Courtesan

4.3
111 reviews
£26 to £40
Dim Sum
Courtesan offers the finest modern Dim Sum and carefully selected teas, wines and cocktails for discerning ladies and gentlemen of adventure.
We welcome you into the Court of the Courtesan to delight in the fineries of the Empire of China and be enchanted by her celebration of female talent.
DimSum that touches the heart is created by Fengjuan Xue, one of the very few female DimSum head chefs abetted by four award winning female dessert chefs.
In embodying female talent the Courtesan also boasts the worlds only female wine and spirits listing which are made or owned by women.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 111 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.0
service
4.0
ambience
3.9
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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julieo
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience1

Noisy music and quite cramped- not enough waiting staff. Beer came after meal arrived. Food was excellent but I feel it’s overpriced.

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Cmhh
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We dine out a lot, are locals to the restaurant and this simply wasn't a great experience. Drinks took so long to come that food got in before we even had our first drinks order which we ordered at least 5 minutes before we finalised our food order. We ordered drinks again and after 15 minutes of us we saw the drinks on the bar with no one bringing them to the table, husband had to go and ask for them. As we only had 10 minutes left in our slot, we had to gobble the drinks down. Space was super cramped, I get trying to maximise the space as lockdown was looming but this was ridiculous. Clearly no "social distancing" in place once sitting at the tables my husband had to cram in between our table and the wall with someone else sitting on the other side of him and then our waiter got short when I commented on the space. Overall poor experience and much better choices in the area so will not be going back.

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vipChristianC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food for money, cool space, friendly service and felt very safe and clean.

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Alize
London
6 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food was really tasty can't wait to come again

LB
vipLadyB12
London
85 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had a very nice dim sum trying the Black Heart Dumplings with some scallop ones. Ordered the prawn cheung feng but a pork one came instead, mentioned that to "Abou" the waiter and he omitted the charge from my bill - a very nice touch.

LB
vipLadyB12
London
85 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Always nice to come in for a lovely dim sum lunch!

LB
vipLadyB12
London
85 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

For lunchtime, Courtesan is not as busy as the evenings, though I tend to visit the joint in my lunchbreak which is a real delight.

LB
vipLadyB12
London
85 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is my usual lunchtime treat, the only comment I can make is that sometimes the Prawn Cheung dish could be steamed a bit more, so that it comes to the table slightly hotter to warm one's belly.

LB
vipLadyB12
London
85 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I am gradually trying all parts of the menu, as this is my regular visit during my work lunch hour. I am thankful that Courtesan is only a short 10mins walk from work. I give it an 8 / 10 for speed and efficiency of serving their diners at lunch time.

LB
vipLadyB12
London
85 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

If you like Chinese dim sum away from China Town, this is the place to come. I have been a regular most lunchtime sampling dishes such as Hargau, Siu Mai, Prawn Cheung fun as my staple favourites.

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DevinS
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We didn't stay for the Burlesque show as it was at 10:15 in the night and we arrived at 7pm. Food was delicious and filling as Dim Sum will always do to you...cocktails were nice but lacking in a bit of flavour.

TC
TammyC
London
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a hidden gem - everything was spot on! Definitely returning again!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Fantastic singing, very good food. Will be back!

KG
KennethG
London
17 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

It's my fourth time here in under two months, so clearly I like the restaurant. This time I would say the food was good, but not outstanding so hopefully standards aren't slipping. Some in my party weren't that keen or impressed with it. Service was good. It was a bit disappointing that the Burlesque show didn't start at 10pm as expected. We left shortly after 10pm. The restaurant was not busy, which was surprising for a Saturday night.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Great dim sum.

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Lura
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food was good but service was terrible. A real shame because the place had a nice buzz. Ok if your'e not in a rush or hungry!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place, with a genuine retro feel and look. Food was excellent and service was excellent and friendly. Will go back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s become our regular local dim sum place. Delicious food and very good service! Thank you!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab restaurant, super lovely staff and delicious food, cocktails & wine. And amazing decor!

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Karen70
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A perfect date venue, great atmosphere, friendly staff, good range of dishes (even for veggies). We didn't know what to order so simply asked for a selection of veggie dishes of their choice. We were not disappointed. The fabulous burlesque performer topped our evening off perfectly and was a great talking point! Will definitely be back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The place has potential but Is just amature. The service was poor - our waiter couldn't tell us what dim sum he was delivering, and the drinks we ordered after sitting down didn't arrive be till half way through the meal.
The food was average.
We were there in a Friday night and there was entertainment. Could be cute but just felt like the place was trying to do everything and not winning at anything.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is such a unique and well hidden gem. Service is always friendly and never rushed and the pinched crab dumplings are insanely good. The cocktail list is also a bibulous delight.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place with plenty of choice in dim sum and had Peking duck on the menu too!

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vipNik185
London
18 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely dim sum, ambience and great service. Great for date night or a natter with friends!

AC
vipAverilC
London
23 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2017
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Second time and bit underwhelmed of the vibe on a cold Monday night... but that should be expected. Great cocktails.
A bit hit or miss on some of the dishes but overall good.

KR
KellyR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Very average. The food was a disappointment as was the restaurant as a whole. Too expensive for what it is.

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tamkvs88
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2017
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Food is average but service was absolutely shocking. We waited far too long to order drinks/food initially. Once our food had been served, no one came over to ask if we wanted more drinks during our meal. Trying to get the attention of the staff was impossible, they were too busy chatting/making cocktails with their back to the room. The waiter then forgot we had asked for the bill and took an age to take our payment. Would not recommend this place to anyone.

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Decent food, quirky ambience and a charming burlesque show. It had ingredients for a perfect date night. The food could have a notch better and so could have been the service - they forgot to inform that kitchen was closing.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2017
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Terrible service, the manager got a lot of the order wrong which was a shame as the food is very good!

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Vics
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Went here for a date. Food was super filling, tasty and great value. I particularly enjoyed the fried squid and the Waygu beef sliders. Cocktail menu was lengthy & plenty to choose from. Such a great find in Brixton. I went for an early dinner when it was still quiet and it felt Romantic. Service was a little slow - but the food and ambience made up for it and we certainly didn't feel rushed. Will definitely be back again.

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Natasha
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2017
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Food was really nice but the service could do with being more attentive. They gradually cleared away our plates from the table without asking if we were finished or how the food was.

JL
JLBF
London
8 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2017
Overall5food5service3ambience5

This is my second visit and I was not disappointed. The food and cocktails are sublime. The decor is fantastic and all in all, a great place to spend my birthday.

Only slight issue was having to get up and walk to the bar to get the attention of the staff. Had they come to us, we probably would have ordered more food and drink. But that was the only minor comment.

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Bliss
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, brilliant service. Will definitely be back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

An very unusual space with a small stage. Some seating small and interestingly shaped but added to the ambience of what was a very authentic dim sum restaurant. Food delicious but live singer was the ticket. Fabulous voice and operatic arias. A great programme and enthusiastically received.

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Jesse
London
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible terrible experience ! Extremely over priced for a bland, uninspired menu. Worse than that was the fact that we spent almost £60 on expensive cocktails which had watered down alcohol in them - three in and the only buzz I could feel was my blood sugar rising from the sugary concenrate juice used to make them. Very angered by our visit.

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vipIceman2011
London
42 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Meal was good and pleasant service

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WillH
London
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Disappointing. Went because it was recommended as amongst the best dim sum in London. It was not. Surely service, below average food and not atmosphere.

Shame

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AliceKS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great fun great food and great atmosphere. Service excellent, creative men and menu written will an enormous sense of fun

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TaniaF
London
9 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When booking I requested a certain table as it was where me and my boyfriend had our first date. It was his birthday so wanted the same one which they kindly kept for me. The food was amazing just as the last time. Service was amazing too as before.
What I love about this place too is the ambience in candle light and the decor and music. The tables are spaced out enough to enjoy a private conversation and it's a nice chilled out crowd.
I would highly recommend this place. The roasted pork bao and dumplings are so tasty.
Unassuming and a great place to go with friends or a date.

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abcded
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2017
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Chefs are doing a great job, food was lovely. But the front of house staff let the show down, one in particular, who was obnoxious, abrupt and dismissive and actually sent us away telling us the kitchen was closed when it wasn't. We persevered by making a booking through opentable which he couldn't argue with.

FAQs

Courtesan does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Courtesan also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 8127 8677.

Courtesan is rated 4.3 stars by 111 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.