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Bar Italia

#3,317 of 18,502 Restaurants in London
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22 Frith Street, London, England
(020) 7437 4520
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  • 61
    Excellent
  • 52
    Very good
  • 26
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  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
My favourite cafe in London

While all new cafes actually try to look old with interior desing tricks, this is a proper classique cafe, and the only cafe in London that actually smells like coffe and if you order a latte it does not taste like boiled milk. Is totally unpretentions, is just the way it is, a real italian coffee... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Late Night
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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

While all new cafes actually try to look old with interior desing tricks, this is a proper classique cafe, and the only cafe in London that actually smells like coffe and if you order a latte it does not taste like boiled milk. Is totally unpretentions, is just the way it is, a real italian coffee place. Affordable drinks, good... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

I've been going to Bar Italia since 2002 and they have ensured that I have a superb experience each and every time. The food, the coffee, the staff and the ambience are just about the best one can ever hope for. The Tiramisu is easily the best I've eaten anywhere...I have no idea how they churn out such amazing stuff... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

The best cakes at Soho. we tried several wonderful cakes, we came back again and again, Italian atmosphere, you must visit this place

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Devon
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54 reviews 54 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Popped in after a meal with a friend. Great coffee, definitely not a 'chain' coffee shop feel, somewhere different with tasty looking cakes and food. Will definitely be back.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

whilst in soho last weekend I went back to bar italia in frith street which has been going as long as i have been alive, great atmosphere, food and drink. had a great toasted panini and a beer having started with an espresso. I started going here when i was seventeen and am still visiting when I am a grandfather.... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015 via mobile

The stuff is very rude and ironic and we are regulars paying lots of money for a mediocre Coffee. It's notthe first time but definitely it's the last for me.

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London
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84 reviews 84 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

What's happened ? Not the place I remember? I have known this place for years and it was one of my favourite cafe's to get a quick coffee, but the service was definitely a lot more friendly back then. Although, it has character I probably won't return as it's a bit expensive, uncomfortable and not very friendly now :-)

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Kirkland, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I had a cup of wine and a slice of cheesecake while sitting in one of their outside chairs. Showed up at 10 pm and hung out for an hour or so. It's really at the center of things, and a great place to just sit and watch the masses revel.

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Arezzo, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Bar Italia an institution in London , apparently . 1st time actually I went in 25 years I lived in London . Unfortunately I was not impressed with the espresso at all . If I have to drink a bad coffee I can do it all over town , cafe Nero across the road has better coffee

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

If you love a coffee It's a need to try this place. Maybe an expensive but totally excellent. My absolutely favourite

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 22 Frith Street, London, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Soho
  • Neighborhood: Soho
  • Phone Number: (020) 7437 4520

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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The go-to district for a good time in London, Soho hosts a wealth of world-class theatres and a compelling lineup of cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, and clubs. At Soho's core is London's original Red Light District and the epicenter of the LGBT scene – and thus the city's hottest nightlife. For shopping enthusiasts, Soho is not only the home of London's greatest concentration of boutique shops, but also the most strategic place to set off on a tour of the world's most celebrated department stores. In the southern part of the neighborhood lies Chinatown, with its multitude of delicious and affordable restaurants. Closer to the Thames, Chinatown's narrow and teeming lantern-lit lanes spill onto the expansive hub of glitzy Leicester Square.
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