Polpo Chelsea

Restaurants, Italian Chelsea
5 out of 5 stars
(7user reviews)

What is there to say about the Chelsea branch of Russell Norman’s Venetian-inspired small plates bar? Basically, if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. That’s not to say we’re not big fans of everything Polpo: from the ‘Polpo look’ (a been-there-forever mix of reclaimed fittings, chipped plaster and creaking furniture) to its Aperol spritzes and brown-paper menu (favourites include cicchetti, fritto misto and meatballs, plus those ricotta beignets...). Chelsea’s USP is its large L-shaped terrace, which overlooks the high-end boutiques and pedestrianised expanse of Duke of York Square. The best bit? Tables are bookable, outside and in, until 4pm.

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Polpo Chelsea says
Polpo is a bàcaro. This is a Venetian word to describe a humble restaurant serving simple food and good Italian wines. We offer tasty small plates, prosecco and spritz, in the heart of Duke of York Square, serving food from 10am every day.
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Venue name: Polpo Chelsea
Address: 81 Duke of York Square
Transport: Tube: Sloane Square
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Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

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Been several times on a time limit and the service has always been excellent and really quick. Have also spent an afternoon drinking wine and snacking on the delicious plates, by which I have never been disappointed. Excellent food and lovely, friendly service.


The stuffed olives are to die for!!!! So tasty that I have often just gone in for those and a coffee!


Venetian food that are small fishes. The food was good but nothing spectacular. It had a really good athmosphere. The service was good and the price was not extremely expensive. A good meal!


Italian tapas-style dishes.  Its reputation certainly lives up to reality.

The portions are large so the prices are justified, and every dish we had was delicious, particularly the rosemary roast potatoes and the duck ragu.  Well worth a visit

Perfect addition to Duke of York Square. Sit out under the heaters with a blanket and while away the hours sampling the delicious selection of small dishes (the arancini are particularly good). Once it gets too chilly to sit outside, the interior has been beautifully done, so step inside.


Cute little place to go for a date or casual dinner. Dishes seem very authentically italian.

Just around the corner from me! Love the other Polpo venues so I'm fully expecting the Chelsea branch to be a good one too. Thanks for bringing it this way, Russell.  

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