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Il Padrino

11 Church Street, Colchester CO1 1NF, England
+44 1206 366699
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good24%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“pasta” (45 reviews)
“crab gratin” (11 reviews)
“tiramisu” (17 reviews)
Open Now
18:00 - 22:00All hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
11 Church Street, Colchester CO1 1NF, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Amongst the plethora of chain restaurants in Colchester,this is the place to go if you want real food.A small Italian in 1 of Colchester’s quiet side roads just off the town centre.Booking is always advisable as it’s very popular indeed.The chef knows his stuff,really good...More

1  Thank UmpleB
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were advised to book and did. It was busy but the service was quick and efficient and the food was delicious. The bill was reasonable and we will be back!

1  Thank James M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great selection of top quality Italian dishes. Always busy, but the food is always excellent. Book in advance!

Thank Mr_B87
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had wanted to book this place for ages as it was highly recommended by a friend. Finally, we booked it for Saturday lunch. The food is great and the staff are really nice and friendly. It was nice to see the chef working in...More

Thank ShahlaYassaei
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

One of the better places to eat in Colchester, great food and fantastic service, and nothing is too much trouble. We prefer eating downstairs, as great atmosphere, a must to try in Colchester

Thank Janie1969
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Went last Friday with friends. Very busy but friendly and efficient staff meant we were well looked after. All 6 of agreed the food was delicious. Real Italian flavours and good value. We were downstairs in what must have been a cellar in the past....More

Thank Peter G
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Great atmosphere, friendly and attentive staff and delicious food. Prices are a mid to high range but worth every penny. I had the seafood spaghetti from the specials board and my husband had the veal with dolcelatte sauce. Both cooked to perfection, my pasta was...More

Thank TravellerC8175IN
Reviewed 4 November 2017

Thats right, Authentic Italian! Dropped in here with a colleague for a bowl of pasta one lunchtime as pasta cravings were kicking in. Known as 'thee' Italian in Colchester I can now understand and see why. Charming and oh so Italian with the green decor....More

Thank Thomas D
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Came here for my dads birthday with loads of friends and family for dinner, I had steak and chips which was very very nice! Everyone enjoyed there food. We sat downstairs in the historically old basement, quite crammed in but that wasn’t a problem. Prices...More

Thank AR12L
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

From street level Il Padrino looks like the kind of place that would serve baked potatoes with beans during the day. And that is exactly why it took us so long to experience the delights that lie within. A trip downstairs opens up a whole...More

Thank Wendy H
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Craig S
10 May 2017|
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Response from Hemmo1968 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they have lager on tap.
Cathy M
11 February 2017|
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Response from misswils29 | Reviewed this property |
Yes for sure, though it's only necessary a few days in advance.
3 November 2016|
Response from V8496QVsaraha | Reviewed this property |
Guess so but it is a small establishment, give them a ring the food is fab!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$33 - US$47
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11 Church Street, Colchester CO1 1NF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Colchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1206 366699
  • E-mail
Welcome to Il Padrino (and to save you looking it up, it means The Godfather) - the Italian restaurant which has taken Colchester by storm since opening in May 2013. Mouth-watering food, a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere and great value for money - everything you want from a dining out experience and it has been created by owner, Fausto Mazza. How appropriate that one of England's leading Roman towns should play host to such a fabulous Italian experience! Il Padrino is open for lunch and dinner. Whatever time of day you visit, the warmth of the welcome will never waver - and neither will the quality of the food.
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