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“Could have been so much better” 3 of 5 stars
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Lena Restaurant
66 Great Eastern Street | Shoreditch, London EC2A 3JT, England (Shoreditch)
+44 20 77395714
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Ranked #8,776 of 17,879 Restaurants in London
Price range: $25 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Doing business
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Shoreditch
Cross street: Garden Walk
Transit: Old Street and Liverpool Street tube stations.
Description: Based in the heart of Shoreditch, Lena evokes traditional and modern Italian concepts, executed in the unique style of the area.The true Italian values of passion, pride and family are at the core of Lena and reflected in the welcome, service and most importantly, the food. Lena believes that we do not simply eat to live but that we live to eat, and part of the pleasure is sharing our love and dedication to enjoying excellent food in good company with others.Lena offers a menu that changes to reflect the best of the season's offerings, sustainably sourced from Italy and local producers to create timeless dishes with a contemporary twist. The ambition to share the food that Lena has loved, cooked and eaten with her family over the years is now realised.
London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Could have been so much better”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Took my sister there for her Birthday a few weeks ago after going there a year ago for her last Birthday. We went last time on a Friday and had a wonderful evening in the restaurant and the cocktail lounge downstairs.
This year we went on a Monday so expected a quiet evening but still had high expectations for the food/drink. We arrived for our half 7 booking and there was no one around so we had to wait to be seated, it seemed like there was only one waiter on that evening so after we sat down we had to wait a further 5 minutes for the menus and had to then ask him for the wine list. Upon choosing our wine, he returned to say they didn't have that particular one which was a shame. Nevertheless we ordered our food and unfortunately my main wasn't available, again slightly disappointing as I'd expect to be told this when we're given the menus but the steak I opted for was excellent and my sister had the chestnut fettuccine which she said was great

Overall our food was brilliant but the service left a lot to be desired especially given how quiet it was. Such a shame to have to give this three stars given the great experience we had last time

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Dreadful!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

A few people from work went for lunch here because we had been given a flyer....never again. The food took an hour and a half to come out, even though we had booked ahead and there was only one other group in the restaurant. When the food finally arrived, we were all shocked at how small the portions were, I would describe them as starter size rather than a main and so was still hungry after my lunch. To make it worse, the prices are quite high (£12 for 8 pieces of pasta) and when we refused to pay the service charge the waiter turned rude and abusive. Overall, there is nothing good about this place and I advise everyone to avoid at all costs

  • Visited February 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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London, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Bad value for money”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

Went with a group of colleages - although the food tasted good the service was incredibly slow (1 and a half hours) and the portion sizes very small (8 pieces of pasta for £9, which was classed as a main!). Everyone was still hungry at the end and the waiter wasn't happy when we didn't want to pay the service charge.

Don't go if you are short on time and are hungry.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Orpington, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Top quality in East London”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013 via mobile

One of my favourite restaurants in London! Ihavebeen at least ten times: Excellent food, excellent service, stylish and moderndecor, great cocktails and live music in the bar downstairs. Only downside to this place is what I can oly imagine is a lack of marketing as it is often a bit quiet and can lack atmosphere. The owners need to work on 'the buzz'! But otherwise one to go back to ime and time again.

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London
Top Contributor
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46 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
“Brilliant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

We had our office party here last Friday night. This was brilliantly organised by Christian and the team at Lena. Staff were friendly and accomodating and the food and drink was brilliant. They designed a special cocktail for us. We hired the private room function downstairs.

Food was fantastic and we will return!

thanks to Christian and the team!!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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