NOPI - Downstairs

4.6
1370 reviews
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£41 and over
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Mediterranean
Top tags:
  • 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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Area
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Public Transit
Piccadilly Circus underground station is a short walk away
Additional
Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Wine
What 1370 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.4
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4.2
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Fantastic food and great ambience. The aubergine dish is to die for.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We had a late lunch (15:00), which means it was pretty calm. Our Sumac Martini must be the best cocktail I've ever had. We split the Coji Rainbow trout as an entrée. It has a black crust without being burnt, very nice blend of tastes. My wife had the chickpea pancake as main course; yummy but watch out: filling. I myself had the Isle of Gigha halibut, once again a lovely dish. We were seated downstairs which is absolutely recommendable if you like to look into the kitchen. Very amused about the hard working but jolly atmosphere between the people working there. A triple AAA to the one responsible for hiring the people. Very friendly and relaxed atmosphere. We will definitely come back.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Great Happening. Really enjoyed it. Met nice people downstairs. Excellent service. Would love to come again.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

First visit and will certainly return. Fabulous creative delicious food and excellent wines.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Very enjoyable. Lovely food especially the mackerel dish with the pistachio salad? Great blends of flavours! Like the free flow sparkling water!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Delicious and different. Lived up to its reputation

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5.0Dined on 4 August 2018

Fantastic fantastic fantastic..... ant wait to go back....

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5.0Dined on 4 August 2018

We went to NOPI for a special occasion. The food, drink and ambience exceeded our expectations.

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5.0Dined on 4 August 2018

We have been before and knew it was a great restaurant so went again on a visit to London. The food is wonderful, tase, unusual with plenty of veggie options. Service was brilliant, very pleasant staff. Its sociable but relatively chilled. Greta wine as well.

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5.0Dined on 3 August 2018

I had booked lunch on 3rd August for a friend's 70th birthday and everything about the restaurant & meal lived up to our expectations. My request for an increase to the allotted 1.5 hours was granted although this may have been because the downstairs area was not full. The quality of the ingredients was excellent and our meal was most tasty as well being as an interesting culinary experience.
My friend informed the waiter that she did not tolerate cow's milk well so he went to some lengths to ensure that her choice of dishes suited her and that where possible, the chef made changes to the dish. Over coffee she was brought some delicious pistachio chocolate with 'Happy birthday' written in chocolate on the plate - a very nice gesture. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on 1 August 2018

Choose as many dishes as you can off the sharing menu but leave room for spectacular desserts! Lovely meal, super friendly and helpful staff, interesting setting (downstairs is shared tables but you can watch the kitchen in action!)

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4.0Dined on 1 August 2018

the service was great, the food excellent and surprising, the ambience specially, we enjoyed it!

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3.0Dined on 31 July 2018

Food was lovely and well cooked and the people who served us were very friendly, however the service (taking our foods orders, delivery of the bill) was quite slow.

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3.0Dined on 31 July 2018

Early evening bookings are very rushed in order to complete within 1.5 hours. Shared dishes all arrived at once and all were barely warm. Overall a disappointing experience.

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5.0Dined on 30 July 2018

Fantastic service and incentive middle eastern food in a very nice seeing. Even in the shared table there was enough room that you didn't feel that you were bumping into others at the table. I can't wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on 28 July 2018

I went with my friend before the theatre. We’re both vegetarian so shared 6 of the veggie small plates. Each of them was delicious and it was great trying so many different dishes. The waitress had advised 6 small plates but we did have a bit leftover so 4-5 would have been about right but not sure what we would have missed out. Quite pricey but a lovely treat!

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5.0Dined on 25 July 2018

We had to wait 45 min although we were at the restaurant 5 min before the time we fix.

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4.0Dined on 25 July 2018

A pleasant experience overall. The food was innovative and well presented though somewhat expensive considering the portion sizes. The wine and desert wines were good but vastly overpriced. The informal service and atmosphere were perfect for my dining preferences.

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5.0Dined on 24 July 2018

Evertthing was perfect. The staff, the food, the ambiance. We sat downstairs, like last year, and met soms nice people. We loved to see the kitchen and it's staff doing such a great job and work in peace and harmony. And they make the best Virgin Mary. We certainly comedy back, again.

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5.0Dined on 24 July 2018

I have eaten at Nopi upstairs and downstairs, and I love the mixture of people that you get at the shared tables downstairs, and the ambience of the chefs cooking away. We had the pre theatre menu tapas style which is a lovely taster session. Good service and a fun evening.

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4.0Dined on 23 July 2018

We had a very nice dinner, loved the food and very nice service!

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4.0Dined on 22 July 2018

Outstanding food, impeccable service, very nice location. But: background music (well, rather musak) too loud, and other guests at our table on a level where noise becomes a nuisance. Would never again pick downstairs, but "upstairs" on street level quite certainly.

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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

Faultless food, excellent wine all the better for being completely unfamiliar. Not so very keen on group tables but the adjacent diners were fine.

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5.0Dined on 18 July 2018

The food & service are fantastic.
the food really makes it. amazing

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4.0Dined on 18 July 2018

Pork belly is superb, zucchini fritter is too salty to my taste! Whole experiences is very good,

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5.0Dined on 17 July 2018

Great food with outstanding flavours. You can share dishes or use them as starters for a classic meal.

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4.0Dined on 17 July 2018

Generally everything was excellent but the pork belly fat was not renereded well enough and was inedible, the trout skin was a little burnt also, but everything else did not disappoint.

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3.0Dined on 14 July 2018

The sanitary bins in the bathrooms were completely overflowing- thought this was pretty disgusting for a restaurant with such a good reputation.
Vegetarian starters were fantastic however mains were very average especially considering the price.
The staff were a real bonus, so efficient, really friendly but not overbearing, I couldn't fault them.
Probably wouldn’t go back again due to quality of mains.

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5.0Dined on 10 July 2018

Perfect, amazing, delicious. Thank you

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5.0Dined on 10 July 2018

We're real Ottolenghi fan's and enjoyed our lunch much! All dishes were delicious! Our host, a very friendly lady from Canada, gave us excellent service and advise.

Definitely, we'll be back, once we're in London again.

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5.0Dined on 1 July 2018

We were well taken care of, even with a special gluten free plate instead of bread! Nice touch. Well seasoned with interesting taste combinations. An eating event.

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5.0Dined on 1 July 2018

We were visiting London and were looking forward to food from the source of our cookbooks. We had a wonderful lunch in the downstairs shared table. Each dish we had was delicious and very interesting. It was also fun to see some of the action in the kitchen.

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3.0Dined on 30 June 2018

We like the place to have our dinner. However due to the limited time frame of two hours all the dishes were delivered to quick and we were not able really to enjoy this lovely food. After all we didn't spend two hours at the restaurant and we did not have the opportunity to have a dessert. Please take this into account. We are very disappointed because we have a made our time free to come over from the Netherlands to visit Ottolenghi's restaurant.

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5.0Dined on 30 June 2018

Every dish absolutely divine! We ate with much pleasure and warmly recommend the restaurant!

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5.0Dined on 29 June 2018

Great food

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5.0Dined on 29 June 2018

Huge fun eating at a big table “dinner party style” with other diners. Food is fabulous and the savoury cheesecake/soufflé was divine

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5.0Dined on 29 June 2018

We enjoyed our meal at NOPI as we wanted a light lunch before visiting RA summer exhibition. I prefer upstairs to downstairs as brighter but it was interesting to see the chefs at work. Food was delicious. Need to put prosecco in first in Aperol Spritz as it wasn’t mixed properly.

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4.0Dined on 28 June 2018

enjoyed the experience of communal dining, food was very good , the mackerel wasn’t to our taste & was removed from our bill, unnecessary but we appreciated the gesture. It was a good taster and now would like to dine upstairs.

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2.0Dined on 27 June 2018

The staff behaved as if they didn't care. Food was mediocare. I had half chicken in the oven. Dry. Will not be back.

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5.0Dined on 27 June 2018

The food was fabulous—but our delightful, full-of-smiles server, Islan (sp?) brought so much more to the experience. Her love of food, knowledge of the recipes, recommendations, and inner joy brought our experience to a whole new level. If you want a real treat make sure you eat downstairs amidst the hustle and bustle of the kitchen!

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