Inamo St James
Inamo St James

Inamo St James

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.inamo-stjames.com/
  • Phone: 02074840500x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Thursday: 12pm - 3pm; and 5pm to 11pm
    Friday - Saturday 12pm - 00.30am

    Sunday: 12pm - 10.30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Asian, Chinese
  • Executive Chef: Sean Marshall
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Special Events: inamo st james will offer your guests a unique, distinctive and memorable location for your event or private dinner.
    Using E-Table™, the world's first interactive ordering system with overhead projection, take complete control over your dining experience. Your guests will never have seen anything like this before, all set within a stunning interior with exceptional food and drink on offer. You can even customise the images on your table surfaces to create a truly unique and personalized event.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Piccadilly Circus underground station at the heart of the West End is only 50 metres from the restaurant.

    Leicester Square, Charing Cross, and several other stations are all within easy walking distance.
  • Parking: No
A word from Inamo St James
Take complete control of your dining experience at inamo st james, using the world's first interactive ordering system beamed directly onto your table. Select your dishes, choose your virtual tablecloth, watch the chefs on 'chef cam', play games and much more besides. None of this distracts from the high-quality cuisine. With a simple touch of your finger summon dishes of oriental fusion to your table, accompanied by tantalising cocktails. Unlike other restaurants, each dish arrives as soon as it is ready from the kitchen, arriving for you to share with those in your party to bring a new harmonious level to dining. With a central location ideal for the West End, inamo st james is just a moment’s walk from Piccadilly Circus: you'll arrive talking about the technology and leave delighted by the food. For special occasions or events it's even possible to customise the table surfaces you'll be dining from with your own images. Please contact us to enquire.
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Inamo St James reviews from OpenTable diners
726 reviews since 31 October 2013
Average Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.5
  • Ambience4
    Value3.2
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (339)group bookings (296)pre/post theatre (242)fit for foodies (187)romance (171)good vegetarian options (169)child friendly (169)business meals (136)sunday lunch (45)outstanding value (40)brunch (36)disabled access (25)outdoor eating (21)afternoon tea (7)Show More
  • Good
    Diner123
    Dined on 29/10/2014
    I was amazed about how much it lived up to my expectations, the building was really nicely presented and looked really authentic. The table we were sat at was very nice and the interactive table was just how i expected, lots to do and ridiculously fun! The bathrooms were exquisitely clean. All i'd say is that i was a title disappointed we couldn't stay longer, we were told a lot in advance that because we were only a booking of 2 we would have to be out after an hour and a half, and they gave a second reason saying that it was because they were very fully booked. However there were lots of empty tables and i felt a bit rushed towards the end (ordering my dessert whilst my friend was still on mains) I would very highly recommend this place.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • Fun way to order but good food too
    Lolly
    Dined on 28/10/2014
    I thought it would just be a great place to take two teenage boys for a birthday treat. And it was. They enjoyed ordering on the interactive table and playing games whilst waiting. Not great if you want conversation! Food was surprisingly good too. Would go again.
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    child friendly, good vegetarian options, special occasions
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  • Fun place, great food
    Martin
    Dined on 27/10/2014
    The novelty if this place makes for a great experience and the food is great too.
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Key feature failed
    Scandigirl
    Dined on 27/10/2014
    The interactive feature for this restaurant is fun, entertaining and necessary to get the food. However, on our visit one of the guests was left with a malfunctioning device which was quite disappointing.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interactive, cool and tasty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 27/10/2014
    Went there for sons 19th birthday meal. Food great, ambience cool, interactive gadgets went down a treat. Would recommend it. But pricey but lovely
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    child friendly, good vegetarian options, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good fun with kids
    Bieke
    Dined on 26/10/2014
    Whether with friends, in a group, alone, with kids or for romantic dinner, you can't go wrong with inamo. Kids will love the interactive table. I sometimes find myself craving for the avocado tomato salad and soft shell crab maki in the middle of the day. accoustics sometimes bit loud
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    brunch, child friendly, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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  • Something a bit different
    Chrissielu
    Dined on 25/10/2014
    Great place if you're looking for somewhere a bit different but at an affordable price, although portion sizes are relatively small. Quick and friendly service and nice facilities. Would go again.
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    group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never a let down!
    JSW13
    Dined on 25/10/2014
    This is the 2nd time I've been to this branch of Inamo and it never fails to provide exactly what it says..Its especially a place to try for those who aren't too familiar with pan asian cuisines.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Style over substance
    TastyFoodForAlways
    Dined on 25/10/2014
    Lovely inviting decor as you walk in is seen in Inamo. Staff were helpful throughout. Interactive ordering system is a fun novelty, if you have kids (or grown ups too) they will love the interactive games. Food seemed a little pricey for what it was. Nice to try but wouldn't go again unless with a large group of friends for the interactive novelty value.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was not good as before
    Nico
    Dined on 24/10/2014
    Went here many time and this time the food was not very good as before
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    child friendly, good vegetarian options
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  • Now for something different
    Danno
    Dined on 22/10/2014
    Really enjoyed this place. Food was nice and the service quick all helped by the table projectors they have. First of its good fun, the interective games and choosing of table clothes making for a few giggles at the table. Secondly, if you remove that gimic, the games and ambience, it actually works as very good service system. There is no trying to flag down a waiter to grab a drink or get the Bill you just use your interactive table, pick your food, pick your drinks and send it off, it then comes to you quite soon after. If you still want the personal touch then just hit the service button. One thing I would say its its prciey but worth every penny, but just make sure you bring a healthy wallet.
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  • Clever little restaurant!
    Amelia
    Dined on 21/10/2014
    Novel experience at Inamo- choosing your own tablecloth, ordering directly from your touch screen & requesting the bill made things playful and easy. The 3 course offer has limited choice but the veggie options were tasty & it is fantastic value. Would definitely go again & think it would be fun in a bigger group.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Different
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 19/10/2014
    A unique experience. Loved the interactive tables, they kept us adults amused so I expect they will be great for children. I loved the fact you could check your bill as you went along.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions
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  • Yum yum!
    Ellie
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    Food was delicious and it was a great experience! However, did pre-order a birthday surprise and it didn't come, we waited for a long time and eventually gave up. BUT it was really fun and I would definitely recommend. The black cod was awesome!
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions
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  • Great place for friends to hangout
    NonHongKongese
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    I'd say the interactive table is not for alone eater like me. I did not try games they provide. But it is nice to see they have put a lot of thought into the menu. My berkshire pork tastes excellent. Note that it was already cut into thick slices for chopsticks. Pity that not provide napkin or wet towel or finger bowl for chicken salty. And they also don't have seaweed, my favorite, here.
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    child friendly, group bookings
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  • A little chaotic
    Lemon
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    Nice food, a bit overpriced, but fun concept with interactive ordering system. Several wrong deliveries, and check your bill before paying. We had 3 items that never arrived.
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  • Great fun and super tasty
    topdinner
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    We had early dinner at the Inamo St James before attending a dance show. The staff were very friendly and explained to us how the special ordering system works. The interactive table was great fun! Everything arrived promptly and tasted great! We finished in time to catch the tube to the show venue. The quality of the food and the excitement of the technology are great attraction points for Inamo. Will be back again!
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  • Bonito pero muy malo
    Decker
    Dined on 16/10/2014
    El lugar es espectacular para algo especial, original, cómodo, elegante y moderno. El servicio maravilloso, los camareros son eficientes y amables. La comida es bonita pero está malisima. Fue una pena que un lugar a un restaurante tan perfecto con unos platos tan apetecibles le falle precisamente eso, los platos: están malos, tienen ingredientes extraños que no estaban en la descripción y son decepcionantes. El Sushi normalito, el curry muy malo (aún no tengo claro que llevaba dentro), los noodles simples. Una pena no poder recomendar ese fantástico lugar porque se que van a comer mal y a pagar 45 Libras por dos personas. Espero mejoren.
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  • Great venue
    Nics82
    Dined on 16/10/2014
    Love this restaurant. Food is consistently good quality and the concept is very unique. I like to take friends visiting london here and we have never been disappointed.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • UBER MODERN, ultra cool
    LoveYrLibrary
    Dined on 16/10/2014
    The 'gadgeets' are what it's all about, the click to order and changing your tablecloths etc etc, it was good fun but the gimmikry didnt detract from the great food, the satay chicken and the duck with pancakes were individually brilliant, as was the sushi/sashimi dish, thoroughly recommend, am going back and taking a group of 5 with me !
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    brunch, business meals, group bookings, pre/post theatre
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  • Tourist attraction
    Foodie
    Dined on 16/10/2014
    Great if you're a tourist. Not worth it otherwise. Food is not great.
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  • Dissappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 15/10/2014
    I was looking forward to coming to Inamo for a long time and was very disappointed with my first ever visit and doubt id go back. I arranged a dinner for a group of friends at St James st, The service was awful, the staff all seemed rude and angry and our food came at different times, By the time 3 of us had finished our first course and the main had come out the starter then only came out for the remaining 3, Shouldnt all the food for all of us have come out together?! Drinks were added onto the bill that we had not ordered and when asked for them to be taken off the waiter was rude and when we did order a drink it took a very long time to arrive!
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  • Unusually disppointing
    Newbie
    Dined on 14/10/2014
    We went to Inamo on weekday for a late lunch at around 14:00 and what no one told us, even at the time of booking, was that the kitchen closed at 15:00. This meant that we were subsequently rushed by the waitress to make our orders. One of the party then put an order through close to the time of the "kitchen closing" and was told that the order had come in too late and that the kitchen was closed. The manager then had to sort this situation out. We then tried to order a bottle of wine and were again told that we couldn't because the kitchen was closed. Again getting the manager involved we got our bottle of wine! Overall this trip was disappointing especially as on previously visits I have had an excellent experience
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodtourist
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Great concept - my 9 yr-old son and I enjoyed the interactive tabletop, ordering food by click of the mouse, playing games on the table as much or even more than the food itself, which was pretty good too(but a bit overpriced). Well-executed dishes, helpful staff overall apart from the fact that they seemed to forget to come and collect payment after handing me the bill!
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  • Good Japanese, but nothing special
    NicoleVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The concept of this place is really cool and modern. You control everything from touchpads on your table which makes ordering fun and simple. The service is a little hectic and everything comes out at different times, which is fine but a couple of things were forgotten. The food is nice but nothing to write home about. There are far more superior places to eat Japanese in London. Some of the dishes were overpriced too. Still a fun place for a night out with a group of friends!
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  • Novel experience
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Fun and novel but lacking in a personal touch. Great fun for kids and welcoming atmosphere. There was not as much choice as I would have liked the menu was very fish heavy. The food portions were a little stingy, we went elsewhere for dessert afterwards. Prices were reasonable and the food was OK. Altogether, I have mixed feelings about Inamo St. James - it is a fantastic idea but it has not been able to join all of the dots yet.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Everything was excellent until a group with 3 children with the oldest probably 12 to 14 were allowed to play hide and seek throughout the restaurant with management ignoring how disruptive to other guests. Even after one server was pumped and knocked management did not confront the parents
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  • Great unique dining experience
    Businessluncher
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Great ambience, unique way of ordering as the menu is projected onto the table. Delicious food - I recommend the black cod
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Inamo
    francesemma
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The food was to die for and so were the cocktails best restaurant experience I've ever had. Don't think twice about going GO!!
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • Great food and entertainment
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Food was really good. We ordered side plates, aubergine - tasted really good, pork in apple sauce, tuna maki roll , chicken satay, salmon, sorbet, creme caramel. Everything tasted so good I would definitely go back to eat here. Of all the food we had I cannot say one mediocre comment - it was all so good including dessert . The interactive menu and games were good fun and worked well. Overall a great dining experience.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Interesting concept
    SKRK
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Loved ordering from the e-table. I've been here several times and always enjoy the interactive ordering system. Food is good, but small portions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall a great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I dined at Inamo with a friend on a Monday evening and the restaurant was quite quiet. This did however mean that the service was great. We had not been to the restaurant before, so the waiters helpful explained how to use the interactive menu (which was very unusual and fun) very well. We ordered the £20 menu (3 courses and a glass of house wine) which was great value however there wasn't a massive choice - expected from a set menu. The food was great and was bought to our table very efficiently. Overall we had a great time and I would recommend this restaurant for its novelty factor and good food!
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    good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice meal at Inamo
    drak
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Had a nice meal in a group at Inamo St James, I have visited many times before and the food never disappoints. Black cod was stunning as was the steak. Service could have been more helpful, one waitress was slightly rude when a wrong order came. Apart from that we enjoyed the Inamo interactive experience and the food was a high standard.
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  • Gadgetry could't save this disaster
    Asianfanatix
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Unfortunately Inamo is a restaurant who's food simply doesn't compete with other Asian fusion restaurants of its ilk. Although nicely presented and well cooked, with each dish that was brought to us us we felt both increasingly underwhelmed and short changed. We visited on a Saturday evening, our table was booked for 9pm, the restaurant was busy but it isn't an excuse for the debacle that followed. It took 35 minutes to seat us as we waited in the bar. Several couples had entered the bar and were shown to their seats ahead of us, despite me asking twice when ours would be ready. In fact I had to intervene to finally be seated. Once we were sat and had ordered, the food and drinks (!) came out in long and random intervals.
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  • Saturday evening
    CiaranC
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Excellent meal, good service and all round excellent night.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to celebrate
    Frank
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Food was very good with lots of interesting dishes to choose from. The atmosphere was perfect for a birthday celebration and the concept was great fun. All the party members, young and old enjoyed ordering their food direct with the kitchen, changing the lighting designs and playing games on the interactive table. The only issue was the time limit on the table. When we received our confirmation on the day we were advised that we could only have the table for 1.5 hours (not told when booking). Throughout the meal I felt rushed and did not order everything we would have liked because of the time issue. I felt our evening although great was cut short and I felt under pressure to vacate the table which did put a dampener on the evening.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brilliant
    Kicks
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Really good fun. Querky place with good ambience and food. Very impressed. Food prices slightly expensive but all round can't complain. Front of house provided a fantastic service and catered for our every need (ie, sitting us away on our own like we asked) among other things. Very well done. Been before and will 100% go again!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a great place
    iam007
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    As a company we supplied the onyx for the sliding screens and behind the bar area and was the reason for my first visit shortly after this placed opened. However it has still retained something quite special. The venue itself lends itself to either casual or formal dining. The quirky 'non traditional' way of ordering your meal is a real conversation point and the heart of the experience. This place would be an ideal place to have a first date you would not run out of things to talk about or have any of those awkward moments. Food is almost all of Asian origin but varied and lends itself to sharing. Have fun.
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  • Fun for foodies
    NushVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    The 2 course for £15 is great value and there is decent variety. I definitely recommend the maki rolls or fried aubergine to start and pork neck for main. Food is beautifully presented and portion size is generous. What makes this restaurant special is the digital ordering system. You can scan the menu, order your food and call the waiter direct from your table. You can even alternate the tablecloth and play games whilst you wait. It is all quite novel, but hugely frustrating and fiddly to use the touch table mouse . If you want a paper menu instead, you can just ask, but the £15/&20 meal deals can only be ordered via the table ordering system. The service was very attentive, but we did dine early at 6pm and the toilets are great.
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  • Unusual
    WLT83
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    An unique eating experience where you order using 'buttons' on your table. Good ambience but music was far too loud. Service was good, waiters/waitresses pleasant. Food was good but 'sharing' portions were really for one person, not to share. Pricey, but I guess you're paying for being in Central London.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.