Dean Street Townhouse

Restaurants , British Soho
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Dean Street Townhouse
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DST is buzzing from open until close across a series of Georgian-era rooms, and the menu cossets and comforts with well executed classic British dishes.

All things to all people at all hours – whatever the Soho occasion, chances are Dean Street Townhouse fits the bill. A leisurely breakfast, elevenses with the morning papers, a brisk business lunch, afternoon tea, pre-theatre quickie, romantic dinner for two… and if that dinner gets uncontrollably romantic, there are rooms upstairs. As a result of this catch-all appeal, DST is buzzing from open until close, and efficient but sometimes distant staff keep things moving along briskly.

The all-inclusiveness extends to the menu, which rarely startles, but cossets and comforts with classic British dishes (there’s a great fish and chips with mushy peas, as well as cauliflower and Keen’s cheddar soup, and liver with bacon and onions). Special note must be given to the other Scottish national dish perpetually on the carte: mince and tatties. Paw Broon might splutter into his tea cup at the £13.50 price tag, but it’s as good a version as anyone south of Gretna has ever made.

DST is spread across a series of Georgian-era rooms, which exude a sense of history while wearing lightly their classical upgrade: the only irritation being the too-low chairs in the side room, which force diners into sitting uncomfortably.


Venue name: Dean Street Townhouse
Address: 69-71 Dean Street
Opening hours: Breakfast served 7am-noon Mon-Fri; 8am-noon Sat, Sun. Brunch served noon-5pm Sat, Sun. Tea served 3-5pm daily. Meals served noon-midnight Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus or Tottenham Court Road
Price: Main courses £13.50-£34. Set dinner (5-6.30pm, 10.15pm-midnight) £16.50 2 courses, £19.50 3 courses
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Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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Bonnie W
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Dean Street Townhouse is an elegant restaurant located in the heart of Soho. The menu is very much classic Britsh comfort food. Being vegetarian, it was great that they had a separate menu with about eight items to choose from. I went for the macaroni and cheese (a huge portion!) served in a nice copper pot with an avocado and butter lettuce salad in a delicious vinaigrette on the side. They have a large bar to sit as well as lots of tables - it's a very large restaurant by soho standards. The service was good up until the point when we finished our meal and as I find with so many restaurants, the server seemed to disappear after that. Overall though, it's a nice restaurant in a very central location and makes for a good pre or post theatre spot, when you're wanting to get a little more dressed up.

Maggie W
Staff WriterStaff Comp

Quintessential British food if you can get over the pretentiousness and prices.

Sam B

Buzzy, hip and high quality. I have been for breakfast, for lunch and for dinner and I have never been disappointed. Brilliant breakfast menu (from the healthy to the decadent) and if you are eating off the main menu, treat yourself to the HUGE macaroni cheese. It's very very good and served is a cool copper pot, straight from the oven. 

Lovely service, great vibe, and good food. 

julio bruno

You can't go wrong with DST in Soho. The best power business breakfast in town. Eggs any style or salads, kippers or porridge, you choose, it's all good. Read the paper, browse the news and go about your business with gusto. Service will be efficient, pleasant and unobtrusive. Just perfect.


Went here for a friends birthday dinner and I was not disappointed. Great service, even though we were quite a large table (full of picky people :) ). not cheap, but worth every penny! Posh without being snobby.

I will definitely have my birthday dinner there this year!

rachel h

I adore Dean Street townhouse. The afternoon tea here is incredibly good value at £19.50 per person and fantastic quality. The surroundings are relaxing yet quite lavish, but not at all pretentious. It's probably better for an Autumn or winter afternoon tea as there's a lot of velvet and snuggliness perfect for that time of year. I have been to a lot of afternoon teas in London and this is one of the best.

Beatrice A

Can't quite understand what we were doing wrong at our table at 5.30pm yesterday. We ordered drinks, we ordered some small plates of food but the waiters seemed to think we had caused us a heinous crime, so much so they spent the next hour trying to get rid of us.  Asking us if we wanted to order dinner - at 5.30pm? (thought this was Soho not Florida) Yet when we said we might order some more food, snatching back the menus.   The table was booked for 7pm and we said we would of course vacate by then.  At 6.25pm the bill was smacked down on the table and the waiters achieved their desired effect - we left as quickly as we could. 

Emma E

Some of the worst waiting staff in London, rude, pushy and verging on the offensive - never again!

Sarah R

I visited Dean Street Townhouse for afternoon tea with my girlfriends for joined birthdays and it was a lovely experience. The desserts and sandwiches you get are plentiful, the ambiance and waiters, make you feel like you are treating yourself to something quite nice and posh. I would gladly return for a dinner or repeat afternoon tea. Next time with prosecco!

Ros A

Dean Street Townhouse is an OK 3 star place for me. I've only ever been for cocktails, which I found to be quite tasty and I like the decor - standard Shoreditch House, aka a mismatched-but-actually-perfectly-matched arrangement. I have found during both of my outings to DST that the host (who meets you at the door) is snooty and rude. A host should be accommodating and friendly, especially when you're paying a fair whack for dinner or drinks. 

Russ C

Excellent breakfast choices with fast and efficient service and a relaxed atmosphere to match. Sit casually next to media's power brokers, read the paper and get your day started the right way. Highly recommended.


3 of us ate here before going to the theatre. 2 of us ate from the pre theatre menu and 1 went a la carte. The starter salads were both good sized and full of flavour. The fish and chips (haddock)was served on a bed of mushy peas and was tasty. The mince and potatoes was simple but done well. The cod and lentil dish was also good. We all had deserts which were also unfussy, comforting and good (rice pudding, ice cream and meringue). The wine list seemed comprehensive and the cocktails were not cheap but were good quality. The service was good and the atmosphere in the early evening was lively and buzzy.



Great place for meetings as it's still fairly quiet and low key compared to similar restaurants. The food is standard modern British fare so lots of choices to please and the service is excellent.

Samantha H

Great for a group brunch, ask for a booth at the back.  Food isnt revolutionary but it is tasty and service is quick.  

Staff Writer

One of my favourite places for a post-work espresso martini. A spot at the bar can be difficult to score but it's always  great night if you do - the guys behind the bar are really friendly and will certainly look after you. The private room is also a great option for groups and special occasions.



Staff Writer

Breakfast, lunch, dinner always a treat. Breakfasts are superb from the healthy options to the full English breakfast. Lunch and dinner menus are simple and classic. The staff are always exceptionally pleasant and welcoming. Try drinks at the bar if later in the evening and you can get a space.


Stunning decor, attentive staff and espresso martini's to die for!

Stephen Mount

Great food, nice atmosphere/interior with pleasant & quiet outdoor front patio. Would go more often if they had an all day breakfast menu.

Guangpei Bo

We enjoyed our dinner at there. Sea trout was really great. I also want to recommend arctic roll with raspberries.


Lovely place-rubbish service. Placed my order for breakfast which the friendly waitress didn't write down. 30 minutes later I inquired where it was-they knew nothing about it. They were very apologetic but I got up and left and went to Nopi on Warwick St which was fantastic. I'll go back for another go as I liked the look of the place hopefully it was just a glitch.


Bar food was really quite tasty (look on the back of the main restaurant menu). One really rolly-eyed bar staff (Him). The other really friendly and helpful (Her).