Review: San Carlo


Located on Regent Street St James’s, in the heart of one of the capital’s most compelling neighbourhoods, this stylish new site is the latest opening by the San Carlo Group.

Among the nation’s most successful independent restaurant brands, its award-winning contemporary Italian eateries can now be found across the UK and globally.

Alberico Penati’s illustrious career has seen him delight diners at some of the most renowned establishments on the planet, among them Ristorante Carpaccio, the first Italian restaurant in France to win a Michelin star; Harry’s Bar at Annabel’s; Alberico at Aspinalls and private members’ club, 5 Hertford Street, in Mayfair.



San Carlo, 2 Regent Street, St James’s, London SW1Y 4LR

The Vibes?

Such incredible fare deserves equally impressive surroundings and San Carlo’s two intimate spaces feature interiors that have been months in design and creation.
Specially commissioned master craftsmen have used the finest materials, including honed Arabescato marble cut from specially selected blocks and steamed beech with a high gloss lacquered finish, more usually found on board superyachts. Rare stones such as brown Collemandina marble and Crema Marfil, one of the most highly valued marbles in the world, have been combined to create a truly stunning floor.

The design team has also incorporated over 600 brass rosettes, handmade by one of the UK’s most sought-after artisan metal workers. Such attention to detail carries through to the bespoke furniture created in Italy and fabrics and wall coverings by Christian Lacroix, together with some of Italy’s finest leather suppliers.

We ate?

The chef sent out an amuse bouche of parmesan crips with an avocado mousse.



Beef Carpaccio – Can never go wrong!



Burrata – Not possible to go to a restaurant and not order it!






Ravioli Tartufo-  Handmade ravioli filled with Pecorino cheese & truffle, with a cream, Parmesan & truffle oil sauce, topped with fresh truffle- This is something else! Very filling but a must try!



Classic Carbonara- I love ordering the classics in really good Italian’s as they’re always so good!



We skipped dessert!


Our Thoughts?

Service is faultless from the moment you get in and they are consistent throughout the meal. Perfect for a pre theatre bite!


San Carlo is open Monday to Sunday, from 11.30am until 11pm. Online bookings can
be made at