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Social Eating House

4.4
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2218 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 2218 People Are Saying
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4.3
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GlennB
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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SunnyI
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
49 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, we went for the tasting menu and it was full of great and innovative dishes with nice portion sizes. The staff were friendly and attentive and the restaurant has a great atmosphere.

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RuiF
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good food. But a very noisy environment and at some point during the meal they've dimmed the lights to a level I couldn't even see the food...
Staff was nice throughout and they left a postcard congratulating my girlfriend's birthday.

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C007B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service but can be noisy so may not be the place for a quiet dinner.

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vipyummy
London
12 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the chefs table and we had the tasting menu with cocktails. The food, the service, the drinks, the ambience- it was all perfect.

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LloydG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience, really friendly team look after us and the overall experience exceeded our expectations !

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AldoB
London
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place and really enjoyed the food and service was great, thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and great service. Highly recommend

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GCDinnerOut
London
13 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We came here for my boyfriends birthday and had a lovely time. The food is yummy and the wine recommendations were spot on.

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Rizki
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, well thought, balanced food. Everything is cooked perfectly

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vipcherry
London
19 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening at The Social Eating House – the food was exquisite and the service was great. Would highly recommend!

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KatieK
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My partner and I had a delightful meal here in celebration of our 10 year anniversary. The ambiance was perfect for the occasion, quality fine dining without the stuffy or overly exclusive atmosphere. I immensely enjoyed the food - just one star knocked off as I found the scallop ceviche a little overspiced which over-powered the delicate seafood flavours. Service in the restaurant was fantastic - one star knocked off as had to wait quite a while for first cocktail in the Bling Pig bar, by the time it came we had to go downstairs to dinner! But these are minor quibbles in the grand scheme of things, overall I would highly recommend this dining experience.

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SarahB
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

It took half an hour for anyone to serve us, and then another half an hour for the drinks to actually arrive. We also had a very very strange waiter who ended up being incredibly rude to my friend when she tried to take a drink that was being offered to her, and also lectured us about why our friends couldn't move from a far away table to our adjacent table when it became free because it wasn't 'covid-safe' even though some strangers had been sat there previously.
Still had a good night and the ambiance is great, but this was despite of the service.

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DavidA
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dined for a long lunch on the £25 set menu (normally £35) - a definite bargain for food of this high standard. Couldn't fault this restaurant and it was nice to forget for a few hours the pandemic raging outside. Restaurant was buzzy but relaxing. Would thoroughly recommend.

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KimberlyE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely experience, amazing cocktails and courteous staff. We will definitely be coming back.

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Emily
London
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our anniversary, they gave us a card which was really thoughtful. We were seated in a booth which was cosy, the food was amazing, can't fault it, and great cocktails, server's very attentive and friendly, would definitely come back again!

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JoseH
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, fantastic service and superb food

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SheilaG
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all round! We went for lunch and would definitely recommend.

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EmJay
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent food and service, will be returning. The beef tartare to start was exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience, would recommend for anyone looking for a great meal and night out.

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NatalijaM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, interesting cocktails, delicious food. Very cool ambience, will be back!

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DerekT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First class lunch menu. Well worth splashing out on the venison loin. Best I have ever eaten.

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Kissiesparklingshoes
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent and attentive. Even a birthday card waiting on our table on arrival

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Gammone
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is outstanding in every respect. From the moment you enter and are greeted by the friendly staff, served at table by the most capable and charming waiters, and seated in wonderful, industrially atmospheric surroundings. Then comes the food. One of the finest meals we have had in a long time. Add to that the incredible value set menu at lunch time and you have the perfect ingredients for a very special experience.

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vipSOMBILI
London
130 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The flavor of the scallops and the brill were exquisite, novel and demostrating why SEH is a unique treat!
Service was impeccable, friendly and non-obtrusive.
More Rose Sparkling choices would be great.

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The mains were terrific

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MelB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really delicious food, good portions and such affable service - even with a toddler!

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GrumpyHedonist
London
47 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The meal was cheffing of the highest standard - great ingredients imaginatively combined and skillfully cooked. The place has a great buzz despite the Covid restrictions, though temperature checks on entering would have been a good improvement.
We loved our evening, both in the restaurant and after in the Blind Pig, we'll be back!

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TarnjeetP
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent! The tasting menu and premium wine pairing was equisite! Highly recommended!

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HarveyDentist
London
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
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 on 17 September 2020
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
5 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
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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Mariana
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always it was fantastic!

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ChrisB
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
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.