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Franco's

#761 of 17,062 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
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St. James's
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61 Jermyn Street | St. James, London SW1Y 6LX, England (St James's)
020 74992211
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Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Tadworth, United Kingdom
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215 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a real stalwart of the lunch scene in West Central London. While on a quiet(er) street, it is close to many shopping landmarks. The dining room is comfortable and airy (and the loos have piped readings of Winnie the Pooh!). Service is good. Food shows imagination as well as classical fare. Not too expensive considering the location. Also... More 

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2 Thank KIM W
Dublin
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94 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

One of the great joys of London are the wonderful places to go for breakfast and they are not too expensive. Franko's has a great buzz and a little whimsy...they play Winnie the Pooh in the Ladies toilets. There are all sorts of people having meetings, discussing the economy and just enjoying London. I had the eggs Florentine with beautiful,... More 

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1 Thank CrinkleDublin
Brentwood, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to lunch here yesterday with 3 girlfriends. The place was buzzy and friendly. Our waiters were friendly, helpful and attentive. We had the set price lunch menu. The prawn starter was attractively presented and very tasty. Main was Guinea fowl, again very tender. We ordered extra veg which was needed. Overall was delighted and would love to return.

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3 Thank Gill O
Inverness, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Franco's tucked away in a quiet street in St James delivers great food, diligent professional & friendly service in a luxurious yet welcoming dining space .

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3 Thank Norman M
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As always a great meal and atmosphere complimented by some of the best service we have ever had, Great food and wine selection, always busy so that says it all.

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3 Thank sandwellsgarage
FrancosJermynStreet, General Manager at Franco's, responded to this review

What a lovely review, thank you! Regards Jason Phillips More 

Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our third visit for ten old guys who enjoy visiting the nearby Royal Academy and having a really good lunch afterwards, Despite booking our table some four weeks in advance we were surprised to be relegated to the gloomy basement. Had we known about this in advance we would certainly have cancelled the booking. The food on this... More 

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1 Thank Betty&TC
FrancosJermynStreet, General Manager at Franco's, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent review of Franco's following on from our trip to the Royal Academy. We recently decorated Franco's including the basement and continue to receive many positive comments, so it is for this reason we are surprised you thought the basement was gloomy. I understand that the reception received positive feedback from a couple of members of... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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91 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Taken to Franco's for dinner on a business trip in June. Very busy restaurant and obviously very popular. Table had been pre booked - I think there would have been difficulty getting in otherwise. Service very good and waiters helpful/attentive. Good selection of food - I had a starter of Parma ham and melon (lots of ham) followed by Veal... More 

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5 Thank C Saloux
FrancosJermynStreet, General Manager at Franco's, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Franco's after your recent visit. We recommend that all guests make a reservation however we will always make every effort to accommodate those that pop in on the chance we have a spare table. We're very pleased that you enjoyed the atmosphere and whole experience. Hopefully you will be able to return soon. With... More 

Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent service, delicious entree and main course, great atmosphere and can't wait to return next year when we over from Australia. Christopher and Fiona Day from Sydney.

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4 Thank Fiona D
FrancosJermynStreet, General Manager at Franco's, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write of your recent visit to Franco's when visiting London from Australia. There will of course be a warm welcome back to you next year when you return to the UK and hopefully Franco's. With kind regards Jason Phillips More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016 via mobile

Extremely overpriced. You could go to Bella Pasta and there isn't much difference. The food portions are small and the alcohol extortionate. We gave feedback to the manger on duty but this was met with smug "we have to pay our rent" which I understand but the quality of food should always reflect the price. I have no issue paying... More 

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FrancosJermynStreet, General Manager at Franco's, responded to this review

Thank you for taking your time to pass on your feedback. Naturally we are very disappointed that you did not enjoy the experience. We feel that you may have exaggerated the cost of our main courses, only one is priced at £34, the rest being priced in the mid £20's all our pasta main courses significantly less. I hope that... More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

We had no reservation for lunch. It was crowded, but they somehow managed to seat us upstairs to our delight. The mushroom risotto was the best, the service was faultless, and we left with a bounce in our step.

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5 Thank DMarshall2014
FrancosJermynStreet, General Manager at Franco's, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely words. We are delighted that we managed to fit you in on one of our busy lunches. Naturally we are are pleased that you enjoyed the food and appreciated the service we provide. Hopefully you will return soon. With kind regards Jason Phillips More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$40
Cuisine
Italian, European
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 61 Jermyn Street | St. James, London SW1Y 6LX, England
    (St James's)
  • Public Transportation: Green Park, St James's & Piccadilly tube stations are all 5 minutes walk away.
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > St. James's
  • Neighborhood: St. James's
  • Phone Number: 020 74992211
Description
Opened in 1946 in Mayfair, Franco's restaurant has been one of London's most popular Italian establishments ever since. It continues to offer local gourmets a tranquil oasis away from the buzz of the city. Set at the St James���s end of Jermyn Street, Franco's is fantastically located for the galleries, private clubs and hotels of the area. And the pre-theatre and afternoon tea menus are a delight. The restaurant���s character evolves throughout the day from the early morning breakfasts to laid-back lunches and romantic candlelit dinners in the evening. The elegant 1940���s-inspired d��cor is bright and modern, with light wood, off-white walls and comfy upholstered dining chairs. Franco's sumptuous Mediterranean menu has been developed by Head Chef Paulo Parlanti and showcases fresh seasonal produce in traditional and modern Italian dishes. Popular dishes include the duck breast with Castelluccio lentils; ossobucco ravioli with veal jus; and the classic tiramisu. Service is flawless and the wine list is a winner too.

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St. James's
Perennially fashionable since the days of Henry VIII, the aristocratic “Clubland” of St James's is a premier destination for high end craft and bespoke design. Here you’ll lose count of the Royal Warrants (which indicate that the Royal Family patronizes the establishment) seen in shop front windows, even during a short stroll to bordering Green Park or St James’s Park. With the brightly lit and constantly buzzing junction of Piccadilly Circus at its northeast corner and none of Central London too far away, this is an surprisingly central and accessible part of town, especially given its prosperous demeanor.
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