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Kenza Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.kenza-restaurant.com
  • Phone: 0207 929 5533
  • Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 12 noon - midnight (last orders 10.15pm)
    Saturday 6pm - 01.00 (last orders 10.15pm)

    Sunday: Closed (available for private hire)
    The Cocktail Lounge is licensed to 3am Monday to Saturday for post-dinner drinks.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Moroccan
  • Executive Chef: Talal Al Endari
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off-site catering is available. Please contact the restaurant for more information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Choose from seductive private alcoves to the stylish private room or hire the entire venue for your next celebration.

    Whether you are looking for a more formal sit-down dinner or an elegant canape & cocktail party, we look forward to co-creating your party with you. Bespoke menus can be created for your event, sought-after wine vintage easily suggested and sourced whilst entertainment options are unlimited - from snake charmers to fire-eaters, traditional Berber bands and if required, male belly dancers. Our experienced event team promises a 5 star experience from your arrival to the theatrical pouring of steaming hot glassed of rose mint tea at the end of the evening.
  • Private Party Contact: Elana Loudiyi 0207 929 5533
  • Entertainment: As the night draws in, belly dancers hypnotise the hedonistic and get the party going. Ambient music creates an irresistible atmosphere enticing guests to stay into the early hours.

    With a long list of entertainers available for hire such as Henna Tattooists, Tarot Readers, Snake Charmers, Fire Dancers and traditional musicians; there is no end to the possibilities for your party.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Watch the belly dancers perform nightly at 7.30pm and have your fortune told by a tarot card reader every Friday night at Kenza

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Liverpool Street Station. Central, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan and Circle lines as well as National Rail Station.
    Exit Liverpool St. Station on to Bishopsgate. Cross over the main road and walk down New Street or Devonshire Row which leads into Devonshire Square.
  • Parking: Public Car Park
  • Parking Details: Public Car Park in Middlesex Street. Some street parking available in the area. Nearest NCP is at Aldgate Station, which is a 4 minute walk from Kenza.
A word from Kenza
Oozing with rich fabrics, cushions, carved tables and exotic charm, Kenza fuses the distinct styles of the Middle East and passion of the Maghreb.

The food celebrates subtle scents, complex spicing and traditional ingredients used in innovative ways. Menus are ideal for sharing, brought to the table in a continuous flow which enables you and your guests to truly enjoy this dining experience in the most exotic and sumptuous surroundings.

Unique and adventurous cocktail menus and a specialist wine list will delight your senses.

Beautiful interiors combine effortlessly with heavenly music and seductive entertainment to provide an inspired venue to celebrate a special occasion. Why not reserve a private alcove, semi-private area (Dar Lazrak) or the intimate private dining room (Dar Cherifa), to ensure a memorable party for you and your guests.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambience
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasions
Diner Reviews
  • "The Belly dancing show is a nice touch but could be shortened. The live performances - although good - were somewhat distracting and not in keeping with the restaurant theme."
    dined on 21/08/2014
  • "This experience was amazing, from food to entertainment. We went in and saw belly dancing and ended the experience with amazing food. Will visit again very soon."
    dined on 12/08/2014
  • "Being August, this restaurant was not that busy. Its subterranean so many people would prefer dining in 'outside' restaurants. The food was good a simple Lebanese fare and it was freshly prepared. Portions were generous and the atmosphere was exotic. I chose a Lebanese red wine which was a little strong for me, but otherwise an enjoyable experience which I will repeat again."
    dined on 12/08/2014
  • "Great venue for a group dining experience. Dishes lend themselves well for sharing and the belly dancing adds for fabulous attainment. The food was both tasty and well presented. Only negative is that is can get particularly loud during the brief entertainment spots and becomes difficult talk over."
    dined on 08/08/2014
  • "An oasis. Excellent meeting conducted over lovely food. Mint tea sweet but delicious Will definitely go back"
    dined on 05/08/2014
  • "Arrival service really poor! Tried to get some cocktails and have to get the attention of few staff to get served. cahipirinas not great really bitter not enough sugar and quiet watery perhaps because they shaked it. Once at the table service it was fantastic and really attentive, I will come back again because the food and the service once at the table it was really good, attentive and personal. However the reception and the bar area needs lots of work. Looking forward to try it again as it was a really great night after all"
    dined on 01/08/2014
  • "Walking into Kenza you would think that they may have it right. The problem was that Kenza doesn't quite know what type of restaurant/bar it is so it has a stab at everything. Loud music for 10 minutes as dancers come out remove any ambience that was created as you sit and sip a cocktail (we only saw a brief dancer so really had no idea why the music went up and we couldn't hear anyone speak anymore). Cocktail bar and drinks area from 10pm with 80's nightclub lights also had people with small babies and families gathered. After 10pm the music was simply bad. Coloured lights flashed across a dance floor that no one was on. Sorry Kenza but it's the ambience that creates style."
    dined on 01/08/2014
  • "Setting and decor were very inviting. Starters were good. Subtle but fun flavours in various sharing dishes. At this point in the evening we thought we'd made a good choice. However mains, both vegetarian and meat, were mediocre - overlooked and uninspired. Wine list was good. Then the music started. Belly dancers followed by a live band. The restaurant had effectively become a night club. It was too loud to talk to my fellow diners without shouting, which completely ruined the evening. If you want a fun night out with banging tunes and beautiful women Kenza may be right for you , but if you want a good dinner and to talk to your friends, maybe not."
    dined on 31/07/2014
  • "Thats all i can say Make sure you go on a Thursday PM My best dining experience for 2014 I was totally carried away from the service with a smile, felt genuine to the food choices to the food to the music to the decor to the everything Pricey but its about time i got some value for cash Lovely Would visit every month.. don't want to get used to this really good place"
    dined on 31/07/2014
  • "Had a lovely time at Kenza! Would defintley recommend to friends & family!"
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "Kenza is a difficult to find but beautifully set out restaurant. I have now visited as a group and with my partner and on each occasion it has been wonderful. The service is brilliant, the food is fantastic and the entertainment (belly dancing) is not bad at all. The food is really tasty and I've tried a wide selection of the menu without ever being disappointed. I will always keep Kenza in mind for a special occasion. I've not given full marks for value but then I'm still coming to terms with London prices and like every other restaurant in London, the prices are high - but you definitely get very good value for your money here."
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "The decor of the restaurant was very authentic. The belly dancers were the highlight of the night. Food was very good. The meat was overcooked and they were happy to take it back and bring another one. There was even a small dance floor with good music so we ended up spending the entire night at Kenza! Would go again for special occasions."
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "Amazing Food! Best Lebense I've ever had in London."
    dined on 03/07/2014
  • "An eclectic mix of Moroccan decor and Lebanese food, buit it works. Particularly with the belly-dancing. The service was warm and friendly, the food was outstanding. While portion sizes are smaller than in other London Lebanese restaurants I have been to, the quality was better and we both ate our fill for £30 each - my benchmark. A nice selection of Lebanese wine. I would definitely return - may not be the cheapest, but it is certainly the best I have tried in this town."
    dined on 01/07/2014
  • "Beautiful Arabic ambience and delicious Arabic food!"
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • "Food was amazing as were the ambiance and the belly dancers were a great talking point!!! I would definitely recommend this one!!"
    dined on 25/06/2014
  • "Look for yourself. Trust me you will not be disappointed. Also the food is very authentic and they've got it spot on!"
    dined on 24/06/2014
  • "The food and service were good, although disappointed on two fronts: 1. Belly dancing stopped at 7:30pm, which seemed strange. 2. We informed the restaurant that it was our 30th wedding anniversary celebration but there was nothing done special."
    dined on 16/06/2014
  • "Amazing ambiance and delicious food. Kenza is perfect for that special occasion outing!"
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "Food was amazing took my mum for her birthday and she absolutely loved it belly dancers was fab too good decor aswell"
    dined on 12/06/2014
  • "Had my birthday dinner at Kenza, we all loved it. Beautiful place, great atmosphere, great service, delicious food and exciting belly dancing. "
    dined on 06/06/2014
  • "The food was excellent. We (3) arrived at 6.45 and the service was good. However, the service got slower as the evening went on and the restaurant became more crowded. In particular it took ages to receive and pay our final bill. It didn't really spoil the evening but it is a point which needs improvement."
    dined on 04/06/2014
  • "Nice venue, great food. Would be fun in the evenings with some live entertainment for a good night out. Not great access as is down a spiral staircase and is a bit tucked away but staff and food were great. "
    dined on 02/06/2014
  • "Went for meal, outstanding service, food was good and the cocktails even better!"
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "Had a lovely evening meal with the hubby, would recommend this restaurant to everyone who loves good food. For the men the belly dancers are really good. (Girls don't get jealous their going home with).😊"
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "Had a brilliant evening of delicious Lebanese food, belly dancing and drink in the most exquisite but intimate surroundings!!! We've planned our next trip already!! Lamb tagline was "to die for!"."
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "Beautiful middle eastern restaurant hidden in Devonshire Square - Authentic Moroccan theme decor inside and outside- exotic lamps and furnishings- Feels like transported to Morocco! Food and drinks were not cheap , but was fair , I was expecting authentic lebanese food, but got a bit disappointed . The ambiance is beautiful and chilled. I had a delicious non alcoholic cocktail. I would recommend Kenza, for special occasions, belly dancing evenings parties. "
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "Ive heard a lot about Kenza through family and friends and I must say it lives up to its hype. The food was full of flavour, couldn't ask for better to be honest. Service was a little off but I guess nothing is perfect. We went on a Thursday where restaurant has belly dancers, live music and a singer (didn't know until I got there)... It would have been ok if the music and singing wasn't so loud. Avoid Thursdays if you want a quiet intimate dinner, I was literally shouting down my partners ear hole so she could hear me. All in all a quality restaurant... Will definitely return"
    dined on 29/05/2014
  • "I loved the vibe, the belly dancers create a very lively vibe. Dim low lighting and not too loud, apart from the belly dancers come out to dance. Suitable for a girly catch up evening or a romantic date. Also great for birthday celebrations etc as there are the couches/alcovey bits which are tucked away for bigger groups. Definitely one of my favourite places for dinner in London!"
    dined on 22/05/2014
  • "Words cant describe how good Kenza is. The food is incredible, the service is second to none and the atmosphere is just lovely. My date and I sat next to each other for the whole meal, we enjoyed the food and the belly dancers.. Oh wow, they were so sexy! I can't wait to go again!"
    dined on 20/05/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I truly enjoyed eating at this place. the restaurant is gorgeous and romantic, and the food is really good. The service was also perfect. i would definitely recommend it. "
    dined on 19/05/2014
  • "I love the whole experience as it has such a romantic touch to it. Love the ambiance, v friendly staff and belly dancing was amazing."
    dined on 17/05/2014
  • "The food was amazing all tasted very fresh with excellent flavours! All courses arrived in good time with enough gap in between. The atmosphere is very authentic, you will think that you are no longer in London!! Belly dancers offer great entertainment! Service charge was steep considering only a table of 4! "
    dined on 03/05/2014
  • "My partner and I had an amazing first experience at Kenza, we recommended a return with family. The lamb shoulder set menu was recommended which we had before,we decided to have a change and go for a mix between the fish and chicken menu. The starters were delicious, unfortunately this is were the good experience ends! We were left for large periods of time, struggled to get anybody's attention..seemed under staffed. The fish was over cooked and I could have bought a cooked chicken from the local supermarket. We complained to the manager who was NOT interested and hid as we were leaving, bill came to over £300 for a party of five and we even had to ask them to remove the service charge. So disappointed, WONT go back and WONT recommend! "
    dined on 01/05/2014
  • "The girls and I had lunch there 2 days ago and it was fab. The place was fairly quiet for lunch - but it meant the we had the staffs full attention! The food was exceptional and had really good vegetarian options for my vege friends. Everything tasted different and had good seasoning. We were fortunate to get a both and so were very relaxed. The only downside was it took us a little time to find the place as its not very clearly sign posted - but its one of those hidden gems. "
    dined on 28/04/2014
  • "The service was pretty good at the beginning of the evening, and the food was really excellent, only slightly let down by the pastries which I thought could have been fresher. We had a lot of fun, and the belly dancers were enjoyed by my group. After that things started to go just a bit wrong. After the dancing they had a live DJ come on and start blasting music really loud. The music was definitely not in keeping with the theme of the decor, and he was truly awful. We tried to leave as soon as possible after that, but the wait staff seemed to have mostly disappeared around that time. I had to go up to the till to ask for the bill. Recommended, but avoid still being there after 10pm on a Thursday - Sunday when the DJ comes on."
    dined on 26/04/2014
  • "Kenza is a beautiful place and the Service is excellent. Its a bit hard to find at first as its hidden away but the Resturant has a nice feel. The only down size is the food is expensive and the food doesn't justify the price, as similar places charge a lot less for the same quality of food. I would only recommend Kenza for special ocassions. "
    dined on 26/04/2014
  • "Been to this restaurant many times & always remains one of my favourites. We had the set menu & the portions are always generous. The belly dancers & music provide good entertainment. The service was good & the reservations staff were very accommodating as one member of our group was going to arrive much later than the rest of us. "
    dined on 25/04/2014
  • "I too a group of 7 for lunch at Kenza. Groups of 6 require credit card confirmation. Restaurant is hidden away but is a gem - a riot of colour and beautiful fabrics, although a little dark as the lighting is soft and it is in the basement. Good choice of Lebanese dishes - a great place for carnivores and there are some vegetarian options. At lunch time, there is a la carte, a set menu (startrd and main course) or the feast menu (minimum 2 people (which includes 4 small starters, main course each, choice of baklava and Rose Mint tea. All food is very reasonably priced and good quality. It tastes good too! At lunchtime (on a Wednesday), it was quiet (3-4 other groups only) but it didn't affect us. Evenings are probably much livelier."
    dined on 23/04/2014
  • "A lovely place hidden in the city. Kenza is located in such a way that makes you take notice of it. Not very well pointed out when you approach it (as you'll see when you go) but I feel this enhances the overall experience. You leave the city and enter visually stunning arab-esque surroundings. The food is top notch. Me and the wife opted for the set menu for two (around £30.00) per person. You get several starters and the main is delicious. (Rice with chicken). You also get afters and hot tea. You don't have to have the set menu, you can of course order from them main menu. The price I thought was reasonable. We got the mains plus I got ice cream and four drinks. The cocktails are worth going for, they have most to suit all tastes."
    dined on 19/04/2014