ZIMA Russian Restaurant

4.7
486 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!

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 486 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ErikaA
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing time here spent for my birthday with my friends. The server and manager were very accommodating, kind, attentive and caring - we had an incredible night. The food and cocktails are outstanding too - the vodka platter was to die for. Can't wait to come back - thanks thanks making my birthday so special!!

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Veronika
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

really great place with amazing food and a nice atmosphere. very covid safe

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Karina
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great service and lovely food
Definitely coming back

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really nice experience all round. Our servers where lovely and the food was really good. I would be interested to see if the menu got any bigger when they fully opened up indoors aswell as it was quite bread/meat heavy. I had the stroganoff and it was delish.

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AliceP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The service was very slow and the table was shaking, so we spilled our hot drinks multiple times. Everything else was great.

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MaudH
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience for our first dinner out with friends after the lockdown.
The staff was lovely and fun, the food delicious. Thank you for the high chair and the birthday candles! We loved it and we will be back!

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Lucy
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the best time at the ZIMA! Nice comfortable set up for outside dining. The food was lovely and has lots of sharing options. Best part was the vodka!

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EmilyW
London
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the service and food were both excellent, my family had such a good experience and we all agreed it was the highlight of our week! We had never tried russian food before either so this was a super introduction to it. Will definitely be returning!

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DeeJ
London
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Food and cocktails were really good. I come from Eastern European country so our food is very similar/some are same, was easy to judge and I knew what I was eating. Sadly had no small portions of caviar at the time! Table dining times weren’t clear enough. We were told by waitress and a host we have until 5pm. After we paid the bill we were interrupted by quote abrupt either supervisors or manager, telling us that he needs this table NOW! I said yes we have until 5pm and we still had 7minutes to get ourselves together, he didn’t care what I was saying and kept repeating he needs it now. Not very pleasant and quite rude in fact. Sadly won’t be coming back again.

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LaureM
London
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks to Mariana for her perfect service, good food and not long to wait. Great vodka too x

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Adriana
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty chicken schnitzel and dumplings with stock were amazing. Helpful staff suggestions.

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Yulia
London
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Great food but service needs to improve: got 2 salads instead of one ordered, 2 cups of tea instead of one we asked for, additional item on the bill that we did not order.

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AnastasiaS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff service is outstanding. Food is better than at any other Russian restaurants we’ve been to. Ambiance is good if you like to be in a center of everything!

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JuliaD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it- the food was delicious, the staff was attentive and happy to help with recommendations and making our visit super enjoyable. Can’t wait to be back!

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TatianaB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food as always

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Carla
Österreich
6 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, very authentic!

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LouisaC
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food & friendly service. The current set up is very busy & noisy, though the staff generally do a good job of attending to customers. Offering blankets to help brace the cold which helps.

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Xiba
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great experience as my first time going to a Russian restaurant. I came here with 2 friends and we all loved the food. Maybe the downgrade it was that was chilly outside and no heaters or blankets but food was great and service was spotless, very attentive and helpful with recommendations to choose our food.
Nice house cocktails as well worthy to try. We will definetly be back but eating indoors probably. Thank you to all the team

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very lovely staff, delicious food!

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France
London
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time at a Russian restaurant.
Great experience.
Blankets available at the terrace which helped not being too cold in the evening.
Great service.

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kh2017
London
9 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zima is a wonderful bar - delicious Russian food and vodka infusions! Highly recommend.

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vipFlamin
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good selection of food and drinks. Service a little bit slow, but this has to be gauged against the current COVID-19 issues. Would definitely recommend and visit again!

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Vita
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, friendly service and beautiful interior

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KristinaM
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, friendly service. Would definitely visit again

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, good food, friendly service!

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LILIANA
London
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend going to the ZIMA restaurant.

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kh2017
London
9 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best bars in soho, delicious food and a fun atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Russian food as always!

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zoio
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

A beautiful place, nice atmosphere and excellent customer service! Everyone with a smile and willing to help.
The dishes would come a bit late that they usually do come in a restaurant but they were very busy!
Regarding the food we didn't get crazy as it's quite plain compared to our taste. Beautiful ambience thought and totally recommend the "aubergine rolls with hummus" that was delicious!
Try their own vodka in different flavors, light and tasty.
I have to mention that it's a bit pricey too...
Nice experience after all 🙂

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 9 December 2020

Dear Zoio, Thank you for your review. We are glad that you had a nice experience and enjoyed out aubergine rolls with hummus. As you liked our homemade Nastoyka, I would like to let you know that we currently have a Christmas special. We would love to welcome you to ZIMA to try it! We hope to see you soon. Kind regards ZIMA

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Alexandra
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great quality russian food! Very tasty.
Flavoured Shots are pricey considering the low alcohol percentage.

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 9 December 2020

Dear Alexandra, Thank you for your review and rating. We hope to welcome you again soon. Kind regards, ZIMA

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good as always!

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 9 December 2020

Good afternoon! Thank you for your review! We hope to see you soon. Kind regards, ZIMA

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AlionaB
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delicious east European food, some dishes a bit over priced because of few caviars (draniki). We had dessert of the day - Napoleon which was dry, should be soft. Homemade tea is just amazing, as usual! However, overall was good! Definitely we will come back!

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 9 December 2020

Dear AlionaB, We are sorry to hear that the Napoleon was not to your taste. We welcome you to come back and try our other desserts, hopefully you will enjoy these. We have a special this week! We look forward to your next visit. Kind regards, ZIMA

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Never tried Russian cuisine before but will certainly be back. Menu was interesting and the food was really really good. The Honey Cake to finish was something else - as were the pancakes and condensed milk!

Definitely recommended 👍

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 9 December 2020

Good afternoon, We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our famous Honey Cake and that you will be back to try more! We hope that we see you very soon! Kind regards, ZIMA

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vipTigger
Bath
15 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When what you really want is excellent baboushka food!

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 8 December 2020

Dear Tigger, Thank you for this review! We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, ZIMA

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Kate
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really friendly and welcoming service! Great variety of food and excellent quality!

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 8 December 2020

Dear Kate, We are glad that you enjoyed your dining experience at ZIMA and we hope to see you again very soon! Kind regards, ZIMA

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TiagoP
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

A brilliant way to experience Russian culture and cuisine

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 8 December 2020

Dear TiagoP, Thank you for taking the time to write this review and for the recommendation! We hope to see you soon. Kind regards, ZIMA

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Petra
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, delicious food and fantastic service. Thank you ZIMA team hope to see you very soon x

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 8 December 2020

Dear Petra, Thank you very much for this review, we are glad that you found the food delicious and the service to be fantastic. We also hope to see you very soon! Kind regards, ZIMA

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AnnaG
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Russian cuisine in London. Lots of traditional russian dishes, that taste like home.

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 8 December 2020

Dear AnnaG, Thank you for your review! We are very happy that you enjoyed our food. We look forward to see you again soon. Kind regards, ZIMA

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really enjoyed our visit. It was only my second time at Zima but felt literally like seeing an old mate you’ve known for ages, that’s how friendly and welcoming the ambiance and the staff are. We were lucky to have two staff members looking after us: Eddie was so very knowledgeable and charming and lovely to chat to, Nikita was as attentive and discreet as on my first visit here a couple of weeks ago - was great to see him again! Food was very good, too. Zakuski platter was abundant and pretty much every item on it was yummy. Had lamb pelmeni and fish pelmeni as mains, both were utterly delicious. Tried the set of nastoiki, too - thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Loved the smooth horseradish one and the tangy sea buckthorn one, but I’ll have to admit the cranberry one was my favourite!
Can’t wait to come back soon. Keep up the amazing work Zima xx

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 8 December 2020

Good afternoon, What a lovely review, thank you for this. The fact that you felt that you were seeing an old mate is such a compliment and will be extended to both Eddie and Nikita. We would love to welcome you to try our new Christmas flavour nastoyka that will be available throughout December. We look forward to seeing you soon. Kind regards, ZIMA

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LauraV
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is very nice and the food just to my taste. I got to eat something similar to romanian food, which was lovely. the staff is very friendly and nice. was great to speak romanian with a nice gentleman working there. Lovely place i am happy i went. totally recommend!

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 8 December 2020

Dear LauraV, We are delighted that you had such a lovely experience and enjoyed our food. Thank you very much for the recommendation. We hope to welcome you very soon! Kind regards, ZIMA

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You can order delivery directly from ZIMA Russian Restaurant using the Order Online button. ZIMA Russian Restaurant also offers delivery in partnership with Deliveroo 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 486 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.