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.
Casual and cosy atmosphere. Small plates to share. Great food but didn't like the crab linguine. All other plates we had were very tasty. Nice place for couples or small groups.
Really good Italian restaurant!! Food is amazing and at the right price for once, which is not bad. The mixed fried fish was spectacular, as well as the meatball pasta. The waitresses are really nice, always at our table when we needed but out of the way when we didn't. The only downside, which is the reason not to give a full grade, is the music: really terrible commercial disco music, which doesn't belong in this place at all and becomes quite disturbing after a while. Next time I will go to one of the other Polpos, and avoid the terrible music altogether!
Interesting food - only stopped for an antipasto lunch so didn't experience whole menu choices. Nice staff; bit over attentive unless you actually need them. Will go again, would recommend this place.
Great little hidden gem. Stayed at the bar for the duration. Lovely cocktails. Fairly. Priced. Can get very busy, so get there promptly
Polpo is only ever ok. It's fine, perfectly average. Nothing is made badly, but the flavours are plain, unoriginal, and honestly pretty inauthentic considering it is meant to be Venetian. With more effort, greater rewards can be found elsewhere.