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“Off the beaten path”
Review of Isola del Sole

Isola del Sole
Ranked #5,384 of 23,023 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $24
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Description: Isola del Sole is the door to the Mediterranean in south-west London. With fresh and daily-made pasta, an array of flavours and the rich passion of life in every dish, this little Sardinian jewel is enough to make you feel like you're dining out by the Italian coast rather than by the bustling sounds of Putney. We are open Monday to Saturday, lunch and dinner.
London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
109 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Off the beaten path”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

This Sardinian restaurant in Putney is a bit off the main frontages and a few minutes down a not entirely enticing side road. But once there you are warmly welcomed and with lots of attention. For veggies the ravioli was tasty, but not a lot of choice. But friends were enthusiastic about their more conventional choices includes moules and steak. The house wine was a steal, much better than most.

  • Visited May 2013
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Just brilliant”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

Nothing but great things to say about this gem. It's so easy to walk by it as it's a tiny slice of space, and adjacent an Indian restaurant that's usually empty. But come late evening, and the windows will probably be fogged up from it being so packed. The prices are not cheap, but it's worth splashing a bit for delicious treats - every dish we've had here (3 visits so far) has been fantastic.

  • Visited December 2012
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London
Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Good Sardinian food”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

Isola del Sole does do very tasty Sardinian food. Don't be tempted to think it's just 'Italian' food that you'll get; you'll be disappointed. Instead, you get something different, and delicious.

The food, and the variety of the menu when we went, was great - lots of choice, lots of interesting sounding options. Of all dishes the three people in my party had, we were happy with them all except perhaps my dessert. Cheese-filled pastry covered in icing sugar, lemon and honey did sound a bit left field but I gave it a try. It's nice to see the place trying something different, but I was not a fan.

The atmosphere is reasonably smart and low key, with fairly dark lighting. The place is quite small, so the atmosphere can be severly affected (for better or worse) by the clientele on the night (as commented in another review). This night, it was a nice - and quiet - crowd so we had a good evening.

The service tonight was good, fairly prompt, fairly friendly, and both waitresses were able to help me when I had questions about the food.

We were sat right next to the front door on a very cold night. The regular opening and closing could have been very annoying had I been in a different mood, but I was kept entertained by both my company and the pretty waitresses, so it wasn't too irritating. However, when you book a table you may wish to ask to be further into the restaurant and NOT by the front window/door.

Having been a year or two back, and received dreadful service (to the point where we said we would never go back), this time around the whole experience was much better. I would recommend giving Sardinian a chance, and giving it a chance at Isola del Sole in Putney.

  • Visited March 2013
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London
Level 4 Contributor
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34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Fabulous Sardinian food!”
Reviewed March 4, 2013 via mobile

This is NOT an Italian restaurant. The owners pride themselves on Sardinian food- no pizza in Sardinia!!

What they do have however, is fresh and flavoursome food. Mozzarella that you won't find in a supermarket, melt in your mouth stuff :) As for pasta, beautifully al-Dente just like your mother would make if you happened to be Sardinian, that is!

Prices have gone up in the last years but in all fairness so has the quality of the cooking. It's no longer a restaurant at the end of your road, it's a genuine destination now.

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UK
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27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Excellent food”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

Very nice food - the menu choice was relatively limited but both me and my partner found something to meet our tastes. Lovely little restaurant just off the main high street in Putney. Great service, would go back but maybe once they've updated the menu choices.

Visited October 2012
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Thank Katie S
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