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Polpo Smithfield

3 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6DR, England
+44 20 7250 0034
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good39%
  • Average17%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible7%
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3 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6DR, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We reserved a table for 4 at polpo to celebrate a friends graduation. Once arrived and seat we waited 25 minutes without anyone approaching our table or offering us a drink or glass of water. I approached a waitress to ask for a drink and...More

Thank Hollie M
POLPOrestaurants, General Manager at Polpo Smithfield, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, I am very sorry to hear your dining experience with us wasn't as good as you expected it to be. Also, I would like you to know that your feedback is very important to us and it has also been reported to the whole...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A casual work lunch made easy. We didn’t need to pre order and the service was great. The food was lovely and as there was 9 of us, we were basically able to try everything on the menu. I would highly recommend Polpo!

Thank RebekahxFarmer
Reviewed 4 September 2018

Now that I have a toddler or two in tow, visiting restaurants isn't all about the food, drink and service any more - what I often need is an accessible changing table - something that this Polpo doesn't have - please install one or put...More

Thank Dumpers
Reviewed 24 August 2018

I love Polpo, it's one of my favourite chain restaurants. I went to the one in Covent Garden a couple of weeks ago and had a fantastic meal, but my most recent trip to the one at Smithfield was incredibly disappointing. The parmesan and chilli...More

Thank Clurbur37
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

Despite the other reviews we really enjoyed our food this evening. Service wasn’t amazing but was fine for what we needed. Had a good cocktail to start and enjoyed amongst other things the meatballs, scallops and asparagus and pea risotto. Very convenient to Farringdon tube...More

Thank Karen C
Reviewed 12 August 2018

We were a large group which meant we had to order from the set menu, which was fine though perhaps they skimped on dessert. Service was good, atmosphere too. The downside was it took over an hour before they started serving the first course, and...More

Thank Ali M
Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

Really disappointing experience at Polpo Smithfield today. We phoned to try and book (admittedly only 30mins before we wanted to eat) - they said there was a queue and weren’t taking bookings. But we were walking past anyway - looked in and it was 90%...More

Thank NSP100
POLPOrestaurants, Manager at Polpo Smithfield, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2018

Hi there, I am very sorry to hear that your experience at our restaurant was not satisfactory as you expected to be. We are proud of being very attentive in looking after families and children and I am truly sorry You didn’t feel there wasn’t...More

Reviewed 29 July 2018

I’ve been to Polpo on a number of occasions and have visited most of their branches but Smithfield was the most convenient for me on this occasion. Having been here before I was looking forward to the usual upmarket food and service. Oh dear. What’s...More

1  Thank Martin M
Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

Fantastic night in our very own private bar. We were very well looked after by Barney, & were expertly talked through various cocktails. We were all allowed to get behind the bar & help make the drinks for the group. We had some fantastic bar...More

Thank Lou0209
Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

I visited here with a large group of friends and honestly need to warn people to stay away from here and avoid at all costs. The starters we orders came out 45min after we ordered them and were wrong. After waiting another 30min for my...More

Thank SarahJonesTV
Owing to its proximity to Smithfield Market – the site
of an ancient meat market which remains in operation
today – Clerkenwell boasts a plethora of globally
renowned restaurants, fabulous local eateries, and
some of London's favorite pubs. This isn't merely a
focal point for all things foodie though. Spend enough
time wondering through the area's maze of streets and
you might become accustomed to the litany of slinky
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No - I only visited for the weekend
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6DR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Clerkenwell
  • Neighbourhood: Clerkenwell
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7250 0034
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