Social Eating House

4.4
1536 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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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 1536 People Are Saying
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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got held up and were 20mins late. They honored our res even though hey didn’t have to. Food and service was excellent!

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New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of my favorite meals for every reason on my recent trip to the Cotswolds, London and Paris. Loved the food, service, atmosphere...everything about it.

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EN
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our first time here and will definitely be back and try all the other restaurant's you have, the food was very good and the scallop ceviche was amazing. Loved how you show where the foods come from and your staff were so attentive and polite.

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K
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

We went for the a la carte menu, I had the foie gras as my starters and the steak as my main.

The foie gras tasted good, and presentation was good too.

Steak was presented on a slate. The steak was a little disssapointing as it tasted a little too salty.

I prefer the other Jason Atherson’s restaurants.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very noisy, modern, good food. Had a great experience!

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TE
Essex
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Went to Social Eating House for my husband's 50th birthday. Surroundings were casual for a fine dining restaurant, waiters wearing jeans for example. Food was excellent, although we did notice that the couple on the next table appeared to be ordering options that were not on our menu. When we checked later we realised there is a fixed price menu from Mon to Thurs 18.00 to 18.30, this was not offered to us even though our booking was for 18.00 on a Wednesday. Apart from this, the service was very good and we liked the gesture of finding a birthday wishes card for my husband on our table.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and good value lunchtime menu. Great service, attentive without being irritating. HOWEVER, the day we went the aircon was broken and it was so hot my friend and I both thought we would pass out and drank about two gallons of water. Such a shame as it did kind of spoil the experience. Will come back for the chef's table experience though, but will check the aircon is working!!!

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TC
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful lunch at Social Eating House. The staff were all very friendly, which is what we prefer when dining. The food was both amazing tasting and amazing value. Three courses for £26.50. You cannot go wrong!

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g
London
511 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Mixed bag. After all of the great reviews, a bit disappointing. Loved the bar, the bread and the starters. but my cod main was overwhelmed by a foul-tasting foam and my wife’s fish main was lukewarm. Really nice, trendy setting, but disappointing entrees and spotty service were not up to par with top restaurants.

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JD
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the tasting menu for my boyfriends 30th birthday which was delicious. Lunchtime so not too noisy but still a really good atmosphere. As I told them it was a special birthday they gave a card and beautiful little gateau as a present which was a lovely touch. Cocktails delicious too!

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p
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second time there, as usual , spectacular. Food is incredible and the guys looking after us were very attentive; no matter where we were in the establishment, they knew who we were and where to find us to inform our table would be ready. Bar staff also funny and casual, the best way in my opinion. One of the guys in fact recognise me from my previous time ( slim chap, Italian with moustache, unfortunately don’t know is name ) and that was a nice touch. Recommend

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RS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food (the turbot and cod were both great) and good cocktails. Very cool vibe to the restaurant, would definitely go again.

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G
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambience and attentive satff. The creme brulee was the bext I'd ever had!

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GR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Had the scallop ceviche to start. It’s, I’d guess, about half a scallop sliced and mixed with the other ingredients. A bit mean for £14.50. The rump steak was pretty mediocre. Service, decor etc were good although the line of tables-for-two is a little tight. Wine was good. The bread was good but the butter (was it butter?) was more like margarine. Nice waiters. Service was good. It was pleaseant overall but with so much choice around, I probably wouldn’t go back for that money.

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OG
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great value pre-theatre munch with prompt, polite service. First class food and drink.

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K
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were outstanding. Cocktails from upstairs bar was also great. Also got a birthday treat that I didn't expect which was nice. Menu is pricey but I would say well worth it for the quality of food. Was truly amazing.
The only thing that put me off was the overall noise. When it got busy I really couldn't hear what my partner was saying at all. It wasn't noisy with music, just general conversation from other tables seemed to be so loud. Ended up leaving a bit early because we couldn't have a proper conversation towards the end. Didn't spoil the night though but would choose a quieter time or a corner seat or something next time.

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R
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner was feeling faint on the night
The lady who helped our table was so kind in helping her
Giving her sugar in water and coke to help my partner

I would like to thank her personally for her help

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w
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The overall experience at this restaurant is beyond my expectation, which means outstanding. However, the food is not really my type, it's good, thogh. What I think is amazing is service. I recommend this place for special occasion, everyday dining, every time!

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MB
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Inventive yet tasty food. Small portions but cumulatively satisfying. Comfortable ambience and good caring service

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JS
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really good dinner here with business colleagues. One of the dishes wasn't great (the fish with spit around it - too salty for us) but apart from that it was amazing and empty plates. Appreciated the creativity of the dishes.

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NJ
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is absolutely amazing! Some niggles but food was stunning.

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a
London
37 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely meal but they kept us waiting at the bar well past our reservation time ; no drink order taken so by the time we got to our table (finally) we were famished. Service started off slow but improved as the might progressed. Food was excellent.

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GG
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My favorite restaurant experience. Surpassed our expectations especially with regards the service. Outstanding food

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BM
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Food is great - but service poor. Not enough serving staff meant that we had to wait for everything. We weren’t shown to our table (it was pointed out to us from the door); nobody pulled a seat out for us; and it then took a while for us to get our menus. Drinks took longer. They forgot a side order. And the bill took an age to arrive. All surprising given the usual Atherton standards. Luckily the food was fabulous.

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AG
London
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant - food is exciting and interesting without foregoing flavour.
Staff are lovely too, feels like a special occasion.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Given this is a Michelin starred restaurant I expected the food to be much better, especially given the prices. Desert was the only memorable course, the starter was good but the main was disappointing. Personally i wouldn't recommend to someone looking for a nice Michelin experience.

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S
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Just not very good, undercooked fish. Rude management. Made us feel very unhappy.
Emailed to complain was told, the fish was cooked, just not to my liking. THAT WAS BECAUSE IT WAS NOT COOKED!
And that “we can’t please everyone”
Sad to say that arrogance has affected a Jason Atherton restaurant. What a shame!

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PF
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sehr freundlicher und aufmerksamer Service. Gute Beratung zu den passenden Getränken. Hervorragendes Geschmackserlebnis. Wir verbrachten einen wunderschönen Abend im Social Eating House.

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PL
London
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service could truly not be faulted. Creative and flavoursome dishes to suit all dietary requirements, along with a superb wine list featuring classics alongside the weird and wonderfuls.

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DA
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dimly lit, stylish and very cool ambience. The service was outstanding by very helpful, attentive staff. The food was absolutely delicious, as to be expected from a Jason Atherton restaurant. Absolutely would go again!

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BS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was stunning and tasted great. The waiting staff were friendly and attentive and the restaurant had a really nice relaxed and buzzing atmosphere. Highly recommend!

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H
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 1

The restaurant was so loud we couldn’t hear each other talk. The waiters did not come over once to pour or top up our wine. Considering this is a Michelin star restaurant that is very poor.

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EH
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Absolutely lovely restaurant. The staff were so nice and the wasn't a long wait in between courses

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AH
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Incredible! The artichoke starter was mind blowing, best thing I've put in my mouth in a long time! The pork cheeks with nettle oats was interesting, but the desserts delicious. The service was amazing with very attentive waiters. Fantastic value for a 3 course menu, however the only negative was it's sold as a "pre-theatre" menu however we got in at 6 but hadn't received our deserts until 7.15 meaning that we ended up being late for the theatre and not let in for some time

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SW
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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D
London
30 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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A
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OD
London
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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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BC
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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