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Social Eating House

4.3
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2180 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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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 2180 People Are Saying
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HarveyDentist
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I tried here after eating many times at Pollen Street Social - another of Jason Atherton's restaurants which is stunning.
Perhaps my expectations were wrong - I expected a less formal version of Pollen Street with similar standards of food, service and quality.
Sadly not the case.
The pasta starter was bland and uninteresting, the venison was fatty and hard to cut with a blunt steak knife and served with a very tedious bowl of leaves.
The "selection" of ice-cream and sorbets was 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream.
The waiter was perfunctory and didn't take the time to explain the dishes or in any way go above and beyond.
I use the set lunch menus as a way of trying restaurants before returning to try the taster or a la carte menus. This should be a good value showcase of what they do to encourage people to return.
Really disappointing.

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JulesP
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just an all round fantastic experience. The food is outstanding as is the customer service in both the restaurant and the Blind Pig upstairs.

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AlastairD
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic value lunch menu especially during the eat out to help out period in September. Fantastic quality - we had the plaice as a main course which was perfectly cooked and deliciously fresh

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ChrisB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Extremely disappointing for a Michelin star restaurant. A few dishes ok but mostly too or very salty food. Even the lettuce yes extremely salty. The dirty toilets and broken fixtures, this place has had better days. First Michelin star restaurant I have ever complained at, quite a disappointment. Serving staff friendly but the food is a major let down.

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Puneet
London
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

An enjoyable lunch with great service. The price of the meal was a good deal with the restaurant continuing the eat out scheme.

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Inhae
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and top notch service. Would go back.

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DianeH
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was very tasty but the venison was a little chewy in parts. The accompanying wine with the set menu was excellent. Friendly service and a pleasant environment.
Overall a little pricey

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Neetz
London
14 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went as a group of 4 to try the set menu (excellent value at £25 for 3 courses due to the September discount). Pretty much flawless experience from start to finish. Table was booked for 6.30 but one person arrived at 6.15 and was still able to be seated early. We each had a cocktail to start (cocktail of the day was 'Clover Club', gin and raspberry based, really delicious) while browsing the menu. Service was attentive but not over the top. Ordered our food and had some delicious bread and butter while waiting. All of us had the beetroot starter- incredible presentation and flavours. We ordered a bottle of Australian Riesling to have with our mains- between the 4 of us we had every main on the set menu (chicken, plaice, venison and the vegetarian pasta) and everyone enjoyed their food. The pasta-eater felt it was perhaps a tad undercooked and I personally would have preferred a little more seasoning for my fish, but these are probably subjective opinions. Desserts were coconut panna cotta and bread and butter pudding- both great. I never would have expected olives to work with coconut but it was divine.
We weren't rushed out after finishing our desserts and were able to linger over the last of our wine while chatting. Bill for a cocktail each, 3 courses and a bottle of wine between 4 came to £200 including service ie £50 each- an absolute bargain for the quality of food and the overall experience we had. Will absolutely return, thank you for a lovely evening.

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vipPaulH
London
18 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We came for the £35 three course evening menu (only £25 in Sept) which was excellent quality, and really good value. The baked beetroot starter and plaice main course both exceeded expectations and chicken main course was also of a high standard.
Service was good and the ambiance was nice, although a little loud.

Overall, well worth a visit for high quality British food

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vipjasher
London
87 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb prix fixe menu for lunch - the Josperized deer is highly recommended!

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Louisa85
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We were first seated near the door which was cold and had no atmosphere. We asked to move which was accommodated. It was a shame that we both had to do the Chef's Experience, not just one person. It was my husband's birthday and he was disappointed not to be able to do this. I am pregnant so found it difficult to find options I could have. I wrote on the special requests when I booked that it was my husband's birthday and so I was expecting a candle or something in his dessert but this didnt happen which was disappointing.

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SpencerS
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve ever had - highly recommend

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Boblatif
London
27 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I have to be honest in not knowing too much about the restaurant before I came here. The menu looked delicious and I ordered the tasting menu for the three of us. It was a surprisingly hit and miss menu. The first course was a scallop ceviche with Curry powder. Sadly the powder completely overwhelmed the scallop. More judicious use would have benefited the dish. The beef, lamb and foie gras were fantastic. The scallop and Brill disappointing. In both cases Indian spicing used incorrectly, in my opinion. Desserts were good and the petit four lovely. The main issue with the menu on this Wednesday night was the flow of dishes. We were left waiting too many times for too long between courses. A more generous host might have apologised and offered a drink maybe. Service wasn't exactly sharp for a Michelin started restaurant. I was having to wave for attention for water refills. In conclusion I had some really good dishes and some really disappointing ones. At this level that's not good. With some carefully considered ordering you could walk away with a fantastic meal here.

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RichardC
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first visit and it certainly won’t be my last. This is genuinely one of the beat restaurants I have visited in London. It is pricey but not mad - the food is OUTSTANDING and the wine list is broad enough (and good enough) to not break the bank!

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AnaC
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a nice dinner, the food was really good and the service excellent

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MartinO
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great set lunch deals, exceptional food and wine, really enjoyed and will return

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Goodfoodseeeker
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

This was my second visit to Social Eating House. I had been a few years back and really enjoyed the food and service, so was looking forward to another visit. The starters were delicious, flavour was on point, so we were really looking forward to our main. Unfortunately the main was underwhelming. The steak could easily have passed for something from a pub, the accompaniments were similar. The lady who served us was pleasant enough but we didn’t feel like anyone was really bothered. When we were leaving, we didn’t get so much as a nod or a “how was your evening” from the 3 members of staff we walked past, all engrossed in doing something else. Bit of a shame really given how much we were looking forward to it.

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vipSteveH
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First time for us but second time for our guests. The food & drink were great, as was the service. Bit on the pricy side but we expected that. We'll definitely go a second time, our guests will definitely go a third time - especially if I'm paying! :-)

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vipRestaurantBloke
12 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit to this restaurant. We went for the fixed price menu with wine chosen by the sommelier. Very enjoyable. Welcoming helpful joyful staff.
Highly recommended

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MichaelP
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food attentive staff lovely ambiance if you haven’t been go

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SheilaP
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Delicious food at affordable prices.
Would definitely recommend to friends, and return.

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chassy
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

slow but yummy - half hour between finishing starter and getting main course

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KateF
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So lovely to dine again at Social Eating House. Cocktails beforehand at The Blind Pig were great, made even better by our server George. My son's birthday celebration was definitely one to remember - food was outstanding and impressive portions! So tasty!
Many thanks to everyone for making this a night to remember.

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Gillybean20
London
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a delight to eat in this restaurant. The staff were friendly and attentive and the food was fantastic. Highly recommend it! Will certainly be back when in London.

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Igna
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening! Very good food! Recommend for any occasion.

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GeorgeS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great customer service and cannot wait to visit again.
Thank you to all the lovely staff, front of house as well as back of house.

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Fluffy78
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Highly recommend the roast mackerel starter, possibly the best thing I have eaten this year.

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EatingOutSoho
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service - staff very attentive and every course was delicious!

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RovinV
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely Incredible Set Lunch Menu.
Couldn't believe what we got for our money.
I'd recommend this place to everyone I know.

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vipKelly
London
5 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service throughout, good value set lunch menu.

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TheoP96
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was impeccable, easily one of the best meals I've ever had.

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CatherineN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Interesting menu with unusual and delicious flavours. Good quality ingredients.

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RicardoC
London
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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LauraU
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Overall a great experience.

The food was delicious and the service attentive apart from a bit of a wait for our desserts.

However, the dining room only had subdued lighting and was rather gloomy and the piped background pop music didn't seem appropriate and was far too loud - you don't expect to have to raise your voice to be heard over Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' in a Michelin starred restaurant!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food, ambience and a wonderful menu of wine to select from. Was a date night after a long while post the lockdown so were really looking forward to it and it was absolutely worth it. We were helped with our choices on the menu by Petr and he convinced me with the starter which was the Cured Hampshire chalk stream trout, trout roe, crisp nori, soy cured egg yolk, soy butter, dashi. Couldn’t thank him enough for introducing us to the dish. Just loved it. Pick up anything from the menu, I’m sure one wouldn’t be disappointed. We also had the awesome mushrooms on toast, roasted John Dory and roasted Herdwick Lamb rump. Were too full for desserts.

Thank you Social eating house and Petr for a great experience. We shall see you again !

Ps: could do with some more lighting for the beautifully plated dishes

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vipsusanw
London
18 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome in every way. Totally blown away with the skills of the chef, and professionalism of the great staff. Thank you!

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KarenR
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow wow wow - Can not give enough praise to this restaurant. My husband and I had the 2 course fixed meal and shared a desert. We were able to take advantage of the 'Eat out to Help out' scheme which made the final bill unbelievable value for what we had.
The food & service were 5 star.

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VanessaM
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service. Felt safe & clean. Would definitely come back!

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chloep
London
7 reviews