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Kai, London,
Award-winning

Kai

4.6
4.6
1765 Reviews
£41 and over
Chinese
Kai Mayfair’s cuisine has its foundation in Nanyang Chinese cooking, the region located within the South Seas of China. It takes a ‘Liberated’ approach to Chinese cooking, respectful of the flavours from its Chinese heritage but not bound by it, offering a menu primarily of specialities unique to Kai. Desserts also feature as a key part of its meal experience utilising ingredients synonymous with the Nanyang region like pandan and durian. Kai has held it’s Michelin Star since 2009.

At tea time (from 2:30pm to 4:30pm), Kai also serves its Chinese Whispers Afternoon tea which is available from our Chinese Whispers Afternoon tea opentable page.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 24 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Chinese
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 12:00–15:30 Afternoon Tea Daily 14:30–16:30 Dinner Daily 17:30–22:00
  • Phone number
    020 7493 8988
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Alex Chow
  • Private party facilities
    Maximum table size of 8 currently in place.
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2023
  • Area
    Mayfair
  • Parking Details
    After 6.30pm, free parking outside restaurant on Single Yellow Lines Before 6.30pm, large number of parking meters available outside the restaurant
  • Public Transit
    <b>Tube:</b>Marble Arch, Bond Street
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

What 1,765 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • West End London

    Chinese

1,766 Reviews
  1. NishaP

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend this restaurant. Food was delicious and staff were so lovely!! We will definitely be going back!!

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  2. TerryS

    Denver

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    These guys are great - innovative and create dishes - great wine and cocktails - one of the best joints around

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  3. AnoukT

    Amsterdam

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service provided to us was great. The food was delicious. We were there with our daughter and the service to her was also very cute. Thank you Kai….❤️

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience would highly recommend to anyone that wants to go

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  5. karlos

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent very welcoming superb service would definitely book again

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  6. JamesP

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing! Wasabi prawns might just be the best prawns in the world!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always perfect! Elegant Tasty Not noisy A must-go-to-place whenever I‘m in London

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  8. ArindomB

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Wasabi prawns and pepper beef were as good as ever.

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  9. Carnivore

    London

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nothing changes, food, service, friendliness of the team and decor are awesome The Chinese Ice Wine is amazing and just love the Chinese Ice Wine Martini's Not a cheap night out but worth every penny IMHO

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  10. MariaG

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Chinese!!! The crispy duck was the best! The drinks where perfect and the service was outstanding

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  11. SusanC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent. Presentation and service were also great. Highly recommended and Malaysian Chef is excellent. Dessert and chocolates were so good too.

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  12. ViktoriyaZ

    Cancun

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing place! Very calm and private. Food is 10/10

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  13. AderonkeS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I went to Kai Mayfair with my two friends. The service was excellent and the food portions were good and tasty. Not too pricey. I will be a returning customer!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    London

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    This was my 3rd time at Kai as the food is great quality but everything else was a let down on this occasion. Upon arrival, the hostess was extremely cold and there was no welcome. Service was very slow also and we were advised by a waiter that they were prioritising a private room booking which really didn’t cut it. Food is scrumptious though but the whole experience is no longer worth it.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Booked with the Kai on the 26th of January for my parent’s anniversary. They did go there and dine as per the time of their reservation and even confirmed that the reservation was under my name. OpenTable then emails me asking me to confirm if I attended the reservation, which I did and confirmed so with OpenTable. I even told them I can share the relevant card statement from which my parents paid the dinner bill. Then Kai charges my £120 pounds out of the blue over a week later for absolutely no reason through the card that is attatched to my OpenTable account. There are better ways for restaurants to earn money, Kai!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    After being a regular customer for the past 5 years, it is safe to say that the quality of the food has fallen to unimaginable levels. With over priced tasteless mushrooms coupled with severely small portions it is safe to say that I would never go back to Kai. I hope the restaurant reverts back to how it was before. But overall overly expensive and not worth your money.

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  17. RobinD

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Chocolate souffle dessert was very well presented. All other chinese dishes average compared to normal chinese restaurant.

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  18. PGTips

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food especially the desserts! And service was wonderful

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is an old-timer restaurant that doesn’t stop to amaze with delicious authentic dishes with modern twists. No wonder it’s still in business! One of the top Chinese restaurants in town. The service and ambiance are superb as well - cannot say enough of good praise for Kai. Will be coming back over and over. 😋👍😍

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    This guy s not a Michelin level restaurant. It is good but nowhere near that quality.

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  21. KennethM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Top class dining experience with attentive service and a great menu choice.

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  22. AnnO

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Very disappointing experience. I don’t quite understand how Kai has a Michelin star. The wasabi prawns, as their signature dish, were literally just prawns in wasabi flavoured mayonnaise. The salt and pepper squid was chewy and dry. The roast Chilean seabass was delicious but, as with the prawns, nothing interesting or special, particularly for the price (£66). The ginger rice was just boiled rice with no hint of ginger. Atmosphere is loud club music and plastic flowers - reminiscent of Ivy Asia but for 3 times the cost. Service was fine if a little slow and awkward - two people took our drinks order and we waited 10/15 minutes to order food following this. This would have been an average meal even if we were not expecting a Michelin star experience. As we were, and paying for one too, it was quite shockingly poor. I would not recommend going to this restaurant at all.

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  23. RohiniB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food! Never have I had a bad experience.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Qatar

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best Chinese restaurant in london, I enjoyed it.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Qatar

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always the best choice .. in Doha and London .. all dishes are delicious

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  26. UrviS

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was 5 stars and wonderful ... except the dessert which was mediocre at best and we expected better. The service was great - very attentive and great recommendations and care to detail from all wait staff. Overall a lovely meal. Be warned, this is on the expensive side - even more so than would be expected from a Michelin Star.

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  27. MeshariA

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We liked everything...the duck was amazing the wasabi prawns out of this world the lobster nyang five stars the seabass ....and above all the service .....excellence defined

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  28. AmrieshR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and excellent service from Boris! Amazing diner!

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  29. JamesY

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful dining experience at Kai on Christmas Eve 2023! It goes without saying that the food was delicious, the service was even better than expected! We initially booked for four people but had to add two more guests last minute. The staff bent over backwards to accommodate for the addition. Our server, Piotr, was excellent and efficient. We had a bunch of dishes, but most memorable are the two-dish Peking Duck course, the nest jewels, and the roast Chilean seabass. The portions are sizeable. Make sure to leave room for the dessert which is to die for!

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  30. Chaz

    London

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing !! We went to celebrate a birthday and this place did not disappoint. Staff are very friendly and their service was brilliant. We will definitely go again.

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  31. danishm

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An icon, always great food with great service .... worth the stop over in London just to grab a meal at Kai

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  32. statepath1

    N. Ireland

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Very enjoyable luncheon but service could have been better. Had to repeatedly ask for my wine glass to be replenished.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 21 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance, great service. However we went as a special treat and the duck wasn’t very good as usual. It lacked flavour and didn’t feel fresh. The first pancakes were bit too sticky and the spring onion chewy. The prawn on toast and green tea was very good and on point but we went for the duck!

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  34. Rav18

    London

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Still the best in Mayfair, great for vegeterians options

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was outstanding. My wife who is a vegetarian couldn’t believe the depth of the menu. The hot and sour soup is delicious and a must have. Terrific choice of champagne and wine by the glass. Kai is a 10 out 10 experience.

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  36. PF234

    Austin

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 19 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We were so excited to try Kai and thought it would be similar to experiencing a Michelin star restaurant in France or Hong Kong. The experience fell flat with the table seating and the lackluster atmosphere. It felt like an elevated local neighborhood restaurant. The Chinese food was great considering we were not in Asia, but the Michelin star is surprising. All in all, for a £500+ dinner, we’re not sure the experience matches the price in comparison to other Michelin star experiences we’ve had.

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  37. RockyS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time at Kai, The team there were friendly, helpful and very efficient, the food was delicious and the decor was lovely

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  38. PhilipS

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really good food and knowlegable staff. If Im being critical not as poslidhed as in some other estaurants of the same standard but very friendly. Great Sommelier. He was certainly not upselling but trying to find the best value for money in our price barcket which I really like. Lettuce Wraps were amazing as was the Duran Souffle. Saying that all the dishes we had were excellent. Will go again for sure.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I love everything about this restaurant have have been coming for years but after becoming Coeliac and not being able to have gluten. It really does upset me they do not have any gluten free soy sauce as it’s such a simple ingredient. No soya sauce really limits your Chinese food. The staff were incredibly nice about finding a solution and this is no way a reflection on them. But a Michelin star restaurant of that price range should really have gluten free soya sauce

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  40. ChiefFoodOfficer

    Atlanta Metro

    122 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    122 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service food and atmosphere! Will be back next time I’m in London.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Kai is rated 4.6 stars by 1765 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 24 times today
Google Map for Kai

65 South Audley Street, London, W1K 2QU

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2023
  • Area
    Mayfair
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 12:00–15:30 Afternoon Tea Daily 14:30–16:30 Dinner Daily 17:30–22:00
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Chinese
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    After 6.30pm, free parking outside restaurant on Single Yellow Lines Before 6.30pm, large number of parking meters available outside the restaurant
  • Public Transit
    Tube:Marble Arch, Bond Street
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Alex Chow
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine
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