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Orso

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27 Wellington Street, London WC2E 7DB, England
+44 20 7240 5269
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12:00 - 23:30
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Sun 12:00 - 21:00
Mon 12:00 - 23:00
Tue - Sat 12:00 - 23:30
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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Had my brothers birthday dinner here (3rd visit) - as always the food is consistently very good. Service was a little slow but nothing that caused any kind of problem. Really good atmosphere and reasonably priced, solid Italian menu.

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Thank elliot p
London, United Kingdom
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896 reviews
720 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 487 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Orso, which has been going strong in Its chic Wellington Street basement since 1985 proves the correctness of the adage 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it.' It looks the same as it did when we first visited decades ago. The same relaxed decor. Marcelo Mastroianni and his cinematic contemporaries look as youthful as ever in their black and white... More 

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely Italian, came across it when we didn't expect it. We were both starving and thought let's try it. Menu is small but worth it, the food was really hot and tasty. I'd definitely come back here

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Thank sks_1992
Alain B, Manager at Orso, responded to this review

life is full of surprise and i am glad you came across our path so i hope you will return in the near future More 

Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were recommended this restaurant by London friends who often go to the theatres around Covent Garden. We were going to the Lyceum Theatre and this lovely Italian restaurant is just next door! It may be a difficult place to access by the disabled as it is situated under street level and is accessed by going down stairs. This "underground"... More 

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Thank Gillian H
Alain B, Manager at Orso, responded to this review

thank you so much for your time to post a very positive feed back i shall pass on your comments to my team and hope to welcome you back very soon More 

London, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It must be more than twenty-five years since I last went to Orso however I was pleased to find the same relaxing ambience and very interesting and well-delivered food.

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Thank PeripateticVintage
Alain B, Manager at Orso, responded to this review

Glad to hear that we did not disappointed you even 25 years later ... so thank you for your kind word and hope to welcome you back again very soon More 

Cranbrook, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very sorry to say waiter was far too anxious to sell a 'lovely sweet Valentine cocktail'. Food was mediocre and it was a disappointing pre theatre experience.

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Thank Polly16398
Alain B, Manager at Orso, responded to this review

oh dear... so sorry we did not deliver on that special occasion please do email directly to discuss further alain@orsorestaurant.co.uk More 

Loubes-Bernac, France
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great restaurant Tucked away, near to Covent Garden and many theatres, it offers great service and super food at reasonable prices Have visited many times over the years and hopefully will be able to do so for some time to come

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Thank john w
Alain B, Manager at Orso, responded to this review

what else can i say other than a big thank you for your review and your loyalty i shall pass your comments to the staff ... hope to welcome you back again very soon More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stumbled upon Orso and decided to have dinner here. Our server (I think his name was Sébastien) was great and attentive. The menu isn't terribly big but the food we ordered was great. However we thought 3 pork meatballs was a bit stingy to go with a pasta dish. The thing that we felt could be improved is their timing.... More 

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Thank LMY_1990
Alain B, Manager at Orso, responded to this review

thank you for your feed back as it does help to improve our service and i shall pass on your comments to Sebastien ... hope to welcome you back again very soon More 

London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Orso doesn't look much from the street and I would not be surprised if lots of people just walked by, almost without realising it was there; however as you descend into this basement restaurant you quickly realise that you are in for a treat. Friendly and attentive staff (even despite us being very late for our booking), fabulous menu and... More 

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Thank James T
Alain B, Manager at Orso, responded to this review

think i do remember that evening i called you twice to make sure you were still coming and am glad you did so thank you for sharing your positive experience and hope to welcome you back again very soon More 

Petersfield, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived and our reservation had been made for 6.30 and not 6pm as requested, however the manager juggled tables and we were seated, staff were friendly, our starters were incorrect but quickly changed. Main course was nice, deserts were limited for my taste so I didn't partake. My main complaint was here we were seated was very cold, the... More 

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Thank hunny222016
Alain B, Manager at Orso, responded to this review

i remembered very well that evening you came ... it was exceptionally freezing temperature outside however we tried to our best to kept the restaurant as warm as possible but nature took over on that day and i am sorry it did spoilt your evenig please email me directly on your next visit alain@orosrestaurant.co.uk More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$19 - US$31
Cuisine
Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 21:00
Monday
12:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 23:30
Wednesday
12:00 - 23:30
Thursday
12:00 - 23:30
Friday
12:00 - 23:30
Saturday
12:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 27 Wellington Street, London WC2E 7DB, England
  • Public Transportation: Covent Garden
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighbourhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7240 5269
Description
The finest Italian cuisine comes to Covent Garden. Opened in October 1985, Orso is a wonderful restaurant in the heart of London's West End. From the beginning, the aim was to bring authentic Italian cuisine to Covent Garden and Orso delivers. Orso takes pride in using only the freshest and finest ingredients such as extra virgin olive oil, arugula, puntarelle, porcini mushrooms, buffalo mozzarella and white truffles, when in season and sourced in Italy. But it is not just about the ingredients; each meal is prepared to perfection, served on hand-painted Italian tableware designed by Designers Guild, and accompanied by a selection of fine Italian wines. Orso is the perfect destination for the London diner, offering bustling but attentive service, a lively atmosphere and a tempting menu.

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Staying in Covent Garden

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Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or simply to be among the multitude of people who pass through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated by some impromptu act of a street performer wowing the crowds in Covent Garden's Piazza. If you do have tickets, you'll be pleased to note that many of the local eateries accommodate theatergoers with prix fixe menus, early dinners, and later than usual opening hours. 


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