La Barca
80-81 Lower Marsh
020 7928 2226
Opening Hours: 
Monday - Friday: 12:00-14:30-18:00-23:30
Saturday: 18:00-23:30
Sunday: Closed
Owner Gino Davoli has been employing his Calabrian charm on some of the biggest names in Hollywood for more than two decades at La Barca.

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey, Kylie Minogue, Tony Blair…they’ve all been in for a sumptuous dining experience which pays homage to a golden age of traditional Italian cooking.

And who can blame them? This is one of London’s best-loved and enduring eateries –based right here in the heart of Waterloo.

For Gino the philosophy is simple; employ an Italian chef, use the finest Italian ingredients and make sure the guests feel welcome and at home in his own inimitable Italian style.

Customers can expect to feel the heat of brandy-bathed beef being expertly flambéd at their table while they spot a celeb or two.

Or they can attempt to name every famous face on the photos which decorate the restaurant.

The more knowledgeable will finish their meal with a zabaglione for two – again prepared at the table with Marsala wine – which is quite simply to die for.

Alternatively, you can sit outside and sip a glass of Prosecco al fresco while watching the world go by on Lower Marsh.

Our little known fact about La Barca:
Owner Gino is a qualified pilot, although he says his first passion remains fine Italian food.