Dumplings' Legend

3.7
67 reviews
£25 and under
Chinese

About

The iconic dim sum is to Cantonese culture, what the traditional Sunday Roast is to the UK.
At Dumplings’ Legend, they greatly respect this tiny parcel of yummy goodness, sticking to traditional methods but adding a twist. Spicy pork and spicy crayfish may not be new to you – perhaps you’ve had it with rice or in a soup, but in a soup dumpling known in Chinese as a Xiaolongbao? We thought not. That’s because these guys are the first to come up with this clever filling idea and it’s gone down a treat.
But that’s just two of nine options you’ll find on their taste-tingling menu, plus an impressive 47 variations of the much-loved dim sum. All made in their open-plan, glass-walled, kitchen before your very eyes.
In fact, their dumplings are so loved that they make an incredible 8,000 every day – if you were to stack them up, The Shard would cower in their towering shadow.
So, whatever shape and size you’re into, you can bet your bottom dumpling there’ll be something just right for you.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 67 People Are Saying
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Cheese
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Do not go to this place we booked for 5 adults plus one toddler, the que was out the door, but of course we booked went straight in to be told booking through open table doesn’t count go to the back of the que, we were so embarrassed and with the people we were with , they would not budge on this and then totally ignored us completely!!! Absolutely disgusting, please do not go to this place they should be shut down!!!

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Mino
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I booked a table here for my husbands belated birthday dinner - and when we arrived there was a very large queue for people who had not booked - we went through and advised a table had been booked under the name and they advised they have not used Open Table for over a year! I was confused and annoyed as this was booked over 2 months agos and I had even received an email the day before to confirm we would be coming. I was asked to speak to the manager who then shouted and said she doesnt care and that we should sanitise hands and sit at that table.

When ordering the food - we ticked the dim sums and dumplings, which was the whole point of being there as my husband loves dim sums and dumplings - and chose the pork and Veg ones - but i asked the waiter if he could confirm these would be ok as my husband is allergic to prawns - the waiter came back and we were shocked to hear all of them including the veggie ones had prawns in the sauce to enrich the sauce and give it the flavour. Nowhere on the menu does it say anything about allergies or that even the veggie ones had prawns - which was very disappointing.

LM
LianneM
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Although I had booked, I still needed to wait outside in the cold. When we were seated it took a while for someone to take our order as well.
However, the food was AMAZING!
I had ¼ duck pancakes, vegetable spring rolls and chicken bao buns. Delicious!

JS
JySong
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, fast service, would definitely recommend!

L
Londoner
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Dumplings are great. Service not so great. Prices are ok.

SG
SophieG
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

With a long queue outside I thought my booking would mean I wouldn’t have to stand outside in the cold. But apparently not. Bookings mean nothing here and you still have to queue outside for 45 minutes with people who didn’t bother booking. A stupid system! When asking the manager why why booking didn’t actually mean anything I was told I could just cancel there on the spot. There really is no customer service or value of the customers. As long as they’re busy and have someone paying on each table they don’t care. The server was also furious when we didn’t want to pay the service charge. Considering there was no service provided I don’t think that should be a problem. Only go if you’re willing to stand outside for 45 minutes even with a booking.

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mekm
London
24 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I will never return to this restaurant
They did not honour our booking tonight
I have been coming for years
Rude arrogant staff

CM
CMOC
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience3

Honestly the best food in Soho. I have been going for a decade.

The handmade dim sum is exceptional. My favourite dish is honey roast and BBQ Duck.

One down side is that the staff can be rude - rushing you into the restaurant and rushing you out for a quick turn around. The food comes rapidly though. So if you are hungry and want the best food in Soho quickly, highly recommend. But if you are looking for a calm, ambient and leisurely experience, you may be put off by the staff.

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Lora
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Dumplings are not good. Problem with dough. Fillings as well not vert tasty. Arrived not even steaming warm . I would not eat again dumplings at this place.

EB
EleanorB
London
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

An okay meal in Chinatown- however service was slow. Very expensive compared to other restaurants in the area, but food was tasty. Very bright lights, didn’t create nice evening ambience

RM
RebeccaM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I had booked a table well in advance. When I arrived I was not asked any details about my reservation and had to wait around 10 minutes until a table was available, defeating the purpose of booking a table.
The service was variable. Some of the waiting staff were friendly, some seemed rude and dismissive.
We had to ask for drinks multiple times before they came. We all received our mains at different times and had to ask where they were, it seemed like they had forgotten some of them.

The food itself was average. I ordered a prawn dish - when I ordered it I specifically asked if it came on a sauce and was like one pictured. I was told yes. It came with no sauce. I enjoyed it, but it was not what I wanted.
The rest of the food was average. The szechuan chicken came really dry, covered in unpleasant peppercorns and did not seem fresh at all.
The dumplings were enjoyable.

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vipAndy
London
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience2

Say they don’t accept Opentable reservations anymore. Second time time a month I’ve been made to queue for 30 mins or more.

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PipC
London
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Poor quality food
And bright canteen style room, loud and rushed

KR
KagsRed
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

We have visited many times but felt the food was not of the usual standard

HV
HannahV
London
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible restaurant - the food is just soooo good! Spicy, delicious, authentic - I am a regular here!

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SaltySweet
London
16 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a great meal with the kids. The staff were really kind and sat us upstairs at a quieter table. The kids loved the duck! And the prawn dumplings. We would probably had the set menu if we didn’t have the kids with us.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience1

Booking doesn’t work beware

TL
TomL
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

They don’t take bookings anymore despite this still being an option on their website. When we did get a table the service was slow and at no point did anyone tell us what was going on (we had to repeatedly get their attention to ask where our food was) or apologise. Some of our food didn’t show up at all, which wasn’t so bad because the dishes that did weren’t very good.

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John
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Reservation wasn't recognised, we accepted this after seeing the other Opentable reviews but when asking the staff they were unbelievably rude. One saying/shouting "Just go queue!", "I'm not here don't ask me".
We had seen a good review in timeout so decided to queue. When "showed" to our table, we waited for 30 minutes but were ignored and not even asked if we wanted a drink. By this point we were understandably frustrated and left.
We went to Leongs Legend up the road, much better service and the food was spot on.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Don't bother booking on OpenTable - they don't respect the booking. Everyone will qieie outside regardless.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

When we arrived the restaurant basically said they don’t take bookings (despite booking online) and put us in a queue with a lot of people who hadn’t booked. No one came out and we stood there for 15mins and walked away and went somewhere that clearly wanted to serve people and had a much nicer time

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall1food5service5ambience5

They weren’t on open table so we went to our reservation to say they don’t take bookings anymore and we had to queue for 25 mins to get a table.

NM
NickM
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

DO NOT use any Online booking they will NOT honour it. It is walk-ups only. Very disappointing turning up for 'Our confirmed booking' a late Saturday lunch with a very hungry family, to then have to wait 40 mins in line for a table.

NS
vipNatalieS
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They do not except reservations from you and so you have to que for 40 minutes in the cold
You need to take them off top table

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Booked. Still had to wait 30 mins for a table. What a joke.

EC
EbonyC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Shocking. This booking service doesn’t even exist to then apparently.. and they’re service in general was RUDE!

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Dave
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Good food as always. Not sure it’s worth booking as we still had to join the Q so defeated the reason we booked a table at a set time

DK
vipDaddyK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience2

No point making a reservation for Sunday lunch on OpenTable as they will make you join the queue anyway. That cost us 45mins.
Try and get table.in the front room as the back is pretty cramped and miserable with much less attentive service.
You out up with it because food is great. Some of the best.

CE
CEH1989
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Booking system doesn't work- were made to queue for 30 mins outside despite having booking. Was very expensive for what it was and pretty bleak/loud inside

RO
ROxB
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I never got to go to this restaurant which was supposed to be for my daughter’s 12th birthday because when I called the day before I was told that it doesn’t take or honor Ooen Table reservations! But Open Table just keeps taking them anyway and then asks for a review like this.

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SarahH
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

On arrival our booked table was not ready and there appeared to be no booking systems being looked at at all. We were put in a queue and when we asked again about our booked table the gentleman on the door replied ‘he can’t magic tables up’ it was rude

AB
AriannaB
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My friend and I booked there for dinner and when we arrived there they told us to queue with the other people that didn’t have a booking and the waiter was extremely rude when telling us that. As a matter of fact we left and decided to go dine somewhere else.

AJ
AliJojo
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Despite having a reservation we were ignored by the staff for 20 minutes. The manager at the main desk was rude and dismissive to ourselves and four other people also waiting despite tables being available. Once sat down the service was fairly quick and the food was nice enough. Service definitely needs improving

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Raya
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Very nice food but staff were extremely rude and we had to line up for 40 minutes despite having a reservation.

DJ
DrJames
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Booking was pointless, we were made to wait in a queue in the rain and never asked if we had a booking. After being seated, we waited fifteen minutes with no service, then the next table arrived and was served within a minute. The food finally arrived in random order with no explanation The waiter had a dripping nose which he kept wiping with his hand while serving plates of food. The food was good, but not worth such awful service. They appear to despise customers, and we should have walked away at the first sign.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Said all bookings on open table were lost, which I failed to believ, long line outside in the rain so forced to head elsewhere.

AJ
AyJayDee
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Didn't have our booked table ready and had to queue behind walk in customers in the rain outside. Food was okay, but far from the best.

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Lucy
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Average overpriced dumplings. Would find somewhere better

AQ
AlisonQ
Bedfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Awful. We booked at table for 1.30 arrived and there was a queue we were told we had to queue as people book and cancel all the time and they don't hold tables for bookings! It was pouring with rain and we were not prepared to queue so we went somewhere else and had a fantastic meal. They are rude and shouldn't be using open table if they won't honour your booking.

MP
MehulP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

You cannot book over open table so we had to wait to be seated. We ended up waiting 20 mins after our booking time. Luckily food was worth the wait.

FAQs

Dumplings' Legend offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7494 1200.

Dumplings' Legend is rated 3.7 stars by 67 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.