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Restaurants, Italian South Bank
3 out of 5 stars
(12user reviews)


Address: Royal Festival Hall
Cross street: Belvedere Road
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3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:0
  • 4 star:7
  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:2
  • 1 star:1
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Surprised by how tasty my main dish was but nothing out of the ordinary for a chain restaurant. I had a 2 course Christmas menu, which also comes with a glass of prosecco. I started off with Smoked Salmon & Ricotta Bruschetta, which was very average. The bread was too hard, definitely stale and not toasted. The ricotta and smoked salmon were alright but didn't have any striking flavour. My main was the Duck, which was surprisingly moist. It was tasty but the other ingredients were questionable. The roasted potatoes were undercooked - far too hard and dry. The broad beans and pomegranate seeds didn't add much in my opinion. The slices of oranges were lovely and went well with the duck. 

To go along with my meal, I decided to go for a glass of Mulled Wine. This was also surprisingly nice. It wasn't too sweet and I could taste the bitterness from the wine and the rind of the fruits. It was served at a perfect warm temperature and really added to the Christmas vibes. 

I did like that each of us got a Christmas cracker and our table was nicely located within the restaurant. The service was rather patchy - not being served any gravy for those who had the Turkey and being charged extra for gravy when the Turkey was far too dry. They did serve our food rather quickly after we sat down, which was greatly appreciated as we were hungry. 

This was my first time at Strada and will probably be my last. This wasn't worth paying what I did and a better Christmas set menu can be found elsewhere. 


I was a bit skeptical, when my friend was organising a christmas meal at Strada, but wow, I was pleasantly surprised. three courses for 25.95 with a glass of prosecco, was a =n absolute bargain. and the food, all three courses was great, my favourite was probably dessert!

The service was great, especially as the restaurant was so busy, there was an error with our bill and the waiter sorted out promptly and was very apologetic, i now think we will make this a yearly tradition!


The student times when a visit to Strada was a highlight of my eating-out days are long gone. I’ve kept fondness for the chain for years occasionally visiting, but it’s been years since my last visit. I was a bit sceptical when a friend suggested going there for a Christmas dinner, but it’s been great! For £25.95 we got three courses, a glass of Prosecco and a cracker each. The place was absolutely full, so the staff was getting a bit lost at times, but the food was fantastic. The bruschetta with salmon on a toasted sourdough was a great start. For the main I got whole grilled sea bass with some vegetables; it was simple, but tasted delicious, quite a nice healthy option. The orange polenta cake with cream was highly aromatic and moist. The dinner was an absolute value for money and we’re already thinking about making it a tradition and book for next year!


Recently attended a Christmas party with friends. I've never been to a Strada so I wasn't sure. Was a set 3 course menu. I paid extra for the steak, and I think that was a mistake, everything looked so good, but the steak was just so so. Everything else, including the service was wonderful! Great for a group!


Initially I was very sceptical when I heard that I would be attending a Christmas party at Strada. I hadn't been for years. These fears were to be unfounded as the three course Christmas menu at £25.95 proved to be excellent value. As part of this deal, we were also given a glass of fine prosecco. 

The smoked salmon bruschetta was a magnificent entree. The turkey with chestnut stuffing, sausages and kale was the standout dish. The turkey meat itself was not dry at all. Despite originally only opting for the two course menu, I was tempted by the chocolate torte and am my initial resolve (not helped by food envy) was broken.

Despite the restaurant being packed full of revellers, the service was good.


Seven o'clock on a Friday evening in December and Strada was completely packed. Fortunately, we had booked a table for seven and pre-ordered our Christmas menu. The food was very good:pate with onion chutney to start followed by duck which was tender and mois with roast potatoes and a few kale leaves dotted around.The dessert was a chocolate torte, maybe the best I have eaten with a dollop of vanilla ice-cream. The atmosphere was fabulous and so was the service. Although they did make a big error with the bill, after we had pointed this out to them, all ended well. So go and enjoy but remember to check your bill!


I unintentionally ended up at Strada in Southbank last night and had only just above average experience. Whilst the food was very good (taste, portion, price), the service wasn't so impressive. The waiters were friendly but I definitely felt rushed and forgotten about quite a few times. I got the prawns but no wash bowl, I asked for chilli flakes and got them quite a few minutes later after having to signal to my waiter... At the end of the day, Southbank is notoriously busy and always will be so given the pressure on numbers, I wouldn't hold it against them! Obviously, location is key to this Strada!


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!


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.


Love MD.


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.

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.

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