ZIMA Russian Restaurant

4.5
180 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Russian
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Zima is a Russian Restaurant located in the heart of Soho offering traditional Russian dishes with a modern twist.

Treat yourself to the best priced caviar in London alongside the favourites of Russian cuisine, welcoming atmosphere and sip on our homemade selection of infused vodka.

Zima’s seasonal menu draws inspiration in flavour and culture from our adventures and travelling across all regions of Russia.
Enjoy our signature dishes such as pirozhki (baked buns), pelmeni (dumplings) and seasonal specials – a perfect match to our selection of home infused vodka nastoikas.

In our three storey townhouse we also run our own Zima Picklery, where we ferment all our seasonal vegetables, fruit, and drinks.
A fine selection of world wines, craft beers and signature cocktails are also being poured at the restaurant and bar.

ZIMA. Escape from the ordinary!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Russian, Cafe Dining, Contemporary European
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Hours of Operation
Monday to Saturday 12:00 to 01:00 (last kitchen order 23:30)
Sunday 12:00 to 21: 00 (last kitchen order 20:30)


E-mail: info@zima.restaurant
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
Timur Lyasikov
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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
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

See availability for 1,000 point tables

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 180 People Are Saying
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OT
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

parents came over

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S
London
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. What a fantastic place. Great warm welcome and intriguing decor. Vegetarian lunch menu was delicious and the honey cake is highly recommended.

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MW
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We have decided to go there for my friend's birthday dinner. Service at the beginning was quite quick, however it all went downhill from there. One would assume that when a restaurant has got a wine menu a waiter would be able to serve it properly. Sadly, this was not the case as no one has given it a try before he poured it all out to the glasses. We have ordered a soup each, the fish-based ones were lukewarm at best, however tasted really good. Entrees came really late, with half of them cold. I have sent mine back to the kitchen and instead of getting a reheated one, as this is what I have asked for, the waiter decided to wait until everyone has finished, took the plates and given us the dessert menu. My cold entree was included in the bill, which I found really upsetting as I did not even have half of it before sending it back. Probably would recommend for takeouts if you are able to reheat, otherwise sadly not.

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KS
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is really nice. I totally recommend pelmeni (russian raviolis) and the vinegret salad. But the portions aren’t big and all in all I found the place a tiny bit pricey.

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VD
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was nice to come back to old good times with the big possibility to come back again.

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K
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was tasty, well prepared and well presented. Staff were attentive without being overbearing and friendly. Portion size was good... unfortunately I didn't have enough space to sample the desert menu. Still, there's always next time 😋

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AH
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Russian food in London with very cool Soviet art and modern interior design.

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A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Not impressed at all.
As a Russian, I expected different experience and food, but well. There out of five and won’t return again

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P
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was brilliant: nice service, great food, comfortable space, as the tables aren’t ‘on top of each other’.

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R
London
23 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice place. Food was very good. Service was nice. The baked apple pudding was amazing.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing russian cuisine

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S
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is cosy, lively and quiet enough to have a conversation, a nice mix of being both elegant enough to have a date there and casual enough to relax. Very tasty food, feels homemade. The service is both personal and not the least bit intrusive.

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BR
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was top notch. My server accomodated a last minute surprise birthday wishes request for my friend which was amazing!

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AG
London
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great and fast service. If you want to eat something different among the classic and most cousine, Zima is the place for you

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a
Munich
9 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Nice surprise with good food. Just the upstairs area is a little quiet and could need more attention

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SS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Zima is a well appointed restaurant and the service was very good and friendly. Unfortunately much of our food was poor. Tasteless and low quality meat. Maybe on an attempted health kick as no salt. Dessert was good. Infused vodka good.

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

The staff here is amazing! They are so friendly and helpful. The food is also delicious. My Russian friend was so impressed she wants to bring her mother. That’s saying something! The flavored vodka is also really fun to try!

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

Excellent service and interesting food, the Sturgeon was excellent. Highly recommend a visit

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PC
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The flavoured vodkas are lovely..the food is as i expected and very enjoyable...nice ambiance and i thought pretty good value for the middle of Soho

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JA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a wonderful dinner with the friend, - pickles, fish, snacks - everything was cooked exactly the way it is supposed to be, with a European twist on Russian cuisine. Highly recommend.

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T
Warwickshire
13 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Excellent traditional Russian food. Can recommenced it to anyone wishing to sample Russian cuisine.

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TS
London
46 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our first visit to Zima and we loved it from the minute we walked in. Cozy but contemporary atmosphere right in the heart of Soho. Our waitress was lovely - she explained all of the Russian dishes to us and was so delightfully friendly throughout the evening that we felt like we were in her home being hosted. The food was delicious and we tried a number of smaller plates which were beautiful (particularly recommend the black squid ink fish Pelmeni/dumplings and the baked stuffed buns - yum!). For the main I had traditional cabbage rolls stuffed with beef and turkey and they were delicious. I've already recommended Zima to colleagues and we'll return ourselves.

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LS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

This time the restaurant was quite busy, we had to wait for some dishes for a long time. Drinks seem to be pricey. But the food was as always very fresh and tasty!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Really rude hostess at the front this time, I come here a lot and this was the first time I saw her. She made me feel unwelcome and acted haughty, telling me she had no free tables when I walked in. I was able to book one immediately after our conversation through Opentable and even I pointed this out to her she lied to me by saying “I must have had some changes and cancellations”. While everything else was great, she really spoiled this experience and even though I come here frequently next time I will think twice if this member of staff is working.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food and friendly, attentive service. The host was knowledgeable and his recommended options were spot on.

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II
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

good quality Russian soul food. Amazing interior and not bad price for the area.

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TA
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I have been to the restaurant with the group of university friends. I liked the interior with Russian sleds and old spinning/weaving devices on the walls. There is a good choice of traditional Russian dishes like bortsch (beetroot soup), Olivier salad and a number of desserts including Kartoshka and Bird's milk. They also serve Georgian wine which, I believe, is not often served in London. So if you miss Russian food, this place is definitely for you. However, it will be fun for people not familiar with Russian cuisine as well.

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A
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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OT
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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NG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always coming back to ZIMA. Dined there a few times. Great food, amazing value, very authentic. As a Russian, it's a blessing to have a good value Russian restaurant in London, where you can show off the beauty of Russian cuisine to all your friends! Waiters and waitresses are always friendly and welcoming, good at explaining the menu. I would recommend ZIMA to anyone; way above any other Russian restaurant in London, both in terms of value, and quality.

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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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