Sunday: 10:00 - 22:00Monday: 11:30 - 23:00Tuesday: 11:30 - 23:00Wednesday: 11:30 - 23:00Thursday: 11:30 - 23:00Friday: 11:30 - 23:00Saturday: 10:00 - 23:00
Nearest StationOxford Circus
020 7734 4479
POLPO is a bàcaro. This is a Venetian word to describe a humble restaurant serving simple food and good, young Italian wines. Offering tasty small plates, Prosecco and Spritz in a setting that reflects the gloriously faded elegance of Venice, and the of charms of its backstreet wine bars. It’s Beak Street branch was it’s first and a lovely and remarkable coincidence that the building was once home to the Venetian painter Canaletto. There is a blue plaque on the wall to commemorate this. The restaurants also has a separate bar area which is a great clandestine destination in its own right for drinks and a snack, or as a handy place to hang out while you are waiting for your friends to join you. POLPO has received the Michelin Guide's Bib Gourmand for the last six consecutive years.
This place used to be good. Went recently on a Thursday night. Disengaged waiter who did not take our drink orders. We had to flag him down and it all felt like we were bothering him. Some food come out then after 40 minutes we flagged down another waiter for a drink. 30 minutes later some food came out that wasn't ours. We asked for our food that had not come but they thought it had. Our waiter then decided not to come back to our table and another helpful waitress picked up his mess. They did take off the food that never arrived but won't be going back. Shame as used to like this place.
Promised us nut free good, and even gave us the allergen menu, saying they prepare the nut free food separately. Pizza was served with a walnut on top. Service also not great. Had to repeatedly order drinks before they arrived.
I’ve been wanting to try Polpo for years, and finally made it today.... only to have one of my most underwhelming dining experiences in a long time. It took about 45 minutes before our first dish arrived. Two dishes we ordered never turned up. The zucchini basil and Parmesan salad was zucchini and rocket with a hint of basil and no Parmesan (and very ordinary at that). Dishes meant for the table next to us kept coming to our table instead (which resulted in them asking for their service charge to be taken off). After complaining we were given complimentary desserts. Great, we thought... the chocolate pudding was excellent, but the orange cake was so dry and hard it was like a giant biscuit. The meatballs and fritto misto were really good but didn’t make up for the rest of the meal. Will never go back.
This restaurant is on Beak Street. It’s a very decent place with good selections and small plate items of interest to try. Not sure if they accept bookings - we were walk-ins and managed to get a table easily. The staff are friendly and easily approachable. Getting to Soho is easy from just about anywhere in London via the trains.
Food was very good. Kevin is a terrible waiter; he needs to be away from customers or intensively retrained. The first thing that happened was that in the middle of explaining how the restaurant worked, he just walked away. Second thing was that when he brought our first plate of food, just before he left, I tried to place an order for another plate, and he just walked away, completely ignoring me. Third thing was when I asked him for another water, I am still waiting from him to bring the water bottle. Andrea tried to make things better, but still, Kevin ruined the experience. I feel disappointed when a waiter brings down an otherwise very good restaurant.