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4.9 /6 Excellent 74 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.


74 Reviews

4.9 /6 Excellent 74 Reviews
Food: heavenly
Noise: mute
Quality/Price: cheap
Atmosphere: entertaining
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: extraordinary
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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!

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.

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 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.

1 review so far 6
16.06.2016 07:59

Great atmosphere, lovely staff and great service. The food was very enjoyable and came very quickly. The outdoor area was a nice quieter location to the main area in case you wanted more discreet location.

1 review so far 6
07.12.2016 07:51

Absolutely delicious homemade food! I had the vegan sausages and they were the best I've ever had. The waitress was so friendly as well and the restaurant itself was very peaceful. Definitely a hidden gem!

1 review so far 5
03.06.2016 08:52

Great little place. Friendly service and generous portions of vegetarian comfort food. Atmosphere fees more like a neighbourhood restaurant than a restaurant in the heart of the city. Perfect after an exhibition at the nearby Barbican Centre. Will definitely be back.

1 review so far 4
08.07.2017 23:18

Really nice food and private service as it was empty! Staff were friendly and offered advice with food selections. Great to find somewhere that caters for gf and other intolerances and dietary needs. Even our very non-vegetarian father enjoyed his meatless meal. Something was making a loud rumbling but otherwise fab.

1 review so far 6
20.03.2017 12:35

Amazing food, amazing service. I spent a really good time. The food was very tasty and the waitress was really nice. For people how love quite places and who love to take their time.

1 review so far 5
03.06.2016 08:48

Great food, no music was great as you could enjoy the buzz of people. A little on the pricey side but worth it. Chocolate Roulade was to die for, no chocolate for a week or so after that hit!

1 review so far 6
16.12.2016 10:26

The food was amazing as well as the service. We had a little confusion paying and the staff were very understanding. I am recommending it to lots of people now! Thank you!

6 reviews so far 6
27.04.2017 09:58

I haven't been to this place for a couple of years and now I'm wondering why that is. Excellent food and really great ambience. I won' leave it so long next time.

1 review so far 6
19.12.2016 19:52

Friendly service, freshly cooked food that was imaginative and delicious. And a super clever name (veggie restaurant whose Italian moniker translates as "farewell, meat"). Simple but very appealing décor. Reasonable prices.

1 review so far 6
21.03.2017 10:31

Great food, v quiet with no music so we could hear each other talk, great service. Highly recommend. Thank you to all the staff for making it a great evening out.

1 review so far 5
30.06.2017 16:38

Lovely food and a cute little "garden" (it's not outside but feels like a garden!). I found the dessert a bit too much - I should have stopped after my main course really, as it was huge.

2 reviews so far 5
08.12.2016 00:35

The food was great and the service lovely. It makes you realise just how much variety you can eat without meat. It was very quiet on a Friday night but they made us feel at home.

2 reviews so far 6
03.12.2014 09:55

Delicious food, very tasty and well-presented. Excellent fast and friendly service. Good wine selection and fresh mint tea to finish. Highly recommended - my favourite restaurant in the area.

1 review so far 4
09.05.2017 05:34

Nice little place - great for a quick meal and close to the Barbican Centre. I had the chickpea curry which was good and my other half had the veggie sausages and colcanon which she loved. Verdict - give it a try !

1 review so far 5
04.11.2016 09:37

Although quite hard to find due to weird numbering on the streets the food was really good. The chick pea curry was spot on and the Elderflower custard on the crumble was absolutely fantastic.

1 review so far 6
23.05.2016 07:19

Quiet vegetarian bistro off Whitecross street. Great value for the location and quality of the food. If it is sunny try and get a table in the courtyard.

1 review so far 6
27.04.2017 10:08

First rate food, wine and service. I had quite forgotten how good Carnivale is and any number of other tables clearly thought the same. I will be back.

1 review so far 2
09.11.2016 11:43

Food was great... shame about the service. They should lose at least 2 tables (the table of 2 and table of 4.) It is uncomfortable cramped. Especially if you are going to overcrowd diners at least do it with a smile. Otherwise your creating the wrong type of atmosphere. I preferred the first time I came with a friend. I enjoyed the menu so much I brought a table of 4 this time. Though this one time will be last time though.

1 review so far 6
26.08.2016 10:47

Excellent, welcoming service. The food and wine were well presented and delicious - great choice. We will definitely be visiting again. Our vegetarian friend was impressed too!

1 review so far 5
15.03.2017 11:43

Excellent food in a lovely setting. Ate on a Tuesday night and was fairly busy. Menu on the website doesn't show beers and wine, but there is also a decent selection.

1 review so far 6
16.01.2016 10:26

Food and service excellent as ever. Our mains were delicious, and the bread and butter pudding with apricots and white chocolate went down a storm.

1 review so far 6
01.01.2015 20:39

The food was great with good service in and a lovely environment. All round great experience. I would highly recommend to vegetarians and meat-eaters alike!

1 review so far 5
04.10.2016 20:41

Wonderful food and a good selection of drinks. I recommend the sausages and mash. The toilet is a bit lacking as didn't have much space for someone at 6' 4".

1 review so far 6
06.06.2016 23:41

Lovely food and friendly staff. Was an interesting array of options compared to a lot of other vegetarian options. Would sure go back here again.

2 reviews so far 6
27.11.2014 22:40

Excellent food, excellent service, delightful atmosphere and convenient location for Barbican etc. The salads are large and tasty; main courses are diverse and beautifully presented.

1 review so far 4
07.01.2016 09:14

Slightly over priced for what it was, but very nice thought out veggie food, service was welcoming, place was a little shabby but overall pleasant. As its no longer on tastecard probably would not go back again.

1 review so far 5
06.02.2015 20:27

Food delicious and beautifully presented, house wine very good and service excellent - very attentive, without being rushed. If I was being picky, it could be a bit warmer!

1 review so far 4
28.06.2016 08:42

This is a nice restaurant, good service, lovely wine and reasonable food. For the price, I think the food is a little unexciting. I had the sausage and mash which was ok but a little bland.m

1 review so far 5
18.02.2017 12:48

Lovely food and service. I will come back again. It was fairly quiet for a Friday night which we enjoyed but I can see there was little atmosphere

1 review so far 5
31.08.2016 06:40

Really good food. Great that it had vegan options - artichokes to start and falafel for main were both delicious. Waitress was very friendly and on the ball.

1 review so far 5
20.06.2017 08:40

Very friendly. Prompt service. Good range of veggie food. Slightly cramped seating in conservatory with one chair dangerously near edge of step (otherwise would have been a six!).