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ZIMA Russian Restaurant, London,

ZIMA Russian Restaurant

4.6
4.6
760 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!

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2 people

19:00


Booked 23 times today
Experiences are available.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Russian, Eastern European, Contemporary European

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 17:00–22:00 Mon–Fri 12:00–16:00 Fri–Sun 12:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    020 7494 9111

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Alexei Zimin

  • Catering

    ZIMA provides off-site catering for small and large events.

  • Private party contact

    info@zima.restaurant: 020 7494 9111

  • Area

    Soho

  • Cross Street

    Old compton street

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    Right in the heart of Soho between Piccadilly, Leicester Square and Tottenham Court Road

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Wine

Experiences

  • Shisha at Lazy Zima Shisha Lounge

    Multiple dates available
    1 shisha per 2 people Shisha is 45! Open from 5:00 till 22:30. Check Lazy Zima for more details. https://www.lazycaterpillar.com/zimasoho-shisha

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What 760 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. P

    Patryk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious food. Great Eastern European Cusine experience. Hospitality 5/5
  2. n

    nhtrnm

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    By far the best Russian food that I had in London.
  3. H

    Hannah

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and vodka! On the pricey side, but tasty and great service too.
  4. M

    Maria

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server Sofia was amazing! The food was great as always, drinks no so much (we had cocktails).
  5. PI

    ParkIsland448

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Authentic Russian food - okroshka and pickles were especially good and the caviar is fantastic value, though it's a pity it is served with crepes rather than blini and the piroshki are rather small. Great service and ambience (there was a noisy birthday party but the restaurant has different sections, so if you want a quiet table that's doable). More fun for Russian speakers but well worth a try for others too.
  6. T

    Toygerloveismine

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always such a pleasant atmosphere and staff. I come here often whether it be the restaurant, the shisha bar or the karaoke/vodka bar downstairs; Everything is always top tier fun. The food, the alcohol and the people — you won’t regret coming here!
  7. K

    Kelsey

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great Shisha Lounge! Good music that wasn’t too loud. Host did try and ask us to leave earlier than what we booked for as he confused our booking but he wasn’t rude. Yummy food, the decor was nice, and everything was very clean. Last but not least, the shisha was amazing, all the pipes were good quality and our coal was changed regularly. Would definitely recommend.
  8. P

    Phil

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best place in soho! Wonderful food, atmosphere and service!
  9. R

    Rudess

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    First time at this restaurant, I chose it to surprise my wife. We booked based on the information available on OpenTable website, which emphasised quite clearly they do set menu for LUNCH at cost of £13-15 (I made screenshot of that , so I have a proof). We arrived at restaurant and asked for the set menu for lunch, but were told there isn't such a menu. If it was just me, I'd go to eat at another place but I didn't want to spoil my wife's experience, so we stayed and order 1 starter and 2 mains . The food was tasty although the portions are small and we remained hungry (£14 for one chicken meatball with buckwheat?!). I called later in the evening to OpenTable, who put the blame to the restaurant (OpenTable claim that the restaurants put up the information and prices). When I asked the customer service rep what responsibility do they take as a platform for content which is published on their own site, he had no answer. So while the food was tasty, due the value for money and the fact that the set-lunch menu doesn't actually exist, i will not recommend this restaurant.
  10. OD

    OlgaD

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 July 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    I loved buckwheat and our waiter! The portion of beef stroganoff could be bigger for £22 pounds. Dumplings were nice, but I’d put more salt in the water. Salo was not salo, I literally thought it was prosciutto. Also lacking vegan options.
  11. A

    Allita

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    Food is not bad, but not value for money. The pies were cold inside, the portions are too small so the prices are unfairly high for this quality.
  12. JJ

    JuliaJ

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely date night. Exceptional food and amazing service!! Highly recommend
  13. G

    Guest1

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    We booked the table for 19.00 via OpenTable however we were late around 20 min. While we appreciate the fact that the restaurant accommodated us being late 15 min, what I did not appreciate was the staff coming over saying that we came at 6.30 and had to leave by 21.00. They did not inform us from the beginning that it is a 2h time slot. There were tables around us where people had been there longer that us( they were there when we arrived), there were empty tables around us, however the staff felt keen to tell us specifically that we had to leave soon. We ordered main meal - portions are way too small for the price, and food was barely tasty (I m from East a Europe so I am familiar with the usual taste). The shisha was good but given that it s very strong and we had less than 2h to enjoy it, we rushed to enjoy it. In addition to this, when we were seated, the staff were serving their "familiar friendly faces" around us, but not us. We had to ask for some bottled still water too, seeing that they were offering that to guests around us, who came after us. Shisha garden is quite small and there is not enough space between tables, therefore overall, I would not recommend this restaurant. Only positive feedback would be for the dessert, tasty cake and good shisha. But again, price/quality/service is not worth it.
  14. HK

    HafsahK

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 July 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Though the food was tasty it was very overpriced for the portion you receive. Even the cocktails were £12.50. Was asked if we would like water when we sat down which was added to the bill at the end at £4. Service charge was also automatically applied. Ordered the soup and was disappointed that it was pastry on the side and chicken broth essentially. Perhaps another meal would have been better. Overall, I do feel ripped off. Ended up paying £60 for some chicken brother, water and a cocktail. Based on taste I would recommend. Not on price though.
  15. C

    Cali

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great evening; warm welcome and service, yummy food and good shisha
  16. LK

    LisaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I absolutely loved my experience there! The ambience is lovely; the food is delicious and authentic. The service was friendly and attentive. Highly recommended.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Olivier salad and dumpling are forever in my heart♥️🤤 And of course a special place is taken by vodka infusions carefully made by the most handsome bartender Zima ever had — Alex🫶🏻
  18. JM

    JoyaM

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday party of only 3 : very efficient front desk young lady, first floor restaurant with nice, decor, spacious, jazzy music, quiet guests,. Food extremely well presented, interesting and tasty ; very friendly waitress. All in all a very pleasing experience. We will come again.
  19. F

    Foodie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and great service. Everything cooked with care. Would definitely come again!
  20. KB

    KeithB

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely meal and very friendly service. I enjoyed the Borch and Beef Stroganoff.
  21. LA

    LeoA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great russian restaurant, has the best dishes. only thing i would change is adding more soups, but apart from that its amazing!
  22. I

    Isobel

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    We had a young waiter who probably just mixed up the orders and didn't listen to what we asked. The waiter then brought the manager to us, who outright started with "What's your problem??" aggressively. She gaslighted us saying the order is exactly what we asked for, which obviously wasn't the case. To top it up, they mistakenly (deliberately?) added a bottle of wine to the receipt instead of one 175 ml glass that we ordered. Lol. It's fine, we all do mistakes but own them, don't gaslight your customers and start with "What's your problem??" when you're clearly in the wrong. Everyone was polite until the manager arrived. It's not Karen's cafe that's trending on Tiktok for the rudest service. At least we didn't know it was.
  23. SM

    SafiaM

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food is amazing. Music is alright, I'm not sure that everyone would appreciate such music bands as Leningrad, Bi-2 etc. And for me also it wasn't really clear why the staff couldn't charge my phone. In every place, they have a charger for iPhones. Apart from this, it's a good place to visit.
  24. SM

    SamM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, great staff. Couldn't recommend it more.
  25. KA

    KsenijaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing service, amazing food and amazing ambience both in restaurant and karaoke. Always choose over any other restaurants in soho!
  26. AK

    AlexandraK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious traditional Russian food, super cocktails..nice atmosphere and fast service
  27. NM

    NataliaM

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very testy traditional russian food, we liked it.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    County Durham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great experience, home tasted food (I’m Russian and I know what I’m talking about), sophisticated service organised by professional staff. Karina was super helpful and friendly and easy to deal with. I would highly recommend to anyone who is thinking to try Russian/Ukrainian food
  29. AI

    AleksandraI

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food was good, but the service was a bit slow and it was very hot in the restaurant
  30. OK

    OlegK

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    The electric guitar player made a lot of noise thus our conversation was next to impossible. Karaoke downstairs made also a lot of seismic waves. Food was not bad but I have tried better vareniki with cabbage in Kyiv with much more stuff inside.
  31. JG

    JuliaG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    The food was lovely but the portions are very small. Really overpriced, spent more than £60 each with a glass of wine. It’s not a posh restaurant and the plates are pretty basic for this price tag. I’d say I won’t return because the value isn’t great but food tasted nice.
  32. EB

    ElenaB

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The venue is really cozy, food is great, presentation really great and original. So far the better Russian restaurant i have tried. The price are fair, it's not overpriced at all considering the service and food quality. Definitely a must see.
  33. A

    Anya

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Russian food and nastoikas! Great value!
  34. O

    Oakesy

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really enjoyed my time and good in the restaurant. It has honed white marble tables (not garish at all) which I love. The vodkas are brilliant (try them all), and the our choice of courses was delightful and subtle. I felt everything I ate from the light as air rye bread to soft tasting sour cream had been constructed by hand. My only regret is that we didnt have more time and a chance to try more dishes
  35. E

    Esme

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was SO good. Never has Shuba red herring salad this great. Price is very reasonable. So many options too
  36. L

    Lera

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and a wonderful ambience. The staff were very friendly and welcoming and the food came very quickly.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing food! I want to go again.
  38. T

    Teddy

    London

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good and authentic russian food! The honey cake was amazing!
  39. A

    Amnon

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Imaginative and refined Russian food, with Ukrainian, Armenian, Georgian and Baltic flavours too. Great service and excellent atmosphere.
  40. SB

    SvetlanaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, had different dumplings.. All were delicious.. Also, food served to other customers looked great. Service was great, restaurant itself is very cozy, good location Svetlana

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7494 9111.

ZIMA Russian Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 760 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 23 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Deliveroo
  • Logo image for Supper
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for ZIMA Russian Restaurant

45 Frith Street, London, W1D 4SD

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Old compton street

  • Area

    Soho

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 17:00–22:00 Mon–Fri 12:00–16:00 Fri–Sun 12:00–22:00

  • Cuisines

    Russian, Eastern European, Contemporary European

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    Right in the heart of Soho between Piccadilly, Leicester Square and Tottenham Court Road

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Alexei Zimin

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Wine

  • Phone number

    020 7494 9111

  • Catering

    ZIMA provides off-site catering for small and large events.

  • Private party contact

    info@zima.restaurant: 020 7494 9111

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