Sun: 10:00 - 22:00
Mon: 11:30 - 23:00
Tues: 11:30 - 23:00
Wed: 11:30 - 23:00
Thurs: 11:30 - 23:00
Fri: 11:30 - 23:00
Sat: 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 establishments food is a kind of modern take on Tapas. The dishes offered are quite varied. The stuffed fried olives were lovely and very different. The meatballs are also to die for. The staff are helpful however we waited ages for one of our plates. As it was steak maybe that is why. However since my potato salad had been served already. I ended up waiting a good while to eat. This is definitely a good dining experience and quite affordable.
This is a great place to go. They have friendly staff and the food is nice. It's small plates served Venetian style. I would recommend around 5 dishes to share and order bread and dessert. You can always order more. Items arrive when they are ready so not at one time. If you like sharing food and picking at stuff then head here.
Not as flashy as I was expecting - which was a good thing. Food came in the form of lots of small plates delivered when they’re ready as opposed to all at once. Staff were friendly and efficient. Menu had lots of interesting options. Our favourites were the scallops and the meatballs although the salsa verde served with the steak deserves a special mention. Everything tasted very fresh and had lots of flavours. Decent drinks selection - lots of gins. We ordered 6 small plates for 2 people which was about perfect. Loses a star due to bins being brought through the restaurant during service.
We've been to Polpo several times on our last two trips to London. We visited 3 times on our last trip. Food is amazing. Great atmosphere and great cocktails. I highly recommend the Old Fashioned. Absolutely amazing how they prepare it. It's always very busy so if you're in a hurry you'll need to be patient. Enjoy a few cocktails while you wait because the wait is definitely worth it. Highly recommended.
Great atmosphere and great food! Been there a couple of times, typical Soho bar-style restaurant but really cozy atmosphere. Staff is super nice and motivated and the menu diverse but still unique - my favourite is Gnocchi with squash, cheese and walnuts. They also have a special dish each month to discover. Walk in it's hard to get a table, so better make a reservation.