ZIMA Russian Restaurant

4.7
467 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 467 People Are Saying
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vipFlamingD
London
1 review
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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VitaA
London
1 review
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
6 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
1 review
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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GiuliaV
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really lovely diner out. Very friendly and helpful staff. Great food selection.

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 8 December 2020

Dear GiuliaV, Thank you for this review and we are very happy that you had a lovely dinner. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind regards, ZIMA

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IrinaG
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love li people , amazing ambient
I will back every time when I can

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 8 December 2020

Dear IrinaG, Thank you for this review! We look forward to seeing you. Kind regards, ZIMA

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JuliaOzsarac
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cosy atmosphere, and friendly staff - Alexei is a superstar. Most importantly, mouthwatering food that brings back childhood memories - hands-down best borscht in town!

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 8 December 2020

Dear JuliaOzsarac, Thank you for your kind words. We are delighted that our food brought back fond childhood memories. What a lovely compliment! We hope that we will see you very soon to try the rest of our menu. Kind regards, ZIMA

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ZuzuU
London
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Zima since it open. Amazing food, amazing staff . Thank you for your hard work 😘

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TheGirthiest
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Russian restaurant in London hands down. Eat here tonight.

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 10 November 2020

Dear TheGirthiest, Thank you very much for your review. We look forward to seeing you again! Kind regards, ZIMA

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marinam
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed a quiet dinner at Zima on a Sunday night. We came for the seasonal mushroom menu and all year staples like pelmeni and shuba herring salad. The quality of the food and the presentation were truly great!

The highlight of the evening was their special dessert Tvetaeva's apple tart - phenomenal. One of the best desserts we ever had! Highly recommended.

Thumbs up to Zima Russian restaurant. We'll definitely come back.

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 10 November 2020

Dear Marinam, Thank you very much for taking the time to write this review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your Sunday night with us. Thank you for recommending the Tvetaeva apple pie, it is a personal favourite of quite a few! We look forward to welcoming you back once we open our doors again. Kind regards, ZIMA

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Anyarchia
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was alright, but having come to eat more traditional Russian dishes I was disappointed that the chef here made a very limited menu and modified the traditional dishes. There was also horrific music playing there. Price wise - portions were medium-large, but still the bill for two people without alcohol. drinks came to 75gbp, which for me is a bit pricey for this food. Ambiance is non existant.

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KristinaS
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delius food and good service. Overall excellent place.

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 26 October 2020

Dear KristinaS, Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your experience. Kind regards, Maria

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Pati
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I do recommend :) Yummy food, friendly staff, clean and warm.

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 26 October 2020

Dear Pati, Thank you for the recommendation! We look forward to your next visit. Kind regards, Zima

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Maria
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was my birthday and we have enjoyed everything. Thank you!

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 10 November 2020

Dear Maria, Happy belated birthday! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your birthday celebration with us. Hopefully see you again soon when we open our doors again. Kind regards, ZIMA

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NatalieD
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
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 on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 19 October 2020

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 on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 19 October 2020

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.

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 19 October 2020

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
2 reviews
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.

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 26 October 2020

Good evening, Thank you very much for your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed the music, the atmosphere and the food. Your comments regarding the deign and presentation of the menu will be passed on to our Chef, thank you for this. We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the Siberian pelmeni! We look forward to your return. Kind regards, ZIMA

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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!)

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 19 October 2020

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

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 19 October 2020

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 on 19 October 2020

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.

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
Responded on 19 October 2020

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.

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
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.

ZIMA Russian Restaurant
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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FAQs

ZIMA Russian Restaurant does offer 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 467 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.