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4.9 /6 Excellent 79 Reviews


Barbican Vegetarian ££ +100
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About Carnevale

Vegetarian dining at its best: Carnivale offers great Mediterranean food from Tabouleh to salads and sandwiches. Trust us: This is some very inspired cooking taking place on Whitecross Street. No surprise that Carnivale were able to quickly gain a loyal following among the many that are looking for light and healthy food in London. Come by and try some of the best Mediterranean food you’ve had in a long time. Or, even better, have it delivered to your desk: There’s a delivery service during lunchtime.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 17:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday Closed
Carnevale, 135 Whitecross Street, EC1Y 8JL London

Further Information

Easily one of our favourites: Carnevale on Whitecross Street is a charming and quiet vegetarian restaurant, quite a rarity in a City full of flashy chains, distinguished by some of the best cooking, whether it be vegetarian or carnivorous, in the area. The use and combination of ingredients is imaginative and brings out the most delicate of flavours. Lemon gives a tang to goat's cheese tart, passion fruit adds a sweet freshness to a sensuous chocolate mousse.

At Carnevale you may well encounter the most delicious artichokes you’ve ever tasted, in another of their savoury tarts. Excellent organic wine complements the food. The smallness of the interior space is off set by the tiny glass-roofed courtyard. Unspoilt by taped music, Carnevale on Whitecross Street is a natural meeting-place for talking to friends while savouring the food.


79 Reviews

4.9 /6 Excellent 79 Reviews
Service: extraordinary
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Quality/Price: cheap
Food: heavenly
Noise: mute
Atmosphere: entertaining
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1 review so far 6
24.09.2017 17:42

I started with pumpkin gnocchi in roasted garlic cream, which was the most delicious sauce of its type that I have ever tasted. My main course was a chickpea, lentil and spinach curry which was exactly the right intensity, Washed down with an organic red wine and followed by Americano coffee with soya milk. A perfect meal, reasonably priced and attentively served, in delightful premises.

1 review so far 6
22.07.2017 13:16

Really lovely food. Wasn't too hungry so shared the artichoke starter and the goats cheese ravioli for a main. Would recommend to vegetarians and non-veggies too, but the best thing was having more than one veggie option for once! The waiter was also really friendly :)

1 review so far 6
04.07.2017 11:19

Very cute and personal atmosphere. These guys know how to cook. The food was very delicious. They have a lot of vegan dishes on their menu anyway and offer to turn a couple of the vegetarian dishes into vegan ones for you. Can't wait to come back.

1 review so far 6
20.06.2017 14:26

Nice atmosphere and the food was very tasty! The waitress was very helpful when trying to sort out Vegan/GF option despite there not being anything officially on the menu. Cheers guys!

2 reviews so far 6
19.02.2017 14:53

Another wonderful experience at Carnevale. The staff were friendly, humorous and charming. The food, as ever, was absolutely delicious - this time it was a Valentine's menu that was both affordable and varied. I can't recommend this place highly enough, and we make a point of visiting regularly!

1 review so far 5
15.01.2015 17:30

Carnevale is one of those restaurants where you realise (usually) only when the food arrives what a great decision you made to eat there. It's a place where substance trumps style: the focus on flavours is what makes it so good.

1 review so far 5
16.06.2016 10:48

This is a really lovely little veggie restaurant, great food, friendly and attentive service, with several GF options which really suited my friend who is both veggie and needs GF. Only disappointment was that there was no separate GF bread, ie needed to be separate from the other bread as if it touches ordinary bread it is no good for my friend. A small point but only thing to be improved.

5 reviews so far 5
17.01.2016 20:27

Cosy little restaurant with a great selection of meals. The food reminded me of almost a home cooked style. Plenty of vegan options as well as gluten free. The meals were good sizes and served quite quickly. The desserts were the highlight of the evening. The staff were friendly and free bread is offered with olive oil and balsamic. The meals are reasonably priced.

1 review so far 6
31.03.2017 07:03

We had the most enjoyable evening at Carnevale. The food was excellent (and appreciate the vegan options) and the staff were friendly and engaging. Highly recommend.

1 review so far 6
08.06.2016 15:04

Great tasting, good quality food. The menu was full of interesting dishes and combinations. The service was attentive, friendly and welcoming. I would certainly recommend Carnevale.

1 review so far 6
28.01.2017 20:33

The dishes served at this understated little restaurant are excellent. If you haven't experienced really good vegetarian restaurant food, try this place. It was my first visit but my partner and I are keen to make a return visit pretty soon - I am longing to try the homemade sausages.... Terry

1 review so far 5
04.06.2016 10:26

Charming, friendly and very helpful service for our first visit here. The food was delicious; we had 2 starters each and a couple of sides as these looked lighter than the mains. We felt that the portions were slightly too large but we enjoyed everything. The wine was good but needed to be slightly colder. We will return!

1 review so far 6
10.03.2017 13:09

Very friendly service. Pleasant, quiet atmosphere. I had the ravioli as a main course and it was delicious. My dining partner had the falafel and he said it was very good. Food arrived promptly, which was good because this was a pre-cinema dinner. Free bread was nice.

1 review so far 6
24.10.2014 23:06

The venue is a little on the small side but the variety and choice of vegi food on the menu is pretty good. There is a nice selection of starters and mains all served promptly in good sized portions. It's definately worth a visit

1 review so far 6
17.06.2017 08:17

Great service and very nice environment. Everything is perfect in this restaurant. The little and quite rooms are great if you want to have a chat with your guests. The food is excellent and the lady who welcomes you is extremely kind

1 review so far 5
13.06.2017 10:59

The food was fantastic and the choices on offer was varied. We were sat in the 'conservatory' which was a little cramped but had a nice character to it. Luckily it was fairly quiet on the day we went so it didn't feel like too much of a squeeze.

1 review so far 6
17.06.2017 09:13

Delicious food with a good range of options, and a generous portion size for the price. The outdoor conservatory area has a quaint, relaxed atmosphere - it feels like a real escape from the city! Service was great as well.

1 review so far 5
13.12.2016 11:01

Great menu. Multiple vegan options. Attentive service. My only complaint is that the dessert was a little on the small side for the price. Other than that, we had a lovely meal here and wouldn't hesitate to come back next time we are in the area.

1 review so far 6
16.02.2017 00:10

Lovely little restaurant, with a limited menu (which I liked!) and everything tasted great. Friendly staff, attentive service, good menu selection. It's a vegetarian place with gf and organic options. Would definitely go there again!

1 review so far 6
08.06.2016 19:26

The food, as usual, was excellent, well chosen ingredients, cooked with a light touch, leaving intact the natural flavours, and served by friendly staff, it could not have been better. We will surely come again.