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Il Fornello

#3,776 of 17,345 Restaurants in London
#4,048 of 18,269 Places to Eat in London
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Bloomsbury
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150 Southampton Row, London WC1B 5AN , England
(020)-7837-4584
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11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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    Very good
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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We called in for lunch as we were staying not far away. Service was good, and the restaurant was clean and welcoming. The menu doesn't clarify which dishes are vegetarian but the waiting staff were helpful and happy to answer questions about the dishes. In the end there were multiple options and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 via mobile

My girlfriend and me loved Il Fornello, especially the pizzas and the service.The ladies that served us were very polite. The wine list was brilliant. Nice for being near my hotel, and the beautiful park. A splendid place for people with taste.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We called in for lunch as we were staying not far away. Service was good, and the restaurant was clean and welcoming. The menu doesn't clarify which dishes are vegetarian but the waiting staff were helpful and happy to answer questions about the dishes. In the end there were multiple options and I had a delicious baked aubergine dish. A... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

We had eaten at the Il Fornello some 18months ago and we found it extremely good and satisfying. So on our repeat visit to London we decided to look it up again. Staff is always happy to welcome you to table and very helpful in suggesting some plates not on the menu. For starters my wife had a hot plate... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 via mobile

I had dinner at this restaurant and the food was very nice. The pizzas were huge, I wasn't able to eat it all. The team was very nice and wanted to know from where we were and they spoke many languages accordingly to the customers. The price was not very cheap and a gratuity was charged.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Used to visit here a lot a few years back and not sure why I stopped. Has the feel of a classic simple Italian restaurant with authentic good food. M Quite an extensive menu. Great starters and specialities worth trying. This is the real Italian cooking with more character than the chains. Dependable consistent. A definite recommend.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

You have to hand it to Il Fornello to be probably the best Italian restaurant in Bloomsbury. Not only is their service impeccable, the food is divine. My partner and me came here not long ago for a vegetarian pasta meal, and when we were taken by the extensive menu we decided to also order scallopine alla Valdostana, a veal... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

This is really the definition of a place that is competent but not special. Everything they did was rock solid Italian but it was also nothing more than that basic level of competence. The staff was a bit distracted most of the time. It isn't a place to avoid but equally not place to go out of your way for.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

The service was small but nice. The food was okay. It was perhaps not a culinary sensation. But we were satisfied. We drank a glas of white wine aswell and the wine was good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

100 % IN EACH AND EVERY ASPECT. Italian food how it should be. Totally different form all the marketing driven chains that say that they are authentic. Here it is, really. Good food, nice drinks, realistic prices. Excellent atmosphere and service. Will we be back? No doubt.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Food was brilliant! Staff friendly. Everything homemade. And not too expensive. Must recommend! My friend and me stayed round the corner in the hotel and were looking for a fast way to eat. This place turned out to be the little secret at Russel Square.

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Additional Information about Il Fornello

Address: 150 Southampton Row, London WC1B 5AN , England
Phone Number: (020)-7837-4584
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Bloomsbury
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisine: Italian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 150 Southampton Row, London WC1B 5AN , England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Bloomsbury
  • Neighborhood: Bloomsbury
  • Phone Number: (020)-7837-4584

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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