Social Eating House

4.4
1502 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Contemporary European
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary European, British, Bistro
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday: 12pm - 2:30pm; 6pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
020 7993 3251
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Paul Hood
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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Special Offers

3 courses £26.50 or with a 500ml wine carafe £35.50

3 courses £26.50, 3 courses £33.50 (with cocktail), 3 courses £35.50 (with wine carafe):
Available Monday-Thursday 12-2.30pm and 18:00-18:30. Must be booked in advance.

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 12 July 2018

Ends: 31 August 2018

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

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
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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 1502 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Booked lunch for two diners, but on request, the restaurant was happy to accommodate an extra friend. Prompt attentive and friendly service from staff who were knowledgable and helpful about our choices. We were able to chose from either prixe five or a la carte menus, and our friend chose a starter as a main which didn’t cause a problem. Excellent choice for lunch stop in central London and will certainly visit again when next in a Town.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Thank you team. Very sweet of you that you’ve prepared a handwritten birthday card for my friend.

It was a very pleasant lunch we have had at Social Eating House.

Dishes were cooked and served to perfection - if I were to just say one thing... sauce in my turbot was slightly salty in my view. But that doesn’t affect the 5/5 score, roasted rabbit and ribeye steak were amazing.

Thank you again for the lovely experience and food. I’m sure I will see you again soon

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Very tasty and elegant. Interesting cocktails and very friendly service.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Fantastic food, wine and service. The most friendly staff and welcoming ambiance. Highly recommend!!

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3.0Dined on 9 August 2018

A bit over-rated it seemed to us. An hour to get our starter, served by 7 different people, wine exorbitantly over-priced and food good, but not necessarily great. Excellent cocktails however!

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5.0Dined on 8 August 2018

The food was amazing, beyond our expectations. In addition the service was really good. We strongly suggest it!

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5.0Dined on 8 August 2018

Amazing only negative I thought the portions were quite large so I ate to much with my entree and cold not finish my main, my friend ordered the brûlée which was not amazing

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5.0Dined on 7 August 2018

Booked for my children’s 25th Birthday in a group of 6. Booking was easy and communication was great. Booked a table in the bar, Blind Pug, which is fantastic with delicious cocktails based on children’s story characters. Very attentive and charming waiter from Venezuela. Table ready on time and the food was amazing. The pan fried foie gras generated the most food envy! Steaks were exceptional and cooked perfect to temperature requested. Excellent wine list and sommelier. The lady maitre D and our waiter, from Lyon and on his first day, were extremely attentive and charming. Will go again and can highly recommend.

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3.0Dined on 6 August 2018

The staff were very sweet but service quite slow..waited a fair while for drinks. The food was very nice but it was way too hot in there which was very uncomfortable

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1.0Dined on 4 August 2018

We had a table booked for 8:30 that we were given 20mins later. It was fine as we were sat at the bar. However, everything that followed was only delayed. We ordered immediately and got our starter after 30 mins and main after 30 mins of finishing our starter. We had eaten soo much bread in the time as we were starving that by the time the mains came we lost interest in the meal. The table next to us had also left due to poor service. There are soo many good restaurants in London that offer prompt service that we really do not understand why social eating house stands out. There were soo many service staff but they seemed lost.

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5.0Dined on 4 August 2018

We went for my boyfriend’s birthday and the service and attention was lovely with my boyfriend being given a card from the staff and a special dessert. We did the sampler menu which was very nice and came with some great wines. The ambiance was affected slightly by a couple of tables near us who had complaints but we were very happy with the service and food.

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5.0Dined on 4 August 2018

A brilliant restaurant with such lovely food! Definitely recommend trying it out.

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3.0Dined on 1 August 2018

While the food on the prix fixe pre-theatre menu was undeniably good, I would NOT recommend the establishment to anyone who actually intends to catch a play/ musical after. Service was horribly subpar for a Michelin starred place.

Where service only begins at 6pm, there is an inevitable need to speed through the meal in order to make any 7.30pm show. The staff who waited on us were informed of our circumstance, but brushed us off nonchalantly when we requested for courses to be served simultaneously. Our concerns for missing our show were additionally shut down rather condescendingly with curt and abrupt replies by a snooty male waiter.

What would’ve otherwise been a light hearted and airy meal was instead tremendously stressful and unpleasant because of the airs put on by our waiter. (Not quite the ‘air’ I had in mind when I said I wanted something relaxed)

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3.0Dined on 28 July 2018

Having seen the extremely high ranking of the restaurant in Time Out, and being aware of Jason Atherton, we booked the meal for an anniversary. Good points of the restaurant- nice layout and atmosphere, very attentive service including a welcome Happy Anniversary card and a complimentary piece of cake to take away with us, a very good starter in the scallop, not rushed in any way. In terms of why the three star review then, we felt the dishes were overly complex with quite overpowering sauces. The foie gras starter was very delicate and incredibly rich as may be expected, but the accompanying sauce with it seemed mismatched, and overly strong. The main courses- Roasted turbot, cep, pearl barley, Lardo di Colonnata, chipirones, and again, a strong sauce in the mushroom tea was nice in it's individual parts, but felt as if there was too much going on. The other main dish- the Slow cooked rump of salt marsh lamb, olive oil mash, pickled turnips, with an accompanying sauce Niçoise would have been sufficient with the first spoonful of sauce, but there seemed to be an abundance of it.
The review may seem harsh but am considering it in the context of being a Michelin star establishment, and the food, while extremely good, was not as memorable as that had in other London star restaurants.
Staff were extremely friendly without being overbearing.

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4.0Dined on 27 July 2018

Great food but it's too noisy. Not a good place for a special dinner. Anyway, food was superb

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5.0Dined on 26 July 2018

We went for lunch. Very good food, great service and value.

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5.0Dined on 25 July 2018

Delicious! We had the sharing cote de boeuf which really did taste amazing and it was cooked perfectly. Even the tomato salad was great, it reminded me of being in France at my grandmothers. There are a lot of staff, so you're always taken care of. The only thing I would say is that the music was a little too loud and the spot lights were too bright on my head. Otherwise it was excellent. I would definitely go back.

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2.0Dined on 24 July 2018

Service was so slow!!! Had to remind them about our drinks, took food about an hour.
We ate about a third of our mains since they were sickening salty. Way too expensive for what we got.

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5.0Dined on 24 July 2018

Great food and atmosphere. Been here a few times and always impresses.

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4.0Dined on 23 July 2018

Strangely off form. Service friendly but seemingly inefficient. It was relatively quiet but V slow. Repeated requests for drinks unfulfilled. 20 for second glass. Food mixed. Pre appetiser (aubergine hummus) and Appetisers really good. Mains varied from ok (a shared Cote De Beouf) to below par (Hake/Oxtail - overcooked and presented messily. We didn’t have time to wait for a dessert. Wines as usual for Social group were excellent. V nice business/casual ambience.

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4.0Dined on 21 July 2018

+ Tasty food, good portions, delicious Roasted Cornish hake, turmeric, white asparagus, braised oxtail, girolles, pea oil (especially the sauce below hake)
- No AC and a bit dark, not ideal for summer meals

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4.0Dined on 21 July 2018

Apart from a disjointed service, everything was very good. Waiter spilled some wine and started clearing up before we had finished. Sommelier recommendation was totally lacking.

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4.0Dined on 21 July 2018

I tried Social Eating House for Saturday lunch. They offer two-or-three course lunch (depends on your appetite. I ordered chicken & hazelnut as starter and it came with a nicely roasted garlic sourdough. The mustards with vinegar can reduce the oily taste of chicken. The main I chose pork cheek since I haven’t eat pork for two weeks. The pork was tender and juicy and I loved the barley cooked in Spinach sauce. Overall it was a nice experience to a Michelin One-Star restaurant.

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2.0Dined on 19 July 2018

Not worth the hype :-( .. too loud, service wasn’t great for the 1 Michelin star they have. Food was good .. but for that money i have had good steaks elsewhere too. Not sure if I will go back anytime soon ... more of a fad than real quality.

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5.0Dined on 19 July 2018

The tasting menu was delicious. Each course was special. Particularly enjoyed the lamb and the sorbet. Definitely will go again but special occasions only due to price.

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4.0Dined on 19 July 2018

Social Eating house is another of Jason Atherton's (big fan) small group of restaurants. Good tasting menu with good sized portions. High end comfort food if you will. Some of the food was really excellent - and some very good. The atmosphere is quite lively/noisy earlier in the evening and the service got itself in a muddle - which they put right with charm. Overall a great place - I find myself only giving 4 stars - maybe I was expecting more based on reputation and, of course, it's not cheap - so things need to run smoothly to justify the high prices.

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5.0Dined on 19 July 2018

Excellent food, very attentive service, lots of options, very relaxed for the calibre of food, couldn’t think of any improvement suggestions.

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3.0Dined on 19 July 2018

Three course set lunch was of good value . Portions were hearty and tasty . But if you want a quiet conversation this is not the place . It’s a bustling bistro environment and rather noisy . Service is generally good but they tend to be busy so prepare to wait and call for attention .

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5.0Dined on 18 July 2018

Did a search of great restaurants in SOHO and this spot consistently came up. We booked a table and enjoyed lovely cocktails and a delicious dinner. Server was knowledgeable about menu. Wine was suggested from an approachable sommelier. Loved Loved Loved it!

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4.0Dined on 18 July 2018

The only think I disliked: too much noise! You can hardly hear your table mate.

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5.0Dined on 17 July 2018

Everything we had was amazing. Definitely order dessert

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3.0Dined on 16 July 2018

Service was fantastic and the staff very accomodating

Ambience was also great. Quite a relaxed place. It does get quite loud which I don't mind personally.

Food was generally okay. I prefer my food not too rich whereas the food here is too rich or salty for my liking. Had the sampler menu.

Scallops were nice.
Foie gras was good
Cod was too salty for my liking (think it was the pesto on top)
Lamb was succulent but the mash that came with it was too salty for my liking

Pear dessert was fantastic
So was the peanut butter parfait.

Food all presented well.

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4.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Food and service was top drawer. Shame about the plumbing issues in the gents toilet. And ladies being out of order meaning a big queue outside disabled loo on main floor.

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5.0Dined on 12 July 2018

Food was impressive, with well balanced dishes that everyone enjoyed. Service seemed a bit slow at times but enough to detract significantly from a lovely evening. Vibrant atmosphere that suits a group rather than a quiet romantic dinner.

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3.0Dined on 12 July 2018

I had read about the Social Eating House and was curious to try it. Having done so, I'm not sure what all the fuss was about. I went with a friend and we both had foie gras to start. It was good. I then had lamb and my friend had fish. My sense was that both dishes were just over complicated - and lost the essence & flavour of the core ingredients as a result. Super location, very nice staff and an interesting wine-list, but I fear they try too hard....

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5.0Dined on 12 July 2018

We were celebrating a special occasion and Social Eating House was absolutely spot on for this. I'd never been before but loved the place. The decor was gorgeous, the service was just the right side of attentive and the food was utterly delicious. The staff were very tolerant of us wanting to move around a bit for our second bottle of wine. And my friend paid! All in, a wonderful day.

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5.0Dined on 9 July 2018

This is my 5th visit to Social Eating House and it continues to impress me further with each visit.

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4.0Dined on 7 July 2018

We started with cocktails in the bar, which are always delicious and creative. We then headed to the restaurant, which has a nice atmosphere and is well decorated. The service was excellent, we were even given a little something for our anniversary, which was a nice touch. The food is also very nice but I did have slightly higher expectations on flavour given the price otherwise I’d rate it 5 stars all round.

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5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Great food, great wine and wonderful friendly service

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5.0Dined on 6 July 2018

Beautiful food with dedicated service... a real find for us!

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