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5.5 /6 Wonderful 31 Reviews

Old Amalfi

Bloomsbury Italian ££ +100
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About Old Amalfi

Named for the famously beautiful stretch of coast on southern Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula, Old Amalfi is a long-standing Italian restaurant in London’s Bloomsbury. In fact, Old Amalfi has occupied its Southampton Row premises since 1978, serving locals and curious visitors to the area’s many museums and theatres. Over the decades, tastes have changed, and while Old Amalfi is committed to the venerable traditions of Italian cuisine, the restaurant offers considered contemporary updates suited to the discerning modern palate. A real destination for London’s lovers of Italian.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 23:30
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 23:30
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 23:30
  • Thursday 12:00 - 23:30
  • Friday 12:00 - 23:30
  • Saturday 12:00 - 23:30
  • Sunday 12:00 - 23:30
Old Amalfi, 107 Southampton Row, WC1B 4HH London

Further Information

Many of Bloomsbury’s culinary aficionados know and love Old Amalfi for their great set menu lunch deals – an ideal way to idle the noon hours away after a visit to the British Museum, for instance, and a fantastic introduction to this London Italian restaurant’s take on Italian cuisine. As you’d quite rightly expect, this veteran restaurant down Southampton Row has assembled an a la carte menu that is eminently classical in structure. Antipasti include Old Amalfi’s soup of the day, pan-fried Italian sausage with red peppers, chilli and basil, Roman-style calamari, and beautiful platters of antipasto all’Italiana laden with Parma ham, Neapolitan salami, mortadella, olives, marinated courgettes and wedges of Parmesan. And that’s just to start.

Classic Italian salads segue into pasta dishes like the classic carbonara, gnocchi with a four cheese sauce, and a simple, briny bucatini alla puttanesca with olives, capers, garlic and anchovies in a tomato sauce. For the main event, we recommend the rolled and roasted (with garlic and rosemary) pork tenderloin with Pancetta and red peppers or the simple seafood salad of deep-fried salmon, sea bass, king prawns and squid. Old Amalfi take their pizza seriously (they’re well-known to Bloomsbury for their traditional, wood-fired oven and the perfect Neapolitan pies produced therein), and you can choose from all the classics, plus a list of pizze rosse and pizze bianche, with no mozzarella cheese and no tomato sauce respectively. Or, go pizza ripiene with a folded calzone del bosco: mozzarella, Neapolitan salami and mushrooms. No Italian meal would be complete without some robust Italian wine. Old Amalfi’s cellars are well-stocked, offering the house selections by the glass, half or full bottle, and a great range of well-annotated continental vintages. A favourite in central London, we advise an early booking, especially for large groups (special set menus can be arranged for such parties).


31 Reviews

5.5 /6 Wonderful 31 Reviews
Service: extraordinary
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: entertaining
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Quality/Price: cheap
Food: heavenly
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1 review so far 6
24.07.2017 10:29

We found the restaurant staff very helpful and friendly. Having already had nibbles at a reception we were not particularly hungry and so shared in which they were happy to accommodate us. The food was fresh and cooked, presented and served nicely. Overall, a restaurant with friendly helpful staff and lovely food.

1 review so far 6
24.06.2017 06:26

Just what we'd hope it would be, a lovely evening. Great food (in portion size, quality and taste) friendly staff, look forward to our next visit!

1 review so far 6
07.06.2017 09:07

Very Friendly staff, nice relaxed atmosphere, good food, the menu is varied and is great value. What more can you ask for. We will be back.

1 review so far 6
26.04.2017 08:12

I had a lovely dinner for two at the Old Amalfi - the interior design is very authentic, the service was great - there when you need them in an instant but not over bearing. The food was delicious and tasted very fresh, their specials were particularly impressive.

2 reviews so far 6
21.09.2015 06:18

SUPERB... Personally and as a company we used to frequent The Old Amalfi and the service and food quality went downhill and so 2 years ago we went elsewhere. However, memory plays funny tricks and so we decide to try again. We were not disappointed. There were 8 of us - 2 of whom are vegan and we were a bit worried about how we would fare. The restaurant was a bit short staffed; however we could not have been better treated. The reception was very warm and welcoming, We were offered the vegan options and a few adaptations, were were very happy with the results. The food arrived, all served with a smile and we very aware that the staff cared about our meals and how we were enjoying them. The quality of all the meals was exceptional... Thank you - we will be back!

2 reviews so far 5
02.04.2017 12:17

Myself and 2 others dined in Amalfi on a Friday night. It was a good experience. On arrival we were welcomed by a friendly face and shown to our table. From there on the service was good and friendly but unobtrusive which I always like! The food was good with ample portions. The prices are reasonable. The restaurant is a pleasant place. It is a little noises but that would not put me off making further visits or recommending it to friends. We were very happy with our evening there.

1 review so far 6
23.11.2015 18:53

What a Gem! I celebrated my 30th here with my 9yr old son. The food was delicious and the staff were warm, friendly and couldn't do enough for us. We had a wonderful meal and a dessert to die for. I would absolutely recommend Old Almalfi if you want great quality food and a lovely dining experience.

1 review so far 6
02.10.2016 09:32

Very good restaraunt. The food was superb and our table of 6 had a wide variety to try. The staff were attentive and friendly. The bill very reasonable for the food and wine. One issue was the external booking site failed to get a reservation to them but they were able to fit us in.

1 review so far 5
30.11.2016 11:54

Our first visit to a very good, homely Italian restaurant with great food and service and convenient location for where we were staying. Quiet when we arrived around 8 o'clock on a Saturday night but soon buzzing and some clientele seemed to be regular Italian customers which perhaps speaks volumes for the restaurant. A very good meal in relaxing surroundings. Thank you.

1 review so far 6
31.12.2016 09:51

A very nice welcome, excellent service combined with delicious food in convivial surroundings. A perfect mix. Four of us had different meals and we were all happy with our choices. Desserts were the only weak feature but we were full from our mains anyway. We will return!

1 review so far 6
04.04.2017 09:24

convenient location, staff very helpful and attentive and food was truly italian. I tried the chef's special on veal and it was perfect, very tender and just the right amount of sauce. will be back next time in london.

2 reviews so far 5
29.02.2016 10:04

Th food was excellent. it did not all come together for the party. One member was waiting for pat f her meal so the rest was getting cold. Service was a little slow. when asked for the bill, we had t wait for over10 minutes

1 review so far 6
14.02.2016 21:48

A fantastic restaurant serving great Italian food, but not at top London prices - a taste of Italy fabulously priced and fabulously tasting. Cant wait to go back next time we are in London

1 review so far 6
02.08.2016 19:40

Courteous and friendly service, very good food and nice house wine. Good location too for Euston (and no doubt Kings Cross / St Pancras). We'll be there again next time we're in London.

1 review so far 6
14.03.2017 16:54

Lovely food, staff really nice. Atmosphere welcoming and friendly would definitely eat there again . My daughter and 7 year old granddaughter were with me and the night was enjoyed by all .

1 review so far 4
19.04.2016 07:51

Visited this small Italian Restaurant whilst in London. The food was very nice and reasonably priced, however, I was quite disappointed in the service as our starter took over half an hour to arrive although there were not many patrons in at the time.

2 reviews so far 5
01.11.2016 10:51

Greta Italian find - wanted somewhere to eat after going to The British Museum, and found this little gem on Google! Great pizzas and selection of wine by the half bottle. Nice atmosphere, good service.

1 review so far 6
19.05.2016 07:19

Excellent food and friendly staff as ever. Now a regular eating place when I visit London. I would recommend it to anyone if you are around Russell Square area.

2 reviews so far 6
12.12.2015 08:00

Superb service, food and Barolo. Always a warm friendly welcome. Restaurant provides excellent value for money. Recommend the bruschetta to start, followed by the tomato and spinach chicken

1 review so far 6
08.03.2016 19:10

Really good food and great atmosphere. Enjoyable evening and good value for money would visit again and the service was also very good and really friendly.

1 review so far 6
15.06.2016 22:05

Lovely little Italian restaurant, nice and quiet for the centre of London. Good service and reasonable prices with a lunchtime set menu price of around £15.

2 reviews so far 5
12.11.2015 17:36

Excellent service - as always. Thank you Matteo and Francesco Great tasting food at value for money prices. Strongly recommend the bruschetta followed by grilled chicken in tomato sauce with spinach

1 review so far 5
22.03.2017 12:13

Lovely meal, good service - dinner for 2 with 3 courses and wine & coffee £85. Good location in Bloomsbury near a number of hotels which was convenient for us.

1 review so far 6
29.01.2017 07:58

A great find and very accessible for Theatre land. Children welcomed and a good family experience. Excellent service, food and value for money. Highly recommend.

1 review so far 6
26.09.2015 16:36

Great food and staff very attentive. Quite expensive though but worth the money. Would definitely go back if ever in that area of London again.

1 review so far 5
02.07.2016 08:24

Very nice. First visit. Good, unobtrusive service, extensive menu. The food was cooked and served hot and was very tasty. Will re visit hen in that part of London.

1 review so far 5
11.09.2016 19:18

We booked in haste and found the food was very good and the service efficient and friendly. We will be happy to go there again.

1 review so far 4
08.04.2016 17:10

Food was good, service was excellent with comfortable surroundings and prices reasonable for London. I would definitely be happy to eat there again when next i the area.

1 review so far 4
17.05.2017 08:25

Lovely food good service. Just would have preferred everyone to have finished meal before plates were cleared. One of party still chewing when plate cleared away

1 review so far 5
25.10.2015 09:19

Good food. Reasonably priced for London. Would definitely go back.