The menu was modern, with the usual suspects present - rabbit, goat, salsify, kale, grains and so on. And the food itself was very nice indeed. The big BUT was the total lack of atmosphere on a Saturday night just 3 weeks before Christmas. So disappointing. I confirmed during the booking process that it was my birthday, but clearly this was of no interest; I didn’t expect special treatment, but an acknowledgement is just good customer service...speaking of which, one of our main course orders didn’t make it to the kitchen, and subsequently arrived to the table 15 minutes later than the rest. While these things happen, it didn’t help the experience. Had the restaurant been buzzy and lively, it would have been easier to enjoy the wait?
Excellent good - great location would definitely go again
Good was only OK. Meal of the day not great. Service good...but totally over rated.
My name is Quo Vadis and it was an absolute pleasure dining at Quo Vadis! The staff was quite gracious, and I thoroughly enjoyed the pie and mash!
Interesting if complicated menu, but food is very imaginative and the restaurant having been refurbed relatively recently and very nice if you are looking into the restaurant (not "so much" if you are staring at the Reception) Staff warm and friendly if a bit slow at times but was relaxing as a result would not risk a pre theatre schedule but i feel it will improve as the enthusiasm is real.
Good food, and wonderful service
After having read good critics on various websites and in a number of magazines, this was a big disappointment.
From over-illumination of the room (luckily lights were a bit dimmed during the second dish) and half dead flowers decorating entrance and room, to rather tasteless starters, mains and sides at the wrong temperature and on top of it an overly spiced and dry onglet. To be very fair: the floor manager very elegantly tried to save the situation, apologized sincerely, did not charge mains and sides and invited us to come back again and give it a second try.
Truly the most bizarre restaurant service I have ever had. Wait staff who you could barely understand, strange jokes, they didn't understand the menu and then said they knew the wine list well and then when asked about certain wines were quick to say that they didn't know about those specific ones - but could reccomended something. Errr? So I checked google instead for the tasting notes. Would ask if we were finished with a course and we would say 'yes' and then they walked away in the opposite direction. There was an Italian couple next to us who spoke no English and towards the end of the meal the lady couldn't stop laughing along with us, so I spoke to them in my poor Italian and they said 'the place is schizophrenic' and agreed we had a very Faulty Towers / Mr Bean kind of dining experience. The food is good but given the super quiet nature of the restaurant and bizarre service it is simply not worth the money. Go next door to the Spanish restaurant from the same owners called 'Barrafina'. Mssrs Hart - what a terrible and dissapointing experience at Quo Vadis. Awful, just awful. And totally hilarious. Don't go.
Had the great pleasure of dining pre-theatre several times during my week vacation. The service was superb and the food deliciously English including cod and cockles and smoked eel sandwich. Cannot wait to recommend this restaurant!
My first visit. Relaxed but excellent service. Food and drink very good. White linen table cloths but not stuffy at all. Nicely done.
Excellent food, good service, nice ambience. Overall an excellent experience, which I've always had at Quo Vadis. Well located in the heart of Soho, a very up market dining experience, competitively priced. Wine a little pricey, but it's good stuff.
We had a great evening with quality food given a slight twist. The service was impressive and attentive without being overwhelming. I have walked passed this restaurant on so many occasions threatening to try it but having now experienced it I will now be returning.
Our second visit after a most enjoyable first, back in June before refurb, and was interested to compare.
Can report that in our opinion the standard was still high, tho reduced dining area meant less of the busy buzz we enjoyed pre-refurb.
Food quality tho remains excellent, with fun relaxed service adding to the experience.
Look forward to returning soon.
Went to Quo Vadim about 20yrs ago when it was owned by Marco Pierre White. It was good then, and it hasn't lost that feeling of being somewhere special to go. Jeremy's menu is varied without being overly complicated. Just good food, with good ingredients, cooked beautifully. Thoroughly enjoyed our recent visit and would recommend as a great place to go. A fine dining experience! 👍
Really don't like leaving less than sparkly reviews, but Quo Vadis disappointed us greatly.
A few years ago we had been to a fabulous wine tasting evening in the private room upstairs, and based on that great experience we decided to dine downstairs last Saturday, prior to going to see a play at the Soho Theatre next door.
I don't want to go on to much, but in a nutshell - the service was friendly but really not attentive enough and the waitress had no knowledge of the menu- she kept having to go off and ask. The menu itself was so small and just odd really. That's the only way I can describe it. Nothing exciting on offer and only really one dish I liked the look of. When it arrived it wasn't great to be honest. My husband was v disappointed with his pie too- which wasn't a pie -it was basically stew in a bowl with a lid of pastry.
No ambience at all, and our table was so close to the next one that serving staff had to keep leaning over my husband to deliver food and drink. Not good.
Sadly, I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone, although I would still recommend going to a function upstairs. This they do very well.
Not great as upon arrival told they have no connection with open table and haven't since August 2016
Excellent fine dining!
Good selection of wines, sensibly priced. Spot on for lunch. Would happily visit again.
Service was friendly but professional. Dishes all had an extra twist of flavour and presentation - the menu undersells them! We weren't hurried and we just had a lovely evening catching up with friends in a delightful environment. Which sounds simple but actually it's not that easy to find. A place for grown-ups.
I just love this restaurant. Every visit starts with a warm welcome, followed by friendly and efficient service. Then the fun begins with the expertly crafted cocktails, leading into simply stunning meals. Have been several times and have never been anything less than delighted.
Absolutely fantastic meal from start to finish from the nibbles, the starter and the main. Not to mention the amazing dessert. Service was brilliant too
This is one of my favourite restaurants in London. Loads of character , history, and excellent ambience and service. Pricey but good value. But I am afraid this occasion was a slight disappointment. Service not quite the usual excellent standard and all a bit prosaic. This won't stop me returning and hopefully Qui Vadis will have its mojo back.
Our first meal in the newly fashioned Quo Vadis restaurant, much reduced in size but still serving the same exquisite food. We had a good start to the meal with both my wife and I plumping for the Octopus starter, this was followed by a veal main course for my wife whilst I choose the hake and red mullet broth for myself. My wife said her veal was excellent whilst my fish broth was one of the finest meals I can remember eating in a very long time. Good to see that despite the changes Quo Vadis is still at the top of its game
Came here after the refurb and was disappointed to find that the restaurant is now tiny and the bar has been shifted to the lobby. Overall it feels really cramped and unwelcoming. It's such a shame when this used to be a really lovely restaurant but I won't be going again. Jeremy Lee's food is still excellent so I'm sad that there is no longer the space to enjoy it.
Forgot how wonderful this place is. Amazing food and great service.
This was our first visit since the reastaurant's re-opening, after refurbishment. Whilst I fully understand the reasons for the changes, I found the restaurant, just a bit too small and slightly lacking in ambience as a result. However, as usual, the food, service and staff were all outstanding and are an absolute credit to the establishment.
Whilst we would have preferred it to remain, even slightly bigger in size, the changes will never prevent us from totally loving our visits to Quo Vadis.
A confusing menu; disappointing starters. Main courses good, but desserts less than interesting. They tried to charge us for some wine we did not order. Not a great experience, overall.
Good for pre or post theatre with a good range of light to more substantial options
Went the day after the restaurant re-opened so perhaps some teething problems were inevitable.
Was surprised how small the restaurant was but that's not a negative. Services was a bit slow and they forgot to bring over our bread and wine until I asked for it.
The starters were good. The main I had (the veal I believe) had so much cranberry sauce covered over the entire plate that it was hard to taste anything else.
I asked for a side salad which consisted of a plate of green leaves in a bowl that could have come out of a bag from Tesco. Don't think it had any dressing or garnish at all - just some lettuce and perhaps a bit of rocket. Whilst that salad wasn't expensive, I expect more for £5. Overall a bit disappointed.
The food is as good as ever but the recent building work to accommodate Barrafina on the ground floor has ruined what was one of the loveliest dining rooms in London.
The re-opened Quo Vadis downstairs dining room is about half the size it was making room for Barrafina to open shortly in the other half. The restaurant had about sixteen place settings when we visited. The food was well up to the usual very high standard, my starter of Apple and Celery soup was very refreshing and we both enjoyed our mains, Chicken and Duck Pie with buttery mash and Braised Boar with greens respectively. Great cooking from the team, Jeremy Lee much in evidence in and out of the kitchen! The desserts were fabulous if a little pricey too. Recommended when in Soho.
So happy to see one of our favorite London restaurants back after a 6 week refurbish. Better than ever - go - you will thank me.
Wanted to see the re-opened Quo Vadis. A lot smaller than before. Food just as good. Service was a bit slow especially as in the restaurant there were only 6 of us eating.
At the end I was charged the old set menu price despite it being reduced £2 on the paper menu. Also, unusually for QV despite the 12.5% service charge the waiter offered the tip option from the card machine. One or the other!
Otherwise a welcome return but I fear with the public restaurant now less than a third of its previous size that the emphasis is now on the private members club.
The food was fantastic, the service excellent and the atmosphere perfect. A really enjoyable meal.
Booked for one last visit to this soho institution before it undergoes its refit to incorporate barrafina. As ever food was second to none - the short menu makes you try different dishes and we have never been disappointed. Staff were welcoming as ever.
Come back soon quo Vadis, we are going to miss you! Here's hoping your remodel retains all that was good!
Absolutely delicious, as always. Quo Vadis never fails to impress with its menu, service or ambience.
Get in quick before the Quo Vadis we know and love disappears from the Soho dining landscape in its current guise, for in a couple of weeks time this marvellous institution will have a major facelift and will thereafter have Barrafina as the major shareholder in the new restaurant set up. Exciting times I'm sure for the staff et al, but for those of us who have been enjoying fabulous meals for many years at QV these are worrying times! I hope that the workmen only rip the guts out of the decor leaving the heart and soul of a Quo Vadis intact. FYI, another great meal was had at QV when we dined on Saturday.
Very good food and very good frienldy service. Meal was expensive
Would highly recommend. The waiter explained the menu in detail and the dishes were full of flavour with interesting twist. Very pleased
Disappointing. Excellent service as usual but the food was very dull and bland. Did not live up to previous experiences.