Forty Dean Street

4.5
1846 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.
What 1846 People Are Saying
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely food, with the lobster ravioli absolutely delicious! Friendly and helpful staff and overall nice atmosphere. Good value for money

RB
RoseB
Bristol
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing, food was deliecious. Will definitely come here again!

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sarahs
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant in the heart of Soho. Food, service and ambience all excellent and just the perfect place to meet friends over some good food.

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rich
South Wales
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really good, atmosphere was good - could still hear conversations with a buzz in the restaurant going on. Would go back!

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roma
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Linguine & seafood for me and rump of lamb for my friend followed by a shared pistachio tiramisu. We both had the Rioja which was excellent. 80 for 2 and a very nice evening. Considerate staff and seems to attract other friendly diners. Really good.

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Sonny
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time at 40 Dean St for our anniversary. The service was exceptional and the food delicious. Really felt well cared-for and made our day feel special. A good option for a no-fuss Italian meal in the West End.

SB
SeeBro
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, and excellent service. Thank you. It was raining like crazy, but we had a great time!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely. Would recommend

JM
JacquiM
London
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience5

I go to Italy several times a year, have done for 30yrs as my husband is Italian. So I know what Italian food should taste like. The chilli sauce served with courgette flower and squid was not at all Italian, would have been better served in Thai restaurant. My squid was not very hot. The courgette part of flower was raw. The spaghetti with clams was one of the worst I’ve ever tasted. The pasta with meat Ragú was ok, although the sauce was gloppy. The wine was nice, as was atmosphere. The waiter was very over Baring. Food came fast. Would not return I’m afraid, not good food at all.

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Gemma
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Food hit and miss. Food and my side came out stone cold so had to send it back. Would we go back again? Possibly but wouldn’t order any of the pasta dishes, probably pizza.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Long wait to be served

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000000
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing food, great wine, great value for money, would definitely recommend & return!

KR
KateR
London
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent service and atmosphere good food and good value for money

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Anon
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant and food with friendly staff :) would recommend and definitely go back.

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TonyS
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, good size portions and very tasty. Worth a visit

AM
AlanM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

40 Dean St offers excellent food and wine in a cosy setting. They also have additional outdoor seating which is excellent in these current times. The seafood linguine is freshly prepared and the best I have ever tasted. Thoroughly recommend for lovers of great Italian food and wine.

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Tower2dine
London
7 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The food was truly good .... the service was helpful but with all that's happen it was more "out of practice" more than anything else. We didn't get the table we wanted but then it has rained outside etc ... the best is that the food was excellent good Italian home cooking ...

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Lewis
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant staff, so helpful when it rained, provided umbrellas and offered indoor tables. Food was delicious, great wine, and very reasonably priced.

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SallyA
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal again! My favourite restaurant. The Lobster dishes are amazing.

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Beth
London
14 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was outstanding - wonderful wonderful flavours with the food but the service wasn’t on par as normal but they did bring out a great dessert with a candle for my friends birthday which was a lovely gesture. Would 100% go back again because of the food.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visited for dinner on a busy Saturday evening! It was amazing, service was perfect, food was amazing!

TL
TaraL
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Couldn’t have asked for a better introduction back out into normal life after lockdown. Superb

KD
KeithD
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Italian restaurant in the heart of Soho.
Great food and wine with a lively buzz about the dining room.
Would highly recommend if you are looking for an authentic taste of Italy 5*

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Our waitress was so rude! And pizza was terrible. Supermarket pizza’s better thab this!

CH
ColetteH
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were AMAZING! Have my puppy food and water. Thank you.💞💞

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SC25
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely birthday lunch for our dad. Booked this place specifically because it is dog friendly, and our puppy was well looked after! Delicious food and lovely service, would definitely recommend 👌🏼

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vipTC121
London
59 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great restaurant on Dean Street. Lovely menu and wine list. Would highly recommend.

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vipAkhter
Cancun
11 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service excellent

JP
JudithP
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Nice waitresses, good service great food and good variety of drinks
Good value

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a little gem will definitely come back next time we’re in London

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited Forty Dean Street to celebrate an engagement. The food was delicious and brought to us very quickly. Great choice on the menu to suit everyone in your party. The service was great, with our server even giving us the option to order before a very large group so as not to wait too long for food. It couldn't have been more perfect!

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vipN4boywunda
London
11 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

There was an issue with two of our starters which were refunded plus no pizzas available, but the remaining food was really good

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KathleenH
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I experienced so many micro-aggressions in this restaurant I eventually experienced a panic attack and had to leave.

We arrived 5 minutes early and a table was ready for our booking. We were seated and water and bread placed on our table. This was at 20.15PM . by 20.40PM no one had come to take our order even for drinks. Other people had been seated after us and orders taken. A couple came in with a dog. I swear on my life, the dog was attended to before we got helped.
(This is not the restaurants fault) the couple next to us seemed uncomfortable as soon as we sat down. I was sharing a bench seat with the lady. The male told the lady to move her bag as if I was going to steal it, so she moved her handbag to the other side of the bench though my partners bag was right beside hers.

My partner eventually went to fetch someone to come take our order. The lady took our order and made a face as she walked away from our table. We were about to leave at 20.55PM and the drinks arrived.

There was no interaction from the waitress or sense of acknowledging we were only getting our drinks nearly 3 quarters of an hour after being seated. Soon after this point a table outside full of football fans started chanting and shouting , they had just arrived and already had been served with a table full of beer. At this point I felt completely overwhelmed and had a full blown panic attack and had to run outside and away from the restaurant. My partner cancelled the order and offered to pay for the unconsumed drinks but the manager told her not to pay.
WORST EVER EXPERIENCE . London 2021. I wont bother mentioning my race. Thank you 40 Dean street for ruining a special date, it was our anniversary, which ended with us having pizza out of a box in bed.

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NigelT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The service was a little erratic probably down to the fact that it was very busy, it was also disappointing to get a text message on the day to say that we could only have the table for 90 minutes.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The Restaurant is dog friendly which is ok. But when they stroke the dog then handel cocktails from the bar that’s not good

IB
IanB
Liverpool
19 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Staff were great, service was good. Drinks menu a little limited. Food menu fish/shellfish heavy on my opinion.
The starters were superb, goats cheese for my wife and squid for me.
Mains is where I struggled, I had a pizza & my wife had belly pork.

Food, ambience & staff good but in my opinion menu needed to be better.

PM
PeterM
Lancashire
3 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely eating experience

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Sasha
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

The food was good but the service was pretty poor and it was so noisy that we had to shout to hear each other. I wouldn’t go back.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely great way to book, excellent service and great food.
Thank you

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Memorable
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always 👍

FAQs

Forty Dean Street is rated 4.5 stars by 1846 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.