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Franco'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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance

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Visitor rating
  • 109
    Excellent
  • 82
    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
Most recent review
Good food, good service, pricey but worth it

This is a lovely restaurant with modern but warm decor and good service. Food was faultless and the service too. This is one of the more expensive restaurants in the area, but worth it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
SuffolkMir
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Suffolk
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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238 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Suffolk
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

This is a lovely restaurant with modern but warm decor and good service. Food was faultless and the service too. This is one of the more expensive restaurants in the area, but worth it.

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Tyne & Wear
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Overpriced food and not particularly nice to eat!! I was going to see a show with a colleague and we didn't have a lot of time. This place was close the theatre but alarm should have gone off as it was nowhere near as busy as anywhere else. I have never before experienced Pollo Cacciatora with all of the chicken... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

I've been going to Franco's for a few years now, and the food and service is always impeccable. But since they have redecorated the restaurant it feels like a whole new place! I love it! It feels very glamorous and luxurious, I like the colour palette and the addition of the banquets and the mirror paneling means you can check... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I visited on valentines with my girlfriend. Upon walking in above the reception is a grossly inappropriate nude, female of course, and the general interior was of a stereotypical masculine 'Italian restaurant'. The food whilst passable was not enhanced by having to remind the waiter of the fact we ordered wine to accompany it - that was met with a... More 

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York
Top Contributor
162 reviews 162 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This was my first trip to Franco's and it does have a lovely atmosphere and a beautiful interior. The tables are a little crowded, especially with a the large number of waiting staff rushing around. Service was very attentive. Crab and avocado is favourite of mine but the starter here was a little bland. The crab was also laced with... More 

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East Sussex, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Ive been breakfasting at Franco's at least once a week for nearly 2 years. Lovely staff, warm welcome each time. Unfailingly excellent food and service. It's quite expensive but no more than others of comparable quality. The attention to detail strikes me as first class. I have very infrequently had any cause for concern, and observe that issues are quickly... More 

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I went with a friend for dinner and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Very tasty food and we took advantage of a meal deal they had. The service was excellent.

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

Dear Erin_Mc8 Thank you for taking the time to review Franco’s. We’re so pleased that you had such an enjoyable time with us and enjoyed the set menu we offer. Please do come and see us again soon. Kindest Regards Jason Phillips More 

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Business dinner after a long day at the coal face. Charming staff, great food, good buzz and a price to make eyes water! But what do you expect in St James'. Never fails to deliver quality in a charming ambience.

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

Dear Tim A, Thank you for writing your review on Franco’s it’s much appreciated. We were delighted to hear that you enjoyed the ambiance and quality of the food. We appreciate you acknowledging our effort t to consistently deliver both quality in the products we use and the service we offer. We very much look forward to welcoming you to... More 

Oxford, England, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

The newly refurbished Franco's deserves a visit and is to be highly recommended. Smart, but not stuffy, the ambience is friendly without becoming obtrusive. The service was warm and attentive without ever being over familiar and distracting. In fact it was impeccable. The weekly set menu was good value: I enjoyed a pear, cheese and lettuce salad starter (much better... More 

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

Dear Geoffrey F, Thank you ever so much for taking the time to write your recent review and your kind words. It’s really rewarding that you noticed our service was warm and attentive without being over familiar or distracting. We appreciate your feedback on our weekly set menu, which you feel it is particularly good value. Of course we very... More 

London, United Kingdom
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Been to Franco's many times over the years. Place is always buzzing and food is tasty. Service is very personable. All in all a great restaurant to go to!

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

Dear Tristar11 Thank you ever so much for writing your recent review. We’re delighted that you have continued to come to Franco’s over the years and appreciate our atmosphere, food and service. We continue to look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Kindest Regards Bethany 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 0 - 40
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance

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

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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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