Yauatcha Soho

4.4
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
5243 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
£26 to £40
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Chinese
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Yauatcha Soho, located in the heart of vibrant London, is an all-day dim sum teahouse offering a wide selection of modern authentic dim sum alongside European patisserie and an extensive range of teas, wine and cocktails. The design of the restaurant is a modern interpretation of the old Chinese teahouse. At the same time, the lighting and seating embodies the atmosphere of a vibrant ‘chatter shop’, similar to the traditional Hong Kong dim sum restaurants. The restaurant offers Cantonese dishes with a modern influence, with an extensive range of steamed, baked, grilled and fried dim sum such as Yauatcha’s signature dishes of Scallop shui mai and Venison puffs. The Taste of Yauatcha menu is designed for two people to share and is offered from Monday to Thursday between 2pm and 6pm for £28.88.

Special Offers

London Restaurant Festival: Tasting menu & a cocktail £38

Set tasting menu including a cocktail from Yauatcha cocktail menu.

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

Valid For: 2 - 6 people

Starts: 1 October 2019

Ends: 31 October 2019

Availability: Sun 18:00-22:30
Mon-Tue 12:00-16:30 17:00-22:30
Wed-Thu 12:00-16:30 17:00-18:30 21:30-22:30
Fri 12:00-16:30 17:00-18:30

Tasting menu including a cocktail £38 per person

Set tasting menu including a cocktail from Yauatcha cocktail menu.

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

Valid For: 2 - 6 people

Starts: 4 September 2019

Ends: 30 September 2019

Availability: Sun 18:00-22:30
Mon-Tue 12:00-16:30 17:00-22:30
Wed-Thu 12:00-16:30 17:00-18:30 21:30-22:30
Fri 12:00-16:30 17:00-18:30

What 5243 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.2
service
4.2
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
83% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
OT
London
1 review
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not what expected.

KH
Calgary
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I was very excited to try this place initially. The vegetarian and vegan dim sum options were certainly tasty and unique (being vegan for a while now, I’ve struggled to find good dim sum!), but the service was a bit wanting and the decor was a bit dated/tired (for those in Canada, it was comparable to a Moxy’s or Earl’s-type place). As well, I don’t know if the meat/seafood options would be as unique/special to justify the cost (vs. Any decent place in china town). Overall, the restaurant and experience didn’t warrant the relatively steep price (e.g., 4£ for a small bowl of plain steamed rice), nor its reputation as a very high end place. Some of the reviews I read online criticized the same points, and, in hindsight, I agree.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went to Yauatcha Soho for a pre theatre meal at 5:00pm on a Tuesday night. Chose the Signature Set Menu. At this time of day, the restaurant wasn’t at all busy and we were served very quickly. The Dim Sum was excellent, and it was nice having deep fried Dim Sum as well as steamed. I’m not a huge fan of soup but have to say that the mixed fish dumpling soup was delicious. The crispy duck was very tasty. If I had any comment it would be that the pancakes could have been a bit larger for the amount of duck we had. By this time, we were already starting to feel satisfied, but it was then time for the main course - Pak Choi, Chilli Squid and sticky rice. Again, all was very tasty, although the Chilli Squid was crying out for some kind of sauce as it was a very dry dish. My wife and I by now were starting to struggle to finish everything and did have to leave a small amount. I then reminded my wife that there was still dessert to come! Fortunately, when it arrived, it was very light and delicious. There were 2 desserts to share, one mango based and the other plum based. I do have to say that they were probably the nicest desserts I’ve ever had in a Chinese restaurant and finished the meal off perfectly.
All of this took about an hour and 15 minutes, so was perfect for a pre theatre meal as we weren’t having to worry about if we would make it to the theatre in time. By the time we left, the restaurant was starting to fill up and there was a queue of people now waiting to be seated.
The meal wasn’t cheap, but I was more than happy paying that amount for the quality of food.
Would we go back again? Most definitely!

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

Ban Ban Oriental is much better quality than this posh Chinese dim sum. Service was not so nice at all. very disappointed and ashamed for taking my clients.

LG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

This was a deeply disappointing experience. We had gone there for the puddings ,which are superb, but by the time we finished our dinner, there were no puddings left on display. I enquired worried they might have run out, but was told they still had plenty available . We were eventually given the menu and made our choice, only to be told a few minutes later that there were no puddings left at all . We were offered some macaroons to take away but only after I complained to the manager.

NF
London
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Firstly and most importantly the food was delicious. Every dish was superb. However the overall experience was not great. Our 8.15 table was ready at 8.50. No apology or complimentary drink. Seriously uncomfortable chairs/table with zero leg room. Plus we had 2 nut allergy people out of the 4 of us and they not only recommended a main course with nuts (obviously we declared the allergies) but they gave a birthday treat macaroon to one of the afflicted. I enjoyed it! Despite the delicious food I would not rush back.

TP
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Music played on Saturday evening way too loud - had to shout to have a conversation.

N
London
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really outstanding dim sum and very fin sake. Friendly and helpful service.

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

The food and service was outstanding, as always but really noisy and loud place was unable to have a converted with my guest without shouting across my table...

a
London
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

amazing and refined chinese food ! would recommand for a nice diner with friends sharing lots of stuff

WK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We have been to Yauatcha before both in the City and Soho. This time we found the service pretty poor, the table next to us complained. We probably should have done. The dim sum was good but not as good as last time and probably not worth the £75 a head cost. The worst part was that my wife and I were both violently ill after returning home, about 2 hours after dinner. We emailed the restaurant about this but did not even receive a reply. On this basis of the last point in particular I will not be returning. Nor would I recommend Yauatcha.

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

Great food. Cocktail might be better

OT
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Too noisy, no recognition of the special occasion and also disposable chopsticks for a meal costing £200? No thank you.

I
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Food is very disappointed, no better than China town restaurant, and doesn’t really meet Michelin star. My own cooking is even much better than them. And the noise was very high, we have to talk loudly with my friend. Highly not recommend

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

Very good!

SY
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

The food was delicious and staff worked hard but the sound level was insane to begin with, and then music was turned up high so much that I asked them to turn it down. Which they did do. Although I think other staff turned it up again.

The dim sum was fabulous.

R
London
7 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All great, dim sum very good

SG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food is always exceptional and the service decent. I will always return for some of London’s tastiest dim sum

MD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious and beautifully prepared food. A stunning culinary experience.

RR
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

food is very good, and the service is always on point

J
London
30 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The dim sum was even better than I remembered especially everything that is a ‘house speciality’. Do order the prawn and bean curd cheung fun - it will change your life.

SP
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Service was quick, food delicious and the atmosphere was great

AG
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent as was the service. It was my friend's birthday and they brought a decorated plate with candle for her dessert which was a much appreciated and lovely touch.

OT
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and good value

NI
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was delicious. However, a curiosity remains why disposable chopsticks were used at this rather high-end restaurant. In addition, we were charged for a macaroon for as part of a birthday celebration which was not requested for - would have been more appropriate if they had checked with us beforehand, since they were going to charge us for it.

d
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

The main problem with Yauacha Soho nowadays is the lottery of whether you sit upstairs or downstairs. These are two very different experiences: upstairs is much less of a special atmosphere, and for some occasions you would only want to be downstairs. But when you are booking, there seems to be no way to establish whether you are getting a table upstairs or downstairs. This is an important issue that needs to be sorted out.
My 3 stars for service is because of this issue - on this occasion I'd particularly wanted to be downstairs but was obliged to sit upstairs.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was amazing, however the space was very noisy (maybe because we were near the kitchen) and finally we were invited to leave the table because our time was finished and we couldn’t taste the dessert.

MG
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I have never been to a Michelin Star Chinese before. It was sensational! Highly recommend

BA
London
7 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. This restaurant is just divine. Service, presentation and food is outstanding. You really are made to feel special.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A very stylish looking restaurant as you walk in. We had to wait in the Very crowded bar for about 15 minutes for our booked table. It was so crowded that despite, trying we weren’t able to get a drink.

Our table was downstairs in the basement which isn’t as nice as upstairs and it’s very crowded - tables are close together.

Our waiter was very helpful in explaining & suggesting things and actually everything he suggested was really excellent. For example - Prawn and bean curd cheung fun is just amazing.

Surprisingly good portion sizes, So I think we probably over ordered as couldn’t finish it all. Every single dish was excellent. Amongst the best Chinese we’ve eaten. Bill came to around £180 fir 4 of us which included a bottle of wine. One annoying thing is that the waiter that brings food can’t put it on your table and has to wait for another member of staff to put it down, and as a result it feels like service isn’t as smooth as it could be. But despite this will definitely go back. But despite this will definitely go back. As the food is so good

m
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

third time in this restaurant but this time had the worst experience.
reservation was for 20.00. sat us at our table at 20.30, without so much as an apology. started serving food after 21.00. the waiter was simply hostile. in this conditions its impossible to enjoy the food. spend your money else were

KB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It was too loud and too warm inside. Other than that, everything was fine.

TP
London
10 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The dim sum & choice of vegetarians options is excellent . The staff were very helpful.

KW
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A brilliant night out in a stylish restaurant. The food was absolutely superb. We went for dishes we had never tried before, and were not disappointed. Tasty, sophisticated. Definitely coming again

CT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a terrific evening with beautifully presented food which was delicious. The staff were extremely efficient and friendly. We did struggle to hear with the volume of the music!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

I ordered 2 especially table for 2 and a baby buggy and when we came the stuffed told us to leave the buggy upstairs. Before we came to the restaurant we put our baby to sleep so we can eat quietly, but the first floor was closed for a private event. I refused to leave the buggy upstairs because the baby was sleeping in it, so i was told to take it with me downstairs in a messy freight elevator, and of course the baby woke up screaming and our lunch was ruined.

I understand there are private events at the restaurant but it’s more then right to update us that no normal place for the buggy. We would cancel our order if we knew it.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I been there for my boyfriend birthday. I book a table
Online and from the door till the end we were feel special, especially my boyfriend for his birthday. The only little think that we had is that we ask to the waitress about the menu and she didn’t tell us that much, and luckily the fantastic Roberta (Italian head waitress) she show up and let us understand more about the menus and how make a order. We chose our wine and she give us some recommendations for food and we followed. Amazing food. Super aromatic duck and mix between scallops and kings prawns was amazing. Delicious dessert and thanks again to our waitress Roberta. Definitely we will back.

a
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

Overpriced and pretentious. The clientele contributes to the terrible overall ambience. The only positive note is the staff. There is nothing wrong with the food, but it is completely average, and ridiculously overpriced. The drinks are even worse; it's Covent Garden so we did not expect it to be cheap, but £8 for an iced tea is like a £7 mark-up! Plus if they want to come across as a posh fine-dining restaurant, what's with the wooden single use chopsticks?! A greasy Chinese takeway has better quality ones! I will never go to Yauatcha again but it looks like they'll do fine without me.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

-Music was far too loud to have a conversation with my dining partner.
-The tables in the basement are small and too close to other diners. Would expect this in a more downmarket restaurant, but not at this price point.
-The room temperature was far too hot, despite the weather outside being quite cool, and I was relieved to leave the restaurant
-I personally found the low tables to be uncomfortable as I’m six feet tall and not used to sitting this low, so my legs started cramping. I understand that this way of sitting is more common in Asia, and so some people might find this part of the experience... I consider it to be a bit of a gimmick.
-Cooking was excellent, superb dim sum
-Service was good

s
London
12 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Really good dim sum. I really like the food here and think that they may be one of the better dim sum places in town. Dessert is also pretty and very tasty.

Kitchen is very efficient. Thumbs up to them.

Service is a bit weird. It seems very inefficient. Only certain people can place food onto the table; you’ll have a person standing and waiting with food in their tray waiting for a waiter/waitress to place the food on the table whilst the food is getting cold. Only certain people can clean the table and get you the bill. Same person that can serve you food and take orders. This creates a bottle neck! Why not train everyone?

Drinks are expensive. We’ve had various types from champagne, wine, sake, hot tea and cold tea before. Chinese tea is rather weak and would be better if there is an option to just have the tea leaves in and the ability to “add hot water”.

Would still be back as the food is good but hopefully the service will improve.

1
2
3
132