Restaurants, Italian St James'
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Franco’s attracts a highlly diverse clientele: an un-trashy Euro crowd including businessmen, well-groomed young women who like the convenience of all-day dining, the odd film director, and even – ordinary Londoners who find themselves in deepest St James's and needing sustenance. Inviting pavement tables, which bring a classy continental feel to traditionally English Jermyn Street, are most popular; there is also a relaxing café-bar and a more formal Italian restaurant next door.

In the café-bar, where a long maroon banquette provides seating at a series of round dark wood tables, is a huge silver Taittinger champagne bucket, a glass dome protecting morning pastries, a little nude art, and copies of the International Herald Tribune and Financial Times. Staff hit the right balance of friendliness and correctness – happy to chat about this or that, concerned how we wanted the house salad dressed, and whether the coffee should come before, with or after dessert.

People don't generally come here expecting the greatest food in London, but neither are they likely to leave here feeling hard done by. The place is open from breakfast through dinner, and at all stages it has been delivering the goods with solid quality through decades of doing business. Their £18 'complete breakfast' – full English plus a pastry, juice, toast and tea or coffee – will set you up for the day. Outside breakfast it's mostly classic Italian (pasta a strong point, lasagna a best seller) with a few dishes from the grill as well. Prices are not cheap, but neither are they at all expensive for this part of town. And the wine list enables you to drink very well for under £30 – something of a rarity for Italian places in the area. It’s no accident that in an area that’s packed with restaurants, Franco’s is still going strong.

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Franco's says
Minutes away from the theatres of Haymarket and Shaftesbury Avenue and open all day, Franco's evolves bustling ‘English’ breakfast to a sharp and charged lunch and elegant dinner setting.
Afternoon tea is hugely popular at Franco’s!. Afternoon tea includes scones, pastries, finger sandwiches and a range of leaf teas and infusions as well as a champagne option.

The bar is open throughout the day and quickly and in the evening our barmen enjoy making classic and contemporary cocktails! We aim to showcase the best of the unique character and style of each region with the wines we’ve selected from each region. An impressive 19 wines by the glass offer guests the opportunity to try something new without purchasing the bottle.
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Venue name: Franco's
Address: 61 Jermyn Street
Opening hours: Breakfast served 7-11am, lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Fri; noon-2.30pm Sat. Afternoon tea served 2.30-5.30pm Mon-Fri; 2.30-5.30pm Sat. Dinner served 5.30-11pm Mon-Thur; 5.30pm-midnight Fri, Sat.
Transport: Tube: Green Park tube
Price: Main courses £15-£26. Set lunch £20 courses, £25 3 courses, £30 4 courses.
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Just of Piccadilly this longstanding Italian restaurant is a real find, great food, super wine list and friendly service.

Franco's was recommended by a friend. Wonderful food and the service was spot on, attentive but not overbearing. A great find. Especially nice on a sunny day, being able to sit outside and watch the world go by. 

So, I walked the walk, totally shopped out , visited museums and art galleries , then decided to ‘pop’ into Franco's for coffee . This cosmopolitan hub was buzzing with the lunch time diners. I was fortunate enough to be asked if I minded being outside , which I loved. I didn't realise it was a much coveted table.!! Ohh Coffee seemed to hum drum for such a location.. a Glass of pink champagne whispered to me , a lovely alternative!

I sat watching Jermyn street in all its bustling activity. Franco's exciting menu beckoning… how could I resist the Linguine,with lobster, garlic chilli & tomato…. It was devine. Fresh, bursting with colour and flavor .The restaurant was very busy, I didn't have a reservation , but was in no hurry, I just wanted to relax and watch the world turn. The staff were attentive, professional and unobtrusive, making this a wonderful lunchtime dining experience. The waiter suggested a wine for the meal which married the luncheon perfectly. I eventually ordered my coffee, together with the classic tiramisu. What a fabulous way to spend a few hours on ones own. It was lovely not to be rushed or to feel uneasy dining alone. I felt like I'd been totally pampered and want to thank the staff for their wine knowledge and menu suggestions, making this a delightful part of my trip. I can't wait till January when I can return. .

the decor is charming, knowledgeable and attentive staff, and then all the simply delicious food. 

We had a wonderful and most enjoyable night.Everything we needed was sorted quickly and the wine flowed without an intervention from us. Our waitress was a bubbly happy lady and along with her colleagues made our night a delight. We intend to visit again, and my friend is planning a Christmas dinner here for her family! :) A memorable and delightful dining experience!

Superb food and service to match. Situated on Jermyn Street in between Green Park and Piccadilly its a little bit off the beaten track but well worth a visit.  They have four tables outside for the smokers and those that like people watching.

We're looking forward to our next visit.

Completely overrated. Plain food, strange looking, dry salmon, cold toast and almost frozen butter. The walls need redecorating! Plus they were sweeping around my table while I was eating.

Great all round restaurant with an understated glamour: buzzy, not too outrageously expensive, genuinely friendly and helpful staff (our waitress brought us two different whites to try as we weren't sure which one to go for). One of the few places that is open all day and the outdoor tables are a fantastic place to watch the world go by with a glass of rose. The food is solid and reliable, nothing too outrageous, but wht's there is competently executed. The bar is great for a bottle of wine and a plate of antipasti. Enjoy!

Special Offers

Restaurant Week: 3 courses & a glass of prosecco: £34

From a set menu. Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Valid For: 1 - 8 People Mon-Fri 5:30PM-10:30PM

Offer valid until Jun 8 2018