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5.1 /6 Excellent 22 Reviews

Il Bacio - Theydon Bois

Theydon Bois Italian, Sardinian £££ +100
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About Il Bacio - Theydon Bois

Dear diners, please note, Friday, Saturday and Sunday bookings need to be made before 12pm on Friday.

Italian food is always a popular choice for those looking for a night out in Essex, and at Il Bacio, they are lucky to have one of the best around. Visitors to their restaurant on Forest Drive in the centre of Theydon Bois are met with a menu packed with Italian favourites, from meat and fish dishes to pizzas and pastas. For a starter, we’d plump for the tagliere di Affettati, featuring crisp Sardinian bread, pecorino cheese, salami and parma ham, before the main event. Meat-lovers will enjoy the pan-fried calf liver with butter & sage, or for fish fans, there is a house signature of spigola, sea bass cooked in foil. There are plenty of classic pizza options too, so you can be sure of finding something for everyone when you visit Il Bacio. Take the tube out to Theydon Bois from central London for an Italian meal to remember.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 17:00 - 22:30
  • Tuesday 17:00 - 22:30
  • Wednesday 17:00 - 22:30
  • Thursday 17:00 - 22:30
  • Friday 12:00 - 22:30
  • Saturday 12:00 - 22:30
  • Sunday 12:00 - 22:30
Il Bacio - Theydon Bois, 19b Forest Drive, CM16 7EX Theydon Bois


22 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 22 Reviews
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Atmosphere: excellent
Service: extraordinary
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: great value
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Amanda M.
1 review so far 6
28.06.2017 18:34

The staff were lovely and friendly. The food was very tasty and good quality. We really enjoyed our visit there and would definitely go again.

Jodie N.
1 review so far 6
22.06.2017 14:11

Don't bother with the chain Italian rearaurants, this is where to go! Superb food, good value. Pizzas laden with toppings and packed with flavour. Great family place.

John R.
1 review so far 6
12.06.2017 14:50

The restaurant is very pleasant, the staff are friendly and helpful, the food was very good and plentiful. All in all, a good experience and we'll be back in September

Garry C.
1 review so far 6
10.06.2017 22:47

Excellent food combined with good service in a great atmosphere, good choice of food and wine. Good value for money - 3 course with drinks and wine for under £100

Lorraine P.
1 review so far 4
15.06.2017 16:30

nice atmosphere but you do wait a long time to be served, the food is ok although 2 of our party had the seafood risotto, both had a few unopened muscles served in their dish plus every clam shell was empty, almost like empty shells were added for appearance, we did get a complimentary amaretto at the end of our meal, all in all a pleasant place but the staff need training in being people friendly and they need to up their game with the food, its not hugely expensive but its also not cheap, overpriced for what we had.

Michael B.
3 reviews so far 5
23.04.2017 15:10

Good verging on excellent Italian restaurant. Good food served well and with a smile. I like that they have a lot of staff compared to chain restaurants, this means they have time for the customer and I felt well looked after. Tables are a little crammed which is a bit claustrophobic but that is a minor issue, overall a good experience and very good value for money.

Debbie T.
2 reviews so far 5
02.04.2017 15:01

Lovely place, gorgeous food, however, we felt a bit let down on service as there appears to be only certain member(s) of staff able to take food orders and it took a while for us to actually get our order in. The person taking the order was dashing around, rushed and very stressed which made us feel rushed when giving our order.

Annabel G.
2 reviews so far 5
13.09.2016 16:17

This was our first visit and we really enjoyed both the food and ambience, we will definitely return. My only tiny grumble was that there was not a whiff of booze in the tiramisu which was very disappointing.

derek g.
1 review so far 6
27.10.2016 03:44

Wonderful food , excellent service , the staff are very friendly . Cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough .Looking forward to visiting the restaurant again very soon .

Paul H.
1 review so far 6
19.09.2016 15:33

My third visit was just as superb as before Impeccable service and top quality quisine and plenty of it Love this place I'll be back again

Valerie M.
1 review so far 6
03.03.2017 15:12

We took our granddaughter for a midweek treat. We had generous portions of great food with good service, and a lovely atmosphere. Will definitely go again.

Annabel G.
2 reviews so far 6
26.03.2017 18:50

Love this restaurant, the food and ambience are lovely. Very reasonable prices for great portions. By far our favourite local restaurant that we can walk to.

Nina M.
1 review so far 5
26.04.2017 17:14

The food was really great with the proportion sizes being on the generous side making it good value. The staff were also extremely attentive and nothing was too much trouble.

Sukhdeep T.
2 reviews so far 6
21.04.2017 14:51

Excellent food, great service. Relaxed atmosphere. Pasta was homemade. We would definitely return as it's a great local Italian. Pizza was lovely and crispy base

Claire R.
1 review so far 6
31.01.2017 05:37

Lovely restaurant, beautiful food, authentic Italian cooking and the staff are very attentive, like a little slice of Italy in Theydon! will be back :-)

Carol M.
1 review so far 6
15.01.2017 16:08

The food was lovely and presented very well. The restaurant was buzzing and it was a great atmosphere. The staff were very friendly and attentive.

Nick M.
1 review so far 5
09.09.2016 15:55

Nice setting for a date. Really authentic restaurant. Lovely food at good prices. Only negative was the dessert (creme brûlée which had a strange taste). Would definitely go back.

Aimee B.
1 review so far 5
16.08.2016 15:18

Had a lovely Sunday afternoon lunch with family. The team were attentive and accommodating to our requests to change tables and answer questions about the menu. Good delicious!

Jan B.
1 review so far 5
25.06.2017 18:09

Love evening at Il Bacio,Sat 24th June. Food as usual really lovely,ambiance,ditto.Staff and service very good and friendly.Cant wait for next visit.Hopefully will be real soon.😀

cerri d.
1 review so far 4
10.04.2017 17:06

It took a while to get the first drink and menu but overall pleasant staff nice food and big portions and the decor was very Italian inspired

Adam S.
1 review so far 3
12.03.2017 17:24

Was very busy resulting in very long waiting time for our food. Steak not cooked to one of our party liking. In fairness they took this and all drinks off final bill.

Tom W.
1 review so far 1
22.05.2017 14:26

Wife has been up all night being sick - food poisoning seems likely candidate. Stay away from the lobster. . . . . . .