SO Restaurant

4.6
1181 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Japanese
Top tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
Modern in its minimalist use of dark wood, clean lines and bare-as-a-baba’s-wotsit walls, Soho’s So looks every bit the contemporary Japanese restaurant. The airy ground floor bar, dining area and shop-of-sorts (Japanese crockery sits prettily in numerous display cabinets) leads down to a main dining room. The furniture there is still wooden but stained almost black. The cooking is consistently very good – creative without being fussy, and much of it using organic ingredients. Menu in hand, make a visual beeline for the tempura selections (gorgeous), and then Grilled list. These knockout dishes – most notably the Wagyu rump, and Iberico pork – are cooked in the open kitchen over a rather special yogan-yaki grill resulting in an unique flavour. Friendly staff will knowledgeably suggest dishes and drinks.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese
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Hours of Operation
Mon-Thu Lunch 12:00-15:00
Dinner 17:30-22:30

Fri Lunch 12:00-15:00
Dinner 17:30-23:00

Sat All day

Sun Closed
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020 7292 0767
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Payment Options
AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Kaoru Yamamoto
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Special Events & Promotions
Unfortunately we cannot take bookings as we are closing for refurbishment from the 23rd of August but will be reopening on the 2nd of September. Hope to see you soon!
Additional
Beer, Non-Smoking, Wine
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l
London
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We loved SO restaurant and we all would go back! the food was authentic Japanese and very tasty. Staff was also happy to accommodate at short notice two additional guests which was very welcomed.

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HC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Delicious food and great menu selection, however service was terrible and was extremely difficult trying to get the attention of the server to clean the table and to get the dessert menu and also getting the bill.

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SP
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The variety of food was really wide. We had sushi and sashimi, the meat was really good quality. the service was really quick considering it was a Friday night.

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F
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The team were brilliant as always, welcoming and helpful, the very definition of service with a smile.The Tuna was exquisite and it is always a joy to taste such a prized product and seeing the respect, love and care with which it is handled.My compliments as ever to the Chef, accommodating my allergies and making my dining experience so memorable. Thank you so much and see you next week!

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BW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always fantastic japanese food excellent sashimi brilliant tempura.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good service very good food

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SG
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great authentic food, the sashimi platter was extremely fresh and delicious. Some of the portion sizes are very small for the price. Nevertheless, we had an enjoyable meal and will recommend to friends.

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VR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very friendly service at this small and intimate restaurant. The sushi platter was amazing and good value.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is amazing. Service is good. Good location and lots of potential for doing more. Lovely place.

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RL
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food but a little pricey for what we ordered. Sushi and sashimi were the highlight!

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m
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely gem. Wonderful food. The fatty tuna was divine, the aubergine exceptionally well cooked. Sitting at the bar, surrounded by Japanese couples and groups of friends, we knew we were in good hands :-)

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TC
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My go-to restaurant for a working day lunch with a friend.

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AB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A real and authentic Japanese restaurant right in the centre of London that is full of Japanese enjoying great, classic dishes. The service is quick and efficient so a good play to get something quick to eat before the theatre.

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MG
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delight. Fresh, delicious food (including deserts - try the raspberry mousse!), polite and attentive staff, quiet and cosy. I always end up having sashimi because I know I can trust this place for a fresh and varied selection. A nice sake menu too - you can order a tasting set, otherwise the staff are more than happy to help you choose (I haven’t tried the wine so can’t comment on that). You can sit at the table or watch the chefs prepare your food at the bar. Never waited too long for my food. Oh and as someone who loves pottery I can say the tablewares are beautiful and there are so many different types!

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L
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Wouldn’t recommend at all. Over priced no music so was just quiet no atmosphere. Food had no flavour and almost everything was cold. Service wel non existence. Rice was the last thing I got. I would of liked it with my other dishes

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IK
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The gras foie ju is beyond amazing!!! I will definitely go again.

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A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

So is a good choise if you are looking for a cosy ambient (still Japanese) in Regent Street. The service was very good and food excellent. Unfortunately we had a table exposed in the middle of the room, but incredibly quiet to have a nice conversation. Try the ice cream!

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NL
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Probably the best japanese restaurant near Regent Street. Been to this place for more than 10 years now.

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HL
London
38 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always great! Service can be a bit slow at lunchtime - but that’s because the food is so good!

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A
London
12 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Service was disappointing . Staff were not attentive

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TT
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Not a great restaurant at all. Food was not great but staff were OK.

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MM
London
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

excellent sushi and fast service. Quality lunch option

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LL
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely mordern environment and great quality food! Ideal place for a special night out!

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SD
London
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was amazing .. but quite expensive for what it was.

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F
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 3

Tuna was incredible as always, thanks for a lovely evening

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D
London
7 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently great. I go at least once a week for lunch.

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V
London
8 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Our overall experience was good, the staff was friendly though we had to catch their attention when we wanted to order our food, or another drink. The sushi and sashimi platter our friends shared was great, really good quality ingredients, nice presentation. The chicken didn't really taste great and the wagyu beef starter just doesn't really work - it would be better grilled rather than cold. We tried the tofu steak, that was also delicious and the starters were also nice.

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AW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch set menu. Fresh salmon and tempura

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t
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Very average food, Michelin star price, no service basically.

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j
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our mains and a shared side of "Today's Sushi". It's a pricey menu, although the food was delicately prepared and tasted great. I would recommend for a bit of a splurge with a good friend or a date.

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C
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The "rice covered in goose liver" is fantastic, absolutely a must-have dish here. P.S: this dish is not shown in the menu, you need to ask the server for it.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Leckeres Sashimi und angenehme Location...

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RB
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Best tempura we've had in a very long time. Excellent friendly service. Good sake selection. One of the very best Japanese meals we have had.

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m
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Super yummy food. Had to flag down a waitress after 15-20 minutes to order, and then for almost everything else we needed (a drink, the check, etc.). They seemed annoyed that we were there. No idea why - we were low maintenance.

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J
Cambridge
34 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We love the food at SO and this was no exception. Our favourite are the octopus, soft shell crab tempura and the aubergine. We were tucked in a corner and the restaurant was busy so service was less attentive than usual. Food was up to its usual high standard, the overall ambience less so. But it won't stop us returning.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Foie with rice is good as usual.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would say the goose liver is really nice. This course is a kind of secret course which hasn’t shown on the menu, so we couldn’t expect the price... just a bit exceed to my guess price.. others were all fine

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AC
London
64 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really good atmosphere. Fresh food and a great service. Highly recommended.

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NB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent quality sushi. Little hidden gem definitely be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food
Good value of money
Friendly staff

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