Permanently Closed - 8 Hoxton Square

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£25 and under
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Modern European

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 8 Hoxton Square is a casual, neighbourhood restaurant with a daily changing menu that uses the best of what is in season. Our service is relaxed but informed and we are best known for our exciting wine list which has a broad range of style, grape and region. Join us for any occasion, whether it be small plates and a glass of wine, a light lunch or a special occasion. We're also open at the weekend for brunch and Sunday lunch and can happily accomodate large groups.
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.5
service
4.3
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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2017
Overall3food1service4ambience4

It's been ages I've wanted to try 8 Hoxton Square though was never able to get in as I didn't have a reservation or there was a private party.

This lunchtime I did manage to get a reservation. When my friend and I arrived we were the only 2 who were unrelated to the owner, as in family or staff. They had a private event scheduled that afternoon a bit later the rest of the restaurant was empty that afternoon.

The staff are very friendly and I love the ambience though the food left a lot to be desired. I ordered a polenta dish being a vegetarian, it was overly greasy and didn't have much flavour. My friend ordered a turkey dish, which was good though I think she bit into some kind of bone so she didn't finish her meal either.

What I absolutely loved was the pudding - I had a delicious gingerbread ice cream with actual bits of gingerbread cookies. My friend had a warm rice pudding, yum.

CK
CatK
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great presentation, reasonably priced (drinks too!), great ambience and attentive staff. What more could you want?

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jesusgreen
London
8 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

8 Hoxton never disappoints - one of my fave local gems. Beautiful food, and relaxed and cozy vibe.

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Amybdub
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My boyfriend and I went for dinner here on a Saturday night. It was freezing outside and the restaurant was cosy and welcoming, providing much needed respite from the weather. The atmosphere is laid back which suited us perfectly. The waitress was very helpful and suggested some lovely wines. We had the 3 course Christmas menu which was £30 a head. Overall, it was good value for money. It would have been nice if a complimentary drink was included. The portions were also a little on the small side. That said, all of the food was delicious. I would definitely go back to try the a la carte menu. Recommend it if you're in the area.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant set in Hoxton Square. The food and wine were excellent. Feels like a cosy neighbourhood restaurant. We will definitely be back.

MW
MikeW
Essex
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Pros :Good but limited menu delivered by friendly knowledgeable staff. Good value wine list with large number of 375ml carafes available. Not overtly hipster considering it's location!
Cons : Standard small tables that are too small for the 'sharing plate ' approach that is encouraged. Low level of lighting would be alleviated by tea lights on the table (but not enough space!)

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Dalama
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2017
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was a bit fat/oily but typical from British cuisine tough. Overall good experience

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, perfectly cooked. Some innovative some classical. Excellent price, will be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Interesting and unusual menu. We were a party of 4 and all chose different food, all of which was delicious. Friendly service. Restaurant was empty (only one other table was occupied) probably as it was a Monday evening so there wasn’t a lot of atmosphere. Prices were reasonable. We had a good evening.

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Clairepoc
London
16 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2017
Overall2food4service2ambience3

The food was good when it got to us but service was incredibly slow. We waited 40mins for our breakfast to arrive and some items never made it. All in all a laissez-faire approach to service. It was a shame to not make the most of a great location and food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice environment, food was amazing, tasty and fresh. I've been with my friend and definitely we will come back

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dana
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tucked on a square in Shoreditch, 8 Hoxton Square welcomes with its warm, intimate environment and serves up deliciousness from start to finish. The staff delights with kindness and knowledge and excellent timing.

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vipcc212
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I had seen great reviews for this restaurant so I decided to stop in. Menu was limited but I found something that looked good. Restaurant was pretty empty compared to the others near it. When I came in there was only one other table of two. By the time I left another couple had come in as well as a group of three. A table of four came in but then left after finding the menu options were too limited.

Food was pretty good. A little salty. The two servers seemed like they’d rather be anywhere else. Smiled to your face but seemed to be judging or complaining in quiet conversations. I probably won’t be back but might be nice for a quiet date.

CT
vipCTFoodie
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I ate here while visiting from NYC. We split a special steak, potato, and kale entree. It was even more delicious, creative, and vibrant than expected. We really appreciated the local, seasonal bent of the menu and the quiet ambiance of the space. One thing to note--because the menu is small and constantly changing, there is no guarantee that you will be compelled by the dishes listed on your particular day/night. That being said, we definitely settled on a winner of a dish!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I found it to be a bit pricey but the environment and the food were absolutely lovely. Would like to go again when the company pays!

JR
vipJessRit
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice location, small restaurant so great place to catch up and service was really good too.

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NAL2D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2017
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We got in after friends and Guardian recommendations. We love the place - location, ambiance and service. But , the food ...... was interesting but did not "come together" . Quail eggs for example - (and this was not to worst dish) were simply hard boiled quail eggs in a shell! nothing creative, no sauce or something next to it.

Hope they will be back to the level of the initial reviews

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, wine and service absolutely perfect. The restaurant is in the quiet Hoxton Square and we were able to sit outside. Wonderful restaurant!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, decent size of portions and plates and good service.
My only complain is the lack of light on this hipster places: it's cosy when having a drink or a date, but not helpful when dinning with friends.

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GGGG
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience. Super friendly but professional staff, good food (we had an excellent steak) and great drinks (some of the best negronis in london)

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Eminem90
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2017
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Food was decent but the manager was moodily banging around in the background creating an atmosphere. We got charged £5 for opening what I assumed was a refill bottle of tap water (in the same bottle as the tap water) but it turned out to be fizzy, which we didn't even want. We also weren't allowed to swap any of our breakfast elements, bacon costs more than mushrooms apparently.

CM
vipCarolineM
London
22 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a frequent visitor of 10 Greek Street, I was really excited to try 8 Hoxton Square and it didn't disappoint! The food is as fresh and delicious as 10 Greek. We ordered multiple small plates and two mains and ate every last bite. Highly recommend the speck, the courgette flower, and the fish plate of the day. I love how the menu changes so often to reflect what is in season. The service was very attentive but not pushy, which we loved. Highly highly recommend!

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AltaLena
London
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Managed to get a booking on the same day on a Saturday evening which was great. The service was really good and the pork was perfectly cooked but the fries and squid were too greasy and overcooked.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and location - couldn't fault it!

C
Catkin
London
6 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely sunny day to sit outside and have interesting food from a small, but delicious menu. the house white wine very nice too!

RR
RobertR
London
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Went for an early meal so the place was empty but service attentive and food very tasty. Will definitely go back.

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vipherve
London
165 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Down to earth
Fabulous little hottie restaurant
Wonderful or well reproduced creations
Overall a nice gem

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Yolo
London
18 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Normally this place is fantastic. Compared to normal it wasn't s good but still better than most places

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Sanglier
London
14 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A small, spartan-looking place that serves very well-cooked food from a wide range of styles. The service is informal but efficient. It can get a bit noisy when it's very busy.

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Everest
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The restaurant is quite small with a relaxed, informal atmosphere. There were six of us and we started by sharing some of the tapas dishes - baby squid, padrón peppers and baked cheese, all delicious. The main courses were outstanding, basically delicious food without being pretentious in any way. We had huge juicy prawns with chorizo, plump mussels in a chermoula sauce and middle white pork belly with a mustard sauce. The red wine that we chose (Primitivo, Puglia) was also excellent. We were too full for dessert but sampled some of the interesting sweet wines from the dessert menu as digestifs. The staff were friendly too, happy to chat. All in all a great evening.

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viptryanythingonce
London
9 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great (central) neighbourhood bistro. Have been going there for the last 4/5 years and it's consistently good. Great wine at good prices. Ask for the little black book...

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Savoured every mouthful

DH
vipDHammer
London
306 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

8 Hoxton is very convenient for concerts at Hoxton Bar & Grill. The food was tasty and there is a pretty good choice of wines. I was unhappy that the only time slot available on the Open Table site was 6pm, as this was very early for the following concert, when the restaurant was actually almost empty for virtually all the time I was there.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this place - the food was excellent, the wine was good value and the atmosphere very cosy. Just wish we lived nearer!

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Lily
London
16 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely time at 8 Hoxton Square. Great food (the bread was delicious as well!), attentive and friendly staff.

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vipAlex
London
6 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I came to this place a few times already and have never been disappointed. The menu changes regularly, everything is fresh and seasonal, and the plates are as beautiful as tasty. Wine was also very nice and the service very friendly.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great! I would definitely recommend it for any occasion.
Well priced wines too.

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Stephanie
London
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Booked on the afternoon thanks to a recommendation from a colleague. The winelist he told me was very good value. And he was right. I ordered a lovely Austrian white (grape unpronounceable) which was £33 and delicious. The service was attentive and informed and the food was well seasoned and delicious. We had cheese to finish and a glass of red. Two critiques, the mussels were cooked beautifully but a little bland. The truffled brie was too overpowering, it let down an otherwise well selected cheese plate. But service and wine spot on.

N
Naomig
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambiance great staff and gorgeous food. Would definitely recommend.

A
vipAnon
London
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really surprised how delicious the food was. Such a great night. Quality food and service!

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Permanently Closed - 8 Hoxton Square is rated 4.3 stars by 172 OpenTable diners.