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Bistro Italiano

#14,171 of 18,007 Restaurants in London
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15 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JZ, England
020 7508 0002
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Rating summary
  • Food
    2 of 5 stars
    Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2 of 5 stars
Looked good, wish I'd read about it first

I nearly walked on past when someone came out from the Bistro to "explain the menu". I'd already decided to go in. Once you are seated you discover that the menus are on tatty pieces of paper - again this should have warned me. The food is overpriced for what you get, even for this area of... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
stevetupper
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Great Dunmow, United Kingdom
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24 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • Italian first
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English first
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Disgusting food, overbearing service. Just don't go here. I can't warn you enough. Go somewhere else no matter how hungry or desperate you are!!

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Great Dunmow, United Kingdom
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131 reviews 131 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I nearly walked on past when someone came out from the Bistro to "explain the menu". I'd already decided to go in. Once you are seated you discover that the menus are on tatty pieces of paper - again this should have warned me. The food is overpriced for what you get, even for this area of London. The wine... More 

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Oxford
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131 reviews 131 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

If I could score this thing lower I would, thing because it cant be classed as a restaurant. I can only echo the previous comments, its located very close to the exit of the aldwych theatre and in the dark appears cosy, thats where it ends. We had a disgusting pizza the size of your hand obviously pre bought, an... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I wish we'd read these reviews first. Having just come out a matinee at the Theatre Royal opposite, we were in a hurry to eat an early diner before our train home. I chose tuna steak and chips and my daughter chose chicken polpetto (I think that's what they called it - basically meatballs with mash potato round them). My... More 

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

Not only was the food obviously store bought and disgusting, but they found every possible excuse to scan us out of money. They advertised a 'minimum £10 food charge' but didn't include the extorsionate drinks! They then charged a 12.5% service charge even though the service was appauling. They were rude and sleazy and when we argued against the ridiculous... More 

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UK
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

We popped into here for an 'express' pre theatre meal before seeing the Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre. The food looked reasonable value on the menu outside but we should have realised something wasn't right as the place was empty. Unfortunately hadn't seen the reviews but have to agree with them whole heartly as this was one of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Quite simply the worst restaurant experience I have ever had. I was charged £12.50 for cod and chips and it is the first time I have ever, on being asked how we were enjoying our meal, stated that I expected a lot better if I am being asked to pay that amount for a meal. Both my son and sister-in-law... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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374 reviews 374 reviews
250 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Fortunately, we hadn't read these scathing reviews before having a late night dinner here. Decent spaghetti and penne pasta for the spouse. Nice warm chicken on a fresh salad for me. Thought it was decent and the service was good.

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Well, in this restaurant they manage to screw up even the most simple of all pizza's. What more can I say? West End area, so all customers want to eat before the show starts. But that should be no excuse to sell poor quality food. The airco is programmed at freezing, so you will leave ASAP to vacate your table... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

I have to say that I did not read previous reviews on this restaurant so I think we were lucky to have had a better experience than most, our lunches of one pasta meal from the specials menu and a bacon salad which looked and tasted fresh, the sweet of tiramisu was really good as was the chocolate fudge cake,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 15 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighborhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: 020 7508 0002

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

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Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or simply to be among the multitude of people who pass through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated by some impromptu act of a street performer wowing the crowds in Covent Garden's Piazza. If you do have tickets, you'll be pleased to note that many of the local eateries accommodate theatergoers with prix fixe menus, early dinners, and later than usual opening hours. 


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