Forty Dean Street

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1607 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!

We are fully Covid-19 certified by Food Alert.

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London Restaurant Festival: Best of the Best £23

Oct 1-31, 2020·Mon-Wed 12:00-22:00, Thu-Sat 12:00-16:30

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

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Sun 12:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 5:00PM
Mon - Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 12:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 5:00PM

What 1607 People Are Saying
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vipConorMcEnroy
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I lived in Italy for four years and acquired a discerning palate. The food here is fabulous! It reminds me of genuine Italian food in Italy.

Crunchy ciabatta with fresh chopped tomatoes, the red prawns sautéed in lobster sauce, the steamed mussels in white wine sauce; each plate is a delight.

The staff are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.

If this restaurant was in Mayfair, it could easily double its price list.

Most of us end up going to the same five restaurants in any city. This one is going on my core list!

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NeleW
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for my birthday. The staff were super friendly, sang happy bday, baked complementary brownie, overall delicious food And cosy restaurant. Highly recommend!

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Beckymgb
London
9 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dog loving restaurant where dogs get treats and water and we had a lovely meal

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GemmaT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were 1 hour early, but we were still met with a warm smile even though nearly every table was taken.
All pasta dishes can be made gluten free which is great for me!
The food was proper Italian homemade food, surprised yes - we’ve not eaten Italian food in a restaurant as good as that in years ( we are Italian so hard to please)
The venue is small but intimate and easy to get to
Will def be going back again ( actually I can’t wait to go back)
Thank you to the staff and the chefs

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SallyA
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will definitely be going back! The lobster spaghetti was amazing.

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ToriW
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Food was great, however service was really dissapointing. Was told when we arrived that there was another booking on our table 90 mins after us, so courses were rushed. When given the desert menu I asked if we could have a few mins to decide and was told there wasn't enough time. Our basket of bread was also taken from infront of us before we'd even finished. I understand the need to get through bookings in the current climate but feel it could have been handled much better.

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JaneC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find friendly staff and great value for the area

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Journey2together
London
9 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So incredibly welcoming. Attentive without being intrusive service. Made a real fuss of my dog which i felt was genuine. Had the balance right between relaxed friendliness and professionalism.

Staff knew their menu (rarity in UK). Plenty of vegetarian options.

Quality of food was superb in all dishes in all courses. Diverse and reasonably priceed wine menu.

Will be back and will continue telling all my friends about 40 Dean Street.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely food and people. Could’ve done without the couple constantly snogging though why put them right in front of us? There was no-one else in there!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were amazing and really friendly, the food was delicious, highly recommend the Lobster ravioli. The actual restaurant was very cosy and relaxed too. Definitely try it out!

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Jess
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the cosy ambience of the place and wonderful service crew, attentive and friendly. Food came in great time. We had the beef and tomato ragu pappardelle which was cooked al dente and the beef was really tender and flavourful. We also tried the vongole pasta which had really fresh clams. Overall a great dining experience at Forty Dean Street!

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SaffronM
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, food tastes amazing and did not take too long to arrive at table. Relatively good value fir price :)

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! And Great Service

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Sazzle00123
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and service. Staff were on had to assist with any queries and made us feel very welcome. I would highly recommended

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GeraldineM
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food and atmosphere. Would highly recommend the lobster linguine and beef Ravi pappardelle.

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GaryW
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of Soho.

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Lydi
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lovely dog friendly restaurant with amazing food and wine list

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OpenTable Diner
Argyll
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great night at Forty Dean Street. The food was amazing, as was the service. The waitress (the lady with purple and blonde hair) could not have been any nicer. She definitely made our meal an enjoyable experience.

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Maximus
London
19 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always 40 Dean Street was excellent.
The staff are lovely
The food is excellent
The location is great
The wine is fine

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DylanM
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Forgot food, kept bringing the wrong food

Very unorganised! I have been many times but now will not be returning

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vipDiner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The food was poor to average. Worse Ravioli I have had. My wife's pizza was sparse.

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Italian in Soho! Loved everything about it - had a table outside, and just watched the world go by! I had the lobster ravioli in a seafood bisque, gorgeous. And half the price of some of the Italians considered more upscale and the quality is comparable! Definitely on my list for my next visit to London ❤️

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NickU
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a nice looking restaurant. The Muscles were amazing.

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vipDavid
London
101 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We have been there for dinner, but this occasion we had lunch. We wanted to try the set menu as we did not want too much as we were going out to dinner. The menu was ok, nothing to shout about. There was something for both of us so can't complain.

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ValerieM
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was very busy but we still received very good service. We enjoyed the cocktails, and the food was delicious

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always best food and best service

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CK21
London
28 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Quality of food and presentation always exceeds expectation. It's my go to place for authentic Italian.
Sat outside for the first time and was disappointed as it was too close to traffic and also little social distancing guidelines observed as tables were place very close together.

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vipKPATEL
London
8 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience overall

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edwardd
Miami
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great lunch with the puppy. amazing food and wine

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HughS
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service, friendly staff, and great atmosphere.

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LadyJ
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were able to sit outside and enjoy the lovely late summer weather. I ate the seabass with prawns on buttered spinach and sides of courgette chips and seasonal veg - it was absolutely delicious - fish perfectly cooked - the whole thing felt very indulgent, which is what I wanted! Desserts not too large but equally lovely. Service very good - not obtrusive but friendly and knowledgeable about the food and wine. Will definitely come back.

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LindaH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lovely surroundings, excellent service. We'll recommended.

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ThomasF
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very welcoming. Service was outstanding. Food really good.

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TomiO
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was okay, seafood linguine wasn’t what I would usually expect as they had actual pieces of fish mixed in as opposed to just prawns, squid etc. The garlic bread was decent

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Pascal
London
28 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice lunch but it works have been nice to sit outside as no atmosphere inside

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vipSierra
London
14 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very good food! Carpaccio was amazing

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vipGaryN
London
8 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Combination of the usual traditional Italian fare and some unusual originals. Beetroot and goats cheese arancini for example. Sea bass with prawns highly recommended. Located in the heart of Soho with additional tables outside (at least for now) Great for people watching. Friendly staff. Effective distancing whilst still managing to keep a lively ambience. I’ll be back

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Jamie
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely setting and we had a great booth down the back.

Food was fantastic and the service as good. The champagne glasses are to die for.

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Jemzach
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

We went to the restaurant for our 15th wedding anniversary and researched prior to book this resurant.
The food wasnt nice , very cheep ingredients just a tin of tomatoes mixed into spaghetti.
Wasnt worth the money .

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LauraR
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely restaurant, great vibe, great food, friendly and efficient staff

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Forty Dean Street is rated 4.4 stars by 1607 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.