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Honest Burgers

Restaurants, Burgers Soho
4 out of 5 stars
(39user reviews)
Honest Burgers

Time Out says

‘Honest is as honest does’, and this original branch of the stripped-backed burger chain keeps things simple: join the queue, take your seat at one of the rough-hewn benches, choose your patty and add-ons from the pictogram menu, and get stuck in. There are ‘Honest’ beef and free-range chicken versions, but our favourite is now the ‘Tribute’ – a classic US-style burger with bacon, American cheese, French’s mustard and pickles plus, of course, a heap of HB’s rosemary-salted chips. They also do a fritter-based version for veggies (ask for more sauce!) and a decent ‘plant’ riff with vegan smoked Gouda, chipotle mayo and so on. Local beers, botanical cocktails, homemade softs and Karma Cola are on hand if you work up a thirst.



Address: 4a Meard Street
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Road
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4 out of 5 stars

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4.3 / 5

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Using my Time Out London Best Burgers cards, we’ve visited Honest Burgers Soho.

Really good, tasty and juicy burger, combined with yummy fries and delicious cocktails, which made the overall experience way above average in London.


Honestly, one of the worst burgers I've eaten. I ordered the vegetarian fritter burger (I know but I don't eat beef and wasn't in the mood for chicken) and it was very dry. It was also bland and lacked flavour. The chips were OK.

On the flip side the service was very efficient. We had told our waiter that we were in a rush and we got served our food fairly quickly. It's priced well if the food was executed properly.


Not the first venue you may consider for a bottomless brunch but they serve beer, and our group was sold! Lovely service, extending the length of drink service, ensuring our table was away from a particularly loud group and leaving entire bottles of prosecco with the table! Menu options are good with many gluten free and vegetarian options. It's simple food, served well with great service!


We all love a burger but Honest Burgers takes this to the next level. Gorgeous medium rare beef patties, tangy onion marmalade, lettuce, pickles and a buttery brioche bun this place knows how to serve up a smashing burger. I think the title says it all, this is genuine food that speaks for itself. I went for the 'honest burger' with a gluten free bun and melted stilton. It was so oozy and superb I am literally craving it writing about it now. All burgers are served with their rosemary chips which are the perfect accompaniment and there are plenty of other sides should you want them such as slaw and onion rings (all of which are gluten free!). I would be so brave as to say this is the best burger in London and people need to try it asap.


Honestly, the best burger in London! No matter how many burger joints I try, Honest Burgers remains the top of my list.

Their Soho branch though, is the one i would avoid. It is small and cosy, which at the same time means that queues could go up to 2 hours long. However, once you get a table the burger pays back: juicy, with a fresh bun, served with delicious rosemary fries!


Oh all the well trodden burger joints in London, I think Honest Burger is my favourite. I like the decor and the vibe they try to create. It's small and cosy, simple and straightforward. The menu is short but covers pretty much every solid burger combination and their veggie burger is top notch (although maybe one more option wouldn't hurt). Tie-ins with local breweries are a great idea and fit in perfectly with their aesthetic and their food but it's the rosemary chips that seem to get everyone talking.

The soho branch was closed for expansion last time I wandered past. They've got a good spot on Meard st so lets hope the expansion doesn't tamper with the balance but of course, it won't affect the food!


I'm a big fan of the Honest Burger concept. The Soho branch is a miniature rendition of the rapidly expanding chain, with the same menu served in a small, cramped space with a variety of high tables, normal tables and bar-style seating forming a sort of burger eating mosh pit. The low capacity can make for a long queue, but luckily it's a more organised experience than most: a waiter takes your name and adds you to the iPad list, giving you a shout when your table is ready. Honest Burger is a godsend when it came to gluten-free menu items: you can have a gluten free bun, the chips are gluten-free, and you can ask for the other sides to be too. Meals are presented on a large enamel platter, with cocktails and soft drinks served on matching cups or mason jars. The cocktails are fairly good value at £6, but don't expect them to be massive. The food, on the whole, was delicious. Large portions, good quality meat, scrummy burger fillings and well-seasoned chips that were the perfect combination of softness and crunch. The only let-down was the gluten-free bun, which was dry. Don't expect a relaxed or romantic meal. It's messy (no cutlery), loud, and there was no semblance of intimacy or privacy. But if you're looking for a quick and good quality Burger in Soho, this is a decent bet. Gluten intolerants rejoice - you'll find enough to tempt you on the menu, just don't expect wonders from the bun!


Honest burger is one of our favourite go-to burger joints. My meat eater friends love the cheese burger. As a vegetarian though you unfortunately only have one option, the Fritter Burger, the burger is very tasty, but can sometimes be too dry. Their rosemary fries are delicious!!  


This was my first time visiting Honest Burgers at the Soho branch. It's a small, peculiar, cosy, vintage inspired burger place. Honest Burgers have a sort of history to the interior design of it. It reminds me of an American old school kind of diner. The wooden styled chairs, the tables and even the walls have texture and a story to tell. The lights were old metal lampshades hanging intricately around the diner. The whole menu is on the wall written on a huge, black chalkboard.

It's a small place and it can be at times quite cramped and uncomfortable, but it's a fantastic place for sure.

I went with my partner and we didn't know what to expect from a place like this. We both love burgers, so I thought that this was a place to experience. The smell when we first entered was a complete treat, it was really intriguing.

I ordered a Honest Burger which had succulent beef that was well done, red onion relish, smoked bacon, mature cheddar, pickled cucumber, and lettuce. It was to die for.

At Honest they make their burgers medium, so quite pink. I decided to go for a well done beef and it was a delectable burger that I enjoyed. It was a hands on job and I loved it.

The rosemary salted chips were a crunchy delight to accompany the burger. They were incredibly seasoned and so very tasty. Probably one of the best chips I have tried.

My partner ordered a Cheese Burger which also had succulent beef, red onion relish and lettuce with mature cheddar. He had the choice of Red Leicester or Stilton, but went for the cheddar. It was completely delicious.

We also ordered onion rings on the side and they were fabulously crunchy. I must say it was quite oily, but still had a beautiful taste.

The water we ordered came in such an interesting bottle, and it was big enough for the two. The most tiny details in this place really matter here.

Even the tin used for our bill is the most peculiar designed material.

It was an old vintage cigarette tin lid. I thought it was hilarious, so I had to capture this piece for a memory.

The staff are friendly and the prices are reasonable. It's a night of good sized burgers. Have a try and enjoy.


Love MD.


Honest is the kind of no forks policy burger place. If you want to eat your burger, this is with your hands with the help of the knife to cut it in two and limit the damages.

Probably one of my favourite burger chains in London, far before the well-known Diner, GKB or Byron. The menu is simple – no more than 5 burgers on it - and the meat is good.

Every burger is coming with their tasty rosemary fries, and you won’t need other sides to feel full.

If you are looking for a good and not too expensive burger in London, honestly, go to Honest. But keep in mind you won’t find salad on the menu for your friend in a diet!


I came here for brunch with my friend over the summer and we both went for the ‘Avocado on Toast’. This dish consisted of: 2 slices of toast with guacamole, a fried egg and chorizo sausage. It was such a simple combination but it packed so much flavour! It was a delicious meal that we both really enjoyed.

The chorizo sausage was as tasty as it normally and always is. It was thick-cut as well, which meant each bite was substantial (unlike the slices you get on pizza or at the supermarket). It was perfectly spicy and flavourful!

I really liked their guacamole too because it tasted quite unique. I could taste spring onions in the mix and it had just enough of an acidic kick from the lime juice. I also liked that there were both small and large chunks of avocado – the fact that it was not perfectly smashed gave it texture.

The fried egg was well done in the sense that the yolk was nice and runny, just the way I like it. It also came in a perfect circle, which I found pretty amusing!

The toast was toasted nicely and I liked that the bread they used was not too heavy and starch-y. It worked out well because the amount of guacamole that came with the dish was quite a bit and so it became filling pretty quick.

Along with our brunch dish, we ordered a freshly pressed juice. It was recommended by our waitress and we also really love it! I believe it was a combination of spinach, apple juice and mint. It was a great recommendation by our waitress and a great choice in general because it tasted very fresh – you could see the gains and pulp from the fruit at the bottom – and it was light and refreshing. This was a great accompaniment with our main dishes, especially with the spicy chorizo!

A 5 out of 5 for me and somewhere I’d like to visit again to actually try out their burgers! They also have a monthly special burger, which keeps things fresh and it’s normally an exciting combination of flavours from what I’ve seen in the past.

Honestly the best burger I’ve had in years,,,, Cozy, buzzy atmosphere, a great selection of burgers, and a healthy portion of rosemary chips on the side – can’t go wrong. Highly recommended.


I love burgers and trying places that could become my next best burger spot. It makes sense that the most important thing for me would be the burger... Honest Burgers offers good burgers – not the best in London, but still very good –: there are enough options to please everyone, nice fries, average prices – quite pricy for grease spoons, quite cheap for fancy gourmet burgers... But the service... I’ve been to the Soho branch and the service is horrendous: quite rude waiters, a LOT of waiting, not-cold soft drinks... I’ve been to some other branches: it’s not as bad, but still... I’m not planning to go back to any branch soon...


Honest burgers was one of the pioneers of the burger revolution in London, and has managed to keep itself on top of the burger scene. The array is simple but done to perfection, and so are the accompanying sides. It is difficult to get a place here and it requires some waiting, but the nearby drinking holes that surround this soho location will easily help you pass the time. Once you have your little stool (yes the place is tiny and people are packed tightly in like sardines) the action begins. A large board shows the simple and easy to follow menu (ALWAYS CHOOSE TO UPSIZE) and you can enjoy your burger pretty quickly (move over McDonald’s, this is pretty fast food as well). Finally, it really is the place to people watch. You get all sorts coming in, and it is just so great to see that burgers are so universal and wide-reaching in its appeal.


They have one of the best burger joints in London! It used to just be two locations, now there are a multiple places. I still prefer to go back tot he original HB in Soho. This goes against my all instinct to avoid chain eateries, but this is an exception. Their chips are super tasty, it's double fried so I have heard. I love that their menu is limited so you don't have to be indecisive, easy peasy. We once took a friend's bf there, he claimed that it was the best burger he's ever had. Bon appetit! 


Forget greasy spoon, forget gourmet burgers,treat yourself to an amazing treat in the heart of Soho :)  I love the idea of even though it's a greasy burger, it's home made, fresh, clean and well, honest! Service was on top form, very attentive. Honest burger wins the award for worlds fasted onion rings out of the kitchen. Burger was great with a large helping of chips with it, the seasoning was awesome (more seasoning though please!! And less fried) and reasonably priced! Would totally recommend and return :)


There is a good reason that I love Honest Burgers: the burger! You can hold it with both your hands up from its white enamel plate and enjoy every bit of it without everything collapsing after a couple or even a single bite. It stays there until the last bite. To me it's the best burger in London, if not one of the best, and you can enjoy it for almost a tenner, which includes rosemary salted chips! Great value for money, but be prepared to queue, I was lucky to have to queue only once. Their system is really efficient - you give them your number and they send you a link so you can track your progress on the queue while enjoying walking around Soho or having a drink nearby! 


By far still one of the bet burger joints in London. The burgers are cooked to perfection and a good size, while the restaurant and staff are welcoming and friendly, one of the nicest spots to sit in at an outside table on the cobbled stones, it makes of one of the most relaxing spots in Soho

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The burger is tasty. The chips are very nice. The service on the other side is awful. It took 25 minutes to get our order. 5 minutes more and we would've stood up and left so it was a close call.

Better try a different branch.

The veggie burgers are really good, crunchy and full of actual vegetables and the chips are pretty good too. I'm not usually a fan of veggie burgers even though I don't eat meat but I would definitely go back and have another one of these.


Amazing burgers, great staff and a monthly special!  Love the basic menu, no need to have too many options when everything tastes this great.  I would say definitely a top ten burger spot in London!

It's all in the chips - as per the other reviews - it's the rosemary salted chips that make this place worthy of going to above all other Gourmet/bespoke/posh burgers places.  It's like a little roast dinner in a chip.  I had the chicken burger which was just as tasty and I am not a burger fan generally at all, in fact, this is the ONLY place to have burgers as all their food is gluten free, (perfect for celiacs by the way) and taste-full.  I hear great things about the onion rings and the beef burgers too.

Staff Writer

This is a man's burger - big, juicy and super fresh. 

On the rare occasion i allow myself a treat of this kind you must make the most of it. If you are going to eat on the unhealthy side you may as well make it the best. Naughty lunchtime work meal or hangover cure. This baby is your answer. 


moderatorStaff Writer

Nice location, simple, cover-all menu and great tasting food. My boyfriend thinks this is the best burger place in London ... I'd still vote for Hache in Camden, but would happily return to Honest.

Sometimes chips a little salty. but the quality hear is epic. Love getting on the specials but the classics are top quality.

moderatorStaff Writer

London's best burger by far. The patties are succulent but not sloppy, the fillings are deeply flavoursome and the rosemary chips are to die for – speak to anyone who's eaten at Honest Burgers and they'll tell you that those fries are unforgettable.

The vibe at all branches of Honest Burgers is laid back and friendly, with a buzz that's not overwhelming. You may have to queue, but it's definitely worth it – plus, they'll let you leave your name and number so that you can go for a drink until a table's ready.

All the burgers are outstanding – but if you're feeling indecisive, just go with the Honest!

The menu is a classic in very little choice but good quality food. The rosemary chips tasted great. the potatoes had a little of the skins on. Not salty.
I had the special burger which was a little bit spicy. Fresh tomatoes with the natural sauce ooozzing out. For me it was a good meal although as the place is so small. There is the feeling of the market, that has music piping out, lots of people around and then going into the resturant where i counted 22 places inside and out. So it was nice to be cosy and close but if you dont like this, be aware.
We did have to Que but our mobile number was taken and we had a link to find out where we were in the que. It was supposed to be an hour but did not feel that long.

If you want a great tasting meal in a small and intimate place with lots of people around. This is the place to go.

Just went to the new place in Camden. Had a cheese burger and a bite of the 'special' which my mum had. The burgers and chips were delicious, cooked perfectly, and the staff very good and friendly

Delicious!! Can't stop thinking about those chips.. Truly the best I've eaten in London.

Great burger and great staff! But I do think the Honest in Brixton is slightly better.

Very pretentious take out burgers and chips. My burger was completely uncooked (not medium rare as advertised). Why bother with the rosemary salt etc if you can't get a basic burger right?

Was obviously lucky as there was no wait and got served straight away.... Delicious burger and yummy chips! Friendly staff and great atmosphere! Negatives: colder inside than out! Turn the air con off!!!

I would really expect TIme out to note that one of the notable things they do here is cater for coeliacs with their gluten free menu... or should I say actually that everything is gluten free except the bun, which they replace with a gluten free option from WAG Free Bakery in Brixton. Complete with gf beer this place is a truely great find and this central London branch brings much more interesting options to coeliacs the world over.

Superb tasty burgers, loved the rosemary salted chips too. My daughter recommended visiting here on out recent visit to London from up North - so glad we did ! Well worth it.

Sublime burger, and a genuine contender for best I've ever had. Had a 45 minute wait for a table, but given that the place has just opened and it was Friday night this was perfectly reasonable, and the guy on the door was friendly and welcoming, ringing us when a space became available. There was a good, buzzing ambience inside, and while it was full it never felt too loud or cramped. The burger itself was on the smaller side compared to somewhere like Byron, but it was just right and the quality of the ingredients was superb - the beef was incredibly tasty and I liked that they cook it rare-to-medium by default rather than cooking out all the flavour, which is pretty standard in most places (you can ask for it to be cooked how you like however). I don't normally really think about the quality of chips - a lot of places seem to consider them an afterthought so they end up just average. These were fantastic though - I'd never heard of rosemary salt before but it's delicious, and the texture was spot on. A limited but quality selection of beers were on the menu - I had the Sam Smiths Pale Ale which complemented the meal very well.

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