Social Eating House

4.6
2253 reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary British
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.

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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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HeleneA
London
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! We ate at the kitchen counter and had a great time, eating lovely food with perfect wine pairing. The sommelier, the waiter and the chef were really available and we spent almost 4 hours over there. I highly recommend this place!

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vipCornelius
London
43 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and outstanding service as always.

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GarethV
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drink, great service. I will be returning ASAP

JM
JohnM
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect mood, set up, food delicious and not too spenny. Well done everyone. Loved it.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and great food.

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foodie1
London
22 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

We arrived slightly early for a 17:30 reservation and they were clearly still settling up. After settling in for a meal we were offered to finish our deserts upstairs. This was initially quite nice but were suddenly in a bar and the service was very poor. A disappointing end to a meal

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Dippy
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food , lovely service definitely a must if not tried before ! Service with a smile(hidden) but great enthusiasm! Loved all of it !

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GuvN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Agree with some of the more negative reviews - food is quite average, cheesy 80s music, slightly dated decor (one of the exposed brick walls looks like a new build) - its not worth the money and it’s a very average experience. If it had been 30% cheaper I would be more positive but at their price point, there are far better places you can go.

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ClaireB
London
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Needed a nice restaurant to celebrate my son's 16th birthday. Couldn't have chosen better! We all thoroughly enjoyed the food and it was perfect in terms of ambiance, busy but not noisy. The service was attentive without being over the top. We had the festive menu which was good value. We will definitely return.

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KellytheCanuck
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a lovely meal and I would like to give it a higher rating, but a few of the dishes were really over salted. The portions were generous for all courses including the sides.

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JaneE
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my second visit. The food and service were first class.

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ThomasE
London
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Good value for money to fine dine but found the food a tad underwhelming. Although, it was the lunch menu so maybe the a la Carter menu is stronger.

Great service but the ambience wasn’t quite for me though.

JG
JakeG
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Very helpful waiter. I didn’t get his name but he was excellent.

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vipKatieH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, wine list and service. Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

First they deduct you 120£ on the eve on your card which should do for no show and hardly understand why they take money in advance. Once you get the final bill they do not remind you about the deposit and we ended up sharing in two the amount but in unfair way as I had already paid out 120£. The music was really loud with an 80 music but quite geared to the old classic such as pink floyd but was not only loud but a mismatch with the ambiance and the food. The food was honestly average and very salty. We did some remarks and the service said « we will convey to the chef » but seems unapologetic. The Italian sommelier was really good and professional and we took two very nice wines expensive but totally worth it. Appetisers ( the scallops were probably the best with the sirloin). The rest was very average to uneatable. Really disappointing as I really like their sister restaurant.

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vipAnnC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, incredible food and drinks and service! Loved it

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cauthens
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food and service. Was made to feel very welcome.

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vipSamanthaP
London
19 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Social Eating House was a really great dinner out. The food was delicious, and the ambience and decor were really cool. Will definitely go back!

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Sandra
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

starters were really good. got the beef tartare and scallop ceviche. although they forgot our order and had to remind the waiter. service was really slow, probably because it was a busy night. would’ve liked a little more attention from waiter. asked for suggestions but her response was brief and didn’t feel thoughtful. again maybe because it was a busy night. mains were alright but nothing memorable.

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Izzy
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, good value set menu and helpful staff.

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janetw
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

very impressive food with not very matchable quaulity of table and atmosphere to me. Overall is good value though😎

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LuciaK
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantstic bday! Really enjoyed the 3 couse menu. Lucia

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ChrisB
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for a wonderful meal and fantastic service. Was sublime

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NickB
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had the tasting menu and a bottle of house white. One of the best meals we’ve ever had.

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DawnL
London
8 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and service, was moved to the bar after and spent most of the evening there.
Nothing was too much trouble.
A great lunch!

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Ash1
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good birthday dinner at the Social Eating House

AM
AlexandraM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the October Eat Out to Help Out menu - three excellent courses for £25 per head, accompanied by carafe of elegant house wine. The service was relaxed but spot on, and the atmosphere was gently buzzy for a Tuesday lunchtime.

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vipSamantha
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Excellent food and drink choices.
Ambience was spoilt by the noisy table of 6 next to us....not sure if this allowed in a Tier 2 region?

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CQ123
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nothing to fault. We had a fantastic birthday celebration. Food was amazing, staff attentive and friendly but not intrusive. Only sorry we didn’t have room for dessert.

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JonD
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place. Wed been previously to Little Social a few times and this has a very similar feeling. Relaxed, attentive service, good cocktails, wine list with plenty of options at reasonable by the glass prices.

We had the set lunch menu, very good value at 25 quid for 3 courses currently would have been so at 35.

High recommend the deer!

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Scott
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Food was good in fact great but was just a bit noisy and gloomy inside - much of the time couldn’t see what we were eating. Don’t mind atmospheric lighting but could be better done. One of two brilliant dishes, 1 or 2 ‘ok’. Didn’t like the house Chenin wine at all - but partner did - so maybe just a choice thing. Service was brilliant.

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FraserC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a great spot for lunch! The set lunch menu had plenty of options and the wine list spot on. All the food we had was very good and the service on top just made it a very special experience.

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GlennB
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect evening with amazing food, we wasn’t rushed at all. The only draw back was the 22:00 close time but that’s not the restaurant’s fault. We will be coming back many more times. Also very fair price and good service.

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AnnaH
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a brilliant time. Great food, service and ambience.

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SunnyI
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Really enjoyed the cote de bouef and the cocoa brûlée for dessert but wasn’t massively keen on the smoked eel starter. Great service though!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food, doing everything per covid regulations. Wonderful evening with my husband.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Really disappointing. I know things are difficult post COVID but the service was beyond poor - disinterested, rude at times, food arrival/spacing dreadfully managed. The food itself was average with a couple of better dishes. On the upside, the ambience and feel of the restaurant is good. Would not return, would not recommend. Amazed they hold a Michelin star.

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DawnL
London
8 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fabulous meal!
The staff were lovely and the food sublime.
Well done Jason Atherton it was great to go to a place where social distancing was in place but still a buzz about the place. That was probably due to the great deals you are offering for wonderful food at reasonable prices. What a treat!

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vipgrazeman
London
51 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food has definitely moved on in the last few years. It was always very good but now it's seriously special, I can see why they've got a Michelin star. The beef tartare is the best I've ever had (and I've had a lot), ditto my wife's trout tartare. Her brill was cooked to absolute perfection. My roast Roscoff onions with ceps had a depth of flavour that was off the scale.
At the same time the ambience is still the relaxed yet buzzy vibe that made this one of my favourite restaurants in London.
I do have one small(ish) gripe with the service. Having the starters appear five minutes after cocktails was definitely a misstep, especially as the starters were both cold so they could have waited a bit. That was sloppy. Mind you, I now know that rye goes quite well with beef tartare.

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SamS
1 review