Al Duca

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1244 Reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian

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Al Duca was opened by leading restaurateur Claudio Pulze in 1999. As part of Pulze’s 'Cuisine Collection' restaurant group, Al Duca remains one of the most popular restaurants in the St. James area of the capital with a loyal clientele of diners. Serving modern Italian cuisine, Al Duca focuses heavily on bringing out the very best elements of what is one of the most acclaimed gastronomic regions of the world. The menu at Al Duca emphasises the use of simple fresh ingredients, skilfully combined to bring out the best of a wide range of traditional dishes offered both in classic style and with a new twist, all following Pulze’s ethos to offer reasonably priced good Italian food.

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Jimmy
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh and characterful food with great service and excellent wine list.

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Frequentdiner
Poconos
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite London restaurants. Good food, great location, and a friendly staff make it a place we go back to again and again.

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FionaK
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent and considerate service (we were never ready to order as chatting too much !) but staff were understanding and accommodating, not making us feel rushed at all. Good Italian food in smart, friendly restaurant.

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MarkFromCanada
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent endroit, convivial, à l’écoute des allergies; nourriture délicieuse et maison, très bon choix de vins italiens. Service impeccable et courtois, décor agréable et reposant. Ce restaurant est très bien situé près de Picadilly Circus.

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88888888
London
12 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice family restaurant vibe. Staff were friendly and attentive. I would say level of attention was just right. Our waitress was also able to recommend a very nice substitute when the wine I ordered wasn't in stock. Would definitley go again and recommend to others.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just great food, good atmosphere and a place you just cannot go wrong with for a quiet business lunch or even romantic dinner. In the summer with the windows pulled back I bet it is fabulous

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PatF
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Enjoyed my meal. Food was good but service was a bit slow.

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Trish
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love Al Duca! Great food, fabulous wine and very attentive staff in a warm and relaxed environment. I only dropped a star as on the last couple of visits, two different colleagues had the king prawn dish and were disappointed.

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Rory
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good service and the food was just as I would have expected. Would definitely go again.

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DaveS
London
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fine Italian food in refined surroundings with attentive staff. Dined there early before a concert at St James's, Piccadilly by the English Chamber Choir.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and very reasonably priced. Excellent quality

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RosemaryB
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

we had an enjoyable lunch here, relaxed and unpressured with very personable service

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vipCliffordH
Buckinghamshire
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Italian in excellent location

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TimothyB
London
8 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you love Italian restaurants, this is for you. It could not be more authentic. As it happens, when I was having lunch on 12 February, there was some leak coming through the roof, and the alarm was going off intermittently. The point here is that we all just got on with it, the staff were as charming as ever, no one minded, these things happen, and that is the mark of an outstanding restaurant where the loyalty of everyone in the restaurant far out-strips any minor incident such as a leak in the roof and the alarm beeping from time-to-time. It sort of added to all the Italian atmosphere. Thank you to the team at Al Duca and I hope you got the leak sorted!

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SaBa
London
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top drawer authentic Italian, as ever !

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BrianG
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Made very welcome, service was attentive, but not rushed. Food was excellent. Will come again.

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RichieT
London
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A little gem just moments away from Piccadilly. The menu is simple but well prepared and with seasonal specialties. Very friendly service and a wide ranging wine list to satisfy all tastes and wallets. The varied breadbasket with an olive oil dip makes a great aperitif. I then enjoyed the Beef Carpaccio, the Tagliatelle with Mushrooms and Black Truffles, a very acceptable glass of the House Valpolicella and a bottle of San Pellegrino; finished off with a double espresso - all for under £50.

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vipBeefage
London
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch. Relaxed, understated and professional

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AntonyP
London
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Al Duca used to be my local “go to” Italian restaurant when I worked in St James. Delighted to find that after an absence of a couple of years, it’s just as good as ever.

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OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely service and food. Lacked a little ambience but we realise early January is a quiet time and we will definitely return.

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JohnH
London
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They gave us a lovely round table which was perfect for 5

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SusanB
London
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Restaurant was very pleasant and ideal for pre theatre. Food very good and a friendly atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All good . Am a regular

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SaBa
London
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lovely people, charming service, as ever.

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Britt
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four of us had a beautifully presented and very tasty lunch at Al Duca on a weekday. The service was very friendly and quite fast. The restaurant was busy, so fairly noisy, but this added to the ambiance in a positive way in our opinion.

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vipDrjay
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience1

The expectations for this restaurant we’re hi, however the service was poor at best the ability for the staff to communicate was low which created frustrations for the evening. The menu was not self-explanatory which created complexity when trying to understand what was included and then finding out that everything was all a cart.

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vipFisco
San Francisco
118 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

This is conveniently located in a adjacent busy street of St James neighborhood.
The environment is a bit sad, the light a bit gloomy, decor not very engaging.
The staff is nice and active, they check regularly to process your meal and drinks.
Now the food: this is the part that is problematic, it is not interesting nor any good.
I had the special, pasta with white truffle, it was cooked in water with olive oil and shaved white truffle.
Nothing else, not bad but not pleasant. My diagnose is that the cook is incompetent .
The osso buco was a small piece of meat dry inside, tasteless and the sauce looked like out of a can of peeled tomato, not pleasant. The best white wine by the glass was acidic and sour. The desert was a very gooey chocolate cake, it fell on my stomach like a brick... A very unpleasant meal and I fell super heavy, border line sick immediately afterward. I do not recommend this place, there are many other restaurants much better nearby.
I paid a hundred pounds for this meal, that is what I would pay for a delicious lunch in a one star Michelin...

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vipKarinS
London
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and very imaginative menu ideas or presentations of classic dishes.

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Mark
London
12 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The food was very nice, but slightly on the bland side. Two of the fish dishes, cod and salmon (special), were without a sauce and slightly on the dry and somewhat minimal side. Things needed a little spicing up in some manner. The swordfish was better, but still slightly unimaginative. On the other hand, the mussel and clam soup starter was fantastic. The atmosphere was great and the service was excellent.

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TimothyB
London
9 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Al Duca is a "go-to" restaurant for a good value lunch with charming staff and a good Italian menu. You can be quick in-and-out. Difficult to beat for an informal business lunch. The location is absolutely perfect, between St. James's Square and Jermyn Street. Not too noisy.

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MHSW1
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We met old friends for lunch. The pasta was excellent, especially the seasonal game and mushroom sauces. One gluten-intolerant diner was very pleased with the choice of gluten-free pasta. Desserts were also delicious and the service was attentive and courteous. We have eaten at Al Duca a number of times and never been disappointed.

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ThomasL
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Hey is was perfectly nice, good service and friendly, but the food was a bit ponsie - small portions, vert tasty but three Scallops for £17 and you know where this is going.....so nice but the menu needed greater choice

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Alexandria
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Italian restaurant in London. The food and service are consistently excellent! I highly recommend it!

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vipLIllyD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food is always good, the ambiance perfect for lunch or dinner, and the staff lovely, kind and attentive.

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TimM
London
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The tables are very close to one another. My liver was bland and would have benefitted from potatoes and a rich gravy

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vipRoger
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Always reliable for good basic Italian style food.

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Dinerfromglos
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Having been here on a number of occasions this time was really disappointing. The food was terrible! Al Duca...... what has happened. Started of warm mozzarella wrapped in parma ham was a cold watery soggy mess. Other started of octopus was in a very bitter tomato sauce with no other flavoring. Main of "slow cooked ham shin" was a greasy mass of very very (>50%) fatty ham with a side of "roast vegetables" that was four or five strips of veg that had clearly been pre-cooked and warmed in a microwave.... again soggy. Second main of past with porcini mushrooms and truffle was very dull, little truffle flavor and gritty mushrooms. Sorry Al Duce but for this sort of money in St James's a real awful meal. My advice..... go to Sartorria on Saville Row, a great and sophisticate Italian.

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vipmichelleh
London
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Staff all very good. Food disappointingly average

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FrankieT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visit London 3 or 4 times a yet and always find time for a meal at Al Duca. The service is good but unobtrusive and the food quality is excellent.
I can thoroughly recommend this venue for lunch or dinner.

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SaBa
London
7 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good

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