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4.9 /6 Excellent 52 Reviews

Al Santo

Fulham Italian £££ +100
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About Al Santo


To eat is to be seems to be the philosophy behind London’s Al Santo, a Greek and Italian restaurant (and deli) which deals exclusively in family recipes, served up by a surrogate family of passionate individuals whose mission in life is to liven up your day. Located down Vanston Place, moments from Fulham Broadway, Al Santo is well-loved by Fulham locals (locals are well-loved back) for its down-to-earth ethos and authentic Mediterranean delights, with many staff members contributing their own favourite recipes to the menu.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 10:00 - 00:00
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 00:00
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 00:00
  • Thursday 10:00 - 00:00
  • Friday 10:00 - 00:00
  • Saturday 10:00 - 00:00
  • Sunday 10:00 - 00:00
Al Santo, 23 Vanston Place, SW6 1AZ London

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From staff member Anna’s original soups, to Roberto’s panini (the recipe remains a secret), to Marco’s homemade tiramisu, stopping in at Al Santo is like stopping by a bustling family kitchen, except this kitchen is in fact a popular Fulham cafe and restaurant down Vanston Place. Spend a sunny afternoon sipping quality Italian espresso on the terrace before tucking in to some delicious Greek kleftiko or moussaka. This is one of the few London independents left, offering a range of home-style Mediterranean (chiefly Greek and Italian) dishes and genuinely warm service.

Al Santo has a wonderfully haphazard feel, offsetting the consistently good food on offer. The venue is delightfully packed with curios, a look which seems to reflect the wandering, inquisitive nature of the staff who contribute their recipes to the menu – keep coming back to this Vanston Place eatery near Fulham Broadway and you’ll keep being surprised by the Greek and Italian cuisine on offer. Comfortable and more than accommodating, this is a friendly London local that’s at once romantic, bustling, kid-friendly and capricious, in the best possible sense!

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CHEF'S CHOICE

52 Reviews

4.9 /6 Excellent 52 Reviews
Quality/Price: cheap
Waiting Time: short
Food: heavenly
Noise: quiet
Service: friendly
Atmosphere: entertaining
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1 review so far 6
14.07.2017 10:42

A charming, homely, down-to-earth experience, with hearty, home-cooked Greek & Italian classic dishes and a bill at the end, which didn't break the bank !

1 review so far 6
30.05.2017 10:37

Went here on Friday evening for a meal and was so impressed with the wonderful customer service and just loveliness of all the staff. The food was beautiful, I had the Beef Carpaccio starter and Tortellini main, they were generous portions and delicious! I will definitely be going back.

2 reviews so far 6
09.04.2017 12:38

The decor and tables are delightfully rustic, the food was excellent and both food and a bottle of rose wine were excellent value for money, and the service was quick and friendly.

1 review so far 6
04.04.2017 10:21

Always good to be back in Al Santo. Food perfect as well as the ambiance. I leave near buy and it is my favourite dinning place.

2 reviews so far 4
03.08.2016 08:34

The good: food was very tasty and nicely presented. The salmon salad was a highlight, as was the beef carpaccio. The bad: wine measures are off. We'd ordered a 375ml carafe of wine and i could see straight away it was not half a bottle. I mentioned this to the staff who suddenly seemed unable to understand English. I also didn't want to cause a scene. Later a different staff member produced the bottle we had been drinking from (unrelated to my comment about the quantity) and it was clear to see they'd only poured about 1/3 of the bottle's contents. We're not big drinkers so it's fine but this policy is clearly dishonest as you're not getting what you've paid for. As for atmosphere we were unlucky a big group of juvenile men who spent the evening shouting about "s....ing her" etc were also in the restaurant which somewhat spoilt the experience for the rest of the quiet couples who were there. Although this is not the fault of the restaurant perhaps it would be better to put large groups outside where the noise level is less apparent.

3 reviews so far 5
08.02.2016 07:20

Once again Al Santo doesn't disappoint. Yes, it was busy due to the evening football match but there were appropriate numbers of staff & the service was attentive. Food was it's usual high standard & overall offers great value especially for this area of London. We will be back soon.

1 review so far 6
17.06.2016 11:40

Al Santo is a perfect-size restaurant, very authentic and charming. The service is very good and the italian food is excellent. Price-wise is really good. I definitely recommend it for lunch or dinner.

1 review so far 5
03.05.2016 14:37

The restaurant had a lovely ambiance and the staff were delightful. They were very busy so things did take a little time which wasn't too much of a problem except one dish had to be sent back (rare steak, when medium was requested), but overall very enjoyable, we would certainly go there again.

3 reviews so far 5
03.05.2016 10:01

Food is always great. Service can be stretched when Chelsea are at home so just allow extra time. I have never been disappointed with Al Santo.

1 review so far 5
03.10.2014 09:09

We had a great experience here. The food was gorgeous, the waiter was friendly and helpful, and the environment was relaxed but still had a buzz to it. I can't eat dairy and they were really helpful in advising what I could eat. Overall the meal was incredible.

3 reviews so far 4
20.10.2015 10:59

The restaurant was busy and consequently noisy. No doubt busy as it was well liked - but it was too noisy for our taste. Our starter was good but the main course of pasta suffered from an excess of pasta and a shortage of sauce. We will not be returning. There are better Italian offerings nearby.

1 review so far 6
06.10.2015 09:35

Great restaurant with lovely staff and fabulous food. Would definitely recommend. the crispy duck with beetroot and the calamari starters were both very very good and can also recommend the ravioli and the duck ragout with pappardelle.

3 reviews so far 4
16.06.2015 10:04

I went to the restaurant with my family in June 2015. The food was really good and the dishes are pretty big. The wine was awesome. Unfortunately there were just two desserts and we had to leave with no dessert :(. The music was a bit loud too, we had to shout to communicate.

1 review so far 5
12.03.2015 12:24

Good food, good atmosphere, friendly staff, good value. Excellent service given our visit was before a Chelsea match, with nearly all tables wanting to order at the same time and be served at the same time in order to leave before kick off.

1 review so far 4
07.12.2016 13:52

Lovely atmosphere in the restaurant. The pasta when was only luke warm when served however which effected the enjoyment and portion size could have been slightly more generous. Lovely location but still a little pricier than other very good Italians I have been to in London. Reasonably priced prosecco beverages.

1 review so far 6
19.09.2016 14:03

We ordered Burrata, which was really tasty. Actually all the food was really good! The restaurant has a very relaxed atmosphere and you can have a nice and enjoyable evening here.

1 review so far 6
07.08.2016 08:24

Great restaurant! I love this place as it feels almost as if I am in a Mediterranean holiday when I am there. The food is good and service with a smile.

1 review so far 6
15.06.2016 12:55

I just love this restaurant. The waiters are lovely and the food is delicious. I had the homemade noodles with seafood and the warm cheesecake as a dessert - yum!!

1 review so far 6
01.03.2017 10:05

Wonderful authentic food and super cosy atmosphere, will definitely go again. The Affogato dessert is amazing cannot recommend enough and the Briam for main is a really hearty veggie option

1 review so far 6
17.04.2015 06:29

First visit. Very friendly staff. Great atmosphere. Excellent food and large portions. Italian & Greek dishes. Reasonably priced wine in bottles and carafes. Look forward to our next visit.

2 reviews so far 6
23.01.2017 09:08

Excellent food! really one of the best Italian restaurant in London! I love the indoor decoration and the staff was good, very good service. Definitely I will come back

1 review so far 5
18.03.2015 09:28

Perfect location for football matches or in general as it is minutes from Fulham Broadway tube station. Starters were good but main course very good, home made pasta was delicious. Will definitely go back.

1 review so far 6
26.05.2015 14:47

Food, service and ambience were excellant as before. We wish them well in the face of new stiff competition in the immediate area. They deserve to do well.

1 review so far 6
29.01.2017 11:17

LOvely restaurant, nice atmosphere, quick service and the dishes were delicious, portion sizes just right, and pretty healthy (I went for the duck), will definitely come again.

1 review so far 5
01.10.2016 09:45

Very good service and food. They are welcoming and feels like a family restaurant. Have not tasted a single dish that would be bad everything tastes good! and a very fair price.

1 review so far 5
21.10.2016 07:39

The food was delicious, the atmosphere was comfortable and the staff were welcoming, , the decor was interesting. Unfortunately we had to wait a bit too long for our meal.

1 review so far 6
25.02.2017 07:32

Very nice place with a good atmosphere, a lot of little lights. The food is very good. I recommend the frie calamari and the kleftiko!

1 review so far 6
30.03.2016 05:51

brilliant, friendly, delicious, local Italian/Greek with wonderful Mediterranean food and atmosphere. Specials bring a taste of the summer to a cold grey fulham in March!

3 reviews so far 6
31.10.2015 22:36

Fantastic food and service. Would whole heartedly recommended this restaurant. You could pay two/three times as much locally and not get half the value. Great

1 review so far 6
05.08.2015 09:13

This is our favourite restaurant in London. It has great atmosphere, great food and fantastic service. This is a relaxed restaurant with top quality service.

2 reviews so far 5
20.06.2017 18:57

It was an unusual hot day and it was hot inside the restaurant. Food was really good, I especially recommend the panacota that was delicious. Staff was very nice.

1 review so far 4
07.10.2015 10:08

We enjoyed the food. The Calamari was the best I've eaten in a while. Service is good though not exceptional. The decor is eclectic and fun however the overall package doesn't quite match the price level.

1 review so far 4
30.10.2016 08:05

Quirky place, comes across as authentic whilst in the heart of fulham. They should however match the quality of service to the prices they ask for which are not quirky but regular London level prices.

1 review so far 5
29.11.2015 10:08

Great atmosphere and very friendly staff. Portions are generous and the smell of the different dishes in the restaurant makes for an even more pleasant experience. Highly recommended

1 review so far 5
21.05.2017 09:21

The resturant is a fab little find and the food was great. Staff incredibly friendly and helpful ... lovely place and definately worth another visit or 5

1 review so far 5
26.01.2015 12:08

Excelent restaurant. The service is very good. You can feel the italian atmosphere. I ate a salad and my friend a pasta and both were great!

1 review so far 5
10.11.2015 14:20

Lovely restaurant with nice food and good service. . . . Very good location also - easy to get to. Would recommend. . . .

1 review so far 5
15.04.2016 09:52

Excellent service and great food. We loved the atmosphere and I would definitely return or recommend. We enjoyed our starter and main, particularly the bruschetta

1 review so far 6
24.07.2015 07:58

My favourite restaurant in London and it didn't disappoint! Would highly recommend.

3 reviews so far 5
29.09.2014 07:06

The food is very good, waiters really helpful but the music was too loud!

1 review so far 3
11.09.2014 07:09

Cibo buonissimo ma servito su piatti maleodoranti, lenti nel servizio e troppo cari. Peccato, perché sanno fare da mangiare!!!

1 review so far 5
26.01.2017 12:38

Great venue for lunch - relaxed atmosphere and good home cooking

1 review so far 5
28.02.2015 15:02

Excellent quality food, great atmosphere and friendly staff at reasonable prices.

1 review so far 5
14.11.2014 08:24

Everything was spot on and great prices too! Lovely Aperrol spritz!

2 reviews so far 5
02.05.2015 07:38

Simple but very good, homely food, nice and attentive service.

1 review so far 5
25.05.2015 08:14

authentic italian food at it's best in a welcoming atmosphere

1 review so far 4
19.09.2014 07:16

Nice local restaurant.The food is good ,they can improve the decoration.

1 review so far 1
10.03.2016 08:35

Reserved table for 3 pre-football match .Restaurant cannot cope with demand. Kitchen too small . Hat wait 1 hr for food so decided to leave. Told manager he had lost good customer