Restaurants, Italian South Bank
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Venue name: Strada
Address: Royal Festival Hall
Cross street: Belvedere Road
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2.8 / 5

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I visited Strada this evening after having suffered through a week with a serious craving for pasta. Considering that I had a show to attend at the Southbank Centre tonight at 730 and sat down at 5 to seven, I wasn't sure if I would have enough time. The waitress told me my food would be quick and she was damned right!

I ordered the tagliatelle bolognese and a glass of the house red and I was very happy with my choices. The pasta was a good portion size with a delicious pork and beef ragu; the pasta itself was well-textured and perfectly cooked. My wine was actually really nice, too, and complemented the food well.

I was in and out of there in 20 minutes flat with great food and great service - what's not to love? The missing star is because it was stupid hot in there!

Marco D

This was my first visit to Strada on the South Bank and in fact it was my first time ever eating at Strada. I had a show at the theatre when I went to Strada that night.

I went with my partner and with a very good friend of ours who also is a TimeOut Tastemaker.

It's a very interesting, Italian restaurant with their traditional dishes of Italy.

It's known for its delicious pasta, rice and pizza dishes.

Who doesn't love pasta. I could eat it all day long if I could.

Strada overall was fantastic, no harsh criticisms to say about the food.

The ambience of the restaurant was cosy, very inviting and I definitely felt like I was moved into Italy for one evening.

The entrance to the restaurant was incredible, of course.

The two fire torches lit at the entrance makes it a very special experience to the customer and it stands out on the South Bank with such a beautiful view.

The food was a delight, very delicious and extremely appealing. Nothing grand, but very tasty. Impeccable quality for sure.

The service of the staff were extremely friendly and willing to help, but during busy times it can be difficult attempting to order.

They were fast with our orders and it arrived with a delectable presentation on the plate.

I ordered a creamy Seafood Risotto which had tiger prawns, mussels, squid, chilli and tomato. It was a pleasurable dish that I enjoyed very much. It had a fresh lemon and garlic taste to it. It had all my favourite fish, so no problem there.

My partner and our friend both ordered a vegetarian Cannelloni. They found it very flavoursome and appetising. It looked beautiful. The adding of Parmesan cheese on our dishes was a treat. I wasn't expecting that at all.

Try Strada for a night, you'll love it.


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Tom Bruce

When informed that our party were in a rush to get to the theatre, the staff were extremely helpful, serving us speedily. Fastest I've ever received a meal at a sit down restaurant, that I can recall right now. Our beverages had barely gone down before the food arrived. Speaking of, it was relatively pricey, but then again this is Southbank, land of the fiver-a-pint pop up bars. Even the street performers will only take notes!

Had the starters which I ordered (all £3.95) been either larger or less expensive (or, darn it, hows about both?!) then this review's rating would have been kinder. Another shame were the menu options, which offered little in the way of variety  for plant-fueled animal lovers such as myself outside of the Appetisers and Breads lists, which forced me to piece together my dinner using several smaller dishes. Said dishes were delectable. Still, a pizza-pie with dairy-free cheese would have gone down better. If you serve Italian food (or, let's face it, any food at all), you should have at least a couple of menu options which do not contain dead animal corpses or the cultured breast milk of cows. Lactose-intolerants and vegans are weeping the world over. 


meatballs om focaccia very smal and expensive. not tasty either. the starter was ok but nothing special and expensive for what it was.i wouldnt want to eat there again.

Lisa Wilson

Managed to get a seat here on a very busy Saturday evening the staff are friendly and efficient, the starters and bread was good but the main courses, seafood pasta was OK but nothing special sauce bland needed alot of pepper and lemon to bring to life. As for the chicken milanese escalope, looked unappealing on the plate tasting was even worse dry, grey in colour and tasted like cardboard as for the pasta with it, the sauce was again bland and could do nothing to save the dish. We're stick with their pizzas in future if we eat their again.