Forty Dean Street

4.3
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1426 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian

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Forty Dean Street is the pinnacle of affordable Italian cuisine in busy Soho. We are a small, family run restaurant dedicated to providing incredible food at incredible prices. Our set menu boasts a variety of sensational dishes built around fresh, seasonal produce and has customers coming back on a daily basis. Our à la carte menu is a favourite with our regulars, the media crowd and tourists alike. Italian food has been served at Forty Dean Street for more than 17 years, so we like to think there’s nothing we haven’t mastered. So pop in for an Aperol Spritz!

Special Offers

Christmas Menu: £35.90

From a set menu. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Any party of more than 6 diners will be asked to preorder.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 1 December 2019

Ends: 24 December 2019

Availability: Daily 12:00-22:00

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Sun - Wed 12:00PM - 10:00PM
Thu - Sat 12:00PM - 5:00PM

What 1426 People Are Saying
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KE
Manchester
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful little place. A real gem

SW
London
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and great service

SB
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful little restaurant in Soho. The food was very tasty and good value for money. They did however run out of olives and didn’t really offer anything else as an alternative.
This is my second visit and I would definitely come back.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great quaint Italian restaurant! I had the lamb rump and my husband had the sea bass. Both dishes were awesome. Will definitely come back for more.

JB
London
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere. Food OK. Nothing special but it seemed independent and not a chain which is good

R
London
73 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Welcoming, fairly untrendy restaurant, in a convenient Soho location, convenient for, say, tourist family outings. Menu is quite long, mainly Italian. Not exciting, but pretty competent. Friendly service.

RW
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked all our family in for our yearly after pantomine dinner. Food was beautiful. Staff very good, looked after us really well. Could not fault it, will be back for the Lobster Ravioli again very soon.

AO
London
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Small friendly, cosy Italian in Soho It was very close to the theatre we had been to. Staff were welcoming and efficient. Food was fine and tasty with a good choice on the menu. Reasonable prices for London. Convenient only 5 minutes walking distance from Leicester Square Tube Station.

SW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived having booked and confirmed a table for four.
"Sorry we do not have any space !"
They had over booked or over accommodated (a large party) and so there was no tables left for us.
Really disappointed ... this is not the kind of experience I was expecting.
Turfed out onto the street having to find an alternative establishment.
Fortunately there are plenty of other very nice restaurants on Dean Street.

SR
London
6 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just what I needed....even though I didn't know I needed it! A hidden gem

SM
London
13 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We’ve visited 40 Dean Street several times. This time was after a matinee performance of Mary Poppins. We were celebrating my grandson’s 5th Birthday.
Though the restaurant does not have a kid’s menu, they were very helpful in splitting dishes. The food is well presented and good portions. Excellent service.
You are spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants in this part of London. 40 Dean Street is an independent family run establishment and well worth visiting.

GM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and best value. Staff are welcoming and professional. A real find. Highly recommended

ML
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First visit and will certainly not be the last
Very convenient for theatres
Good food speedily served
Very pleasant staff

GH
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went to Forty Dean Street for a family lunch and found the ambience, music and staff just right. It has a relaxing, informal feel. The meal was nicely paced and my pan fried tiger prawns for starter and sea bass main were delicious. The other members of my family agreed that the food was tasty. My mum especially liked the chicken livers. For a reasonably priced, authentic Italian meal we would be happy to return when next in London. Thank you.

k
London
13 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived on time for our booking and the restaurant was closed.

H
London
35 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very busy restaurant on Friday evening. Our table was not ready when we arrived and there was no room to stand at the bar and have a drink, which meant that we had to stand outside, there were heaters out there fortunately, and we were given complimentary Prosecco whilst we waited. The food and service were both excellent. I checked the bill when it was presented and it was correct, however I didn't notice that a service charge of 12 1/2% had already been added separately at the bottom of the bill and we left a £20 tip on top of this, which we wouldn't have done had we realised, so I guess we paid for the prosecco. Just something to be aware of.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was okey. Nice ambiance but we have to wait 30 min because when we came there were no table even though I made reservation and confirm it.

J
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall1food4service4ambience4

The food and service Forty Dean Street was pretty good.

CS
London
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Given the very central location this is a find - a cosy friendly Italian restaurant, not expensive, decent food, good atmosphere. It was quite noisy when we went so for a large party might be a bit of a struggle to hear everyone, but for small groups it's fine. Would recommend and will definitely return!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The two courses were worth the £16.95 price. Food was okay but not great, service again was okay. We were sat right next to the till where waiters were discussing bills and customers

k
London
7 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Was a great little restaurant but service a little slow .

EW
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely restaurant with a great ambience and what felt like a lot of regular customers. Delicious food, excellent service and friendly hard-working owner and staff. We ordered a variety of dishes to share which were all delicious including starters, pizzas and a delicious ragu pasta, we will definitely be going again and recommending to friends!

AR
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly, cosy restaurant. Food very well cooked and served, good value for money.
Only downside, having been served coffee, we were told the table was needed (table was booked at 5.45 and we were asked to vacate table at 7.20.) and rather rushed out! When booking, I wasn’t made aware of a time restriction on the table.

JS
London
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was introduced to Forty Dean street by a customer of mine about seven years ago and have dined here many times. We live on the south coast but whenever I come to London I always try and have a meal here. This particular occasion was part of my parent's 51st wedding anniversary celebrations before we went on to see a show. The menu options were excellent as was the quality of the food and exceptional service. I would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys quality food, great service and a good atmosphere. Thank you for a lovely evening, we will be back!

EC
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendliest waiters ever! And the food was so good, for a fraction of the Price of what you would pay elsewhere. Will definitely be coming back here for sure!

EH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a find!
The best whitebait starter and soft chicken liver with caramelized red onion. Pasta and gnocchi also delicious. Great value Primitivo at £20.
Will definitely return.

m
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent Italian restaurant in a great location. We were celebrating our daughters 18th, and the staff were so friendly and courteous. Food was absolutely delicious, and so was the wine. We ate a 4pm on a Saturday, so had their special value two courses for £12.90, which I have to say is superb for London!! We'll definitely be back if wee find ourselves in the area again. Belisimo!!!

S
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of my go-to restaurants in the West End. Either for a fast pre-theatre dinner or a more leisurely dining experience

F
London
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good value for money and a great atmosphere. We had lots to eat from the set lunch menu and it was all very tasty. Very well situated in the heart of Soho.

KM
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cannot fault my visit to 40 Dean Street. Warm greeting on arrival, table prepared, attractive staff , food first class. Definitely returning.

J
London
11 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is so cozy and romantic. My friend and I decided on Forty Dean street to celebrate her birthday and immediately decided it’s the perfect date spot. We started with the courgette flowers which were perfectly crispy that was on top of a delicious smoky sweet sauce. Our mains were the lobster ravioli and chicken milanese with spaghetti. The portions were large and both of the dishes were very flavourful. We had sides of fried courgettes and seasonal greens which were both very tasty. The service was amazing, the prices were fair and the bread basket had me coming back for more. I would definitely go back and try another pasta dish.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We spent good time there.

R
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely nice place with well prepared food at a very reasonable price, especially for Soho. Good service with friendly but in intrusive staff. My only criticism is that it’s very noisy.

L
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Good value for money. A restaurant to recommend for anyone visiting Soho.

H
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Delicious food , generous portion sizes, friendly staff , cosy ambience away from the Piccadilly buzz .

DH
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fabulous restaurant. Food is excellent and the ambience is very warm and friendly. Very clean and also a very enjoyable experience. Highly recommend as also in the heart of Soho

d
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very attentive waiting staff. Made it a very pleasurable experience

HW
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Table booked for 7:15pm - even at 7:40 they still weren’t able to seat us. Left and went elsewhere...

SB
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal and excellent value for money.
Staff were very attentive
Lovely atmosphere
Would highly recommend

JO
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Booked on open table app, got confirmation of booking. Arrived at reataurant and they wouldn't take us despite table being confirmed. Stated didn't know why it was confirmed on open table when they had no space. Can't comment on food, ambience etc as we never got to eat there. We spent tl30 minutes after that walking around in the rain to try find a restaurant. Ruined our weekend in London.