ZIMA Russian Restaurant

4.7
589 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 589 People Are Saying
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ViktoriyaG
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you very much for service.
It was a nice atmosphere.

KB
vipKBear
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, nice staff, good ambience, we over ordered but better to have too much than too little.

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Jenny
London
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and great nastoyka! We had a wonderful evening.
One more vegetarian main course would be good, to have a bit more choice.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is delicious as always. Got a free cake slice for my birthday - really pleasant surprise.

JC
vipJosephChiu
London
71 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The best Russian in town…..

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Yeltrab
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The for was amazing, but the service was too slow and items ordered were not delivered, Shane it would have been perfect otherwise

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Topher
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was delicious and the service very nice. I would definitely go again and it was a nice change to the standard restaurants.

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vipNATK
London
19 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

came to celebrate Birthday had some nostalgia for Russian food. Very nice atmosphere, very pleasant and polite waiters, decor. Its in a very noisy part of SOHO but once you enter you seem to be protected from it. Great "pelmeni" and Chai s Oblepihoi", excellent zakuski! but I would stay away from khachapuri as it is not what you are likely looking for if you had a Georgian one- our kids' were very particular about it. Yet overall a super nice evening

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was superb (Paulina). Friendly and attentive staff, the cocktails and food were delicious. Ambience fun and friendly, with contemporary Russian music. Good quality throughout.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I was looking forward to try the stuffed cabbage on the menu when I booked with open table. When we arrived we were told that they no longer served the stuffed cabbage dish and the menu were changed 2 years ago.

I am gluten intolerant and there are not many dishes I can have on their menu.

Very annoyed and disappointed. Will not go back again

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ZIMA is authentic Russian food. Definitely recommend! Don’t take it from me, take it from all the other Russian reviewers :)

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bahri
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very tasty food and drinks for a great value......

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RobertR
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good
My friends first experience of Russian food and was not disappointed!

SD
StephenD
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Eaten here a few times, staff are some of the nicest in any London restaurant. Food is lovely and a nice change from the usual.

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fifi
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening - great Russian food, Georgian wine and Nastoyka Vodka selection. Woo-woo!

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AineO
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, beauy birthday surprise. Always come back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, an authentic experience - would definitely recommend!

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Michael
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite Russian restaurant in London. Cheaper than some other Russian restaurants. You can even buy frozen pelmeni to boil at home (much much better than what you can find in shops).

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Laylochka
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite restaurant in London. Always a pleasure coming here 😻

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Rick
London
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot! Loved the borscht, the pelmenyi and the khachapuri. Service was excellent.

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SamP
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience as always, fab authentic food, great drinks and great service. Thanks to the staff and Arthur our waiter!

NK
NanaK
London
8 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place: delicious food, good service, excellent location. We had dinner before theatre, and it was very efficient and enjoyable.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, quick service and tasty food, what more can you ask for! Great table by a breezy open window on a warm evening made it perfect. Thank you!

FP
vipFriendofPhill
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had great time! Loved the vodka shots!!!

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RyanT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from the petite brunette waitress. Great value caviar and food was great overall. Honey Cake and Olivier Salad highlights.

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MariaJ
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great staff, made us feel so welcome and cared for :)
Some food items were average and some were really nice but overall it was a great experience!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great. Nothing very special but nice. Cocktails are very good.

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EmilA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely place, attentive service , very efficient . The glass was never empty once. Food was exquisite ( I had vegetarian vareniki) . Medovy cake was yum too. I was in love with their raspberry tea - intense, delicious, and very unusual. They made it very special indeed .

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MariaP
London
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Lovely experience all in all!

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RevyP
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After years of pining for Russian food that I missed from my year abroad in Moscow, I finally found the place that could bring back every memory I’d longed for. From the moment I walked in and heard the music it felt like stepping back to Moscow again. I was hoping to introduce my flatmate to some of the best dishes Russian cuisine had to offer and ZIMA did not disappoint at all.

Our waitress, I wish I’d got her name because what a shining star she was. To be complimented on my Russian language skills (having not been able to speak it in so long) and be told I didn’t have an accent has not just made my day, it’s made my whole week. She was polite, kind, patient (putting up with me googling the right words to say!) and a lovely lady.

The food was absolutely fantastic. My flatmate had the Khachapuri and I had the pelmeni and some sautéed potatoes and it was all absolutely delicious. But the desserts were what made us both rave about this place. He chose the cyrniki (having asked to try them for ages before) and I got myself the Medovik I’d been craving since last having it in 2016. It might sound over dramatic but I teared up at the taste because it reminded me of how great my year abroad was. Both of us loved the experience.

Overall, I cannot recommend this place enough. I say for certain I’ll be back again - and I’ve already told my parents they need to come this time! So a massive thank you to all the staff there!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place!

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YanaS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second visit to Zima and I would definitely come again. The food was delicious and nicely presented. Overall a very positive experience.

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TheRealMe
Berkshire
9 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Most enjoyable meal in the early evening at Zima: the first time my wife had tasted Russian cuisine. Good value for the centre of London and a warm welcome.

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Ioulia
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Tasty Russian food, modern design, excellent location in central London

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AllanJ
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Better than eating out in St Peters burg! Very friendly

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very friendly service and very authentic. In fact, a little too authentic - a bit more like a regular “dacha” meal than a good restaurant in Moscow.

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AnastasiaS
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food and very authentic, I am from Ukraine and my friend from Poland and we felt like home :). Especially the blinis with chicken are the most amazing once I ever had. The tea's are fantastic too, Thyme and the Strawberry one. Staff super friendly, definitely back there soon.

JH
JonH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very tasty Russian food with friendly service, enjoyed it very much

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Anonymous
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, will come back.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We came here to introduce our friends to Russian cuisine.
One of the guests had a severe nut allergy, however, the waitress said none of the dishes we ordered contained nuts. She later brought a leaflet with all their dishes and possible allergens in them, we had to search OURSELVES for the dishes that we ordered and see if there was nuts in them, we ended up cancelling one of the dishes.
When the starters were served, the waiters forgot about serving us cutlery, we then we’re waiting for our cutlery whilst the starters were getting cold.
When we finished our starters, we wanted to order another Olivier salad and asked the waiter to bring in together with the mains. The Olivier salad was never brought to us in the end as they just forgot about it, bearing in mind there were only three other busy tables, I don’t understand why the service was so bad. Unfortunately, not going to come back here with our foreign friends for sure. Was really disappointed.

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 589 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.