NOPI - Downstairs

4.5
1556 reviews
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Mediterranean
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Fit for Foodies
Casual communal dining, where you can observe the chefs at work in our open plan kitchen.
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W
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, delicious food, excellent service and amazing cocktails. The best Old Fashioned I've ever had!

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SL
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Small plates menu confusing.
No progression of dishes or flavours.
General lack of taste and flavour.

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HR
Brighton
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best service from our waiter. Great to be able to watch what was going on in the kitchen and to see all the produce used on display. And the food was very special. We liked the idea of mezze, sharing dishes.

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N
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was amazing, no complaints whatsoever.
The service was a bit disappointing.
I asked the waitress if the Piemonte wine was indeed a nebbiolo, she said yes yes!
I saw the wine, smelled and tasted and was positive this was not a nebbiolo, more a barbera or southern Rhone. I asked and she said oh wait, will check... Ok, it's a barbera. Too bad. I'm a wine enthousiast and this was disappointing. I liked the wine, so no worries. Would have been nice if she didn't charge this wine, but she did. Since I drank it, I didn't want to make a big deal out of it.

The waitress was very friendly, but just not very precise. She gave us a tip to go a wine bar in southwark. Unfortunately, it was closed when we got there.

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EH
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our household is Ottolenghi mad. We adore cooking from all the books and if you are invited to dinner it is almost always an Ottolenghi dish we serve. So, for a 30th birthday present, I treated M to NOPI downstairs. From the moment we arrived the experience was wonderful. The complimentary nuts were lovely - would love to know that recipe, and then we went downstairs and took in the surroundings. The joy of watching these talented chefs create is worth the experience alone, and I have to say it was one of the calmest kitchens I have ever seen, the chefs looked like they enjoyed their job. We had the most wonderful waitress who gave us suggestions on what sides to order with our sharing dishes. The green beans and the aubergine sides are delicious and we will be now adding flaked almonds to our side dishes. The gurnard baked in banana leaf with pineapple and chilli sambal was a taste of heaven. The wines are lovely although I wanted to try the orange wine M didn't however we had an authentic dark and stormy which was made with Goslings - the true rum of the cocktail. Our waitress was a babe and took an interest in how we found everything. When I asked her if she would like the tip directly or should I leave the service charge on, she spoke about the team and how it's a team effort which was noble of her. Whilst this was a treat for both of us dining that night, I would recommend anyone who is a foodie or loves this style of food to treat themselves even if only once in a lifetime, to eat at this paradise. Soak in the atmosphere, enjoy every second of it as we both did. I don't know if I'll get to eat there again as it took a while to save for this, not that it's expensive but it is a luxury treat, but I'll treasure the night and the experience there for as long as my memory serves me. A huge thank you to all the staff for making that happen! GO EAT HERE! Ps - thanks for the birthday ice-cream

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CH
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

The lady at the front desk was not friendly at all. We had to wait at the bar and were not asked for drinks or anything like that and after 15 minutes (after our booking time) we were seated. The food was okay but we expected a bit more variety. Nevertheless the service (except from the lady at the front desk) was very kind and friendly!

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z
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

That was magnificent evening! Greatest thanks to the chefs! Will come again when back in London! Best of luck to all team

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AW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food, beautifully prepared with so many exciting flavours. We were surprised the whole way through. I love the idea of eating this way as it adds another dimension to
the experience of eating out. The staff were friendly, professional and interested!

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GS
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 3

Please note that downstairs you don't have a table for your own. You have to share a big table with others. The food was ok, but not outstanding. Overall the price was very high for the food you get served. The service was very good. I think you can get a better and more special dinner for the same price somewhere else. This is a overpriced hype.

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JK
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely a place to go to! The Downstairs puts one in front of the kitchen and at the end of our lunch, the wait-staff and employees began their lunches - a great experience sharing the meal with the workers!

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DE
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Although I understand the notion of small plates we all thought the pricing of these dishes was off, very expensive - the belly pork came as a small amount for alot of money. As werethe sardines-£15 for 3, they were smothered in a dressing which whilst tasty totally drowned their flavour. The cheapest house wine was £30. The service was patchy and we could hardly hear what she was saying. The main neal came last when all the veg dishes had been eaten.
Not the best, we won’t go again.

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T
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was generally excellent Ottolenghi fare, although the pork belly lacked ‘zing’. Great cocktails too. However we had to ask 3 times for the bill after our pre-theatre menu, which left us in a bit of a rush to get to our seats in time.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply fantastic. We celebrated my wife's 40th birthday with Nopi and it was a treat from start to finish. Excellent food served by fabulous and attentive staff in a delightful and relaxed setting. I highly recommend.

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CC
London
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a delicious lunch and will certainly come back. Two or three dishes per person to share are more than enough.

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F
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

Food was very good! We enjoyed our company but the airconditioning was so strong that we were very cold so didn’t want to stay any longer than necessary.

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IS
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our visit to NOPI, the food was amazing, great sharing plates and brilliant atmosphere. Highly recommended

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MI
New England
40 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second time here-brought a friend with me -it was her first time.
Doesn't disappoint.
Love Ottolenghi food so much.
It's beautiful and delicious.
As they say in London "Brilliant"

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EW
London
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A pleasure to see the kitchen staff work with concentration but without great stress. Food tastes excellent, good advice from waiters, pleasant atmosphere. And although you've booked in a certain timeslot you never get the feeling that you are rushed with your dinner.

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MO
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and tasty diner, creative combinations, very good Service, it was worthwhile to take the way from Essen, Germany, to stay at Nopi!

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SM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really tasty simple food. Loved the communal dining aspect of it

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E
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had travelled from Glasgow for this, our third visit to Nopi. The food was delicious as always, the service attentive and charming. The birthday girl was overwhelmed by the kindness of the staff. Thankyou.

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VB
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was excellent, but our waiter kept coming by our table to see if we were done and to take new orders. I understand that the restaurant need to keep to schedule, but it'd have been much better if he said that instead.

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a delicious lunch with great menu choice, good waitress recommendations and service was well balanced between attentive and being left in peace.

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VH
London
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved it! The food was superb and the cocktails top notch!

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SC
Leicestershire
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable meal and interesting food. Staff very helpful and attentive without being intrusive. Comfortable ambience.

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AD
London
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really appreciated the birthday wishes piped on to our dessert. The food was delicious and just the right amount for lunch.

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KL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, perfect blend of every spice, texture, and flavor. Innovative, fresh and a beautiful balance of richness that leaves you completely satisfied but not overly full. A favorite!

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S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, friendly and attentive service. Will come again!

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E
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We sat in a corner downstairs. Nice place, fine atmospere. Despite a rather unfortunate error of the kitchen staff we had a nice evening because the management handled it so well. Very hospitable environment.

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EL
London
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and we were looked after very well, absolutely loved it

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HM
London
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

As a dedicated Ottolenghi fan I was looking forward to dining with my wife at Nopi for our 25th wedding anniversery. We enjoyed the food , but were slightly overwhelmed by the speed of appearance of the subsequent dishes on the table. I think more time in between would allow a more thorough appreciation of all the different tastes on offer. Nevertheless we enjoyed a lovely dinner.

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MG
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Came here before a show and we enjoyed the pre-theatre menu a lot.

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AO
London
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience. Staff superb nothing too much trouble

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c
London
16 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Please do something about the airvents downstairs. It makes it so cold.

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p
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not as good as it used to be. Food and service just ok

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a
London
6 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This was my second trip to Nopi Downstairs. The food is very good - we went for a mix of the small sharing plates both times, it's a great way to get a taster of the different flavours. The cauliflower tasting plate was the only part of the meal that was disappointing as it's 9.80 and not full of flavour. The staff are really lovely and friendly, the bathrooms are beautiful. Would definitely come back!

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CW
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and the service were perfect, but regarding the place when I booked I didn't good understand what the difference between Nopi and Nopi downstairs, so I would be preferred eat at the floor than downstairs...the difference was not very clear explain...

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SC
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, makes you love veggies! Really kind attentive service and a nice atmosphere. Loved the loos!

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ES
London
8 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We went to Nopi for a light lunch in the middle of a business meeting. I booked it knowing that the food would be fresh, healthy and delicious. The amuse bouche was a beautiful and very photogenic plate of radishes and beets - all raw and sadly difficult to bite and eat. We ordered the sea bass with a couple of the vegetable choices which were all delicious. The best thing about the lunch was the service. We had the delightful Alfie serving us who kept giving us little treats and ensured we were thoroughly looked-after. He is an asset and he turned a lovely meal into a fun and memorable one. Thank you! We will be back!

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service, loved the atmosphere downstairs. Chic and cosy!

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