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“Great Neighbourhood Restaurant” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Il Girasole

Il Girasole
189 Garratt Lane | Southfields, London SW18 4 DR, England
020 8870 0931
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Ranked #122 of 17,041 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great Neighbourhood Restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

My wife and I had a rare afternoon by ourselves and fancied a casual lunch out; passing by Girasole we thought we would take a punt and try it out.

So glad we did, three courses later and feeling pleasantly sated we emerged. Pleasantly surprised that there were some less obvious items on the menu. Food was great quality and service was friendly.

We will definitely be back

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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london
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75 reviews 75 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“diamond in the rough”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

Had a delicious meal at Il Girasole last night, food was fabulous, well presented and reasonally priced. THe meal had lots of variety, and additional specials. The service was wonderful, especially enjoyed the lemoncello at the end of the meal. Will definently be returning.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Fantastic, local Italian in Earlsfield”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Il Girasole is fantastic. It's small, quaint and friendly with warm and welcoming service and wonderful food. My boyfriend and I first visited just to 'give it a go to support local business' but weren't expecting much! We were very pleasantly surprised. The specials board sounded mouth-watering with wild boar ragu a real attention grabber, and the menu proper (which changes regularly) didn't disappoint either. There's almost too much to choose from. Each time we've visited we've tried different starters, mains and puddings and been impressed each time. Alessandro is more than happy to talk you through the ingredients and really brings each dish to life. I'm not a pudding fan, but when he appears from the kitchen with a home cooked pear and chocolate tart it's tough to turn it down. There's a good wine list and everything is very reasonably priced. Fabulous addition to Earlsfield's restaurant scene.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Excellent Italian”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

Great ingredients, cooked well with warm and friendly service. We have been back numerous times since they opened last year and the varied menu and specials always make for a great meal. A very welcome addition to Garratt Lane.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“A little gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

This Italian restaurant is well worth a visit - much better than the chain food just down the road at the Southside Centre. It's a welcome addition to this end of Garratt Lane, and well worth a visit. The menu is varied, the food is tasty and reasonably priced. The service is good too. Get a seat away from the door for the best experience.

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