Hovarda

4.4
79 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Mediterranean
Top tags:
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
A bar and restaurant with Greek and Turkish cuisine inspired by the flavours of the Aegean sea.

The cocktail bar and lounge serves the full a la carte menu in an informal, fun environment. A roster of international DJ's recognisable from Ibiza, Mykonos and Burning Man entertain with Ethnic Deep House music from 10:00pm until 1:00am 7 days a week.

The more formal 70-seater ground floor restaurant includes counter dining with a view of the open kitchen and the chefs at work. Located in Theatreland with the kitchen open all-day from 12:00pm until 11:00pm Hovarda is perfect for pre and post theatre dining and offers a fantastic value set menu.

Weekends is time for Bottomless Brunch with breakfast and lunch offered from 12:00pm until 4:00pm.

With a strong emphasis on seafood Hovarda has a good selection of meat, vegetarian and vegan dishes.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Greek, Turkish
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Hours of Operation
Daily 12:00–00:00
Bar
Daily 17:00–01:30
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Phone number
020 3019 3460
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Area
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Cross Street
Shaftesbury Avenue
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Piccadilly Circus
Leicester Square
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Entertainment
Hovarda will host DJs from around the world, with the bar open 7 days a week until 1am each night.
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Special Events & Promotions
Aegean Sounds every Thursday
The world at Hovarda every Friday
Afternoon live every Sunday
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Offers

New Year's Eve: From £65

From a set menu. Early sitting £65, late sitting £95.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 4 - 8 people

Starts: 31 December 2018

Ends: 31 December 2018

Availability: Mon 17:30-17:30 19:30-19:30

Festive menu: £60/£90 per person to share

Froma a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 4 - 8 people

Starts: 12 November 2018

Ends: 30 December 2018

Availability: Mon-Sat 12:00-23:00

What 79 People Are Saying
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always exceptional - delicious Aegean cuisine in stunning setting served by world class Hovarda staff.

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TR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

A real disappointment from start to finish. Side dishes turned up after we finished our mains, portions were small, and food was generally of a lower quality than expected for this price range.

Would not return, there are plenty of better options nearby.

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a
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Honestly, a terrible evening. Despite paying a huge amount for dinner we were hurried along constantly, forced to order fast and weren't even able to finish our drinks before the waiter asked us to leave so others could take the table. I understand London restaurants have multiple sittings but I have never been made to feel so unwelcome and so stressed.

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GD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food & attentive service in this hidden gem in the heart of Soho. We went for Sunday lunch as a group and had a mix of meze & brunch plates. Everything was delicious, but the taramasalata was out of this world. The place is beautifully atmosferic and was the perfect hideaway from the rainy gloomy day outside.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Was a great place, very polite- attentive service, creative drinks menu, a bit overly priced but delicious food and the bar upstairs was open until late on Fridays:) will def.come again!

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H
London
6 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Hovarda is well situated for a pre theatre dinner. Very interesting food -upmarket greek/turkish food . The winelist was differnet and a good introduction to greeka and turkish wines . We had the equivalent of a Turkish Pinot Noir.the service was very attentive and helpful.Well worht a look

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Nourriture très banale et pas terrible par contre ambiance top ! Et belle clientèle du vibrant quartier de SoHo.
Plus adapté pour boire des verres et grignoter .

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AB
Hamburg Area
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 5

It took them ages to prepare all our starters, resulting in them being served an hour apart. We were there on a Tuesday and it really wasn’t that busy. Way too expensive for the very poor service. The waiter was slow and rude, at one point he rolled his eyes because we didn’t want desert (at 23:30...)

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o
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

A very nice place with great and tasty food, great atmosphere. After 10pm the place is becoming a club with good music and nice cocktails - definetely recommend it for dinner and lounge cocktail bar afterwards.
One point of attention for the staff: when we booked the table for dinner we were not aware that the tables upstairs which are normally used for the drinks in the club could host also the dinner - we would have preferred to have the dinner at the restaurant at a normal table, not at the lounge bar (tables were not so comfortable for eating) but we were not able to change it on the spot nor to ask for this when we made the reservation

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MP
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ate here on Saturday evening with three friends. It was my second visit (previous one for a work meal that was also a great) The service received was impeccable. I have never experienced such attentive, thorough and pleasant staff at a restaurant in London before (that also weren't fake or overboard at the same time)

The food was truly delicious, the menu with just enough choices but not too many! We thank the waiter for his advice and knowledge of the dishes. It was truly just a very nice experience for us and felt very personal.

Some of my favorites were the Crab Borek, Pastirma, and salt baked stone bass fillet.

The atmosphere was also great, we sat at the back towards the bar and it was a pleasure to watch the hard working staff in kitchen from our table and the overall vibe was energetic and fun. It was Saturday night and there was a DJ playing upstairs. I wish we had gone up after our meal to enjoy a cocktail. Next time!

I will be back ASAP.

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C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Was freezing cold and music way too loud
A bit over priced
Wine selection could have better, expensive
Food was good

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H
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful dinner with my wife for our 20th! Wonderful food, especially the ceviche!

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m
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Music was extremely loud and people had to shout at each other to be heard. Prices are high overall.

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I
London
12 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, excellent service and amazing vibe! The dj set was excellent and all the staff very kind and professional.. they always make me feel welcome.

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RB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very interesting food, great win and cocktails. Service was very friendly.

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HS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Been there 2 times before and the quality of the service has gone down dramatically.
Got my table with a 30 min delay from my booking. The music was so loud that there was a lot of miscommunication between us and the waiter (they brought dishes we didn’t order, brought large portions when we ordered small, etc). They also took a very long time when serving drinks.

Did we receive anything in compensation? Of course not!

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FA
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Awful food! We were disappointed by all 3 courses we ordered. We got the mezze platter which was nothing special at all but a confused Lebanese/ Greek little platters. We ordered Dover sole for the main course and the fish has no taste at all/ very plain with no flavor.
Finally, the dessert looked like the custard had melted or been put out for long so we ended up eating liquid custard with a spoon! not nice at all.
a dinner for two people with no alcohol cost us £125.
I left hungry and disappointed, had to have a second dinner at home.
I am usually not fussy with food and easy to please - but this was not at all what we expected from such a reputable restaurant in Soho. Not going back.

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TP
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The reception staff were arrogant (second time I have experienced this) but the staff in the restaurant were nice.

The restaurant was pretty quiet on a bank holiday Sunday evening.

The food was very good.

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NI
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was there for my bday and it was very nice and live and the food was great.

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A
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

We were told that we had to finish our dinner quickly as the host kept telling she need he table, yet the restaurant wasn’t full at all, and there were many tables

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GC
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Just Ok
Not a real wow factor
Expensive for what we got
Toilets were nice
Sorry

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AH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

A great find in the centre of town, was a really good lunch menu, better than a lot in nearby Mayfair

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Dubai
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great music, nice food, nice people

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

DOUBLE CHECK THE BILL!!!

First off, I have never complained or written a bad review of any restaurant ever in my life...so here I go. The restaurant was great. Friendly waiter, attentive staff and really good food. The bar was a completely different experience.

A few of our group left early and I had misplaced the coat check ticket and when I asked for some help with the women managing the coat check, she was rude and dismissive. The woman managing the coat check let my brother in law look for our jackets in 2 closets and we couldn't find them. She literally told us someone must of taken them and told us there is nothing they can do. Not until I made a scene did the manager intervene and help and let us look in another closet, that was completely empty and somehow had our jackets.....

Getting over the disaster experience at the coat check, we ordered the bill at the bar about an hour later and were charged 150 pounds more than we ordered. They literally charged us 10 drinks too many and after arguing with the bartender got confronted with the manager who basically told us 150 pounds is peanuts to the restaurant and they will take if off the bill. I'm not going to say this place is a scam but honestly it felt like the biggest scam. Felt like I was being scammed on vacation somewhere. Enjoy the good food and atmosphere but double check your bill.

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LK
London
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great. Noemi is simply a credit to the restaurant
An asset that you should definitely keep.

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AB
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Nice looking restaurant, well presented, good atmosphere. Service was attentive and very good. Food fairly average Mediterranean cuisine and overpriced for what it was. OK for a pre-theatre dinner but there is better food on offer in the area.

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SL
London
10 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loads of fun. Very good service. We originally had been allocated bar seating for dinner but were quickly changed to a table when requested. The music is absolutely top notch and the atmosphere was brilliant for a Saturday night.

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SM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What’s to say and how do you explain the beauty of flavours that is this food. I’ve been coming to this place on occasion since it’s opening and simply can’t get enough. The live DJ is amazing and somewhat loud at times which makes intimate conversation a challenge but perfect for a raucous night with friends. I’d recommend asking the waiters to bring their favourites to have the ultimate experience, but make certain you bring your wallet.

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N
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous fun vibe with some beautiful people - the staff were amazing - food was excellent - highly recommended - music was high energy and funky! Loved it!!!

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r
London
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food vibe music. Special place for friends get together and drinks/ food was also uniqur

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GP
London
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

The place looks great, the food is great. The service was the only thing that was greatly lacking in this restaurant.
The waiters were not communicating with their customers, I ordered a watermelon and mint drink 3 times and they kept bringing me another type of juice, because they did not have watermelon any longer and did not communicate it to me.
Moreover, they would bring dishes to the table without mentioning them, their name and place it to whom ordered it.
The blonde waitress was definitely not trained properly either as she didn't answer any of our questions regarding food and drinks and seemed confused.
Service therefore was super slow. Two dishes that we had ordered came after 40mins!

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FB
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I didn't realize I would be seated at the bar while booking on open table

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T
London
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance upstairs !

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E
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Front of house needs to be more gentle. When booked for a table and get a return that’s been confirmed please arrange that table to be seated.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had a lovely dinner to celebrate our anniversary. They surprised us with a lovely dessert and a candle to celebrate which was a very nice touch.

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LC
London
12 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Lovely interior and wonderful concept having a DJ on each night.
We left early so didn't enjoy it to it's fullest but I imagine it has a great late night party vibe.
Food was tasty and authentic and a very pleasant wine list.

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S
London
265 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Hovarda is sumptuous in gold and teal - an incredibly cool restaurant and beautiful place to mingle. The food was good and looked fantastic but the size of the mains was a little small. Good to have some Greek wine options.

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LI
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great environment, fantastic Music! For me its the place to be in London !

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IP
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

The food- good, though portions are suprisingly small considering both the price and the recommendations we got from stuff (she recommended 4-5 starters and couple of mains for four people, don’t get tricked, the main is half or even one third of usual dish size in most London restaurants). We were meeting with friends, mainly to talk and exchange news. One of our friends is 9 months pregnant. There was very loud in the room, mostly because of the music playing. We asked the stuff if they could turn it down a little, because a) it was making our pregnant lady uncomfortable and b) it was literary impossible to talk, we could barely hear each other. The manager sent over to us said that not only they won’t turn it down, but also it is going to get louder, as there is a club upstairs and they turn it up when enough people gather upstairs. Also the waiters couldn’t take the order properly, I assume for the same reason - they could not hear us.
In short: food- great, waiters service - great, manager service and attitude to customers - really dissappointing.

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n
London
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Food took forever to arrive. Had I cancel one starter because the 1kg fish arrived before one of the starters. Food was nice and so were the staff. Music was too loud

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