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Japan, Brazil and Peru come together in this expensive New York import on floors 38 and 39 of Heron Tower: great views, great decor, wonderful sushi.

Japan, Brazil and Peru come together here. That’s not an eye-opener these days, but the entrance to this expensive New York import is. Take the glass elevator that clings to the side of Heron Tower, shoot up 38 floors in a few stomach-flipping seconds, then walk into a bar from which you can practically browse workers’ emails in the Gherkin. Go on through to the double-height glasshouse of a restaurant, with its magnificent bamboo-lattice ceiling, and your table will likely face north across Spitalfields towards Alexandra Palace or east over Stepney and out to Essex. Allow time to drink in your surroundings, and maybe a cocktail or seasonal saké, while perusing a menu that will need deciphering by your well-drilled waiter, peppered as it is with terms such as ‘tiradito’, ‘taquito’, ‘moqueca’ and ‘chicharrons’. It’s all tough visual competition for a plate of food, but the sushi does its damnedest to catch the eye with cloaks of red or green yuba (soybean curd skin). Rather than leave all the fillings to battle it out in one big, bursting-at-the-seams futomaki, the Samba London roll makes a starlet of each one (crab, tuna, salmon, yellowtail, prawn, scallop, beef, avocado) by placing it on a rice-slice pedestal. With that view – impressive in daylight, awesome by night – this is a special-occasion destination; they get a lot of birthday bookings.


Venue name: Sushisamba
Address: Floors 38 & 39
110 Bishopsgate
Cross street: Heron Tower
Opening hours: Lunch served 11.30am-2.30pm, dinner served 5.30-11pm daily
Transport: Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail
Price: Main courses £8-£42
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Average User Rating

3.1 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:12
  • 4 star:12
  • 3 star:7
  • 2 star:5
  • 1 star:14
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Amy L

Wow..... This place totally exceeded my expectations. Pricey, but amazing. Service, food and drinks were all top notch. I had eaten at Duck and Waffle, owned by the same company and in the same building, on a couple of occasions, but I do feel that Sushi Samba do the whole thing better. Food was to die for... Unbelievable sushi flavours, amazing koba gyoza, mouth-watering miso cod, incredible sashimi.... Just to name a few. Cocktails are also fabulous. Definitely a great place to celebrate a special occasion!

The Man on the Street

We had a few beers then fancied a late night bite. SushiSamba proved to be just what was needed. Glass elevator and stunning views from the restaurant , real buzz about the place and the food was fine. Good end to a top night in the city. 

Laura T

I thoroughly enjoyed a special night out with my hen ladies!  We dined at 6pm and enjoyed seeing the red sunset over the expansive views of London. The service was impeccable and the food and wine was divine! 

Louise H

I love this place! The bar is a thing of beauty and serves delicious cocktails, but the views are the main event with the Gherkin sitting majestically next door. My favourite part is the lift with it's glass sides and incredible views over the city. 


I can not fault sushi samba at all. On entering the lift I wasn't expecting it to shoot us up to the 38th floor so speedily, I was left holding my tummy and almost squealing with delight like an excited child. I'd heard a lot about sushi samba but it far surpassed my expectations. We were greeted by a member of staff that showed us to our table, he asked us if our visit here was for a special occasion to which my mum replied it was birthday... That was it. Cocktails were suggested and brought over straight away. He explained the menu and as neither of us like sushi he made some recommendations that were all absolutely delicious. The fusion of all the different flavours were like a party in my mouth. I couldn't get enough of the shrimp tempura and pork belly but the desserts were the winners for me. The passion fruit cake with the green tea and white chocolate ganache and raspberry sorbet was an absolute taste sensation. It was so light refreshing. My mum had the with love from Rio which was "valhrhona macaé ‘pure brazil’ dark chocolate ganache, coffee mousse, tonka bean ice cream, caramelized macadamia". She looked like she'd died and gone to heaven. It was pure indulgence in a bowl. The waiter came over to ask how it was, much to my horror and embarrassment she replied "it's organismic" this must be the ultimate compliment to Sushi Samba and the chef responsible for the beautiful creation but i was mortified. After dessert the waiter came over with a candle in a macaroon and wished me happy birthday. The'd even wrote happy birthday on the plate. I'd been made to feel very special, all the staff were great. Nothing seemed like too much trouble. The food & cocktails were amazing and on leaving the view of the sun going down over London topped an already perfect afternoon. It's a little prices but deffo worth it. I'd highly recommend for a special occasion.

Craig M

We booked a table for a birthday dinner, first welcomed with a fake smile and no reference whatsoever that it was my husbands special day!

Brazilian waiter over eagerly tries to advise us on the speciality dishes which aren't cheap mind you given the size of the portions served. Looked around and wondered why on earth one had to book at least a month in advance and basically the eating area isn't at all large!

Service was fine so far ,the usual over enthusiastic waiter smiles especially after ordering a bottle of bollinger. After 20mins, our so called friendly waiter asked me how the food was, I had only just started to explain and he ignored me and dashed like a dog to the newly seated Arab guys beside us and just ignored my husband and I. My husband called him over to explain how rude he was to me which left him flustered. After watching all the waiters and managers running frantically and returning good these Arabs weren't happy about, the floor manager who was on duty on September 30th came over and apologised about the waiters behaviour,but wait it doesn't end there, his apology was so insincere that as he was talking to us he kept looking at the Arab guys next to us!you would think after this extreme rudeness, the 12.5% discretionary service charge would be waivered or a small gesture on the dessert front but no no no!

Unless you want to be treated second class even though we splashed at least £400

there, by all means we wish you luck!

Terrible service and wouldn't recommend this place to any sane individual!!

Olivia J

Worst night of my life, never been treated so badly by a table hostess in my life. She was too rude to acknowledge me at first, when I said the third time that I had a reservation she simply said she was too busy. Finally my boyfriend complained to the manager and we were seated. Disgusting behaviour from a nobody, food was average and view was okay but there are much better towers in London and much better food elsewhere. Wouldn't waste my time or money here again.

Amy M

I took my cousin Lauren here s as she was visiting from Sydney. It has one of the best views of London (knee shaking actually if you are a little scared of heights). It can be hard to get a table for food or even to sit and have your cocktail.We had cocktails before we went to dinner in nearby Shoreditch. I would suggest the fruity, bitter and sweet Nina Fresa cocktail and the creamy and fruity Batid De Mango cocktail (check them out in my pic below). The outside area features a large bar surrounded by a whimsical tree. The outdoor area is great in summer and they even have blankets to wrap around you in the cooler months. My tip: make sure you dress nicely if you want to be let up to the bar for drinks or have a booking. 

Sohère R

It's virtually impossible to get a table here without a ridiculously long wait - which is why my friends and I booked a month in advance and ended up with a 1745 table on a Tuesday! However don't let that put you off as if you a sushi fan, and fan of good views and great service, you'll love sushisamba. We got 6 small plates to share - the sushisamba platter and tempura prawns and delicious banana pudding are pictured below - and we paid about £40 a head. The food is on the pricey side but worth it. The staff were lovely and made helpful recommendations about our menu choices. The bar attached is also great, as is the high speed lift journey up 30 floors to the restaurant. Will definitely visit again.....but may need to book from now to get in for 2016!

Dinerlady LDN

The ideal location for a sophisticated late afternoon drink if you're looking for something with a bit of glamour and oomph factor. Don't be put off by the security guards at ground level or dither because you haven't booked, it is perfectly acceptable, in fact I encourage you, to drop in for a drink or two. But be warned that the trip up to the 38th floor is not for the feint-heated (a dream for adrenaline junkies), the glass fronted lift whizzes up at speed, offering up jaw-dropping views from the Gherkin to St Pauls Cathedral and beyond. And once you're in situ, the views are spectacular, making this a panoramic place to sip cocktails whilst the sun sets. The decor is modern and minimalist with a high finish and the service was commendable; the staff were friendly, attentive and helpful without being intrusive. The smoked plum negroni was fabulous and very strong, or perhaps that was my vertigo kicking in... I should point out that I have a crippling fear of heights... And so, it was essential for me, after one cocktail, to drink several more to approach the lift down... Cocktails average at £13 and glasses of wine from around £7.50 (with service at 12.5%). We didn't stay for sushi as it was a last minute decision to drop by. I would advise visiting at off-peak boozing times to ensure that you get a seat and don't have a long wait at the bar; we went at around 4pm on a Sunday and, whilst it was fairly busy, we were able to get a seat outside on the spectacular roof terrace and then move inside to a table by the floor-to-ceiling windows which gave electrifying views of London. All in all, alcohol with attitude and altitude, definitely worth a visit! 

Samantha H

The views are stunning, go for a cocktail and then head elsewhere for dinner (perhaps Duck & Waffle).  The food just isn't up to the hype, the service is rushed and unless you have a table on the outside of the room you don't get the stunning views throughout dinner.  Cocktails were nice but quite weak which made them very expensive. Your booking time isn't really taken into account unless you are late and then they will cancel on you.  Have waited over an hour to be seated before....not worth it at all! 

Ros A

Ok, this place is worth it surely for the view. It has an amazing starlit tree outside area and a snazzy looking restaurant. Cocktails looked fantastic (although I didn't try). I found the sushi in the restaurant a little disappointing (for the price) but I guess you're not really paying for the food, you're paying for good atmosphere in the skies, and that you do get. The lifts are absolutely terrifyingly fast, kind of like being at Thorpe Park. 

I'd come back for a drink, for sure, but not for food I don't think.

Paul C
Staff Writer

I've been to Sushi Samba on several occasions and I'm still unsure as to whether I actually like it. If you just go for drinks, the setting is great with excellent views over London but the prices are astronomical. I find paying £7 for a bottle of Brahma unreasonable... especially when they whack on 12.5% service for just opening the bottle!

I have also eaten here though and the food was amazing (hot stone Kobe beef) but like the drinks, very expensive. The service wasn't ideal either as we had to wait 30 mins after our booking time before we were seated. We were given a complimentary glass of champagne each but It'd be unlikely i'd go back.

Kim Fleming

I have had a lot of sushi and this place beats them all. We had a try if Kobe beef here too and that was very nice indeed. The black cod was very yummy too. We also had the fillet of beef and found it very dry and not a great dish. All is all lovely and next time will only have sushi as it was the best.

Eleanor F
Staff Writer

The view here really is stunning, and the food was pretty impressive too - amazing sushi, tempura, gyoza... The service was a bit aloof, but more than made up for by everything else about this dining experience.

Edward B

Had a wonderful time. The view is just crazy. You should try Sao Paulo Rolls ;) 

Maverick M

Been here twice and very bad experience both times, Worst costomer service experience ever, very poor staff communiaction within them self, had to wait too long to get served and in second round after patiently waiting for 20 min at bar, barman just finishes his shift and he pass me to his colleague and he just didnt bother ,he started his shift by ignoring me completly so i had to tell him that i've been standing here for nearly 20 minuts and i was here first.and i just want a gin&tonic. he said he didnt see me standing, And i already said hi to next group,so i've to serve them first so wait until i finishis the group. Problaly another 20 minuts.


Never coming back here ever agin .!!

Matthew M

Been here for a night out with friends and not really impressed. We booked a table for 10pm and we've been seated at 11pm without any particular apologies. Food was quite nice but honestly not worth the price. Great view from the bar .

Jackie H

I haven't actually eaten here, but after the experience I've had with customer service, I never will.  We wanted to increase a client lunch booking by one person on a table of four - not another two people, not another three or four, one only - and the restaurant flat-out refued to do it.  We will never use them again.

Andra D

This would be such a great place if they'd hire nice staff at the bar with the tree... We were waiting for 30 mins until decided to complain to the hostess who spoke with one of the bartenders to serve us immediately. Thank you for that, really! One of the bartenders was wearing sunglasses: SERIOUSLY? I am paying £15 + 12.5% service charge per cocktail for this treatment? I would advise people to avoid the bar at all cost. It looks pretty but the guys behind the bars were soooo slow, so not giving a s**t about any costumer. Why would I want to go there again? 

The restaurant: TOTALLY DIFFERENT STORY. We were served by a Brazilian lovely man, and he even got the kitchen to write Happy Anniversary on our desert plate. If it wasn't for this nice waiter and the AMAZING FOOD, this would have been a ruined evening at SushiSamba, which is not cheap, trust me.

The view is also very lovely and it's worth going to Sushi Samba rather than the Shard :)

martin u

This was probably the best meal I have eaten in a long time. The location was amazing we turned up and they probably gave us one of the best tables in the room which was right next to the window with a fantastic view. We both felt a bit out of our depth with the menu but we made the best choices everything we selected was mouth watering. Then the service our waiter was helpful, polite and just what you need a waiter to be. I could not fault the place. Yes it is expensive but with all of the positives I don't mind paying good money for good food.


Overall superb decor, views, food and service! Only downside would be the cocktails we ordered which didn't really live up to their description on the menu or their price! The wine we had with dinner was very good however. I have to disagree with other reviewers when considering the service. The service we had was excellent - ordered cocktails on arrival and these were brought promptly to our table when we were shown to it. Service from waiting staff was attentive, friendly and efficient. The food itself was excellent - we had Sashimi, Sushi rolls, pork ribs, vegetable tempura and tacquito's over the course of our meal - all were exceptional in terms of quality and flavour. As others have said it is not a destination you would head to every week or month - go for a special occasion and enjoy the surrealness of it all! Definitely would recommend a visit.

Nigel Denning

So non-plussed I can hardly be bothered to write a review. On the plus side, the lift up and the view. The decor is fairly good. On the downside, everything else. And I mean EVERYTHING! Food is little better than a Harvester restaurant thought the presentation is better. Prices are scary (£42 for three cocktails), service is poor to average, door-staff are abrasive, reservations line is a joke and customer service non-existant. If this place wasn't on a rooftop and didn't show up as one of only three ove-prices, poor quality rooftop bars in London, it'd be empty. In a place like Singapore, it'd have gon out of business shortly after it opened.

Angus Macdonald

A destination restaurant with a view to die for. The food is a little middle of the road for the prices they charge, the drinks are extortionate, but this is all part of the theatre of dining 38 floors above London. It's not something you do every week, or even every month. It's somewhere to go to experience a bit of glam. The staff can be a little snooty, but when you work somewhere like sushisamba you'll no doubt start to believe the hype. Well worth a visit. Just make sure you do it in style. Save up and go crazy. I recommend the three different meats on the hot stones.


Terrible. Bar staff were slow. When the order was taken, it was then forgotten, and we had to queue all over again as if we had just arrived. Finally served, and asked for the service charge removed. Request refused. Go for the view, but not because it's a quality bar. Because it isn't. If it was ground level it would be empty.


1. Very rude behaviour at the entrance. The blond girl responsible for the reservations at the ground floor on Saturday night the 8th of June let people without reservations get in through the reservations queue whilst there were 60 other people standing waiting in the cold. At one point the bouncer realized that she let people get in without any reservation and he told her off. The bouncers preferred to send the lift half-empty with people who ‘had’ reservations instead of letting in people who were waiting at the queue. The quality of a place is always reflected on the way its bouncers behave. This is the main reason I’m not gonna visit Sushi Samba again. 2. Astonishing view is the biggest + of the bar. The space is having architectural mistakes though; it is having an impressive and original interior design but the view is blocked at many places because of unfortunate interior solutions. 3. Prices are just ok for the quality of drinks. 4. The staff was polite enough (apart from the unfortunate behavior at the entrance of course).


Awesome ride up glass elevator and breathtaking views on arrival... but terrible cocktails, quite embarassing given the cost and after queing for ages at the bar watch out for the service charge added to the bill (perhaps this is to cover the cool elevator ride up? It certainly shouldn't be charged for being served by inexperienced guys at the bar!) Waiters clear drinks before they're finished. Hope this improves ahead of the summer because the terrace looks fantastic!


Fantastic, lift journey, service, staff, drinks , views , and most of all food! Can't wait to go back for more.


I've been at sushisamba on a Thursday night with my groups of friends. The lift gives you an astonishing views from the city and as soon you arrive there's a smilie hostess to welcome you. I arrived on the 39th floor and after secure a seat at the lounge We were ready to start our night drinking. Cocktails are pricey but reasonable considering the location. However drinks unfortunately do not match the prices. I' was recommended by one of the bar lady to have strawberry daiquiry like cocktail and a few more of the cocktail list but those came up over to sugary, not well presented and not even a napkin to make up the flavour. After convinced the security to let us move one floor up we discovered a Gemma known as duck and waffle. Cocktails are great and the views are amazing! Overall sushisamba it's a great place but It should trained their staff to match up their prices!


Waited at the bar for 20 minutes ordered a cocktail from a grumpy bar man and he added service to the bill, then we take our drinks to the table only to have them take one away before finishing and at £27 for two drinks (that were awful as well, tasted purely of barcardi and coke) we don't want our drink taken away. One of us being vegetarian ordered the corn dish, it was so bland I couldn't eat it. Then again wine glass was taken away before finishing. Ordered the spicy peppers, which weren't spicy but they tried to take away before finishing, service was terrible they would literally walk past the table and swipe things off it finished or not.. Will never go back. Nice view but as it was windy they wouldn't let us outside to see anyway. Best part of the night was the lift.


Very disappointed after looking forward so much to going to Sushi Samba. After waiting 15 minutes at the bar and paying £12 for a cocktail we were charged for service as well. The cocktail ended up being a rum and coke - most expensive rum and coke I have ever had! The food was just ok, nothing special and lacked flavour and then to top it off the waiting staff kept trying to clear food and out very expensive drinks before we were finished - it was very irritating. Will not be going back there and feel let down. The only highlight was the lift journey with a fantastic view of London.


I went to Sushisamba on Friday evening. I am Peruvian and very familiar with all three types of cuisine this restaurant offers. The view really is amazing, so I would definitely recommend people go and check it out, but only for a drink at the bar. I arrived early for my reservation so had a drink at the bar. Beware people! The cocktail waitress was so overwhelmed with orders that she made a mistake on 3 bills, including mine. She overcharged me by 10 pounds and overcharged another customer by twice as much. We also had to wait a very long time at the bar. Dinner was very pleasant and the waiters really made an exceptional effort. However, food-wise I was very disappointed with what they offered. The ceviche and tiraditos were incredibly bland, which saddened me because both of these dishes are truly amazing in taste. I recommed going to Lima for better tasting nouvelle cuisine Peruvian food. The sushi itself was normal, nothing out of this world. The best dish was perhaps the tuna tataki, although not spectacular in taste either. Overall, it was a good evening but the poor food and price paid does not justify going there for dinner. The views justify going there for a cocktail though.


Loved it!! It was pretty difficult to get a reservation, but worth the wait. I will definitely be back.


I've just been trying to get a response on their reservations phone line and email address for a while and it seems nobody ever wants to pick up or respond. After trying three different times and waiting over 20 minutes on hold each time, I decided the phone reservation wasn't the way to go. The bookings email was equally non-responsive. Don't know if I'll ever get a chance to actually try their food seeing as I can't even get in touch to make a booking.


Food was great but not worth the price. I love sushi but felt this place was trying way too hard to be different. Some dishes were amazing and some were disappointing. The space, the terraces, the views, the lifts.. all amazing. The service, once past the incredibly awful hostesses (just because you work at the hottest table in town, does not mean everyone is trying to sneak in..), was very attentive and good.


Terrible.Poor service (over 30min wait for a gin&tonic when there were only 3 other people ordering &10 members of staff loitering.Food order incorrect, constant bungling. Oh &most of the bottles of wine had "sold out".The views are spectacular, the food is tasty but overpriced.go to NYC sushi samba


Excellent food, great cocktails, fantastic tea and the best views of London by far. Service every time I have visited has been impeccable


Great view, great decoration & very good quality/quantity food. Pricey but not over pricey. The waiters were very nice and dedicated (they moved us to the best table with the nice view...)We had a wonderful time and I am planning to go again soon.


such a bad service!! I went both to sushi samba as well as duck and waffle but the service really let me down! I waited for my drinks for more then half an hour! I wouldn't recommend it to anyone,better to go to Tower 42 if you want the views

Marie Laure

Coolest place in London by far... I liked most the non-sushi plates... Great recommendations and an amazing experience


definitely one of the best of many new bars to open in the central east area recently. the mojitos were especially delicious, but to be honest views distracted us from the drinks for most of the evening


While in London for the Olympics, I learned of the opening of Sushisamba London. I had heard of Sushisamba in the States, and it has always been on my to-dine list, so I took the timie of the London opening as a sign that it was time to try it out and up the 38 stories of Heron Tower we went! We were greeted by friendly hosts, and the most beautiful views we had ever seen. We only had time to grab a drink, so we found our way to the terrace where we sat at the bar under a magnificent orange tree. We wanted to try some Sushisamba cocktails we had heard so much about. We waited for the bartender to come over. Then waited a little bit more. Once he worked his way across the crowded bar he was extremely helpful and guided our way through the menu. All in all it was the perfect way to spend an afternoon in London. Now to try Sushisamba in the states.


I don't understand the comments below, I really enjoyed my visit to SushiSamba. Great food, great drinks and amazing views. Its the best new bar I've been to in ages! I can't wait to go again.


great views AND great food. this is seriously better than most of the other high-priced London sushi restaurants... don't understand the other reviewers, esp. the comment about selfish waiters (ever been to Nobu???). I'll be back


My entire experience of this bar/restaurant was unfortunately overshadowed by the lift. It's a clear glass lift attached to the outside of the building which shoots up to the 39th floor at the rate of knots. It absolutely terrified me which I was not expecting otherwise would oviously not have got in it in the first place. I'm fine with top floor bars etc (I've been to Tower 42, the top of the Gherkin, Empire State Building etc - all were fine) but I just felt so unsafe in that lift. Anyway, it's a shame there isn't another way up otherwise I'd definitely go back. I then spent my whole time up there panicking about the lift on the way down - pathetic, I know, but it's how I felt and I just couldn't shake it off. It is fairly expensive, but you don't expect a place like that to be cheap in the first place. My boyfriend really enjoyed the food (although the lift experience had stressed me out so much, I could only manage half a starter and one glass of wine - not my usual style!) and he would definitely go back; unfortunately I definitely won't be going with him unless they build an inside lift! Kind of agree with the annoying waiter comment too... i think to say he was 'attentive' would be a massive understatement.


Annoying waiter! Very small portions, very average sushi, stupidly pricey, amazing views, will not return, very sad.


Yet Another American based and funded restaurant Chain selling over priced fusion food on the hype generated by the TV series Sex and The City on a nice location. Selfish, stingy, short sighted attitude towards superbly skilled hard-working staff it's clashing with the pretended grandeur of the restaurant. There's plenty of high class restaurants in central London to go instead.

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