Zela London

4.1
47 reviews
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£41 and over
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Japanese
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Tasting Menu
ZELA is the acclaimed restaurant in the heart of London, serving a fusion of Mediterranean products and traditional Japanese cuisine techniques.
It is a multifunctional restaurant with global expansion ambitions. The cuisine respects the traditional Japanese techniques while combining them with the best products that the Mediterranean has to offer.
Our amazing cocktail bar serves over 20 classic and vanguard cocktails. From our famed cocktail Coco Channel to a modern version with Japanese roots, we strive to infuse Mediterranean and Japanese flavours in perfect balance.
The multifaceted cuisine, combined with our tailored cocktails , our beautiful venue and the wonderful live performances, makes ZELA a unique place to eat, drink and entertain on special occasions or casual everyday affairs.

We do accept opentable cheques.

Special Offers

Lunch/ Pre-theatre Menu: £27pp

...enjoy a 3 course meal for lunch or pre-theatre time from a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 9 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 9 people

Starts: 20 August 2019

Ends: 30 November 2019

Availability: Mon-Sat 12:00-14:30 17:00-18:30

Complimentary bottle of Veuve Clicquot (per couple) with tasting menu

A complimentary bottle of Veuve Clicquot (per couple)when booking the tasting menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 10 people

Starts: 1 July 2019

Ends: 31 August 2019

Availability: Mon-Sat 17:00-22:30

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

Sun 12:00PM - 2:00PM 12:00PM - 10:30PM
Mon - Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 12:00PM - 10:30PM
Sat 12:00PM - 2:00PM 12:00PM - 10:30PM

What 47 People Are Saying
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AT
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

The service was not very good. We were the only table in the restaurant yet they still took a while to serve. No lunch option outside set lunch even when offered to incur additional charges. Service considerably lacking considering amount of staff. Majority of food was average average though.

Zela London
Responded 2 days ago

Dear AnnaT, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We appreciate all the feedback that help us to improve. Please can you contact us on vipmanager.london@zelarestaurants.co with your contact details so we can investigate further. Kind regards Zela management team

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cool Restaurant, quality food is amazing.
Recommend for dinner or pre-theatre.

a
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

The service and venue are great but the food and ambience was below average

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant decor was on pointe! Very beautiful and architecturally appealing : excellent service .

J
London
46 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

This has been on my hit list for a while and decided to visit just before I went to the theatre. Opted for the A La Carte menu. I was shocked how little was actually on the menu for mains and very little for someone who does not eat beef. So I ended up ordering small plates galore. Be warned the food takes a while to come out here and a lot of of the waiting staff are still under training. Prevention was good food was average. They even managed to serve me uncooked duck gyozas which was slowly replaced and the most I got was an apology. Once the bill arrived it was still on there. Shocking that it was served even more shocking the manager thought it was fine just to replace it after serving an uncooked dish. I didn’t have time to complain so left it. But shocking overall.

RM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The food was great, but the service was shocking, despite being one third full. Drinks too ages to order, never mind arrive. It became frustrating and will put me off returning for sure.

SO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Only Brunch available on Sundays £59pp. Friendly staff, impeccable service, lovely ambience. I ordered wagyu beef (add another £6) which was stewed for 48h but not to my liking. The rest of the food is delicious especially the soba noodles. Bottomless wine is included which is great.

Zela London
Responded on 23 July 2019

Dear ShereneO, thank you for your feedback. We are delighted to know that you enjoyed our brunch. We look forward to welcoming you again to ZELA.

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was amazing. Super friendly and made us feel at home. The taster menu was great and tasty. Definitely worth coming to try out.

Zela London
Responded on 8 July 2019

Thank you very much for your nice review. We are glad you had a nice experience at ZELA and you enjoyed both, our gastronomy and our service. We hope to see you very soon.

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CP
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Estuve con amigos, nos encantó la experiencia ZELA. La comida, la decoración y por supuesto el trato que recibimos, totalmente recomendable. ¡Volveremos la próxima vez que vayamos a Londres!

Zela London
Responded on 8 July 2019

Estimada ClaudiaP, muchas gracias por su comentario y valoración. Nos alegra saber que disfrutaron de la experiencia en Zela. Esperamos volver a verles muy pronto y ofrecer lo mejor de nuestros servicios.

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SG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Sitio recomendable para una pasar un buen rato de degustación de saberes y buena música.
La atención del personal excelente, recomendándonos platos y dando un buen servicio.

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ML
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant! Completely different than any japanese restaurant. Fusion with mediterranean products. Really tasty! Service was great and the atmosphere couldn't be better. Definitely we'll come back soon. The place to be!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Pretty restaurant, sushi was great. The mains not so much - very pricey as I didn’t think the food was worth it. It was good but not wow. The mushroom, truffle rice wasn’t nice I think the power of the truffles and soft egg made it sickening. We had exceptional service from our waiter and because of the service we will be back. Requested Halal, but unfortunately they couldn’t accommodate on the night. Overall it was good.

MM
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. We had the tasting menu, the food was amazing, coming in a good flow, the service was very thoughtful, present without being too much and the ambiance is very warm.
One bad note would be the music level at the end of our dinner, we could barely hear each other talk.
Would definitely come back!

l
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 5

The ambiance was beautiful. We drove by and the decorations of the restaurant caught our eye so we made reservations. We checked the menu saw things we liked so decided to try it. The menu inside the restaurant was different than what we saw, I think there was variations for different occasions that threw us off. We ordered the vegetarian dumplings and edamame for an appetizer which were both very good. We ordered from the main dish section the vegetarian fried rice. We asked that the onsen tamago (egg) to be scrambled and fried into the rice, the server said that was ok. The rice came out and the egg wasn’t cooked at all, besides that they put dry fish skin shavings on top of the rice. The smell was horrendous. We do not eat seafood and that was not listed in the details of the dish. We were forced to send the plates back, which we requested no egg or fish shavings. When they returned the dishes, they were very good. The portion looked more like a side dish than a main but it was good. Then the server brought us the bill which we were happy we looked at because it was not our bill. They apologized and fixed it. Overall, I think the restaurant is beautiful but the food was not what we expected.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

Good food. Overpriced given size of portions. Music way too loud in a restaurant largely empty on a Friday night. Whole concept has to be reworked. Avoid

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 2

Not great for quality of experience...disinterested staff and

OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

First date dinner

EM
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

THe service was extremely slow and rude. Very disappointing and very overpriced!

G
Austin
81 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good energy in this West a end venue that features a brilliant fusion of Japanese sushi and Spanish tapas. A close second to the excellent customer cuisine are the innovative cocktails offered by the amiable and energetic mixologists. Definitely worth repeated visits!

AS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, sooo beautiful, food is very taste, stuff is very attentive and live music on the background complimented our evening!

n
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was our first time in Zela. The food was perfect. From starters to dessert to wine were all delicious. The staff from the reception to the wiaters were so polite and helpful. The maki rolls were superb and fresh!

Zela London
Responded on 7 March 2019

Dear guest, Thank you for taking the time to write a feedback. We are delighted to hear that you have enjoyed your experience at ZELA. We hope to see you soon

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoy the meal as well as the environment.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing restaurant

Zela London
Responded on 25 February 2019

Dear Guest, we are very happy that you enjoyed our restaurant. We hope to see you soon at ZELA

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for thr Valentine's day tasting menu. Was absolutely amazing and will come back. Must try the truffle rice.

RM
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cosy and lovely lunch with my colleague. Exactly what we needed. thank you for great and attentive service

Zela London
Responded on 25 February 2019

Dear RoseM, Thank you for a nice feedback, we are glad that you enjoyed ZELA. We hope to see you son!

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal with great music. the DJ and the Harpist was fantastic!

G
London
10 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 1

Average, nothing special at all. Very poor value for money. No wonder the place was empty even on Thursday night....

KK
London
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, enjoyed our experience very much, will definitely be back soon

Zela London
Responded on 25 February 2019

Dear Karina K, Thank you for a nice feedback, we are glad that you enjoyed ZELA. We hope to see you soon!

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

I had booked a table for lunch for my husband's birthday and we both were thoroughly pleased! We were pleasantly surprised with the pre-theatre set-menu they offered. Would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants something a little special and would definitely return!

KV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, very good cocktails and service. Recommended for a date / small group.

Zela London
Responded on 4 February 2019

Dear Kari, We are delighted that you have enjoyed the time at ZELA, we would like to thank you for taking the time to write the review, we hope to see you soon.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely experience, the ambience was just perfect and serine cant wait to go back. Both me and my partner loved it
Thank you so much to the Zela team for being so welcoming and friendly

Zela London
Responded on 4 February 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you very much for the nice comments. We are very happy to know that you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to welcoming you again at ZELA.

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JS
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited last evening with my wife and loved it. Beautifully decorated in the heart of Covent Garden. Attentive staff, amazing food, great cocktails and live music and wonderful ambience. what else you need? Thank you for looking after us and will be back soon!

Zela London
Responded on 4 February 2019

Dear Jack, Thank you very much for your positive feedback, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience at ZELA. We look forward to welcoming you very soon.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Llegamos y solo había una mesa y la nuestra, tardaron muchísimo en servirnos los platos (desde las 2 hasta las 4:30 de la tarde que nos sirvieron el último).
Se les olvidó servirnos la bebida varias veces, los camareros parecían fumados porque no es ni medio normal.
El menú tenía los precios sin el VAT incluido (algo que no es legal) y nos cargaron un 15% de service charge (nunca nos habían cobrado un 15% ni un estrella Michelin).
Me cargaron un plato de más a parte del menú, y la devolución me la hicieron solo del importe del plato! Sin el VAT ni el service charge! (No son listos ni nada).
Una decepción absoluta!
300 libras por un par de menús y dos copas de vino!
No lo recomiendo a nadie ni volveremos! En cualquier estrella Michelin de Londres pagamos menos, la atención es mil veces mejor, y no nos sentimos timados!!!

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DT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Mains were really good and tasted amazing, however portions were small. If I order a main for £35+ I would expect it to be a different size to a starter but they were practically similar. Was quite cold and shoved in a corner in terms of seating and requested to move but apparently there was no availabilty although the restaurant was half full and other couples of 2 came after us and were seated in better areas. Would not go back but was good to experience it

Zela London
Responded on 3 January 2019

Thank you very much DomoniqueT for your feedback. We apologize if our food wasn't equally satisfying and didn't meet your expectations. We hope to welcome you again at ZELA.

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OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The furnishing is beautiful and good for taking photos. However the service staff definitely need more training when serving food and drinks (sake especially!).

Zela London
Responded on 3 January 2019

Thank you very much for your feedback. We apologize if our food wasn't equally satisfying and didn't meet your expectations. We hope to welcome you again at ZELA.

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great service, albeit a slow (despite not being very busy). Food is decent, but not the best Japanese in London. You pay for the ambience as the restaurant has been beautifully decorated. The pre-theatre menu is good value for money.

Zela London
Responded on 3 January 2019

Thank you very much for your punctuation and feedback, We appreciate your positive thoughts regarding our service, and our food. We hope to welcome you again at ZELA.

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CW
Brighton
12 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent menu, superb set menu choices and really good value.
Service excellent, was quiet early lunch when we visited.
Recommended

Zela London
Responded on 27 December 2018

Thank you very much ChrisW for your comment feedback. We apreciate your positive thoughts regarding our service, we hope to welcome you again at ZELA.

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J
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Service was slow but probably what to expect on a Saturday night . Food is on the small side so do be prepared to pay a lot for small portions . Music was a bit loud

Zela London
Responded on 11 December 2018

Thank you very antonyJ1000 much for your nice feedback we hope to welcome you again at ZELA.

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SW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Great looking but service was slow and not overly helpful

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Bad price vs quality

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