Forty Dean Street

Restaurants, Italian Soho
3 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
Forty Dean Street

Located in the heart of bustling Soho, this family-run restaurant has been serving up hearty Italian fare for nearly 20 years. The decor is slightly dated yet charming, with a cosy candlelit atmosphere in the evening.

The menu includes the usual Italian staples of pizza, pasta and seafood. A starter of pan­fried tiger prawns was served piping hot and cooked to juicy perfection, while the gnocchi main – complete with wild mushrooms, smoked mozzarella and about five litres of truffle oil – proved a tasty way to sabotage one’s waistline. A generous portion of lobster ravioli was equally as filling, if a bit dry. And for those craving more, there are a variety of homemade desserts available, from a zingy lemon tart to a silky­-smooth vanilla panna cotta.

But the real star of the show here is the set menu. Available all day, every day, it offers filling Italian fare at great value (the price differs by the day – go early in the week), making Forty Dean Street an ideal destination for hungry Londoners on a budget.

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Forty Dean Street says
The pinnacle of affordable Italian cuisine in the heart of Soho. We're a small, family-run restaurant dedicated to providing incredible food at incredible prices.
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By: Stacy Sobieski


Venue name: Forty Dean Street
Address: 40 Dean Street
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square/Tottenham Court Rd
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £75
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Average User Rating

4.2 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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I randomly booked a Time out offer for Forty Dean Street for 2 courses (main and dessert) with bottomless prosecco for £20 which i thought was a bargain. As the day was for my friends birthday I had no worries about spending more money or adding courses to the meal and as such ordered olives as a snack to start, we had a lot to catch up on so weren't in a rush to order - this was clearly not welcomed by the staff even though we were the only people in there. The whole meal felt slightly rushed however if we ever (which was repeatedly) asked for our glasses to be topped up, the staff were rude and would not fill our glasses for ages. So on to the food, this was the good bit, absolutely amazing... we had seafood risotto and mushroom and truffle gnocchi all of which was fantastic. I would of definitely gone back based on the food and the reasonable pricing, however bad service always ruins good food for me.   

The best Italian restaurant in London!!! I love everything about this place. 

Lovely food! not bad prices i would defiantly go again. Staff were very friendly and warm. 


Great for pre theatre eats. Fantastic location, friendly staff, delicious food, decent prices & good menu which regularly changes makes this a perfect Soho staple.

Staff Writer

Definitely one of the best lasagnes I have ever eaten.

Great little place in Soho, the staff really know how to take care of you and the food is fantastic too. My girlfriend had the mushroom tortellini and was very impressed. The menu changes from day to day, so there is always something different to try.

Would recommend it to anyone looking for a gem in Soho.

Staff Writer

I had been meaning to check out Forty Dean Street for some time, I finally made it last week and was really impressed. It was the hottest day of the year so far so being able to dine outside was a big draw! The atmosphere was great we sat outside with a bottle of wine, ate some authentic Italian food and watched Soho go by - great spot to people watch.

The service was excellent and the staff were very accommodating we never once felt rushed on a busy night. It was my first visit, but it certainly wont be my last.

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