Dinings SW3

4.6
164 reviews
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Japanese
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  • Good for a Date
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  • Special Occasions
Dinings SW3 is from the team behind Dinings Harcourt in Marylebone and Dinings in the Norman Hotel Tel Aviv. The grade-1 listed building was originally an artist's studio. Inside, lies a sushi counter, Kurabu, and a hidden courtyard with space for up to 20; perfect for the warmer months. Our newly refurbished mezzanine area Kurabu, takes its name from the Japanese word for ‘club’. Ideal for social gatherings from day through the night, serving an exciting new menu of elevated Japanese-inspired street food alongside a brilliant drinks list. Kurabu is also the perfect space to host your private event. We specialise in an Izakaya style of cooking, combining Japanese and European cuisines to create delicious small plates. Sushi and sashimi change with the seasons. Enjoy Josper grilled lobster or Japanese Wagyu beef. Alongside our a la carte menu, we offer different tasting menus that can also be paired with wine or sake, giving you the full Dinings SW3 experience.

Special Offers

25% off the a la carte menu

25% off a la carte menu (food only; discount does not apply to beverages or set lunch menu).

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 4 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 4 people

Starts: 2 August 2019

Ends: 31 August 2019

Availability: Mon-Thu 18:00-18:45

25% Off the a la carte menu

25% off a la carte menu (food only; discount does not apply to beverages or set lunch menu).

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 4 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 4 people

Starts: 2 April 2019

Ends: 31 August 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-14:45 18:00-21:30
Mon-Sat 12:00-14:45

1,000-Point Tables

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Sun 12:00PM - 2:45PM 6:00PM - 9:30PM
Mon - Wed 12:00PM - 2:45PM 6:00PM - 6:45PM
Thu - Sat 12:00PM - 2:45PM

What 164 People Are Saying
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AB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The bottom line: food quality, which was generally good (other than the sea bass "carpaccio" that was so soaked in ponzu it tasted like, well, ponzu with ponzu gel cubes and something that looked liked truffle slivers but tasted like nothing) doesn't match pricing level which is very expensive.

Service was attentive yet rather slow - our waiter confided that they weren't expecting a late August evening to be so busy so they were understaffed.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Jus trying too hard. Nowhere as good as the original Dinings in Marylebone. It tastes ok but small portions and very very expensive for what it is. Nice place and service not bad but you expect more for the prices asked.

GY
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Definetely one of the best in London, amazing food!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

One of the most expensive tasting menus in London and what came out was a completely unimpressive food experience for the price.

In terms of service - the waiters didn’t have a clue about the menu or catering for a pregnant woman. They were incredibly slow to bring anything and very inattentive (eg we would have ordered more drinks but there was just no one to ask).

MB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

It’s more hype than substance. The old Dinings is a better experience. Service was sloppy. Took me 20 minutes to get a glass of wine. My tea was served cold and too light. When I asked the waiter to bring me another pot, he argued that Hojicha should be served at 70 degrees and that he had used the right amount of tea. He said he was doing what he was told. After convincing him that Hojicha should be served at 88-95 degrees in order to extract flavour, he walked away to make me another pot but he forgot altogether. My sense is that they are understaffed for a 1 star restaurant.

XX
London
16 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I had an overall very good experience at Dinings. The service was impeccable. The staff was knowledgeable about menu items and ingredients used, and was able to advise a lactose intolerant diner in my party. Food was tasty and beautifully presented. However, I found the seafood platter of poor value. It was one small prawn, one scallop, a few pieces of squid with peas for £29! The ambiance was good but our small round table for 3 was snug! The compliment petit fours was made lactose free without us asking. Generally good experience.

K
London
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My favourite Japanese restaurant in London. Have just returned from Tokyo and Dinings is a fantastic ambassador for Japanese food.

N
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fab food, excellent service, great ambiance. We booked for 7PM on a Sunday, and there were very few tables taken, making for a quiet atmosphere of private dining. Food was well prepared, fresh and seasoned well. One of us found the Wagyu steak almost as good as the kobe beef we had in Japan! Mind that the mini-burgers, sushi and sashimi come in singles, so if you want more - order more.
We took: 2 cocktails, scallops sashimi w foie gras mousse, grilled scallops, grilled lobster, wagyu beef mini burger with foie gras mousse, wagyu steak, asparagus and steamed rice. For dessert we had a coffee and a green tea ice cream dessert - Matcha Pafe. All in all came to 220 GBP, service included.

TT
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

our food is still on the table, we went on to have a chat with a friend, and was chased for bills without having the chance to finish our food. service wasn't as good as it used to be with us needing to pour our own water and food came late, i.e. over 20mins since ordered.

MF
Munich
6 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and very good service- not exactly cheap

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The wagyu tar chip is very good!

E
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is definitely the best Japanese restaurant in London, beating by far all the others. Service is excellent, food is fantastic. I really recommend.

Y
Berkshire
25 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Great food but front of house, service, not great.

GV
London
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an outstandingly great time and will come back soon

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We booked the table at 8pm. We arrived earlier so the reception told us they might not get a table in time for us. They suggested we should start at the bar so we did. Then the other guests who came later were at first sitting at the bar with us as well. However, the reception came to check with them if they want to move inside, but us. We were the only 2 left. What is the point of booking anyway?

Anyway, we ended up enjoy the meal and the moment by the bar the whole night because of the two bartenders, Louis and Christian. They were so awesome and that makes us happy and forget about all the flaws of the reception.

OT
Mobile
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Too expensive for the amount of food we ate. Although it’s a lovely restaurant it’s just too expensive.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, atmosphere

MD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very attentive service. The dishes were quite creative and ingredients fresh.
Very good sake selection.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

The hostess was extremely rude.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was eating with my friend from Vancouver and he really enjoyed the whole experience. And the food was surprisingly good, despite that he have tried lots of Japanese restaurant in London as well, he said it is so far the best Japanese restaurant he tried throughout the trip.

As for me, I’ve been eating in Dining ever since the first restaurant, me and my friends have always love the food and the atmosphere.

SA
London
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Truly Delicious food! A very special treat. Highlights included the tar-tar chips with scallops, the eel inside out rolls with foil gras and the aubergine which was sublime. Charming, attentive staff were the cherry on top. Can't wait to go back.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As always, the food was outstanding, as was the service

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration for boyfriend. Really good experience.

JV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never fails! Favorite place for sushi! Great service -

E
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is by far the best Japanese Restaurant in London.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was of excellent quality and really tasty. Only one dish disappointed the - mosaic salmon. The steamed bun with wagyu and foie gras mousse was exceptionable as was the lobster roll.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Food
Great Service! Highly recommend

OT
London
28 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was gorgeous and delicious, the service impeccable and the ambience happening. We will certainly be visiting again.

S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Incredible food, not cheap. Service was hit and miss but we got there in the end.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Excellent food, lovely atmosphere. It is very expensive for what you get, but we would probably return.

S
London
43 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delightful lunch in this airy mezzanine restaurant. The food, as always, excellent. Special thanks to our waiter Claudio who was especially lovely!

PA
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food is very good - although bit on expensive side. We stayed on 2nd floor, which I believe was dusty due to a large number of cushions on sofas (im allergic tho). I guess stay at the counter prob better option. Kind regards

CD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, different from any Japanese restaurant we went too and very nice atmosphere. I warmly recommend this restaurant. The cocktail was also delicious.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great sushi in a very Tokyo/Kyoto like establishment. The service was also attentive and excellent.

S
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service was above par

RW
London
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Dining’s Sw3 for my Birthday. The staff are lovely and the food is amazing. Definitely will go back.

AM
London
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Excellent wine selection. Cool and relaxed atmosphere.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

If you want to wait 30 mins for a drink and over an hour for food and even two hours for all the food to come in in small drips and still pay a fortune, then this is the place for you. I have rarely seen worse service and can’t believe it!

JW
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Very expensive. A sashimi platter, at 25 pounds, was so small that both and I and my guest wondered whether a mistake had been made. The food was good quality, but I would not recommend this restaurant.

AG
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite Japanese place with outstanding food.

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