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Courtesan, London,

Courtesan

4.5
4.5
121 Reviews
£26 to £40
Dim Sum

Courtesan offers the finest modern Dim Sum and carefully selected teas, wines and cocktails for discerning ladies and gentlemen of adventure.
We welcome you into the Court of the Courtesan to delight in the fineries of the Empire of China and be enchanted by her celebration of female talent.
DimSum that touches the heart is created by Fengjuan Xue, one of the very few female DimSum head chefs abetted by four award winning female dessert chefs.
In embodying female talent the Courtesan also boasts the worlds only female wine and spirits listing which are made or owned by women.

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Delivery

  • Order online
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Dim Sum

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 6:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–2:00 am Bar Wed, Thu, Sun 6:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–2:00 am Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 6:00 pm–10:15 pm Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    020 8127 8677

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Fengjuan Xue

  • Private party facilities

    For Private events, please send an email to courtesan@thecourtesan.co.uk.Details full name, contact number, how many guests, and how you would like your party to happen with Dim sum & Burlesque Cabaret.

  • Neighborhood

    Brixton

  • Cross street

    Coldharbour Lane

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Brixton Tube Station/Brixton Rail

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Menu

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What 121 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. CG

    CyrusG

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Possibly the best dim sum I have ever had in London, which is remarkable really. Everything is extremely well done, with beautiful glassware, wonderful surroundings, and delicious food. Probably the best thing about Courtesan is the people that work there though. So friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. I loved the whole thing.

  2. MB

    MrsB

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a wonderful anniversary dinner at this beautifully decorated, ambient restaurant. The staff took great care of us, the food was fabulous and the cocktails were top notch.

  3. HB

    HamidaB

    London

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A hidden gem in the heart of Brixton. Food is amazing!

  4. J

    Jeannie

    London

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Really lovely set up, great decor. We went on a Sunday night which was nice and quiet, would love to come back for their burlesque nights! Staff were fabulous and welcoming! Pity about the move to electronic ordering, thus the mark down on Service -- staff just served food and that was it! Personally, I love eating out to avoid using the phone -- we spend too much time on those things these days, it would be nice to not need to use it!! Beautiful find, excellent food, recommend! <3

  5. R

    Rids

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    A really great evening out. Not only was the burlesque entertaining, the helpful staff and delicious food made the overall experience brilliant.

  6. RP

    RonakP

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Awesome venue and very attentive staff. Dumplings were extremely nice and impressively cooked fresh by a clearly very talented team. We had a lot to eat but could also see having a nice snack with drinks

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and friendly staff here, we had a lovely eve and will definitely be returning

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Discovered this gem by doing a search on OpenTable for places in the vicinity. First time we'd all visited and we all agreed that every single thing we ordered tasted delicious and are going to make repeat visits for sure. The staff were all excellent too. Astute, friendly, professional and the right level of attentiveness that still gave us space.

  9. SQ

    SimonQ

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    nice atmosphere, great food- would recommend for a nice evening out

  10. AO

    AmyO

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good service and very accommodating

  11. JA

    JoannaA

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Decent dim sum. It came out surprisingly quickly So perhaps not as fresh as what you could get in China Town but for Brixton it’s pretty good.

  12. R

    Rachel

    London

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    The table we had booked wasn’t ready so we sat in the bar area, the tables were very close together. We probably would have stayed for the show had we had the table we had originally booked. Overall it was pleasant

  13. j

    julieo

    London

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2020

    overall3food5service2ambience1

    Noisy music and quite cramped- not enough waiting staff. Beer came after meal arrived. Food was excellent but I feel it’s overpriced.

  14. C

    Cmhh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2020

    overall2food2service1ambience2

    We dine out a lot, are locals to the restaurant and this simply wasn't a great experience. Drinks took so long to come that food got in before we even had our first drinks order which we ordered at least 5 minutes before we finalised our food order. We ordered drinks again and after 15 minutes of us we saw the drinks on the bar with no one bringing them to the table, husband had to go and ask for them. As we only had 10 minutes left in our slot, we had to gobble the drinks down. Space was super cramped, I get trying to maximise the space as lockdown was looming but this was ridiculous. Clearly no "social distancing" in place once sitting at the tables my husband had to cram in between our table and the wall with someone else sitting on the other side of him and then our waiter got short when I commented on the space. Overall poor experience and much better choices in the area so will not be going back.

  15. CC

    ChristianC

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food for money, cool space, friendly service and felt very safe and clean.

  16. A

    Alize

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, food was really tasty can't wait to come again

  17. LB

    LadyB12

    London

    85 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Had a very nice dim sum trying the Black Heart Dumplings with some scallop ones. Ordered the prawn cheung feng but a pork one came instead, mentioned that to "Abou" the waiter and he omitted the charge from my bill - a very nice touch.

  18. LB

    LadyB12

    London

    85 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Always nice to come in for a lovely dim sum lunch!

  19. LB

    LadyB12

    London

    85 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    For lunchtime, Courtesan is not as busy as the evenings, though I tend to visit the joint in my lunchbreak which is a real delight.

  20. LB

    LadyB12

    London

    85 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    This is my usual lunchtime treat, the only comment I can make is that sometimes the Prawn Cheung dish could be steamed a bit more, so that it comes to the table slightly hotter to warm one's belly.

  21. LB

    LadyB12

    London

    85 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    I am gradually trying all parts of the menu, as this is my regular visit during my work lunch hour. I am thankful that Courtesan is only a short 10mins walk from work. I give it an 8 / 10 for speed and efficiency of serving their diners at lunch time.

  22. LB

    LadyB12

    London

    85 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    If you like Chinese dim sum away from China Town, this is the place to come. I have been a regular most lunchtime sampling dishes such as Hargau, Siu Mai, Prawn Cheung fun as my staple favourites.

  23. DS

    DevinS

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    We didn't stay for the Burlesque show as it was at 10:15 in the night and we arrived at 7pm. Food was delicious and filling as Dim Sum will always do to you...cocktails were nice but lacking in a bit of flavour.

  24. TC

    TammyC

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such a hidden gem - everything was spot on! Definitely returning again!!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    overall5food4service3ambience4

    Fantastic singing, very good food. Will be back!

  26. KG

    KennethG

    London

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience5

    It's my fourth time here in under two months, so clearly I like the restaurant. This time I would say the food was good, but not outstanding so hopefully standards aren't slipping. Some in my party weren't that keen or impressed with it. Service was good. It was a bit disappointing that the Burlesque show didn't start at 10pm as expected. We left shortly after 10pm. The restaurant was not busy, which was surprising for a Saturday night.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience2

    Great dim sum.

  28. L

    Lura

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2018

    overall3food4service1ambience4

    Food was good but service was terrible. A real shame because the place had a nice buzz. Ok if your'e not in a rush or hungry!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Great place, with a genuine retro feel and look. Food was excellent and service was excellent and friendly. Will go back.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It’s become our regular local dim sum place. Delicious food and very good service! Thank you!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fab restaurant, super lovely staff and delicious food, cocktails & wine. And amazing decor!

  32. K

    Karen70

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2017

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    A perfect date venue, great atmosphere, friendly staff, good range of dishes (even for veggies). We didn't know what to order so simply asked for a selection of veggie dishes of their choice. We were not disappointed. The fabulous burlesque performer topped our evening off perfectly and was a great talking point! Will definitely be back.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2017

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    The place has potential but Is just amature. The service was poor - our waiter couldn't tell us what dim sum he was delivering, and the drinks we ordered after sitting down didn't arrive be till half way through the meal. The food was average. We were there in a Friday night and there was entertainment. Could be cute but just felt like the place was trying to do everything and not winning at anything.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    This is such a unique and well hidden gem. Service is always friendly and never rushed and the pinched crab dumplings are insanely good. The cocktail list is also a bibulous delight.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great place with plenty of choice in dim sum and had Peking duck on the menu too!

  36. N

    Nik185

    London

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2017

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Lovely dim sum, ambience and great service. Great for date night or a natter with friends!

  37. A

    Aviebabe

    London

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2017

    overall4food3service3ambience3

    Second time and bit underwhelmed of the vibe on a cold Monday night... but that should be expected. Great cocktails. A bit hit or miss on some of the dishes but overall good.

  38. KR

    KellyR

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2017

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    Very average. The food was a disappointment as was the restaurant as a whole. Too expensive for what it is.

  39. t

    tamkvs88

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2017

    overall2food3service1ambience3

    Food is average but service was absolutely shocking. We waited far too long to order drinks/food initially. Once our food had been served, no one came over to ask if we wanted more drinks during our meal. Trying to get the attention of the staff was impossible, they were too busy chatting/making cocktails with their back to the room. The waiter then forgot we had asked for the bill and took an age to take our payment. Would not recommend this place to anyone.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2017

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Decent food, quirky ambience and a charming burlesque show. It had ingredients for a perfect date night. The food could have a notch better and so could have been the service - they forgot to inform that kitchen was closing.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Courtesan using the Order Online button. Courtesan also offers delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Courtesan also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 8127 8677.

Courtesan is rated 4.5 stars by 121 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

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Delivery

  • Order online
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Google Map for Courtesan

69-73 Atlantic Road London, SW9 8PU

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Coldharbour Lane

  • Neighborhood

    Brixton

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 6:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–2:00 am Bar Wed, Thu, Sun 6:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–2:00 am Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 6:00 pm–10:15 pm Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Dim Sum

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Brixton Tube Station/Brixton Rail

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Fengjuan Xue

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    020 8127 8677

  • Private party facilities

    For Private events, please send an email to courtesan@thecourtesan.co.uk.Details full name, contact number, how many guests, and how you would like your party to happen with Dim sum & Burlesque Cabaret.

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