Social Eating House

4.4
1782 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Contemporary European
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  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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

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: 7 January 2019

Ends: 30 April 2019

Availability: Mon-Thu 18:00-18:30

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8

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.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 1782 People Are Saying
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PH
London
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Surpassed my expectations and we eat out a lot. Enough attention from the waiting staff and sommelier not too much. Overall a wonderful night and one I hope to repeat very soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Was really looking forward to trying out Social Eating House for the longest time now. Staff were very good and attentive. However, food was really nothing to shout about, we ordered the set lunch menu, onion soup starter was nice, pork starter was extremely salty. As for the mains, we ordered the mac and cheese and steak. The Mac and cheese was nice initially but was quite sickly after a while. The steak was a disappointment...ordered in medium rare, still tough and chewy, for a Michelin starred restaurant, I expected so much more. The peppercorn sauce accompanying the steak was incredibly salty too. After the meal, we felt so thirsty and faint, just way way way too salty. With that said, not gonna be visiting again.

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WT
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my partners birthday and had an excellent experience all around. Very thoughtful staff

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DB
London
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything on the menu is great. Order anything. The place is nice but the food is worth the trip and service top drawer. For more special occasions than every day eating.

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Y
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Very disappointing!
From a stared restaurant you expect much more.
It was funny at the best case , insulting at the worst.
Really a shame.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 2

We were unfortunately a bit disappointed by our experience- really delicious food but very slow, inattentive service. We had to ask to be given a menu, and then only got some food 45 minutes after we’d been seated - and as we were the late sitting, that meant we didn’t start our meal until 10:15pm. We could hear the people next to us complaining about how long it took them to get a coffee. 80s pop playing a bit too loudly. So wasn’t quite right in our opinion.

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PN
London
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and service was relaxed and friendly

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AF
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Had a disappointing evening at the Social Eating House. The food and ambiance were great, but let down by poor service. Two of the six courses in the tasting menu were delivered to our table without introduction/ description, which you don't expect in a michelin-starred restaurant. When we tried to raise this constructively, the manager was defensive and rather rude. Eventually she begrudgingly took some money off the bill, leaving us with a cost of £400 for four people (vs £520 I think it was originally). So overall it was a shame. A shout-out for the sommelier though, he was great.

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DO
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Good food but chaotic,noisy and expensive drinks .

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N
London
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food reasonabley priced for what it is. Lunch set menu was good value. One of the mains we had off the Al la carte seemed pretty basic though. Service was good although it was quiet when we went. In all a good dining experience.

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MM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, and the staff really friendly and helpful, but even the food being ok the price was extremely expensive. Not really worth it in my opinion.

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r
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Staff were great, food was so so

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OT
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Service fell short, e.g desserts arrived after coffee, bottle of Prosecco added to bill that we did not have

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for my girlfriend’s birthday - we had limited time and waiting staff were excellent. Well worth the Michelin star.

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V
Berlin
2 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A bit too noisy inside. Vegetarian dished could be a bit more experimental.

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DT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing service. I came for my birthday and the staff wrote me a birthday card and gave me a chocolate dessert with a candle at the end of the meal. I will definitely be coming again to try more of their dishes

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JJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went there for lunch on a Saturday. Had the pre-fixed menu, pork knuckle, rump steak, and lemon parfait. Added a gin and tonic cocktail as part of the pre-fixed. The cocktail was well made, pork knuckle and steak was good. The lemon parfait was too tart for my taste. The service was professional and attentive. The noise level got too loud as the tables began filling. Overall, very good experience!

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J
London
11 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the pris-fixe menu. Incredible value, so good. The service was lovely and not intrusive. The only very small minus was the level of music in the bar upstairs where we went after the meal. It was so loud that it was very difficult to have a conversation.

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H
London
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and looked amazing. The staff were great and very accommodating of dietary requirements. Everything was immaculate.

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l
London
64 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

It's a good restaurant but it was empty which gave it a very poor ambience and one waiter annoyingly over eager to clear. I understand they will introduce an attractive lunchtime menu which I hope will be popoular

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Starter and main course were superb but the dessert was disappointing.

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AB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Went to Social Eating house for my 40th. Went to the Blind Pig beforehand for drink which was great.

Overall I really liked the Social Eating house. I like the relaxed but intimate feel, the decor and background music.

We had the Sampler. I really liked the Scallop and Foie Gras dishes. I terms of the other dishes, I personally found that the pearl barley with ceps too strong for the Sea Bass. I love Lamb but it was too salty so I couldn’t finish it which was a shame. I enjoyed the chocolate Delice but found the Tarragon ice cream too strong in that form. I would say though that I think the Sampler was great value for money vs other Taster menues for other starred restaurants.

And finally thanks for the birthday cake and card - I nice touch.

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E
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I've no idea how this restaurant has a Michelin star, such a disappointment, poor service, very average food and nothing like i would expect from a Michelin star restaurant. Its all very average

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

Extremely Noisy... ok it was a Friday night but we litteraly had to shout to each other to keep the discussion.
Food is good but clearly overpriced.
For me the michelin star is not deserved.
Staff is nice. The were late with the wine so they offered it, which was really appreciated.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Thought the food was spectacular. Service was slightly overwhelming and felt as if rushed we had three waiters ask if we wanted our order taken in five minutes of sitting down and continued through our dinner. That being said the ambiance and food made up for it and would definitely recommend

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AL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good service great food. Had the fixed price re theatre menu which was great and includes a carafe of wine. The only thing I thought not so great is that you can book a table for 6pm but they open at 6pm so had to wait outside

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OT
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service; great attention to detail

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JC
London
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Slow service but delicious menu.

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KK
London
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went to SEH for my wife birthday. The staff were very nice from the moment we entered the restaurant until we left (always nice to see people with a smile and very professional). Thank you for the handwritten birthday card laid on the table when we arrived and the beautiful complimentary patisserie. The food, of course was excellent ( I had a beautiful venison dish..) kudos to the kitchen! We left very happy :)

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MF
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

This is the first time I’ve written a review and am compelled to because for vegetarians it’s simply not good enough. Service for a Michelin Star restaurant was dreadful, hanging coats up ourselves, chairs and tables stacked so close together the waiters constantly bumping into the back of you. £23 for essentially what is a jacket potato? No I don’t think so. Starters were ok but the mains terrible - miso aubergine just so salty. A star name behind a poor restaurant.

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DP
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

The food at Social Eating House is great, but for a one Michelin star restaurant, there are some issues for me. The noise level is very high, the tables are placed very close to each other and are wobbly and too small to contain the food served. We had to balance everything very carefully to make sure that things didn't drop to the floor.
I can understand that all of this is part of the 'laid-back' atmosphere, but personally, I think goes too far for the amount of money one pays for the food and the wine.

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AE
London
7 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Aggressive door staff, messy serving experience, overpriced, below average food - really dissatisfying

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JL
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food in a great unpretentious atmosphere there was nothing we could fault. We were celebrating our sons 21st birthday, a card was waiting on the table an he was ent home with a cake.
The food was all outstanding, portions were a good size.

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PD
London
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Its been a while since we ate at this restaurant but we used to go a lot and thought it consistently achieved a very high standard. However on Monday evening the food did not reach the previous standard. My egg starter was just a boiled egg, the accompaniment didn't add anything interesting and the turbot was pretty unimaginative. Added to which everyone's food was lukewarm on arrival at the table. The service, though, was as excellent as ever

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OT
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really great. Felt the tables were too close together - tricky getting in and out of banquette seating and I’m a skinny guy. Service and food excellent

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LR
London
17 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cocktails in the Blind Pig were creative, well mixed and the service friendly. We also had snacks alongside our drinks, which were delicious. We then went downstairs for dinner. The menu was exciting and so varied I struggled to choose. The food and wine was fabulous. I look forward to going again so I can try more options.

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BK
Melbourne / VIC
8 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great for a birthday lunch or dinner

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

I went to Social Eating House for a birthday- I was not disappointed with the ambiance or the food- it’s a good central location, very buzzy and always full so vibe is great. Food was delicious- I’ve been to Pollen St a few times so had high expectations and the food did not disappoint. If you aren’t overly bothered about service then it would be 100% positive experience. My problem is that I am bothered. Things that bugged me: we had cocktails to start but no one asked me if we would be having wine - I spent a good 10 minutes trying to catch someone’s attention to ask for wine. I like to try different wines so after the first bottle we decided to try something different but were not given clean glasses so I had to ask for them. It was a Friday night but they have loads of staff who seemed to spend a lot of time chatting rather than actually paying attention attention to customers. All the waiting staff were very friendly when engaged with but it seemed like a popular shop with no captain.

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JW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely brilliant. Food, service, decor all fabulous. The butter alone is worth going for. The set menu represents excellent value.

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AT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Main course steak’s taste was awful ! Very disappointed not go there again .

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