Restaurants in Soho London

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Soho has a great range of restaurants to satisfy any culinary craving. If you want to try a traditional British restaurant, try Dean Street Townhouse. If you're more in the mood for authentic tapas, there's Barrafina, and for sumptuous spicy Chinese, try Ba Shan. Check out the rest of the restaurant guide for our recommendations for the best restaurants in Soho. Do you agree with the choices? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.

Berners Tavern

  • Rated as: 5/5

Restaurateur Jason Atherton has had a great year. Berners Tavern is the third restaurant he’s opened in the West End this year; the other two, Little Social and Social Eating House, were very well received for their playful and appealing dishes. This new venture is more of the same, but in a much grander setting. It’s housed in the new Edition hotel in Fitzrovia, which looks like the older, more sophisticated sister of the Sanderson hotel just down the road. Both places were

  1. 10 Berners Street, W1T 3NP
  2. Main courses £15-£26. Dinner for two with...
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Hakkasan

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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More than a decade after it started wowing London’s big spenders with its classy Cantonese cooking, this Michelin-starred trendsetter remains a benchmark against which all high-end Chinese restaurants should be judged. The basement’s stylish interior (all dark wood lattice screens and moody lighting) still attracts the kind of beautiful people who might suppress their appetites – though there was little evidence of restraint on our midweek night visit. Plate after plate

  1. 8 Hanway Place, W1T 1HD
  2. Main courses £17-£61. Dim sum £3-£20. Set...
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Social Eating House

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4

It’s not easy to open a spate of brand-new restaurants and maintain high standards, but chef-patron Jason Atherton has clearly moved on from being the sorcerer’s apprentice (under Gordon Ramsay) to being the sorcerer himself. His Little Social deluxe bistro only opened in March 2013, right opposite his fine dining Pollen Street Social in Mayfair. He followed this up, weeks later, with an even more ambitious restaurant in Soho, by delegating the chef role to his buddy and

  1. 58-59 Poland Street, W1F 7NR
  2. Main courses £12-£23.50. Set lunch £18 2...
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Yauatcha

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Such acutely stylish venues rarely last, but after a decade Yauatcha can add longevity to its enviable list of attributes. So why do people still glide down the stairs of this self-styled Taipai tea house into its sensual basement? The design helps: the long bar, spot-lit black tables and illuminated fish tank still have allure, and the nightclub vibe is boosted by beautiful staff and bass-heavy beats. Even being shunted away to seats behind the staircase has benefits

  1. 15 Broadwick Street, W1F 0DL
  2. Dim sum £4-£15. Set meal (2-6pm Mon-Thur)...
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Dean Street Townhouse

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

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

  1. 69-71 Dean Street, W1D 3SE
  2. Main courses £13.50-£34. Set dinner...
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10 Greek Street

  • Rated as: 5/5

A small, unshowy restaurant that’s made a name for itself with a short but perfectly formed menu and an easy-going conviviality. Dishes are seasonal – ricotta-stuffed courgette flower with lentils, wild mushrooms and truffle, and chilled asparagus and pea soup with crème fraîche were exemplary starters. And it’s value for money too – the soup cost a fiver. The kitchen (under Australian Cameron Emirali) produces lots of interesting but ungimmicky combinations: notably a

  1. 10 Greek Street, W1D 4DH
  2. Main courses £12-£19.Meal for two with drinks...
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Bocca di Lupo

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The buzz is as important as the food at Jacob Kenedy and Victor Hugo’s enduringly popular Soho restaurant. Dine at the bar and you’re in for a fun night, or afternoon – especially if you’re by the window. It’s the perfect perch from which to watch favourite actresses swan into the clamorous and less atmospheric rear dining room. The menu is a slightly confusing mix of small and large plates to share and, amid the noise, it can be unclear what you think you’ve ordered

  1. 12 Archer Street, W1D 7BB
  2. Main courses £7-£32
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Ember Yard

  • Rated as: 5/5

Salt Yard, Dehesa, Opera Tavern: three of London’s most enjoyable new-style tapas bars, and they’re all run by the same young company. Ember Yard is the fourth in this growing chain, and builds on the strengths of its forebears, using Italian as well as Spanish dishes and techniques as their inspiration. What sets Ember Yard apart from its siblings is an even greater emphasis on the grill. If you’ve eaten in a charcoal grill restaurant in the Basque country – or even in

  1. 60-61 Berwick Street, W1F 8SU
  2. Meal for two with drinks and service: around...
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Koya

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

The opening of Koya in 2010 marked a more youthful movement in the Japanese dining scene. With blond-wood sharing tables, white walls and a generally fresh-faced crowd of diners, the venue feels more like a friendly caff than a slick West End eaterie. The handmade udon noodles produced here are top notch, which explains why expectant diners often queue out of the door. Don’t be deterred: service is generally snappy, so you won’t have to wait too long. The well-priced menu

  1. 49 Frith Street, W1D 4SG
  2. Main courses £6.90-£14.90
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Polpo Soho

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Owned by Russell Norman and Richard Beatty, with the kitchen headed by Tom Oldroyd, Polpo and its newer siblings Polpetto (now closed) and Da Polpo fuse the Venetian bacaro (wine-bar-cum-café) with hip New York West Village eateries. The decor, with peeling paint and battered wooden panelling, looks like something from the ‘before’ clips on Homes Under the Hammer. Brown paper menus and chunky tumblers for wine glasses underline the sense of squatter chic, as does sharing

  1. 41 Beak Street, W1F 9SB
  2. Dishes £4.50-£9
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Sarah Lewis
Sarah Lewis

We visited Mele e Pere in Brewer Street for lunch earlier in the week. Their lunch menu is great value at £8.50 for a main course that could include Braised short rib beef with chantenay carrots and crushed potatoes. Fantastic prices and worth a visit - the best Italian in Soho!

Lina Ho
Lina Ho

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