Paesan is a rustic bar and kitchen serving simple, authentic Italian dishes. Paesan embraces cucina povera, the tradition of using simple ingredients to prepare honest and flavoursome food. Dishes include pappardella with wild rabbit ragu and mussels impepata with rosemary crostini. Open for lunch and dinner, the venue is split over two floors with a bar downstairs serving cocktails, homemade liquors and spirits.

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Typical meal price: From £25.00 (USD38.29) per diner

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96% customer satisfaction rate

Venue Details & Map


2 Exmouth Market
Public transport:
Barbican, Underground
Book a taxi on +44 (0)844 556 0706 or with London's biggest car service app
Yelp Reviews

4 out of 5 based on 15 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Paesan

5.0 out of 5 1 September 2015
by London Foodie Mam A.

I took a risk and brought my Italian sister-in-law to an Italian restaurant in London. But am so glad I took her to Paesan as this place is amazing (and apparently rather authentic). Forget boring pizza - this place does proper Italian food! The fresh breads are superb and stand out dish was the Pasta Vongole (clams).

We've been here for lunch and early dinner ; families are a common site at...more

2.0 out of 5 17 June 2015
by Ali K.

Quality has declined in recent months. I recently returned from Sicily and Paesan's sicilian themed menu was nowhere near the quality I had there. Specifically the pasta alla norma was made with spaghetti... it should not be. Furthermore the pasta was drowned in too much tomato and not enough eggplant. Sadly the ricotta salata was also sub par. It disappoints me to write this review since one...more

3.0 out of 5 14 June 2015
by Mark T.

I've eaten in Paesan about 3-4 times. Initially I really liked it, but I have found it very hit and miss on subsequent visits, so it is now well down on my list of spots to eat in Exmouth market.

The menu format is similar to the popular Polpo chain with an emphasis on sharing a combination of smaller and larger plates. And in fairness, I would choose Paesan over Polpo any day of the week, as...more

5.0 out of 5 27 April 2015
by Jessica C.

I had a lovely meal here a week ago with friends. We had a nice 2 course meal, and we even got some complimentary garlic truffle shoestring fries from the chef. Great service!

We are definitely going to come back and try the cocktail bar downstairs!more

5.0 out of 5 22 January 2015
by Jack S.

Paesan was recommended by a friend, and with a few hours to kill before my train back I decided to wander in with my dad and try it out.

The setting is nice... All exposed brick and an open kitchen which I love (it shows there is nothing to hide) and the service is fantastic. I didn't understand half the menu but the waiter was very patient and explained everything to us perfectly.

As for...more

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