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The last real indipendent family Italian restaurant left over in London .Italian staff , with Italian owner Mimmo with his daughter Paula and real Italian food .we will welcome all of you ; gluten free, vegetarian, vegan all your family , friends and your dogs. Ciaooo Ciaooo
PRICE RANGE
£15 - £50
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, After-hours
CUISINES
Italian, Pizza, Neapolitan, Campania, Sicilian, Southern-Italian
FEATURES
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Drive Thru, Dog Friendly, Family style
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

How disappointing! My partner and I booked a table for Valentine's day hoping to have a nice neapolitan pizza. On our arrival, after being sat, a waiter informed us that there was no pizza for the day, because apparently their pizza chef was off. Now,...how on earth, on a place famous for its pizza there is no pizza chef on Valentine's day? Even though it seems an excuse, more likely the guy was left at home because of the delivery riders strike and the lack of bookings, why they did not informed us that they were not serving pizzas? They had my WhatsApp number, and were very quick on sending me their bank details to pay the £30 per person to reserve the table. Perhaps they were hoping that we ordered something else, but they suggested to have a focaccia, which was left on the oven bench at the entrance, and must have been done yesterday as they did not have the pizza chef today. Another point for me to don't go there again is the dirtiness, the menus were filthy, stained of oil and with pieces of what seemed mince meat or bolognese sauce. The red flag should have been that all the restaurant in the area were full and there was totally empty! Oh and being Valentine's day we ended up going back home and having a kebab. Once was a great restaurant, now is a joke!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 26 June 2023

I’ve been 3x to this restaurant now, and every time the service is as bad. On most recent visit, went inside, asked for a table (after being ignored by maitre’d for 5 minutes) and was told to wait. Several waiters passed me, the maitre’d maintained...her position by the till, but no table was ever given. We gave up after a further 10 minutes and left. On the previous 2 visits we did manage to get a table, but the service was incredibly slow. The waiters seem trained in the art of attending to one table and then quickly rushing indoors without passing a glance to other tables who may need help. Maybe they are understaffed, but being aware of the restaurant space and customers is the first rule of serving tables. On my first visit, I complained about the service to the owner who happened to be there. He was very brief with us - I would go as far to say rude. He said restaurant was very busy and we’d just have to wait for our main courses. Our starters had been cleaned away over 20 minutes previously. He later came over and apologised which is why I gave the restaurant a second go. Second visit, we sat outside again. Same very slow, very inattentive service. The bill took so long to come, I was considering just walking off. So why come back a third time after such bad service? Well, if you do manage to eat, the food is actually really good. Well cooked, traditional Italian style and really good pizzas too. I won’t be back a fourth time. I’ve given this restaurant every chance (and my visits are over a 2 year period so they have had plenty of time to sort their service out). And if the owner is happening to read this, just imagine how much business/money you are losing through your poor waiting staff? I have no doubt many, many other people simply leave after waiting to get a table and being ignored.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 12 April 2023 via mobile

The food was excellent and a good selection of wines , of which we tried a few😃 It was a birthday celebration and so all started with a cocktail to start the evening with a bang. Staff were friendly and looked after us really well...and although the restaurant was busy we certainly did not feel neglected. All enjoyed the evening thoroughly and will certainly be visiting again.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 17 March 2023 via mobile

Great service and hospitality from Muhammed. Exceptional service! Everybody is nice and understands what you nice but Muhammad was top class!

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 25 January 2023 via mobile

Recently dined here on a Saturday night. Felt they tried to put as many tables in as possible as hardly much space between tables. Food was okay but meals not served at the same time and sides appeared late. Not sure if they were short...staff but service sadly let them down this evening.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 11 October 2022

Had to return here again after visiting previously. The food is still as delicious as I remember. The portions are generous and the food is full of flavour.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 8 October 2022 via mobile

We got there by chance, we were a bit hungry and we saw rhe restaurant just across the road. We approached the restaurant, one of the nicests decisions. The owner is supernice and charming, the staff is really attentive and superquick and the most important...thing, the food is veery good, I lived 2 years in Italy and this is one of the best restaurants I have ever been. I will gladly go again to check if it can be the best!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 4 October 2022 via mobile

Returned here with 3 friends after previous visits. We shared 2 pizzas to start which were beautifully cooked from the wood oven I then decided to try a special of the day- paccherri pasta with prawns and pistachio. What a delicious dish. Generous portion and...well presented.My friends had sea bass with zucchini crust, orrechietti a la sofia and spaghetti with clams. Everyone was satisfied and impressed with their dishes Service was very friendly and attentive Overall fantastic food, lovely ambiance and good serviceMore

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 15 September 2022

We got served uncooked fish at the restaurant. We were assured by the manager that it was cooked, when infact another waiter honestly revealed to us that the fish was indeed not cooking properly. Extremely disappointed to have received such terrible service and bad hygiene...for restaurant standards.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 15 July 2022

The food was absolutely brilliant. My friend and I shared a few starters, a pasta dish and a pizza. The staff were extremely accommodating and you could tell they were working very hard, considering staff shortages in restaurants in London at the moment. I will...100% be returning here. Best food I have had in a while!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 10 July 2022 via mobile

After being asked to move tables to accommodate other diners (which we did without fuss), we were routinely ignored. I had to get up to get the attention of staff to get menus but nobody came to take orders. When eventually they did, our drinks...didn’t arrive. Again, I asked-was told “in a minute”. Still they didn’t arrive. I got up to ask again. I appreciate they were busy but we were literally ignored for over 20 minutes, at which point we decided to leave as we just couldn’t see we would ever be served.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 8 July 2022

My friend and I were seated, then asked to move to make way to another party. We were sat near the door which was clearly a blind spot. We had to ask the server to come and take our order. When we saw the original...table we were sat at had been served their food before our drinks even arrived, and this was after we asked the server to bring us our drinks about 20 mins since we had been seated, we actually just left the restaurant. The only upside was as we were leaving, our food arrived which was now their problem. By the way the 12.5% service charge they add to the bill is discretionary, meaning you don't have to pay it if you don't believe the service was worth it. Avoid, avoid avoid!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 12 June 2022

After a very long day of travelling and then walking around Hampstead Heath, we came here for our evening meal. Straight away we were surprised by how friendly and accommodating all the staff were despite the fact that they were clearly very busy. The food...that followed was delicious. These are the sorts of experiences that can make or break a day. This time, we had a great day!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 29 May 2022 via mobile

Brilliant service, huge menu choice, lovely food and perfect setting. All at a good price! Very happy we chose this restaurant and will hopefully return.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Mimmo R, Owner at Mimmo La Bufala, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2022

Thank you very much 👋🤗👋🧡

Reviewed 20 March 2022 via mobile

Me and my girlfriend came for a nice night out and that’s what we got. The vibe was immaculate and our waitress Loredana was absolutely lovely. The two pizzas we got were perfect and we enjoyed them thoroughly. 10/10 would recommend to anyone who wants...a good date night.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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LynneJ959
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Response from Kelstar1972 | Reviewed this property |
I don’t eat gluten !! I have fish and broccoli. Salads !! Lots to eat
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Response from MimmoR645 | Property representative |
Yes we can do it outside . In case you would like to organise, please contact mr Mimmo 07917323727. Regards
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Response from MimmoR645 | Property representative |
We have ; tuna, sword fish , sea bas, tiger prawns, calamari, scallops , white bait , clams, plus in the weekend some specials of other fishes , maybe John Dory, red snapper, Dover sole .
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Mimmo La Bufala is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4