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About Locale

This quintessential neighbourhood Italian restaurant is a warm and atmospheric venue serving up delicious authentic fare in south east London. Locale boasts a bustling open kitchen and a stylish dining room featuring brown leather banquettes, exposed brick walls and chandeliers which is popular with Dulwich food lovers for weekend brunch, leisurely lunches, after-work Bellinis and romantic evening meals. A firm fixture on the local dining scene, the retaurant is also a popular venue for private dinner parties and the classic menu, created by Executive Chef Paolo Barone, features favourites such as the Linguine ai frutti di mare – seafood linguine with fresh tomatoes, chillis, clams, calamari and king prawns; and the asparagi mimosa – grilled asparagus with crushed dressed eggs.

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Locale in Duwich London was no more than average! Service was slow although the food was good. A service charge of 12.5% was high for the service given and added a lot to the final bill!!

We went to Locale in East Dulwich for dinner on a Wednesday evening. Always good ambience and the service was very good this time around. Starter of caprese salad is always good there and we were happy with our main dishes. We keep coming back as it's an above average place.

Locale in east dulwich is a dependable neighbourhood Italian. The service this weekend was particularly good and friendly and the food is never going to be an absolute knockout, but it is always tasty and good value.

As ever Locale is ok but not quite good enough. Service was friendly but 20 minutes to get the wine. 35 minutes after we sat down for the starters. This is just too slow.

then when we received our mains they had forgotten about our side orders which then arrived half way through our main courses. I gave up on the fries which never arrived.These were not deducted from the bill. The food is good although starters are too small for the price. I think for the prices charged they need to improve.

The team at locale went out of their way to make our surprise dinner a memorable one! thank you team we had a really special evening! Food always good hear and arrived at the same time

Locale Italian Restaurant is just that, a local italian restaurant. It is pleasant enough and the food is good value for the price. While I am not normally a fan of calamari, their starter was very well prepared. Both the pizza and pastas are nice. I would avoid the chocolate dessert at the end. Ours was over-cooked and should not have been served. There is a reasonable selection of italian wines on offer. Overall, I'd say it was a nice evening out with satisfying food.

when booking the restaurant,there was no mention that you could only order food from special mothers day menu. this was dissappointing as my daughter loves locale pizzas and was looking forward to having her favourite. also portions ordered were tiny,we have ordered same stuff from the a la carte menu,so we were slightly shocked to see how the portion size had reduced due to set menu. overall very average experience for a quite a lot of £££.

Locale in East Dulwich is the perfect venue for a treat/special occasion dining. We went for three courses and splashed out on a bottle of champagne (we were celebrating) and considering everything we had it was excellent value. You could definitely go just for a main and less expensive drinks to make it even more reasonable. Service and every dish were excellent in a lovely atmosphere. The bar at the front would be a lovely place to stop just for a drink as well. Definitely a favourite!

First time at Locale in East Dulwich for many years. A decent meal in pleasant surroundings, although perhaps a little overpriced? Service was efficient, and fairly friendly. A decent neighbourhood restaurant.

A good restaurant with Coeliac options such as soups and pastas etc. Very accommodating and friendly staff. Pizzas (not gluten free!) are tasty and the olives are delicious. Will return again soon.

Sunday evening at Locale, East Dulwich and there were only a handful of people in the restaurant. We had a corner booth at the back of the restaurant which felt very romantic. Even though the restaurant was quiet, there was a buzz and a nice atmosphere. The food was tasty and portions were generous. The scallop starter was cooked perfectly and the chickpea puree was an interesting addition. Service was friendly but unobtrusive. We will definitely be visiting again.

Food was really nice, staff was very polite, woould go again

First time there having driven passed it on numerous occasions. Was great just wished we'd booked sooner. Love that it also had a front bar/lounge to sit and have a drink while waiting, which we didnt know about. Definitely going back and recommend it.

My wife and I went to Locale in East Dulwich for a very nice dinner. Though have eaten at Locale many times, tried the calamari starter for the first time and it was lovely - light, fresh and very tasty. Service was good on this night, wine very good and the meal - she liked her risotto very much and my pasta dish was fine. Will go back.

We have dined at Locale in East Dulwich a number of times but this was the first visit for us on a Saturday lunchtime. The restaurant and bar were both busy but not overly so, with the hubbub of families with children. The food was good as always and the service was even better than I remembered. The menu is, by now, very familiar to us but extensive enough not to be uninspiring and there is a good selection of wines at reasonable prices. All-in-all, we had another successful dining experience and would certainly recommend Locale to others as an honest, decent local restaurant.

Have been before and enjoyed it, on this occasion food not up to scratch at all, could Easily cook better at home...

Locale in East Dulwich was surprisingly empty for a Thurs night, but I suppose it is 1st week of Jan. Service was good & attentive (maybe too much sometimes) but food was only ok. Not awful, just a bit bland. Butternut squash soup appeared to have nothing in it apart from butternut squash, seafood in spaghetti could have been fresher, salmon with pumpkin was just that, etc etc. Will go back to sit in the bar as cocktail list looked good but would probably eat elsewhere.

50% steak nights at locale in east dulwich are not to be sniffed. Mine was a little overdone for my liking, but everything else was lovely and service always v friendly

Good cocktails.

Myself and my partner always end up at the locale. That's not because this is our only option because if you know East Dulwich you would know there are plenty of restaurants and bars. At the locale the staff treat you fantastically, making sure your enjoying your food and their amazing cocktails!! If your a fan of cocktails then this is the place! You don't need to look at the menu, just tell the bar staff what you like and at a good price they make you a fantastic drink! Last night again we had a brilliant night with fantastic food and plenty to drink and I have to say at a bargain price!! Thank you Locale and I look forward to our next visit!