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ZIMA Russian Restaurant

4.6
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438 reviews
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£26 to £40
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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 alongside 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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 438 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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NatalieD
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

No main vegan options and staff didn’t know what was and wasn’t vegan, gave me an allergy chart to check myself. Burt cauliflower side was barely cooked and tasteless. Service was nice and the nastoyka horseradish shot was lovely too.

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YuliaD
London
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended, you will enjoy. Good for lunch and dinner

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Responded 3 days ago

Dear YuliaD, Thank you for your recommendation! Hopefully see you again very soon. Kind regards, Zima

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StavrosD
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just excellent, really. Not to mention that they made a sweet surprise to my girlfriend, who had her birthday.

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Responded 3 days ago

Dear Stavros, Happy belated birthday to your girlfriend and we are very glad that she enjoyed her surprise! Hopefully see you again very soon. Kind regards, Zima

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Irina
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decided to have my birthday dinner at Zima and it was right decision.
Delicious food and very interesting flavours of infused vodka. Thanks to Marianna for looking after us.
We definitely will be back soon.

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Responded 3 days ago

Dear Irina, We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your birthday celebration at ZIMA. Happy belated birthday from the entire ZIMA team! We look forward to your return. Kind regards, Zima

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved the interior and the vibe. Some brilliantly chosen Russian music playing in the background is a nice touch. Menu is well designed and cleverly presented. Russian salad and Aubergine caviar were very tasty, Siberian pelmeni in my opinion were just OK but good effort nonetheless. Looking forward to coming back, trying more food and enjoying the atmosphere.

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Nikita
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful lunch at ZIMA and thoroughly enjoyed the great food, service, and music at the restaurant. All members of staff were extremely helpful and friendly, and we loved everything we tried there - will definitely come back and recommend it to everyone (being Russian, we are harsh judges!)

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Responded 3 days ago

Dear Nikita, What a lovely compliment, thank you! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the food, service and music. Your kind words will be passed on the the members of staff. We look forward to you visiting us again. Kind regards, Zima

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DanielleJ
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and the staff we had were great. Recommended some amazing drinks. Honestly the vodka is great and I don’t even like vodka. Never had Russian food before but it was super tasty! Defo worth a try

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Responded 3 days ago

Dear DanielleJ, Thank you for this recommendation, your kind words will be passed on to our chef. We are glad that you enjoyed your exploration into Russian cuisine. We hope that you will be dining with us again soon. Kind regards, Zima

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gisela
London
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here for the 1st time with my Russian friends and it has since then been a good love affair!
Absolutely love the Russian flavour and l am always welcomed with a smile

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded 3 days ago

Dear Gisela, What wonderful news! We are thrilled that you love Russian cuisine and that ZIMA played a part in this. Thank you for the recommendation. We look forward to having you dine with us again soon. Kind regards, Zima

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Jenny
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks and service. Had a really lovely time. More veggie main options would be welcome.

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Responded 3 days ago

Dear Jenny, Thank you very much for your review. I will be sure to pass your suggestion on having more vegetarian options to our chef. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind regards, Zima

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HayleyS
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great experience at Zima for my boyfriend's birthday. Delicious cocktails, lots of vodka and tasty food.

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Responded on 13 October 2020

Dear HayleyS, Happy belated birthday to your boyfriend! We are delighted to hear that it was a great experience and enjoyed our cocktails and food. Look forward to seeing you again soon! Kind regards, Zima

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ChrisA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Table by the bar is not ver comfortable. Too noisy to have a dinner there.

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Responded on 13 October 2020

Dear ChrisA, We are sorry to hear that this disturbed your dinner. Next time you decide to visit, you are able to request where you would like to be seated when you book. We hope that you visit us again soon. Kind regards, Zima

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MattG
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great Russian restaurant. Food is excellent and so is the service. Also felt safe being there in Covid times

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Responded on 5 October 2020

Dear MattG, Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the food, the service and felt safe! We hope to see you again very soon! Kind regards, Zima

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AaronW
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Delicious food. Good ambience and amazing service.

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 5 October 2020

Dear AaronW, Thank you for your review! We hope to see you soon and try more from our new menu. Kind regards, Zima

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JevgenijsN
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place.
delicious food.
Lovely staff.
Recommended

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Responded on 6 October 2020

Dear JavgeniksN, Thank you, we are delighted that you enjoyed your experience at ZIMA! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind regards, Zima

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is fantastic, super tasty! New dessert was gorgeous. Can't wait to come back again!

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 5 October 2020

Good afternoon, Thank you very much for your review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our new dessert, we like it too! We look forward to hosting you again soon. Kind regards, Zima

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Matt
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It’s a nice option for a Russian dinner in central London.

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Responded on 5 October 2020

Dear Matt, Thank you for your review! Kind regards, Zima

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TanyaS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutelt delicious food and great service. Will definitely come back!

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Responded on 5 October 2020

Dear TanyaS, Thank you for this review! We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Zima

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DaleT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a friendly and excellent place to go to. After being introduced by a friend, I definitely agree that this is the best traditional Russian place in London.

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Responded on 5 October 2020

Dear DaleT, We are pleased to hear that your friend recommended Zima and that you both enjoyed Russian food. I hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Zima

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Juliette
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Not great food and very poor service. Pretty expensive for the quality and the quantity.

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BarbaraS
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Anna (Russian born) is lovely - friendly, courteous, attentive. She guided us in selecting the right dishes to share and to other courses to try so we could truly experience authentic Russian cuisine. She shared anecdotal comments about Russian culture that enhanced the dining experience.

The wall decorations exude character and colour in a simple but effective form. We were seated at a window table on the first floor overlooking Frith Street that enhanced the ambiance.

The food is superb! As an afficionada of Borsch, Zima's Krasnodarsky with beef is rich and full of flavour. The salmon/cod Palmeni (squid ink dough) is heavenly. If you are a bacon lover, the Salo is a must have as a starter.

This restaurant is well worth many happy returns. Zima is definitely a perfect place to bring friends, family, and visitors to experience a taste of Russia!

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EmilyBelsize
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such a fantastic new find for me - excellent Pelmeni and service. The interiors are
fun and quirky. Bonus is they also take COVID requirements seriously (feels very clean) and have fitted out well designed partition so it feels safe to dine indoors. Highly recommend for something different!

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Responded on 28 September 2020

Dear EmilyBelsize, We are glad that you had such a fantastic time at Zima and that you felt safe dining with us, this is very important for us. We would be delighted to host you again soon! Just to let you know there are two days left of our Eat Out to Help out, in case you wanted to pop by this week! Kind regards, Zima

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JovitaB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This restaurant has a very stylish setting with the authentic dishes on the menu.
I must admit the service was very good, although the waitress kept talking in Russian even if we did not speak that language.
I would definitely come back very soon.

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 5 October 2020

Dear JovitaB, Thank you for your review. We are very proud of our art and new menu and are delighted to hear that you enjoyed it. We hope that we get to see you at Zima very soon! Kind regards, Zima

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LilyA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Am amazing place with super friendly service! Our waitress Mariana was great, nothing was too much trouble for her! The food was divine! The vodka infusions are you die for! I would strongly recommend this restaurant!

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Responded on 28 September 2020

Dear LilyA, Thank you very much for the review and recommendation. We appreciate it very much. I will be sure to pass this message on to Mariana. Kind regards, Zima

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AnnaS
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty! Authentic quisine and interesting cocktails! I recommend to try nastoyka!

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Responded on 21 September 2020

Dear AnnaS, We are thrilled that you enjoyed the food and found it to be authentic, this means a lot to us. Hope to see you soon! Kind regards, Zima

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GGSt
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I think it’s very disappointing that staff does not wear masks in Covid times!

The food was delicious, the only complaint is that it felt like Covid guidelines were not really strictly implemented

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MilaN
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Well, I don’t want to say it was bad, but it wasn’t good.... it wasn’t like I expected! I am sorry I did not like starters... pelmeni was ok, but the dough was too dry... I liked vareniki with cherry! Kackes are not the best

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 21 September 2020

Dear MilanN, We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your meal. This is a real shame for us. These comments have been noted and will be passed on to the chef. We hope that this visit has not discouraged you from giving Russian cuisine another chance. Kind regards, Zima

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Anonim
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place,tasty food. For those who loves Russian cuisine.

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 21 September 2020

Dear Anonim, Thank you for this review! We hope to see you back at Zima soon. Kind regards, Zima

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Alek
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice food and representation. Friendly and helpful staff. Would definitely come again!

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 21 September 2020

Dear Alek, Thank you for your kind words. The staff will be delighted with this feedback. Just to let you know that we have extended out Eat Out to Help Out scheme for September, so hopefully see you very soon. Kind regards, Zima

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JorgeP
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luscious, scrumptious, delicious, superb... Any nice adjective falls short.
Never had tried sturgeon before. It was amazing. Like everything else.

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 21 September 2020

Dear JorgeP, What a lovely choice of words, thank you very much. We are glad that you had the chance to try something new and enjoyed it! Hopefully, we get to see you again soon and introduce you to more new dishes (our new menu arrives in October). Kind regards, Zima

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect Russian cuisine

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Elena
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed Zima restaurant, the food is very tasty, everyone is very friendly and the service is great. Will definitely come again :)

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DiogoS
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service! Everything was good and we had a great time.

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GAVIN
London
35 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, highly recommended! Good selection on menu, caviar a must!! Looking forward to next visit!

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Responded on 7 September 2020

Dear Gavin, We are glad to hear that the service was good and you liked our menu! Just to make sure that you are aware that we are extending the Eat Out to Help Our discount for September. Hopefully see you again very soon. Kind regards, Zima

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FedorS
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place, one of the few places in London with nice Russian good.

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 7 September 2020

Dear FedorS, Thank you for your review, it means a lot to us. We look forward to having you back soon. Kind regards, Zima

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Lizaveta
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really liked my experience. Food is delicious, staff is great, and Russian music adds good mood. I will definitely back again!

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Responded on 7 September 2020

Dear Lizaveta, We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience at Zima. We look forward to seeing you at Zima soon! Kind regards Zima

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Will
London
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service- Russian style! Highly recommended

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 7 September 2020

Dear Will, Thank you for your recommendation, this means a lot to us. We hope to see you very soon. Kind regards, Zima

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SophiaI
London
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great spot for the first introduction to the Russian cuisine. Must try!

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Responded on 1 September 2020

Dear Sophial, Thank you very much for your review. We are very glad that you enjoyed your exploration into Russian food. We look forward to having you again. Kind regards, Zima

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TamaraC
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere amazing food and good service!!!

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 1 September 2020

Dear Tamara, Thank you for your kind words. We hope to see you at Zima soon. Kind regards, Zima

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Halfagrip
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was our first trip into Soho for five months. We had a table out on Frith Street so the social distancing was well covered. Excellent food, service, value and ambience. A great return to Soho.

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 1 September 2020

Thank you very much for your review Halfagrip! We are pleased to hear that the food and service were excellent and also that you felt safe dining with us during this time. Hope to see you again. Kind regards, Zima

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ClaudiaS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The absolute best dining experience! The wait staff were amazing, the food was top class, I’ll be coming here again for sure :)

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 1 September 2020

Dear Claudia, We are very glad that you had such a wonderful experience while dining at Zima. We look forward to hosting you again! Kind regards, Zima

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FAQs

ZIMA Russian Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. ZIMA Russian Restaurant also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7494 9111.

ZIMA Russian Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 438 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.