The Soho showcase for great Peruvian food, and not just ceviche but grilled meats, skewers, and much more - including an excellent and very popular bar.
The Peruvian party hasn’t stopped on Frith Street since Ceviche showed up: Martin Morales’s restaurant-bar (and his joie de vivre) seems to have struck a chord with Londoners. Ceviche may not quite take you to Cusco, but friendly South American staff provide more warmth than Inti, the Inca sun god.
Pisco, the South American brandy, is the deity bowed down to behind the bar, though. Sample it in one of the best Pisco sours you’ll find in the capital, or knock back the Pasion de Ceviche if you’d prefer the hefty spirit tempered with honey and passionfruit puree. Cocktails alone are worth a visit, but the food is just as impressive. Obviously the star of the show is ceviche, with the don ceviche (£9) ordered by many a diner – these fleshy cuts of sea bass soaked in tongue-tingling leche de tigre are as famous as Francis Bacon in Soho. Order with corn cakes, fresh and vibrant salads packed with avocado and lightly spiced chicken dishes (guinea pig is yet to make an appearance!) and you’ll be feeling higher than a gap-year student on a Peruvian journey of self-discovery.
|Venue name:||Ceviche Soho||Contact:|
17 Frith Street
|Opening hours:||Tapas served noon-11.30pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Tottenham Court Road|
|Price:||Tapas £3-£13. Meal for two with drinks and service: around £80|
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Average User Rating
3.7 / 5
- 5 star:31
- 4 star:16
- 3 star:6
- 2 star:7
- 1 star:11
A lively, noisy fun place for dinner. We booked three weeks in advance to get a table for a Friday night as we'd tried a couple of time before and it had been fully booked. Its a really cool place and I enjoyed my first taste of Peruvian food. The dishes were a good size for a tapas kind of sharing concept, I loved being able to have a bit of everything. The food was tasty and fresh and the atmosphere was electric. The team were very chirpy and recommended a pisco sour which was a revelation :)
Awful experience... microscopic portions... over-priced! (If you ever order the seabass, be sure to bring a pair of tweezers with you so you can actually find it). Disappointing.
This is 100% peruvian, just like it is in my hometown, Lima. Just as good, not to be confused with spanish ior mexican, it's the real deal. Really good Ceviche.
Haven't been for food here but really want to- the place is super pretty and the drinks were amazing. Went for a few late night cocktails and the bar tender made them specifically to our tastes. Staff were really attentive and the the food going past looked delicious. Really nice vibe too, seemed quite casual but still buzzy.
A little 'hit or miss' with some dishes. Be prepared for raw fish when you don't expect it! Good service and a busy vibe. Glad we tried it but wouldn't return as not really my taste of food.
Some dishes were astonishing (though many were not). As for the pisco, there's a reason why you've never had it before. The ambience was just a bit too cool for me to be honest.
This place is one of the most delicious, interesting and taste bud awakening places ever. If I could eat there every day I would! I was a bit off put by the sounding of some of the things on the menu, and might have not chosen them on any normal day, but as the whole menu seemed quite adventurous, I tried things I might have not before and didnt regret it.
Great staff also, really friendly and helpful
Brilliant, brilliant place that's fun as fun can be. The flavours from the ceviche are incredible and the cocktails lovely. A perfect spot for an informal lunch or dinner, and will definitely impress a date.
Just love the fresh seafood plates they offer, the atmosphere and service. Their cocktails are amazing. Great vibe in the always very busy restaurant.
A fantastic & authentic experience at Ceviche is always guaranteed ! Love the team, the food & the ambience.
Couldn't recommend it higher.
This is truly a jewel in Soho where the Pisco will enchante you.
We've never been disappointed since we first had a meal there when it was newly opened. Our favourite London restaurant!
We liked this place - it had a really nice vibe and ambience - low lighting, nice interior, slightly pricey food but great presentation. Not the best ceviche restaurant in London maybe, but I'd still go back, as it's a great date spot.
Amazing night here last Saturday. Myself and friends sat around the bar and had a range of great cocktails and tapas dishes. The place is very relaxed but very fun. Our Italian bartender really looked after us. Didn't really see the restaurant but it looked a bit more formal. I say go and grab a spot at the bar with cocktails. Great fun.
I had lovely meal at Ceviche last nite. We booked table a long time ago and were so excited to go. Were so happy it was as good as we expected. The food is very nice. Very Peruvian but nice English twists on things. Especially anticuchos adn classics from the kitchen. The ceviches we had were Don ceviche and kingfish. The kingfish and fig was amazing, not like normal ceviche at all but still very nice. Also I expected not to like the don ceviche but I loved it! Pisco sours and service are great as well. Go now.
I dined at Ceviche last night and at a glance the menu seems to be very fairly priced, this is until you realise its actually tapas portions and you need 2-3 plates each which makes for a painful bill at the end. Its extremely noisy so don't go here if you are hoping for any chit chat with your fellow diners. We ate up and left with a big hole in the pocket. The food was very good however just far too little of it......:(
Outstanding food. Myself and my girlfriend have been to two much more expensive Michelin starred places in the last months and we genuinely thought Ceviche was more impressive for the originality, taste and presentation. It was a relaxed and fun atmosphere and the area is great to go for a drink after
Dishes with such an unusual fusion of flavours, Ceviche is altogether something different. The tapas are small but packed full of flavour - between four we had crunchy plantain chips (had to order more - they were too good!) and about 6-7 tapas, which was enough for a tantalising bite from each. Cocktails were excellent, particularly the Pisco Sour. From the tapas we had I'd definitely suggest the beef fillet (worth every penny) and the potato cake stacked with a tower of yummy dips. Went with friends for 20th birthday do, and had a thoroughly enjoyable time. Light bulbs hang naked above the long bar stool style tables and seems to attract a young-ish crowd. Would be perfect for a romantic evening, although beware it can get loud on the weekends!
Mmm. Went fora ladies catch up Lunch and although we didn't have a booking the friendly staff very quickly found Us a table. The place was buzzing with a great atmosphere of casual dining with top notch food. We were newto the cuisine but descriptions were accurate and informative and we had a delicious light corn cake spicy seafood cooked in corn husks quinoa salad and beef skewers. Portions are good and together with a shared desert and coffee this was a perfect lunch. Definitely a place to return to
Amazing Pisco Sour - great to kick off a night out. Shame not enough space at the bar it can get very busy.
I must have visited Ceviche around 10 times since it opened. I am from Peru and lived in London for over 10 years. I always missed the lack of a good Peruvian restaurant in town. Now, there is a growing number of them, so I am very pleased. Of those 10 times I visited the restaurant, 9 times I left really satisfied with the food and the service. Favourites: Don Ceviche, Alianza Lima, Corazon, Quinoa Salad, Lomo Saltado, and of course the pisco sour. Some might say that Ceviche's food isn't truly Peruvian or that it's too expensive, but what foreign food is really authentic when served so far away from their original location - having to juggle with the procurement of the right ingredients, local palates, etc. Ceviche has done a great job at presenting Peruvian food to a wide audience of people and has gone a step further, promoting our culture in one of the greatest cities in the world. Thanks Ceviche for filling that gap in the market and also for making it easier for other Peruvian restaurants to open in this beautiful city.
Completely Agree with Alexander - We didn't even get to the food stage, though, and I feel lucky that we didn't. Was taken here by my partner for my birthday. We were shown to a very high corner table in the back, practically touching the waiters' station and cramped in between other diners. The music was COMPLETELY loud and full of bass, which made me fee disjointed. We asked to move tables and were shown to a space even more cramped and with the music still loudly blaring. We left immediately. The food would have had to be nothing short of miraculous to have made it worth it.
Thank you for nominating us as one of the best new London restaurants. Our customers love dishes, our service and value, and appreciate the creativity in our dishes and very warm hospitality. Saludos
This place is great. Making complaints about somewhere because its busy is a little naive. It's popular. The staff work hard and will improve as the place grows.. I too was here with a Peruvian and they commented on how authentic the staff, pisco and food were... Restuants don't Make the margins they used to. So sit tight let this place find its level... And if you find yourself waiting for a table. Have a Pisco and relax.
Ceviche do needs to improve 300 % in their food. I am peruvian myself and went there with another peruvian friend. The salsa a la huancaina was horrible it was like water (it supposed to be dense) the anticuchos were cold ...to be honest the only good thing that ceviche has its the drinks ...amazing cocktails but other than the good location and cocktails....i would never eat there again. ...for cocktails is okay. My friend and I left really dissapointed on the food and its a pity. I hope if the owner is reading this review and will do something about to better the quality of his food ....you will definately get returning customers (for your food) and word of mouth. Unfortunately, even though I really dont think the ambience of Titos is that happening the food is better...!! maybe you should hire the chef there !!! :)
Has one of Time Out’s top London dishes. Came here after work midweek for a very informal meeting and as all Soho places tend to be, the place was packed. The table booked for us was in the back corner where we had to sit on high stools and share a table with a couple; in my opinion not the most comfy of arrangements, for us, them and my derrière. It is quite hard to hold a conversation in this place as it was particularly loud and the staff seemed to be acting rather frantic, not the best atmosphere. We ordered 6 dishes between the four of us as we didn’t feel that hungry but ended up ordering a few more plates because frankly they are tiny dishes. The food was OK. If that is all I can say for it then I would compare it to not giving a reference to a past colleague. It just left that stinging feeling on your tongue, you know when your old worn wallet slaps you on the tongue, nothing memorable but you’ve lost a fair few quid for it. If I had to recommend a dish then it would be the Cerviche, that redeemed it slightly but not enough. I washed the ‘meal’, more like a morsel, down with a typical Peruvian cocktail and Cusquena both of which are the status quo for any Peruvian meal. Disappointing, small dishes, expensive, achy bottom, I wouldn’t bother again.
Have been with both clients and family and will definitely be going back again. Authentic peruvian tastes (I spent many years in Peru) and I never thought I would eat Anticuchos so delicious so far away from Peru. Pisco Sours a 'must' before dinner, made the correct way, to order, not too strong but also not too weak, just right. The different styles of Ceviche are fantastic, fresh tasting, and some interesting alternatives to traditional sea bass recipe. I am always made to feel very welcome and staff have the right balance of service standards, attentiveness and friendly smiles.
Thank you for giving us Restaurant of The Week a few months ago. We really appreciate all your comments and immediately after the first 4 weeks of opening we worked on our pricing to find a way to give even better value. We think we have found the right balance; if you drop by for a drink and a plate of food, that may cost £11 and our average spend per person is now around £28 per person if dining and drinking a full meal with great cocktails. We only use the highest quality ingredients, sustainable and local for the most part but when we must reach the authentic flavours we import selected chillies and other ingredients from Peru, so to get great flavours and innovative dishes in the heart of London, where the rent is increasingly very high, we can't go lower than that. On the part of service, we work day in day out to improve this. Its tough for all in London due to so many people coming and going; Im sure all restauranteurs would agree. We have looked at this problem and tried to tackle it from different directions. Therefore, we have started a series of rewards for our on-the-floor team which we hope will incentivise them to really have a career with us as we believe that is possible. That's is something that is very unique in our industry. So we are 100% focussed on this; so much so that we now have managers from different restaurants coming to see us bringing their teams to see how our teams work. Our service in the last 8 weeks has been highlighted as one of the best in London: warm, friendly, attentive, quick and above all human. I hope you come again to enjoy Ceviche. nb. I would have liked to have just left some feedback but the functionality on your site makes users chose a rating so I hope this is ok. Kind regards, Martin, Ceviche's Founder.
I agree with the negatives comments from this page, as I went to try the Best Pisco sour in London, which supposed to be authentic recipe from Peru, and after waiting 15-20 minutes my Chica sour was horrible and undrinkable, so I asked the barman to add some syrup, but then it was really sweet, so I couldn't drink it, but I coudnt give it back, because i dindnt want to wait, as I was with other friends too. They order Pisco sour, but they were small and nothing really special, on top of that, as the restaurant was full, we have to drink outside the bar, and Ceviche charged service fee, which wasn't really fair, as our experience was really bad with the cocktails, and barman not friendly at all, so I woundnt recommend it as a place for tapas or drinks, no way
You'd be better off going to Tito's in London Bridge. Having been to Peru several times, fallen in love with a Peruvian and saved up for another trip to Lima because of the food alone, I can attest that the food served here is fairly authentic and tasty. The portions and service, however, is extremely disappointing. Ironically, the ceviche served here was probably the worst I've had in London; the meat had not been marinated long enough and was on the bland side. The lomo soltado was very tasty, with exactly the right amount of coriander, however it may as well have been served in a tapas dish it was that small. Plus, lomo soltado without rice?? The service was horrendous; my partner's starter arrived 20 minutes before mine and each time we asked about my food, the waiter or waitress could not have been less interested. When we paid the bill we refused to pay the service charge, which was met with a rude and completely sympathetic response. If paying through the nose for tiny but tasty portions is your thing, then by all means book a table. If you're looking for good and plentiful Peruvian food, in a warm and welcoming atmosphere, then travel a little further over the Thames to Tito's.
I loved Ceviche Bar when I first went in March, so much that I decided to take some clients last week and unfortunately this time the experience was very disappointing. The quality of the food has decreased dramatically and somehow it has lost the warm Latin American touch and the customer service was poor. Not going again.
Loved it at the beginning but they have lost the touch. The fact that they have traded down to cheaper produce is evident (and worrying for a place specialised in raw fish!).
The food that did come eventually was good albeit of very small portions. I would have expected the ceviche dishes to be light and on the small side but even the more pricey mains were tiny and definitely overpriced. The service was terrible - apart from the bad attitude, the waiter forgot two of the dishes I ordered, mixed up another one, and then charged us for something we didn't order or eat.
Don't let one person's bad experience put you off. Firstly, it quite clearly says the portions are designed for sharing and that you should order several per person. We had beautiful fresh seabass ceviche, rich olive oil dressed octopus, a potato cake with garlicky seafood and avocado, and beef skewers. All was divine, and we could barely finish the chocolate and physalis, and dulce de leche puddings. The service was exceptional, from the friendly girl at the door to the charming bar staff and the even more charming manager.... We sat at the bar, which i think maybe puts you more in the thick of the atmosphere. Sipping pisco sours, I honetly felt as if I were on holiday, and i cannot wait to return and try some more things. It wasn't that cheap, but it's London, and the food is fresh and deliciously different.
The atmosphere is great. Staff are friendly and helpful, particularly in dissecting the menu. However, the food is just above average. The portions are small and the prices are high. The only dish that stood out was the beef heart, tender and tasty. This place is more style than substance.
The small portions and mediocre service might have been tolerable if we hadn't been served completely raw chicken! I was absolutely shocked to be served uncooked chicken on skewers... While the waitress was reasonably apologetic, what kind of chef lets raw chicken go out of the kitchen? Never again.