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5.3 /6 Excellent 49 Reviews

Da Paolo Restaurant

Fitzrovia Italian £££ +100
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About Da Paolo Restaurant

London has a competitive and cutthroat dining scene, and to survive, a restaurant has to be up there with the very best. So when we tell you that Da Paolo Restaurant have been in business down on Charlotte Place in Fitzrovia since 1990, you can take that as a mark of quality. They offer the atmosphere of a traditional Italian village to the centre of London, with a menu replete with classics from up and down the bel paese, as well as regional specialities and house signatures. We’d recommend the set menu – perfect for a pre-theatre meal – with a starter of grilled Italian sausage with salad and pecorino cheese, a main of pesecapada di Salmoriglio, swordfish grilled with lemon, fresh oregano and chives and a tiramisu to top it all off. Book a table and head on out to Fitzrovia – take the tube to Goodge Street and wander around the corner to Charlotte Place – for one of the best, most-loved Italian meals to be found anywhere in London.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 17:00 - 22:00
Da Paolo Restaurant, 3 Charlotte Place, W1T 1SD London


49 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 49 Reviews
Food: delicious
Quality/Price: cheap
Service: extraordinary
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: excellent
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2 reviews so far 6
07.05.2017 08:20

Excellent option in London. The food was perfect. Good wine, in spite of a little expensive. And we have to point out the good service of waitresses.

1 review so far 6
05.05.2017 07:23

One of my favourite restaurants in Central London. Situated down a side street Da Paolo is a small but vibrant restaurant. Nicely decorated with photographs it has a traditional feel. Service is friendly and welcoming. The food is consistently good. A wide ranging menu backed up with specials offers a wide selection. Good location for business lunches. Reasonably priced. Would recommend it.

1 review so far 6
28.04.2017 07:51

Lovely, homely restaurant in the centre of town - staff attentive and food excellent. Definitely recommended. We will be returning for lunch again sometime soon.

1 review so far 6
01.04.2017 09:57

The staff are soo nice, very friendly and very attentative. The food is soo amazing! We had crabmeat & avocado, meddles for starters, main chicken in lemon and sea bass, all cooked to perfection!! Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you

2 reviews so far 5
26.01.2017 22:10

Friendly efficient service.Food and wine, perfectly adequate, but sound rather than exciting. At £40 per head for two courses and a bottle of house red (one of the main courses being a straight pasta dish) ,prices bordering on the high end of mid price.The restaurant space is small, the decor cosy in a traditional Italian style, the seating is very cramped however and once the restaurant became crowded a degree of manoeuvering was required whenever customers needed to leave their table space,by those seated at adjoining tables.There is the potential to dine al fresco during the warmer months and this may ease the pressure on indoor space.Overall Da Paolo offers a pleasant dining experience.

1 review so far 6
24.02.2017 07:23

This is a gem of a restaurant hidden away in the backwaters of Fitzrovia, or if you are less trendy like myself just adjacent to Charlotte Street. It is like a bistro that could be anywhere in Italy, great traditional food, well priced and enormous portions, and there is Carlos the owner keeping a beady eye on the happenings. There is even a good Youngs pub just across the road, The One Tun. Most enjoyable.

2 reviews so far 6
28.03.2017 11:49

This restaurant is like a piece of Italy in the centre of London. it has a buzzy atmosphere as lots of people also know what a good place it is. The staff could not be more helpful and courteous and the food and wine was terrific. The portions are large so beware when ordering. I would thoroughly recommend this restaurant and I intend to go back there again.

1 review so far 3
28.04.2017 16:08

This is the first time Da Paolo has disappointed. We usually eat here whenever we visit London - at least 2 or 3 times a year and have always had great food here but this time it was a let down. My monk fish dish had excellent additions of mussels & clams & a lovely sauce, but much of the star of the dish - the monkfish - was chewy and inedible. I told the waitress I was disapointed with the dish but I don't think she was programmed to accept any negative comments. The manager makes a great thing about welcoming you when you arrive, perhaps he also should make a point of talking to you when you leave. It means we will probably go elsewhere next time.

2 reviews so far 6
01.12.2016 09:42

We had a delightful time at Da Paolo - the staff, the ambience, the wine, the food were all delightful. The restaurant said they would make any pasta dish to our specifications, and they made a spaghetti aglio olio peperoncino which was perfect; my saltimbocca romana was similarly excellent. We'll be making Da Paolo a regular stop in London

1 review so far 5
17.02.2017 08:42

We had a lovely experience at da Paolo, food was delicious, the restaurant atmosphere was great and staff were super friendly. Only constructive criticism is you don't want your customers ask for the menu after been sat for a awhile or be wondering where your starters are after a long while.. apart from that is a place we would love to go back.

2 reviews so far 6
18.10.2016 14:04

A small restaurant upstairs but BIG where service and food is concerned. Excellent cooking, presentation AND reasonably priced too. Service was outstanding. I go to this restaurant quite a lot as it's the best in the area and it never fails to impress. Oh, and the The Specials really are "special".

1 review so far 6
01.12.2016 09:41

Very unassuming place - dont be fooled, the food here is unbelievably good! 'Proper' Italian food! Had spag bol with chicken escalope - fabulous...Combine that with a lovely bottle of Chianti Classic and lunch was wrapped up in a big red bow!! Will be heading back!!

2 reviews so far 5
19.01.2017 17:24

The fact that this restaurant has been in business for many years and is usually full tells you that it does most things right. If you are looking for a well executed 'traditional' Italian meal, Da Paolo will not disappoint. A lovely and good value Primitivo added considerably to our enjoyment of the meal.

1 review so far 6
23.11.2016 10:21

Excellent food and service. Shame about space...a bit tight ! Portions to certainly satisfy your hunger. You won't come out still feeling peckish . What ALL restaurants should do instead of charging you the earth and still leave you hungry !

1 review so far 5
08.11.2016 09:55

lovely food great un intrusive but attentive service lovely place, really central. Small and intimate I went with colleague to have a working dinner and it was an excellent choice for that but equally I could see for a small intimate dinner for 2 it would be great.

1 review so far 6
16.03.2017 08:37

We had a nice small table by the door and did not get cold even though there were many people coming in and out. The food was amazing and the portions were very large. The staff was also very nice.

1 review so far 5
16.01.2017 23:38

A friendly, pleasant restaurant with helpful staff and an excellent menu. Prompt service! We had the specials and they didn't disappoint. Just the place for a meal to put you in good mood, a quiet haven in a busy area of town. The real Italian experience.

1 review so far 6
21.12.2016 16:55

Although tucked away and a small restaurant this was a really good friendly place to eat, service excellent and the food i can highly recommend. Good Italian food and good value. Worth seeking out.

1 review so far 6
26.02.2017 09:44

Friendly staff, attentive to customer's wishes, excellent food and drink. We certainly did not leave hungry. I would highly recommend da Paulo to anyone who finds they need their spirits uplifted(and no pun intended).

1 review so far 5
03.03.2017 08:12

Great food and service. We asked for a wine recommendation which was well matched to the food - good choice. This is a small restaurant so it is a tight for space between the tables - we would go again.

2 reviews so far 5
10.10.2016 10:50

A lovely cosy Italian restaurant with a family run feel. The food was given in generous portions but not lacking in flavour. Lovely service and it was a very busy evening for them. Good place to have a romantic meal

1 review so far 6
15.11.2016 19:23

Really good food and a lovely bottle of wine. and a really warm welcome from all the staff . Would defiantly Recommend A really enjoyable Night. Thanks to all we shall return !!

1 review so far 6
11.12.2016 10:59

A true Italian restaurant, with helpful and friendly staff, a broad menu choice and an excellent atmosphere. A cut above the high street chains . . . We will certainly be returning.

1 review so far 6
03.12.2016 12:34

An excellent experience. A wide range of dishes, well cooked and very nicely presented. Your house wine (white) was most pleasant. Efficient service. All round satisfied, and will be back! Best

1 review so far 6
16.12.2016 09:29

Traditional, cosy Italian restaurant with AWESOME food! Recommend the mushroom garlic ravioli, it just melts in your mouth! Staff are superb. Lovely evening. Thank you! We will definitely be back!

1 review so far 6
06.11.2016 10:38

There was an amazing choice of tasty meals, decent portions, great service and lovely atmosphere on both floors. I highly recommend this place and we will definitely go again.

1 review so far 6
15.10.2016 08:43

Excellent meal , friendly service and warm and relaxed ambiance. Would strongly recommend this restaurant for generous helpings of really good food at reasonable prices. Will be going back.

1 review so far 6
08.01.2017 09:34

Excellent in every way. Best meal I've had in a long time. Very friendly service. Lovely choice. Small and cosy like a real Italian restaurant should be. Lovely!!!

1 review so far 6
10.01.2017 21:17

Excellent friendly service and well presented tasty food. Rang for directions to restaurant from Tube and staff were most helpful. Cosy atmosphere which is rare for London.

1 review so far 6
30.11.2016 14:59

This is my favourite restaurant. It has a lovely intimate atmosphere with excellent food. The staff are friendly and unintrusive and offer a brilliant and attentive service.

1 review so far 6
05.11.2016 12:58

Warm friendly family atmosphere . That staff were all friendly and helpful. Food was delicious, I especially enjoyed my liver, bacon and onions ! Altogether highly recommmended.

1 review so far 6
29.10.2016 07:45

Great place,nice staff and even better food!! Tuna was delicious and tomato & burrada salad was fresh and tasty. Will definitely come back with family and friends.

1 review so far 6
16.01.2017 07:38

One of my favourite restaurants in London. Great service, wonderful food. You can't beat the quality of their pasta as well as their friendly attentive staff.

1 review so far 6
16.12.2016 08:29

As always the food and service is amazing. Great ambience. I have been here many times. It is one of my favourite places to eat.

1 review so far 6
28.01.2017 14:15

Amazing food, warm service, sat in a beautiful authentic surrounding. We all had the Lasagne and it was delicious, starters portions are big as well.

2 reviews so far 6
06.11.2016 17:35

Great service, accommodating for dished that were not on the menu was bot a problem. Dishes came quickly, hot and tasty. Highly recommend this restaurant.

1 review so far 6
29.01.2017 11:01

First class meal and service will be booking again for sure. Looked after my the staff and given a great table which was greatly appreciated

1 review so far 5
09.01.2017 21:16

Great little italian in London's theatre land Friendly service and great food which is reasonably priced. Varied menu which includes seafood generous portion sizes. They also have a specials board

1 review so far 5
12.04.2017 09:04

It was fine, table was nice, set menu well priced and service good. It was late afternoon so it was quiet inside although tables outside were full. Many thanks

1 review so far 2
27.02.2017 07:53

Not a good restaurant - the staff were really lovely and trying their best, but the food was stuck in the tasteless 80s. There are so many good Italian restaurants in London now, the old trattoria vibe needs to keep up. Pasta was tasteless, lamb shank was greasy and cold, and the swordfish was chewy. All the menu was totally over priced, and taking advantage of the tourist market. Such a shame!

1 review so far 5
23.01.2017 09:26

Perfect for business dinner as it's local to our office. Great food and atmosphere. Consistently good service, so never get disappointed. Will come again and again.

1 review so far 5
03.12.2016 09:29

Food and service was excellent. Can't fault it. tables are quite close and can be a little noisy at times with loud conversations but otherwise perfect.

1 review so far 5
24.11.2016 04:54

A rare combination of politeliness and professionalism. My guests enjoed the meal and the atmosphere. The Price for all this was surprisingly low. Service exellent.

1 review so far 4
20.03.2017 07:23

Tables are small and far too close to each other. I order a fish dish; the fish was overcooked, the vegetables were cold and hardly cooked.

1 review so far 3
02.03.2017 09:50

Great atmosphere, but our meal of mixed fish with vegetables for 2 was far too salty and the fish was quite undistinguished. Perhaps we would have done better with the more traditional Italian dishes.

1 review so far 4
23.12.2016 08:27

Good service and reasonable food, if overpriced. It was a relaxed and friendly atmosphere atmosphere. The food was traditional Italian. I had a pleasant time

1 review so far 3
28.01.2017 07:32

The food did not match our expectations after reading TripAdvisor. We ordered the veal and the lamb steak, but the meat was nothing special and the potatoes/vegetables "boring" and not tasty

1 review so far 6
17.12.2016 23:26

Just perfect , great ambience , food was amazing along with the service.

1 review so far 2
08.12.2016 22:34

I found the food mediocre, two of my party had to tell the management about the poor quality of their lobster. Management did refund the cost of the meals. Quantity over quality.