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ZIMA Russian Restaurant

4.6
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377 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!

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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 377 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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TatjanaD
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and helpful staff! Delicious food (borsh is highly recommended)

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punsy
London
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. The борщ was very good. Service was good. Definitely recommend.

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EwelinaL
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its a great place with delicious food. We were served by the nicest people ever.

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate here as my partner is from St Petersburg. The food and service was outstanding and the quality and authenticity was perfect. My partner was taken back to her childhood which was the desired effect. Strongly recommended.

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Karyina
London
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and excellent service. Server spoke in Russian which was a bonus:)

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NatV
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very modern design. Not much of a Russian resemblance. However the service was great. The food tasty but we never had golybci with bechamel sauce. The most impressive were nastoiki. Overall very positive experience and hopefully will be back soon.

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katarinat
London
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Beautiful food and first class service. Much recommended.

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LiraS
London
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleased with all choices in the menu, very tasty food!!!

Highly recommending to visit and definitely will come again.

Thank you!

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SashaT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Just great! Amazing food! Outstanding atmosphere!

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AlexandraL
London
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best place for Russian cuisine in London - will definitely come back! Borsch and pelmeni with salmon are to die for!

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RobertG
London
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great place to experience Russian cuisine. Went with a Russian and full of Russians. The ultimate seal of approval. Well priced considering the excellent standard and prime location.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will be back! An amazing experience!

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Benji
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall1food3service4ambience2

Very noisy people on table across the restaurant shouting visibly annoying everyone in the restaurant. Management did nothing to alleviate it. Food was tasty but arrived cold after a long wait and not really worth the value they charged. Waiter was very lovely and restaurant gave us a great table which was very nice.

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TT27
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The service was outstanding! I was pleased how the manager took it to himself to make everything right after we had a few issues with the food

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OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and atmosphere! Everyone who hasn’t tried Russian food loved it and I thought it was very high quality. The Nastoiki were very interesting and definitely one of the highlights of the evening among the group. Will definitely recommend and visit again!

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CarolineW
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Strawberry and basil vodka was lovely. Food tasted good. Puddings suitably rich and full of flavour

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great night at Zima in Soho. Food was superb, place buzzing with people. Real Russian experience. Loved it. Especially infused vodka shots. They were lethal!

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PaulG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service, thoroughly recommended

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

We were celebrating birthday at Zima. I’ve been to this place many times and experience was always great except this time. Our service didn’t match my expectations, we were brought a few extra portions of dishes that nobody ordered, furthermore, it was not removed from our bill and we, eventually paid for it. Server didn’t possess information about the availability of certain dishes. I waited one of my starter for over an hour and then i was told that it ran out.
In addition to that, we were not able to order either desserts or coffee after 9, because this is the time when the kitchen and bar stop operating. If we knew we would’ve ordered everything in advance but nobody told us about it.
There are dishes I would recommend: Olivie, Black Caviar with pancakes, Chicken Cutlet with mashed potatoes, Pirogi.
I will not say that we had a good experience at this restaurant, we left disappointed and without a wish to come back.
Prices are fair.

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AnnaMariaT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Staff is really slow. Honey cake is the best I’ve ever tried though, pelmeni so-so

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KarineA
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I’m from Russia and on the one hand I would like to be proud of Russian food served in Soho, but on the other hand I judge it mercilessly re my vast experience as a Russian food eater.
Starter Mushroom Julienne went wrong. Julienne is the way you shred thinly any product. Unfortunately in Zima they chopped mushroom into random size chunks. And they forgot to season them completely.
Ukha Donskaya with salmon and cod (fish soup) was so thin and a bit watery, the two pieces of fish looked rationed. And I never even heard let alone eat cherry tomatoes in Ukha :-0
Stuffing in pelmeni (meat and fish ones) was really nice but the dough was unforgivably thick. Pelmeni with fish were barely tepid.
Same temperature problem happened with the pancakes, but they replaced the cold ones without a problem.
Sea backthorn tea and cranberry mors were really nice. I also couldn’t fault Cabbage rolls.
Quite mixed feelings, but in general it’s worth trying. And I wish the restaurant to improve the quality of food to the full glory of Russian cuisine, good luck!

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Pfpm
London
8 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent restaurant and perfect for sweet and savoury blini during Maslenitsa. Loved the food, the ambiance and service was good. (One small point ... would have liked the Georgian wine available by the glass?). This was our first visit and will go again

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Zhanna
London
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend going to Zima restaurant. Everything was great!

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vipVictK
London
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Russian food in a central London location !

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
13 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Maslenitca menu is amazing. You get a huge amount of blinis for a fair price with various toppings. Very tasty. Olivie is good as well and they have great choice of nastoikas! Good russian place not too expensive! Great service as well!!

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Victoria
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

the service was extremely slow
The food had gotten worse, the olivie salad is not as delicious as it used to be, same goes for borshh. for some reason there is no mushroom pirozhki anumore.
Also i think they changed up the menu a bit and its just not as good

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Sugy
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Service was non-existent, the menu was brought like 10 minutes after being seated and not even water was offered at that point. Not one single explanation about the menu, not even mention about the Maslenitsa menu that they have this week. The food was served and again without a single explanation (thanks god we are familiar with Russian cuisine) and we never heard from the waiter again, until he came to pick up the plates. Basically Russian service from the 90’s... The kind of service you don’t even get in a bad restaurant in Moscow these days.

The food was decent; presentation, portions and flavour were good for being London. Not amazing, but good enough when you are craving some Russian classics. Would come back for the food, but the service was so terrible that I doubt. Rather go to Marivanna.

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TikhonE
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Excellent food taste, friendly staff, good menu
Service is patchy, courses served at different time, very noisy clientele

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

This review is based on just my last experience.
There was only one waiter, which meant that we were waiting for about an hour for the food who h then became cold.
The waiter was trying so hard to get everything done, the food was still great and I would still recommend going, just hopefully they one person serve everyone again.

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vipBlackDog
Cambridge
50 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the third time of visiting and it lived up to my expectations. As I had booked it for five people of which four had never been before, great that everybody loved the place.

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ElenaF
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good representation of the Russian food. Delicious and beautifully presented. A bit expensive though.

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TanyaK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

It’s was nice good food sprayer form everything came lukewarm not hot

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CAZZA1024
Berlin
6 reviews