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Franco's

#1,501 of 17,142 Restaurants in London
#1,606 of 18,020 Places to Eat in London
Certificate of Excellence
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St. James's
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61 Jermyn St | St. James, London SW1Y 6LX, England (St James's)
Green Park, St James's & Piccadilly tube stations are all 5 minutes walk away.
020 74992211
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7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Opened in 1946 in Mayfair, Franco's restaurant has been one of London's...
Opened in 1946 in Mayfair, Franco's restaurant has been one of London's most popular Italian establishments ever since. It continues to offer local gourmets a tranquil oasis away from the buzz of the city. Set at the St James���s end of Jermyn Street, Franco's is fantastically located for the galleries, private clubs and hotels of the area. And the pre-theatre and afternoon tea menus are a delight. The restaurant���s character evolves throughout the day from the early morning breakfasts to laid-back lunches and romantic candlelit dinners in the evening. The elegant 1940���s-inspired d��cor is bright and modern, with light wood, off-white walls and comfy upholstered dining chairs. Franco's sumptuous Mediterranean menu has been developed by Head Chef Paulo Parlanti and showcases fresh seasonal produce in traditional and modern Italian dishes. Popular dishes include the duck breast with Castelluccio lentils; ossobucco ravioli with veal jus; and the classic tiramisu. Service is flawless and the wine list is a winner too.
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  • 112
    Excellent
  • 92
    Very good
  • 29
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food, great wine

My partner and I had a three course meal, each course was delicious, as were our mixed drinks and bottle of wine (very good wine!). The staff were exceptional, and attended to our every need. We were very happy with the experience, and would recommend Franco's to everyone (although it is a bit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 6, 2015
Eringian
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
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English first
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

My partner and I had a three course meal, each course was delicious, as were our mixed drinks and bottle of wine (very good wine!). The staff were exceptional, and attended to our every need. We were very happy with the experience, and would recommend Franco's to everyone (although it is a bit pricey). Also - maybe the best ice... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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368 reviews 368 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
282 helpful votes 282 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Our Concierge recommended this place and we had a wonderful dinner. Food was great and service was spot on. The food here is up market Italian...well presented and plenty of flavours. Service is outstanding. We left feeling very satisfied!!!

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 via mobile

The restaurant is located in a business area with very easy to find location . They are is sitting outside . It becomes crauded by lunch time . The kitchen is Italian . I ordered spaghetti with tomatoe salsa , avocado salat , tiramisu , water and coffe . The bill was reasonable . Over all the food is good... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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131 reviews 131 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

If you are willing to pay a premium for good food, I would reccomend giving this place a try. I ordered the Rocket tagliatelle with prawns, black olives, tomato & chilli and thought it was great. Very tasty bread and great coffees. I would recommend this place over a lot of other pricier options in the area.

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I went with a business colleague and was highly recommended to this Restaurant. On entry, the restaurant looked good and attentive staff. The food was mediocre and a starter of salmon we had to ask for lemon. We had to ask for butter for the bread. The main course pasta was bland and nothing special from what I would have... More 

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Ringwood, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Pre-theatre supper for 4 out of towners. Misunderstanding over price from internet, manager printed Google sheet out for us. Delicious salmon tartar starter and guinea fowl main course. Speedy service to get us to the theatre on time. Very attentive staff. Not cheap, but good food.

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FrancosJermynStreet, General Manager at Franco's, responded to this review

Dear HeatherC Thank you for your recent review and feedback. We would like to apologise for the clerical error in that the price of menus had not been updated, we’re pleased this was resolved positively. Thank you for passing on your positive comments on the food and service which are most welcome and appreciated. Kindest Regards Jason Phillips More 

West Sussex, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Brilliant Service, Food, Atmosphere. Other reviews have commented on the 'tasteless painting at reception' myself and my partner both love this painting and cannot understand the negative comments. The politeness of all the staff is second to none. The quality of the food is fantastic.

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FrancosJermynStreet, General Manager at Franco's, responded to this review

Dear James W Thank you for writing your review and posting your appreciation of our wonderful Gordon Mitchell painting in the reception. Whilst she is rather controversial we find the majority of our guests really enjoy seeing her on each visit. We’re delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. Kindest Regards Jason Phillips More 

London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

The food here is very good. I may take some time (but not too much) for the food to arrive, but that's because making delicious food is not instantaneous. The starters are very good but sometimes small, but the main courses are the Jewels of the Crown. If the main course doesn't fill you, there's always room for their splendid... More 

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FrancosJermynStreet, General Manager at Franco's, responded to this review

Dear M L Thank you for taking the time to write you recent review. We’re so sorry that there was a slight delay in your food reaching you as we try our very best to minimise the time between courses. However it was pleasing to read how much you enjoyed your meal and particularly appreciated our desserts and petit fours.... More 

Lyon, France
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The tuna salad was very good. Tuna was perfectly prepared and well seasoned. The veal milanese also: thin and lightly breaded Excellent wine selection Overall a pleasant experience enriched by a professional service

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FrancosJermynStreet, General Manager at Franco's, responded to this review

Dear Lionel N Thank you for writing your review recently on Franco’s. We were pleased to read how much you enjoyed your choice of dishes and the wine offering. We look forward to welcoming you again soon. Kindest Regards Jason Phillips More 

Sheffield, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We wandered in, during a busy day of shopping, wanting coffee and cake, without realising that beyond the bar was a restaurant. The delightful waitress said that they would be more than happy to serve us desserts and ten minutes later we were tucking into two beautiful puddings, with excellent matched wines. Coffee followed. So we have no idea what... More 

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FrancosJermynStreet, Manager at Franco's, responded to this review

Dear AdrianB Thank you so much for writing your recent review on Franco’s. We always strive to make all our guests feel at home when they walk through the door whether they are regulars or new to Franco’s. We were delighted this was reflected in the service and your comments and you enjoyed your puddings. We hope to have the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 61 Jermyn St | St. James, London SW1Y 6LX, England
    (St James's)
  • Public Transportation: Green Park, St James's & Piccadilly tube stations are all 5 minutes walk away.
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > St. James's
  • Neighborhood: St. James's
  • Phone Number: 020 74992211

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 40
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business

Description

Opened in 1946 in Mayfair, Franco's restaurant has been one of London's most popular Italian establishments ever since. It continues to offer local gourmets a tranquil oasis away from the buzz of the city. Set at the St James���s end of Jermyn Street, Franco's is fantastically located for the galleries, private clubs and hotels of the area. And the pre-theatre and afternoon tea menus are a delight. The restaurant���s character evolves throughout the day from the early morning breakfasts to laid-back lunches and romantic candlelit dinners in the evening. The elegant 1940���s-inspired d��cor is bright and modern, with light wood, off-white walls and comfy upholstered dining chairs. Franco's sumptuous Mediterranean menu has been developed by Head Chef Paulo Parlanti and showcases fresh seasonal produce in traditional and modern Italian dishes. Popular dishes include the duck breast with Castelluccio lentils; ossobucco ravioli with veal jus; and the classic tiramisu. Service is flawless and the wine list is a winner too.
Open Hours
Monday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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

Staying in St. James's

Neighborhood Profile
St. James's
Perennially fashionable since the days of Henry VIII, the aristocratic “Clubland” of St James's is a premier destination for high end craft and bespoke design. Here you’ll lose count of the Royal Warrants (which indicate that the Royal Family patronizes the establishment) seen in shop front windows, even during a short stroll to bordering Green Park or St James’s Park. With the brightly lit and constantly buzzing junction of Piccadilly Circus at its northeast corner and none of Central London too far away, this is an surprisingly central and accessible part of town, especially given its prosperous demeanor.
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