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5.3 /6 Excellent 92 Reviews

San Lorenzo

Harraton Italian £££ +100
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About San Lorenzo

A haven for Washington’s aficionados of Italian cuisine, San Lorenzo serves up a little slice of Italy from their stylish location on New Road in Harraton. The traditional firebrick pizza oven has been imported all the way from the Old Country and the recipes have been passed down through generations, giving Tyne and Wear diners the most authentic Italian experience. Whether its for lunch or diner, seats and San Lorenzo get snapped up fast – book in advance to avoid missing out.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 21:00
San Lorenzo, 55 New Road, NE38 9AT Washington

Further Information

Combining the rustic charm of a traditional trattoria with trendy modern details, San Lorenzo provides an Italian dining experience like no other in Washington. Located on New Road in the Harraton area, San Lorenzo’s cosy ambience and stylish decor creates the perfect backdrop for a number of different occasions, drawing in foodies for all over, whether its for a lunchtime catch up, a big family meal or a romantic date in the evening. Start off by sharing some antipasto like the calamari fritti, buccia de patate (potato skins with garlic and BBQ dips) or some arancini ai funghi (risotto rice balls with wild mushroom and mozzarella, breadcrumbed, fried and then served with truffle mayonnaise and tomato).

Made from scratch using a traditional firebrick oven, San Lorenzo does pizza just like the Italians do. Choose between options like the lucifera topped with mozzarella, tomato, pepperoni, onions and chilli and the bolognese, a tomato base with bolognese beef and mozzarella. Other Italian staples on the menu at Washington’s San Lorenzo include an array of classic pastas, and meat and seafood mains like the pollo saltimbocca (chicken breast stuffed with sage and mozzarella, wrapped with parma ham and served with your choice of side) and the orata (sea bream with crushed new potatoes, gremolata, lemon and herb butter and seasonal greens). Complete your meal by going for some affogato or tiramisu – bellissimo!

CHEF'S CHOICE

92 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 92 Reviews
Service: extraordinary
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: excellent
Quality/Price: great value
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Food: heavenly
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Richard E.
2 reviews so far 6
23.03.2017 09:23

Another excellent meal, we reserved a table as a last minute thing and were not disappointed food and staff were all excellent as usual. Great treat for a Wednesday night

Andrew S.
1 review so far 6
19.03.2017 18:27

Very nice place to eat, lovely atmosphere, food was very tasty and well presented, price was very good to. Only thing is one member of staff seemed very rude.

Davena R.
2 reviews so far 6
12.03.2017 23:17

Fab food once again. Nutella Calzone is something you have to try. It was very smokey in the restaurant last time we went but they seem to have sorted that issue out. Friendly staff and reasonable priced food.

Christine F.
1 review so far 6
11.03.2017 19:24

really nice night , staff were so friendly , good food and very good service. We were running late because of work call out but were still made welcome and not a nuisance at all

Harley G.
1 review so far 6
24.12.2016 18:25

I went to San Lorenzo with a friend for our Christmas meal. We arrived and immediately received great service. We ordered our food which came promptly and tasted delicious. We ordered a bottle of prosecco (£15 on a Friday!) and enjoyed everything. Once we had finished our meal we moved into the newly designed bar area where we were able to sit and enjoy some drinks. There was no loud music and it wasn't full of people which meant that we were able sit and talk comfortably. We received great service and the staff were lovely, I would highly recommend.

John C.
1 review so far 6
12.02.2017 19:14

Great evening, helpful, friendly and knowledge staff. Free bottle of prosecco for my wife's birthday made the night complete for the party of four. Would recommend San Lorenzo if you want a good time with good food and friendly atmosphere. Thanks to all of the staff.

Lesley F.
2 reviews so far 6
29.10.2016 18:17

Another lovely meal at San Lorenzo. Staff as usual were pleasant and attentive. Portions sizes are really good. Service was extremely fast this time and food arrived very quickly however we werent rushed and stayed at the table a couple of hours chatting.

David G.
1 review so far 6
19.09.2016 19:19

We dined at San Lorenzo with friends for the early evening £9.95 two course special which was excellent, with any pasta dish you can choose any pasta you fancy. We have dined here twice before and and the standard was again 1st class.

Martin B.
1 review so far 4
25.02.2017 03:13

I had requested a reservation a few days earlier for a quiet table for two. However upon arrival they only had a table for two in the centre of a very busy restaurant. There was another table available where we sat but we were getting cold drafts from the door when people entered and left. However the food was very nice, fillet steak was substantial and cooked to perfection and the Gorgonzola was sauce lovely. However I think its a bit overpriced. I would recommend and I will probably return, may be a bit later in the evening midweek around 8:30 when its a bit quieter but that's a personal preference.

Margaret P.
2 reviews so far 5
01.09.2016 17:47

Food was good, as was the service, and the staff were pleasant and friendly. The only thing lacking was atmosphere. When it was Amiros there was a buzz about the place. Maybe when San Lorenzo is more established the buzz will return.

Steve R.
1 review so far 4
02.01.2017 04:04

Food was fine and service was fine for a lunch time. We did have to wait a while for a dessert menu which I had to request myself from the bar. The area we were sitting was really cold but think that may have to do with the area we were eating in not being very busy (the bar). We will go back but not on a lunch time and next time we will be sitting in the restaurant to eat not the bar area. Price was ok but couldn't find any special deals in the menu we were given.

Richard E.
2 reviews so far 6
06.03.2017 05:31

Went on Sunday at 4pm staff were all excellent as was the food, this is a brilliant restaurant and a breath of fresh air for the Washington area. I would highly recommend it - the pizza was just amazing only disappointment was the had run out of tiramisu- so I will have to go back to sample this. Really well priced and great value for money

Paula W.
2 reviews so far 6
30.09.2016 16:49

Top marks. San Lorenzo is by far the best place to dine in Washington. Great food and great friendly staff. The presto menu is great value for money and lots of choice.

Val B.
1 review so far 5
14.01.2017 22:23

Food was fantastic - I had king prawn tagliatelle with tomato and chilli, very tasty and generous with the prawns. Slightly disappointed that the duck had run out, but these things happen - also charged for potato side dish with chicken which was meant to be included with meal, but bill was reduced when we challenged it without complaint. No hesitation in recommending this place, but make sure you book - it's popular!

Gina C.
1 review so far 5
17.10.2016 20:02

The food was delicious and good value for the happy hour. The kids menu is fantastic and they get to make their own pizzas! The decor is lovely and the atmosphere good, the only thing that let our experience down was the time it took to be served. It's busy during happy hour but they only had two staff members on the floor and they were ridiculously over worked.

Anthony H.
1 review so far 6
22.09.2016 17:32

Excellent service and food. Staff attentive and courteous. Just the right time between courses even though the restaurant was very busy. Have seen some reviews saying it is expensive. It may be a little more than some other local restaurants but you can tell in the quality of the food. Well worth it. Will be back

Ann W.
1 review so far 4
29.08.2016 01:04

Easy to book. Food was good and plenty of it. Would have liked a serving spoon for the vegetables but we should have asked for one. Service was good but it would have been nice if servers had asked if we wanted any sauces with our Sunday lunches. When we asked for some it came straight away but would be nice if we were asked rather than us asking. Well decorated restaurant. We will return to try out the Italian menu in the future.

Maureen Y.
1 review so far 5
08.02.2017 01:28

A very pleasant experience. Staff were courteous and attentive from beginning to end. Although there was a problem with one of the pasta dishes Max sorted it out and listened to our comments and took them seriously even discussing them with the chef. All sorted very amicably. I would give them 10 out of 10 for the service given. We will be back for another visit.

Pamela C.
1 review so far 5
12.02.2017 08:05

There were 6 of us celebrating a birthday and we had a lovely evening. Food was of a good standard and the staff were really friendly and service was great. Love the addition of the bar next door now which really enhances the experience but it still needs a bit of work to make it feel a bit more comfortable

Susan B.
1 review so far 6
29.01.2017 12:19

What a lovely night. The food was fantastic as usual, and the service was great. We had a waiter called Gianni and he was wonderful, really friendly but very professional and courteous. We had a great time and the staff are exceptional. We will definitely be back for more.

Louise D.
1 review so far 6
28.11.2016 19:14

What a fantastic restaurant. The fiood was delicious but I have to say we've been to a lot of restaurants and the service and attention to detail was outstanding at this restaurant. The waiters and waitresses were so polite and friendly and funny. Would highly recommend 😊👍

Lynsey S.
1 review so far 6
22.11.2016 07:21

Food was amazing and really good value, staff were lovely too and were great with the kids. Fantastic place, would highly recommend. Early bird menu is perfect for an early supper. We were all done within an hour which is perfect with kids in tow.

Emma L.
1 review so far 6
13.09.2016 04:21

Lovely setting and a real improvement since it's changed hands and been refurbished Nice menu with a good choice for happy hour and generous portions. Food was really tasty and the pizza was particular delicious! Slick service and attentive staff. Definitely will return.

Christine W.
1 review so far 6
30.09.2016 08:16

The interior has been updated and is now light and airy, with a vintage feel, the kitchen is open so you can see some of the food being prepared. We chose from the special menu and had the salmon which was lovely.

Janice B.
1 review so far 6
31.08.2016 04:18

Just had a lovely family meal my grandson got to make his own pizza very good fun! Service was very good no long waits and it was service with a smile very good food and very reasonable price will return again soon!

Christina M.
1 review so far 5
04.03.2017 22:32

The Service was friendly and all four of our meals were delicious and well presented. I would highly recommend San Lorenzo and will be returning

Jenna K.
1 review so far 6
16.12.2016 08:15

Lovely food and great service, with special mention to the Italian lady that works front of house...I have recently had shoulder and wrist surgery and she kindly cut up my food discretely and attentive checked up on me throughout the meal.

Paula W.
2 reviews so far 3
11.02.2017 21:59

San Lorenzo was particularly busy last night and large groups, unfortunately it was extremely noisy and as me and my husband were sat next to 2 large parties. Think the seating arrangement needs looking at. Good food as always though.

Peter D.
1 review so far 6
14.11.2016 23:38

Excellent restaurant. Easy booking. Very helpful staff. Wide ranging menu beautifully prepared and served. Would recommend to both family groups and couples. Wine and beer selection was very good and also a good range of cocktails.

Gemma J.
1 review so far 4
23.03.2017 07:35

Restaurant was initially very quiet, started to pick up a bit later. Food was generally nice, not the best Italians I've had though but nice. My daughters food was overdone but felt like I shouldn't/couldn't say anything to the scary Italian lady who took our order. She was very intimidating to say the least...eek!

Mary B.
1 review so far 6
15.11.2016 03:51

Enjoyed whole experience. Boking was so easy.No problems and I liked the reminder.The restaurant w was lovely and will certainly go back.That was the best lasgne that I have ever had in my entire life!

Graham D.
1 review so far 6
15.01.2017 19:02

Took my 11 year old and 5 year old. Was one of the best meals out I've had in years. Food was fantastic. It was a nice atmosphere. Will definitely be going back soon.

Julie G.
1 review so far 6
17.10.2016 08:56

Great atmosphere & prezzo menu good value ... The food was wonderful as usual added to by the prompt friendly service. Have tried standard menu and some really different enjoyable dishes there too.

christopher b.
1 review so far 6
16.02.2017 20:42

great atmosphere, table was ready on time and service from the friendly staff was great. there were no delays between courses, the food was tasty and reasonably priced. Overall, a good night out.

Chris O.
1 review so far 6
08.03.2017 07:55

Had a really good time , great service , good food & great atmosphere . Reasonably priced offerings around three courses which didn't have the feel of compromised quality for price ...Very Good.

Carly S.
1 review so far 6
03.11.2016 17:59

Lovely food with very quick service even though the restaurant was very busy. Staff were pleasant and welcoming. The kitchen is open so you can see your food being prepared and cooked.

Steve L.
1 review so far 5
29.01.2017 19:59

Lovely food and the manager went out of his way to be very helpful. Also has a great atmosphere. Only downside was on coming out the wooden decking was dangerously slippy and one of our party fell badly.

ann r.
1 review so far 4
11.03.2017 08:19

Early bird menu was a little difficult to understand not sure what mains were available in the early bord menu. Service was very quick, too quick no sooner had they taken starter platted away and second course was served. Would have liked a rest in between.

Mandy K.
1 review so far 6
04.11.2016 03:12

We live quite local to the Restarant and the meals are very tasty the staff are very friendly and the Restarant is very clean we would highly recommend them .

Kirsty H.
1 review so far 6
28.11.2016 06:49

lovely staff , great food and atmosphere, they even put a candle in my sons dessert and sang happy birthday ! thanks again , we will definitely be back !

Karen C.
1 review so far 6
06.02.2017 08:29

Amazing service, staff can't do enough to help and make sure there is something for everyone. Excellent for evening with friends, family or for two. Wine good price too.

Dawn T.
1 review so far 6
24.09.2016 00:47

From start to finish a great experience. A must do restaurant with plenty to offer. Clean, friendly, and with a little twist here and there. You won't be disappointed.

Krystal T.
1 review so far 6
08.01.2017 22:02

Lovely meal and great service. Staff are brilliant and always on the ball and so happy to see you. Both courses delicious and courses came out with no delay

Howard S.
1 review so far 5
10.10.2016 02:03

Service very good food was excellent although a bit pricey would certainly go back,they have a new years Eve and Christmas menu which looked good value so maybe we will give that a try.

Fiona S.
1 review so far 6
21.10.2016 17:25

Love the service all of the staff are very professional and friendly with it, we got steaks which were fab, cooked to perfection, definitely top Washington eating place.

Lindsey R.
1 review so far 6
21.12.2016 18:59

We had a kids birthday party for 11 people, staff were great with the kids, foot lovely and very good value for money, look forward to coming again

Dawn D.
1 review so far 6
25.10.2016 16:00

A highly recommended restaurant we've visited many times. Service great - really friendly, decor superb and most importantly food is excellent. It's the best Italian I've been to.

Andrea M.
1 review so far 6
15.10.2016 04:05

The food was Lovely. Staff werefriemy and gave good service. Family friendly and will definitely be returning very soon. Good value for money, what more could you want?

David M.
1 review so far 6
23.09.2016 06:17

The food was excellent and the staff were friendly. The smoked haddock risotto is highly recommended, as is the rosemary flatbread. Excited to see the phase two developments.

Eleanor M.
1 review so far 6
05.03.2017 03:29

Great food and atmosphere, it was fizz Friday so the prosecco added to the whole evening in the restaurant .... the bar looks worth a visit too..