and well cooked, let down by the "sides". It was also comparatively expensive. We will not be returning - there are many better value restaurants around.

1 review so far 6
08.06.2015 21:09

Excellent, authentic and reasonably priced Italian food; fascinating wine; attentive and friendly service; attractively laid out; and situated in the centre of a vibrant, local community outside the frenetic confines of central London but also readily accessible-this restaurant is a real treasure which we are determined to visit again on our next expedition from Liverpool to London.

1 review so far 6
06.05.2015 22:39

We regularly visit Cinquecento and never have a bad meal. The food, service and ambience are all excellent. The menu changes with the seasons and serves wonderful Italian flavours with a twist. If this restaurant was in the centre of London, it would be three times the price. Wonderful value and fabulous cooking.

2 reviews so far 3
14.05.2017 10:15

Unfortunately our experience didn't live up to the reviews I had read prior to making this booking. We were a small group of three plus my 5 month old grandson celebrating a birthday. The restaurant is small and cosy and staff friendly. However the starter of Octopus was rubbery and tough; crab starter was tasty; rack of lamb was tough; stone bass tasted burnt, which my daughter didn't finish; rabbit was ok; tiramisu average, I've had better. The restaurant was very accommodating as we had a buggy, however there was no disabled toilet facilities, which proved difficult when we had change my grandson's nappy.

1 review so far 5
26.01.2016 10:03

Great little restaurant with excellent Italian food in Archway where you struggle to find a decent restaurant for a Friday date night. We had starters and main, all courses delicious and not just basic Italian menu. The only slight downsize was the wine which came recommended by the waiter but which we didn't like. Booking recommended as it gets busy on weekends.

1 review so far 6
10.10.2015 23:50

I love this place. It is the perfect choice for a relaxed dinner with friends. It's fairly small but not poky, big enough to get a good atmosphere; the food is excellent, fresh and interesting, and the wine list has some firm favourites. I'll definitely be going back.

6 reviews so far 6
27.06.2015 21:06

Grazie mille a tutti! As ever 500 just as concisely, chic, Unitarian, and excellent as the vehicle it is christened after, perfect in every way. I recommend it, the food, wine and service consistently supreme, but don`t just take my word for it, book and try it yourself!

1 review so far 5
11.01.2016 10:40

Shared starter plate not up to usual standard. Everything else - mains excellent (lamb, tuna, contorni) all cooked to perfection. Service, as always, was attentive without being intrusive. Waiter's recommendation for red wine was spot on. All in all, the usual festive dining experience despite the slight let down of opening act. We continue to love 500.

1 review so far 6
08.09.2016 23:38

Great food and great service - a really lovely evening. Our food was delicious - imaginatively prepared and presented - everything tasted as good as it looked - a special place to return to as often as possible. An exceptional restaurant that never fails to delight.

1 review so far 6
07.10.2016 08:15

Small restaurant easy to miss, but well worth finding. It was recommended to me and 3 of us ate there last night. Some of the nicest food I have eaten for a long time, starters, mains to dessert, all amazing. We will be going again!!

1 review so far 6
04.06.2015 12:13

It's not in the most prepossessing location, but 500 is worth it when you walk through the door. Service is great, it's a friendly family-run operation and the food is truly splendid. Burrata and fritto misto are stand-outs if you see them on the menu.

1 review so far 6
01.11.2014 10:40

Hard to find but 500, the Italian restaurant in Archway, is worth the effort for its surprising range of Italian food and high-class cooking. Servce is excellent as well and a big wine list to boot.Not hesp but you get what you pay for.

3 reviews so far 6
26.05.2017 13:05

Second visit to 500 restaurant and the food was even more amazing than the last visit. I will be returning for a third, fourth and even fifth visit. This place never disappoints! Thanks again 500 for great food and a lovely evening. 5 Star!

1 review so far 6
19.10.2014 20:50

Have been planning on going here for years, and it didn't disappoint. We started with the selection of cold starters, then my wife had the venison and I had the lamb - really delicious food, affordable wine list. We will be going back.

1 review so far 6
29.03.2017 22:29

Absolutely wonderful evening . The food was delicious and cooked to perfection . The chef came to check about my garlic intolerance at the start and then came again to see if all was well with the food whilst we were eating .

1 review so far 6
11.04.2017 20:49

Absolutely brilliant place to eat. The staff are super friendly, the atmosphere is relaxed and we have never had anything but totally divine food every single time. Simple, elegant, good value and high quality all the way. A gem of a restaurant.

2 reviews so far 5
12.09.2015 12:11

Haven't been for a bit - but still a high quality friendly Italian restaurant. Rabbit main was awesome, good lamb cutlets, and my daughter did her Morticia Addams impersonation by having cuttlefish and black ink pasta. Not cheap for Archway but way better value than the restaurants in Central London.

8 reviews so far 5
30.09.2015 14:34

Excellent proper Italian food. They don't have a big menu, but they got some amazing dishes, I think some of them are authentic recipes from Sardinia and they were delicious. We also had some fresh burrata from Puglia, and trust me it was fresh. We will definitely go back.

1 review so far 5
26.04.2015 18:12

An excellent lunch which was unusual and filled with flavour. We asked to share a starter which the restaurant very thoughtfully split for us. The mains were delicious. We have been coming to this restaurant for many years it is always consistently reliable and a real treat. Thoroughly recommended

3 reviews so far 2
01.07.2016 10:32

Service was shocking, never experienced such bad service ever. The waiter was belligerent and rude and didnt make any allowances for his behaviour and started shouting unnecessarily. We had to send food back and the replacement dishes were not up to scratch either. i used to eat here regularly, 3 times in the past 7 weeks, but never again. They lost a loyal customer and didnt even seem to care. The food used to be great but their standards have fallen and now with so many other places opening up on Holloway they need to do better. instead check out other italian locals such as Zia Lucia or Piccolo Sogno, I will be spending my money there instead of wasting it here.

1 review so far 6
01.09.2016 22:09

Superb 500 platter to start with swordfish and gnocchi to die for, followed by tiramisu and washed down with Pinot Gis Blush Rose. What more could one want? Oh and a celeb radio DJ sat next to us... Archway's gem.

1 review so far 5
03.09.2015 10:44

Very nice place! We had the mixed starters Tagliere 500 which was excellent. Most of the mains were very good, we thought they could've been more seasoned and a risotto could have been more mushy for our taste but it was definitely all'onda. We had excellently cooked hake!

1 review so far 6
29.11.2014 22:20

Had the most delicious meal which was a birthday treat. The service was friendly and efficient. We love this little gem and have no need to travel when it's so near to us. Couldn't fault a thing. Highly recommended

2 reviews so far 6
30.10.2015 16:37

This is a fab restaurant where food is treated very well indeed. Delicious ragu, heavenly starters (you have to have the Tagliere 500 - you get a glimpse of most of the starters!) and awfully good value. Our favourite.