Social Eating House

4.4
1612 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Contemporary European
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  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Set in the heart of Soho, Social Eating House offers a contemporary bistro menu in an informal, buzzing setting. The third restaurant from celebrated chef Jason Atherton, it won a Michelin star within six months of opening under Chef Patron Paul Hood. The restaurant is split across three levels, with cocktail bar The Blind Pig on the first floor (perfect for pre or post-dinner drinks), the restaurant on the ground floor and an exclusive chef’s counter dining space in the basement kitchen, where guests can watch their meal cooked before them.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary European, British, Bistro
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday: 12pm - 2:30pm; 6pm - 10:30pm
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020 7993 3251
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Paul Hood
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Wine

Private Dining

Created by Jason Atherton, Michelin-starred Social Eating House offers a contemporary bistro menu in an informal, buzzing Soho setting. Overlooking the kitchen, the private Chef’s Counter seats up to 8 guests, with The Blind Pig bar also available for exclusive and semi-exclusive hire.

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What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
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If you like fine dining done Soho-style, you’ll like Social Eating House. The low-lit room is a great place to relax with a drink and some food.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 1612 People Are Saying
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Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The venison was out of this world and the staff are all very clued up on gluten free options

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Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an awesome way to celebrate my birthday! The staff had a birthday card waiting and a special dessert for me to take home. It was outstanding! I had steak and fries with smoked butter. Incredible!!

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New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Too hot. Otherwise great!!

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Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a great experience from the moment you enter till in a state of eating euphoria you leave

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C
London
12 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love Jason Atherton's restaurants, and this is a particular favourite. Modern European with a twist of Asian influences in some dishes. We came for a girl's get together and all took the sampler set menu, which was a fantastic tasting menu of some of their best dishes. At £68 we thought it was really good value. They were also happy to accommodate changing the dessert course and none of us liked peanut butter. Only downside is the noise level is quite high so it was a little difficult to chat. Ironically after they moved us to the booth for dessert (as the next table had arrived) we could chat much more easily.

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MR
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

This was very disappointing. We went for a special occasion, and it was pretty average. We shared the Chateu Briand, and it was overcooked. Service was poor. Terrible value for money to be honest.

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LS
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Wanted to have a casual, but high quality lunch with brothers and father. Was perfect for the occasion. Nice and casual but still very classy.

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C
London
20 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great fixed price lunch menu, excellent food and good service.

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NJ
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We both loved our G&T cocktails and the set lunch menu had great options to choose from. Staff were knowledgeable and helpful with menu choices.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was a business dinner, so I requested the tasting menu and the premier wine pairing so that we didn't have to think about anything - we could talk work, and we would eat what we were given!

The food was good, but the wine was superior to the food, the service went between very good to good'ish. The sommelier was really on the ball, 1 of the waiters was also very efficient, but a couple of his colleagues were struggling - as an example they didn't know all the ingredients on the plate when asked (and there weren't many ingredients on the plate)....!

My guest has a serious peanut allergy, so the "peanut brittle dessert" was clearly not an option for him! The staff were efficient and clearly realised the importance of this allergy, proposed a nice alternative, but when the desserts were brought to the table, the waiter had to ask who had the allergy. It's a small point, but when dinner costs almost £350 for 2, even if it is selling itself as an 'informal dining' venue, I still think staff should be able to note down who is eating what!

3 days after eating at the Social Eating House and I'm really struggling to remember what we ate - just vague memories: warm fois gras, 2 dishes served in a brown broth/consommé, and I remember my dessert had peanuts in it

We had a drink upstairs after dinner, and having heard lots of rave reviews I had high expectations - it was OK, we were stuck in a dark corner, and had to wave our arms around to get the attention of staff. Really lovely original styled cocktail menus, and the front area of the bar, with its big glass window above the street, is a cool space, but not great if you are in the back of the room, around the corner and stuck in a corner!

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K
London
12 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Faultless as always - finding a vegetarian menu that delivers such quality for a reasonable price is so rare but Social Eating House always delivers. Delicious, seasonal food and impeccable service.

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a
London
13 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We were a group of 8 colleagues for a dinner. Set dinner menu was quite limited- e.g none of 3 starters fitted my dietary requirements. Despite this fact, we were not allowed to order from a la Carte menu.

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N
London
7 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good buzzing bistro style restaurant. Closely positioned tables do mean conversations can be overheard but certainly good for atmosphere. The food was excellent. The service perhaps a little over-attentive sometimes - with slightly unnecessary interventions which sometimes got in the way of conversation.

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l
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Having been to City Social (which was outstanding) I decided to treat my partner for her birthday at the Social Eating House. The setting was stunning, from the decor to the ambiance however, I was so disappointed in the food). We had the lamb as the main course and it was not up to the standard I would have expected. It was under seasoned and tough. It was a real shame given the occasion and being a fan of Mr Atherton’s.

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A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food both well-cooked and well-presented - well judged in terms of treading the line fine dining and pretension.

Service was excellent, sufficiently attentive without being overbearing and ready to offer any explanations or advice.

Card and birthday sweet were a lovely touch.

Thanks to everyone at the Social Eating House!

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CP
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was superb. We had the tartare and scallops to start, followed by venison and skate. Of note too were the staff, knowledgeable and informative without being intrusive. We had a drink upstairs and the staff there too were brilliant. Very attentive and escorted us downstairs to our table. Perfect for our pre-theatre dinner. Will definitely go again very soon!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was really good. The service did lack a bit. we were waiting for our order to be taken and it was hard to grab their attention when we needed another drink. We also ordered another drink which never turned up until we prompted the waitress who I think had forgotten

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KG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, amazing food and seamless service. Great vibe in the restaurant, busy and buzzy but not too loud. Will definitely return

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AL
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, service and ambience. Ate Thursday evening; arrived at 18:30 when was quiet, but from 19:00 onwards become busier and busier. Good vibe.

Would highly recommend. Would have given 5 stars, but have dined at places which were generally that slight bit better (albeit you pay for it).

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MC
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our lunch was superb. The food was utterly diving. Each mouthful was a pleasure. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The cocktail upstairs after lunch was amazing. Thoroughly recommend this restaurant. They even gave my sister a birthday card, which was waiting on the table when we arrived. Fabulous food and staff.

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f
London
62 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Jason Atherton's cosy Social Eating House is one of those places that I have walked passed hundreds of times and rather envied the diners. Surviving in Soho as a gastronomic mecca is no easy task and this resto does well to have a drink inclusive menu with fine options.

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t
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal and service. Food was amazing. The homemade bread was delicious. Sweet note and little dessert for our special lunch. Thank you.

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Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely from start to finish. A really lovely, relaxed atmosphere with great food and welcoming service. Would recommend very highly.

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c
London
8 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and wine. Buzzy atmosphere. I’d definitely come back.

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PE
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

When we arrived for Friday lunch , my wife was carrying a bag and was wearing a long coat. The receptionist did not offer to take them or suggest where she could put them. The noise in the room was unbearable, meaning that we had to shout at each other to be heard. My wife didn't fancy any of the starters so I ordered a starter and main and she just ordered a main. Half an hour later my starter appeared but an hour after me arrived, we were still waiting for the main courses. The service was chaotic with waiters unsure which dish should go where and having to have long conversations before they made a decision. We eventually asked the manager for the bill for what we had eaten so far. He very graciously waived it but we felt this was the least he could do. Not a happy experience.

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PS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Enjoyed the food, however

Had the only round table for 3, which is inconveniently located. A/C is blowing down cold air, plus every time front door opened, feel the cold draft. As we arrived early for lunch, place was empty, time we left place was full, so door was open many many times.

Arrival person not very friendly. Noticed they were limping, so perhaps not in he best mood to be moving around, but was not he warmest or happiest of people, and seemed annoyed we ask to move, which was declined as full

As if we would like water, drill or sparking. We responded with tap water. Waiter came with bottle of water. As no one else was in place, did. It question. Assumed they serviced tap water in bottles. As we drank that quickly we were asked if wanted more so we said yes. As place got busy noticed they were serving tap water in jugs and we were charged £9 for our water.

Lastly, ordered fish. After a few mouthfuls cut into centre of fish, to find it still clear looking, and cold, so clearly not cooked. Therefore 1 person has to wait 10mins for there main to re cooked and eat alone. There was no real apology, just the offer to have a fresh plate cooked.

Therefore the multiple issues all spoiled the dinning experience.

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JD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner - good food in a cool atmosphere. Friendly helpful staff.

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MG
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Great food and service in a lovely, relaxed, informal restaurant. The cod was superb. My only complaints (minor) are that the tables were a bit close together and the noise level a little high. Wouldn’t put me off going though.

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MK
Kent
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Sorry but the steak was a bit tough.
Desert was fantastic

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PS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our second visit for lunch and we would thoroughly recommend this restaurant. It's lively and buzzy and the food is excellent.

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A
London
7 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent pre Theatre lunch. Excellent food, service and great value for money. Many thanks

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JS
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely top notch service and food. Thank you for a great evening SEH!!

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LD
London
6 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Came here on a Friday night with my husband. Restaurant was very noisy; there was a raucous American in the corner and the music was really loud (also didn’t fit the style the restaurant was aiming for).

Had the celeriac sharing jar which was nice, however it came just after the bread so it was a bit of a bread overload. The starters came whilst we were still eating the jar which was a bit annoying. Husband enjoyed the beef tartare. I had the vegetarian option which was fine apart from having way too much goats cheese purée, and one item on the dish tasted like it had fallen into a bowl of salt.

The main then didn’t arrive until an hour after the starters. We weren’t offered any drinks in this time, though we tried to catch people’s attention. After 50 minutes had passed (the couple who arrived an hour after us had their mains before us), we asked where our food was. The waiter/manager came back and said the chef hadn’t been happy with one of the dishes. But really, 1 hour to make it twice? Also, none of the waiters had apologised to us for the wait or even acknowledged the wait.

The vegetarian main of potato and green sauce was terrible; I described it as a baked potato served with a herb garden. The green sauce was revolting.

We didn’t want to wait another hour for dessert so left. Nothing had been taken off our bill for the wait.

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Kent
30 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food in a nicely designed casual setting but noise level took the edge off it

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SO
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here for lunch with my husband for his birthday and would highly recommend the tasting menu. Superb service and the food was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

After an outstanding meal at the Pollen Street Social I decided to try another of Jason Atherton’s London restaurants.

As a table of four we all ate from the à la carte menu (mine was the vegetarian menu) and we were all very impressed! I particularly enjoyed the raw mushroom salad starter - delicious!

The service was very good but not outstanding - the venue was bustling so it wasn’t always easy to catch a waiter’s eye.

In my opinion, choice is great when it comes to a wine list but we found this one to be a little self-indulgent and help from the sommelier given to one of our group (experienced in oenology) was a little light - perhaps because the restaurant was so busy?

Overall we had a very good meal indeed and any of us would be happy to return. Off to the Little Social next...!

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LG
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really fantastic food- the roasted foie gras starter was out of this world! Great service in both the Blind pig and down in the restaurant, helpful and attentive. Will definitely be back soon.

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KR
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a sampler menu with wine pairing.
Perfect combination and excellent service!

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m
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Way too salty dishes

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e
London
6 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The food is very good but not a 1 Michelin star experience. Service was excessively slow and the temperature room was way to hot. Without the expection of the Michelin star - it would have been a better review.

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