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Kai, London,
Award-winning

Kai

4.6
4.6
1752 Reviews
£41 and over
Chinese
Kai Mayfair’s cuisine has its foundation in Nanyang Chinese cooking, the region located within the South Seas of China. It takes a ‘Liberated’ approach to Chinese cooking, respectful of the flavours from its Chinese heritage but not bound by it, offering a menu primarily of specialities unique to Kai. Desserts also feature as a key part of its meal experience utilising ingredients synonymous with the Nanyang region like pandan and durian. Kai has held it’s Michelin Star since 2009.

At tea time (from 2:30pm to 4:30pm), Kai also serves its Chinese Whispers Afternoon tea which is available from our Chinese Whispers Afternoon tea opentable page.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Chinese
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Afternoon Tea Wed–Sun 2:30 pm–4:30 pm Dinner Daily 6:30 pm–10:30 pm
  • Phone number
    020 7493 8988
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Alex Chow
  • Private party facilities
    Maximum table size of 8 currently in place.
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2023
  • Neighborhood
    Mayfair
  • Parking details
    After 6.30pm, free parking outside restaurant on Single Yellow Lines Before 6.30pm, large number of parking meters available outside the restaurant
  • Public transit
    <b>Tube:</b>Marble Arch, Bond Street
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

What 1,752 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • London

    Chinese

  • West End London

    Chinese

1,781 Reviews
  1. WolfgangK

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food and very attentive staff. Good selection of wines.

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  2. ThereseG

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We opted for the Peking Duck to share 1st course was delicious but the 2nd course was tough which was disappointing

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Gloucestershire

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    There’s quite a lot of hype about this restaurant and some of food certainly lived up to the hype. The wasabi prawns were just delicious. The duck starter and main was good but not amazing and the duck brain was an odd offering that they served with a wry smile as if to say ‘I dare you’. The salt and pepper squid was nice but unremarkable and the Chilean Sea Bass was also good. Steamed rice is steamed rice and the long life noodles were nice enough but also unremarkable The desserts were interesting but looked prettier than they tasted. What wasn’t great is that the staff started hoovering and clanging plates and cutlery before our desserts were even served as if to say it’s home time soon and we were largely ignored until the bill arrived when we were chatted up in a rather unsubtle attempt to gain an uplift on the service charge. The sommelier was good and the wine we ordered was nice. I was glad I went but I think it’s ticked off the list and I probably wouldn’t bother returning. Stalwarts like Yauatcha and Hutong will see me returning again and again for delicious food at more reasonable prices rather than returning to Kai. I think Kai is possibly more suited to companies hosting clients on their expense account and both would leave feeling they chose well.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Can’t say the good was bad but it wasn’t worth the price. Service was a bit of a gamble to be Michelin (plates didn’t come out together) We hadn’t yet finished the main dish and the waitress immediately asked to clean the dishes and started without waiting for a yes. Overpriced

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service! Very welcoming staff and great ambience! Excellent and high quality good

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  6. RSfoodie

    London

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unique menu - best Chinese food I’ve ever experienced - always majorly impressed with Kai .

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  7. reenam

    London

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service. Had an awesome birthday. Staff attentive. Great ambience. Excellent choice of veggie food. Definitely go again. It’s not cheap! But worth it

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food. Chilean sea bass soup was the best I’ve ever had!

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  9. NIKNNAM

    New York City

    29 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Extremely slow and unattentive service… good food not amazing Excellent roasted Sea Bass, squid was average, Taiwanese eggplant below average, mocktail average,

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  10. Janki

    London

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Favourite restaurant in Mayfair which never fails to amaze me every time I go back.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I have been a lot of times, and this time I was a little disappointed. The waitress wasn’t very kind. The food came in 3 minutes. Unfortunately the worst time.

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  12. DONV

    Los Angeles

    59 reviews

    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is always good at Kai! They also have an very good wine list and the staff is quite knowledgable about food and wine parings. One of my favorite "go to" London restaurants.

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  13. Miccc

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All starters was very interesting - vege option and pork in boa was my faw. Main menu - Sea bass in all version was delicious. Dessert was the best part of dinner.

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  14. AnderA

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really great service and amazing food. One of the best restaurants in London.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing restaurant and food! My favourite Chinese! A must try

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  16. BenB

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    After a hiatus of 15 years since last in country and able to visit had just as good experience and American clients were equally delighted with food and service.

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  17. NishaP

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend this restaurant. Food was delicious and staff were so lovely!! We will definitely be going back!!

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  18. TerryS

    Denver

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    These guys are great - innovative and create dishes - great wine and cocktails - one of the best joints around

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  19. AnoukT

    Amsterdam

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service provided to us was great. The food was delicious. We were there with our daughter and the service to her was also very cute. Thank you Kai….❤️

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience would highly recommend to anyone that wants to go

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  21. karlos

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent very welcoming superb service would definitely book again

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  22. JamesP

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing! Wasabi prawns might just be the best prawns in the world!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always perfect! Elegant Tasty Not noisy A must-go-to-place whenever I‘m in London

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  24. ArindomB

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Wasabi prawns and pepper beef were as good as ever.

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  25. Carnivore

    London

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nothing changes, food, service, friendliness of the team and decor are awesome The Chinese Ice Wine is amazing and just love the Chinese Ice Wine Martini's Not a cheap night out but worth every penny IMHO

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  26. MariaG

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Chinese!!! The crispy duck was the best! The drinks where perfect and the service was outstanding

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  27. SusanC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent. Presentation and service were also great. Highly recommended and Malaysian Chef is excellent. Dessert and chocolates were so good too.

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  28. ViktoriyaZ

    Cancun

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing place! Very calm and private. Food is 10/10

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  29. AderonkeS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I went to Kai Mayfair with my two friends. The service was excellent and the food portions were good and tasty. Not too pricey. I will be a returning customer!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    London

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    This was my 3rd time at Kai as the food is great quality but everything else was a let down on this occasion. Upon arrival, the hostess was extremely cold and there was no welcome. Service was very slow also and we were advised by a waiter that they were prioritising a private room booking which really didn’t cut it. Food is scrumptious though but the whole experience is no longer worth it.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Booked with the Kai on the 26th of January for my parent’s anniversary. They did go there and dine as per the time of their reservation and even confirmed that the reservation was under my name. OpenTable then emails me asking me to confirm if I attended the reservation, which I did and confirmed so with OpenTable. I even told them I can share the relevant card statement from which my parents paid the dinner bill. Then Kai charges my £120 pounds out of the blue over a week later for absolutely no reason through the card that is attatched to my OpenTable account. There are better ways for restaurants to earn money, Kai!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    After being a regular customer for the past 5 years, it is safe to say that the quality of the food has fallen to unimaginable levels. With over priced tasteless mushrooms coupled with severely small portions it is safe to say that I would never go back to Kai. I hope the restaurant reverts back to how it was before. But overall overly expensive and not worth your money.

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  33. RobinD

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Chocolate souffle dessert was very well presented. All other chinese dishes average compared to normal chinese restaurant.

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  34. PGTips

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food especially the desserts! And service was wonderful

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is an old-timer restaurant that doesn’t stop to amaze with delicious authentic dishes with modern twists. No wonder it’s still in business! One of the top Chinese restaurants in town. The service and ambiance are superb as well - cannot say enough of good praise for Kai. Will be coming back over and over. 😋👍😍

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    This guy s not a Michelin level restaurant. It is good but nowhere near that quality.

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  37. KennethM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Top class dining experience with attentive service and a great menu choice.

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  38. AnnO

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Very disappointing experience. I don’t quite understand how Kai has a Michelin star. The wasabi prawns, as their signature dish, were literally just prawns in wasabi flavoured mayonnaise. The salt and pepper squid was chewy and dry. The roast Chilean seabass was delicious but, as with the prawns, nothing interesting or special, particularly for the price (£66). The ginger rice was just boiled rice with no hint of ginger. Atmosphere is loud club music and plastic flowers - reminiscent of Ivy Asia but for 3 times the cost. Service was fine if a little slow and awkward - two people took our drinks order and we waited 10/15 minutes to order food following this. This would have been an average meal even if we were not expecting a Michelin star experience. As we were, and paying for one too, it was quite shockingly poor. I would not recommend going to this restaurant at all.

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  39. RohiniB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food! Never have I had a bad experience.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Qatar

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best Chinese restaurant in london, I enjoyed it.

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FAQs

Kai is rated 4.6 stars by 1752 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today
Google Map for Kai

65 South Audley Street, London, W1K 2QU

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2023
  • Neighborhood
    Mayfair
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Afternoon Tea Wed–Sun 2:30 pm–4:30 pm Dinner Daily 6:30 pm–10:30 pm
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Chinese
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    After 6.30pm, free parking outside restaurant on Single Yellow Lines Before 6.30pm, large number of parking meters available outside the restaurant
  • Public transit
    Tube:Marble Arch, Bond Street
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Alex Chow
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine
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