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4.7 /6 Excellent 72 Reviews

Maverick

St. James Italian, Pizzeria ££ +100
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About Maverick

Pizza and cocktails. With this simple recipe for success and happiness, there’s hope yet for London diners in search of an answer to the perennial question of where to tuck into a few good slices and a long, tall drink. Mavericks are, may we say, mavericks among London’s pizzeria, offering a pared-down solution to the problem in the form of a pizza (and sides) menu whose restraint is inversely proportional to its quality, and a similarly no-fuss selection of fantastic signature cocktails, all for very restrained prices. Found down Buckingham Palace Road in St James, we dub Mavericks the king of pizza.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 11:00 - 23:00
Maverick, 14-16 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W 0QP London

Further Information

When you step into Mavericks’ Buckingham Palace Road premises in St James, you’ll notice that they offer a menu card, doubling as an order form, whose sole function is to connect you to seven kinds of pizzas and a handful of sides. Tick the box or boxes that best apply: marinara, margherita, diavola, Parma, bianca, Genovese, or filetto. Add a short note if you wish, to the effect of extra rocket, please or you guys rule the pizza world in London. Tick again if you’d like mixed olives, side salad, buffalo mozzarella and tomato, or spicy meatballs to accompany your superlative and no-nonsense Italian pizza, call your waitron and clockwatch until the wood-fired pizza oven has done its job.

Hey presto, Mavericks delivers! (And they do delivery, too). The other offering at this black and white, pizza and cocktail joint down Buckingham Palace Road in St James is a mouthwatering but equally matter-of-fact cocktail list. Fish in your pockets for a mere eight pounds, and put your mark against either The Maverick, the Mango & Carrot Margaritta, Thee Mojito, Disaronno & Elderflower, Breakfast Sex, or the Bonne Maman Baby and flag that server once more. There’s something incredibly attractive about a pizzeria and cocktail bar that makes no fuss about anything (least of all its image) except for serving up London with the epitome of two things: pizza and drink. These self-effacing renegades deserve all the bookings they get.

CHEF'S CHOICE

72 Reviews

4.7 /6 Excellent 72 Reviews
Quality/Price: great value
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: entertaining
Service: friendly
Waiting Time: short
Noise: quiet
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1 review so far 6
22.02.2017 11:05

All the staff are really friendly and just had a really fun and enjoyable experience!! Also the pizza tastes and looks so good!!! I want to go back!! Would really recommend!!!

1 review so far 6
24.01.2017 19:55

Friendly staff, quick service, and attentive. Great pizza with a good selection of toppings. The lunch deal for a pizza and drink is good too. I will definitely be going back.

1 review so far 6
21.01.2017 15:07

The food was lovely and the cocktails delicious! This restaurant has a wonderful atmosphere, is bright and clean, and is quiet enough so that you can have a good chat.

1 review so far 6
20.01.2017 07:33

Superb food and drink, great value and great staff, so helpful. Would definitely go again, best pizza in town! So fresh and tasty! Love it!

1 review so far 6
17.11.2016 00:47

The food and drinks were delicious and the price was great. We were able to take our time to enjoy each others company without being rushed to finish up. A great restaurant with great service! Thanks Maverick for a lovely evening:-)

1 review so far 4
02.12.2016 06:21

The food was good - even though the menu wasn't big the fact you could pick and choose snd even create half and half pizzas was really good. The down side is that the service was not brilliant. Our pizzas arrived during our starters, our drinks way after our pizzas and we had to ask several times for the water for the table. The venue was nice, and I would have rated it much higher had the service issues not have been there. Pizzas were a good price but the drinks (cocktails) were far too expensive!

1 review so far 4
20.01.2016 09:39

The staff were friendly, but a little slow in taking our initial drinks orders and forgot to put my remainder pizza in a box to take away (they had to cook up a new one). The food came fast which was good and they allowed my friend to try the red wines, albeit this was because they only had 2 of the 4 available. All in all, I would go again, but due to the limited menu options it won't become a favourite for food just the cocktails and their happy hour (and the 90s music!).

1 review so far 6
24.12.2016 02:23

Maverick was close, but they call me in the morning to let me know. Instead I been to Homeslice Pizvza in Covent Garden. …OMG, what amazing food they have!!!

2 reviews so far 6
02.03.2016 08:50

I went to Maverick for the first time last night. Simple menu, well priced food and wine, friendly staff. Delicious wine and olives and pizza - thoroughly recommend

1 review so far 4
19.02.2016 09:29

Pizzas are a good size and quality, although the number of options is pretty small. Service was mixed - had to ask for table water initially and asked for a refill but it never came. Good friendly banter from the waitresses. Pizzas came out quickly. Garlic pizza for a starter is huge and tasty, and the meatballs were good too (share between a max of two people). Cocktails were great - interesting variety and great deals (2-4-1 before 7pm and £12 pizza and cocktail).

1 review so far 6
28.03.2016 23:52

Very Good Service. Small but great choice of dishes and an extremely fast service. I would highly recommend Maverick to anyone who fancies a nice meal out.

1 review so far 6
16.01.2016 19:40

The pizza rocked, the cocktails were killer, and the staff aced it. We were there for about 2 hous longer than planned. Maverick is a total gem.

4 reviews so far 6
29.04.2016 10:33

Fantastic little restaurant - a hidden gem. It's a little out of the way and the décor is not impressive but the food is fantastic! They serve some of the best pizzas I've ever had. And to top it all off, the meal was very reasonably priced, quite cheap for London actually.

1 review so far 4
26.01.2016 08:58

Very good value, good pizza - much better than high street pizza chains, but not enamoured with the crust which I felt was quite thick and dry. On the other hand, I had a pizza bianca, which isn't almost my best favourite. Good atmosphere, friendly, swift service and a real fired pompeii oven on display. The temporary roadwords opposite probably tainted my experience, I'm sure it would have scored 5 without them!

1 review so far 5
17.02.2016 09:07

Limited menu but they offered good deals so we decided on pizza and an alcohol cocktail £12 from the very friendly waitresses. The pizza was large,warm and fresh and delicious,the cocktail was freshly made and also very good. We then had two pots of tea total bill £52 excellent for London prices would definitely recommend.

1 review so far 6
21.09.2016 09:26

Amazing pizzas and cocktails, especially when the are two for one during happy hour (cocktails)! Great service, our table was ready and waiting for us when we arrived, we also had a taste card which was an added bonus.

1 review so far 6
28.10.2015 08:07

The ingredients are fresh and the base is really soft...really authentic Italian pizza with a very good selection of beers. Best pizza in the Victoria area, for sure, and definitely one of the best in London

1 review so far 3
20.02.2017 08:33

I made a group booking for cocktails only. One of our group is a non drinker and was looking forward to a mocktail, I think this is something you should offer as not everyone drinks alcohol. The service was not the best either as it took a long time for them to take our order and the range of cocktails was very poor. Overall as a group we were not impressed.

1 review so far 5
24.03.2016 06:51

Great pizza, slightly disappointed in the cocktails as they were a bit watery...... But service was great and the atmosphere was fun but not too crazy that I couldn't hear the person sitting opposite me! I had a great time. Thanks!

1 review so far 6
01.03.2016 08:18

Very friendly staff, the food is lovely and fresh and the menu minimal so it doesn't take ages to read through a whole list of dishes - making choices much easier. Good atmosphere too.

1 review so far 6
09.07.2016 07:57

Although the menu was small, the pizzas were delicious and there was plenty of it! The service was discreet, professional and very friendly. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for everyone!

1 review so far 6
18.07.2016 10:50

The service was as good as always, and happily they were able to accommodate two extra people with no fuss/ The pizzas were just delicious! Thank you - can highly recommend!

1 review so far 6
31.03.2016 07:40

Amazing service, great place, great food, and even received shots on the house! I would highly recommend it, and I will personally be going back for another meal or birthday.

1 review so far 5
12.12.2016 09:48

£12 Pizza and cocktails - bargain! Came in for a Friday night with friends - good atmosphere and convenient location. Staff were friendly and the pizzas and cocktails tasty and great value - Thanks :)

1 review so far 5
15.12.2015 09:31

Great vibe and friendly staff and the food was excellent too. Really close to Victoria too so if ever stuck form somewhere to go within ease of travel, it's a great, relaxed, place to chill

1 review so far 6
30.04.2016 09:56

Great food and atmosphere. The stone baked pizzas were delicious, as were the accompanying cocktails! Excellent value for money with a pizza and cocktail only coming in at £12!

1 review so far 6
22.11.2016 11:06

Pizza was delicious, and the atmosphere was great. We got there in time for happy hour which meant great deals. Loved the cocktails. This was the perfect pre-theatre treat

1 review so far 6
26.01.2016 08:54

Great pizza. I could eat 3. Well, maybe 2. Nice beers too and very attentive staff. We went at lunch time, think it gets quite fun in the evening.

1 review so far 6
09.04.2016 12:10

A real gem in Southgate. First rate ingredients beautifully cooked and matched by a great wine list. The staff are most welcoming and the restaurant has a lovely atmosphere.

1 review so far 4
07.09.2016 17:57

Food arrived at different times, which is ok, but one person ordered a salad and had to wait about 15 mins longer than everyone else. Food was good but the restaurant was very hot - could do with some air con or fans.

1 review so far 6
24.05.2016 09:54

Very welcoming and made sure that all our needs were seen too. The staff were very friendly and the food was really nice, would go again and recommend!

1 review so far 6
29.10.2015 09:13

GREAT PLACE, perfect meal from start to finish, more then reasonable pricing, highly recommended! 5*-for food, best pizza in Central London! 5* for drinks 5*for staff & ambiance

1 review so far 6
19.03.2016 08:29

Great pizza, cool modern decor and friendly staff. My friend and I walked by it for months ... glad we finally went for lunch. Would totally go back!

2 reviews so far 6
18.03.2016 04:49

I love this place. The food is always great, wine delicious and bill reasonable. The olives were tasty, and I had the Parma pizza. Brilliant night out!

1 review so far 6
16.03.2016 08:38

Great affordable food. Service is a bit average but really good pizza - both for main and the choc spread pizza pudding. Also enjoyed the cocktails: )

1 review so far 6
25.09.2016 13:25

Great service, great food and lovely cocktails. Perfect for a pre theatre dinner and great deals on the menu and cocktail menu. Will defo be going back

1 review so far 6
07.02.2016 16:39

great food and cocktails. The waitress was really lovely. It had a laid back atmosphere and was quite rustic decoration. Overall - definitely return and recommend

1 review so far 6
28.07.2016 08:17

Great food, lovely and nice and speedy service. Good deals with the 2 4 1 cocktails as well which were very reasonable. Would def go again.

1 review so far 5
08.05.2016 08:47

Excellent food and service. I particularly recommend one of their white pizzas (no tomatoes), the Capra - very tasty indeed. Interesting minimalist decor but this place is really about the food.

1 review so far 4
24.02.2017 09:53

The food was great, the drinks were great. The service wasn't so great. Not very attentive, it was such an effort even to pay. Would still go again though, maybe they were just having an off day :)

2 reviews so far 6
31.05.2016 23:34

Great pizza & service! Handy location for nearby theatres including St James, Victoria Palace and Apollo Victoria. Good wine list and cocktails too. Recommended highly.

1 review so far 6
18.03.2016 01:53

Fantastic pizza, good vegetarian options, cocktails, quite "basic" decor but very clean and welcoming, lovely staff, very reasonable prices - highly recommended, back soon, thanks!

1 review so far 5
21.09.2015 09:49

Love this restaurant! Simple but scrummy pizzas. A favourite in Victoria. The wine list is good and inexpensive and the cocktails are yum! Particularly great at happy hour from 5-7!

1 review so far 5
22.05.2016 02:13

Very nice food and desserts, excellent prices, imaginative cocktails. The waitresses were very helpful and fast, the space had a New York flavour to it. I would go again

6 reviews so far 5
19.12.2015 10:33

Pizzas were incredible, one of the best I had. Service was friendly but a bit slow. Would definitely recommend as great value for money and a genuinely great pizza.

1 review so far 4
02.02.2016 08:13

The food and drinks were both excellent and I would thoroughly recommend this place to anyone visiting to the area. The only reason I didn't score higher was that we were overcharged for our drinks.

4 reviews so far 5
04.09.2015 07:32

Lovely freshly made seasonal pizzas. Very reasonably priced. Didn't try cocktails so can't comment. Interior is fun and quirky - look forward to trying the 'winter' menu.

3 reviews so far 5
26.05.2016 08:04

Great home made pizza, great cocktails. Very reasonably priced. Service good and friendly. Close to Victoria station so ideal meeting place. Cocktail bar downstairs, restaurant upstairs...

2 reviews so far 5
13.12.2016 00:11

Tasty food with good value cocktails. Pizzas has great bases and it looked like a lot of effort went into the cocktails. Nice atmosphere as well.

1 review so far 5
03.11.2015 09:36

very cute place, love the look, the price is perfect super well located and delicious pizza! I highluy recommand to anyone who like pizza and cocktails