ZIMA Russian Restaurant

4.5
152 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Russian
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
ZIMA Russian Restaurant is a gem situated in the heart of Soho offering traditional Russian food with a modern twist served sharing style. Classic ingredients from all over Russia such as sturgeon, venison and, of course, caviar are a perfect match for our homemade infusions .
The drinks are equally well considered with a selection of home-infused flavoured vodkas to compliment the dishes along with an extensive wine (and vodka) list and the outstanding cocktails to quench the after work thirst.
Enjoy the most welcoming environment, indulge in seasonal dishes, sip on homemade infusions and escape from the ordinary. Whether you are looking to host a corporate event or a birthday dinner - we've got it all covered.
You are welcome.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Russian, Cafe Dining, Contemporary European
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Hours of Operation
Tuesday to Friday 12:00 to 15:30 (last kitchen order 15:00)
17:00 to 01:00 (last kitchen order 23:00)
Saturday 12:00 to 01:00 (last kitchen order 23:30)
Sunday 12:00 to 21: 00 (last kitchen order 20:30) Monday closed

The basement bar is open Thursday to Saturday from 17:00 to 01:00 (no bookings).

E-mail: info@zima.bar
Phone number: 0207 4949111
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Phone number
020 7494 9111
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Alexei Zimin
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Catering
ZIMA provides off site catering for small and large events. Please email general.manager@zima.bar
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Cross Street
Old compton street
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Right in the heart of Soho between Piccadilly, Leicester Square and Tottenham Court Road
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Entertainment
Live Music
DJ Saturdays
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Offers

1,000-Point Tables

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Sun 12:00PM - 8:30PM
Tue - Wed 12:00PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 11:45PM
Thu 12:00PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Fri 12:00PM - 3:00PM

What 152 People Are Saying
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London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

It's a decent food, and good for those who have never tried Russian cuisine. Not great service though, overpriced, and quality of food lacks consistency. But an interesting try.

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AM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The place is nice and simple. Russian popular music playing.
The service was fair, but not great as we have been forgotten a few times (though it was busy Saturday evening).
Food is good but not great, so being Russian difficult to justify the price you pay for it.
Is good for local to get a bite and taste of what is Russian cuisine though.

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c
London
81 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Decided to try this restaurant following a recommendation. Charming interior and service were accompanied by traditional Russian fayre with perhaps a little more panache. I had the special of barley and wild mushroom soup while my companion enjoyed the borscht. We tried eat stuffed buns and then the pelmeni. I felt the broth was a little too salty but it was full of flavour. The price without wine was very reasonable. Great experience.

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e
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and good service. They speak Russian.
Good food and good service. They speak Russian.

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AR
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent place with tasty russian food. Borsh is just awesome

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DT
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service was amazing however the prices where a bit too much

For one tini tiny “pirajok” £2 - a bit much for dough and cabbage

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N
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a really nice evening the waiter was great😊 I picked zina for my boyfriend's bday as he loves vodka and we both enjoyed our dinner very homey tastefull and portion were great. Thank you all. You will see us again.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful e peroence for a

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HN
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

A useful stop-off point to meet up before the local Jazz club Ronnie Scott's but otherwise not worth going out of your way to visit. Limited menu but good value for money.

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AA
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with vodka, food and nice ambiance!

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J
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I went there on a Tuesday for my birthday - the food was superb, the decor excellent, the drinks delicious and the service was literally impeccable. I'd go there every week if it wouldn't spoil how special it is!

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

One of if not the cleanest, smartest restaurants I've ever been to. The food was superb and very healthy. The service was excellent - couldn't fault it really. Highly recommended.

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OT
Tokyo
8 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice friendly restaurant with tasty foods I’d russia worthwhile Portions are small so you can try many things

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DW
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Interesting and different. Not haute cuisine but definitely worth a try. The welcome and service were friendly and knowledgeable.

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E
London
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. There are very good food and drinks ( their nastoiki are must try ) I go there every time I miss Russian homemade food

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SG
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, authentic Russian food. Not the first time that I've been, nor will it be the last. Nice to have borsch cooked properly, and the pelmeni & vareniki were perfect.

Furthermore, the service was great, as were the singer and guitarist who played a mixture of both western and russian songs.

Большое спасибо.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Authentic Russian menu, Olivie salad was delicious. However, miserable service ruined the overall impression. Would not recommend.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really nice place, great service, very clean, fantastic food and really nice atmosphere , loved it and will be back. Food is much tastier than overpriced Russian Marivanna restaurant in Knightsbridge

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r
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The main things that made this a memorable evening for us were. Interesting menu. Good infusions. Fun waiter.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, draniki and honey cake are top notch!

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VK
London
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food! Try their soups - very tasty and fulfilling.

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A
Cumbria
4 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second visit within 5 months
The terrace area at the back good in the warm weather
Food very authentic and well prepared
Wine list has a few Georgian wines to complement the style of food
Flavoured vodkas especially the horseradish are a must

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M
London
102 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

By far the best vodka infusions in London! Zima is my go-to place for Russian food. Their zucchini with cream sauce is amazing! Borsch, vareniki, pelmeny, oliver salad and beetroot salade taste like home. The service is attentive and friendly. Thumbs up for Zima.

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RR
London
98 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed our visit to Zima, good food, cocktails and vodka!

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DK
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff, very nice atmosphere and music is always bringing you to a smile.

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E
London
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice and cosy Russian Restaurant, with Russian music and decor with a hint of hip. Solyanka soup and pelmeni are amazing. Pelmeni is one of my favourite dishes, I eat a lot of home made so I arrived quite critical, but I was very impressed. It`s on the pricey side but I will definitely go back! Amazing food.

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AC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service not that good, main dish have to wait around 45min.

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a
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good atmosphere, nice food, a little pricey but fair value.

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I
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal for a good price at Zima! The food was absolutely delicious, and we especially enjoyed the flavor infused vodka. Highly recommend - I will definitely be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Greeted straightaway, nice view of the whole restaurant and the vodka was fantastic! The food came out hot and was absolutely lovely, I would recommend this place. However, for next time I will need to learn more russian to interact properly with the rest of the staff.

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CK
London
39 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu! I highly recommend the caviar, blinis and sour cream to start paired with horseradish vodka. The borscht and pelmeni is outstanding, the food is very authentic. Definitely go with the vodka board. Highly recommended!

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W
London
8 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, good menu choices and no problem advising on gluten free options. Only downside being no gluten free desserts.
Otherwise an excellent venue giving good value for money.

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DW
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A very nice Russian restaurant with authentic - I think - offerings, great infused vodkas and enthusiastic, friendly staff. We will def go back.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic russian tapas place!

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H
London
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as usual, my fourth time there. It's always a great place to bring new friends who've never tried Russian food and surprise them! Delicious food, lovely attentive staff who know the menu inside out and make great recommendations for first-time visitors to the restaurant, and a lovely ambiance. Hope to be back very soon.

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l
London
77 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very pleasant experience. Really enjoyed the food, the staff and the vodka! A gem of a place - visit if you can.

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A
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great small restaurant serving good authentic Russian food
The Siberian Ossetra Caviar was good value
Could not fault any of the food
The flavoured Vodkas were excellent especially the horseradish one

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New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice russian food, perfect place to meet with friends, very good service - very client oriented.
Recommend!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here, cute little place with authentic dishes. Lovely staff who are always really helpful with suggestions.

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m
London
31 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Zima has a nice intimate feel while being quite buzzy with Russian music playing. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the food was very tasty. As this was the first time we had dined here, I was a bit surprised by the portion sizes, although it does state it is Russian street food, I did not realise that the main plates would be quite so small. However the price does reflect this. I would say the menu is more for a light meal in the same way that tapas would be considered.

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