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Lotus Restaurant - Permanently Closed

4.4
4.4
305 Reviews
£26 to £40
Indian
Lotus endeavors to create an epicurean traditional Indian gourmet experience which elevates the emotional and physical well-being of our guests.

A 65 seat contemporary restaurant in the heart of the West End, Lotus is named after the national flower of India which signifies purity, spiritual awakening and grace. Our team of chefs have worked in the finest luxury hotels in India and trained by the grand master chef of Indian cuisine.

Our beverage list, prepared by our in-house sommelier in consultation with Jimmy Smith, chief taster at North London Wine School, boasts a fine collection of European and New World wines.

We are unable to allow children under the age of 4 to eat in the restaurant during dinner. Children are able to eat up to 7.00 pm, and will therefore need to be seated no later than 5.30 pm. Due to restrictions of space we are unable to accommodate baby carriers, prams and pushchairs.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Indian

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday to Sunday 12.00pm – 22.30pm

  • Phone number

    020 7839 8797

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Bhaskar Banerjee

  • Private party facilities

    The restaurant is able to section itself off for a private function of guests 15 or more. Kindly please contact us to provide us with all the details in order for us to deliver an exquisite Lotus experience.

  • Private party contact

    0207 839 8797: 020 7839 8797

  • Area

    Charing Cross

  • Cross Street

    17 Charing Cross, London, WC2 H0EP

  • Parking Details

    NCP<br />St Martins Lane Hotel<br />St Martins Lane<br />London WC2N 4HY<br /><br /><br />LCP Parking Services Ltd.<br />Orange Street<br />London WC2 7NH<br /><br />Easy Car Parks Management Limited<br />St Vincent's House Car Park<br />30 Orange St<br />London WC2H 7HH<br /><br />Titan Car Park<br />39-41 Whitcomb St<br />London WC2H 7DT<br /><br />Q-Park<br />20 Newport Pl<br />London WC2H 7PR

  • Public Transit

    Charing Cross Station (Northern Line)

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 305 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. TM

    TM484

    London

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a fantastic experience, every dish we had was authentic and we went with a group of Indians (north Indians) who said it tasted just like food back home! It's a shame they are closing down the restaurant on the 30th :( Would have loved to go back there! Biryani is a must!
  2. l

    ludwig

    London

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Four of us went after a theatre outing, and had a very enjoyable meal. The presentation was first class, so that all the main items not only tasted delicious, but looked beautiful. We were all extremely impressed.
  3. 4

    4withkids

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely loved it. Great spot and ambience for pre-theater dinner. Service was extremely attentive. Patiently answered all our questions as it was our first time eating Indian food. The food was superb! Definitely recommend!
  4. g

    georgef

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2017

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Did not seem like the waiter cared to explain anything. Servings were small, lacked interest.
  5. AR

    ARErickson

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely dining experience and some of the best Indian food I've had. Delish!!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food was impeccable
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent and balanced taste; small portions but cooked well.
  8. s

    shopper

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time at this restaurant and again all our dishes were delicious. It is one of the best in London (and I am including a Michelin star in that comparison). The ambiance is casual and the service is excellent. I will certainly return.
  9. A

    Ann2

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 2 June 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent pre theatre experience. Attractive, contemporary atmosphere. Prompt service but not pushy. Perfect portion size. Delicious. I try to go whenever I am in London.
  10. CH

    CHarmen

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had the weekend lunch menu - great value for money at £20 for 3 courses and a glass of wine. The food is very tasty, especially the sides that come with the mains. Would recommend this restaurant!
  11. DW

    DoreenW

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chef clearly knows about flavours and how to put them together. Gourmet Indian delight. We had the pre- theatre menu which offered a choice for £19.99 (3 courses and a glass of wine). service was as good as the food. Happy to recommend.
  12. B

    Brett

    Palm Springs

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on 26 May 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My second time here, it is excellent. Food is great and a little different to the ordinary. Highly recommend.
  13. J

    Julie

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 May 2017

    overall3food5service2ambience1
    I've went to Lotus restaurant with my friend. We've checked all reviews on TripAdvisor and it was strongly recommended for authentic Indian food. The food was delicious and very tasteful. Unfortunately, the service was very disappointing. The emolyees had a hard time to smile and were not very fiendly. The atmosphere was cold and impersonal. We have felt alone in the restaurant. So I recommand if you want to eat good Indian food but don't expect to have fun.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service, delicious food, great wine pairings. Ask for their sommelier Debbie. She is simply fantastic. This is coming from a Los Angeles food/wine "snob" too. In the words of our recent Governator, I'll be back.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 May 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I rarely leave reviews for restaurants but in this instance I feel that I ought to. A couple of friends and myself had an early dinner at Lotus on Friday. We all chose the pre-theatre menu and what a revelation it was. First of all, £23.99 for amuse-bouches, 3 courses, a glass of wine, and some truffles, offers unbeatable value for money. More importantly, the food (modern Indian cuisine - don't expect tikka masala or korma!) was beautifully presented and absolutely delicious from start to finish, even the desserts. A la carte dishes seem rather pricey but if you don't mind eating early, the pre-theatre menu provides outstanding food and value. The service also was excellent, staff efficient but not intrusive, and obliging (they kindly agreed to charge my mobile phone). Oh, and it's in the heart of theatre land. I highly recommend Lotus. I will go there again. Soon.
  16. JR

    JamesR

    Montreal

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2017

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Food great! Service, not so much. Our server was less than interested in pleasing customers.
  17. SA

    SAIF

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nice small restaurant right next to trafulgar square, easy to get to by trian. Food was nice and customer service was well above standard, cosy place to eat with your loved ones. Mango mocktail and chicken tikka with rice was amazing and different in their own unique way. Will go back again.
  18. G

    Greedyguildfordian

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really well-briefed manager who fully understood the implications of coeliac disease and the necessity for gluten-free food. The chef went to great trouble to provide GF alternatives to dishes on the menu. A delicious meal and excellent service
  19. LD

    LinD

    Tampa

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2017

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We made late reservations for after the theater and were seated just before the kitchen closed but our server made sure that were taken care of. This was my first Indian experience but she made sure I knew how to properly eat what I ordered. We ordered appetizers, entree and dessert and never felt rushed. The chef even came out to make sure we were satisfied. When in Westminster the Lotus is definitely recommended.
  20. IW

    IanW

    Bristol

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2017

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We opted for the full menu rather than a reduced set menu. The service we received was excellent and nothing was too much trouble. I always look out for service as for me that's as important as the food. Everything was very well-oiled and a team effort. We had a Vegan member of our group and he was cater for very well with many options on dishes. The waiter knew exactly what ingredients were and were not in all the dishes which was no small task to begin with! We were given lots of information on the dishes ordered along with very good presentation. The food was on the spicy side, which I done mind but nothing too crazy. Both the Lamb and Venison dishes were really very tasty. I would definitely visit again.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best Indian meal I ever had. Not cheap, but worth every penny.
  22. j

    jain

    London

    91 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Enjoyed our meal at the Lotus in fairly upmarket surroundings. Good value for an interesting menu. Price is bumped up a bit if you have any extras. Nice staff and the head chef came out to see if everyone was happy. Would go again.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you love Indian cousin you have to visit this restaurant.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    2nd visit this year for the pre theatre menu and once again it was very good. Good choice of dishes and the house wine was very acceptable. The staff also make this a great restaurant to visit. Highly recommend
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2017

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The place is clean and has a good atmosphere. Waitress was excellent. Food was outstanding. Wine was nice. A bit more expensive than I would imagine.
  26. R

    Russogal

    London

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 April 2017

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Strange menu with bizarre proteins. Went to enjoy traditional Indian food. Left after appetizers and got take out Indian food from another restaurant. Service was slow considering restaurant wasn't busy. Won't go back and won't recommend.
  27. E

    Eleutheria

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2017

    overall1food2service3ambience2
    Absolutely OVER OVER-priced. The food is OK, but there is really no reason for the amount they charge. No correlation value / money. The portions are small -- meant as a 'nouvelle cuisine' degustation? -- so you are obliged to order several dishes per person, which reflects on the bill. The drinks are also unjustifiably expensive. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant at all.
  28. MV

    MikeV

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2017

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Lovely food and well peesented. Although the waiting staff could be a little more accodmating towards people trying to pronounce the words on their menu without prejudice. Although, all in all very good.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Upscale Indian restaurant, the food was beautiful. The ambience and service was very good. Would definitely recommend, not cheap but worth it.
  30. KO

    KarenO

    Savannah

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous! We stopped in before theatre and enjoyed our food immensely, my husband had the partridge and I had the asparagus and sugar snap pea side (unfortunately wasn't hungry). We got the popadums .. wish it hadn't been our last night in London - we would have definitely gone back!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2017

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great food, appropriate price for sub fine dining in central London £50 inc drinks. Service was quick but brusque.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 March 2017

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    The food was not very good. I was dissapointed with the quality of the food. The services and ambience was pleasant.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 March 2017

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Extremely over priced for a poor curry. Drinks are extortionate and a non optional 10% service charge. One of the worst Indian restaurants I have been to. Service amazing but that's about it.
  34. R

    Russ

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 March 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visited Lotus before going to the theater. We chose the set menu designed specifically for that and we were very impressed with the quality and taste of the food as well as the excellent service. As a person who sometimes struggles with spicy food I was particularly impressed with the advice I was given in that regard. I would definitely recommend this lovely restaurant.
  35. A

    Angel

    London

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food as always was excellent. Wonderful flavours and the vegetarian food was fabulous. Great value and lovely staff. Will go again very soon.
  36. v

    vegattack

    London

    53 reviews

    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on 15 March 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My boyfriend and I dined here last night on the three course pre theatre menu. It was amazing! The range of flavours was great. The only thing we didn't like was the rose water and sandalwood pudding, it was too fragrant for us, but I'm sure that's just our personal taste. Service could not be faulted! I arrived early, and they were only too happy to show me to my table and let me wait, while making sure they did everything they could to ensure I was comfortable.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 March 2017

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The waitress was rude, food was ok, good mango lasi
  38. m

    mhk34

    London

    50 reviews

    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on 13 March 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    this is my favourite Indian food in London. We go there when ever we are in town. all my friends who have been introduced to Lotus also love it! Delicious food, very nice setting, great service at excellent set dinner price!
  39. J

    Jane

    London

    23 reviews

    1.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2017

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Very disappointing. Anyone that knows anything about Indian food would be aghast. Pampers to tourist trade that would be unlikely to return anyway. Aiming to be a high-end restaurant experience but ignores food quality. Such a shame.
  40. CM

    CharlieM

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 March 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful, as ever. Such amazing service & food. Arguably the best Indian in London...

FAQs

Lotus Restaurant - Permanently Closed is rated 4.4 stars by 305 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    17 Charing Cross, London, WC2 H0EP

  • Area

    Charing Cross

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday to Sunday 12.00pm – 22.30pm

  • Cuisines

    Indian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    NCP<br />St Martins Lane Hotel<br />St Martins Lane<br />London WC2N 4HY<br /><br /><br />LCP Parking Services Ltd.<br />Orange Street<br />London WC2 7NH<br /><br />Easy Car Parks Management Limited<br />St Vincent's House Car Park<br />30 Orange St<br />London WC2H 7HH<br /><br />Titan Car Park<br />39-41 Whitcomb St<br />London WC2H 7DT<br /><br />Q-Park<br />20 Newport Pl<br />London WC2H 7PR

  • Public Transit

    Charing Cross Station (Northern Line)

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Bhaskar Banerjee

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    020 7839 8797

  • Private party facilities

    The restaurant is able to section itself off for a private function of guests 15 or more. Kindly please contact us to provide us with all the details in order for us to deliver an exquisite Lotus experience.

  • Private party contact

    0207 839 8797: 020 7839 8797

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