Forty Dean Street

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1366 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian

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Pre/post Theatre
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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!

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London Restaurant Festival: The best of the best: £21 pp

A showcase of some of the unsung heroes from the menu, all homemade and favourites among the staff and regulars. We love these dishes and hope you will too!

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

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 1 October 2019

Ends: 31 October 2019

Availability: Sun-Wed 12:00-22:30
Thu 12:00-23:15
Fri-Sat 12:00-17:00

Set Lunch

...enjoy two or three courses, £12.90 and £14.90 respectively, with a small glass of the house red or white.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service. The 20% off lunch club card is not valid with the set menu.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 29 August 2019

Ends: 1 January 2020

Availability: Mon-Thu 12:00-14:30

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

What 1366 People Are Saying
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AP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Charming place with good food, reasonably priced and lovely a atmosphere. Service was excellent, and the place is very dogfriendly. The staff provided our dog with his own bowl of water and even gave him a little dog biscuit. Highly recommend!

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

Amazing as always!!! Great food; great service. Couldn’t recommend enough!!!

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

Service was terrible. Music was too upbeat for a small Italian restaurant. I expected nice Italian music not club music. Was charged £10 service charge but only saw the waiter twice

RM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Very slow service but understand shortage of staff this evening and inexperienced behind bar

LM
London
34 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I must have passed Forty Dean Street countless times but had never bothered to see what was on offer — and what an oversight that was!
Looking for somewhere new for lunch in central London, and having previously discovered a couple of excellent Italian restaurants through OpenTable, we decided to see if we could make it a hat-trick.
As soon as we stepped inside things were looking good. Forty Dean Street is a family run bistro with eclectic by cosy decor and which clearly has a clientele of regulars.
The set lunch offered some fabulous option and great value — and got my husband's vote. His starter of mussels and delicious pasta — orecchiette with Italian sausage, broccoli and tomatoes were both superb. I went a la carte, tempted by the goats cheese and beetroot arancini, which was utterly delicious. It's a classic and favourite combination, but I have never seen it in an arancini before. The balance between the tangy cheese and sweet beetroot was perfection.
Slow cooked pork belly to follow, complete with crackling with a satisfying crunch completed the clean sweet of delicious dishes.
The serves are generous, so we had no room left for puddings.
The wine we selected was out of stock, but our waiter's suggested alternative was not only excellent, it was slightly cheaper, too.
As we enjoyed the last of our wine, we were already planning a return visit.

J
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing romantic feel and excellent level of service, was well worth the price and had some of the best Italian food I’ve eaten for a while. Ended up with 2 free desserts because of a supplier issue changing some of our dishes from what was described on the menu but this didn’t detract from the beautiful quality of food and attention to detail in service.

RJ
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A small but elegant place with great atmosphere and good food. The service was great too.
A lovely place to catch a moment away from the bustle of Soho.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful little restaurant in the heart of soho. 3rd visit and each have been top notch. Highly recommend!

R
London
6 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this dog friendly restaurant in the middle of town. Me and my pup were made to feel very welcome.

TD
London
20 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place and beautiful food!

MS
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fabulous dinner in a stylish and welcoming restaurant. And a little bit fancy with the crystal glassware! Delish food from the charcuterie board for entree, main of steak, lasagne and squid ink pasta, right through to the moorish desserts. Would highly recommend.

DW
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great welcome and lovely staff. Delicious and fresh homemade pasta, wonderful aubergine starter, best pannacotta I’ve had in a long time. Book as they were having to turn people away even early on!

SE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!! It's also pet friendly!!!

N
London
7 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited 40 Dean street for my birthday and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there, the food was amazing, and every plate went back to the kitchen empty, the cocktails are also delicious. Could not recommend visiting enough, we will be going back there again soon.

LR
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Starters were nice, the mains were a bit disappointing. We waited one hour for the mains and after complaining the chef came out and they dealt with it very nicely. We got he deserts for free which was nice but the food wasn’t great.

SC
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The good was excellent and the service prompt and polite. The only downside was that we were practically the only customers there which is always a bit offputting.

However I would go again!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Really disappointed with the service and food here after reading prior reviews. The Aperol Spritz was flat and also did not have the right measurements of alcohol. The croquettes tasted liked they had been sitting there for days and were tasteless. The pasta was undercooked and chewy.

M
London
6 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty food at a great price. Great selection of food on the menu. I had the beetroot Arancini as a starter which was delightful. And for my main I had the fish (I think it was sea bass) with seafood which was even more delightful!
Great service, the waitress was very attentive and friendly!
Prices are also very reasonable.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Very average food. Small portions and just not very tasty. Disappointing.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was delicious!! A bit disappointing that they had run out of the wine we wanted and one of the pasta dishes too but the chef came out to apologize and served us an extra entree on the house for the inconveniences.

S
Essex
10 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This is a nice and homely restaurant in the heart of Soho. Great value and very friendly.

D
London
27 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took friends for a pre-theatre dinner. Book, they were turning non booked customers away at 18.00 on a Wednesday. Prompt friendly service, well priced varied menu, we were through two courses by 19.15 so it all worked well. I enjoyed melon and risotto, the spaghetti clams were also a hit. Quite noisy, but that is inevitable at this time and in this location.

OT
London
16 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Amazing Italian food as always, sooooo tasty

B
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my birthday dinner with my girlfriend and everything was great. Food was nearly perfect - both my gf's ravioli and my sea bass (so soft and rich in flavor) were amazing, not to mention very good arancini and decent pistachio tiramisu (dessert was probably the only little letdown of the night, but only because the bar was set very high by the main courses). Service was very friendly and attentive, yet not overwhelming. A rather dark, very cozy place, with fine and authentic decor. Pleasant, not too loud 80s music made us watch Miami Vice after getting back home. Would definitely recommend for a date or small dinner with friends or family.

YG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

had the set menu for 4 people fantastic little restaurant near the theatre, lovely food, lovely waiters and lovely price thank you would highly recommend unfortunately we had to rush out at the end as our show was starting otherwise would have stayed longer

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

He food was ok.
Oysters too watery and salty
Sea-bass was very good but the pasta was to creamy

Not organic wines on the menu

LC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little gem 💖 I look forward to returning a.s.a.p.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Overall we enjoyed it and would go back. Only disappointment was the inclusion of a service charge (despite it being stated as optional on the menu). This is a real bugbear for me and without exception I will ask any restaurant to remove it and re-present the bill. I have no problem with tipping as I think fit which is usually more than is often reflected by those serving actually warrant but that is my choice. If it’s going to be added automatically then put the menu prices up. Normally staff do not object but there was some resistance in this instance although it was done politely. However, as this usually occurs just before you leave the restaurant it is this dialogue that stays in the mind and subtracts somewhat from than the overall experience that was very positive.

SS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and attentive staff. The garlic bread with mozzarella was great, as was the pasta. Would definitely come back whenever to London again!

S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fast service with lovely food and friendly staff. Great location for a pre theatre meal. Food and drink served quickly even though it was a busy Saturday evening.

b
London
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Forty Dean Street is fabulous, we went as a party of 6 for a birthday and had a great meal. The service was incredible, all the staff were friendly and fun. Would definitely go back!

MP
London
8 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Buzzy restaurant in heart of Soho. Great food and staff very attentive and friendly. Will definitely be back. Thank you!

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Poor service & average food. Waitress was very rude when I pointed out black & white “bits” floating in a glass of wine. We were sitting outside & she suggested the bits had “fallen from above”! & seemed disgusted I wanted it changed. Overall service was slow. Food disappointing- especially for the cost! Wouldn’t go back.

A
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

We had the set menu which is excellent value but limited choice and when I have previously eaten a la Carter I have enjoyed it much more. We went at lunch but I recommend going in the evening for better buzz, that said we had a lovely table and enjoyed the music

AG
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had lunch on Saturday 3rd August and there were six of us dining and our dog Basil. We all received a lovely welcome and they brought a bowl of water for Basil and some treats 😊.
We all had wonderful starters, mains and desserts and the wine was very tasty, we will definitely be returning as this is an amazing restaurant.

LM
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food in a lovely atmosphere - very well priced for great quality food.

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

The service was shocking. If they carry on like this normally they won’t be in business for long.

Forty Dean Street
Responded on 5 August 2019

Dear Karen, I'm so sorry you didn't have a good experience. I would love to discuss this further with you, please contact me on info@fortydeanstreet.co m Many thanks

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s
London
7 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, and very nice food make this our favourite Soho restaurant.

GT
Brighton
4 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing delicious food!

PR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of those restaurant where you can create special moments in life. Great food, atmosphere, service and a top aperol spritz

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