Bistro Benito is a family-run Italian restaurant that has graced Earls Court Road since 1977. Named for the father of the family, Benito and his son Simone remain dedicated to the authentic Italian cuisine and family hospitality that have made their restaurant’s name in southwest London. The cosy environs of the restaurant are as evocative as the dishes, making a simple coffee break, light or lavish lunch, or full Italian dinner a memorable experience.
Many Earls Court locals drop in to Bistro Benito simply for a freshly brewed Italian espresso or a dolcelatte and a chat with father and son proprietors Benito and Simone Marella. Open from 11:30am until late every day of the week, this neighbourhood Italian restaurant down Earls Court Road is a meeting place for regular patrons from the area or dedicated fans of authentic Italian cuisine who come from all over London, alighting from Earls Court tube station and making the short trip up the road lunch or dinner.
Bistro Benito’s menu is typically Italian, starting with antipasti and pasta, moving through classic main courses with plenty of sides and salads as accompaniments. The dessert menu here is longer than at most Italian restaurants in London, with the zabaglione (whipped egg and Marsala wine), chocolate profiteroles, and the house special crepes Benito (with ice cream and a Grand Marnier sauce) being particular highlights. Start your meal at this Earls Court institution with the chef’s pate, Italian-inflected escargots, or the stracciatella (a clear egg soup) before taking in a plate of Neapolitan gnocchi, risotto casalingo, or classic cannelloni with veal and spinach. Highlights from the list of mains include the knuckle of veal, the veal in Marsala wine, trout with almonds, the Milanese chicken escalope, and the grilled calf's liver. Be sure to book a table at Bistro Benito to beat the local crowds.
Decor like going back in time with excellent standard Italian food and first class service. Still a little gem very close to Earls Court underground station.
Great time, really attentive staff, good food and great prices. It was a birthday celebration during our vacation and everyone in our party of 5 was pleased.
We have been to Bistro Benito several times on our visits to London and never been dissapointed. This time also was a nice experience,with good food and It is always a pleasure to talk with the owner Simone. Looking forward to visit this restaurant next time we go to London
Lovely restaurant, cute little Italian, serving proper tasty comfort food. Cannelloni was excellent and the kids enjoyed the raspberry sorbet. In London for 4 days only but hoping to fit another visit in!
I loved everything about this restaurant. The setting is wonderful and the look is classic family Italian. The service was amazing. The former owner, age 80, was helping in the restaurant and was a hoot to talk with. The food was delicious. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience even though I was eating solo. If I lived near here I would be a regular.
Had a lovely evening at Bistro Benito and our friends from Norway and Australia were very impressed. Excellent food and service. Will definitely return on our next visit to London.
For a family of seven, on a busy Thursday night, Bistro Benito's was first class for food, for ambience, for decor, for service and value for money.
We visited Bistro Benito as it was close to our hotel and we were really pleased we found it, Good food- really friendly and helpful staff. we had a lovely evening
Excellent venue. Charming owner. Ask for a quiet table in a corner as it gets very busy. Only criticism is that the waiter wanted to rush us through our meal. We were there for a nice meal and catch up. We had to ask him to give us a bit of time between each course !
Authentic italian gem in Earls Court. I have been here several times and I can recommend this place to anyone wanting a lovely meal! The staff is always friendly and the food is delicious ! Highly recommended!