Bocca Di Lupo


| Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden

Jacob Kenedy's Soho Italian wins universal praise for its cuisine, a well-chosen wine list and for one of the most beautiful counters in town - a top counter dining spot.

Restaurant details

12 Archer St, London W1D 7BB
Nearest tube: 
  • Piccadilly Circus
Telephone number: 020 7734 2223
More info: 
  • Private Hire available
  • Bar area
  • Theatre menu
  • Wheelchair access

Contact restaurant


Swap Start/End
12 Archer St, London W1D 7BB


Critic reviews - total score 8.5 out of 10

Critics' score: 9
Chris Pople Cheese & Biscuits
Reviewed on November 29, 2010
"More than anywhere else, Bocca di Lupo reminds me of St John - bold and creative cooking, using interesting ingredients in exciting new ways, on the one hand mindful of the noble traditions of (in this case) Italian cuisine and on the other forging exciting new paths into pastures unknown." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 9
Jasper Gerard Telegraph
Reviewed on October 02, 2009
"...here is much to admire here, such as friendly staff, bargain prices and the anarchy to order as you please." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Marina O'Loughlin Metro
Reviewed on April 07, 2009
"Quality-wise, it's more like one of the Mario Batali outfits currently wowing 'em Stateside (a good thing) but to, say, an Umbrian foodie, the whole shebang is about as authentic as Bella Pasta." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
AA Gill Sunday Times
Reviewed on February 14, 2009
I hate this collegiate style: dig in and pass the parcel. Dinner is not a democracy, and it means the whole meal is taken up with handing plates back and forth, dropping spoons and saying: did we ever get the duck liver? READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8.5
Terry Durack Independent
Reviewed on February 08, 2009
"... my new favourite menu is the one at Soho's Bocca di Lupo" READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Larushka Ivan-Zadeh London Lite
Reviewed on January 28, 2009
"Chef Jacob Kennedy cut his teeth at Moro - this venture could well rival its success." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Jay Rayner Observer Estimated score
Reviewed on January 25, 2009
"Not to be missed are this kitchen's own sausages. A cotechino, delivered in moist, crumbly slices on a bed of braised lentils flavoured with bitter orange, was the sort of adult, porky experience I could repeat again and again." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 9
Matthew Norman Guardian
Reviewed on January 24, 2009
"While the lights go out in restaurants all over the land as this gruesome year unfolds, this wolf will doubtless be packed for countless new moons to come." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 9.5
Giles Coren Times
Reviewed on January 10, 2009
"Bocca di Lupo is just bloody marvellous. It’s that totally authentic Italian way of eating that I’m always grumbling I can never find in Italy…" READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 7.5
John Walsh Independent
Reviewed on January 03, 2009
"There are lots of good things to enjoy in Bocca di Lupo (especially the reasonably priced half-litre carafes of wine), but the menu should be approached with caution – the way you'd approach a group of locals, burning or burying something in the woods outside Palermo..." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 10
Elena Berton Time Out
Reviewed by December 18, 2008
"…the main reason for visiting this new Soho Italian should be the chance to experience an outstanding gastronomic tour of most of Italy’s 20 regions" READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Jan Moir Are You Ready To ORder Estimated score
Reviewed on December 04, 2008
"Try as much of the fabulous food as you can; it is not expensive. Most of all, try to get here before it is impossible to get a table." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
"Richard & Peter" Harden's Estimated score
Reviewed on December 04, 2008
"The team in the Kitchen – Jacob Kenedy and David Cook – were until recently at that perennial favourite, Moro. Their pedigree really shines through in this new venture which is one of the more significant debuts of the year-to-date." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Fay Maschler Evening Standard
Reviewed on December 03, 2008
"Chef Jacob Kenedy and general manager Victor Hugo’s new Italian venture is, to put no finer a point on it, absolutely spiffing." READ REVIEW