ZIMA Russian Restaurant

4.7
648 reviews
£26 to £40
Russian
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!

Experiences

  • Shisha at Lazy Zima Shisha Lounge

    Multiple dates available

    1 shisha per 2 people Shisha is 40! Open from 5:00 till 22:30. Check Lazy Zima for more details. https://www.lazycaterpillar.com/zimasoho-shisha

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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 648 People Are Saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and friendly staff.

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Sergey
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!!
I’m from Russia and from previous experiences of Russian dining in the UK I have been disappointed, but the food at Zima is very authentic and brings back fond memories of my childhood.

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Naughtyboy
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I was very disappointed. I went there only for to try shisha but it was awful without any taste and smell only steam.

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Irene
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the cooking, service, surroundings. Zima is incredible cooking

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DavidA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very lovely food. Borsch excellent. Vodka beautiful. Honey cake great.

My only note would be that there was not enough seasoning (salt) in the broth for the pelmeni and in the chicken blini. Just more salt would have brought out more flavour.

Otherwise excellent thank you

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InitaD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2022
Overall4food3service3ambience3

The service is a bit slow, food is ok but nothing outstanding.

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meowcat
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed visiting Zima! There is so much to choose from on the menu; I particularly loved their Olivier Salad and the seafood pelmeni I ordered. The ambience and decor is gorgeous too, I loved the framed soviet posters on the wall especially. I visited on a Sunday night and it was busy and the atmosphere was thusly very warm and energetic :3 I came alone, and the staff made me feel very welcome despite that so I appreciate it! Also, order the Sea Buckthorn tea! It's got an amazing taste and colour :3

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Jane6
London
25 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent service, very helpful staff, very good food. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

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KatVolkova
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my boyfriend to try Russian food for the first and he loved every dish! Everything was absolutely delicious, we can't wait to come back soon to try more dishes.

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DavidA
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The welcome was warm, service impeccable, food excellent, ambience ideal and overall thoroughly enjoyable.

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LiubaT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the food and the staff was very nice and polite. Def recommend)))

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JulijaP
London
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice restaurant, good food, amazing service. Will come again

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OlgaK
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, brilliant service. Everything was just wonderful:)))

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KarenA
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall2food1service2ambience2

tasteless, poor, without imagination. cheaply. any housewife cooks tastier

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EkaterinaZ
London
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant in London because they serve very delicious Russian meals.

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Missgemima
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious dumplings - a great little place, nice and quiet for an intimate meal with great food

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Shnm
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Food was good, service ruined our visit. Not a very welcoming place

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KrisL
London
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service, good drinks, we'll come back!

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MarkN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food, awesome drinks and you can’t fault the location (in the heart of london). Waitresses were brilliant and funny.
Highly recommend

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VeronicaL
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Booked a table on a terrace for shisha , hardly any space as people were sat extremely Close to one another . Ordered shisha and a bottle of Prosecco between 3 people , as soon as shisha has arrived we told staff that something was wrong with it as it tasted harsh . Even after the staff member ‘fixed ‘ the shisha it still
Didn’t taste right . As soemone who smokes shisha on a regular basis I know that how it should taste and explained this to the staff. The staff who spoke Moldovan said something to the gentleman next to us and laughed . They then explained that staff made a comment about it being too ‘harsh’ for us because we were women . The shisha still didn’t taste right but it because smoother so I smoked it , the gentlemen sat at the table next to us let us have their shisha as ours
Was so bad so my friend accepted it and proceeded to smoke it whilst I smoked the one we had ordered . We ordered a bottle of Prosecco but I only
Had two sips and the shisha was making me feel unwell . I was unwell in the bathroom and made staff aware . Staff were not helpful and did not even offer me a glass of water . I went home and proceeds to be sick , I email zima complaining about the shisha . The reply I had received was extremely
unprofessional . Manager stated that I felt sick because I had drank alcohol ( even though I explained I had two sips only as I felt
Unwell due to shisha ). They then said this was due to nicotine , I explained that I smoke shisha on a regular basis and have never felt
This way . The manager continued
To be rude and patronising . Never again will I step foot into this place . There are places which do exceptional shisha such as Syon lounge, Cierlo and many others .

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 27 December 2021

Dear Veronica, Thank you for your review. As already mentioned to you via email, FB and IG messages - you feeling unwell was a result of nicotine poisoning. Consumption of alcohol and tobacco comes at the risk of the user. Part of rules of Shisha Lounge clearly states: Smoking Kills. We are not responsible for any health damage smoking might cause. When entering and ordering at ZIMA Shisha Lounge you agree to the rules stated and displayed at the entrance. Hope you are feeling better now.

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Researcher
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great authentic Russian food almost same as you find in Russia but with local ingredients

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Herefordscotts
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Busy place in a great location. we we persuaded to be adventurous and try the more Russian food which was ok but not really for us. The items we missed out on looked stunning(Chicken Kiev and Beef Stroganoff). The Borsch was really good but the various dumplings we tried didn't hit the spot but I'm glad we tried them. Staff were great and I would go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The shisha space is amazing

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Katt
Glasgow
4 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, delicious vodka and not too expensive for central London.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Had a dinner with my wife. We are very familiar with Russian/Eastern European cuisine - we are originally from there. We were looking for this dinner. But Food was frankly underwhelming.. pelmeni and vareniki were made of thick dough.. herring was not really tasty. It was not “bad”, but we didn’t enjoy it (at all). Service was great. Interior and location as well. Overhyped.

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EuniB
London
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wanted to try this restaurant for some time and very pleased we did. Fantastic food and service. Considerable menu, plenty of choices and very good value. Good wine list and vodka options. Highly recommend and will return.

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RebeccaM
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food here is fantastic and there's a lovely atmosphere. Our only criticism was that the vodka bar downstairs is a little dingy and scruffy in comparison to the restaurant, which seems a shame, and the music very loud and also not very tasteful! If the vodka bar was a continuation of the restaurant I would frequent it often!

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vipDominikaC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my 3rd visit and they always deliver. Food, drinks and service and amazing. I would highly recommend this place.

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BrZR
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food was very average, and didnt come out hot enough either. Honestly expected better.

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Konstantin
New England
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good experience visiting Zima. Second time here and quite impressive. Feels authentic and our waitress Nastya helped elevate the experience even further. Definitely recommend to other fellow Russians to get a feel for being at home, and those who want to discover the flavours of the count et for the first time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and nice hookah

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Noble
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was excellent but the service was a bit disappointed, slow and lack of attention to the customers

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chardonnaie
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had shisha and it was great, great vibe and music in the shisha section plus service was great and pleasant. Prices for food are a bit on the higher level but it’s central London so it’s expected.

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KingaP
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked a table for my boyfriend’s birthday dinner. Staff very friendly, amazing food. We got a cake with “happy birthday”, they sang happy birthday and that was very nice surprise for us!
Thanks again for making this evening so good, Will be back to try more food!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is very tasty! Definitely will visit again

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SvetlanaS
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, nice place in the centre of Soho

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ViktoriaZ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Russian atmosphere! The food is beyond delicious and the music was on point :)

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RhysM
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent, food and drink was delicious, the only set back was that the service (although friendly and attentive) was a little slow.

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Oscar
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Amazing atmosphere and really nice service :)

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TokyoTen
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for our family meal - good atmosphere, delicious food, friendly staff.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from ZIMA Russian Restaurant using the Order Online button. ZIMA Russian Restaurant also offers delivery in partnership with Deliveroo, Supper London and Uber Eats. ZIMA Russian Restaurant also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7494 9111.

ZIMA Russian Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 648 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.