Goldfish Modern Chinese & Dim Sum Restaurant

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92 reviews
£25 and under
Chinese

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Rated 9.5 out of 10 by renowned food critic Matthew Norman of the Guardian and also highly praised by Fay Maschler of Evening Standard, for over 10 years, Goldfish has been a firm fixture as Hampstead’s finest Chinese restaurant, conveniently located on Hampstead High Street.

Goldfish offers a refreshing, distinguished modern Chinese menu and a delicious selection of hand-made dim sum, faithfully serving NW3 and beyond with its attentive, first-class service in its elegant surroundings.

Be sure to visit Goldfish's popular, family-friendly dim sum buffet brunch available every weekend. The express lunch menu is also excellent value for money for those in a hurry. Goldfish Restaurant is a true celebration of innovative contemporary Chinese cooking and fine dining.
What 92 People Are Saying
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4.0based on all time ratings
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3.8
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3.4
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vipTrapeziod
London
15 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Everything was great. Only complaint was we were sat up front by the open kitchen which is very noisy and made it hard to chat. In the future will ask to be seated further back, away from the kitchen.

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KerriS
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Initially we were seated upstairs (despite there being room downstairs) and were the only diners in an empty and untidy room. We were moved downstairs but were seated next to the door which was opened continuously by delivery drivers collecting takeaway orders. People arriving after us with no reservation were seated at better tables but we didn't feel we could ask to move again. The Sancerre we ordered was unavailable and the replacement was a Sancerre rose from Marks and Spencer. The food was good and the staff were happy to cancel our main courses but the atmosphere means we wouldn't return.

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Inusha
London
6 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

It's gone down hill. Stale food, cold and noisy. The noodles were not fresh, the dim sums falling apart, the spring rolls burnt.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience3

Food is average and overpriced
Service average
Very noisy

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as always

J
vipJacq
London
16 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This experience was great I enjoyed the ambiance and the service .
Toilets were cleaned .

SL
SimonL
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Quite aggressive service, for no apparent reason. Even though the place was mostly empty, they seemed in a great rush, almost chucking the food and drink at us. Veg spring rolls were heavy and not at all good, although main courses were fine. Overall a rather unpleasant, almost hostile, experience, Will never go there again, even though it is local to us.

SL
vipStevenL
London
6 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Although you made the booking the restaurant was
Not open when we got there

KP
KikiP
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best chinese! Love it! We had duck and spring rolls for starters, absolutely lovely. Then had chilli chicken (my fav), chicken fried noodles, egg fried rice, and beef and black bean sauce. 5 stars.

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vipLizI
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food is decent and the service is fine. My only complaint is that if you are going to have still water available on all of the tables when diners arrive they should be made expressly aware that it’s £4 per bottle, or better just provide jugs of tap water for free!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We went to Goldfish as family of 4 with two kids. We had a reservation. Upon arrival we were told that we had to leave the table within 1 hr. Then they gave us a table and let us there for 15 minutes without nobody asking whether we wanted to have drinks, etc. The waitresses were displaying very poor behaviour and were not helpful when we asked for something slightly off menu. To be honest there are better places where to eat Chinese in London.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very good Chinese restaurant

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melanchton
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Our table was a bit noisy, being right next to the kitchen. Some dishes were fabulous, the scallops and the aubergine were out of this world.

LM
LittleMan2
London
7 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice service, bit pricey, but tasty. We will return.

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vipCybbie
London
131 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

A Monday lunchtime is probably not the best time to go to this restaurant. However, the food was very good as was the service. The only drawback is that much of the food is cooked at the front of the restaurant which was where we were seated. As the place wasn't busy it might have been better to have seated us away from the kitchen. However, I'd happily eat here again if I find myself in Hampstead.

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LeeLee
London
5 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

could off been placed in a better seating, i was right at the front!!

RN
vipRexN
London
32 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience1

The food is always good but it’s so noisy because of the kitchen that you can’t hear anyone on your table, the wok burners firing up every couple of seconds

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Charilil
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Birthday dinner. Everything was fresh and delicious. Can't wait to go back.

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vipAlison
London
9 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Surprisingly good dim sum for the price and location. Staff were prompt with the ordering. Spinach and prawn and fennel and sea bass were favourites, also yummy char siu!

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vipcescords
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Limited menu, good food, very noisy and cramped. Very expensive for a mediocre ambience and ok food

AT
AnnaT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and excellent service. Will definitely be returning!

AS
AlanS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A slow start to the service (drinks took a while to arrive) but after this things picked up and food was excellent

CD
CareyD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was a notch higher than many Chinese restaurants. The staff were friendly and attentive. Will go back.

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marthar
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Delicious, fresh food - but overpriced. And they push the wine too much - turning it upside-down into your glass, asking several times if you want more wine, asking if you want a second bottle before you've finished your first. And the Pinot Grigio was very ordinary. I think the prices are inflated for what it is. But you will eat well, and the food is very fresh with gorgeous vegetables and excellent service.

SB
SharB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Me & my partners favourite spot!
The best quality food and great service.

AL
ALP1
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Exquisite food, speedily served. Helpful staff. Relaxed atmosphere.

KU
KeeksUK
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was fab. We had the Timeout offer for unlimited Dim Sum but were disappointed to be told it was our last order, 15mins before our time was up... was a bit rude to be honest.

SW
vipStephanW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall1food3service2ambience1

This restaurant has moved across the road and seems now 100% focused on take away service, there is no ambiance and the door is always open as the take aways are taken in and out so cold and drafty

CC
CharoneC
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food is outstanding. Wish the decor matched. Still great value

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Keebs
London
13 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely Saturday family lunch. The woman on the table behind us was even kind enough to take one of the twins off our hands for a minute.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Never disappoints. Good quality food!

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Marri
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Tasteless poor quality food ,little variety in Dim Sum Buffett,mainly prawns and fried chicken.Never to be repeated!

MB
MartinB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely! We had a lovely Sunday lunch last weekend.
Thank you Maggie and the Goldfish team!

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vipcescords
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience2

The food is really authentic and excellent in taste and presentation. The decor is not very impressive but don't be put off by that. Service is very good.

WW
WendyW
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

You cannot fault the food in this establishment - the staff are very efficent and friendly - we were lucky and had a table at the other end of the kitchen because it was very noisy around that area and anyone sitting right opposite the chefs would have a problem I would think . All I would say is that the decor really needs attention - it would not take much to give it the restaurant a good spruce up - it 'feels' grubby especially the toilet area.

J
Jonjo
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Interesting well cooked food in a nicely decorated restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Great food served efficiently

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We opted for the Sunday dim sum offer where we were brought a selection of dim sum for £20pp. We were immediately served with a variety of steamed dim sum which was all very nice. The service was pleasant and attentive as we were continued to be served. As we were finishing up, we started to notice that other tables were being served different dishes to us. For example, traditional fried dishes such as wontons and prawn toast, were being served to other tables. We got the bill and paid for our meal and we asked the waiter if we were supposed to receive fried dishes. The waiter said we were and she offered to get us a manager to speak to. We waited for around 10 minutes but no one came over.

Overall the food was very good but we did feel a bit cheated out of the full experience.

SB
SharB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always everything was amazing! If you go here you must try the sweet & sour chicken.
The staff are very polite & always look after you.

I will be back soon! Many thanks.

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lunchette
London
13 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice food, but small portions and a bit too expensive for a neighbourhood restuarant.

FAQs

Goldfish Modern Chinese & Dim Sum Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Goldfish Modern Chinese & Dim Sum Restaurant also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7794 2828.

Goldfish Modern Chinese & Dim Sum Restaurant is rated 4 stars by 92 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.