Social Eating House

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£26 to £40
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Contemporary European
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.

Special Offers

London Restaurant Festival: 5 courses with bubbly on arrival £75

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 4 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 4 people

Starts: 8 October 2019

Ends: 31 October 2019

Availability: Mon-Sat 12:00-14:30 18:00-22:30

3 courses: £28

From a Set menu. A booking for the offer is essential otherwise the restaurant shall assume that the booking is for the a la carte menu. Please note that last orders for the pre-theatre menu are at 6:45 p.m. £38 with carafe to share but the food alone without cocktail or carafe is £28 per person.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 2 October 2019

Ends: 31 October 2019

Availability: Mon-Sat 18:00-18:30

What 1941 People Are Saying
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Orlando
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

We needed to make the theatre and the staff was superb at making sure everything arrived quickly. We really enjoyed the experience!

SW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb pre-theatre menu. We loved it and will go again when we having more time to enjoy the other menus!

C
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food super yummy, lively atmosphere and a beautiful space.

DE
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

We had the pre theatre menu which was just right. The service was impeccable and the quality of the food was right up there as a Michelin star restaurant should be. Portions were just right and the Carafe of red perfectly acceptable. Yes it is noisy which we knew before we booked but in the early evening it really was just a nice buzz. Hope we return soon.

RO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was quiet good. For us the noise level was too high. It was nearly impossible to talk to each other without shouting. Because of that I wouldn’t go their again.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding. We had the pre-theatre set menu and both courses were exceptional. Especially the cod! Would highly recommend for a group of friends. Great ambiance.

GB
London
9 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved the food, the atmosphere and the kindness of the service!

KW
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was great, the decor and design of the space was spectacular, but it was very loud. I think it’s down to the minimalism of the decor. I would still highly recommend this place but be prepared to constantly say “sorry I cannot hear you” to your table mates.

CA
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is outstanding and a credit to the entire team that make it so. Wonderful food abs service.

c
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We ate a London Restaurant week fixed menu. The food was delicious . My only criticism was that on the Halibut course the accompanying vegetables were all similar wet texture and their was nothing on the plate that was dry or crunchy to balance the dish, I was yearning for something dry on there.
Saying that, the fish as perfectly cooked.

SP
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always. Our third visit, and the food and wine were superb. Any London restaurant this full early on a Monday evening must be doing something right.

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent value lunch menu and wonderful staff

RG
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Came here for a birthday after a pleasant meal a couple years ago. Unfortunately it was a very different experience this time.

Service was disorganised from the moment we got in with no one really sure what was going on. We were sat wedged in between two other couples (no privacy). Quality of the food was ok but definitely overpriced.

Would not come again. The potential for a nice evening was there but had been let down due to poor execution. Expected much better service and for the food to be more than slightly above average given the Michelin star

SC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Social Eating House is in a small and very interesting old building with slightly industrial but cosy decor. The staff are efficient and friendly and make you feel as ease immediately. You would expect the food to be stunning from a Michelin starred Jason Atherton restaurant and is does not disappoint. We had an absolutely perfect evening.

S
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We arrived 30 minutes late for our pre-theatre dinner due to crazy tube delays but the Social Eating House was very gracious and honoured our booking even though it was then past the pre-theatre menu time slot. Meal was absolutely delicious and Dino gave us dessert off their a la carte to share instead of the pre-theatre ones. Lovely evening and left with a little cake as a Wedding Anniversary gift. Couldn’t fault it.

SH
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fine dining but funky for a Friday night out! Amazing cocktails, stunning food flavour combinations and an awesome value set menu. Really impressed.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Service was very slow and the ambiance was too loud/noisy - we could not hear each other talk as other guests were shouting. Too many other great restaurants in London - will not go back.

MW
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We both had the hake and it was melt in the mouth quality.As it was late we decided on one course but as the portions are relatively small I wish we had had starters as they looked fantastic.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Very slow service. Table cramped. Food quality good but staff gave impression of being uninterested in customer experience.

JB
London
7 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Have eaten here a few times and rated 5 stars. Couldn't do that tonight. Waited almost an hour before our order was taken, and another before food arrived. Seemed like too few wait staff for the number of covers. 20 minutes for water. 40 for wine. Unfortunate really. Food was excellent but if this is the way it's going it has likely had its day.

AH
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was fabulous but service was surprisingly poor. We were given virtually no attention and had to ask to get the wine list, ask to be able to order aso. Very strange and not at all living up to the fantastic culinary level which was truly sensational! They can do much better service-wise!

p
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Ordered drinks when we arrived but food arrived before we had our drink and it sat in the corner on a tray for some time whilst our drinks were made. Issue raised with main course and no real acknowledgement. Having dined at numerous Michelin starred restaurants including Pollen street social, I feel that this one fell short of normal standard.

M
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Booked Social Eating House as we're big fans of Jason Atherton and have visited several of his restaurants previously.

Ambience was ok but the music was too loud for our liking.

Food started well, both starters were delicious and we had high hopes for the rest of the meal. My main was a disaster though, everything was over seasoned. The steak came with a peppercorn sauce that was unpleasant, the steak was good quality but slightly too salty, the duck fat chips were good but the salad that accompanied the dish tasted way too salty. Reported this to the staff who apologised but nothing was done to compensate for it.

Desserts were average and uninteresting.

I think on another day and with different choices we would've enjoyed the visit, but based on this experience I won't be returning.

SK
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Some of the best vegetarian food I have ever had. Had to ask for the vegetarian menu, but the food was amazing. Highly recommended.

f
London
97 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an absolutely lovely evening here to celebrate our anniversary. The staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome and to help with our celebrations. The food was exquisite and the set menu was really reasonably priced. The only thing I'd say is that there was no vegetarian choices at all on the set menu, but it might well be that they would cater for people on request. Otherwise, would wholeheartedly recommend.

a
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for making our last night of our Honeymoon a night to remember! The Tasting Menu paired with the classic wines was delicious!

CV
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Nothing special at all. Food average. Service *terrible* even at 6:30 on a Thursday night. I wouldn’t recommend or go back. There’s much better places to try out.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Lot of noise , basic food , not cheap but not too expensive

R
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food and staff. will definitely go again!!

N
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent set lunch - both the ricotta starter and the cod were perfectly cooked.

N
London
8 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A very good meal. Service was on point and the little birthday card for my other half was a nice touch.

c
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Food was satisfactory but service most definitely wasn’t.
We waited 30 minutes for our reserved 9.30pm table to be ready and 20minutes for a drink. I know the emphasis is informal but this was a little too informal for us. The restaurant was clearly understaffed despite many empty tables, with staff members looking stressed. Not the Michelin star experience we have enjoyed elsewhere. Food was to a good standard but not memorable. There was an extradinary wait for our main course such that we were too tired to order desert as it was 11.30pm when we finished. We understand that sometimes there are delays getting tables and food, but at no point did we feel looked after by any member of staff, just ferried from one place to another or just left. Won’t be going back.

M
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Had the 5 course tasting menu and standard wine pairing. The food was delicious but I did feel short changed on portion size. If I hadn’t eaten the bread I would have left hungry.

The wine was interesting, checked some of them on Vivino and most quite reasonably priced which made me wonder why the sommelier was so stingy with his pouring. Certainly not good value for the £50 price tag.

The restaurant was very noisy.

Nice food & wine but only for those with small appetites.

BJ
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Went for a friends surprise birthday and we were al surprised !

FD
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and interesting menu options. Very good service, strong ability to advise on menu, great wine and cocktail selection. High decibel levels - so no quiet conversations.

O
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

Food was excellent! Tomatoes salad was sweet and flavorful. Fish and duck entree was cooked perfectly and well seasoned. The waiter was completely incompetent! The numerous requests for water and ice forgotten. The sommelier never checked in our champagne after dropping it off. One was particularly good and would have loved another glass. Didn’t see him the rest of the night. Waiter dropped off side salad we requested as an appetizer after we had finished our entree. He saw that we were peeved but just walked away. Didn’t even bother to apologize or acknowledged the mistake. We had to flagged another staff to get the bill bc the waiter spent 15 min talking with the table behind us and couldn’t be bothered. Felt like we were at a diner given the atrocious lack of service. We debated about requesting that the service charge be removed due to the poor and lack of service. Sad that the amazing chef can’t get the proper front of house to compliment the amazing food. Will never go back to restaurants.

B
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

A bit of a disappointment. The food itself was tasty, though unfortunately I found a fibre in my dessert that was definitely not meant to be there! This was handled well by the venue and a refund offered.
The set up of the restaurant is atmospheric but this is overshadowed by the disorganised service. The staff were all very pleasant but clearly quite busy and confused which was distracting.
The bar in particular struggled, at one point 5 out of 7 tables in our area didn’t have a drink served. We waited over 20minutes for our drinks. Overall disappointing

SR
London
102 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another great meal at this restaurant - imaginative ingredients - well presented - lovely staff and a great wine list.

LS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

WAY too loud. I am not sure how you fix this. Fun atmosphere

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