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Franco's

#1,480 of 17,733 Restaurants in London
#1,593 of 18,658 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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Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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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    Very good
  • 34
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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
Good Italian

Had a quick business lunch here and the staff saw that we were 'in and out' fast, as we requested. Very good lamb chops and a mixed salad. Sadly we couldn't partake in what looked like a hearty wine list. Next time!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
Rosy82A
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Greater London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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London, United Kingdom
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137 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Foods are always prepared to a high standard and staff are always keen and friendly. It is a real pleasure to dine here.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We all liked our dinners, but it was one of the most expensive dinners we had in London and it did not seem the worth of cost. My ratings are just based on the value of the dinner. It is a dressy place also...we had asked The Ritz for something casual and this was their idea of casual - NOT!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

What I love about this place is their no nonsense approach. A professional greeting at the door followed by immediate and impeccable table service and and a joyous meal whatever your selection. On a recent visit the burata was outstanding.

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Had a quick business lunch here and the staff saw that we were 'in and out' fast, as we requested. Very good lamb chops and a mixed salad. Sadly we couldn't partake in what looked like a hearty wine list. Next time!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Very hot day,transport crowded and horrible.so decided to stop for orange juice and coffee. Waitress was welcoming,and looked after my shopping whilst I went to the toilet. Top class soap,and the place was spotless. Thought I`d found heaven. Orange juice was good.It cost £4.50. Then came the coffee,and it was stone cold. That was £4.00. It was changed immediately,but I... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Wanting a light business lunch, I chose an octopus carpaccio with fennel and orange and a vitello tonnat The octopus was very fresh and beautifully prepared and presented, but a under-seasoned. The vitello tonnato, however, was one of the best versions of this dish I can remember - again beautifully presented, but also with enormous depth of flavour and perfect... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

My husband brought me here as a surprise- starting with a little glass of bubbly in the bar/waiting area, then we had dinner. I felt a moment of discomfort in the dinning area- beautiful well- healed clientele- but actually, the staff were very friendly, and the locals and atmosphere were also relaxed, so it made for a very comfortable evening.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

My sons - typically picky eaters - ordered the lamb chops and I think they had finished the plates before the waiter finished serving the rest of the family! My tuna dish was fantastic as there was just a bit of crispness to the outer shell and the inside was done in a perfect medium temperature. The chef was kind... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

Food incredible and service amazing, very attentive staff. Would definitely come back and sample more of the menu!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Fabulous cocktails great atmosphere and friendly staff. Possibly the best cosmopolitan Gill's ever had - Sorry Robin!

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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: Doing business, Romantic

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

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  • 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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