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AA Notable Wine List 2016 - 2017
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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Fabulous top-class Italian cooking of daring simplicity

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At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

The Locanda is a class act, suiting its location in this well-heeled neighbourhood. Comfortable ivory bucket seats, a parquet floor, textured wooden walls, diaphanous drapes and booths divided by etched-glass screens combine to make a fashion statement. It can be difficult to book a table, not because Giorgio Locatelli is a celebrity chef but because people clamour to sample his innovative take on Italian cuisine. The menu, in Italian with English subtitles, is laid out conventionally enough, from antipasti to dolci, but there's nothing conventional about the cooking. A salad of burrata cheese, blood orange, black olives, fennel and bread crisps impresses for its bursts of clear-cut flavours, as does another starter of pork sausage with Savoy cabbage, butter foam and saffron rice. Pasta dishes are the real deal, among them pappardelle with hare ragù spiked with cocoa, and contorni are worth exploring: perhaps sautéed cavolo nero with cured pork belly. Main courses, of top-end ingredients, show a kitchen firing on all cylinders: pan-fried cod fillet, perfectly timed, served simply with lentils and parsley sauce, say, or the full-bodied flavours of roast breast of guinea fowl with liver crostino, black truffle and glazed carrots. Don't pass on puddings when there's chocolate and orange fondant with coconut crumble and orange sorbet up for grabs.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 24–26 December and 1 January
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 3
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 11


  • Chef: Giorgio Locatelli

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Italian
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 30
  • Wines over £30: 576
  • Wines by the glass: 18

Price guide

  • Starter from : 12.50
  • Main course from: 16.50
  • Dessert from: 7.50
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 85
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 50
  • Off-site parking available: NCP adjacent (meter)

Additional information

  • Seats: 85
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 50

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Nearest train station

Marble Arch
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