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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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? Lunch and dinner before 6pm, 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 pretty good with the stuff. 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
Neil Borthwick at The French House | £££
If you haven’t yet checked out the classic Soho institution The French House, trust us…
Especially now that critically lauded chef Neil Borthwick has taken the reins in the kitchen, serving up an elegant Anglo-Gallic menu that involves oysters, roast pork chops, and pillowy choux pastry for dessert… READ MORE
Good for: Hearty fare in cosy, traditional surroundings
Details: 49 Dean Street, W1D 5BG
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 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 as they faced with eviction from their Frith Street home. Thankfully you’ll now find them tucked beneath Quo Vadis‘ wing (also very much worth a visit). 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, not their café round the corner.
Details: 9 Old Compton Street, W1D 5JF
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
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
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
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
Last Updated: 30th May 2019 | Main image: Bao
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