ZIMA Russian Restaurant

4.5
239 reviews
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Russian
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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!
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KB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food as always! Have visited other Russian restaurants in London and as a Russian myself I was impressed with the quality of food and the service levels

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Responded 5 hours ago

Dear Ksenia, Our team is pleased that you enjoyed your visit to ZIMA! We look forward to welcome you back soon! Best wishes, ZIMA team

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JO
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great and very tasty food. Staff have a very good knowledge about the menu and will assist and help to choose the best. I had a Vodka platter to share with some vodka shots followed by Duck and some wine.
All finished with traditional honey layer cake - with one candle on the top - as it was my birthday! We really liked the whole experience in Zima.

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Responded 6 days ago

Dear Jakub, We pleased that you have trusted your birthday evening to ZIMA! Thank you for your review and we look forward to welcome you back soon! Best wishes, ZIMA team

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LM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and great service in a cozy atmosphere. Homemade vodka infusions alone are worth the visit!

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Responded on 9 April 2019

Dear Leonardo, Thank you for taking your time to write a review! We hope to see you again soon! Best wishes, ZIMA team

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V
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good, service good. Bought back memories of enjoyable time working in Moscow so must be ok! Design a little bland but otherwise good experience.

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Responded on 5 April 2019

Dear Vosberg, Thank you for your review! Hope to see you again soon! Best regards, Zima Team

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SD
London
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Would you judge Russian restaurant by main dish Beef Stroganoff?
If so, here it is - £16.5, main dish, all cream and some mushrooms, beef in traces.

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Responded on 5 April 2019

Dear Sofija, Thank you for your time to write this feedback. Hope you will give ZIMA another chance and we won't disappoint! Best regards, ZIMA team

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was rather good, but the service has to be seriously improved. I did not expect it to be a Michelin service, but it should not be that rude at least.

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Responded on 5 April 2019

Dear guest, Thank you for taking time and providing your comments to us. We hope that you will give another chance to Zima and we won't disappoint you! If you'd like to share more details - please send it to olga.kornilova@zima.restaurant Best wishes, Zima Team

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Russian food and great service

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Responded on 9 April 2019

Dear Guest, Thank you for your review! Best wishes, ZIMA team

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MM
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and a very nice and welcoming venue. Staff great and friendly. Would definitely be back.

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Responded on 5 April 2019

Dear Maciej, Thank you for your time to share your experience! We look forward to welcome you back! Best wishes, Zima Team

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Food excellent, drinks excellent, service was inattentive and indifferent.

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Responded on 5 April 2019

Dear Jenny, Thank you for sharing your comments to us! Best wishes, Zima Team

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

Best Russian restaurant in London with a European

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Responded on 5 April 2019

Dear guest, Thank you for your review! Best wishes, Zima Team

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NP
London
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The staff were rude and took half an hour of waiting before they asked us to order, food was ordinary, we were shoved out the door after two hours. I was not aware the booking was only for 2 hours, it didn't say that anywhere on the OpenTable website, when I booked. Never again!

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Responded on 5 April 2019

Dear Nada, We sorry that you didn't enjoy your experience. May I kindly ask you to share more details about your visit to olga.kornilova@zima.restaurant Best regards, Zima Team

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IS
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to eat traditional Russian and Ukrainian food, extremely delicious! Also, great choice of different kinds of moonshine

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Responded on 5 April 2019

Dear Illia, We pleased that you enjoyed your visit to Zima. We hope to see you again soon! Best regards, Zima Team

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DC
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was amazing! Real traditional russian food. I will come back for sure!

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Responded on 5 April 2019

Dear Dariya, Thank you for review! We look forward to welcome you back! Best wishes, Zima Team

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I
London
20 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good location in the heart of Soho.
Friendly staff, very good food and great value.

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Responded on 5 April 2019

Dear Ilalilli, Thank you for review! Best regards, Zima Team

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YD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service above all, we came with more people than asked for and they quickly found us another table

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Responded on 21 March 2019

Dear Yuji, Thank you for your review! Best wishes, Zima Team

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B
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, great service and something very different. Cannot highly recommend this place enough. Make sure you try the pirozhki!

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Responded on 21 March 2019

Dear Benjorama, Thank you for your great review! We look forward to welcome you back soon! Best wishes, Zima Team

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EG
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food and ambience, herring in a fur coat was amazing

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Responded on 15 March 2019

Dear Ellie, Thank you for your review! Kind regards, Zima Team

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TB
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I didn’t like that our table was just for 2 hours. That’s was awful. We were celebrating and we had to leave. Also I didn’t like the music there.

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Responded on 15 March 2019

Dear Tatiana, Thank you for your review! Regular time slot for each table is 2 hours, however we are always happy for you to stay longer if we have any availability! Kind regards, Zima Team

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TS
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really great restaurant, price is pretty good for the quality of food you're getting (though it's certainly a special treat to go!)

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Responded on 15 March 2019

Dear TjS1234, We pleased that you enjoyed your experience at Zima. We look forward to see you soon! Kind regards, Zima Team

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Cozy and warm atmosphere, unique interiors, helpful staff, dishes tastes as they should be in Russia.

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Responded on 15 March 2019

Dear Sir/Madam, Thank you for your review! Hope to see you very soon! Best regards, Zima Team

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OS
London
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, authentic Russian food! Loved the vodka platter with the 10 vodka shots combination, perfect to share between two people.

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Responded on 15 March 2019

Dear Olena, Thank you for your review! We have more infused vodka flavours for you to try next time! Best regards, Zima Team

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The waiter with the beard was fabulous.

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Responded on 15 March 2019

Dear sir/madam, We pleased that you enjoyed your experience at Zima Restaurant and our service! Best regards, Zima Team

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C
London
13 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely time! Good food and service

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Responded on 15 March 2019

Dear Chrisrochford, Thank you for your review! We look forward to welcome you back!

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JO
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I love this restaurant. It is my second visit. Good service and excellent food.

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Responded on 15 March 2019

Dear John, Thank you for your review! We are happy to know that you enjoyed your experience with us! Kind regards, Olga

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New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food.

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Responded on 15 March 2019

Dear Sir/Madam, Thank you for review! Kind regards, Zima Team

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Starters were excellent but mains were disappointing-£15 for a plain salmon fillet with a spoon of sauce and a plate of mixed salad leaves. Vodka shots were great! Recommend you stick to Russian traditional dishes such as dumplings.

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Responded on 15 March 2019

Dear sir/madam, Thank you for taking time and sharing your experience! Best regards, Zima Team

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London
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice cosy restaurant with clean tasting food and good service

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Responded on 15 March 2019

Dear Sir/Madam, Thank you for you review! Kind regards, Zima Team

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious, but want really makes Zima stand out is the service. Dani took care of us that evening and he was careful, friendly, and accommodating. He went well beyond the call of duty to make sure we had a memorable evening. Definitely recommend and will come back!

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Responded on 15 March 2019

Dear Sir/Madam, Thank you for highlighting our service and Daniel! We look forward to welcome you back very soon! Kind regards, Zima Team

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AR
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Cheap food, taste like ready made, nothing like traditional Russian cuisine.

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Responded on 15 March 2019

Dear Alexander, Thank you for taking time and providing your comments to us. We hope that you will give another chance to Zima and we won't disappoint you! Best regards, Zima Team

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s
London
8 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous food, great vodka selection, and perfectly attentive and helpful service. Definitely going on the favourites list.

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d
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dinner at Zima catching up with friends. Delicious and authentic Russian food and drinks, nice ambience, and lovely staff. Would definitely recommend.

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Responded on 21 February 2019

Dear Dimatron, It's fantastic to hear your enjoyed your visit! Thank you once again! Kind regards, Zima Team

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London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I’ve been to Zima many times. I must say I was disappointed by the service last night. The service in general was not up to expectations. One of my favorite things there is the Medovik honey cake. Unfortunately, the staff did not tell us they would not be serving past 2100 at which time they brought us the check without sollicitation. If you are going to close at 2100, let people know so that they can order dessert (in this case, a dessert which is made in advance—it’s cake). Definitely a let down compared to other times.

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Responded on 21 February 2019

Dear guest, Thank you for spending your time to write a review. On Sundays, our restaurant is open until 9PM and kitchen closes at 8:30PM. This information is displayed on our website and all booking service providers. Having said that, we are sorry to hear that you were not advised on the day and that your visit was as not as you expected. Hope, you will visit us soon again and have a true ZIMA hospitality experience! Best regards, Zima Team

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BD
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Disappointing experience, would not recommend. First thing the staff said when we arrived was that we had to leave within 2 hours. Service was hostile and slow. Main courses arrived 15 minutes before the 2 hour slot finished and the staff rudely told us we had to leave. Food was OK but not worth the trip. Plenty of better places to eat.

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Responded on 21 February 2019

Dear Ben, We sorry that we felt beyond your expectations, hopefully to see you again soon at ZIMA! All the best, Zima Team

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K
London
6 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food & service. There is a fairly small menu but there seems to be something for everyone. Some of the dishes look quite small but don't be deceived.

Went there early in the evening so fairly quiet when we arrived. When we left 2 hours later it was beginning liven up.

I'm really pleased I found this place.

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Responded on 21 February 2019

Dear Keith, It is a pleasure for our team to read reviews like yours! Looking forward to welcome you again! All the best, Zima Team

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n
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Beware the sour cream which can be slathered over your food even if not listed on the menu.
A very mixed meal - a great starter of potato rosti and smoked salmon, delicious, nicely presented and a generous serving.
Horrible main course, was served tepid, cabbage stuffed with meat. Bland and horrible.
Dessert of cherry dumplings poorly presented with barely enough sauce and grey looking dumplings which were unappealing. Badly conceived and presented.
£40 a head for pretty uninspiring food - won't be returning.

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Responded on 21 February 2019

Dear Nicolan, Thank you for sharing your opinion regarding your recent visit to Zima. We glad you have enjoyed your potato rosti with cured salmon. Hopefully, you will give another chance to Zima and it you won't be disappointed! Best wishes, Zima Team

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N
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food! Really happy to discover Russian cuisine!

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Responded on 21 February 2019

Dear Nicolas, We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit! Kind regards, Zima Team

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t
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyable evening with good food and friendly service.

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Responded on 21 February 2019

Dear Tabbro1, Thank you for your review! Looking forward to see you soon! Best regards, Zima Team

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

Guys, as being Russian recommend you this restaurant for it's atmosphere and kitchen. Did enjoy every minute and every flavour, salads are amazingly designed and second courses are very traditional. A bit expensive, but if you go for a special occasion, that's quite good price.

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Responded on 15 March 2019

Dear Oksana, Thank you for sharing your experience! We always happy to read review like yours! Your sincerely, Zima Team

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb attitude and friendly service. Amazing food goes without saying

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Responded on 5 April 2019

Dear guest, Thank you for your review! Best wishes, Zima Team

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CW
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal and excellent service!! Russian mule drink was very tasty and vodka single shots are a must to do!!

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Responded on 21 February 2019

Dear Cheryl, Thank you for your wonderful review! We are happy that you enjoyed your visit! Best regards, Zima Team

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