About Four to Eight
Contemporary Italian dining with a focus on simplicity is the name of the game at London’s Four to Eight. Centrally located on Catherine Street in Covent Garden, just steps from the Royal Opera House, King’s College and Lyceum Theatre, and only a stone’s throw from Covent Garden and Temple underground stations, Four to Eight serves their rustic Italian eats seven days a week. Spread over two floors, this Italian restaurant is a stylish spot for an authentic Italian meal.
- Monday 11:45 - 23:45
- Tuesday 11:45 - 23:45
- Wednesday 11:45 - 23:45
- Thursday 11:45 - 23:45
- Friday 11:45 - 23:45
- Saturday 11:45 - 23:45
- Sunday 11:45 - 23:30
Brothers Gino and Leo Zambito, whose Gino and Franco restaurant once stood in the exact same location as their newly established venture, Four to Eight, are longtime residents of London’s Covent Garden and passionate about sharing their Sicilian heritage to locals through their exquisite Italian cuisine. Run by a team of talented native Italian chefs, the Zambito brothers’ objectives are masterfully executed. Guests can experience this delicious cuisine in Four to Eight’s beautifully decorated interior, complete with modern industrial touches and exposed brick walls.
One of the best ways to get a feel for what London’s Four to Eight is all about it is to indulge in their eight-course tasting menu, which changes with the seasons for the optimal dining experience. Still, if you’d rather keep it simple, the a la carte menu is also a great option – choose from small plates like beetroot pannacotta, BBQ octopus, grilled black fig and slow-poached egg with aged Parma ham and gorgonzola, or mains like roast veal chop and whole spatchcock baby chicken. Four to Eight on Covent Garden’s Catherine Street also offers an extensive pre-theatre menu, so make sure to book ahead and dine before heading to nearby Adelphi Theatre or Aldwych Theatre to catch a show.
All in all a very pleasant experience, location, ambience, greeting, staff, service, menu and the meal itself were all that one could wish for. The booking process itself made the whole excersise so easy.
Great service and great food. I'm a vegan and was given several options for both main course and dessert, which is always nice and doesn't happen often. The restaurant was very handy for the several theatres (Aldwych, Novello), so perfect location and they are tuned to the times of their local plays/musicals.
I've reviewed this before so I won't go into too much detail. Great Italian restaurant near Covent Garden, best carbonara, I will return again and again!
Freshly cooked and superb food, lovely atmosphere and great customer service. Nice and close to theatres and bus stops. Recommend for preparing or post theatre meal.
We had a great meal at Four to Eight - just a few little glitches they need to iron out. The food was delicious and imaginative so I would definitely visit here again. The service started off well, with a warm welcome and attentive, helpful waitress. Unfortunately she vanished halfway through our meal to serve a large party who arrived to eat downstairs. The waiter who was meant to cover our table missed us - this was eventually resolved and luckily we weren't in a hurry. The table arrangements are also not great, we were seated by the window and the neighbouring table had to get up if we needed to leave our seats, everyone is too tightly packed in upstairs. The presentation of some courses needs a little more thought too - my lasagne tasted good but didn't look beautiful and the narrow deep bowl is rather awkward to eat from as the pasta needs to be cut. Also the pistachio bread and butter pudding is again delicious and probably a pretty green colour but in the dim light it looked like greyish mush. These are small niggles though - it was really a very enjoyable evening.
Lovely food but the service was lacking, partly I think because they were busy and also a lack of training on the part of the staff. They didn't bring out one of our extras and still didn't bring it out when we enquiried about this. I am vegetarian & our waitress was trying to convince me that certain items on the menu were veggie even though there was no (v) next to them whereas other items were clearly denoted as vegetarian on the menu. I don't think that some meat eaters understand that some cheeses for example are not necessarily vegetarian! At the end of the day if a dish was veggie it would have had a (v) next to it as other dishes did. Also the choice for veggies wasn't great and I was initially told that I couldn't have the veggie main dish off the set menu but I didn't like the veggie main dish in the main menu. They did concede this point in the end though. Also the set menu had no veggie option as a starter That saidi I would still go back since the food was very tasty and I liked the restaurant itself. I will probably just check their menu before I book next to ensure there is something on the menu I like / can eat.
Looking forward to a nice meal, the adventure started the night before when we were contacted to reconfirm our booking. We were then told that we only had the table until 10pm (our booking was for 8.15). This was never mentioned on the confirmation when we made the booking. So we were surprised to be told this the night before we were due to go for our meal. So if you are booking please double check to see how long you have the table for? When we arrived we were shown to our table and ordered our drinks. Our waitress for the evening was very good and attentive. We order our meals and continued with our evening. The starters were both fantastic, this boded well for the main course. For the main I ordered the Cote de Beef steak at £30. Unfortunately when the steak arrived it was very tough and filled with sinew. It was inedible, our waitress noticed I was having difficulty cutting the meat with my steak knife so she brought over the manager to see the issue. The manager was very apologetic and promptly ordered another one for me. Unfortunately the second one was just as bad so I gave it up as a bad job. Again the manager apologised and arranged for this to be taken off the bill. My wife's main course again as the starters was fantastic. The puddings carried on in the same vain as well. It is a shame that the most expensive steak on the menu was substandard. (I have to say that a group of younger diners on the table next to us had the same steak as me, although they did not complain but you could see that they had left it on there plates, one of them actually ended up eating his partners pasta dish) Unfortunately this overshadowed the evening, I was still hungry when I left. It is a shame because the rest off the food was perfect. Just one last note, there were a lot of spare tables around so I don't know why we were told that our table was only ours until 10pm????
Not busy when I went for lunch on a Monday but it's one of those restaurants which has its own confident atmosphere, so there was no feeling that we were rattling around in a failing eaterie. Very chilled, super friendly staff, excellent food and an interesting wine list at reasonable prices. I started with a fabulous salmon dish (portion could have been bigger) and mustard chicken breast which was amazing. Very nice side dishes - we had mash, fries and kale, which were all beautifully presented and cooked. Too full for puds but they looked very enticing. My friend and I hunkered down for four hours and were rewarded with a couple of ice cold limoncellos on the house. As we left it was getting dark and they were putting tea lights on the table. I was sorry to leave and I will definitely go back!
Quality Italian cuisine. Lovely atmosphere with lighting now down to a warm level and candle light at the table. Friendly smiley staff. Close to theatre land but so much better than most close to the theatres. Had the daily pasta special and have not had such perfect pasta since we were last in Italy. Next visit we will be back to Four to Eight.
A modern Italian - no Chianti flasks and cheesy mandolin music here. So if your tastes run along the lines of stuffed mushrooms and spaghetti "Bolognese" then you could be disappointed. However, if you like a little adventure, skillful use of ingredients and an interesting, reasonably priced (for London) wine-list, you could do far worse than pay Four to Eight a visit.
Four to Eight is a really lovely place to eat whether in the evening or lunch time. I happened upon it in an internet search and it was right next to the theatre we were going to so it was convenient and turned out to be delightful. We are going back to the restaurant - different theatre this time!
The menu doesn't offer much in the way of classical Italian cooking - at least, not the sort of dishes generally found in Italy, except perhaps in some smarter parts of Milano. That said, I had a very good plate of roast duck - tender, not at all overcooked, and generous. More international/fusion than Italian (in my view), but very enjoyable all the same. The wine list is reasonable, and I found a very nice Aglianico - authentic and good value. Desserts are good. I would certainly go back. Now if the chef could be persuaded to cook a saltimbocca with the same skill as s/he cooks the duck....
Pleasant environment, good service and excellent food. We all enjoyed the Four to Eight experience in the heart of Covent Garden. Very good wine list - we chose a magnificent Italian white. Thanks, Four to Eight.
The corner table we requested had been reserved, and we enjoyed an excellent meal from the varied choices on the imaginative menu. The food was perfectly prepared and attractively served; my guest was particularly impressed by the duck as his main course. The service of was friendly but unobtrusive, and our waitress (who unlike many of her kind politely waited for a break in our conversation before asking for our orders) was able to describe exactly how the duck was cooked. Very impressive and reasonably priced. I will be back.
After a "Thriller" performance as night show, we made reservation for a late diner moment at Four to Eight. At 10 pm on a Sunday night its was rather quiet. However, the welcome was warm. he had delicious pasta and good Italian wine. The desert was the finishing touch. We love to come back!
Very quiet when we went in (it was 17:00 on a Monday though). Made to feel very welcome and not uncomfortable despite it being so quiet, staff very friendly and helpful. Food was excellent, very interesting menu that lived up to expectations. We ate from the main menu (as we had a discount voucher) but the theatre menu is essentially just a cut down version of the main menu and looks excellent value. A short walk to many theatres so a great location if you're heading that way.
This was my second visit to Four to Eight, both times I had pasta and both times it has been outstanding. The staff were knowledgeable and helpful. Great authentic Italian pasta washed down with some really good prosecco, I highly recommend it!
We arrived at 5pm before going on to a play. Service was prompt, attentive and friendly throughout even as the restaurant progressively became busier. The menu isn't the longest but we thought what they did, they did very well indeed. The chicken liver brulee was subtle and delicate, the pasta cooked perfectly and calves liver, while looking like a chunky bit of meat, was deliciously tender. The vegetables ordered as sides were cooked perfectly. The bread was warm and tasty and to round off the meal the artisan cheeses were excellent. We very much enjoyed the meal and the restaurant.
One of the best meals I had on my visit to London. I had passed by the restaurant earlier in the week and was hoping they would have a table available but they didn't so I thanked them and left. Just after the door closed the owner came out and gave me his card and that was the tipping point. I was so pleased that he did that it was easy to make reservations and have a delightful meal before the theatre.
Every bit as good as we had hoped, perfect for pre theatre dinner. We had intended to have the pre dinner menu, but were seduced by the daily specials. The food was excellent, only one small thing, down to personal preference I would have preferred a little more kick to the beetroot starter. Great attentive but not overbearing service meant we got apperitifs, three courses and coffee in an hour and a quarter. will recommend to friends and return again ourselves
We all enjoyed our dinner at Four to Eight. The food was delicious, different, beautifully presented and at a very reasonable price. Service was efficient, friendly but unobtrusive. We will definitely go there next time we are in London.
This was a last minute reservation for us but glad we made it. Was really impressed with all the staff that we interacted with, they were all so friendly but not that uncomfortable in your face service you can sometimes get. The food was remarkable, couldn't find a single thing wrong with it. The restaurant itself was lovely and a little qwerky, will definitely be back and would recommend going here to everyone!
It was the first time I'd been to this restaurant. It has a fairly short but very interesting menu. Not your typical Italian. The food was excellent - very tasty. I can recommend the octopus and fish of the day. We were a group of four and wanted sociable evening. We weren't rushed at all. The service was excellent and the restaurant itself is very stylish. I will definitely be going back.
Four to Eight provided an interestingly different menu. The dishes were well cooked and expertly presented, and the staff couldn't have been more pleasant. A little over-priced perhaps, but this is London, and the restaurant is very conveniently situated for London theatres etc.
Love this place. Every time we go, we are disappointed that its been so long since the last visit. Warm, friendly service, lovely contemporary dining room, great location and the food! Interesting menu with lots to please vegetarians as well as meat lovers. Their pre/post theatre menu is fab value too. Fantastic wine list and the some of the best cocktails around. Give it a go, you won't be disappointed.
Wonderful fresh, beautifully prepared and presented food. We ate from the pre-theatre menu. The stracciatella salad starter was delicious as was my salmon main course, and companion's gnocchi and then pineapple-based dessert. The house red wine was excellent value. Particular compliments on the coffee - best I've tasted outside Italy! Very pleasant stripped-back, immaculately clean environment, quick and "non-invasive" service and blessedly restrained background noise. Will be back!
The start wasn't good. Despite a confirming email and a telephone call from the restaurant, when we arrived there seemed to be no sign of our reservation. The manager was called and the problem resolved. After that we had a great time. The food was delicious and beautifully presented and the service friendly and pleasant. We weren't rushed but had plenty of time for three courses and coffee before we left to go to the theatre. I will eat here again.
Four of us went after the theatre on a Saturday night. It was quite busy upstairs, but quieter downstairs. The staff were friendly and on the whole the food was good, although my husband was expecting his liver to be thinly sliced when it was two chunky pieces. Wine sold by the glass (150ml) or carafe (500ml) or bottle, with a good choice. I wish more places had a carafe option. Overall a good experience and we would definitely go again.
this venue made our family lunch very memorable.Excellent cooking and menu.two bottle of of wine were enjoyed despite some still on the January detox.both sons had a daily special which they rated highly and the vegetarian was more than happy with her choices.we had travelled from Kent,Brussels and Manchester and the lunch was more than a great success. Thankyou. ps best broccoli any one had ever tasted.!
Great food pretty much all right, but for a bland tasting sauce to accompany the soft-shell crab (which was exquisite. The service was below par unfortunately. The waitress seemed incredibly disinterested in her job, shrugged her shoulders when the point of the bland sauce was raised, and couldn't even serve a meal with a smile. I don't like highlighting negatives, so I will leave on a positive. The main courses were arguably the best Italian courses I have had in London, and would recommend to anyone. Improve on the points highlighted, and you're onto a winner
booked to see Mamma Mia at the Novello Theatre which is directly opposite the restaurant. Decided to have a pre show meal with 4 family members and decided on Four to eight due to it's very convenient location. The choice could not have been better. We had a most enjoyable meal in great surroundings. A really good start to a very enjoyable evening.
Lovely restaurant next door to The Duchess Theatre, opposite The Apollo and just around the corner to The Lyceum, such a great location. I had the crispy pigs head to start followed by crab linguine and then a selection of cheeses, everything was very tasty and served by friendly and helpful staff. I would thoroughly recommend this restaurant and will definitely be returning.
The menu is limited but the food was lovely, very tasty and well presented. Unfortunately the service was dreadful despite the restaurant not being very busy. We were shown to our table and seated straight away but it took almost 20mins for anyone to even take a drinks order and then they expected to leave us longer before we placed our food order! Courses were served promptly but when we had finished our mains we had a further 20-30min wait before being shown the desert menu which wasn't worth the wait. The wait we experienced occurred even despite asking for assistance, our waitress despite being polite did a very good job of avoiding eye contact and ignoring our avid attempts to get her attention.
I highly recommend Four to Eight. We enjoyed top quality food and drink backed up with excellent service. All 8 of us, including my teenage girls, had a great time.
Smart decor, very good service from staff who know the menu and come across as helpful and cheerful, terrific menu and gorgeous food - the stone bass with buttery sauce and salsify was amazing and it has the variety of a pasta and a fish dish of the day. My friend's lamb fillet was very tasty and tender too.
We had very delicious, good quality food with nice portion sizes. The service was fairly good; a little slow on the drinks but everything else was quick and the servers were attentive. The atmosphere is really nice and modern, too. We sat downstairs where it was quiet and a bit more spacious. Fantastic experience and I would recommend.
A lovely restaurant with tasty and beautifully presented food at a very reasonable price . I would highly recommend Four to Eight - I will definitely be returning
Service a bit slow to start and they forgot a few things but this improved as evening went on . The good was great two of us had the tasting menu and when we commented we didn't like one of the courses they replaced with another of our choice which was good if them . Overall a lively restaurant with great food and staff lovely
Fantastic authentic Italian food. We had the carbonara, which is not creamy but nice and cheesy. Staff were attentive and very nice. I was also very impressed with the new lunch menu, which makes dining there a little more affordable, which means I will be able to go back more often, happy days!
The food was beautiful, the staff were absolutely lovely and everything about the experience was great. We went 7 of us for a quick lunch break that lasted two hours because we forgot we were on lunch and the time went so fast! Food 10/10 Staff 10/10 Price SO affordable ... Recommend!
Have visited this delightful restaurant a few occasions now and on every visit the food has been wonderful and beautifully presented. When you combine this with the excellent service you receive I can thoroughly recommend a visit. They also do a pre-theatre menu which makes the whole visit even better value.
Simple yet lovely restaurant. Conveniently located for some of the theatres closer to Covent Garden area. Food was lovely and waitresses were attentive. Particularly enjoyed the Burrata...Clam pasta and cheesecake. Had a good range of wine selection from across the globe with a wide enough budget range. Will be back.
Great service from our waitress. There was no pressure to hurry our meal unlike some other restaurants. We were there for almost 3 hours enjoying 4 courses and some drinks. Food was very tasty and obviously freshly prepared and cooked. Good value too. We will be back, and soon!
As always, a very warm welcome. Our guests were hugely impressed with the food and atmosphere; we treated ourselves to a wonderfully fresh white wine (the list is varied and interesting) to match the octopus starter. The lamb neck was beautifully tender and succulent. We will all be returning!
We went for a pre - theatre lunch. It's definitely either booking in advance as the place gets very busy. Service and food were outstanding. They even cook off the menu for children (within reason), although with their mixture of pasta and steaks you don't need any extras.
Nice well placed restaurant in the heart of theatre land. Reasonable prices (mid- range to be fair). Staff very helpful, friendly & very knowledgeable about what they are serving. We went on a Sunday night, so quite quiet. I can imagine that this restaurant will get busy at peak times as the food & wine were excellent.
The food is very good, particularly for those who like light portions. Everything was tasty and imaginative and cooked by a very good chef. We would have rated 5, but we did have to wait a rather long time for our main course. Great coffee and a nice biscotti (chocolate) offered with it. All in all a nice experience and not too noisy which is a treat in a London restaurant.
I chose this place after googling for Italian restaurants near to the Novello Theatre. The food was good, but a little over-priced. The temperature in the restaurant was cold and was made even worse by staff opening the door to a chilled storage room every 5 minutes. We were also the only customers there and it was lunchtime in the Christmas holidays so there was no atmosphere at all - other restaurants in the area were packed. Unfortunately I wouldn't go back there again as there seemed to be better alternatives very close by.
Visited this restaurant again for a pre-theatre dinner. Once again the service was attentive but not intrusive. More importantly the food was beautifully prepared. this is definitely a cut above other restaurants in the area and worth paying a little extra to have your food freshly prepared.
I have often been to Four to Eight and every time I have enjoyed the food and atmosphere. The staff have always been friendly and enhanced the visit.