The Best Restaurants in Soho
Last Updated: 7th December 2018
Out of all of the guides to the buzzing Soho restaurant scene that you’re reading right now, this is – with only a shadow of a doubt – the very best one.
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Kindly peruse our top picks for Soho restaurants, and if you have any feelings on what should be added or removed to our list, just let us know by tagging @TheNudgeLondon on social.
Blacklock | ££
If you really want a taste of Old Soho, there comes a point where you just have to get yourself to a (former) strip club. Preferably, one which has been taken over by three ex-Hawksmoor employees who are now using the space to serve up a huge variety of delicious chops… READ MORE
Good for: Sunday Lunch, and Monday, and Tuesday...
Reservations? Until 6pm and for Sunday Lunch, or anytime for groups of 6+
Details: 24 Great Windmill Street, W1D 7LG
The Palomar | £££
If you like food, and in particular, eating it, you should probably check out The Palomar, where they’re quite good at cooking. Enjoy Levantine dishes like grilled octopus steak with chickpea masabacha in a skylit, wood panelled room, or in the thick of the action at the counter. READ MORE
Good for: Dinner with cooking theatrics.
Reservations? For the dining room, and first sitting at the bar.
Details: 34 Rupert Street, W1D 6DN
Kiln | £££
Roadside eateries. They’re pretty middle-of-the-road. Not so, however, in Thailand where highway-adjacent restaurants are actually somewhat amazing; and which have inspired Soho’s Kiln, from the talented team behind Thai BBQ house Smoking Goat. You’ll find a sleek steel counter, behind which they’re cooking up dishes like roast suckling pig, and fattened lamb skewers with Szechuan peppers. READ MORE
Good for: Casual dinner with sharer plates
Reservations? Yes, for 4+
Details: 58 Brewer Street, W1F 9TL
Social Eating House | ££££
Jason Atherton’s intimate, leathery, industrial wanna-bistro has all your modern European cravings covered. And covering all that is the upstairs cocktail bar, The Blind Pig. READ MORE
Good for: Seamless dinner, to drinks… to Lucky Voice.
Reservations? You bet.
Details: 58 Poland Street, W1F 7NR
Copita | £££
Every night this tapas bar gets a standing ovation. Mainly because people are standing to eat and drink at the bar, but if they could also clap without it being super weird, they probably would. Dishes stray from the beaten tapas path, with numbers like sherry-braised pig cheeks, and rosemary ice cream with apricot crumble. READ MORE
Good for: Relaxed tapas and drinks
Details: 27 D’Arblay Street, W1F 8EP
10 Greek Street | £££
Remember the days when restaurants were just in charge of making good food? Well, 10 Greek Street is just like that – unpretentious and quietly brilliant, serving up quality seasonal food. READ MORE
Good for: Long lunches with an old friend
Reservations? Lunch only
Details: 10 Greek Street, W1D 4DH
BAO | ££
Every day at around ten to noon, a queue begins forming at the corner of Lexington Street. A long one. And the people in it are all there in order to get a taste of light, fluffy, cloud-like bao buns with fillings like braised pork with powdered peanut, and soy-milk-marinated fried chicken. You should probably join them. READ MORE
Good for: Eating too much for lunch
Details: 53 Lexington Street, W1F 9AS
Bob Bob Ricard | ££££
Yes, there’s a button for champagne. But what’s more important is the buttons BBR will be pressing for you, which, incidentally, is all of them, thanks to its luxurious decor and Anglo-Russian dishes like melt in-the-mouth roast cod with beetroot-filled potato dumplings. READ MORE
Good for: Out-and-out glamour.
Reservations? Almost exclusively. Best to book weeks ahead.
Details: 1 Upper James Street, W1F 9DF
Barrafina | £££
For a moment, the future of Barrafina Soho’s Michelin-starred tapas was hanging in the balance – but luckily Quo Vadis took them under their wing when they were faced with eviction from their Frith Street home, housing them on the ground floor of their new refurb. The queues are still there, but at least there’s different scenery for you to enjoy now. READ MORE
Good for: Absolutely the best tapas in town
Reservations? Walk-in only.
Details: 26-27 Dean Street, W1D 3LL
La Bodega Negra | £££
Of all the subterranean Mexican restaurants in Soho filled with a tequila slinging bar and slick soundtrack hidden underneath what appears to be a classic Soho sex shop… this is probably the best. READ MORE
Good for: Serious date points
Reservations? Necessary. Make sure you book for the downstairs restaurant.
Details: 9 Old Compton Street, W1D 5JF
Kettner’s Townhouse | £££
Recently refurbished and looking older than ever, Kettner’s is the grande dame of Soho. Decked out with glimmering mirrored walls, sumptuous chintzy banquettes and crisp white tablecloths, it’s an old school dining room for conspiring by candlelight before retiring to the Champagne bar (or even the hotel rooms upstairs…) READ MORE
Good for Indulgent, classic dishes, with live piano
Details: 29 Romilly Street, W1D 5HP
Breddos Kingly Street | £££
Breddos started life as a stall in a car park, before scoring their first permanent set up in Clerkenwell. Now they’ve opened a restaurant in Soho, they’re on better form than ever, serving up tacos so delicious they just have to be tasted to be believed. READ MORE
Good for Casual, but delicious, grub
Details: 26 Kingly Street, W1B 5QD
Ceviche | £££
This Peruvian joint offers colourful small plates, including the eponymous ceviches like salmon in Nikkei tiger’s milk, as well as grilled steak and braised octopus skewers, thanks to the traditional expertise of founder Martin Morales.
And the Morales of the story? You should go. Now. READ MORE
Good for: Flavours that border on ruining all other food for you.
Details: 17 Frith Street, W1D 4RG
Casita Andina | £££
Of course, we can’t mention Ceviche without giving due credit to sister restaurant Casita Andina, a ‘picanteria’ serving Peruvian comfort food with character – and it’s all gluten free to boot. READ MORE
Good for: Mo Morales, mo problems choosing what to order.
Details: 31 Great Windmill Street, W1D 7LP
Café Boheme | £££
Café Boheme feels like a corner of 1920s Paris transplanted into the depths of Soho. With al fresco tables, live jazz bands and cocktails with wallop, it’s the perfect hideaway for a little slice of la vie en rose, in London. READ MORE
Good for Catching up over bottles of plonk
Details: 13 Old Compton Street, W1D 5JQ
Darjeeling Express | £££
Former supperclub champion Asma Khan has finally brought her homestyle Indian cooking to the masses, opening her first restaurant in Soho – where seasonal dishes are cooked up by a proudly all-female ‘housewife’ kitchen team… READ MORE
Good for Comfort food in the heart of London
Details: 2nd Floor Kingly Court, W1B 5PW
XU | £££
The next restaurant from the team behind Bao was always going to be a Xu-in for this list. Sporting jaw-droppingly beautiful 30s-inspired interiors, private mah-jong dining rooms and an impressively vast tea selection, this Taiwanese spot is already one of Soho’s new stars. READ MORE
Good for A picturesque date
Details: 30 Rupert Street, W1D 6DL
Bonnie Gull | ££££
The tiniest restaurant in Soho just happens to be one of its best, too. Specialising entirely in seafood (freshly and sustainably caught, of course), the chefs here knock together delicate and creative small plates before your very eyes at the dining counter – or plump for an intimate table à deux in the back room instead. READ MORE
Good for Seafood fans
Reservations? For the back room, counter is walk-in only
Details: 22 Bateman Street, W1D 3AN
HIX Soho | ££££
An intimate but bustling space dotted with Damien Hirst mobiles and mid-century furnishings sets the scene for Mark Hix’s celebrated British cooking. Here you’ll find provenance-led dishes, an oyster happy hour, and a moody cocktail bar in the basement… READ MORE
Good for Pre or post theatre
Details: 66-70 Brewer Street, W1F 9UP
Bocca Di Lupo | ££££
One of the best spots to get solid, honest regional Italian cooking in London. And, therefore, one of the best spots to guarantee yourself a second date… READ MORE
Good for: A home from home. That’s also Italian.
Reservations? Yes, and generally necessary.
Details: 12 Archer Street, W1D 7BB
Main image: Bonnie Gull
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