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Social Eating House

4.3
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2127 reviews
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£26 to £40
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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
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 2127 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.1
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4.2
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4.0
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Porkypine
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I think I must have expected much but just felt like the food was underwhelming. The bearnaise sauce was too thick. I don’t want to nitpick but I just want to be honest. I wonder if it was because our dinner was later in the day. The staff was lovely and friendly but I felt like we were neglected.

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SamB
Manchester
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply brilliant experience at the Social Eating house - was lucky to be seated at the socially distanced Chefs counter inside the kitchen. Absolutely fascinating experience to watch the team at work. My date and thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

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MirLo
London
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best mac n cheese I have ever had and I am from America. The cocktails were great. The spacing and vibe was great for being the first place where I have eaten inside post lockdown :-)

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JoannaH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very chilled out vibe but incredible food! Amazing value set lunch

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vipXY12345
London
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lunch menu was no doubt great value for money! £22 for 2 courses and £28 for 3 courses, with £10 off during Monday to Wednesday in August, definitely recommended!

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JohnB
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Lovely starters - ceviche scallops, mushrooms in a bag. However majns were very disappointing - two tiny pieces of overcooked John Dory with a side of under-seasoned veg (not sure what is was!), and good sized portions of lamb rump which was very ordinary.

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vipFoodlover
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really nice foo, excellent service and great value set menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Thought the venue was a little dark inside but other than that, the food was delicious, the staff were friendly. Would definitely come back again.

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JulieS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The service was quite poor. Waited over an hour for our dinner and when it arrived my potato was cold and not quite cooked inside. My husband asked for chips with his fish and ended up getting Pasta - which he didn't order. I do think it's got the potential to be a good restaurant, perhaps the Staff need more training?

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MonikaS
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. The option to see the kitchen was outstanding.

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Andrzej
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was as good as ever, had a lovely Mackerel dish that was just amazing.
Just great to be back in a restaurant again.

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vipalwaysyummy
London
32 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Corner table and first to arrive but food, service and atmosphere once peeps came in was amazing. The carrot and orange cake for pudding stood out the most

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EoinP
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent meal, polished from start to finish and the staff were really friendly and helpful recommending wines and being a strong mix of attentive not annoying!

Would recommend and definitely go back. Obviously it's not cheap but having been a chef and worked in a 3 star myself the price was worth it for the work that went in and the quality of the food.
Even the smoked butter (made in house) was top notch!

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NicolaR
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I had high hopes for social eating house when I booked. Other reviews were very favourable. Perhaps we were just unlucky.

My crab starter tasted not at all of crab but just overwhelmingly of oniony herbs. The accompanying almond gazpacho was tasteless. My main of halibut was ok but the confit duck leg was nowhere to be seen amongst the mass of onions. My husbands steak was good. Food service was exceptionally quick, too quick actually. The wine we ordered to go with our food never turned up and so had to be cancelled. We had to ask for the bill 3 times but when it came the service charge and the cost of our opening glasses of champagne had been removed since I had spoken to the deputy manager about our meal. That was appreciated but overall the experience under whelmed considerably.

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Mugsy
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great bar service. Wonderful food. Will go back

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Wendi
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Was looking forward to having my dinner here to celebrate my birthday but I’m really disappointed with the experience in general. The quality of food is good but nothing great to shout about. Food was too salty, did not have balance and the portions were way too big (it was so salty that there was just too much of it). The theatre menu is very confusing so you should definitely clarify before ordering. We ended up paying much more than we expected due to miscommunication with the staff.

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10GBS
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really enjoyed the experience! No real criticisms - went for friend's birthday

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Kama
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Let’s start with positive: cocktails in the bar upstairs were really good! I forgot name of one where it said you will taste marmalade toast and we did and it was great!
Now to restaurant: we were given menus and wine list. There was not a single vegetarian dish on menu (we had two vegetarians out of total group of four) so we figured it is a separate menu. I would assume in today’s world and in this kind of restaurant we would have been asked if we require vegetarian menu, but no such luck. Took a while to grab attention of waiter, when we finally did he disappeared before we finished a sentence and came back with one vegetarian menu. needless to say we had to ask for another one...
now to food. Three of us ordered gnocchi from vegetarian menu. I have never in my life eaten worse prepared gnocchi. They were so dry, it was impossible to eat them, we all ate vegetables and mushrooms from the dish and left gnocchi on the plate. Told waiter they are not edible, he called manager. She started explaining to us that gnocchi are roasted and pan fried. You can roast and pan fry but keep softness, these ones were just hard and dry.

Then the bill came - we ordered two bottles of wine, a few cocktails, starters and mains. Manager said she discounted bill due to gnocchi, turns out she charged us 13 pounds per dish rather than 23 - dish we couldn’t eat and with total bill of 400 pounds! Any other restaurant would have done better than that!
Not going back!!!!

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vipdabbott000
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was tremendous. The menu is wonderful - especially the ribeye.

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PeterG
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food was excellent and portions reasonable. But the wine service was poor - I asked the sommelier for a light red similar to Pinot Noir and he recommended their cheaper Beaujolais. Upon testing, although not 'corked' there was a very odd fermented smell and taste and it was slightly fizzy. There was certainly something wrong with the bottle of wine. The sommelier tasted it and thought that decanting it might help - it had no effect. He was happy to replace it with their other Beaujolais but didn't mention the price. He seemed adamant that we'd just chosen the wrong wine - not that it was a bad wine or he'd made a bad recommendation.

When the bill arrived, although they hadn't charged for the initial bottle, they did charge the higher price of the replacement (an additional £13), and included a 12.5% (£24) service charge. As it was my wife's birthday I didn't want to make an issue of it (classic british style!). But come away not feeling comfortable with their wine service.

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PhilH
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were attentive and friendly. Food was on point and the restaurant, whilst busy, was spacious and not over crowded. Will go again.

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vipBrianD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The set lunch was excellent as ever.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Food were too salty.

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SalvoL
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The food was good but some dishes were too salty and the dessert was average. The service was very good with attentive staff, but the room was very noisy to the point that we could not hear the conversation at our table properly. Overall not too bad, but not for a Michelin starred restaurant and the price of the food.

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vipThierry
London
63 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing set lunch menu. The à la carte is much more pricey

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opentabler
London
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very lovely restaurant with an interesting menu, in a good location. Perfect size and nicely complimented by the upstairs bar.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Had been before. Never again.

DW
DanielW
1 review