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Babbo

Restaurants, Italian Mayfair
4 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

An upmarket Italian restaurant in Mayfair with a weekend DJ and party vibe.

Owned by Chelsea players David Luiz and Willian, the vibe at this Mayfair Italian restaurant is seriously swanky. Interiors are in neutral tones but two large murals add colour. Flanking the entrance of the smallish 26-cover spot is a DJ booth, and giant pendant bulb lights hang from the ceiling. This is a good place to eat if you’re leaning into your weekend: on our Saturday night visit, Brazilian beats (both players are from Brazil) pumped out until 8.30pm; then there was loud dance music.

It was hell choosing between the 14 starters. The parmesan and truffle arancini had a lovely oozy filling. Deliciously salty cod and crab croquettes came piled up on top of one another. Of the mains, order the salt-baked sea bass (£35) if you want a show: our waiter appeared with a board topped with a mound of salt. He carved away at it to reveal the fish, then skinned and deboned it in front of us. Another excellent dish was the lobster linguine: every al dente string of pasta coated in a sweet-tasting sauce.

Tiramisu, too, was theatrical: the waitress drizzled cold coffee over a cream-filled chocolate ball on a sponge crumb. Fun, but the result was a tad lacking in flavour.

It’s also pricey, but this is Mayfair, and overall Babbo delivers on well-cooked, quality ingredients and top-notch service. The only real bugbear: the many helpful staff tended to gather by the bar, which makes sitting there noisy, so choose your seats carefully. We didn’t see any footballers on this visit but even without them, Babbo is glam.

By: Kavi Shah

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Details

Address: 39 Albemarle St
London
W1S 4JQ
Transport: Tube: Green Park
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £150.
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Users say (5)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

2.6 / 5

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Delicious Italian Cuisine

My friends and I visited Babbo on Friday 25th October 2019 with the aim of a girls dinner and a great atmosphere, a couple of our friends have been to Babbo's and highly recommended it, after a little Online search came across Babbo instantly saw pictures of the dishes and decided to book a table for a group of four at 7pm.


From our arrival the staff were friendly, knowledgeable and attentive in every single detailed from explaining various cheeses on the cheese board selection, the ingredients of each dish to serving our food and checking we were happy with out being overwhelming. 


Everything on the menu is worth trying, in my eyes Babbo’s Chef aims to deliver delicious yet healthy Italian food. There are classic dishes and signature Babbo specials.

Every single dish from the starters all the way the desserts, no only did they look like a work of art but accelerated our taste spuds and we wanted to try more.


We indulge ourselves with following delicious starters:

Cod croquettes, beef fillet carpaccio, mustard dressing & parmesan cheese, Classic mini margarita pizzette, beef tartare served on quinoa crackers, Red prawn tartar with imperial caviar & centrifuge of green apple.


Pastas to die for, homemade maccheroncini with porcini mushrooms & Linguine gragnano with lobster. 


Chefs special Beef cheek with mustard mash potato and cabbage salad, the beef was perfectly cooked it soft and almost melted in your mouth.


Desserts out of this world,

Cheesecake, Vanilla Panacotta, Titamisu with a delicious coffee ice cream 


Everything is made in-house, from the pasta to the bread and pastries.

Giuseppe was so attentive and offered us to try some of the Halloween specials, we tried and enjoyed the Black Widow cocktail and the special Halloween dessert which as one of my favourite desserts ever! Blood orange SemiFreddo with pistachio sponge, white chocolate was simply perfection.


Thank you to head chef Nicola, who personally came to greet us, and to check on us to make sure we are enjoying the food and overall experience.


The food was nothing short of perfection, I will be back soon to try the rest of the menu and I certainly recommend the restaurant for the overall experience with the staff and food.


The food was very overpriced for the way it tasted also I wore the best color in the world when I got in blue but the first step i set in this restaurant the employees called me a idiot. I had to wait so very long to even get my food and when i did it was COLD! it felt like a mediocre premier league team who hasnt won anything important in ages. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND


Food was terrible, the portion size was an absolute joke yeah definitely wouldn’t recommend this place! Just spend your money in McDonald’s at least you get a decent size meal!!!


Absolutely awful restaurant. Service was poor, staff were unfriendly and food was appalling. My food arrived an hour after the order had been placed, not to mention half of it was still cold. Waiters were reluctant to help and the overall dreadful experience justified the place being empty. Waste of time and money. Do not go here

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