• £25.95 - 3 Course Festive Lunch & Dinner

    For just £25.95 why not enjoy a delicious three course festive lunch/dinner at San Carlo. Just the perfect way to celebrate the festive period with friends, family or work colleagues. The Christmas Menu has been expertly created to ensure there's something wonderful for everyone. Book online for free text confirmation or call 0116 426 0251.

  • £49.95 - 3 Course Christmas Day Special Lunch

    For just £49.95 why not enjoy a delicious three course Christmas Day Lunch at San Carlo. Just the perfect way to celebrate the special day with family. The Christmas menu has been expertly created to ensure there's something wonderful for everyone. Offer also includes champagne sorbet. Book online for free text confirmation or call 0116 426 0251.

Review Summary

9.1 based on 44 reviews
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    Amazing food with great service at San Carlo!

    Great food and excellent service. Will visit again!

    As always San Carlos is excellent for a leisurely lunch with friends. The food and service can't be bettered.

    Would go back!

    Good food, good service, expensive but worth every penny for a special occasion!

    Yummy and a good price!

    Loved it

    A good meal. I started with minestrone soup which was hot and not overwhelmed with tomato but on the thin and watery side: needed a little more body. I followed with a special of 5 grilled fish : this was excellent, cooked to perfection. The accompanying sauté potatoes were fine, as was the house wine.
    The service was friendly and professional but I would have liked to have been told what the 5 fishes were and there was a wait for the bill.
    I would definitely dine there again.

    Good service & good food. Will definitely go back.

    We enjoyed our meal the only draw back was it was all a bit rushed.

    We came to Leicester to see our daughter in Grease. She recommended the San Carlo restaurant and it was wonderful. Food was great!

    Delicious food at San Carlo and pleasant service!

    Fantastic greeting and welcome at San Carlo which set the tone for the evening. Service was good, and quality of food was excellent. We booked as a precursor to a theatre show and will definitely use again!

    The booking was very simple and worked flawlessly. Was just a shame about the food. Scallops were unseasoned. The lobster was overcooked and the flavour was drained out by the taste of mustard in the sauce. My partners salmon was very dry. Fortunately the desert saved it and was nice. Would defo use Go dine again but the restaurant maybe not.

    The meal at San Carlo was really nice in a lovely atmosphere. The staff made the night feel special for my grand daughter and myself. I would certainly go again and book in this way. So easy!

    Food was good but the service was terrible. Wont go back.

    Great food and great service- thought lighting was slightly too dim for our taste but probably just us!

    Great place, easy booking with Go Dine. Lovely food and atmosphere :) would definitely go back and will definitely recommend to family and friends.

    Very nice birthday meal at San Carlo's. My 2 yr old grand-daughter was made to feel welcome too.

    We couldn't fault the quality of the food at San Carlo, it was absolutely brilliant and was matched with excellent service from an attentive staff. However the price of a meal for two is high with a wine list that starts at over £20.

    This is a restaurant to visit for a special occasion which this was. However, at those prices it couldn't be a regular visit!

    Made very welcome at San Carlo. So much to choose on the menu! We had scallops and prawns for starters both dishes well presented and delicious. For the main courses we tried the Lobster Thermidor and the fillet steak Rossini both equally tasty, the sides are extra. We tried the profiteroles and panna cotta for dessert which were also good. All in all we had a good evening, The service was very good. Value wise it is not cheap. (there are many items that are not too expensive but it was a special occasion) The bill for 3 courses plus extras and drinks was just over £100 including service charge.

    Lovely food and excellent service - would definitely book again - thank you for a wonderful night.

    We had a fantastic night at San Carlo in Leicester, the food was superb and the atmosphere was wonderful.

    All the food at the San Carlo I had was great except for the pizza I had for main which had so much garlic on that it overpowered the rest of the flavours. The starters and desserts were great, along with the drinks.
    The service was mostly good apart from some times when the staff seemed very rushed and didn't stop to ask if anything else was wanted. The bill for two came to £95 which was mostly on the drinks which in my opinion were a bit more expensive than they needed to be, but other than that it was a good meal.

    Great food, attentive polite service and a great experience at San Carlo - thank you.

    Had a really lovely meal. All the staff were very helpful and happy, even had a little Italian sing song. A little pricey for the meal and then have to pay extra for side orders ie veg or fries to complete your meals but all in all very nice.

    San Carlo has long been the best restaurant I have ever been to and the food is simply outstanding... Unfortunately when we visited this time something just wasn't quite right. Since our last visit in January 2013 the place has undergone a bit of a make-over and new more intimate booths have been added along the walls. The expansive 'specials' wine list has been scaled back and the rambling tree branches adorning the lighting rig on the ceiling are gone. I liked the booths, but the other changes just served to leave the restaurant a little bit cold, clinical and less friendly. No one took our coats as they had on every previous visit and although the maître di was friendly enough, he seemed rushed and less interested in us as patrons and more in us as a source of income. There's nothing I can say about the food we ate, other than the fact it was excellent, as was the wine ordered from the standard wine list. The mushrooms stuffed with pate and deep fired served as starters and fillet steak as our main courses, both were perfect in every way... But when it came to the dessert things changed. For some reason the management have reduced the dessert menu and one of the things to go was the crème brulee. This may seem a small thing, but this pudding was truly outstanding; really, really incredible and I'm a little embarrassed to say that it's absence took the gloss off the entire meal. I guess that the changes and increased emphasis on business like efficiency have helped San Carlo survive and prosper during an incredibly tough recession and for that they cannot be knocked, but despite the usual excellent standards in most of what they do, these minor changes left my partner and I feeling ever so slightly disappointed.

    Good food, good value and good service at San Carlo - only down side was a mix up between a vegetarian and chicken calzone - but the staff handled the problem professionally and well.

    Fabulous food in areally stylish restaurant with a great buzz and atmosphere. Would definitely recommend

    Cannot fault anything in this restaurant. If you want class and an absolutely fantastic meal please go here. Don't expect cheap prices but you definitely get what you pay for - class!

    This was the fifth time we had visited San Carlo and it was important to me as my guests and I were collectively celebrating three separate birthdays.....however, I need not have worried, we were not left disappointed. The food, atmosphere and staff were as excellent on this visit as they had been on our first and the consistency in quality was wonderful. The staff we prompt, courteous and knowledgeable and the food and wine were outstanding. This is easily the best restaurant that I have ever eaten in and I have no doubt that it is one of the finest in the county, if not further afield.

    Simply awesome from the food to the service and the creme brule is still the finest pudding of any kind I've ever had. We've booked again for a family meal in just three weeks and I have no doubt that our 5th visit will be ever bit as memorable as the first!

    This was our third visit to San Carlo and it was perhaps the best yet!

    We decided to go for just two courses instead of three as we had been left so uncomfortably full last time, but that did nothing to spoil the overall experience.

    I had the fillet steak in lemon and parsley, (cooked blue) and my partner had 1/2 a lobster thermadore. The steak was absolutely amazing and was cooked to perfection, so much so that I had to wrestle it away from my other half! Her lobster was also wonderful and as she looked at the empty plate, she dearly wished she'd ordered the whole thing! A bottle of Chablis complemented our meal in fantastic fashion, as did the side orders of spinach and sauteed potatoes. The spinach has a real kick thanks to the addition of fresh chilli and if you are going to order the potatoes, pay the extra and get the offering with bacon and rosemary - simply stunning. It was creme brulee all round for desert and it remains the best pudding of any kind I have ever tasted.

    As always, a fantastic meal, fantastic choice, fantastic service. Thank you.

    Second time at San Carlo and as with our first it was excellent. Previously I'd had the steak and this time I was determined to have the fish. Trouble is their menu is expansive and everything on it is stunning! I started with crabcakes and my partner had the pate. The cakes were nice enough, nothing special, but the sweet chilli sauce was wonderful and had a great kick without being overpowering. The pate was outstanding. For mains I opted for the halibut and my other half had the fillet steak topped with more pate. Both were amazing and easily the best we'd ever tasted. For dessert we had the strawberry cheescake and creme brulee. The cheesecake was the only dissapointed thing. It was a little dry and only the sauce saved it. It tasted very average at best. The brulee however was a work of art and up there with the best puddings I've ever had! The service was great and the staff so accommodating, especially seeing as we had been held up and were 30 minutes late.

    A truly excellent meal in every aspect. We booked late and were still welcomed by the booking clerk, the waiters and consierge were attentive, polite and humourous, the food was outstanding and the price extremely reasonable. This was a special occasion for us and San Carlo did not dissapoint. My only minor gripe was the inclusion of a 10% service charge, but the waiter was happy to remove it from the bill and I tipped 15% anyway! My partner stated that it was the best meal she had ever eaten and it won't be long before we book again. Thank you again, for a wonderful and memorable evening.

    Made to feel extremely welcome and our wine waiter was very helpful. Food was amazing, fresh and tasty and our steaks were cooked to perfection. Had to request our bill a few times and staff seemed distracted towards the end of our visit despite a half full restaurant. However, I would certainly recommend this restaurant.

    beautifull xmas dinner we all enjoyed our meal even my 3 year old grandaughter!we were made very welcome by the staff and a lovely xmas atmosphere we will definatley book again for any special occasion

    Went here with my girlfriend, it's an amazing place, the waiters are really nice and friendly and the food is cooked to perfection. It's a really nice atmosphere as well with candles on the tables and a few curved booths. I highly recommend going here and this is one restaurant I'll definitely be going back to.

    Bright and airy restaurant that has a real buzz about it. Watched our meals being prepared in the open kitchen and were not dissapointed with the recomendation.

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  • Ranked #7 of 202
  • Avg. main course: £13
  • 0.48 miles from Leicester
  • Italian

We say…

Widely acknowledged as one of the finest Italian restaurants that Leicester has to offer, San Carlo serves authentic Italian cuisine in some of the most breath-taking surroundings. Situated on Granby Street, just minutes from the Leicester train station and in close proximity to shopping and entertainment venues, it is the perfect restaurant for dining any time of the day.

San Carlo boasts some seriously first-class architecture and brings an element of the outdoors, in through the extensive use of green leafy plants, mood lighting and even full-size parasols above some of the tables. In the day time, San Carlo provides guests with a modern, bright and airy restaurant perfect for a leisurely lunch; in the evening there is a real feel of glamour in the air as the venue simmers down to become sultry and warm. The restaurant has a lively, buzzy ambience and drama is added to the dining experience as you can watch the Chefs, who are trained by famous Italian Chef Aldo Zilli, toss pizzas in the open kitchen which features a genuine wood burning oven for a real authentic flavour.

Fresh fish is a speciality at San Carlo, something that many guests pick up on as they walk past the fresh fish counter that takes pride of place in the centre of the restaurant. Choose from dishes such as branzino ai ferri, shole grilled seabass; capesante fresche gratin, fresh king scallops in a white wine, cream and cheese sauce; and halibut con salsa all’aragosta, fresh halibut in a rich lobster sauce as well as a superb selection of pasta, pizza, chicken, meat and vegetarian dishes.

Whether you are looking for a restaurant to enjoy a romantic meal for two, or host a special celebration for lots of people, San Carlo in Leicester is more than capable of catering for any requirements and any party size. As a restaurant that has been favoured by various celebrities in the past, who knows who you might be rubbing shoulders with. Due to the popularity of this venue, pre-booking is highly recommended.



last updated: 12 Sep 2016


last updated: 12 Sep 2016

last updated: 12 Sep 2016



last updated: 12 Sep 2016



last updated: 10 Oct 2017



last updated: 10 Oct 2017
38-40 Granby Street, Leicester, LE1 1DE
0116 426 0251