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4.8 /6 Excellent 58 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

Further Information

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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58 Reviews

4.8 /6 Excellent 58 Reviews
Atmosphere: entertaining
Waiting Time: short
Food: delicious
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: cheap
Service: friendly
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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.

3 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.

4 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 3
13.09.2017 12:49

Not a great experience due to: 1. They didn't take a card, which should have been explained at the start rather than having to run out to a cash machine at the end,. 2. Service was very slow and missed stuff from the order...twice (It was a matchday so some delay can be expected) 3. The mushroom pasta was very spicy and this wasn't explained to us resulting in one of our party not enjoying the food. Normally I would have returned the dish, but because the service was slow and kick off was approaching we couldn't wait any longer. 4. Having booked the table for 17:00 was told that the kitchen didn't open until 18:00! It's a shame as I have eaten there twice before and it's been good.

1 review so far 5
28.07.2017 09:33

Food delicious and service was very good. I will certainly return and would recommend it to others. If you're looking for a small intimate place to eat then you can do a lot worse than Al Santo.

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.

4 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
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