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#221 of 1,874 Italian in London
#1,246 of 15,145 Restaurants in London
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£26 - £60
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Italian, Mediterranean, European
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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This long-standing Italian restaurant with a pavement terrace has become something of a Belgravia institution. The reassuringly familiar – if rather st...
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Final night in London - visiting from Canada we wanted to have romantic Italian dinner so we booked Zafferano’s. We ordered the burrata to start it was delicious! Our mains were lobster linguine and the ravioli which was so great! I ordered a mocktail and...they went out of their way to get the ingredients at the store which was so nice. I’m giving a 3 because as we got the dessert menu it said you are automatically charged 2.20 £ for sitting down. That is just ridiculous, in Canadian dollars that’s 8$ just to have a seat at a table, I think customers should know right away when booking they are charged instantly per seat. This makes us not want to return to any restaurant that does this.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 30 November 2023

The prices are typical of this area…eye-watering. Portions are small. The best dish was vitello tonnato but almost £20 for a small starter is an outrageous price. Unfortunately, the service was equally disappointing with smarmy managers and disinterested and uncharming waiting staff. Requests for extra...cutlery were unfulfilled, indications that we were ready to order equally ignored. Coats were taken but staff were supremely that a scarf was dragging on the floor - observed but, again, ignored. No-one even bothered to say goodbye. Quite awful.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 25 November 2023

Dinner here for our daughter's birthday. Service was impeccable. White truffles - very fresh - were featured on many of the specials and we had several dishes with them. Food overall was excellent. Extensive wine list to pick from. Well worth a visit. Easy to...reach from the Kensington tube stop and a short walk.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 23 November 2023 via mobile

The service is very good, food was very tasty but the portions too small for Itallian food. I had the Spaghetti con vongole and it was amazing.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 28 July 2023 via mobile

Menu did not have the wow factor for the price! Service was not great, ordered drinks, water came but nothing else for ages, had to remind staff to produce drinks. Our wine was in a bucket with another tables wine. The waiter poured the other...tables wine into our glasses, ie topped up with a different wine! We then watched the waiter top up the other table with their wine of which there was very little left! It made us laugh if nothing else! The table was never cleared properly! Inexperienced waiting staff not being watched!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 17 November 2022

Had lunch yesterday,. Have eaten here a long time ago and thought it ok then. Food was good but wine extremely expensive , dessert really good. Would definitely return but I'm sure there are better value places but maybe not in that area

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 11 September 2022

The food was nice enough, around the standard of a decent high street Italian restaurant. But the issue is, they're charging like it has a michelin star or two and it just isn't that good. Take a look at the menu - For example, Lobster...linguini @ £38 (had) and a small fillet steak (didn't have) at @ £56 is just wrong. They even have a cover charge (very small print on the menu). Ambience was a little lacking and the service was friendly, but a little amateurish (at this price point) - Some mistakes in order made, waiter hanging around wanting to clear plates, asking multiple times for the bill etc. If price had been 50 or 60% of what we paid then it would probably deserve 5*. Last time I went was about 15 years ago and I remember it being excellent. I suspect I won't remember what I had this time around within a couple of weeks, so will probably leave it for a similar time before i drop in again.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 7 August 2022 via mobile

Exceptional service, delicious food, varied menu and fabulous desserts: equal an extraordinary dining experience! The octopus tentacle was amazing, pasta with nduja sausage was al dente and spicy! Appetizers were plentiful and shared. Desserts - aahhh! The staff catered to us with impeccable service. We...highly recommend Zafferano’s in London.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 30 July 2022

Have been a few times in the last couple of years and I liked it. Particularly truffles dishes. Good location, good service.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 22 July 2022

Always paying a visit to this place when in London. Big table with 11 people. Starters and main courses of a very good level, as always, but with big big minus. The Saffron risotto was so damn hard ( not properly cooked) that we ate...3/4 of it only because we were starving. Made remarks to the maitre but he didn’t seem to be too impressed. Also wine wasn’t the best, it appeared to be a little “gone”. Very good desserts and, considering the final bill (not certainly inexpensive) not even a nod to a possible “house digestif”. This time I wasn’t convinced.More

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

This was a terrible experience. Went for a family birthday. Waiter was RUDE. Not even a how are you!?Food was even worse.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 25 May 2022 via mobile

The staff made us feel extremely welcome and offered their suggestions for food which was spot on. Really enjoyed the evening!

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 11 May 2022 via mobile

Once upon a time when it was indeed the Zafferano! Dear John De Stefano, what happened to your restaurant? Mamma mia!!! They don’t even have an Italian Chef anymore, the food is ordinary, like any barely ok(ish) Italian Restaurant but the prices are top £££,...as if they still have a Michelin star! Gone those days. The Manager is AWOLMore

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 10 April 2022

Very nice ambiance! Tables are a nice distance apart from one another and relatively quiet which made for a relaxing and enjoyable dinner. Service was stellar! I ordered a lobster pasta dish as a starter and didn’t realize it was a tomato based sauce which...for me doesn’t work with lobster for me. The sauce simply overpowered the lobster. I had the monkfish for my main and it was very tasty and well prepared. Enjoyed the sauce served with it. My wife ordered the agnolotti with consomme which was very good. She ordered the Guinea Fowl for her entree which was ok, a bit disappointing for her. Nice and deep wine list. Recommend.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 25 March 2022 via mobile

Decided to have a meal at this Restuarant while shopping on Oxford street recently and I must say, it was a real treat. Got to the resturant a few minutes before closing but the host allowed me in and a waiter immediately took my order...and was attendee to. The bread was amazing and the bread sticks were the best I have eaten in a while. The lobster risotto was yummy. Definitely a must visit when in London and I want to have a amazing risotto. You won’t be disappointed.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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I'd recommend smart casual/chic.
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Yes, there is a bar and the full à la carte menu is available.
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4