Patara - Soho

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£26 to £40
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Thai
One of a family of worldwide restaurants, London’s Patara restaurant brings sophisticated Thai dining to Soho’s Greek Street. Tastefully decorated with plenty of atmosphere thanks to subdued lighting, huge pots of orchids, flickering candles, silk-covered banquettes and Thai figurines inlaid with glass mosaic tiles, it’s ideal for a romantic dinner for two. The Patara kitchen is ambitious, producing excellent creations of classic Thai cuisine like tom yum goong soup; beef with green curry and;, of course, pad Thai noodles. The service is renowned for its excellence and the wine list begins at a reasonably-priced level. Someone in the kitchen has an eye for beauty, too, because at Patara restaurant each dish is exquisitely arranged to delight your eye as well as your palate. Patara Thai restaurant is a haven from Soho’s scruffiness; a glamorous, romantic, authentic, professional spot for an excellent dining experience.
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CH
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner on a Friday evening. Excellent food and excellent service. A little noisy at times but tables were arranged in such a way that conversations could not be heard.

R
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I was very impressed by the quality of food, presentation and service. The staff were very accommodating and I would definitely go back. The only thing I was disappointed is that the a la cart menu at weekends is different and more expensive, someone keep it in mind.

FA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great little restaurant nestled in the heart of soho with wonderful ambiance and very tasty food.

J
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Completle overpriced and really bad service !

I went there with my girlfriend for her birthdaydinner.
Our table was just risiculous (in spite of reservation with cause), more a side table in the middle of a pathway, where Otter People heading towars their Tables and the employees ran by every second. We asked for another one but there was no free one...
On top of that the serviceemployees were awful... Clumsy, coarse and just dont think of what they do... you really notice that performance at Ptara Is Not demanded
Usually giving tips is a matter of good manners for me but in this restaurant I really didnt wanted to BUT service fee Is allredy included to your bill with about 12%! In this case its just profiteering!

The Taste of the Food Is Nothing Special, especially in Relation to the Price.... Not to say overpriced...

So all in all, ruined Birthday Dinner, a lot of money wasted, thanks Ptara ... never again.. sorry not sorry...

S
London
65 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a set menu which was excellent and good value. Friendly staff

GM
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find for a delicious meal, beautifully presented before going to the theatre. Ambience was just right and attentive servers without being overbearing. We will return on our next trip to London

RO
London
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Delicious food, but overpriced. Good atmosphere, buzzy and busy. Staff very friendly but service slow after food ordered.

OT
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Only complaint was a flickering light above the table that was a bit annoying otherwise food and service was excellent!

f
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

One of the best Thai restaurant in Central London.
Staff is extremely nice and food is just great!
Highly recommended

KG
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food, full of flavour, service was attentive and fast. We were downstairs but it still felt very open. The noise did bounce around but still at a level to comfortably talk across the table. We had a few cocktails too which were lovely and we would happily go back again.

CK
London
25 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We went for lunch on a Saturday afternoon when the restaurant wasn't busy. Staff were friendly but service at times was quite slow. However, the food was delicious and the portion sizes were generous. A good choice for a pleasant meal and well worth a return visit in the future.

C
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food and a good noise level so it’s great to catch up with friends as you can hear them speak- unlike the canteen atmosphere of some of the other Thai places.
The menu is creative and really tasty.
Great service too.

C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I went there before for dinner and was blown away by the various dishes. This time I took my friend there and went for the day time menu. Totally disappointed.. The services still very good but the food was not even half as good as my previous visit. Not sure if they have a different chef during the day..

CP
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here. We go whenever we are in London. If you like Thai food in great surroundings and in a good location this is one not to miss.

SN
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, excellent service, friendly attentive staff. Our go to Thai restaurant in the area!

LP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We have dined many times at Patara Thai but this time sadly the service and food was not up to its normally high standards. The menu is smaller, the black cod is no longer available, we were told because it is expensive!! But it was worth it. Not sure if the restaurant group had changed hands or if it was just a bad night!! Either way, not up to their usual high standards which was sad,

GB
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, much more inventive than your average Thai restaurant. Quite pricey but worth the extra.

TA
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I was very impressed with the service of the hostess or head waitress, not sure which she was. The food was great however I felt the portion was quite small which was the only downside.
It was our anniversary, it would have been nice if it had been somehow acknowledged considering I left a note to say so. In all my hubby and I had a good time. Will definitely recommend.

JG
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was incredible! Will definitely be looking to go back in the near future.

FA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great central location. Delicious food and good service and cosy atmosphere. Good lunch menu that is pretty good value.

AM
London
7 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was a lovely and lively place. Even though it was busy, we got the food quickly and service was very good. The food was absolutely delicious! Will definitely come again!

J
London
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it here!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Would definitely come back...

PB
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Relaxed and comfortable with excellent service, but pricey. We had a glass of prosseco for £9 which came in the smallest glass flute I've ever seen and the cocktail seemed all ice and very little of anything else. When asked if we wanted water, I assumed it was on the house, but no, another almost £5. The options for vegetarians were limited. I've had much better Thai food out in the sticks at half the price. Underwhelmed and overpriced ...

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Generally delicious but the Pad Thai was disappointing.
Seemed slightly overpriced

E
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

My main issue is that it’s over priced and the food quality doesn’t stand up to the eye-watering cost. My friend’s king prawn curry came and she couldn’t cut the prawns they were so undercooked and jelly-like still. My Pad Thai was really average - I didn’t particularly enjoy it. I also picked it as somewhere that was recommended as somewhere good for quiet conversation and there was an extremely loud group that forced my friend and I to shout to be heard across a small table together - admittedly this last point is not the fault of the restaurant, but does contradict what previous reviews suggest.

SP
London
15 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Nice ambience and surroundings let down by slightly chaotic service and only average food taste. Ordered vegetarian spring rolls, satay, green vegetable curry and garlic king prawns. The curry was too sweet. The king prawns were rubbery and lacked taste. The satay had a strong curry powder smell and flavour. The rice portions were tiny - barely enough for one person at £4.50 a portion. There was a time when Patara served very tasty and genuine Thai food, but I think it it too pre-occupied with profits now.

JS
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best Thai food I’ve had anywhere in the world. Complex, spicy, but not aggressive as some highly seasoned food can be. We had the tofu green curry and prawn Pad Thai. The Pad Thai was not overly sweet and sticky as some Pad Thais are. Very polite service. We would definitely return.

NH
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had the banquet menu which was delicious, other than the dessert. It was salted caramel cheesecake but it was far too salty!

It is pricey for Thai, but we loved the variety of starters and mains.

Would recommend for a treat.

IL
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant with a lot of culture. Curry was amazing . Definitely will vist again!

V
London
6 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The food was nice but came out very quickly which rather gave the impression of it being a conveyor belt. This didn't match with the warning that tables are required back after 2 hours as we were done in an hour, and we had a drink, starter and main. The food was nice though and we enjoyed it.

E
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Meat set menu. We were rushed through our menu which was ashame. Otherwise I would give a 5 star

LS
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Was ok, but that’s all - food just ok, service just ok - I had hoped it would have been a bit more special given reviews and location

S
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is great, really good Thai food, however the English of staff is not so good. Sometimes they cannot understand my request

D
London
38 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I had booked the restaurant based on previous good experiences at the Maddox Street branch - I had friends visiting London and they wanted a Thai restaurant.
We had a great table and the ambience of the restaurant good. We all enjoyed our starters - calamari, fish cakes, duck spring rolls were all good.
The main courses didn't arrive together and unfortunately 3 curries were cold on arrival to the table - the waiting staff took them back to the kitchen and after 2 attempts only one of the dishes was heated.
Unfortunately the communication from the 'manager' was poor and 2 of the party left the restaurant with no main course which was disappointing.
We appreciate that these things happen sometimes and other main courses - prawn green curry, beef noodles and pad thai went down well - however the service and communication could be improved.
The dishes were removed from the menu - but there was further confusion around the bill - again dealt with poorly by the 'manager'.
Probably would book a different Thai restaurant in the future - despite the positives.

k
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Patara is a good restaurant and good for groups. The service was good, and anytime we asked for something, the staff were very helpful. The food was good - we had the set menu, although we had expected a tasting menu from the ad on Open Table, and there are a lot of tables that can accommodate 6 people. The wine was extremely expensive, and nothing special. This restaurant would suit people who want a lot of food - we were very full - I would have preferred slightly better quality food and a little less of it - but there was a good selection in the set menu, so it was fine. I was slightly disappointed as they asked if we were going specially for a birthday, which we were, but they didn't do or say anything, which is quite unusual! I probably wouldn't go back there again, as I would like something a bit more interesting, but if you are in Soho/going to the theatre, it is fine for a group.

RA
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Restaurant is average - not the best value for money, service is okay, but the restaurant is inflexible..

M
Hertfordshire
49 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A real cut above your ordinary Thai restaurant.... The. Food had an exceptional freshness and zing and the service was attentive but not intrusive. Just perfect..... Price on the high side but really represents good value.

LY
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eat at Patara very often. Food is incredible. Ambience is stunning. Friendly staff. Fab cocktails. Would highly recommend .

N
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great staff, service and food. would highly recommend this place.

FG
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

We went for a birthday meal for my husband with our 2 year old. When I called up to check if there was any age restrictions and if they had high chairs available I was told that there is no age restriction but if the child was too noisy that we would be asked to leave. We still decided to go. Upon arrival they sat us at the front of the restaurant, I can understand that they didn’t want our 2 year old to disturb the other diners. But then the service was slow. After each course I had to get out of my seat to get attention for the table to be cleared and the next course to be served. Same again when we wanted to order dessert. We had to cancel one of our desserts because it took too long to come out. We paid the service charge but in hind sight I don’t think the 12.5% was deserved.