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Carluccio's - Islington

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305-307 Upper Street, London N1 2TU, England
+44 20 7359 8167
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I am Italian and I visited this restaurant with an open mind. The pasta was clearly preheated as it arrived within 2 minutes of ordering and was rubbery. Service is below bar. Antonio Carluccio should be ashamed of this huge chain. He wouldn't dream of earing the drivel his chef's pass off as 'Italian' so why feed unsuspecting diners?? Stick... More 

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Mechelen, Belgium
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Being lovers of Italian food and being impressed by Antonio Carluccio’s splendid and mouthwatering TV programs we went with some friends to enjoy his cuisine in one of his London restaurants in Islington. What a disappointment this was. The starters were more or less OK but the “secondi” or main course were simply unacceptable. We choose veal liver, lamb chops... More 

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FIFabian, General Manager at Carluccio's - Islington, responded to this review

Dear Sir I am so sorry to hear about your recent visit at Carluccio’s in Islington. I am embarrassed that you should have received such low standard of dishes, and we do normally pride ourselves on the exact opposite. We have obviously let, not only you and your party down, but also ourselves and the brand, on this occasion. I... More 

Hastings, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

carluccios was not very good as it was too noisy and busy as half the restaurant was being used for a little kids birthday party. also when we ordered the anti pasti they didn't bring it till the main courses came which by then the time had passed to eat them so we had to send them back. also the... More 

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Thank thorpie2016
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

Service from our waitress was excellent but the food was average. Not really good ambience for an evening meal. Really a daytime cafe.

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Thank GPMP17
N. Ireland
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132 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

My husband and I had a coffee break at this small but cosy restaurant. The cakes were lovely and if we were in the area we would return. The staff are friendly and helpful.

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Thank Ellen22
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

Been here many times, consistent quality of food and service. A bit small, space can be a bit limited. We go here often with the kids. Nice place and great location to walk around Upper Street and Angel

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Thank Massi M
London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016

Caprese salad - slices of about 2 large tomatoes around the edge of the plate, with 3 slices (on MY plate anyway) of mozzarella and a tiny basil leaf on top. £5.50! really?! A better price point for that wouldve been £2.00. Seems Italian places always have very similar menus - basically the same boring crap theyve been chucking out... More 

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Whitton
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2016 via mobile

Waited for ages to order, then another long wait for the food to arrive. When it finally came it was cold but too hungry and tired to send it back. Not a good experience and not going back Thursday 10th March - 19.30

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Malton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2016

Mothering Sunday, not booked but quickly found a table, pleasant service and all four enjoyed our well cooked and presented Italian cuisine. Find all Carluccio Restaurants visited, manage to retain an Italian atmosphere.

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Thank Robert K
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2016 via mobile

I've been there many times with my family for casual eating. The food is good and what you expect from Italian cuisine for this price range. The service is always attentive, better than at other venues of the same chain. In the last visit they got my order wrong. Depending on what restaurants bring me in this situation I get... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$13 - $26
Cuisine
Italian, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 305-307 Upper Street, London N1 2TU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7359 8167

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?