Social Eating House
Created by Jason Atherton, Michelin-starred Social Eating House offers a contemporary bistro menu in an informal, buzzing Soho setting. Overlooking the kitchen, the private Chef’s Counter seats up to 8 guests, with The Blind Pig bar also available for exclusive and semi-exclusive hire.View Private Dining Details
3 courses £26.50 with a cocktail £33.50
From a Set menu. Includes VAT, excludes service. Not available on Valentine’s Day. 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.
Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.
Valid For: 1 - 6 people
Starts: 7 January 2019
Ends: 28 February 2019
Availability: Mon-Thu 18:00-18:30
What Insiders Are Saying
If you like fine dining done Soho-style, you’ll like Social Eating House. The low-lit room is a great place to relax with a drink and some food.
First of all the service is what you would expect from a Michelin 1 star restaurant I.e. menu was explained, food was served and the wine was poured, not worth the extremely high service charge!
We got complementary sourdough bread and butter and we had the salt cod jar, although was nice it was very hot with chilli. The scallops starter was overpowered with horseradish, couldn’t taste the scallop, what there was of them, probably one scallop sliced very thinly! I must say my wife had the smoked salmon which was very nice.
I had the rabbit main course, which was very salty and little of it, too salty to finish the meal, my wife had the lamb, which was cooked nice but very chewy and salty too, she couldn’t finish the dish.
We left without a dessert and spoke to the head waitress about the food, she apologised and agreed to remove the service charge, after asking!
All in all this is a very average restaurant masquerading as a Michelin 1 star restaurant, I certainly wouldnt go again and would advise others to seriously think about going. It seems that they are using cheap produce and charging over the odds for food, is it in financial trouble!
We visit many restaurants so I know my food, but this was a very bad experience on what was our 32nd wedding anniversary!
Over priced. Mindless robotic service. No idea how they got a Michelin Star. It’s very average
Very attentive waiters. Nice ambience. Great food! Dessert took a long time to come, though
Excellent wine and sherry
Excellent Blind Pig
Service in restaurant is a little forgetful, friendly just absent quite a lot, where is my wine?
This is one of the best value starred restaurants I have ever been to. The three course menu is outstanding. For the price of £26.50 is an exceptional bargain.
The service started of well however towards the end of our lunch there were no servers as they had obviously reached the end of their shift. We waited 40 minutes to order and have served 2 scoops of ice cream and cold pineapple. I did complain and they took the price of the deserts off however I expected so much more from this restaurant.
A restaurant well deserving of its star. The menu is inventive and jaw-droppingly delicious, service is attentive and impeccable and the whole restaurant is absolutely gorgeous. Absolutely wonderful
The staff was very disrespectful about my friend’s disability. I was very disappointed and they completely ruined our night. I cannot believe that this is a Michelin star restaurant. The food was good, but not exceptional. Cherry on top they knocked down my cod and they had to cook another one. You can easily find the same level of quality in other places in London. I am not sure who is managing this place, but I was wondering the whole time if this is a prank.
Good ambience, good service, excellent food. Would come again
Attentive service, great cooking and tremendous value set lunch menu @ £33.50 including a cocktail. Really enjoyed our lunchtime experience.
Friendly, good atmosphere. Relaxed and unpretentious. Really enjoyed the tasting menu
Lovely restaurant, either as a treat or with the set menu which is great value. Great food.
We had the early eve set menu on a Tuesday night. The food was fantastic and although the menu was small as long as you are not fussy it's a great option for a reasonably priced but fantastic meal.
Arrived early, so started with cocktails before the a la carte. Food was exquisite, partner's birthday and she really enjoyed it. Venison and the rabbit we're perfectly cooked. Glad we booked it, helped get over the disappointment of Kerridges at The Corinthia the night before.
Fantastic food but the climate was much too warm for the numbers of people in there. It actually affected our enjoyment of the meal, which WAS excellent (and the service was fantastic), but we just couldn’t wait to get out of there because it was far too hot with all the bodies in the room.
Having said that, I’d go back because it is really good food, and really great service, and a very photogenic dining room! We had the Buccleuch beef for two and it was delicious — but the variegated kale and crispy oxtail was the standout element of the dish.
Great food and the set menu was great value. We were a bit squashed on our table though and in a walk way thorough fare so worth checking where they seat you. Tables in the bar area would be great. We were also asked to leave our table after 2 hours and move to stools in the bar, which was fine, but no one subsequently took our table for the next 90 mins so not quite sure why we were moved. Sommelier was excellent!
Set lunch menu. Awesome starter. decent main.
Food is alright, good value for lunch. Pineapple dessert was a bit disappointing. Great service.
Excellent food, great looking restaurant.
I have ate at the restaurant a few times but I thought that it lacked atmosphere and the staff were not as attentive as they should have been. Slightly disappointed My wife and I shared the beef which did not have much flavour. I am sorry but it really did not live up to my high expectations
Great food and drink, the mushroom salad starter was particularly memorable. Nice ambience, relaxed and unstuffy with a good buzz. Tables are close together but not intrusive. Let down slightly by the service, some of the wait staff came across as disinterested/disengaged and their just wasn’t the general slickness and polish that you’d usually expect from a restaurant of this standard.
Sorry but this is not a michlion experiane
Food was not more than ok
And the noise is terrible
We had the set lunch, which I think is great value for money – 3 courses with a cocktail for £33.50.
I had the trout tartare, the braised beef cheeks and a selection of cheeses. My partner had the parsley root veloute with a crispy hen's egg, the Cumbrian rump steak and pineapple carpaccio with coconut ice cream.
The starters were both great. The veloute had a nice hint of truffle to it, and was absolutely smooth and sweet. The egg was cooked perfectly and the complete dish was really nice indeed. My trout tartare was really good, but not quite as impressive as the veloute, flavour-wise. It was nice, but for me personally, it could have used a bit more salt and a bit more acidity. Still a really good dish.
My main was spectacular and what I could expect from a Michelin starred kitchen. Flavours were amazing, deep and complex and the textures balanced really well. My partners steak was amazing too. However, the lettuce leaves it came with were just that. Lettuce leaves. Drizzled with a neutral oil, it was very underwhelming, and not what I would expect from a kitchen like this. The chips were fine and the peppercorn sauce was wonderful.
The waitress enquired about my taste in cheeses before serving, a big plus. 3 strong cheeses were served with 3 different crackers, which unfortunately did not complement the taste of any of the cheeses. The chutney was missing, and I had to ask for it. The chutney was nice, but only matched one of the 3 taste-wise, which made the whole experience really dry. I mentioned this, and was offered a different slice of cheese, which suited the chutney better. They only
The amount of spicy sirup and coconut ice cream to complement the pineapple in my partners dessert was not at all enough, resulting in a surprisingly weak dessert.
Overall okay, but 2 out of 3 is not enough for me to recommend, sorry. The place was nice, although tables were very close to each other. Service was professional, polite and efficient.
Food was all very good, although no exceptional stand-out dishes. Staff were all very polite and knowledgeable about the food, and willing to spend time answering our many questions. Restaurant was a little too noisy for us, and it was difficult to hear the waiters, others may be less bothered by this.
Amazing food and excellent service.
6 of us crammed into a booth, uncomfortable dining experience, would not have stayed had it not been pre-arranged
Faultless, perfect from the reception and cocktails in the Blind Pig to the amazing food and service in the restaurant, we will be back regularly.
Lovely restaurant. Good all-round.
Lovely choice of food with meat and vegetarian options, everything I tried was tasty. Excellent and attentive service staff with a very good attitude.
The food was great but Turbot dish was extremely salty and you would expect for a 1 Michelin restaurant that one would get the flavours right.
Great service. Had one of the nicest cocktails ever had. Food delicious - great combinations of various flavours.
We had an early dinner (the fixed price menu) and were pleasantly surprised with the quality of food and with the service! Definitely recommend this place
I've walked past the SEH many times and it has always looked inviting so I booked an early evening table for 2 after work. The location is great and we had a drink in the pub next door first which was a good start to the evening. Entering the restaurant, we received a warm welcome and were shown to our tables. The waiting staff seemed quite keen to take our orders but we took our time to decide between the excellent value pre theatre menu and al la carte. Some nice bread and smoked butter (yum) came along and a jug of water was poured (and refilled constantly). Some things on the a la carte caught our eye so we went with that. Starters were excellent and looked the part too. Unfortunately, my plate was removed before my partner had finished hers which we felt was wrong. Anyway, the mains arrived quickly along with the wine (lovely, we used vivino to choose) and this is where the disappointment started. The food looked the part but was just a bit disappointing. My fish was totally overcooked and tasteless and the risotto it was served on tasted very bland indeed despite having a reduced mushroom tea added which I thought would be full flavour (it wasn't). The highlight was an ultra-thin slice of lardo which I unfortunately popped in my mouth in one go! My partner's dish was better but still, lacked definition and finesse. Nothing stood out for either of us in terms of flavour but it soon became clear just how rich both dishes were as we struggled to finish. We have eaten much better food at this price and left disappointed and in need of a long walk. A shame.
That lettuce tho!
We were very disappointed. The service is really not at the level expected for a 1 michelin star restaurant. Ex: we made a reservation and we were placed in front of the window on high chairs, they took the order without asking for the wine (as a result first course served without wine), some of the food was too cool, we had to ask for bread several times, wine was served too warm, very basic etiquette from the waiter,..The food was OK but was lacking some touch of creativity and some of the courses were served too cold (ie foie gras poile). The second dessert was rather too heavy for ending a 6 courses menu...This is definitively not a 1 star.
Don’t book a table here at 10.30pm! Sadly we were asked to order within 5 minutes after sitting down as the kitchen was closing. Sauce came late (sorry the chefs want to go home, was the reason given!) and the parfait was solid !! The food was beautiful and they did take off the service charge. Sadly overall the evening was affected by “tired” staff who wanted to go home
Daniele the sommelier is brilliant - he immediately understood our desires and suggested a great wine.
Good food and attention to details. Our table was a good one in the corner, far from the busy part of the restaurant and with a good lighting to appreciate the colours of the food
Excellent. Was an expensive meal but worth every penny. Each dish was full of flavour 10/10
SEH continues to keep up its quality and reputation. I have been there many times and am never disappointed. Even having a "dry" January didn't affect the experience .
Incredible three course lunch cooked perfectly and amazing value for a Michelin star restaurant.