Polpetto Christmas & New Year Opening

Polpetto will open at the following times during the festive period:

  • 24 December: midday-4.30pm
  • 25 December: closed
  • 26 December: open as usual
  • 27 - 28 December: Sunday hours
  • 29 - 30 December: open as usual
  • 31 December: open until 1am
  • 1 January: closed
  • 2 January: open as usual

Happy Christmas & New Year!

The Story

Polpetto opened in 2010 and originally occupied the first floor of the French House pub on Dean Street. It attracted critical acclaim (“amazingly good... flawless... perfect” - The Telegraph) and gained a massive following of fans. But the venue proved too small and the restaurant’s 24 seats were always oversubscribed. It closed in May 2012.

After a year of searching for the right location, Russell Norman and Richard Beatty have relocated the restaurant to Berwick Street. The venue boasts 60 seats, an aperitivo bar, an open kitchen and a chef’s table.


“Perfectly accomplished… heavenly”

“The whole place has that extraordinary feel of familiarity and comfort that takes such craft to create from scratch”

“Sublime…straightaway the restaurant I’d choose to go to above all others in London: my idea of fun”

The Evening Standard - David Sexton

“With this Soho comeback Polpetto’s acquired a bolder, more mature feel – and we think it’s better than ever”

Time Out - Celia Plender

“The ingredients work together to create something rather greater than a mere sum of their parts”

“Spot on”

The Daily Mail – Tom Parker Bowles

“It’s the world’s best Caesar salad, and I would like to take it home to live with me”

“An unalloyed hit”


“The return of this much-loved restaurant is welcome news…it seems like Polpetto's been here forever”

Hot Dinners

Find Us

11 Berwick Street
London W1F 0PL
020 7439 8627

Click to see menu | wines | cocktails

Monday to Saturday:
11.30am - 11pm

11.30am - 10.30pm

Bank Holidays:
Sunday hours


Polpetto takes reservations for lunch but does not take reservations for dinner. People often ask us why. Here is why:

At lunchtime, our restaurants are mostly business/meeting destinations. Most people come to meet friends or business contacts and need to know that they can have lunch at a specific time, get back to work, go shopping or pick the children up from school.

To reserve a table at lunch use the form to the right or call us on: 02074398627

In the evening, it’s playtime. Things are a lot more relaxed, we turn the music up and the lights down and to preserve the essential informality of the Polpetto experience, we don’t take bookings. You simply turn up and we sit you down, on arrival if we can, or shortly afterwards if all the tables are full.

Our bar seats, by the way, are always first-come, first-served. So even if we are fully booked at lunchtime, please do turn up for the (whisper it) best seats in the house.

We have a chef’s table overlooking the kitchen that is available for groups of 8-12 people. To book this please email manager@polpetto.co.uk.


CICHÈTI (two pieces)  
Bresaola & horseradish 4
Chopped chicken liver crostini 4
Smoked mozzarella crocchette 4
Pickled young vegetables 3
Marinated baby octopuses 3

Grilled focaccia & olive oil 3
Margherita pizzetta 5
Prosciutto & rocket pizzetta 6
White pizzetta with thyme 5
Hot-smoked salmon pizzetta with charred spring onion 6

Zucchini fries 4
Beetroot, goat cheese & walnut 5
Gnocchi with nettle pesto 6
Castelfranco, tomato & burrata 6
Sprouting broccoli with Swiss chard salsa verde 5

Crispy soft shell crab, Parmesan batter 8
Seabass, roasted fennel & broad beans 8
Mussels with tomato, chilli & samphire 6
Braised prawns, grilled asparagus & peas 7
Deep fried squid, zucchini & chilli 7

Flank steak, roasted red pepper & feta 9
Lamb with wild garlic & pearl barley 9
Warm duck salad with chicory, orange & pine nuts 7
Chicken & wild mushroom tagliatelle 8
Beef & pork meatballs, coleslaw & focaccia 7

Poached rhubarb with meringue 5
Semifreddo with orange & honeycomb 5
Flourless lemon & almond cake 6
Tiramisù 5
Nutella pizzetta 6

Sample menu - dishes are always subject to seasonal changes


Soft poached eggs & scafata 6
Smoked salmon, scrambled eggs & toasted sourdough 7
Brunch pizzetta with Italian salsiccia, wild mushroom, Parmesan & a soft egg 8
Wild garlic, mushrooms & ricotta on toasted sourdough 6

Ricotta doughnuts & cinnamon sugar 3
Pastries 1.5
Granola 3

Fresh orange juice 3
Breakfast Bellini 6
Bloody Mary 6
Virgin Mary 3
Breakfast tea, Earl Grey, green tea, fresh mint 2
Espresso 2
Cappuccino, latte, double espresso, flat white 3


Pink 75cl 50cl 25cl
Chiaretto, Monte del Frá 14 29 19 10
Beer & sodas
Birra Moretti (33cl) 4.5
Belu Sparkling/Still (75cl) 3.5
San Bitter Rosso/Bianco & Crodino 3
Square Root London Sodas 4
Bergamot, Citrus, Ginger or Apple 4
White 75cl 50cl 25cl
Garganega, Polpo 14 19 13 7
Sauvignon Blanc, Poeta 15 23 16 8
Trebbiano, Poderi dal Nespoli 14 25 17 9
Verdicchio Classico, Accadia Consono 14 28 19 10
Soave Classico, Coffele 14 33 23 12
Gavi di Gavi, Manenti 14 34 24 13
Sparkling Wine 75cl 50cl 12½cl
“POLPO” Prosecco Brut, NV 32 21 6
Malibran, Col Fondo NV 36
Red 75cl 50cl 25cl
Corvina, Polpo 14 19 13 7
Negroamaro, Statua 14 21 14 7
Montepulciano, Fiori 14 23 16 8
Merlot, Valle 14 25 17 9
Valpolicella, La Giaretta 14 33 23 12
Freisa, Claudio Mariotto 14* 36 24 12

Sample Cocktails

Some Cocktails  
Cynar Gin Fizz
Beefeater, Cynar, lemon juice, POLPO Prosecco
Beefeater, Campari, sweet vermouth
Negroni Sbagliato
Mancino Rosso, Campari, POLPO Prosecco
Rosemary Gimlet
Beefeater Gin, lime cordial, Rosemary
Perfect Manhattan
Crown Royal, Cinzano Rosso, Cinzano Extra dry
Four Roses, Elderflower, Lemon, Mint, POLPO Prosecco
Post Prandial & Bitters  
Stellacello 4.5
Aquavite di Vinaccia' Bianca 'Grappa 4.5
Mancino Secco/Ambrato/Rosso Amaranto 3.5
Cynar 3
Frangelico 3
Punt e Mes 3
Fernet Branca 3.5
Café Coretto 5
Pococello 5


We are always looking for great people for all our restaurants. Please email us here with your CV for employment opportunities. We like these three qualities:

  1. Very good attitude and a big smile
  2. Very good command of spoken English
  3. Some experience (but not essential)

Alternatively, pop into one of the restuarants and drop off your CV with one of the managers.

Other Restaurants

As well as the Polpo restaurants, we also have Mishkin's and Spuntino. Please visit them too.


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Photography: Carol Sachs