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Restaurants, Vegetarian Regent Street
4 out of 5 stars
(23user reviews)
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Time Out says

This small Swiss chain updates the buffet concept with a modern feel. Essentially a pimped-up salad bar, it's vegetarian and vegan food all the way, with menus changing with the seasons. Every Tuesday dishes are exclusively vegan.

Staff explain the 'concept' as you enter – pile up a plate (or takeaway container) on the central buffet boat and pay by weight, minus a free bread roll. Dishes look good. Expect anything from Asian slaw and aubergine quiche to patatas bravas, Lebanese wild rice, beetroot houmous and a mushroom, potato and ale pie. 

Breakfasts offer freshly pressed juices, homemade bircher muesli, croissants, patisserie and a solid selection of tea and coffee. 



Address: 12-14 Heddon Street
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus tube
Price: Buffet lunch £2.10 per 100g, dinner £2.30 per 100g
Opening hours: Meals served 9am-10pm Mon-Wed; 9am-11.30pm Thur-Sat; 11.30-10pm Sun
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.4 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 4 star:6
  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:0
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I love the idea of Tibits; a self service buffet where you pay based on the weight of your food on your plate. This means no need to compromise on what to order when you're out for a meal with friends or family as you can all pick exactly what you want and also try dishes you may not usually give a go. Best part is that majority of the food is also healthy as all the dishes are veggie! The only downside for me personally was that some of the hot dishes tasted a little bland but on the other hand the desserts were delicious! Would definitely give this place a try!

What a great concept. You fill a plate with vegetarian treats and pay for the weight of your food. There was a good variety of hot and cold vegetarian dishes and was perfect for a quick and light lunch. The hot food was warm as I think it had been sat under the lamps for quite sometime.

We also ordered juices which were pre-made in the kitchen and poured out a jug which I didn't really like. You also need to be careful of how much you fill your plate as it can get expensive. We paid about £2.20 for 100g of food on the weekend for lunch. It gets more expensive for dinner.


Tibits has opened its second London site offering award-winning vegetarian food – Tibits Bankside.

We went for dinner on a Tuesday, which happened to be vegan night. As a meat eater, I was a bit worried that I’d leave felling like I was missing something but this certainly wasn’t the case. 

The concept at Tibits is simple – you take a table if you’re eating in, grab a plate and visit the Food Boat. The Food Boat is essentially an island in the middle of the restaurant that has a huge selection of different dishes that are freshly made every day in the restaurant. Once you’ve chosen your food you then take it to the counter where they weigh it and you pay for what you have in weight. 

I love this idea and I think it’s perfect for breakfast or lunch, but it seemed a little odd for dinner. However, the food made up for the unusual system. 

The great thing about the system is you can happily pile your plate up with all the foods you love, and avoid ‘food envy’. My plate was piled high with grilled corn, tabbouleh, a sugar snap pea salad falafel, pasta and tofu salad and onion rings. It was all delicious – packed full of different flavours and textures, and some of the best falafel I’ve ever tried, crunchy on the outside, fluffy in the middle and not holding any of the oil.

I tried my best to try as many of the dishes as possible, but with over 40 to choose from including sweet and sour tempeh, BBQ aubergine, Bangkok peanut curry noodles and wonderfully crisp, fragrant sesame-turmeric cauliflower, it was quite a challenge. 

After the savoury options, you can move round to the sweet section of the Food Boat. This was my favourite part of the boat. Panna Coco was an absolute revelation. It is essentially a Panna Cotta but made with coconut milk which made it creamy but with a slight lightness. The cherry crumble was sticky and sweet with a crunch topping. But, the best part, was gummy bears and vanilla cream – any restaurant that lets me make that dessert choice is good in my books. 

I enjoyed the food at Tibits. I’m not sure the self-serve/food boat concept works in the evening – in my opinion they should have it for lunch and breakfast and then pair back the menu for dinner. However, I did enjoy the choice and I felt much fuller and more satisfied that I expected. Luckily for me Tibits is just around the corner from my office, so I’ll definitely be going back for lunch soon.  

Excellent self-service buffet.As someone with allergies and intolerances there is always plenty of choice for me to eat and dishes are well labelled for allergens.Deserts look good too but I’m usually too full to enjoy them, so I buy one of their scrumptious vegan cakes to take home. The upstairs seating area is colourful and bright, there is also a slightly more spacious basement seating area or alternatively it’s very pleasant to sit outside on a sunny day on the paved street with no passing traffic fumes.


This inviting restaurant is set in a really cute square just behind the hustle and bustle of Regent Street making it convenient but also relaxing. I'm not sure I would have stumbled upon it if I hadn't been looking for it. 

The self-service buffet is a great idea but with so many tasty looking options it makes it really hard to choose! I think I opted for taking a little scoop of almost everything. As a vegetarian restaurant this is a refreshing place to come for a vegetarian because you can finally eat everything on offer! But it's also a great place for meat-eaters who are unsure about not having the "meat and two veg" option because they can try all sorts of different things to types of veggie food. Most of the food on offer is quite healthy, as long as you can stop yourself from piling up your plate too high! I would recommend going easy on how much you load on your plate as the food is charged by weight and trust me it soo adds up. It gets really pricey very quickly which is the only drawback of this restaurant.

It's also worth mentioning that there counters around the windows making it a welcoming place for people wanting to dine alone. I ate there with a friend but I noticed a lot of people comfortably sat on their own reading books or working on their laptops.


My sister absolutely adores Tibits and as such we've been there twice. It's a large veggie restaurant tucked just behind Regent St and it's a good spot for a lunch if you need somewhere to sit and relax. It's buffet style - you take a plate,load it up with all the stuff you want and take it to the till. If you're greedy (as I am) it'll cost you about £10-13 for a plate. My sister loves all of the food which is fresh and healthy-looking. I'm afraid I won't vouch for it being healthy if you eat deep fried potatoes, falafel, cheese and piles of hummus (as I do, obviously) but it is OK food nonetheless and certainly fills a gap. 

I drop a star or two because I think it's a little pricey for what it is and because the mode of filling up your plate leaves you not knowing your final cost until you hit the till.  Additionally, some of the food is underwhelming when you taste it although in all fairness some is also very nice. Pick carefully! 


Not our first time there, but first time going on Vegan Tuesday. As a vegan myself, it's always a treat to know everything that's available is vegan without needing to ask.
The range was great and the only concern for me was to try and taste it all without piling the plate too much.
And that's the only downfall, it's a bit pricy. Which is fair enough, they're very successful. But it's hard to know how much the food you put on your plate is going to cost until you get to the payment point. It'll be useful to have a scale and pricerange next to the food without the need to queue up to discover. 
I also think Timeout should raise the price to £££ rather than ££. 


After going here for dinner last night, I can honestly say it’s my new favourite place for vegetarian and vegan food in the city. I’m always looking for new veggie friendly places so this has 5 stars from me. It’s tucked away in Heddon Street, home to Piccolino, Ice Bar and Heddon Street Kitchen. For a Tuesday evening it was full which could only mean good things in my eyes! I liked the set up – a buffet with a modern twist offering a hot and cold self service station full of sweet and savory foods. You pay by weight, so once you’ve filled up you pay at the till. The price can rack up if you’re not careful as it’s measured per 100g but for the choice of food, delicious combinations and speedy service you can’t really complain. We enjoyed a delicious mushroom and potato pie, fresh hummus, pasta salads, sweet potato wedges, daahl curry and Moroccan cous cous to name a few! We finished off with some fresh juices and spent a cosy evening eating away with no rush to leave. I’d definitely recommend for a weekday hang out! 


If you’re looking for somewhere to go and eat with your vegetarian/ vegan friend, give Tibits a try. Meat free and a large buffet selection, you basically pay for the weight of you food so it could end up being quite costly. There was plenty of choice when I visited during weekend lunchtime and was quite busy. However I was a little disappointed by the dessert choices and the expensive drinks. The setting is nice though tucked just off Regents street, so very centrally located and great for a stop off after a day of shopping.

It´s always a pleasure to come here and I do it quite often. The location is great as it is very central but at the same time located in a very quiet and interesting place with several other restaurants and away from the noise and buzz of the main streets. The food is always delicious and very diverse and it´s one of the few places I´ve been to that leaves me completely satisfied and where I finish everything I have on my plate. I like buffets as I can choose the amount of food I want and have small amounts of very diverse things and here the food is delicious for the price it costs. I usually spend between 10-15 pounds per meal (including a drink) which is a very reasonable price. The environment is quite cosy and warm and I always bring friends to eat here and have a quiet and good meal. 

I've eaten in dozens of vegetarian places. This is one of the best. Friendly staff, very comfortable ambience, and the food is sooooo good! The flavours are very good and there's always one or two dishes that are extra good. Also the only place I found Seitan and it was amazing! It's not ultra cheap but it has an acceptable price. Specially good in the summer where you can eat outside. There's usually a jazz band on that small street, in the summer. I take my visiting friends there all the time. It's always a success!


Tibits is a pleasant place for a meal, as it's tucked into a quiet space off Regent Street, there's abundant seating, and there's plenty of reading material, including vegetarian cookbooks. And the food is nicely varied. But it can get pricey unless you're strategic about taking the lightest food. It doesn't help that the plates are heavy, increasing the weight you have to pay for. So my advice is to load up one plate rather than refilling it and essentially paying twice for the plate. And don't forget the roll.

Love this place! Loads of variety, great flavours and a really nice atmosphere in which to enjoy good food. I actually prefer it to Ethos (similar concept over near Oxford Circus), even though it’s a tad pricier, purely because of the setting. The lighting isn’t so stark and you feel less conspicuous when making several laps of the counter (which I always do). I also really like the staff at Tibits and the location’s good too, especially if you’re meeting friends who’re coming from different parts of London. Definitely one of the best veggie restaurants in London and somewhere I will continue to go often!

Tibits is now the eatery where I direct all my friends, whether veggie or not.   Friendly staff, tasty and varied food, and at really good prices.   I could take up residence!

On a trusted personal recommendation, I made a point of checking out this interesting sounding eatery. And I found a vibey, relaxing, friendly establishment, tucked away in a small alley/square off a busy Regent Street, and with lovely food. Well worth going out of one's way to visit (this Time Out review - albeit from way back in early 2012 - seems to really undervalue a great little gem here!).

This is my favorite vegetarian restaurant in London. All the food is delicious and creative. Chefs were constantly bringing out hot and fresh servings of all the salads and meals available so there was so cold, half empty trays sitting in the salad bar. It is not the cheapest meal you will get, but what you would expect for the standard and the location.

Lovely, lovely food! Fabulous staff and even better vibe! Will be back!

OMG I LOVE this place. The selection of food is awesome and they change it up all the time so it's not the same dishes. They keep the popular dishes which is great... have been here 6 times now and have brought 5 meat eating friends who were also very impressed with the food. Timeout has definitely not given it enough credit!

Like the other reviewers before me, I too fundamentally disagree with the Time Out review. I've been to Tibits twice so far and aim to return often! Both times the food was delicious. The ambiance is lovely inside (NOT at ALL like a canteen!) . The staff were helpful, friendly and efficient. And it's reasonably priced given its prime location. This is a great option for vegetarians.

Amazing quality food, always a lot of options. The best option for vegetarians and vegans

I just can't understand how anyone can give Tibits 2 stars out of 5. This is literally the best speak-easy place for lunch in town

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**Same review as below, but for some reason it gave it 5 stars when I wanted to give 0** Never in my life have I been so dissatisfied with what I was told would be good food at a good price. The food was ok, but this place is over-rated and well over-priced. £7 for a small small box of food - and lots of the cold food would have been much more appetizing if served hot. Not the friendliest staff either. Such a shame as I had high hopes.

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