Forty Dean Street

4.4
2025 reviews
£26 to £40
Italian
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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1,000-Point Tables

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

What 2025 People Are Saying
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Bristol
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

a classic Italian restaurant, busy, lively, excellent service and food served by friendly and efficient staff. highly recommended

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NevilleS
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience2

My wife enjoyed her meal; I didn't enjoy mine. At the end of the meal, my pudding was late in coming so I ordered ice cream instead thinking it would be quicker. I was charged for both. The cappuccino was awful. Service charge was added to the bill, as is usual in restaurants, but then we were invited to add a tip which we thought was a real cheek. This is no reflection on the people who served us: they were nice. Overall the place was strangely un-Italian.

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ChloE
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic from start to finish! Would highly recommend.

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RuthR
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic restaurant we will be visiting again. Staff and food 100% perfect. Thanks for a brilliant evening

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TraceyNJK
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food was lovely & a good selection on menu. Wine was great. Only negative was our table was outside, which on a rainy evening wasn't the best & the staff would sometimes forget you are out there. Would go back again if we had an inside table.

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AnnE
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very good as was the service. Cosy atmosphere. My only criticism was that my seat wasn’t very comfortable as it was in between cushions and I had to sit on a hard wooden bit

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Becks212
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were a large table of 8 and the service was quick and attentive throughout. The food is very tasty and reasonable value for central London. The atmosphere is great with cool decor and a buzzy vibe. Overall very pleasantly surprised!

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RobertH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We were rushed from the start. We wanted to have a cocktail and relax before dinner, That was impossible. They came to our table over and over wanting to take our main course after we ordered appetizers. We wanted this to be a relaxing dinner. We ordered cocktails and a bottle of wine. You can not drink as fast as they want you to. After a little over on hour they said they will need our table soon. OK for a quick bite but try to relax

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RachaelB
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed my experience. Delicious food and friendly service.

JB
JasperB
London
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great food ,service and ambiance. Great Tempura courgette

SC
SuzyC
London
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a welcoming, buzzy and warm atmosphere greeted me and my canine companion. Smiling and kind waiting staff, a bowl of water for the dog. A glass of water for me. A real find. I will certainly be back!

BG
vipBigG
London
296 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A find. An unpretentious family Italian with very big portions! Will be back.

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RosieY
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! It was my grandmother’s birthday and the waiters made it really special. Looking forward to coming again!

BD
BretD
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was excellent. Place is a little small and we had a late and very loud party next to us. Service was excellent

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Jennifer
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fantastic food and great atmosphere if a little loud. Service great with friendly staff. Will definitely come again.

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PaulineC
London
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Very expensive for not a lot to eat. Very small portions. Service was poor no condiments no Parmesan with the pasta. We asked several times for the desert menu before we finally got one . We wouldn’t usually have a desert but we were all still hungry

KJ
KieronJ
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food - friendly lovely staff, dogs well catered for with lots of cuddles. Really nice to find a dog friendly place in town

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an unbelievable find amazing venue with great staff and of course the food! Great value for money defiantly going to be returning here!

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ChloeH
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food, good value and nice atmosphere, not too loud but quite cosy so was quite intimate

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, excellent food, lovely atmosphere

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Amwb
London
6 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a cosy restaurant, beautifully decorated and a really nice atmosphere. Service was good, our waitress attentive and professional and the food was lovely.
We enjoyed 3 courses and a bottle of wine - just under a £100.

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Pipster
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, fabulous service a fantastic dining experience.

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KarenW
London
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely cosy Italian restaurant. The staff were very friendly and helpful and food was superb! Would definitely go back.

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SimonN
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as always, with helpful staff who were as always amazing and friendly . See you again !

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Ramrod
London
9 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Excellent ambience in this small but intimate restaurant right in the middle of Soho. The service was attentive and efficient and the food was enjoyable, if not outstanding. Having said that the whole point about 40 Dean Street is that the overall experience was very pleasing and we all had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

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Nickbate
London
7 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great relaxed vibe and food.
However, despite booking a month in advance, when our party of 3 arrived we were shown to a tiny table only big enough for 2. The staff looked affronted when I suggested we needed the table for 2 next to us to be added to ours, as despite having a gap of 30cm between the two tables I discovered they had booked this one for two people too! Granted, it’s a small restaurant but it’s not acceptable to cram people in when we were paying a fair amount of money for dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

As a group of 6 friends visiting London we arrived bang on our allocated time slot and were show to our table after a short wait. Food and surroundings were fine, but one member of staff was really quite unfriendly and curt. This was a shame as the other staff were lovely, cheerful and helpful. We had to ask three times for some table water before it actually arrived and our second wine order took so long to come that we had to gulp it down as it was the end of our 2 hour time slot and we were being asked to leave by the grumpy one. We were annoyed that tables who were already there when we arrived were not being asked to leave. We felt unwelcome and rushed and probably won’t return for that reason.

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EBONY
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting with gorgeous food! Staff were really accommodating pushing our table back due to an unforeseen circumstance, even on a busy Saturday night. Restaurant is small but intimate. Perfect date night setting! Thank you!

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ChrisH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Family meal before theatre show. Table not quite ready on arrival and then after 1h 15 mins we were informed we only had the table for another 10 minutes. Considering we were late being seated this was rather harsh and ultimately meant we didn’t order coffees or limoncellos at the end.

This rather spoilt what had been a good meal with delicious pizza and salads.

A service charge was added for a table of 4 which seemed rather strange.

Great food, most of the service was welcoming although made to feel rushed at the end.

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James
London
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and plenty of choice on the menu. Cocktail menu was good!

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Freunfa
London
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Lovely food but don’t come here if you don’t drink because they will rush you out.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fettuccine pasta with mushrooms and butternut squash was amazing, can’t stop thinking about it. Will be back 100%

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JohnE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Simple staples for the theatre crowd delivered well by an attentive service team.

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vipMalachi
London
47 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience3

Mains ready less than 10 minutes after receiving the starter
No time to finish the stater
Profiteroles rock hard
Hurried out as they needed the table back

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Sarah889
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely pasta, good service. Quick as well, getting us to the theatre on time.

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jodiea
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, gorgeous restaurant, cosy, disco music and amazing Leon working that night ! Fabulous time

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, great service and the food was very tasty

OT
OpenTable Diner
Frankfurt Area
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small and friendly restaurant close to Shaftesbury avenue and the main theatres. A very enjoyable restaurant

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a work lunch, very friendly and quick service. Food was delicious and not overly expensive! Will be coming back

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EmmaB
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved this restaurant & will be back at the first opportunity!
Gorgeous staff & fantastic service with the most delicious food!
I brought my 2 dachshunds too, and they were made to feel as welcome as me!
Can’t recommend this restaurant more!

FAQs

Forty Dean Street is rated 4.4 stars by 2025 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.