Trattoria Verdi has to be one of the most long-standing Italian restaurants in London, a mature player in the crowded Bloomsbury dining scene that has been faithfully serving regular patrons from the same premises down Southampton Row since 1964. In the beginning, Trattoria Verdi was a novelty to Camden locals – now it is one of the most popular Italian restaurants in the city, famous for its focus on Italian-style seafood and dessert. And, as if this neighbourhood Italian needed anything else to assure its authenticity and charm, guests enjoying Trattoria Verdi’s superlative dining experience are serenaded nightly by live piano music. Be sure to book ahead.
Trattoria Verdi has been humbly but capably setting the standard for casually fine Italian dining – trattoria-style – in London for nigh on 50 years. This cosy restaurant has remained a fixture in Bloomsbury and Camden down Southampton Row since then, and now boasts two private dining rooms often used by regulars who want to bring friends and family to their favourite Italian restaurant for a proper gastronomic celebration. We encourage newcomers, however, to book a table and see what this powerhouse of Italian cuisine is capable of.
Part of the attraction for those who frequently visit Trattoria Verdi is that the effortlessly authentic a la carte menu of Italian delicacies is supplemented by daily specials, meaning there is always something new to try when you step across the threshold at this veteran restaurant in London’s Bloomsbury. There’s a definite seafood bias at Trattoria Verdi, with antipasti including rustic half-shell mussels in garlic butter and Italian-style whitebait fritters, plus the chef’s special seafood salad complete with secret sauce. Maritime and riverine delights certainly dominate the selection of main courses, with sea bream, Portuguese cod, San Remo plaice, Dover sole and king gamberoni, Sicilian-style trout and halibut all on offer. Carnivores and vegetarians alike have plenty to choose from, but don’t leave without trying Trattoria Verdi’s delectable desserts: ask your perennially charming waiter to wheel out the trolley and take your pick from the homemade selection.
Yet another lovely meal. Which was served by friendly smiling staff. Always a pleasure. Will be back again next year to sample the delicious menu. Nice to hear music actually being played by a pianist instead of piped music.
Excellent and very helpful service, nothing too much trouble for a party of four ladies who had a lot to say to each other! Didn't worry about how long we took over lunch.
First visit to this restaurant and we will be back as good ambience friendly staff hot food but please a bit more veg and don't overcook the veg
nice restaurant, nice food, nice staff. We have been to this restaurant 3 times now on our visits to London. We would recommend this retaurant
Always visit Verdi when we come to London and always have their calves liver with sage - very good and don't bother eating it anywhere else. You used to get a side dish of veg and this time, came on your plate. Seemed less veg and we preferred the old way. Different piano player from our previous visits - missed the usual one. Tried dessert trolley for first time - all 4 had different ones and they were yum. I thought our bill seemed high but we were with friends so didn't get the calculator out to check......reading below I can see that 10% was added and not detailed on bill. Leaves a nasty taste in the mouth about our visit..... Verdi - please show the service and be transparent with your customers. I'd be surprised if this isn't something you should be doing anyway. If we come back next year, we will be checking the bill - we shouldn't have to......
We had never been here before but as the host, I was attracted by the longevity of the restaurant being open. All three of us had three excellent courses and portions were good. The space for each table and space between tables was very generous and the ceiling is high so the dining area was light and airy. We shared two bottles of Prosecco and had a lovely relaxed time. We shall definitely return when we are next in town.
The food was very good and the service unhurried but attentive. My companions rated highly the lobster ravioli and my duck with cherry sauce was tasty (both from the specials for the day). Good sized portions too. I will return. On a busy road, there is some traffic noise, but mainly it was fairly quiet in the restaurant and conversation was easy. We wanted a leisurely lunch, but when we wanted service it was immediate.
As usual the atmosphere, the staff, the food and the piano music were superb. I had half shell mussels to start with and grilled Dover sole for the main with delicious cream caramel as dessert rounded off with a foamy latte coffee and a "flamed up" Sambuca.. A litre of house white wine made the meal perfect. I thoroughly recommend Verdi for all that is good in Italian Trattorias.
We've been using Trattoria Verde for our group's celebration meal for a couple of years now; we keep going back because we are well treated, with good traditional Italian food from a wide-ranging menu, reasonably priced (especially for Bloomsbury) and friendly service. They deal well with allergies and food problems too, which is a huge relief. We'll be back for our next group meal.
Not a very good welcome, and offering us a table in a back corner, even though we ha booked weeks in advance and requested a window seat for a special occasion . When I explained this to staff they did allow us to wait while the people in the window seat finished their meal and left. We were then waited on by a lovely lady called Celine, who was friendly and helpful and made our night special . Well done Celine. Thank you