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5.2 /6 Excellent 206 Reviews


Farringdon Italian £££ +100
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About Paesan

‘A place to share simple and honest food’? Well, Paesan at Exmouth Market sure don’t let on that there is something very extraordinary about them. Serving you true Italian peasant dishes, lovingly prepared and created, and in a most inspiring place. Paesan were nominated for Restaurant & Bar Awards as well as shortlisted for menu of the year, doing it all with the simple yet magic formula of aperitivo, small plates, pasta, carne and pesce.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 22:45
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 22:45
  • Thursday 12:00 - 22:45
  • Friday 12:00 - 23:30
  • Saturday 12:00 - 23:30
  • Sunday 12:00 - 21:30
Paesan, 2 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4PX London

Further Information

Italian food was meant to be enjoyed by everyone. There’s nothing fancy about a plate of wonderful hot pasta – just culinary bliss. And for all you true lovers of authentic Italian cuisine there is Paesan, a restaurant at Exmouth Market that manage to show their true colours in the name (paesan meaning peasant in Italian). Serving you a tantalizing array of ‘simple and humble food’, Paesan will wow you with a stripped-back, truly rustic Italian experience as well as a culinary experience that’s nothing short of wonderful.

Paesan at Exmouth Market are proud to have a passion for both family and food. The menu of Paesan is inspired by people’s favourite family dishes, the history behind these meals and what they mean to them. That’s why at Paesan, you will feel that your hosts love looking at food, eating food, cooking and sharing food with friends and family – it’s an absolutely immersing atmosphere, and the exceptional design earned them a nomination for Restaurant & Bar Awards, their menu earned a shortlisting for menu of the year. About all that being simple? Well, you know…


206 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 206 Reviews
Quality/Price: cheap
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: extraordinary
Atmosphere: entertaining
Food: heavenly
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1 review so far 6
24.04.2017 21:11

We had a very relaxed Sunday lunch for a party of eight. Friendly service, the food was simply presented but distinctive and good value for the quality. Would definitely go back.

2 reviews so far 6
15.02.2017 21:48

Amazing customer service and incredible food. Happy hour 5-8 is also a bonus! I have been here countless times and highly recommend it to all my friends

4 reviews so far 6
22.11.2016 19:13

Great food and a lovely atmosphere. The staff are really friendly and quick service, exmouth market is a lovely location and this place still stands out.

2 reviews so far 6
24.10.2016 09:01

Fantastic low key authentic seasonal Italian food, in a buzzy neighbourhood setting. Great value for money. The perfect comfort food Saturday treat. We love it here. The Resturant isn't huge so always best to book ahead for weekends.

1 review so far 6
25.02.2016 08:52

Third visit to Paesan and it managed to remedy a disastrous birthday night-out from the previous evening. It's exactly what I go there for - authentic, tasty food with a casual atmosphere and friendly staff. The service is timely and yet relaxed and I always leave with buzzing tastebuds and a full belly! I love that the menu is seasonal so you get slight changes and rotations to keep it fresh. Never actually been to the late-bar downstairs but it's great that there's the two separate options. Highly recommended if you want to sample authentic regional Italian dishes :)

1 review so far 6
01.03.2016 07:24

Had an early pre-theatre dinner here on a Monday night. As usual, we were treated as if we were invited guests of the house. The service was subtle but exceptional, and the food--as always--was terrific (sea bass, vongole, risotto on this visit were all first-rate). I've eaten here half a dozen times since 2014, and at every visit I've left thinking, "Paesan is even better than I remember!" This is the place for a top-notch dining experience at a relatively affordable cost, and service aimed directly at making customers feel appreciated, first and foremost.

1 review so far 6
19.11.2014 10:08

This is the second time I've been to Paesan having initially hesitated because of the Observer review but the service has been extraordinary both times, and the food is simply excellent. I've now had the mussels, the tagliata steak and watched two different dining partners devour the papardelle ragu. Highly recommend the sicillian white (recommended by the waiter) and if you're feeling totally indulgent - a side of french fries cooked in truffle oil with a smear of dolcellate will be the best cheesy chips you've ever eaten.

1 review so far 6
07.12.2015 15:59

Paesan is a lovely restaurant. The service was great, staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Food was delicious, the menu has a lot of different dishes to choose from. The bar downstairs also has a happy hour until 8pm, where you are able to go before hand and bring your drinks up to the restaurant. The atmosphere was really relaxing, music and lighting was just right.

2 reviews so far 4
15.08.2016 22:23

I'm a big fan of Paesan, and this time again the food was great, service was good. Very veggie friendly, as long as you are happy with a lot of cheese! It's pretty loud, but that was ok. A bit of a mess up with dessert which was a shame - they apologised and took my dessert off the bill without me asking, but it took a while to explain why I wasn't happy to be eating my dessert at a different time from everyone else.

1 review so far 6
20.04.2016 09:43

First time in Paesan, really impressed by the place, and the quality of food and drinks. There is not much to choose in terms of Pasta, but the dishes were great. Couldn't say no to the happy hour! The drinks were very good and affordable. The staff were nice and friendly. Would definitely come back!

2 reviews so far 5
05.11.2014 09:01

Paesan was a great choice for my birthday celebration. The food was simple and delicious as an Italian food should always be. But the biggest highlight of the evening was after dinner when we went downstairs to the basement cocktail bar. Stav B and Alessandro hosted us amazingly well with the most delicious cocktails I have ever tried. Happiness and love all around.

2 reviews so far 6
14.06.2015 08:19

Delicious food in a relaxed atmosphere with the best service we have had in years. Everything we ate was fresh and full of flavour. Highlights included a delicately creamy burrata, smokey char-grilled artichokes and light crispy arrancini. The side order of fries was a plate of moreish carb scrumptious ness. What made our dining experience even more memorable was the service from our waitress, who was polite, courteous, attentive and efficient without ever being intrusive or making us feel we were being rushed. We will definitely be returning.

1 review so far 5
07.02.2016 07:57

Good option option for an informal business lunch. Efficient service and short menu that still manages to cover lots of Italian bases. Set menu very good value. Great selection of wines by the glass. Food was of a pretty high standard. Would have been perfect if my pappardelle had been served with the shin of beef ragu stirred through, rather than in a dense clump with the beef on top. A lighter hand needed in the serving, not the cooking. The sort of attention to detail that separates the great from the good. But this place is at the upper end of good

4 reviews so far 6
30.07.2015 09:35

Thoroughly enjoyed our evening here last night. The bar downstairs is lovely space, and the cocktails are delicious, even on the 2-4-1 offer they spend the time making them properly. The food was great, simple menu but everything cooked really well and can tell it is fresh ingredients. Friendly staff and nice decor and the ability to book is great to avoid queuing like at so menu restaurants lately - would highly recommend.

1 review so far 5
09.01.2016 10:59

The food was absolutely delicious, I was very impressed by the quality (and it was at a very reasonable price - I ordered a starter and a main and the bill came to less than £20). I loved the ambiance of the place as well. If you're waiting on a table, there's a wonderful underground bar with plenty of space and a nice selection of drinks.The service was of a very high standard - friendly and attentive. Will definitely be returning!

2 reviews so far 5
15.12.2014 09:51

Great food, good atmosphere and vibe, service could have been quicker / more attentive. Food I had - parmiggiana starter, risotto main. Very tasty, free bread was a nice touch. The serving staff were very polite, but we did feel the length of time between being seated and having our drinks and food orders taken was rather long, especially considering the restaurant was not too busy at that point. We attended here for lunch at 12:30 on Friday 12th December 2014.

19 reviews so far 6
24.09.2015 09:59

We visited Paesan on recommendation from an Italian friend and we were not disappointed. The staff were all very friendly and helpful and the food was wonderful. We will definitely be returning here.

2 reviews so far 6
19.08.2016 07:12

This was my second visit to Paesan. I returned as the quality of the food was excellent on my first visit and I was not dissaponted on my return. Highly recommend!

1 review so far 6
11.04.2016 09:37

Love the food at Paesan. I had yummy arancini followed by great orichiette. The service was just right for what we needed, and the atmosphere was great. Love this place!

1 review so far 5
30.06.2016 09:08

Paesan is excellent value for money and the food is delicious. The £10 lunch menu for 2 courses is great for either a quick work lunch or something more leasurely should you wish. Will visit again.

1 review so far 6
05.11.2014 08:34

Always have really delicious simple food here and tonight's service was extra good. Our waiter got the timing perfect and had just the right balance of making sure we had exactly what we needed without being overly present. Downstairs to Bitters & Rye for cocktails afterwards had a special really well done Hallowe'en twist. 10 out of 10!

2 reviews so far 6
21.03.2015 01:26

Very nice atmosphere and great food! We had the pasta specials as well as arrancini, Parma ham and burrata tonight - all very tasty. Also, the staff is super friendly and they have a cool cocktail bar downstairs if you fancy some more drinks after your dinner. Third time there for me and definitely not the last!

2 reviews so far 5
24.07.2016 11:31

A great meal, atmosphere and excellent service from what is one of the best Italian restaurants in the local area. If you are after a casual Italian meal Paesan is the place to go.

1 review so far 5
18.12.2014 11:21

The menu doesn't have too many options, which is always a good indication. Indeed, you can tell the food is fresh from the day, it's simple but really good and tasty. And the whole thing in a pleasant atmosphere/decor. Oh and did I mention how incredibly cheap it was ? Staff is and service is excellent, quick, efficient yet relaxed and smiley. Will definitely come back for more

1 review so far 6
20.04.2016 19:37

Great evening spent at Paesan, and great to drop on the 2 4 1 cocktails that were on at the time. Atmosphere was great along with service.

1 review so far 6
19.10.2016 10:17

Paesan is a very nice place, with good vibe. The food is pretty good as well as the wine list. Special note for the very kind staff.

2 reviews so far 5
19.05.2016 08:18

Good quality food from a small but varied menu. Decent wines from largely Italian sources. Attentive service. A lively atmosphere bordering on the noisy, owing to the extremely busy nature of the restaurant even though it was mid week. The style of decor is quite minimalist and allows sound to bounce about the room which can make it hard to hear fellow diners

1 review so far 5
14.03.2015 12:46

A great value menu is strong on wholesome and hearty dishes that are a bit different from your standard Italian restaurant fare. Perfectly cooked handmade tagliatelle with wild mushrooms. Great mussels, and fantastic fries with gorgonzola and truffle oil. Staff all very friendly and helpful. And Bitters and Rye downstairs turns out to be one of the best cocktail bars around.

1 review so far 4
29.10.2014 18:17

Delicious meal but we did have to wait nearly an hour for our food. There were 4 of us for an early lunch at 12.30 so I was a little surprised that it took so long as the restaurant wasn't full and we only ordered 4 main courses. But it was very tasty and fresh when it finally arrived. Definitely recommend the restaurant if you have time on your hands and not in a hurry.

1 review so far 6
22.05.2016 10:27

Paesan takes real pride in its dishes. Lovely food, especially the small plates, excellent service. Range of options even for gluten free and for vegetarian.

1 review so far 5
13.01.2015 07:51

Are you looking for quality or quantity? Paesan does them both extremely well. Highly recommend the burrata with aubergine caponata. Polite and fun waiting staff. A truly rustic Italian experience.

2 reviews so far 6
21.11.2015 08:43

The Food was Delicious and the service was warm and friendly. Being an old school Italian, i would have liked more meat on the menu. Though i did go for the creamy mushroom rissotto which i loved. We have been here before and will be going again.

27 reviews so far 5
01.07.2017 10:38

I've wanted to come here for years as I'd heard great things about it. Food had a good standard with some outstanding (beetroot salad w/ goats cheese) and the staff was friendly and helpful. A negative was the atmosphere, it was quite empty in a big place as we went really early (pre-6pm). Would go again.

1 review so far 5
08.08.2016 21:30

Paesan has delicious food and the prices are very reasonable. Really good happy hour drink deals on cocktails and beer. Loud restaurant, and service was pretty mediocre.

19 reviews so far 5
03.01.2016 09:35

This was our second visit to Paesan, we will definitely be returning. With great service and beautiful food this is fast becoming one of our favourite restaurants.

1 review so far 6
20.05.2015 09:49

Excellent as always. Really good service and great food. The decor is also great and gives a rustic feeling. The only negative I would say is that it's a bit loud, but that's only because we were dining at a very busy lunch time.

1 review so far 6
19.12.2014 21:09

Simply lovely food good value and lovely staff. Always feel really welcome and they are so accommodating although not a real regular. Go for the Vongole or meatballs as they are our faves. but I'm sure every dish is of the highest quaulity.

1 review so far 5
09.09.2016 09:15

Very good food, the Calabrian month was perfect, as I'm in love with N'duja. Staff was friendly, all dishes well received and in good time. One minus point for having to pay a deposit of £50 when I booked a table for 12 people. But then again, that's probably fair enough.

1 review so far 6
31.07.2015 06:53

Interesting, tasty, unpretentious authentic food with brilliant service from people who obviously liked what they were doing. Our only regret was that we had not left enough room for dessert. We will definitely be back. Just hope we can get a table.

2 reviews so far 5
27.11.2015 00:33

The food was great. Tasty, well presented, nice quality ingredients. Very good options for vegetarians. The service was also good, speedy and friendly.I'd recommend Paesan.

1 review so far 6
21.01.2016 12:11

Great, friendly service and amazing food. The antipasti sharer went down a treat and the pappardelle ragu were just perfect. We stayed for a few drinks at the bar. Excellent cocktails and a great atmosphere. 10/10 would go again, highly recommended.

1 review so far 5
31.01.2016 11:20

Food delicious. It took a long time for our food to arrive and the staff actively managed our expectations about it and gave us free bread to keep us going, as well as a free dessert and limoncello. At no point did we complain. I would definitely go back

1 review so far 5
30.09.2015 17:22

we had a lovely meal. The waiter was very friendly and helpful and the food was really good. The wait for the food was a bit slow so wouldnt recommend if you have time restrictions but its great for a relaxed dinner with friends. Great for a date night.

3 reviews so far 5
03.11.2015 09:52

The only reason it is 5 not 6 was the noise level. Food and service terrific. One very rowdy table so we had to move (which the staff sorted out efficiently). Maybe very noisy tables should occasionally be asked to turn down the volume? Overall terrific place though.

1 review so far 6
24.03.2015 08:15

Great meal. Went with 5 friends and the service was really friendly, the waiter helped us out by suggesting a load of tapas style starters and talked us through the menu. The food was excellent. I will definitely return.

2 reviews so far 6
02.10.2016 12:23

The best peach Bellini and Tiramisu I've had to date! The staff are constantly roaming and are always at your beck and call. The food is incredible and the menu changes seasonally. Will be going back again soon

1 review so far 6
21.03.2016 16:23

Lovely, low-lit, cozy restaurant. Nice menu and very flexible, helpful servers, especially with allergies! The food is delicious (seriously I hate kale and black kale is a wonder), and the drinks menu is unusual, in a good way.

1 review so far 6
09.07.2016 13:07

Great food and service and the waiter - a chap from an East Central Italian village; didn't get his name - was v helpful when one of the younger members of our group had a slight fainting episode(!).

1 review so far 4
30.03.2016 16:22

The food was great as were the cocktails during happy hour but the service was incredibly slow! We waited over 25 minutes to be asked what we wanted to drink, some drinks orders were lost as it got busier and then the waiter had the cheek to hurry us up to free up the table!

5 reviews so far 5
24.12.2015 12:22

Lovely simple but tasty Italian food. The happy hour from 5-8pm is particularly good with bottles of wine at £12 and 2 for 1 cocktails. A meal for two with wine and a cocktail each came to £50 in total. Not bad at all.