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Best Soho restaurants in London

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There's something timeless about Soho; a slightly chaotic and enchanting melting pot of culture, food, colour and history. The maze of bars and restaurants are a second home to first daters, bar hoppers, city slickers and creatives alike. A hub of diversity where there really is something for everyone. The Soho restaurant scene has it all and then some; the opulent, the traditional, the quirky, the exotic, and much more besides. You truly are spoilt for choice. Overwhelmed? Don't be. Here's our list of the Top 10 Soho-eats that will help you choose the perfect venue for the occasion.

Barrafina

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What we think

The newly-located, Michelen-starred Barrafina is a welcome addition to London's Dean Street. It brings with it some seriously high-end regional Spanish tapas and a wine list reminiscent of sunny holidays. Sit around at the L-shaped marble bar and watch the chefs work in the open plan kitchen. A quick heads up - be prepared to queue. There are no bookings taken and it's busy every day of the week. For the organised amongst us, the no-booking in advance blow is softened by wine to sip and snacks to sample while you wait for a table; your only challenge is to save room for the main event.

Price guide

Octopus with Capers£11.80
Chorizo, Potato and Watercress£9.50
Chips with Brava Sauce£5.50

Address

Barrafina
26-27 Dean Street
Soho
W1D 3LL
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There's two more Barrafina in Covent Garden, one on Drury Lane and the other on Adelaide Street.

Contact

Tel.:020 7440 1456
Email:[email protected]
Website:www.barrafina.co.uk

10 Greek Street

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What we think

You could easily pass this restaurant by and miss it - this much-loved Soho spot takes 'understated' to a whole new level. The walls are cream and adorned by just two blackboards with the daily-changing menu chalked on them, and the furnishings are a tried-and-tested simple metal and wood combo. The menu can be described as Modern European and is seasonal, innovative and perfectly-formed. If you're in the mood for a celebration, make sure that you ask to see their 'little black book', full of their rarest wines.

Price guide

Courgette tart tatin, cherry tomato, burrata & rocket£18.00
Sea bream, peas, runner beans, radish & clams£23.00

Address

10 Greek Street
10 Greek Street
Soho
W1D 4DH
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Contact

Tel.:020 7734 4677
Email:[email protected]`
Website:www.10greekstreet.com

Bocca di Lupo

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What we think

Translating literally to "The Mouth of the Wolf", Bocca Di Lupo is a hugely popular and animated restaurant, representing food from the twenty different regions of Italy. It takes on the challenge of being both homely yet elegant and totally wins. Not an easy feat to achieve in the restaurant world, yet it does it with ease. Forget starters and mains - you can have either small/large plates of each dish, giving you the option of tapas-style sharing or a generous helping for one. Think raw and cured meats, pastas, risottos, grills, stews - Bocca Di Lupo brings you all of Italy on many plates.

Price guide

Spaghetti with clams, chilli, garlic & parsley£9.00
Lamb rump£10.00

Address

Bocca di Lupo
12 Archer Street
Soho
W1D 7BB
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Contact

Tel.:020 7734 2223
Email:[email protected]
Website:www.boccadilupo.com

Balls & Company

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What we think

Head Chef Bonny Porter really got the ball rolling with the opening of her debut two-level gourmet meatball restaurant and wine bar, located in Soho's Greek Street. She has brought an upmarket angle to the humble meatball, incorporating ingredients such as Wagyu beef and confit salmon. And for the vegetarians? Never fear; you haven't been forgotten. Beetroot and feta delights await. Pair your meatballs with a choice of sauces and sides. Upstairs you have casual and down to earth décor, reminiscent of the chef's Australian roots, whilst downstairs boasts a date-worthy basement bar and restaurant, all serving the same delicious food and drinks menus throughout.

Price guide

Arancini£8.00
Pork balls£10.00

Address

Balls & Company
58 Greek Street
Soho
W1D 3DY
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Contact

Tel.:020 7851 6688
Email:[email protected]
Website:www.ballsandcompany.london

Ember Yard

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What we think

The award-winning Salt Yard group have continued to impress again with their 4th restaurant, Ember Yard, delivering Spanish and Italian small plates to W1. All dishes are cooked over charcoal and wood on a Basque-style grill, using flavours and techniques honed whilst on their travels in the Basque-country and Tuscany. Head down a floor to the cosy and chilled cocktail bar and sample a smoked negroni. Notice even the wedge of orange is put on the grill. It's all in the detail.

Price guide

Chargrilled Iberico Pork Ribs£10.00
Blood Orange Cured Seabass£7.50

Address

Ember Yard
60 Berwick Street
Soho
W1F 8SU
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Contact

Tel.:020 7439 8057
Email:[email protected]
Website:www.saltyardgroup.co.uk/ember-yard

KILN

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What we think

Following the success story of its sister restaurant, The Smoking Goat, Kiln is a triumph of rustic and authentic cuisine where Northern Thailand, Burma and Laos meet. Picture this; low lighting, cosy seating, the scent of fragrant spices and your food being cooked over flaming hot charcoal in a chestnut log-fed kiln. It's something special. The menu is made up of main grill options and speciality noodle dishes that change daily. The portions are generous to say the least while the service is informed yet relaxed. We recommend the Burmese wild ginger and short rib curry - tender, melt-in-the-mouth beef that bursts with fragrant flavours and spices

Price guide

Jungle Curry of Turbot & Sweet Mint£9.00
Southern Style Dry Pork Curry£7.80

Address

KILN
58 Brewer Street
Soho
W1F 9TL
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Contact

Email:[email protected]
Website:www.kilnsoho.com

Copita

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What we think

Brought to you by the people behind Barrica, Copita encompasses everything that is loved about traditional Spanish tapas; vibrancy, colour, flavour, and value. And this extends to the atmosphere and interior too, where you can expect to fully embrace the Spanish culture by eating at wooden stools at the bar. Copita is a sherry-lovers dream - serving 15 different sherries. With Copita meaning 'small glass' it's not surprising that you're encouraged to sample a different one with each dish. If you're looking for a more formal sit-down then Copita may not be for you. But if you're happy with a bustling and busy vibe with top-notch tapas and casual service then this could be just the place.

Price guide

Saffron summer vegetables risotto£7.50
Scallops with celeriac purée & chorizo£9.25

Address

Copita
27 D'Arblay Street
Soho
W1F 8EP
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Contact

Tel.:020 7287 7797
Email:[email protected]
Website:www.copita.co.uk

NOPI

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What we think

Bold and fresh flavours inspired by the Middle East, Asia and the Mediterranean. Nopi's chef-owner is Yatam Ottolenghi, who made his mark a few years back with his pioneering Ottolenghi cafés. This new, all-day iteration, although sharing the Ottolenghi "look", is more grown-up and formal - think white and spacious décor and brass fittings. Although there is the option of starters and mains, we highly recommend getting a bunch of friends together and ordering the amazing sharing plates. Paired with a bottle (or two) of dry white wine this is a great way to wile away a few hours.

Price guide

Sea bass, calabrese peppers, spring greens£26.00
Pork chop, spring greens, shiitake ketchup£26.50

Address

NOPI
21-22 Warwick Street
Soho
W1B 5NE
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Contact

Tel.:020 7494 9584
Email:[email protected]
Website:www.ottolenghi.co.uk/nopi

Dean Street Townhouse

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What we think

This joint venture comes from the founders of both the Ivy and the Soho House Group; and it's epic. An impressive, four-story Georgian townhouse and stylish 'home-from-home', it brings you the best of classic British food. Offering low lighting and soft décor, it's both classy and relaxing and it gives the timeless impression that it's been around for years. The Afternoon Tea experience is a must, offering all the greats; cakes, scones, sandwiches and plenty of clotted cream and jam, all for £21.

Price guide

Fish & chips, mushy peas£18.00
Sussex lamb, gooseberry, watercress, hazelnut£25.00

Address

Dean Street Townhouse
69 - 71 Dean Street
Soho
W1D 3SE
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Contact

Tel.:020 7434 1775
Website:www.deanstreettownhouse.com

Social Eating House

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What we think

This is the 3rd restaurant from Jason Atherton's Social Group empire; following the fine-dining Pollen Street Social and deluxe bistro Little Social. Social Eating House earned its first Michelin star within 6 months of opening and has only gone from strength to strength. This Soho eatery is different from its sibling restaurants in that is focuses on being informal and affordable. There's a smart and trendy cocktail bar called the Blind Pig, with its own separate entrance; perfect for pre/post dinner drinks. Under the guidance from Head Chef and part-owner Paul Hood, the modern British cuisine is imaginative, playful with a huge focus on presentation. The main dining area is stunning; exposed brick walls, weathered leather stylish banquette seating, key pieces of restored furniture and a mirrored ceiling. On top of all of that, the service is second to none; charming, informative and casual. For an evening of indulgence and fun with beautiful food and cocktails, make sure you pencil in a visit.

Price guide

Confit suckling pig belly, roasted fillet, salt baked white carrot...£28.50
Coriander seed roasted turbot, green sauce, white aspargus...£32.00

Address

Social Eating House
58 Poland Street
Soho
W1F 7NR
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Contact

Tel.:020 7993 3251
Email:[email protected]
Website:www.socialeatinghouse.com