La Polenteria


Italian staple, polenta, is put firmly in the spotlight at this charming restaurant in the heart of bustling Soho. The cornmeal-based, gluten-free food associated with peasant cuisine of Northern Italy features in many forms as part of the inventive menu, from starters to muffins.


Typical meal price: From £25.00 (USD31.66) per diner

£25 and under

Venue Details & Map

La Polenteria

64 Old Compton Street
Public transport:
Piccadilly Circus, Underground

Yelp Reviews

3.5 out of 5 based on 29 reviews

Top 5 reviews of La Polenteria

4.0 out of 5 30 October 2016
by Carrie W.

Came here tonight and was very pleasantly surprised. The food far surpassed our expectations, the only real downside was the temperature - it was incredibly warm inside and we were all a bit uncomfortable.

We ordered two sides as starters, the grilled polenta with red pesto and the bread with the aubergine caponata. Both were excellent.

For mains, I got the duck ravioli which was very good...more

2.0 out of 5 19 June 2016
by Díana B.

I was really excited when this place opened as I love polenta! It's a basic dish but made well it tastes amazing... However what I had at La Polenteria was anything but - the food tasted like it had been microwaved the polenta wasn't smooth but more spongey.. The meat and sauce were piping hot but not in a freshly made way - more in a "left it in the microwave for too long" kinda way. I...more

2.0 out of 5 2 June 2016
by Michael A.

If you're going to call your restaurant 'La Polenteria', you'd better be able to cook decent polenta. And even if polenta is your thing, that's no excuse to neglect the rest of the dish.

The polenta was bad, and everything else was bland. And I don't understand how a a tiny slate consisting of maybe a quarter of an avocado, some flaked salmon and polenta can cost £13.

The side salad was...more

1.0 out of 5 1 June 2016
by Sharjil K.

Wow the food here was abysmal - I can't believe a restaurant called la polenteria does such bad polenta - I mean it felt like I was chewing on plastic - not one person in the group of four that came in today enjoyed it. We all felt that this restaurant should be paying its customers for the god awful polenta served.

On top of the terrible food and pretty tame environment - it's gluten free ?!...more

3.0 out of 5 12 February 2016
by Caroline L.

The outside window always made me want to walk in. Polentaria specialize in polenta dishes (who knew) and it's good.

I went there for lunch and ordered the polenta gnocci with truffle and it was delicious. I was a bit disappointed by the portions at start but it was actually the perfect quantity for a main (polenta is very filling).

Nice service but I have to say a bit overpriced for what it...more

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