The Red Fort
The Red Fort

The Red Fort

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.redfort.co.uk/
  • Phone: 02074372525x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:30pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Executive Chef: Azadur Rahman
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Contact Prem Kumar on pk@redfort.co.uk

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Shaftesbury Avenue, Oxford Street
  • Public Transit: Tottenham Court Road Underground Station, Leicester Square Underground Station.
  • Parking: Public Car Park
  • Parking Details: Nearest parking areas are:
    Brewer Street NCP Car Park:
    Brewer Street, Soho, London W1F 0LA,
    OR
    YMCA NCP Car Park
    112 Great Russell Street, Adeline Place, London, WC1B 3AJ
A word from The Red Fort
The Red Fort has been a Soho institution in refined Indian cooking for more than 30 years. With a pioneering mix of carefully sourced, seasonal British produce and sub-continental flavours, the restaurant has been the favourites of celebrities, musicians, entrepeneurs, politicians and dignataries over the years.
Located on Dean Street in the midst of buzzing Soho, The Red Fort provides excellent service in sleek surroundings with designer lighting and modern artworks.
The kitchen specialises in a unique blend of Mughal Court cooking, producing sophisticated, delicately spiced dishes with the finest ingredients. Meat, fish and vegetable dishes are expertly cooked on the traditional grill, and fresh breads and rotis are baked to order in the large Tandoor ovens and served with a range of exotic homemade chutneys.
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The Red Fort reviews from OpenTable diners
179 reviews since 22 October 2013
Average Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service3.8
  • Ambience3.7
    Value3.3
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
business meals (75)fit for foodies (59)special occasions (59)good vegetarian options (47)pre/post theatre (46)romance (33)group bookings (29)outstanding value (6)sunday lunch (5)disabled access (3)afternoon tea (2)child friendly (2)brunch (2)Show More
  • Can't be missed!
    Steve
    Dined on 20/10/2014
    The best Indian cuisine in London! I make it a point to dine here (sometimes twice) whenever making a trip across the pond. Never disappoints!
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    business meals, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Food But Service Uneven
    poleinahole1
    Dined on 16/10/2014
    The food is superlative with a creative take on Indian classics ensuring classic food but a surprise on the taste buds for everyone. Vegetarians well catered for. Service is, however, uneven. The Italian "wine expert" (manager) is downright rude.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Not an Indian, not worth the money
    Cornelis
    Dined on 15/10/2014
    We went here as we were going to the theatre, fancied a quality Indian and had seen the postive ratings at Tripadvisor and Opentable. The 25% off the food bill inspired us to go for some of more expensive dishes. My wife had prawns for starters and grilled lobster as mains,I had soft shell crab and grilled prawns as main,we had the bread selection and spinach as sides. all dishes were edible, but certainly not value for money, no surpising elements in any of the dishes, sharp due to use of chilli powder but not aromatic in any way. The wine, at 9 pounds a glass was recommeded by the wine waiter as round and definitely not oaky ( my wife hates that and can smell it from a mile), but was oaky despite his assurances.
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  • Great Indian food
    petersimmons80
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Indian food cooked really well - pre theater dinner really good value.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Amazing!
    Oldiefoodie
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    My husband and I took a chance on The Red Fort when we were in London for the evening. We wanted a change from our usual visit to Chinatown and we were not disappointed as the food was exceptional. We each had a starter and main with a wonderful aubergine side dish. I can thoroughly recommend it.
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  • A Good Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    It was my first meal in this restaurant and I was pleasantly surprised in spite of the location. The Food was excellent, Service Courteous although being a bit slow. The Restaurant was a bit too Dark I think they need to reconsider the Lighting Design.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fancy dining
    Apoorv03VIP
    Dined on 22/9/2014
    Had a fancy meal here with a casual friend. Liked the ambience and polite service by the waiters.
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  • Indian food delight
    RaquelS
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    This restaurant was a surprise, the location was perfect new fall the theatres, the food was excellent! SO much variety in their foods and keeping within Indian traditional foods. Delightful!!!!!
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    good vegetarian options, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing desserts
    nicefood
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    Just had dinner here for the first time, and it was really good. The menu is really varied and the grills were superb. My favourite part was the desserts, so good!
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  • Fantastic Treat
    HIRI
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    A surprise birthday meal for my wife. We opted for the pre theatre menu, what can i say , it was fantastic, right from the time we got our seats and as the mocktails came , followed by our 3 course meal. Real value for money for the quality and quantity of the food on offer. Attentive service and we did not have to wait for too longer either. The main menu does have a wider selection as well as a difference in the cost. Desserts were real gem in terms of quantity and a good treat for us. Well done.
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    pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The service was bad the starter was beautiful the main course ok, it felt like we were squashed into a cheap cafe.
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  • Where was the veg ?
    Starlight
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The food was very good and ambience excellent. My husband is vegetarian and he had good options. The only problem was there were no vegetable side dishes that we could see on the menu. On checking when we left, the manager (?) explained that the vegetable main courses came in small bowls and could be ordered as side dishes. Not very helpful but probably explains the small portion size. Would recommend The Red Fort for special occasions though despite obvious lack of vegetable sides !
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    good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good bland
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    We chose to chicken dishes - both were very bland with hardly any flavour. The menu choice was quite limited with no traditional curries. My partner had been before a few years ago and the menu has changed since then. Very disappointing
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  • Disappointed
    luv2dine
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Came here a year ago and had great food and service. Had the Monkfish Tikka and Chicken skewers, which were both very good starters, but the Salmon Tikka and Lucknow Murgh were bland and tasteless. The ambience was subdued and felt tired. The most disappointing part was when the bill arrived, they hadn't taken off the 25% discount offer from the food, hoping that we wouldn't notice! All in all, not a great dining experience.
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  • Excellent
    Moreplease
    Dined on 25/8/2014
    A wonderful classy restaurant serving excellent Indian cuisine. Outstanding service.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Indian
    MrYummy
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    This was my second visit after first going several years ago. The food can best be described as "fancy indian", everything is several steps up from your average London eatery and there are also some choices which you simply would not have on brick lane. The service as well is much more upscale. For lovers of Indian food wanting to spend a bit more this one comes recommended.
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    business meals, group bookings
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  • Birthday Lunch
    warrioslave
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Five friends and I went to the Red Fort for my Birthday lunch. The staff were very welcoming and friendly. The menu was extensive and interesting, and the waiter was able to explain items for those of us who needed help. When the food came, it was beautifully presented and smelled gorgeous. The taste matched the smell. We had a leisurely time with no pressure to hurry up. Overall, I would rate this restaurant AAA+++ and highly recommend it for anyone who likes Indian food.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, special occasions
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  • Delish
    MrsKH
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    This is posh Indian and very tasty. So much so that I went back for a client lunch 2 days later. The scallops and monkfish on the a la carte menu were delish. I am yeast intolerant and was delighted to find out they don't use yeast in the naan breads, what a result!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Loved it!
    Jay2012
    Dined on 21/7/2014
    Wasn't busy when we went, but that's not a problem, the food and service here are better than most restaurants in Soho and I would well recommend going!!!
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    business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, special occasions
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  • Great for groups
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 18/7/2014
    Six of us came to the Red Fort after a long management meeting and it was the perfect place to unwind. Plenty of space between tables for open talking, low lighting, relaxed atmosphere, the service was efficient and the food was delicious - up there with the best Indian in London. Wine on the expensive side but food very reasonable. If you wanted to kick on the buzzy Zenna bar downstairs is a great option. Would definitely recommend.
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    business meals, good vegetarian options, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    Someone
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This is a good restaurant but nothing special. Food quality is one notch up from your average Indian restaurant, but so are the prices. There is nothing very innovative in the menu and no effort is made in presentation of the dishes. Found the atmosphere a little soulless, and service a little slow and not particularly friendly. Dined on a Friday night and loud thumping music was coming into the restaurant from the Zenna cocktail bar below - coupled with the dead atmosphere in the restaurant it felt like being sat next door to someone else's great party.
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  • Great meal
    CTYankee
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Red Fort was recommended by a London native and it was outstanding. With so many Indian restaurants to choose from it was good to have a recommendation. The food was excellent and the star was terrific, we had a female server, I think the only one working that night, and she couldn't have been more pleasant and helpful. We will definitely return the next time we are in London and would recommend Red Fort to everyone.
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  • Something changed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 30/6/2014
    I have enjoyed eating at the Red Fort for many years. The mainly Indian based menu was always adventurous and perfectly cooked with inventive sauces, but I and friends dined there this past Monday and everything was overcooked and frankly not worth the relatively high prices ... maybe they changed chefs, I don't know, but it was disappointing.
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  • Indian fare in heart of Soho
    MacyVIP
    Dined on 25/6/2014
    If you are after Indian fare in the heart of Soho, then this is a reasonable option. The food is oriented more towards the British palate and is light on spices for an Indian foodie. Full price menu is expensive for what they offer but with open table discounts it is more palatable.
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  • Good indian restaurante in the Soho
    Pi2014
    Dined on 24/6/2014
    Quiet place, nice atmosphere and nice food, probably one of the best in town.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 14/6/2014
    We were a group of six seeking a restaurant for a pre theater dinner. The Red Fort offered excellent choices on their three course menu. The food was excellent and we found the ambience to our liking. We will return.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Lunch
    TheSaucererVIP
    Dined on 12/6/2014
    As ever, a great lunch. Brilliant food, attentive service and very reasonably priced with the top table offer. A little quiet - but we were early and subsequent bookings have been much 'busier'. Recommended!
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  • An old favourite re-visited
    FCAhoundVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Since I last went (regularly but over a decade back) this place has become a sort of 'gourmet' Indian, with a restricted menu of fine dishes, but one which excludes all the old favourites you might expect to find. And without a deal it's pricey, too. So check the menu and whether you can get a deal first - but if you are OK on those scores, it's a good experience
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  • TanquerayVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Excellent dinner as usual at Red Fort. A busy Saturday night but still a relaxing meal due to spot on service. The salmon tikka was delicious and we particularly like the unusual accompaniments and chutneys. Hope to be back soon.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SMK1VIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    The Red Fort on Dean Street wa sa bit of a let down. I was expecting so much from the food and whilst there was nothing wrong with it, it wasn't anything special.
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  • Excellent food and friendly staff
    Oakey
    Dined on 30/5/2014
    We opted for the 3 course set meal as we had theatre tickets for 7.30. Food and wine were excellent, and staff were helpful and friendly. I highly recommend The Red Fort for pre-theatre dinner as it is clise to the major West End theatres. Also, have a pre-dinner drink at the basement lounge bar.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a treat
    PhilipPVIP
    Dined on 26/5/2014
    We have travelled widely in India so we feel we know good authentic Indian food when we taste it. And although there are local twists, like the source of the lamb, the taste is pukka. A thoroughly enjoyable experience. We will be back.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful flavors...
    Barfin
    Dined on 26/5/2014
    Not your usual curry bowls but sophisticated Indian fair done deliciously. We shared several starters, the lamb kebab and the grill monk fish which was amazing, seved with three flavorful chutneys. For our mains, we had the slow cooked lamb shank and a chicken stewed curry accompied by rice, spinach and their wonder naan bread. The room is quietly elegant and service was outstanding.
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  • The Red Fort
    kevinoVIP
    Dined on 24/5/2014
    Very tasty food using high quality ingredients in unusual combinations. Service very good but they could have warned us about the size of the portions and so prevented us from over ordering! A little expensive but probably worth it given the size and quality of the dishes.
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  • Fresh produce from london markets
    AnonVIP
    Dined on 22/5/2014
    Great food at Red Fort - we had the monk fish, mushrooms, daal and seabass. The quality of the produce used from local London markets is definitely amazing. Worth a visit
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  • Happy returns
    jock54
    Dined on 14/5/2014
    This was a birthday celebration and a return visit to the Red Fort after many years. Slick service and very good food, particularly the soft shell crabs and the venison. Wine and beer a bit pricey but overall a very good evening all round. Must go back!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Red Fort
    topfoodie
    Dined on 13/5/2014
    Have not been here for years. Food was good -but took a while to arrive. The service was friendly and efficient.
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  • Fantastic
    fogmonster
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    My 40th Birthday meal after a theatre show. The best Indian experience I have ever had, and nothing like any other Indian restaurant I have been in. The food was amazing and the service was exceptional.
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  • Best Indian Food Around
    DAL2675VIP
    Dined on 16/4/2014
    Been to The Red Fort a couple of times now, and already looking forward to going back - could be quite expensive, but works out quite reasonably with the 50% off food deal on Open Table - good for all kinds of occasions.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An excellent lunch
    Desined2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We enjoyed our lunch at the Red Fort very much indeed. Despite the booking being for a meal of 3 courses on a cheap Deal there was plenty of food of very high quality provided. We have visited this restaurant several times now, and it does not disappoint. We will be back again soon, we hope!
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    business meals, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.