NOPI - Downstairs

4.6
1446 reviews
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£41 and over
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Mediterranean
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good Vegetarian Options
Casual communal dining, where you can observe the chefs at work in our open plan kitchen.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Asian
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Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday

Lunch 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Dinner 5:30pm to 10.30pm




Friday

Lunch 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Dinner 5:00pm to 10:30pm

Saturday:

Breakfast 11:00am to 11:30am

Lunch 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Dinner 5:00pm to 10:30pm




Sunday:

Breakfast 11:00am to 12:00pm

Lunch 12:00pm to 4:00pm
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Phone number
020 7494 9584
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Yotam Ottolenghi
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Public Transit
Piccadilly Circus underground station is a short walk away
Additional
Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Wine
What 1446 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A long lunch with a friend. Everything (especially polenta truffle fries) was so good. Excellent service as well!

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OO
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, music and service - would highly recommend!

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

We had a great evening looking at the kitchen and taste some well known dishes now made by Yotam himself!

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T
Kent
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with two food professionals so seeing the kitchen, pass, and visible pantry fascinating. Food exquisite and imaginative yet comfortable, no molecular gastronomy here. Beautiful plating. Wine list by glass superb. Our waiter was attentive. We finished late enough for the break for dinner prep and saw staff lunch start, yet were not rushed. The kitchen was purposeful, quiet, and impeccable. Our third Ottolenghi and we just loved it.

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F
Dusseldorf Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a very nice evening in Nopi. Our service was very friendly and knowledgeable about all dishes. There were two surprises for us, once a very good cheesecake and in the end we were invited for dessert. Great. A relaxed atmosphere helped make us feel very comfortable.

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G
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food - such unique and well balanced flavours

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SG
London
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

First time downstairs at NOPI though I have been to the upstairs restaurant a number of times. As always, food was outstanding. So many subtle but distinct flavours. We were at the communal table, which I wouldn't have chosen necessarily but actually was fine and the sound levels weren't bad. Definitely recommend.

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R
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very attentive service (especially when you have food allergies) and good quality dishes.

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OT
Munich
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab food and service

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T
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is just amazing. Every dish a taste delight.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food!

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P
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. A longtime fan of Ottolenghi so was very happy to experience the communal dining table at Nopi. Delicious fresh food prepared with full respect shown to the produce, enhancing rather than altering their flavours. Can’t wait to go back and try the things I didn’t have!

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NS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Need to be in the mood for the 'downstairs experience' - we were sat at the back of the far table, a fair way from the kitchen and kind of cut-off from the rest of the table by a bunch of flowers (which I didn't mind to be honest). Dry goods are stored alongside the tables - albeit neatly. People were talking around the table and to fully enjoy you need to be ready to engage. We weren't this evening, we had a later booking 9.15pm and just wanted to chat between ourselves - basically needed to be upstairs! But the food and the service were great as you would expect.

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BC
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Attentive staff-downloaded walking directions to theatre we were headed to without having asked them to do & despite being very busy. Fabulous food.

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BW
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautifully diverse food and wine menu with great use of local ingredients. Very enjoyable- would def recommend!

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EG
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Amazing food, lovely staff. In hindsight would have booked upstairs bit as it was a bit of a strange setting essentially being in storage room for ingredients but nothing else I would fault- would absolutely return and recommend.

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TA
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff went out of their way to accommodate and be helpful. Terrific lunch experience.

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l
London
9 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food here is always excellent. The fish dishes were super flavourful, and the bread is delicious!

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EL
London
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Outstanding food. Lovely service. Business lunch quite informal so sharing tables were fine however there aren't photos/warnings of the store cupboards being open and all along one wall. I didn't mind it but our guests did comment it was a little bizarre and feels like you've been demoted to sitting in the chefs store cupboard. Would definitely book upstairs next time.

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KB
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, have been looking forward to eating here for years and it did not disappoint. We both enjoyed the roasted eggplant salad and beetroot salad but the mutton shwarma was the stand out dish. The pork belly with kimchi was also delicious. Loved every mouthful! Service was excellent and there was a casual and friendly vibe. Was one of the highlights of my holiday from australia.

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AS
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Shared table setup is relaxed, great food, nice staff although they don’t seem to be all as professional as one would expect

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V
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great place for eating out. Could not be better. The only thing we did not like that much is the acoustic situation. Like in many other restaurants sound-damping was not an issue during the planning process. But the food is so extra-ordinary and the staff so friendly that the lack of good acoustics is a minor problem.

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LC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Ottolenghi’s locations and look forward to eating at Rovi next trip to London.

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LD
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Why do chefs think that when people decide to become vegan that they also develop the superhuman power of being able to exist without eating protein?
I went here for lunch with 2 friends yesterday and chose the only vegan option on the main course menu - spiced potato cakes. They were delicious but very small. £19.90 for 3 very small piles of potato with a few bits thrown in by way of dressing!! That is not a main course. What is the plate cost of creating this dish?? By contrast my friend had half a chicken for just over £2 more. Somewhere along the line vegans are being taken for a ride.

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JB
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I was expecting another amazing food experience as I had been to the Spitalfields restaurant and really loved it. Unfortunately we both ordered the twice cooked chicken as it looked so good, but we found it to be very dry and we were both disappointed with it. We ordered two sides; the mixed leaves salad with truffle dressing, this was a bowl of leaves the dressing was excellent but expensive at £6.20. We had the truffle polenta chips which were great. For dessert we had blackcurant sorbet again this was great but very small portions.
The downstairs is very casual but we liked the ambiance and the multi mirrored toilets were amazing. However I wouldn’t go back in a hurry because of the quality of the main course. Such a shame.

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CW
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Great waiter, fantastic food. Not sure about being in the basement. I made the wrong assumption that down stairs meant ground floor and upstairs meant first floor!

Carol

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Our server was great, cheerful, helpful, even though the place was really busy. The crowd at the communal table was a mix of different ages and probably level of sophistication as far as food goes, but everyone felt at ease. The wine list was a little too esoteric for my taste.

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JB
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent every time. Highly recommended. Food is fantastic

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W
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

NOPI is always top of my list when fixing a location for a special occasion - a meal with a friend, a date, or a celebration. The food is awesome, and I love that you can choose 2-3 dishes per person (more, after all, is more). I’m also impressed that the menu changes regularly to reflect seasonal availability and to provide changing twists on some of the menu staples. The service is quietly attentive, and the setting both upstairs and downstairs is very attractive.
I had one disappointment on our most recent visit - the coffee financiers had been taken off the dessert menu!!! The substitute was delicious of course, but if the financiers had been on that menu for seven years, they were there for a reason and I wish NOPI would keep them on for another seven - they’re too good.

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R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing, but somehow my cocktail (the ginger lime martini) was a bit sweet and weak. The server was great, but he was the only one, and as more people arrived, he was running a bit and not as timely as we would have liked, as we were in a hurry for the theatre. We left later than we wanted, (waited for the check, waited for coffee , no time for dessert) and it was a mad rush to the theatre.

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FL
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff at NOPI gave fantastic service and the food was beautiful.

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SK
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience as expected. Simple (!) but felicitous dishes, all of them delightful gustatory moments worth to remember. Unfortunately the wines offered were, however, quite okay, but rank fairly behind the foods quality.

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MG
New England
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved sitting at the communal table! The food was fabulous - I only wish I had a bigger stomach or lived nearer so that I could try everything!

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovey, kind staff, great recommendations, creative food, beautiful and great flavours.

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l
London
10 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible and we really enjoyed the large shared seating. Being surrounded by the ingredients was fun!

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A
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are on holiday from Australia and booked some months ago to ensure that we wouldn’t miss out.
After watching the TV series and purchasing several of the cook books, dining at Nopi was something that was high on our list of “Must do’s” - and it didn’t disappoint.
We dined downstairs in front of the open kitchen, the service, the quality of the food and ambiance were second to none and the next time that we are back in London we will defiantly return.
Keep up the great work!

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MK
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

NOPI downstairs was somewhat disappointing. The group seating would be fun if the tables weren't so wide and the noise level so high: then, you could actually talk with your dinner mates. The food presentation was lovely, but the prices are way high, given the portion sizes, etc. Next time, I would likely sit upstairs if I were to visit again.

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W
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

The five side plate were outstanding in texture and flavor. The waiter recommended 3 each. We didn’t believe him and ordered 5 sides plus potatoes. We (3) didn’t even eat all.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 1

Nopi was anticipated as a ‘must experience’ venue, however what we experienced was not to our palates and mindset entirely.
The waitress was attentive, knowledgeable, obliging.
The food was creative and well presented.
The noise level was quite loud.
The experience is more for young foodies than older folk such as us.

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J
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time eating downstairs. Different atmosphere to upstairs. It's more casual in many ways - large tables where everyone sits together. It wouldn't suit everyone but it works. The food was as I've come to expect - very good. Our waiter was outstanding. Engaged, good recommendations and good fun all mixed into one.

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