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Il Fornello

150 Southampton Row, London WC1B 5AN , England (Bloomsbury / Holborn)
(020)-7837-4584
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Ranked #3,229 of 17,145 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Dining options: Late Night
Neighborhood: Bloomsbury / Holborn
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Dining options: Late Night
Neighborhood: Bloomsbury / Holborn
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Telford, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The food is excellent and well served and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. We asked for a house wine and were given a more expensive one but did not complain as we enjoyed it.

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Milan, Italy
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51 reviews 51 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I had a pizza in this "italian restaurant" but to be honest as italian I have a completely different concept of a real italian pizza. Pizza was not thin as a romana is supposed to be and nothing to do with a napoletana. Last but not the least, I really disappointed about the 10% service charged in the receipt. Shouldn't... More

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London
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Went there yesterday afternoon for lunch for my friend's birthday. We have been there before. Food delicious. Try their set menu. Chicken cacciatore was to die for and the vegetables were cooked to perfection. Staff were friendly and even sang Happy Birthday to my friend and gave us each a glass of lemoncello on the house. I love sitting in... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

What's there to dislike? The food is really tasty, the hospitality is excellent and the place just feels like home - you really enjoy having your meals at Il Fornello.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This is an ideal place to eat for good non fussy food. I am always impressed by the number of Italians who choice to eat here. Good basic fare served well simple choice of foods from Pizzas, pasta to grilled fish. Décor is a little faded now. The staff have been around for years and treat you well. I love... More

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London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I had a lovely dinner here on an evening when I was tired and hungry - the atmosphere was warm, and the servers were all about the jokes and banter. The food and service really cheered me up. I had a pasta dish and my friend a risotto - both were excellent - full of flavour.

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ST.Jean-sur-Richelieu
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80 reviews 80 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

If you like Italian this is a good restaurant to have a meal. Had lunch here and there was a large choice. I am not crazy over Italian food. But it was good.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We loved the service, the food was fantastic and the wine list was small but had some terrific values. Overall, I can highly recommend Il Fornello, and it was two doors down from our hotel, so very convenient as well.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

A very good family resturant.... The dishes are big... The owner is serving and gives you the Feeling that you are the One. Recommend.

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Peebles
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60 reviews 60 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Great authentic food served with a smile and waiters who look as if they enjoy being at work. Don't be put off the the facade and the decor - it hides a place where I would be happy to go back over and over again.

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