The Gay Hussar
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A delightful experience, and a privilege to see Martin Rowson's many sketches. How sad the restaurant is closing.
Great atmosphere, hearty food, interesting wine.
Really glad we finally visited this excellent restaurant before it sadly closes.Everything was 1st class there is nothing we could fault.
Went out for a celebration with my missus on a Saturday evening.
Good location in the central, easy to access from anywhere.
The design is a bit behind but still solid.
Very friendly staff, professional service.
The food was really delicious and authentic Hungarian.
I can only highly recommend the place.
Great place! As a Hungarian I can say that the food is great quality and completely authentic- as close as it can get to my grandmas cooking! Strongly recommend. Was very positively surprised!
It's a great restaurant: food and staff are just perfect.
Goulash is a real treat.
Don't try any dessert....if you don't want to be addicted
A gem of Soho, would highly recommend to all! :-)
Had another lovely meal at the Gay Hussar, great fun - the owner is such a character and all the food and wine was lovely. Great little place and makes a change to have something so different.
Very poor service, average food, manager made a bizarre and offensive comment to one of our party during a friendly conversation just after we arrived. Used to really like the food and atmosphere here but will be unlikely to go back.
I am very familiar with Hungarian food and this restaurant falls very short of the mark. Nothing that we ordered even resembled Hungarian cuisine and barely qualified as acceptable for institutional food. But actually the service was worse than the food..Our server -not Hungarian-really could not speak English and he was the only server! Such a disappointment,
I enjoyed the ambiance and historical context although no politicians plotting coups sadly. I was surprised not to be given the pre theatre menu given we arrived at 6 and found the staff less than enthusiastic .
Fantastic food and a great choice of Hungarian wines. Very friendly service. Fabulous decor and setting - a real gem within the busy world of Soho. Would recommend a table away from the door as it's a bit draughty. Has an old gentleman's feel to it with lots of great Labour party caricatures on the walls.
The key to a restaurant surviving is certainty by returning customers that they will get what they want. I have been going to Gay Hussar regularly since at least the 1980s, possibly longer, I'm too old to remember. Enough said?
Actually no. If it is your first time, leave enough room for the cheese pancakes.
Lovely authentic Hungarian hearty food. Service was excellent too. I only missed background music but everything else was great! :)
My parents have been wanting to come to The Gay Hussar since theyoved to London 6 months ago. We finally made a reservation and we are all glad we did. Everyone's food was outstanding. I had the chicken pancake and the serving size was generous, and the food was delicious. The staff are all friendly and funny. Definitely give it a try.
We were a bit disappointed with our evening to be honest. They offered us a table with obviously dirty seats, and then, after we were found another, brought us a wrong starter. The food was ok-ish....it’s comforting and filling but you don’t come here for subtlety! Service was ok, but overall no need to return given the many other places in London.
Excellent Hungarian cuisine. Rather narrow restaurant with cramped tables.
Yet another very enjoyable lunch encounter with the Gay Hussar. staff looked after us very well with plenty of amusing anecdotes and good advice (regarding food and wine). Accommodated my infant rand daughter very well indeed.
A real genuine London gem. Frequented by the political and media elites for decades. The interior is testament to its heritage. One of my favourite restaurants.
Just not very nice food extremely basic in terms of presentation and quality.
The service was really good, the waiter called Richard was very attentive and helpful.
Our first time to this restaurant was a very enjoyable experience, staff were very attentive and polite, the food was excellent and we will be going back.
Staff wonderfully professional and attentive. Restaurant is small enough to be cosy but not claustrophobic. Decoration of charicatures is stimulating.
Much improved since last there a couple of years ago, food more authentically Hungarian and better service. Reasonable prices.
I'd long intended to visit this famous eatery, and I was not disappointed. We met for lunch, pre-theatre and the service was excellent. It has a lively atmosphere and the walls are covered with cartoons of politicians and media people who have dined there.
The Hungarian menu was extensive and the food brought quickly. Other diners were also very friendly.
very welcoming host with a menu and food that is well prepared and does not disappoint
Super friendly service and fun atmosphere, lovely for a group celebration
Another fab meal at The Gay Hussar. Only downside was we were a group of 7 and were seated upstairs instead of in the main dining area downstairs. There was no one else eating up there. The food and service was however fantastic. We had a variety of dishes and everyone was happy with their sections. I had the fish terrine and the venison stew which were delicious. We will return but next time I will want ot make sure we are seated downstairs .
We went for an early pre-theatre meal. It was excellent food and excellent service.
What a find. The genuine article, with authentic Hungarian dishes with all the flavours you would want to find. The Brassoi Ermek is to die for!! Fantastic service. Quick throughput. ideal for that pre-theatre dinner. Don't forget to round it off with the unique taste of Tokay wine with your dessert. Definitely one to remember and put in the faves list.
Was amazing, Food, staff, service, price. Thank you!
My Son had been there and as it was my birthday and we were spending the day in London he recommended it. I would visit it again and have no problem recommending it to tourists and they should have it on their list of possible restaurants to eat in London. Look forward to another meal there.
Unusual decor although a little tired looking. Food was nice, staff explained some of the dishes. The Bulls Blood red wine was lovely. If you want one of the deals remember to specifically book it. There's quite a few so I thought I'd wait til we got there so my friend could choose, but apparently you can't use any of the deals unless you've said online which one you want. Bit odd since I had actually booked ahead.
Authentic Hungarian food, authentic Hungarian waiter - so great! Best meal and experience over a 4 day Girl Weekend in London! It’s at the top of our “must do list” next time there!
Fantastic as usual. The Gay Hussar is a very friendly, small, warm and welcoming restaurant in the heart of Soho with fantastic food. I've been several times and rarely book the same restaurant twice so that is a big thumbs up for me.
Excellent food and service!! The food was a lovely discovery and very tasty. The service was impeccable.
Great food. The food terrine was to die for. It is a very cosy restaurant and the staff is very friendly. Lovely place if you wotld like to try proper Hungarian food.
We were pleasantly surprised. Everything was much better than recent critics reviews.
Went there for a late lunch with my family after my graduation. The food was absolutely delicious and the staff were incredibly attentive. We went for the set menu which was great value for money. Honestly can't wait to go back!
We had a pre theatre 2 course menu which was tasty and well cooked and presented. But the stars were the waiters who intelligently and with light humour made our meal a pleasure.