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4.7 /6 Excellent 34 Reviews

Trattoria Verdi Restaurant

Holborn Italian ££££ +100
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About Trattoria Verdi Restaurant

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.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 11:30 - 01:00
  • Tuesday 11:30 - 01:00
  • Wednesday 11:30 - 01:00
  • Thursday 11:30 - 01:00
  • Friday 11:30 - 01:00
  • Saturday 11:30 - 01:00
  • Sunday 11:30 - 01:00
Trattoria Verdi Restaurant, 110 Southampton Row, WC1B 4BL London

Further Information

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.

CHEF'S CHOICE

34 Reviews

4.7 /6 Excellent 34 Reviews
Food: delicious
Atmosphere: entertaining
Service: friendly
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Quality/Price: cheap
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3 reviews so far 6
03.04.2017 16:17

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.

1 review so far 6
19.02.2017 19:20

Our meal of classic Italian cuisine fully met our expectations, being well prepared and presented, seated in decorative surroundings reminicent of Napoli, with friendly attentive service and background music that enhanced our visit. We shall be returning to extend our enjoyment of the very extensive menu.

1 review so far 6
15.02.2017 05:35

Authentic Italian cuisine in an old school dining environment. Varied and extensive menus. More than just Pasta and Pizza. Will definitely visit this restaurant again.

1 review so far 6
15.01.2017 12:04

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.

1 review so far 3
10.12.2016 09:34

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......

3 reviews so far 6
03.10.2015 21:10

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.

3 reviews so far 6
11.04.2016 22:14

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.

2 reviews so far 4
05.04.2016 13:45

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

1 review so far 6
28.11.2015 13:19

The restaurant had a lovely feel with live piano music being played from 6pm. There was a good choice of fine food, which was excellent. Staff were very friendly and attentive to individual needs. An excellent choice for a meal while away on business in London. Will certainly go again when I return in January

2 reviews so far 5
14.11.2016 16:53

A lovely little Trattoria, right in the heart of tourist land. We have eaten here several times and always find the food to a very good standard, and the house wine is perfectly acceptable at a sensible price. The whole is now requiring a bit of TLC with signage and décor becoming a little worn, but the atmosphere and overall experience is still very good.

3 reviews so far 6
13.10.2016 08:57

We wanted an early, quick, pre-theatre meal and that is what we got. The set menu was good and reasonably priced and the service was prompt and friendly. In the past I have eaten more leisurely meals there and they too were enjoyable.

1 review so far 4
26.03.2017 08:27

Good service and wide choice of Italian dishes. Cod Portuguese is a favorite but the linguine with tomatoes and anchovies was delicious too. Live piano is not too intrusive and adds to the atmosphere. Note service charge IS included even though the bill says it isn't - check the maths before tipping.

1 review so far 5
24.01.2016 19:40

Myself and my friend went for the lunch time special and we were pleasantly surprised to find that the food was fresh, tasty and excellent value for money. The staff were very helpful and friendly; we will definately be going back.

3 reviews so far 5
23.02.2016 10:03

The food was again excellent, but one of the waitresses had not been or poorly trained as she tried to open our bottle if Proseco with a corkscrew without removing the foil and seal...... We will definitely return though.

3 reviews so far 6
31.10.2016 02:06

the food, atmosphere and staff are the best in London. The pianist is superb and very approachable and the soft sounding music adds a fresh dimensions to the dining experience

1 review so far 5
12.02.2017 13:15

Good service, lovely atmosphere and good food. My friend is returning with her husband for Valentines Day! I would certainly go again. Lovely steak but Pizzaiola sauce needs more garlic and olives for me.

1 review so far 6
28.02.2016 09:18

Fabulous food (too much in some ways) and wonderful staff made the evening highly enjoyable. To have a live pianist accompaniment, rounded the meal off in alovely way.

1 review so far 6
08.04.2016 07:34

Good food good service. This is the fourth time that I have been there with a group of friends. Now booked a table for twenty 16th April. Recommend

1 review so far 6
04.04.2016 11:50

Excellent, very helpful staff, wonderful experience. This restaurant has maintained its high standards which I first experienced six years ago. Will definitely return again when next in London.

1 review so far 5
16.04.2017 17:02

Lovely evening, food was very good, staff pleasant and the pianist made it a lovely atmosphere and we were given a free drink before we left which was a nice touch

1 review so far 5
15.02.2016 11:38

Could not fault anything, good food, service, company etc. We all agreed that we would definitely go back again! Also had the added bonus of a piano player in the background!

1 review so far 5
18.02.2016 07:21

A perfect start to our city break. Recommended by a friend, this restaurant has a lovely warm family run intimate environment. The food was excellent and the service was attentive.

1 review so far 6
14.09.2016 09:00

Food was delicious, staff were really friendly. Enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. Would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone. I will definitely have to return here soon

1 review so far 5
12.10.2016 10:28

The food was great in this family run restaurant with a wide selection of traditional Italian recipes. The only jarring note was the pianist who really shouldn't try to sing.

1 review so far 4
28.02.2016 15:39

Service was really friendly and the food tasty. Not incredible but pleasant dining experience. Bit expensive for what we had and the music could have been more authentic though live piano added to the experience.

1 review so far 2
24.05.2016 07:39

Place virtually empty due to FA Cup Final. After being seated waited 10 minutes then had to get up and ask for a drink. Had to ask for bread. Waitress seemed very inexperienced. The poor audio system sounded like an Italian Michael Bolton shrieking. The place used to stand out among the many Italian restaurants in the area. Sadly, it has gone the wrong way.

1 review so far 5
08.04.2016 13:30

Lovely restaurant with tasty food and fast service ☺ I had spaghetti napoli and my husband had the meatballs, and we both thoroughly enjoyed Mmm .

1 review so far 3
02.04.2017 13:37

Disapointed, previously the food and service has been excelent, last night both were poor. Unfortunately they have now discouraged from visiting again any time soon. Also akthough we had booked they didn't even take our name to mark us of the table register.

1 review so far 5
13.12.2015 07:54

Lovely food and quick service. Nice setting but be prepared to have10% service charge automatically added to your bill which we were not impressed with

3 reviews so far 2
18.06.2016 14:39

Food seemed prepared and simply heated with a sauce before being brought to the table. Laced finesse given the price. Would not go there again

1 review so far 1
05.03.2017 10:05

Terrible food! No atmosphere and overpriced poor food, Milanese deep fried ruined flavour, awful sauce on scallopina . Disappointing as birthday treat, won't be going back!

1 review so far 1
28.12.2015 07:54

Mal servicio y comida muy estándar para un precio realmente abusivo. No podemos recomendarlo, todo lo contrario. Hay más opciones en la zona mucho mejores.