Orient London

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536 reviews
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£25 and under
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Chinese

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Pre/post Theatre
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Orient London is an independent Chinese restaurant in Soho's Chinatown, London.

Our specialities are Dim Sum and seafood, with a focus on Szechuan and Cantonese dishes, plus those from the northern regions of China.

Our aim is to delight and enthuse customers who want to experience delicious, authentic Chinese food that is honestly-priced.

We hope you'll find our service friendly and efficient, our ambiance relaxing and our refurbished premises with contemporary décor elegant and comfortable.

Proud to serve the Chinese and central London business communities, plus theatre-goers and tourists.

All our dishes (including all Dim Sum) are cooked fresh daily by our own chefs on the premises.
What 536 People Are Saying
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BarryA
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite the very difficult conditions at the moment, we were welcomed back by the staff, the meal was very good as usual and we enjoyed ourselves.

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LizC
London
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service. Ideal for pre theatre dinner

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BeverleyL
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very accommodating taking us in early. Orient mixed starter and crispy wonton excellent. Fried rice, chicken chow mein great. Daughter wasn’t to keen on her lemon chicken but I thought it was fine. Mixed bbq meats, very good quality but not to my personal taste sadly. But good to try new things. Would go again as crispy beef on another table looked very tasty. £135 for 4 people including tip and drinks.

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EllieB
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely amazing aswell as the staff.they were very attentive,and a lovely atmosphere.i would go back again.however was on the pricey side,but I suppose I get what u pay for.

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EmmanuelO
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Food tasted good but the service is below average...

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darkinformer
London
12 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good quality meal let down a little by staff being disingenuous about adjusting the air conditioning for us. If they'd have been upfront that it wasn't possible to begin with all would have been fine.

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EmilyW
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you're looking for a delicious Chinese restaurant to eat at in China town this has to be the best. The décor is clean and simple, the staff are lovely and the food is amazing. If you go, definitely have the crispy aromatic duck! We were given a table by the window and it was a lovely quiet spot. Highly recommend!!

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DesF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very pleasant evening in Chinatown. Food very good and friendly attentive service. A nice casual Chinese restaurant at fair prices and which I would definitely recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out with my sons for their birthday, been before! Waitress Fang was fabulous

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SteveC
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Very good service and reasonable prices but some dishes from the set menu were rather disappointingly, bland and hard to distinguish from one another. However, portions were very generous and everything was very clean.

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SarahY
London
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, excellent service will be going again !!!!

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OpenTable Diner
London
13 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really lovely! Yummy food, particularly the seafood platter for starters. Lovely staff too.

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RuthM
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very busy restaurant with a good buzz. Food was delicious, salt and pepper ribs were meaty and spicy. Duck and pancakes very moist and flavoursome. Sizzling steak in black pepper sauce and King Prawn Kung Po, both huge portions and excellent again.

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HKVISITOR
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Experience at Orient? In a word: dreadful. We had made a reservation for a Chinese New Year's Eve dinner weeks ahead of time with a request for an upstairs table for 3. Upon arrival, we were instead led to possibly the worst table in the place - a table squeezed into the middle of the chaotic ground floor that barely had space for two people to eat and food scraps from the previous diners still under the table. We pointed this out to the waiter who simply shrugged his shoulders. The floor manager was no better - his was a brusque "Take it or leave it" manner. We decided to "leave it" and departed without eating. I have had a couple of OK meals at Orient in the past, but sadly this is basically the type of busy Chinatown restaurant that has enough tourist flow to not have to bother with customer care. We shall not be returning.

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ClaireO
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live near Manchester and last time we visited London with friends I googled and found this restaurant. We had a lovely meal and really value for money.
It’s difficult trying to choose a restaurant in China Town when you don’t know the area.
We visited London again this weekend and again had a lovely meal.
My only complaint was I would have like a portion of pork and beef Sui Mai but they did not do them in the evening?
Will definitely be going again on our next visit.

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sue2kids0188
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant with good service, food and clean toilets.

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Dawn
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Well worth a visit . We had sizzling beef and also 2 prawn dishes with sides of noodles, seaweed and rice. Was fantastic.

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HannahS
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and great portion sizes. The people on the next table were loud and drunk, which got a bit annoying, but that's just luck (or unluck) of the draw. There was always a staff member available nearby but they respected our privacy and didn't keep checking on us. The service was quick and we weren't kept waiting. Worth every penny. Will definitely come back.

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VanessaC
London
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I really enjoyed my dining evening at Orient London. It was easy to find having followed instructions via open table and Apple Maps. I was kindly greeted on arrival and the restaurant rep surprisingly knew my name and greeted me on arrival.

I was directed to my table and was given sufficient time to settle before my order was taken.

Option menu C was a delicious selection and allowed for us to sample a variety of tasty options during the meal and conversation. I requested one change to the menu whereby a prawn with Cashew dish was swapped for the sweet and sour option which was so delicious I could’ve opted for a second portion.

The venue was lovely, pleasant atmosphere, clean and tidy I noticed the tables were swiftly cleaned once diners bills were settled. The staff were friendly, polite and helpful.

I’m likely to return to this restaurant in the future. I’d like to visit at least once more.

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Wilyone
London
10 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly staff. We arrived one hour early but they were able to show us to a table straight away. Food was very good. Nice wine selection. Service was prompt and efficient. Would visit again.

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DeirdreB
London
7 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Close to Leicester Sq at start of Chinatown, easy to find. Staff helpful and efficient. Good menu with mix of veg and meat/seafood. Good sized portions, food great. Nice atmosphere. Would be happy to go again.

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Ming
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Très bon restaurant chinois très bon dim sum et cuisine Chinoise.
Bien situé
Un peu bruyant

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CarolineW
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good location. Standard Chinese fayre - some of the chicken satay sticks were rather dry - as if they had been hanging around some time. The rice and other non-fried items were very tasty. I thought the duck (with pancakes) was a bit dried out too. The service was quick - not very smily - but efficient.

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NickyA
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My second visit (was last here two years ago). I came back as I knew food and service were excellent. I booked a table but unfortunately still had to wait about 10 minutes as it was very busy. My order was taken in the queue so that made it faster to get our food as we were going to a show. Duck pancakes were delicious and generous portions. It would be great to have a small taster of a few dishes as they all look so good! Service is exceptional here and they were very apologetic about the wait.

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PaulineC
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location. Fabulous food, great experience & good value for money. This was our fifth visit.

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Natasha
London
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dim sum very fresh and delicious. Service on point and received attention when we needed.

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NikiM
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant as always, favourite spot before theatre visit for us mums and kids, fresh, healthy, tasty food, quick service.

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MichaelS
London
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a vegetarian set meal for 2, plus an extra prawns with mango - to share among three people. There was plenty of food (we brought enough home to make lunch), all delicious. The restaurant was busy but we were able to have a pleasant conversation. The waiters were attentive. The food arrived quickly. All in all a very pleasant experience. We'll come again,

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Carolinew
London
20 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took our nieces to London to see The Nutcracker and stopped here for lunch. It was very busy - good sign - but the service was excellent and food all tasted freshly cooked. Really impressed. We will be back.

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Chinatown
London
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, nice surroundings, great food at a fair price and staff honest about how much to order

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vipMHardy
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Bland and disappointing.....sorry

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JENNIFERM
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great Team meal out. The restaurant is quite small so it does get noisy.
We selected vegeterian and meat set menus and they were great value and too much food!

RB
RuiB
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The food was not freshly prepared. The sizzling chicken was smelling as it was overdue to the dates. The stir fried beef was very chewy. The salted egg prawns were short cut process and it was not professionally cooked. It was much more expensive than its worth. The restaurant thinks too many ways to charge the customers. It is worst chinese restaurant i have been to in China town .

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Nicebutbusy
London
9 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dim sum in a great setting! Always love coming here with my family or friends.

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niknaks
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Booked a table for 8.30pm on a Saturday night, however we were in London all afternoon and by 5pm we were really hungry, popped into restaurant on the off chance they might be able to seat us earlier than our booking and were taken straight through to a table despite it being really busy!

We ordered from a set menu, it was served quickly, the food was hot, delicious and plentiful, the Crispy Duck was a highlight. The Rose Pinot Grigio wine was also very very good

Overall we had a fantastic meal at Orient and wouldn't hesitate to go back and will recommend to others.

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MiguelG
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The vegetable dish had a weird smell that was unberable. We had to ask them to take it away.
The lady at the door was very blunt and unwelcoming. She insisted to keep the outside door open. Everytime the inner door was opened there'd be a cold draft that made it difficult to relax and enjoy our dinner.

MW
MarioW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Only downside was, when ordering dim sum, it has to done on a separate card (with pen provided). The staff present just bring the order and clear it away, so very little interaction.

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MolePatrol
London
5 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Orient London is a perfectly adequate Chinatown restaurant. The food was good, if unremarkable, but the portions were generous and the service was swift and effective. The dining room was a large, brightly lit space, which was buzzing and noisy but unfortunately lacking much atmosphere. Quite expensive but I suspect it was the going rate for Chinatown.

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WenE
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Central position, food excellent and enjoyable. A good evening and would go again.

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JanetS
Northampton
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In my opinion the best Chinese in Chinatown. Food superb and service 100%

FAQs

Orient London does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Orient London also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7989 8880.

Orient London is rated 4.3 stars by 536 OpenTable diners.

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