NOPI - Downstairs, Sharing Tables

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Mediterranean

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Good Vegetarian Options
Communal dining, where you can observe the chefs at work in our open plan kitchen.
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Phoenix
101 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I was a little concerned about sharing a common table having dined upstairs in the past; not only was it a great experience but I would opt to do it again. Watching to see what everyone orders certainly piques the season date buds and sharing conversations with strangers was a heck of s good time!

F
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely food, but expected nothing less. Very pricey but well executed. Would have preferred to sit upstairs on our own table but alas they were fully booked. The ambience upstairs seemed more lively, but at least we could view the chefs at work. Would recommend going for the sharing dishes. We had five between two of us and highlights were the mutton shawarma, the hake and the cheese cake (more like a cheese soufflé). The peach and miso dessert was out of this world. Just try and get a seat upstairs.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice experience, the concept of sharing a table was something we liked. We were told this was one of the best places to go, but for me, it was to much of a hype. Yest it's good, Yes everything tasted great, but I didn't get the waw/hype experience.

JA
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

While we really love the cook books, the Nopi-Downstairs was another experience.
We were rushed through the courses, the aperitifs arrived with the first course, because the air-condition was turned on with full force half oft the dishes went cold immediately, the waiters where friendly but most of the time engaged with the computer - taking new orders from all the guests sitting around the two big tables. Not quite finishing the main Cours we where informed that our timslot is over, but if we decide fast we could order a desert. We thankfully denied that offer.
Concerns the good recipes of the Cookbooks it would maybe a good idea to stay upstairs in the restaurant.

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

Great girls lunch (just 2 of us). Staff were excellent, food was lovely - seems expensive but a while since I’ve eaten in London.

DA
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Amazing food and amazing service. Our waiter was attentive and friendly.

ES
London
7 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

At first I was a bit wary we’d been put downstairs next to the ingredients and kitchen but actually in the end it was kind of fun to be in the action and have a sneak peak at what brands are used and it felt very relaxed. The food was AMAZING!! Soft pork belly, delicious hospitality cabbage, great frittas ... I could go on for days. I would highly recommend. The service was also fab. The waitress was helpful and smiley went an extra mile for my Dad’s birthday which was hugely appreciated! Thanks Nopi - hope to be back soon!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Repas pour un anniversaire de mariage.
Bien conseillé pour le vin, les plats délicieux, un service impeccable.
3e année que nous y allons et nous allons y retourner

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O
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Tasty. Not mind blowing. Great location, nice deco but vfm not that great

HR
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very nice, though not as amazing as I was expecting. And more expensive than it probably should have been, though I appreciate you are paying for the Ottolenghi name as much as anything else. Service was friendly and polite, and the decor of the downstairs area - being able to see the kitchen, and look at all the raw ingredients stacked on the shelves - certainly added to the experience.

SD
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We ate 3 shared plates and each a main and dessert in 1hour20 minutes..
Once a dish ran out, a new one already came, without rest.
We had a bit of the feeling that wehad to leave quickly

IC
London
38 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent dinner , interesting menu choices . Good for easy eating .

VB
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After a few years of having Nopi on my wish list for when I came to London, it was everything I had hoped for. Thanks. Vicki

JS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience, food atmosphere, and staff. I would highly recommend

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and staff are wonderful. However it is a very noisy atmosphere.

JJ
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

When I booked online I did not choose the shared table option and was a bit disappointed that I was still given a shared table without prompting me to see if it was ok. My friend and I were not disappointed though, it was a nice experience. The basement was comfortable, not overly bright and cheerful, we had a good time. The one dish (can't remember the name) that we had was a bit like a salad with some chopped up herb sauce which was very blend. The rest was nice. We will definitely go back again.

M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Nopi for a special occasion and they made it a special experience. The service was attentive without being over familiar. The pre theatre menu proved delicious and we were able to exchange the pork dish for something more acceptable to us, wonderful pulled mutton. Good wine by the glass and a surprise fruit dish with a candle to acknowledge the birthday.
Highly recommended

S
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a wonderful evening but as my daughter works in top restaurant recruitment in Sydney, we had hoped to be able to see the food being prepared by the chefs. Hence we booked downstairs. On another occasion, we’d definitely book upstairs unless we could be guaranteed to see the chefs at work.
This aside, the food was delicious

S
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best place in london

M
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sitting next to kitchen and watching them prepare such wonderful food is really interesting.
Second time we do this.

I
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a good time at NOPI. The personel was really friendly and the food was good. However, by coincidence we ate at Chotto Matte the day before, which was even better, so sometimes we were comparing these two restaurants. Most dishes we found good and tasteful, however some dissapointed a bit and were average (so not the quality you pay for). These Open Tables, downstairs were really noicy, but you could guess that in advance. Not a problem for us. We saw that they use a lot of pre-prepared food instead of freshly prepared. That is a bit of a surprise for an expensive restaurant.

MJ
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

4 stars for overall because the heating/cooling system was blowing very cold air on us. Felt uncomfortable. Service was perfect ! Hadn't have such good service in long time! Food 4 stars: desert (sorbet) didn't had much taste. Gave feedback to the staff and they didn't charge it. Would recommend it to a friend !! Had a great evening with great food

a
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Very disappointed in the quality of the food.... it was not on par with reviews i had read of Ottolenghi’s dishes. Duck was tough, dessert sake soaked peach was the equivalent of canned peaches. The only yummy part was the sesame based green sauce on the cucumber and radish appetizer.

Dining downstairs was less noisy than upstairs (upstairs is extremely noisy), and seeing the kitchen was kinda nice, but I came away with clothes smelling like kitchen cooking.

DB
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Food was too expensive compared with the quality and amount. Chicken was dry, small. Plate was too sober.

AP
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Back at home and still overwhelmed from this Taste-Heaven-Experience! Everything was just perfect and it will be an evening to remember!
Thanks to the whole crew, you've made an excellent job and thank you Mr. Ottolenghi for those heavenly compositions!

GA
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

High quality produce prepared and cooked well to deliver delicious food. Service was attentive without being intrusive. An enjoyable experience overall.

GW
London
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 1food 3service 4ambience 1

The tables downstairs were almost empty and we were seated opposite the lavatories! Horrible experience when it’s a busy restaurant but when there only 2 other people??? The food was great but the portions were tiny compared to Motcomb St where we have eaten regularly. Service was attentive and helpful but overall experience underwhelming!

M
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good meals w/ some exciting creation. Interesting atmosphere via shared big tables and the open kitchen. Very friendly service.

m
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, friendly staff and delicious food at communal tables in the buzzy kitchen downstairs at Nopi.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food, service too fast however friendly. Would have appreciate being served one plate at a time. Delicate attention upon guest birthday.

AT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fantastic experience at Nopi! A go to place of mine to entertain out of town guests. Don’t miss it!

S
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Unbelievable food quality and nice atmosphere. Great place for a date!

BW
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Dining downstairs was nice but it would have been nicer at the far end of the communal table. We were seated right next to the busy kitchen and wait staff working area so the ambiance was a constant hussle and bussle of wait staff and the open kitchen. Everyone seemed to be rushed. Our wait person forgot our order for dessert so after a 30 minute wait, we decided to skip the sweet portion of our meal. I would definitely recommend NOPI downstairs for a fun experience (seated a bit further away from the kitchen) but for special occasions, the upstairs would certainly provide a more intimate setting.

LJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely ambience. Great food in a relaxed setting. Wine recommendations were spot on, thank you!

PV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

as we arrived in London on the day we enjoyed dinner at NOPI we could only make a reservation about an hour before there was an opportunity for 2 and there were only seats downstairs - it was a lovely experience. Next time we hope to be able to make a reservation for the ground floor....

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Really enjoy their food

P
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Perhaps we should not have booked our time! Or whatever, we sat at the corner of the table. That was great, however at the other end of this same table were 2 women, a man and a child. The noise level coming from them made it not very pleasant nor enjoyable for us.
The food that we ordered was delicious, beautifully presented and plentiful.
The service and staff was very professional, prompt and friendly.
We loved watching and listening to a real working kitchen, when we could hear over the other end of the table, which made it very disappointing.

CH
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic food, very welcoming service. Slightly cramped downstairs - should have booked upstairs!

B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an amazing restaurant and the service was spectacular! The food was divine and the only problem we had was we wanted to try more things but were too full to fit them in. Highly recommend NOPI, it truly is a magical experience.

DT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the food but felt we were rushed through ie booking was 6.30 we were out by 7.35. Turning over the table was more important that us as the diner enjoying the atmosphere of the restaurant

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