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.
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!
Food, service and environment were excellent! We went with out baby in a prom and they were really helpful to make ua feel really comfortable.
Great food and drink in a vibrant and very friendly atmosphere. Will recommend Al Santo to friends & family. Looking forward to my next visit
After a day in London shopping and waiting for my husband to finish work this restaurant was a wonderful way to end the day. Amazing food , calamari and olive stater brilliant. Children are all cabonara and the linguine and vegetarian dish us adults had was also tasty . Hosts were attentive and helpful. Good service. Would definitely recommend.
excellent food and service! Fried squid was delicious and so was the moussaka - wine is affordable and quite good. Overall great experience! Highly recommended!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.