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“maybe if you're after a quick bite” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Vergnano

Cafe Vergnano
62 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0BB, England (Leicester Square / Shaftesbury Avenue)
020 8922 6308
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Ranked #4,287 of 16,877 restaurants in London
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Italian
Neighborhood: Leicester Square / Shaftesbury Avenue
Restaurant details
Neighborhood: Leicester Square / Shaftesbury Avenue
London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“maybe if you're after a quick bite”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

We've had coffee here before and on their other branch in Chancery lane. Coffee was ok (the artisanal coffee shops will always be better). The impressive coffee machine was a destination in itself. The restaurant looks amazing, the food was above average, but unfortunately the service just spoils it all. Staff are scowling, and beware if you're seated in the middle with the big square chairs - staff just push you in without warning that my husband bumped his knee on the table (ouch!)

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
Falmouth
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Good Food......Poor Service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

My Fiance took me to London (amazing) and as we were walking around we stumbled across Cafe Vergnano. The menu looked lovely so decided to give it a try. We were sat down and then ignored for about 10 minutes, we had to ask a waiter for a menu. We were then asked by a different waiter 2 seconds later what we would like to choose, we had to explain that we had literally just received our menu, so he gave us some time to look. We then ordered some amazing food & wine. Very big filling portions made beautifully.

The down fall we found was that where we are from you chose whether you would like to tip, depending on the service received. Being in London we understand that service charges are automatic, however if there was a choice we would of not given one, or if we did it would only of been on the understanding that it was for the chef's and not the for the waiter service.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Great food, not the cheapest but big portions and consistent quality”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

I've visited cafe Vergnano, just off the South Bank, on a number of occasions and have never had a bad dish. Their pasta is cooked to perfection, always tasty, authentic and large portions. Pear, cheese and walnut salad is great to share as a started but filling enough for a main course if you have some bread with it. Wines are good quality, reasonably priced and their mocha is to die for - rich dark chocolate, great coffee and cream - it's more a dessert than a drink. Looking forward to my next visit

Visited August 2012
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Oxfordshire
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91 reviews 91 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Pleasantly suprised”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012 via mobile

Was a bit hesitant about eating here after previous reviews but we had a lovely couple of pasta dishes ( strongly recommend the lobster and chicory dish) accompanied by a good glass of medium priced red and the service from what I assume was the boss, was really good. We weren't hassled or unnecessary bothered and he was polite and friendly. It's just a shame that there weren't more people there to add to the atmosphere.

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London, United Kingdom
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9 restaurant reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Save your pennies...eat from the stalls!!!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

After a very nice evening listening to Beethoven and Tchaicovsky...delightfuly played by the LPO (London Philharmonic Ochestra), food was needed!
Cafe Vergnano was the only restaurant able to accomodate the 4 of us???? alarm bells should of rang. The waiting staff were miserable as was the weather outside, the in-effiency was second to none with a serious attitude problem to match.
The food looked like it was catapulted onto the plate, and quite frankly was somewhat tasteless.
At roughly £25 per head including drinks (1 bottle of house red), I would have rather of donated it to the shores of the Thames in hope that a homeless person found it.
From such a lovely concert from the LPO to the shear depths of dissapointment of the above mentioned restaurant that is nothing more than tantamount to a glorrified pizzaria without the good fortune of the safety of a pizza!!!

  • Visited April 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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