Restaurants, Diners Soho
3 out of 5 stars
(64user reviews)

For a lesson in how to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, head to Spuntino. A challenge to find (look for ‘number 61’), the venue is laid out as a bar – and a tiny one at that, with a smattering of fixed, backless seats allowing diners to perch along the counter.

This is no wholesome 1950s-style diner, but a dark, grungy space where dim lights dangle in cages, the walls are cracked and battered, and the staff sport daring tattoos under flimsy vests (and that’s just the girls). The anti-establishment vibe trickles into the menu, which is Italian-American with plenty of ‘additude’. Served mostly on all-the-rage enamelled tin dishes, food features big bold flavours packed into tiny portions: from our dinky slider (mini-burger), filled with moist pulled pork and pickled apple, to a black-edged pizzetta (mini-pizza) topped with long stems of pleasantly bitter cicoria (Italian dandelion), thin salami slices and a hit of chilli.

The salads are equally innovative, as seen in a tumble of kohlrabi (a mild turnip) and apple with crumbly feta, hazelnuts and black sesame seeds. Only dessert proved a let-down; our chocolate, pecan and bourbon cake had plenty of nuts but no discernible liquor. We wondered whether the bartenders had necked it on the sly.


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Spuntino serves small plates like Polpo but this restaurant takes its theme from downtown New York. The menu offers dishes including mac 'n' cheese, truffled egg toast, eggplant chips and pulled pork sliders. The site evokes nineteenth-century machine-age Brooklyn.
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Venue name: Spuntino
Address: 61 Rupert Street
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus tube
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Average User Rating

3.2 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:20
  • 4 star:13
  • 3 star:6
  • 2 star:9
  • 1 star:16
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Spuntino is a mixed bag really. It is a great spot for when you are out and about and need some comfort food to soak up the alcohol. The kitchen is open till late and they take walk-ins. But there’s only bar seating and a vault at the back accommodating a single larger table, so you only really stand a chance if you are two. The bar seating does create a unique vibe, though. It feels like you could be in Manhattan. The American streak is continued in the menu: it’s posh diner inspired American-Italian fare, and most of the food is heavy but tasty.

The staff is really attentive. We walked in on a busy Saturday night with no reservation. We were offered to wait and had a drink while waiting. We were continuously looked after despite the place heaving with customers, seated earlier than expected and served complimentary popcorn the moment we took our coveted seats at the bar.

The food was more or less consistently good. Sadly, the truffle egg toast that used to be to die for is but a shadow of its glorious self these days, but sliders, and sea bream, and deep fried stuffed olives were just fine.

It’s cocktails that were a let down. They are on the small side (even the ones normally served long). My tiny Bloody Maries were widely inconsistent. I was at first told they are out of basic vodka, so my first one was actually a Bloody Maria (a tequila based alternative). Then, apparently, vodka miraculously appeared, but all the flavour was gone and what I got was just a bland vodka - tomato juice. My friend’s cocktails were too sweet (she had a Clover Club and then an Earl Grey Martini). So all in all I’d say this was a three star experience.


Spuntino – a sister restaurant to the Polpo chain – makes a refreshing alternative to the usual boozy brunch options in the city. 

Tucked away on Rupert Street in Soho, the venue is small, reflecting the dimly lit atmosphere of Polpo yet Spuntino acts as the cool older sibling with an edgy streak and daring appearance. 

This ‘scruffy’ joint serves dogs, sliders and generous helpings of cheese – the food you crave after two hours of non-stop prosecco - but with a little more thought and precision than your local greasy takeout joint. 

Having booked a table, we were able to wangle a seat in the one booth table – the rest of the seats are placed around the bar. Sat underneath a particular ‘fruitful’ memorial our prosecco tumblers were generously filled while the cheese feast began. The sliders look great but what you go to Spuntino for in the truffled egg toast and lobster mac and cheese. Throw in tomato aubergine bake, and you’ve taken your boozy brunch to the next level. 

The only thing I will say that some of the portions are very small, especially the chips, so do take recommendations of how much to order - although be careful and your bill quite easily adds up!


As this was my first year spending Christmas in London, I hadn’t realised how busy the city could become! It took me and my friend quite some time to find a restaurant open on the 24th and that had a suitable time for us to have dinner. But we managed and decided to head to Spuntino, which my friend highly recommended.

I liked how rustic the place was – it was bar seating in a dimly lit but comfortable setting with great bartenders and food. It felt really chill and actually quite a nice place for a date, given the lighting and atmosphere but perhaps at a less peak time (so it doesn’t get too loud).

There were so many dishes we wanted to try so we decided to order a few and share them like a tapas-styled dinner:

  1. Eggplant Fries – These were unique to me, as I’d only had courgette fries as an alternative vegetable made into fries before this. I liked how simple it was and how the eggplant was still soft on the inside and the golden and crisp exterior batter.
  2. Fig & Gorgonzola Pizzetta – This was one of their daily specials and we were lucky enough to nab the last one! It was great because the dough was thin, so it didn’t fill us up too much, leaving space for more dishes. The figs were great when cooked and there was just the right amount of gorgonzola, such that we could taste it but without it overpowering the other ingredients. I liked that it was also topped with Italian bacon pieces, which were crunchy and added a good amount of saltiness and great flavour!
  3. Mac & Cheese – AMAZING. Need I say more? It had a beautiful golden and crisp topping and it was cheesy enough to have a good cheese-pull but not overpowering.
  4. Truffle Egg Toast – Oh sweet baby cheesus. This was a really unique dish – white toast filled with cheese and egg yolk and just the perfect amount of truffle coming through it all. Definitely the reason I’d come back!
  5. PB & J Sandwich – For dessert, because yes we still had space for dessert after all that, we went for this beauty. I actually thought it’d be a PB&J sandwich with bread but the ‘bread’ was actually peanut butter ice cream shaped into sandwich triangles, filled with peanut brittle and jam. Again, another unique dish and way of presenting it!
I thought the service was great, our bartender was really nice and helped recommend a few dishes. Additionally, he was really accommodating to another friend who arrived later – she wasn’t feeling very well and he made the effort to make her a custom drink that she asked for. Overall, a great experience and a delicious Christmas Eve dinner!

An American diner in the centre of London. Spuntino serves tasty comfort food from burgers and mac&cheese to hot dogs and eggplant chips. It features a big square bar, around which most of the sitting is offered. The decoration is simple and modern: brick, wood and tiles. The food is absolutely delicious and the staff are friendly and relaxed. Definitely recommend it for a laid back lunch or dinner.


A great eatery in Soho with a large selection of appetisers and mains and really pleasant service. The interior is amazing, an American diner from the 50s so much more atmospheric than the modern ones. There are stands around a huge bar and a couple of extra tables, but the main seating area is around the bar. The friend chicken with pancake and maple syrup was simply delicious. The sliders are also a good choice and we definitely fell for lobster mac and cheese! Portions are decent. Not too small but not big either. Highly recommended, a hidden gem (well, to me at least) in the heart of Soho, perfect for dinner or lunch, to grab a bite or to eat a lot.


IF only they specialised in just food. They definitely master the creative dishes they promise. No wonder there is a queue, so I wouldn't recommend going in there with a huge group as there is only bar seating with very loud music! Their food is absolutely delicious!!


This svelte Soho hangout is actually quite easy to miss when first passing, unassuming with no flashy exterior. Arguably the best mac & cheese in town ( a sweet mustard tang, with a golden crumb topping), it has the feel of a diner that doesn't have to try too hard. Always busy, it best to go early to allow time to queue. Recommended.


Spuntino is owned by the same people who own Polpo and although Spuntino specializes in American food, you can expect the same quality and creativity you'd find at Polpo. We recently went on a Saturday for lunch and the restaurant was nearly empty, although our server said dinner and late night dining are much busier. They don't take reservations and there are only 27 bar stools in the whole restaurant so if you don't want to queue, then a weekend lunchtime should be a safe bet.

The menu had lots to choose from, splitting options into snacks, sliders, sandwiches, salads and then other sharing dishes. They also have a good cocktail menu - my rum cocktail was very small but packed a punch. They recommend 2-3 sharing plates per person and everything we ordered was delicious. Their mac and cheese was outstanding and although I was getting full by the end I couldn't let any of it go to waste. The beetroot and fennel salad was fresh and citrusy, parmesan and cauliflower croquettes were so gooey and cheesy and the aubergine chips were covered in sesame seeds which was a nice addition. 

Service was friendly and chilled out. Spuntino is open until 1:00 most nights and even have a £5 cocktail special from 00:00 to 1:00 which would be fun to try. Lunch for two with one drink each came to £60 which did seem a little pricy but the all of the food was so delicious that it was really worth it.


Having previously been based around Piccadilly Circus, Spuntino quickly became a favourite haunt. Russell Norman's sort-of Sicilian 'Polpo' empire continues to grow but Spuntino has remained my favourite of his establishments (especially now that Mishkin's has become a Bodean's...). The sliders are pretty good, but it's the truffle egg toast, blue cheese salad and pizzettas that really keep you coming back for more - that and the insanely tasty 'Dutch Baby' - a baked pancake with home made ice cream and vodka fruit jam that is something to save space for. The fact that they don't have a telephone and don't take reservations isn't exactly out of step with other places in the local area, but can still be a bit annoying - that said, it's usually easy enough to grab a table for two at lunch or early dinner. A great atmosphere to eat good, simple food - and have a couple of cocktails (usually including some sort of home-made liqueur!)

Fantastic experience at Spunito!  The food was amazing, especially the sliders.  The staff are brilliant and the cocktails are good too.

Great little place for a casual eat and chill out.  Cosy and friendly atmosphere with really good food and drink to match.  This place will be top of my list next time I am in London.

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Love this place! Really good food and ambiance. I would recommend for groups of 1 or 2... any more and it might be a drama to get space.


Man o man was this place good!

It is an American/ Italian small plate diner with a cool interior (very shabby chic). Seating is a bit bizarre with only bar stool seating - it wouldn't be great for groups - but the menu and the food is amazing and the staff are very friendly!
The whole menu looked pretty awesome so I cannot wait to go back and try more. A friend and I went all out and ordered a lot of food! Not one thing was a disappointment but the true stand out items were the truffled egg on toast and oxtail and watercress slider. The rest of the sliders were pretty good and my friend raved about the mac and cheese (I thought it was alright), pizzetta was nice. Would like to try the croque monsieur and also their desserts - especially brooklyn toast and peanut butter and jelly sandwich! #TOTastemaker

I love this place.  You can't book but the queue is mainly indoors and you can order drinks whilst you wait.  The staff do all have a certain 'look' but they have done for years rather than jumping on the bandwagon now!  Food is great, smaller sharing sizes so you can try lots of little things.  Perhaps it isn't like restaurants in  'Brooklyn' as the below reviewer comments but Gymkhana isn't like most of the restaurants in Indian and no one is complaining about that.  They take a style/flavour and work with it in the area they are based in.  Spuntino is great, nothing pretentious about it.  I wouldn't have a phone at work either if I could get away with it! 

Best mac and cheese ever..! Would go back (and have) for this alone. Super tasty American comfort food done in snack size portions and easy to share. You can end up waiting a while for a seat however as space is limited. But the cocktails are worth the wait and service is fast due to the majority of the menu being fried. The fried chicken is also a hit... And the pizza... And the sliders... actually it's all really great. Young, fun crowd and really friendly staff. 

Wow, what a disappointment. There's a thing in london recently, where we take food from other countries that would be considered street or junk food there, and available for tiny prices, and then decorate the restaurant in a 'cool' style, and then knowingly crank up the price 5-10 times...with a knowing wink, In England, we don't quite get food, we knowingly and snobbishly enjoy junk food, but only as long as the surroundings and prices are made as middle class and knowing as possible. Eating a McDonald's is frowned on, but when it's a middle class burger, (the same thing, only 5 times the price, half the size and served in somewhere with ironic exposed brick walls) we'll happily pay whatever we're asked. To be honest, I'm sick of it and spuntino is as bad an example as I've ever seen. The tiny portions and pretension is maddening, it thinks it's a burger joint in downtown LA, but it isn't, it's as real as a place in chessington world of adventures.. A totally caricature, where they rob you blind at the end. I didn't spend £90 like the person above (I assume he had beer or an alcoholic drink), but without any alcoholic drinks, still racked up a 70 pound bill, was hungry at the end, and far from convinced that it was any better than going to wether spoons for lunch. Avoid.

I rate it 5 stars for the reason that it's a complete copy from Brooklyn. Sorry Time Out but this is not LES at all. Just sayin.

agree with those describing this place as image over quality. This place has a boring atmosphere and boring food. yawn. really feels like a cool place to be, but also seems very 'try-hard'. a respected 'cool' hangout in soho is something you become and something your called. this place shouts in your face we're cool so conform to our no-effort attitude Coffee: no specialist coffees, just poor quality filter coffee without free refills Food: Sliders - basically a meatball in a bread roll Service: yes people work there, no they aren't especially friendly, but no problem really Essentially i know soho very well. Better places, at better prices exist.

Shocked by the negative reviews but mostly seem to be complaints of long waits for tables or scatty service. But you really can’t fault the quality of the food. We LOVED this place – great atmosphere and every dish was a delight. We'd tried to get in on a Friday night and been put off by the very long wait, so returned 9pm on a Wednesday when we were seated at the lively bar after 5-10 minutes. We ordered 5 dishes between 2 of us and none of them disappointed. The artichoke salad was divine. We also ordered the special beef, ricotta and basil salad (excellent), pulled pork / apple slider (simple but delish), mackerel (good), mussel linguine (too oily but tasty) followed by the baked rhubarb pancake for dessert. The whole bill, plus service came to £60 - including alcoholic drinks and a whole lot of food. I'm going back soon! The cocktails looks enticing too…

This is exactly the sort of place you would expect to see around old street/hoxton. Very cool, the decor is gritty and a kind of busy in and out style feel, which creates that old Brooklyn feel. The food looked amazing, I had the mac and cheese and would say it was the best mac and cheese I've ever had. Add to that a Bottle of water and fries, and for £15 I think was good value. I came away stuffed! I've been there in the evening and seen a huge queue so didn't bother, go in the afternoon for lunch and get a seat straight away. It's massively popular so you have to expect large queues. Must pay it a visit. At the end of the day it's a fast food joint and not a restataunt as such. So keep that in mind.

So very bad. So image over quality and good food. We were served rotten meat for steak, leaving an aftertaste so bad we had to eat anything we could to get rid of the taste. Chocolate, you name it. The taste is still there. This is all about the concept and absolutely nothing about food or service. Do not waste your money

Loved the decor and concept but the food came in dribs and drabs with no explanation or apology, most of it was average in temperature and one dish bubbling hot. Wanted to love it but felt let down.

Unlike other reviewers, I do not understand the hype. The decor is well done, dim lit, modern speakeasy type of place, but not anything atypical of hundreds of places in east London. I think what this restaurant has done is very cleverly marketed the hipster movement in east London at tourists and soho-ites that wouldn’t be caught dead in a bar restaurant in old street (judging by the clientele) The food was very good, enjoyed the sliders and soft shell crab. Unfortunately value for money isn’t great. £35 a head and me and my boyfriend left so hungry we went to another restaurant for starters and desert (were not huge eaters either, I'm a size 8). Maybe it’s more suited to I light lunch or late dinner in that case I would have enjoyed it much more, even if a little expensive. About the queues, I know this was the restaurant all the critics where talking about so it should be expected, but no one should have to wait over an hour to be seated; stood up in a cramped bar only to leave hungry. On the other hand service once seated was good. In summary come here, if you’re a 30 something banker with a small appetite, trying to impress a 20yr old that your still cool, or you want to show your friends out of London how hipster you are without actually visiting east London.

Pretty average on the whole - the truffle toast and the Jerusalem artichoke salad were very nice, the sliders were very average and over priced. It makes me sad to think that this place is so hyped with people already lined up for "their turn" at 6pm on a Wednesday for the pleasure of eating some over priced, over hyped food. Places like Spuntino should be the norm in London not a dining experience.. Also wtf is it with queuing for the honour of eating somewhere ? although we que very well as a nation none of us like it, this is London not LA, get me a reservation.

Hugely disappointing compared with their other eateries. The sliders, fries and salad were decent but £5 for one slider?! The croque monsieur was the worst I've ever eaten and charging £3 for 1/3 of a sandwich is a joke. The clam chowder was overly salty and nasty.

Such a disappointing meal after a 4 star review from time out. Do not waste your money in this place. Portions are miniscule with huge price tags. Service was pretty poor. If you want to spend this much money you could eat at a michelin starred restaurant and they might actually fill you up! London restaurants do not all charge these obscene prices and do much better food. Don't trust the reviews.

Average food, wildly overpriced, full of trust funders on an away day from Dalston. Specifically, cheesecake & burgers both very average, fries fine. Negroni not up to much. Been twice, so not a one - off. Bar staff (with one exception) an irritating combination of inattentive, over - friendly and inexpert. Nowhere near Polpo or Bocca. Very much for those who don't pay their own bills.

Back for the sixth time and Spuntino continues to deliver on all counts. Laid back attentive service, food with all the focus on flavour and no excessive pretentions and an ambience that is second-to-none. I too am over 35 (over 50 actually) and believe Spuntino is right up there with Terroirs, Bincho, Cay Tre and Hawksmoor in defining London as one the most vibrant, ground-breaking restaurant scenes in the world

Simply the coolest place to spend an hour in the afternoon, the kids behind the bar are laid back and not in your face and play great music and serve great drinks. I don't know what some of the people below were expecting but this is a bar with surprising small plate bar food and great cocktails (yes in thick beaker glasses Diane, get a life, if you want 'wine glasses' go to one of the zillion lookalike wine bars or 'Italian restaurants' in the immediate vicinity and leave the precious bar space to someone who 'gets it' as you say. I am over 35 years of age by the way..just not a weekender or a square with a stick up my ass)

Most of the food was average. The sliders were poor. Only the calamari and squid ink dish had much flavour. Music deafeningly loud for eating. Service seemed ok, but it was fairly empty at the time. Loved Polpo & Polpetto, but won't be going back here.

Dear Timeout reviewers, could you please clarify whether you have any conflict of interest with Spuntino (like the owner is your best friend or something...). Cause that's the only possibility for giving such a high rating to this kind of place. The place looks great, no doubt, and it deserves your award...but then the food came. A meatball that they dare call 'burger' and that is stack so high to make it look big that you can't bite it. A softshell crab dish with a pile of wet fennel and a pool of aioli to distract you from the almost absent crab. The worst Old Fashioned (and the smallest) of my life, which took 10 minutes to prepare by a guy who wasted far too much time on awkward jokes (see comments below too). And the worst dessert ever: figs (although the plural must have been a mistake) and cheap meringue slobbered with some mayo-like cream. So, honestly, can you please explain a bit more in detail what lead you to the unfairly high rating you gave to this place? I always admired your ratings...Terroir, Koya, Whistling Stop...you're always spot on...but this one...you let me down.

The food, music and atmosphere were simple but great. The service was horrific, they told me my card had declined and then remarked only joking - hilarious!

A great addition to London. Maybe it's trying a bit too hard to be cool, but it also pulls it off. If you want 'Dinner' then go elsewhere; this is about an enjoyable 1 hour pitstop as part of your evening in Soho - but it will probably be the highlight of the evening. [Btw - If you want a cheap meal go to Macdonalds or move up North]

Yes you have to queue and yes the service is a little third world but it is a good restaurant/diner if all you are interested is the food. If you want good service, menus is Italian and a piano being played in the corner then go to a restaurant the other side of Regents Street.

Extremely bland and over-priced food. Quirky venue but left me wanting much much more.

Not great food and over-priced. Nice interiror but let down by unfriendly bar staff. If you're hungry or want something special go elsewhere. For those who think central London just HAS to be pricey you're just suckers!

Grow up, everyone! It's a diner, not a restaurant. Go for a burger, fries, a beer, a coffee or 6 (the only place I know that does genuinely bottomless coffee) and leave after 30 minutes with change from £15. It's Ed's Easy Diner with attitude and London is better for it. Sit and whinge in Strada, will you, and leave those precious seats for us. Along with Barrafina, Polpo, Fernandez/Wells and Bocca di Lupo, this place is what Soho dining is all about.

The same old show. It all looks very nice but come on the food is very below standard and for around £40 a head with a few drinks you want more for your money than sloppy cheese grits, a terrible chicory dish and eggplant fries that are so sweet they should be dessert. Staff of course are lovely but the whole experience should be half the price. Critics get a grip!

We went early in the day during the week, so the place was empty and we were seated immediately (though by 1pm, when we left, it was very busy). The food was very good, though I would not go as far as to say amazing (the mac and cheese was a bit of a disappointment), and the price was not as bad as I was expecting, though certainly not cheap. But the best thing was the service. I've spent a few years living in the US, and it always pains me to come home to the UK, where restaurant service is mostly terrible, and the food usually accompanied by mild contempt from waitstaff (particularly in hipster-ish places like this). But at Spuntino the staff were wonderful - they offered recommendations, topped up our drinks at the right intervals, and were very laid back, cool and courteous. I'd definitely eat here again, though I would not bother battling the crowds at peak periods, since its not very big and I imagine not nearly as enjoyable when its too busy. Best to come here during off-peak times.

It's not cheap but don't eat in central London if you want cheap and good food. The food and drinks were great but I found the service to be outstanding. Natural, genuine and effortless hospitality struck the perfect balance between being left to enjoy the company you're keeping and minding your needs.

This place had so much potential with a lovely looking building and great sounding menu. Such a shame that the staff are trying so hard to be cool that they just end up being rude. The drinks were yummy and the food was not. Apparently if you say 'we bring the food as it is ready' it means it is OK for food to arrive 30 minutes after everyone else has finished. Expect to pay £25 minimum for two small drinks and two very small dishes ... and expect the staff to complain if you don't pay the full 12.5% discretionary service charge for sitting a bar and having your food dropped in front of you by people who look like they wish you weren't cluttering up their restaurant (we accidentally underpaid our £90 bill by 20p).


best dining experience i have had for a long time! friendly service, great vibe and the food was amazing! loved the macaroni and cheese, the chilli and mint pizza, the salt beef slider, the peanut butter and jelly sandwich dessert and the complimentary chilli popcorn on arrival! reasonably priced too. my new favourite place in London!

I can't believe the people below went to the same place; we went on Monday and as "serious foodies", we thought the place was aces. The Eggplant chips were fantastic, the grilled cheese is now my last meal choice and the mac 'n' cheese was fan-f******-tastic. The squid was great and really squid-Crab was great, little greasy, but tasty. I thought the place was fab. I do hate not being able to book, but a tiny annoyance, forgotten once the orders poured in.

with 4 stars from time out and i'm here from NYC for 8 months, i have been dying to get over to this place. it was AWFUL. the slider was £4.50 for the tiniest, dryest thing. if you want a burger go to goodman in mayfair, if you want calamari go to bottega on rivington, if you want to be treated like you should feel priviledged to be eating somewhere and then served up awful food at a high price from a place where the time out rating was obviously paid for, go to this place.

rude incompetant service from waiters who seem to think they are doing you a favour. So it thinks it New York...service like this would not be tolerated but we mumble thank you and accept this. Not good enough

Great decor and the food was very good, over-priced and poor service though.

interesting ambiance, but not proper slider burgers as described. service is a bit loose, and prices are a bit high for a mini burger at 5 pounds. was an ok experience, wouldn't go again.

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