NOPI - Downstairs

4.5
1498 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 11:30am

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 1498 People Are Saying
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h
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The cuisine is excellent however the execution was not ideal on the day - meat was dry and fish was over cooked. The flavours were lovely but it all had the feel of brilliant cuisine in a place that got too busy, big and popular to still allow attention to detail and technique. The meals felt somewhat assembled rather than cooked.

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FR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great creativity in the kitchen, amazing how the Ottolenghi’s brigade is able to use simple ingredients and develop so much flavour.
Either meat, fish, veg, every plates have the same level of detail.
Was a fan of its books, now a fan of its cooking.

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TC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Fair attempt at innovating unique dishes but the quality was not justified by the prices charged, the food was overly salted (in particularly the duck and the aubergine) and there was an unnecessary attempt to want us to order alcohol.

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JW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haven't been to NOPI for a while but was looking forwards to it because of good experiences from the times I have been before.

I was surprised in how much I have missed the good quality ingredients and flavour.

The food selected was incredible, the services was faultless (Aussies lad had good recommendations) and ambiance of sitting next to other dinners made me realise the whole concept of this place works so well.

Very very nice experience once again.

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MC
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-theatre menu was tasty, varied and interesting. Excellent and sufficient selection for a veggie and a meat-eater sharing - the roasted aubergine and courgette fritters were especially good! And, for dessert, the financiers and the sorbet were perfect. We came away comfortably full and happy.

Our waitress explained the menu patiently and went out of her way to check ingredients for us. Service was excellent.

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O
Poconos
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Arrived early for our reservation but we were warmly welcomed and seated immediately. The food was as interesting and tasty as expected. The service was impeccable and our waiter even showed us some of the recipes in the cookbook (sitting on the pantry shelf near our table). He pointed out that one of the two owners, Sami Tamimi, was in the kitchen and we were impressed with his interactions with the kitchen staff. Altogether a great experience.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cibo Squisitoooooooo‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️
Siamo stati al tavolo grade giù vicino alla cucina , atmosfera moto piacevole , in cucina c era una grande serenità , la cameriera Anna che ci ha servito é stata bravissima !!!!! Moto professionale , ci ha spiegato tutti i piatti !!
Bravi non vedo L ora di tornare a mangiare da voi 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

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AC
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambient is very cool and hugging. The food is delicious, refined, and simple.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice food , well served. Flavours not outstanding. I do not think that the cooks can really deal with vegetables they do not enhance the subtility in the ríe flavours and the sauces sometimes do not marry them well.

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LD
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

So glad to finally taste Ottolenghi's cuisine. Very very tasteful, always surprising with the right spice or sauce. But I have to say that the vegetarian option could be more seasonal...

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RP
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food, as always, was incredible - full of flavours and the small sharing plates are brilliantly balanced for sociable dining.

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l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

i appreciated the lack of up-selling here; we loved everything we tried!!! especially the pork neck and the chickpea pancake. both felt the most reflective of the fusion cuisine. my main complaint is that the back room ambiance downstairs was lackluster. even though there was space... for the price, being in the corner by the bathrooms and exit was less than visually appealing. i think upstairs is the way to go.

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E
London
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent food in a very nice setting. We had all dishes to share from the menu with 4 persons which was as good way to taste the kitchen of Nopi.

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CV
London
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We looked forward to the lunch and we were not disappointed. Unfortunaly we don't live in the UK, so it will not be possible to come again soon!

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H
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved the food - the chickpeas pancakes and the mutton shawarma were phenomenal. Will surely come back for more :)

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TF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

En tant que fans absolus d‘ottolengui ce fût un immense plaisir de découvrir NOPI live. Nous n‘avons aucunement été déçus! Les plats sont tous meilleurs les uns que les autres, une vraie explosion de saveurs en bauche. Le service adorable, notre serveur nous a même fait goûter the best croissant ever (le recyclage de 7 croissants non vendu en une bombe de croissant aux amandes, un véritable délice)... tout était parfait, nous sommes ravis!

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YG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal at Nopi was fabulous. Every dish was prepared to perfection and combined incredible tastes and textures. The shared tables downstairs make for a very relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy such amazing food!

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X
London
9 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

We were kept waiting 20mins for the table that we had prebooked and then it appeared they had just forgotten about us as I had to query why there appeared to be seats available downstairs but we were still waiting. Service extremely slow, the waitress was friendly enough but no sense of urgency at all. We were starving by the time any food arrived. The food was tasty but I don’t think the ambience (downstairs) fitted with the price tag. It was cramped and messy with lots of containers lying around - not what I was expecting at all.

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TB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely. Didn’t realise was shared table but amazingly private considering

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O
Edinburgh
12 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is superb. We shared 3 starters and they were amazing. I had duck for my main and it was superb. My husband had chicken and let me tasted it. It was probably one of the beat roast chicken I had for a while. Strongly recommend this restaurant.

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JP
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All expectations met or exceeded

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience-from the food to atmosphere to service. Fresh and delicious small plates!!

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m
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nopi was one one of the highlights of our trip to London. we enjoyed every single second - the hostess greeted us quickly and was very sweet. our table was adorned with a giant and stunning vase of fresh flowers. the lighting and music levels were perfect. the food was incredible - we ordered about 5 things and the amount was enough for both of us to have desert. the chickpea pancake, the sea bream and the eggplant were all standouts for us. the cocktails were delish and very beautifully presented. my gin tea with elderflower had dried flowers sprinkled on top. my husband had the dark and stormy which he maintains is the best cocktail he’s ever had. ever. the setting in the basement beside the kitchen was really enjoyable. it felt like we were hanging out in a beautiful pantry. buckets of spices and books and jars of this and that all around us. the unexpected highlight was the bathroom! they are mirrored and kind of shake you out of your head into the present moment. it wS a neat experience! overall, can’t wait to return and also to try his other restaurants. it was 10/10.

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RS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nopi Downstairs was the perfect place for a nice lunch in the middle of the day. It was a business lunch technically, but with good friends. The food selection is amazing. Will definitely return!

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Sitting downstairs you’re practically sat in the kitchen. We asked to move and were told a big party needed the other table although no big party arrived

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NS
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An explosion of tastes, pure pleasure! The experience was even better than expected. And I expected the best. Highly recommended!

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B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing food and service but do we really need the ambient music? I prefer to just talk!

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BE
Amsterdam
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As an Ottolenghi lover, we had a lunch at Nopi while we were in London. We loved the experience, wonderful food, special flavoures, good whine and oustanding staff. We were at the open table not too crowded , good view at the kitchen.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were here for the second time and had a wonderful dinnerexperience ! Completely different menu than last time, equally as good as last time! We loved it and looking forward to the next time. This was the reason to visit London and we left with a big smile!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Just wonderful the use of seeds and spices with simple clean ingredients.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

NOPI is one of my favourite restaurants in the city. It never disappoints me!

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H
London
27 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service whilst booking, upon arrival, and throughout the meal. Food was all of excellent ingredients and well presented. Get lots of small plates and share because tasting is fun; a whole portion of any one dish had less appeal. The cocktails are interesting.

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AG
London
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and atmosphere. We had a minor issue with our food, but our server and the manager more than compensated us for it. The food was very good (and original!), as was their orange wine. I will definitely return!

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HW
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sensational food and atmosphere, thank you for a wonderful night!

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CA
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very delicious food in a fun setting overlooking the kitchen on a communal table. The truffle polenta chips are Divine. Will definitely return but a bit pricey.

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PC
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food great. Service great. I thoroughly recommend NOPI.

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RD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the setting, and the relaxed atmosphere. The waiters were friendly without being condescending !
Food was fabulous.
Thanks.

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l
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was good as I expected. An interesting menu. I would have preferred it all together but it came in dribs and drabs, as is their custom. Unfortunately, a surley waitress spoiled this treat. She was unsmiling and cross when she took the order, missed a dish out then made me wait ages for the bill. When I asked her for it immediately, she was snappy. I had to ask for the service charge to be removed.
I can think of better places to spend £100 on a tapas style lunch for 2.

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SA
London
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious - the service we received was truly outstanding

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious delicious delicious. Beautiful and colourful food, superb flavour, healthy and so tasty.
Great atmosphere on communal dining tables downstairs, cool tunes and a crazy toilet!
Will definitely return.

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