Forty Dean Street

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£26 to £40
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Italian

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Pre/post Theatre
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Forty Dean Street is the pinnacle of affordable Italian cuisine in busy Soho. We are a small, family run restaurant dedicated to providing incredible food at incredible prices. Our set menu boasts a variety of sensational dishes built around fresh, seasonal produce and has customers coming back on a daily basis. Our à la carte menu is a favourite with our regulars, the media crowd and tourists alike. We also welcome well-behaved dogs so please don't hesitate to bring your canine friends in!

Italian food has been served at Forty Dean Street for more than 17 years, so we like to think there’s nothing we haven’t mastered. So pop in for an Aperol Spritz!

Specials

Set Lunch

...enjoy two or three courses, £12.90 and £14.90 respectively, with a small glass of the house red or white.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service. The 20% off lunch club card is not valid with the set menu.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: August 29, 2019

Ends: January 1, 2020

Availability: Mon-Thu 12:00PM-2:30PM

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Sun - Wed 12:00PM - 10:00PM
Thu - Sat 12:00PM - 5:00PM

What 1389 People Are Saying
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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Everything was very nice except for the suspected drug dealing which is going on towards the bar area. It appears the staff were aware of it as one of the other customers knew the dealer, and the staff mentioned it to her. No one was challenged. Not what you really want to have going on around you when you’re trying to have a nice meal

SB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal and excellent value for money.
Staff were very attentive
Lovely atmosphere
Would highly recommend

JO
Dublin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Booked on open table app, got confirmation of booking. Arrived at reataurant and they wouldn't take us despite table being confirmed. Stated didn't know why it was confirmed on open table when they had no space. Can't comment on food, ambience etc as we never got to eat there. We spent tl30 minutes after that walking around in the rain to try find a restaurant. Ruined our weekend in London.

A
Czech Republic
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, drink and service as usual! Thankyou.

KM
London
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The seafood in the linguine wasn’t fresh with at least half the clams dead. Beef brezzola was too dry. Waiters took quite a long time to respond to any request (possibly understaffed)

HW
London
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think this is the fourth time we've been to Forty Dean Street. It was an excellent dinner with friends from abroad joining us. I made a note of the occasion during my reservation and the staff not only took note of it but also made every effort to make sure our guests were having a good night. Food was excellent too.
It is hard to find a genuine, nice place to eat in Soho these days. I was actually considering not to write a review and keep this rare gem to myself but the horse bolted from the barn years ago as you can see from the reviews and the staff deserves to hear what a good job they've done.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just love this place. Cosy, comfortable, great music and delicious food. The service was friendly and efficient without feeling rushed. We had limited time on our table as it was Saturday and it was dealt with generosity and honesty. Well done to the team. Long live this family run restaurant.

d
London
31 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My sister and I arrived early for our 18.00 Saturday evening booking, but this wasn't a problem and we were shown to our table with no delay. We each had a cocktail and tasty starters and mains from the set menu, with a large glass of wine, and a liqueur to follow (instead of pudding). We weren't in any kind of hurry, but the people on the table next to ours were getting very twitchy because they hadn't received their food and they had to get to the theatre. The restaurant was very busy, but the staff didn't seem to get flustered and the service for us was spot on. Our bill came to £72 including service, which we thought was OK. We'd eat at Forty Dean Street again.

PS
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Very slow service and mediocre food. Reheated lasagne. Staff pleasant but waited 45 mins for starter.

OT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed our meal. Service was somewhat leisurely but very good humoured when we asked for an idea of timescales, and delicious food swiftly appeared. We will all be back.

SO
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Visited on A friday night so understandably busy, however the service only became attentive when it was time for us to leave and they needed the table back. The food was good but the vegetarian options on the set menu were very small - 3 pieces of ravioli (albeit stuffed and delicious) for a main course was very badly received by my teenage son - luckily one of the other children didnt finish their pizza!! Whereas my plate of orcchietta pasta (again the set menu) was large but very claggy sauce - again just inconsistent.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meeting friends after a longish break. And lovely to be able to bring Ruby, my trusted four/legged friend. Great food / and lots of it!

MC
London
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been ther four times and it is my go to location in Soho (pre / post Theater, Sunday lunch, xmas party).
Solid Italian dishes (there spaghetti vongole is very good), good wine list, very personable service.

SF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food & nice meal with family but the service was a little slack - had to order wine twice & didn’t get more bread very quickly when we asked for it even though all our starters had yummy juices to mop up and we had none left. Beetroot and goats cheese arancini was good as was the pistachio tiramisu

SR
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

They did well to fit us in - we were a party of ten. I was entertaining a customer. But to offer us a particular wine and then run out after 3 bottles is not very clever. What I had never heard before ever, was that they had run out of coffee! There is a supermarket 3 minutes walk from the restaurant - it is open until midnight. The effort was not so great to go and buy some coffee. My customers were not impressed and said so.

The food was excellent.

V
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Great food, great ambiance. A bit too noisy - not sure music is needed as ended up screaming across the table and strained to hear others speaking. Servers were kind but had to ask for my starter on multiple occasions and it then arrived after my main course. Would definitely go again though as food was awesome.

EF
London
8 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service and they seated me even tho my date was running late

Good food choices between fixed price menu and a la carte

This was a repeat visit and did not disappoint

ED
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience1

The food was delicious but the service was shocking. They were clearly understaffed. I was happy to patiently wait for my food but the waitress kept banging on the food service hatch to encourage the kitchen to hurry up. The constant banging ruined the ambience of the meal. We waited over an hour for our food. I feel the restaurant would benefit from having more staff working on Sunday.

NR
London
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and atmosphere. The staff are friendly and the food is so tasty.

JC
London
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent took the family for a meal. Staff welcoming to boys (8,10,12&14). Quick service too. Excellent food, risotto was outstanding. Great ambiance. Remember to book.

LM
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great value, centrally located Italian. Always a reliable place to meet for work or leisure lunch.

AB
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Realy good service. Great food. Nice ambiance. Recommended.

b
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible! I made a reservation by open table and when I arrived the manager told me the restaurant was closed because they didn't have a busy night.

AP
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Charming place with good food, reasonably priced and lovely a atmosphere. Service was excellent, and the place is very dogfriendly. The staff provided our dog with his own bowl of water and even gave him a little dog biscuit. Highly recommend!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing as always!!! Great food; great service. Couldn’t recommend enough!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was terrible. Music was too upbeat for a small Italian restaurant. I expected nice Italian music not club music. Was charged £10 service charge but only saw the waiter twice

RM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Very slow service but understand shortage of staff this evening and inexperienced behind bar

LM
London
34 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I must have passed Forty Dean Street countless times but had never bothered to see what was on offer — and what an oversight that was!
Looking for somewhere new for lunch in central London, and having previously discovered a couple of excellent Italian restaurants through OpenTable, we decided to see if we could make it a hat-trick.
As soon as we stepped inside things were looking good. Forty Dean Street is a family run bistro with eclectic by cosy decor and which clearly has a clientele of regulars.
The set lunch offered some fabulous option and great value — and got my husband's vote. His starter of mussels and delicious pasta — orecchiette with Italian sausage, broccoli and tomatoes were both superb. I went a la carte, tempted by the goats cheese and beetroot arancini, which was utterly delicious. It's a classic and favourite combination, but I have never seen it in an arancini before. The balance between the tangy cheese and sweet beetroot was perfection.
Slow cooked pork belly to follow, complete with crackling with a satisfying crunch completed the clean sweet of delicious dishes.
The serves are generous, so we had no room left for puddings.
The wine we selected was out of stock, but our waiter's suggested alternative was not only excellent, it was slightly cheaper, too.
As we enjoyed the last of our wine, we were already planning a return visit.

J
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing romantic feel and excellent level of service, was well worth the price and had some of the best Italian food I’ve eaten for a while. Ended up with 2 free desserts because of a supplier issue changing some of our dishes from what was described on the menu but this didn’t detract from the beautiful quality of food and attention to detail in service.

RJ
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A small but elegant place with great atmosphere and good food. The service was great too.
A lovely place to catch a moment away from the bustle of Soho.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful little restaurant in the heart of soho. 3rd visit and each have been top notch. Highly recommend!

R
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this dog friendly restaurant in the middle of town. Me and my pup were made to feel very welcome.

TD
London
20 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place and beautiful food!

MS
London
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fabulous dinner in a stylish and welcoming restaurant. And a little bit fancy with the crystal glassware! Delish food from the charcuterie board for entree, main of steak, lasagne and squid ink pasta, right through to the moorish desserts. Would highly recommend.

DW
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great welcome and lovely staff. Delicious and fresh homemade pasta, wonderful aubergine starter, best pannacotta I’ve had in a long time. Book as they were having to turn people away even early on!

SE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!! It's also pet friendly!!!

N
London
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited 40 Dean street for my birthday and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there, the food was amazing, and every plate went back to the kitchen empty, the cocktails are also delicious. Could not recommend visiting enough, we will be going back there again soon.

LR
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Starters were nice, the mains were a bit disappointing. We waited one hour for the mains and after complaining the chef came out and they dealt with it very nicely. We got he deserts for free which was nice but the food wasn’t great.

SC
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The good was excellent and the service prompt and polite. The only downside was that we were practically the only customers there which is always a bit offputting.

However I would go again!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Really disappointed with the service and food here after reading prior reviews. The Aperol Spritz was flat and also did not have the right measurements of alcohol. The croquettes tasted liked they had been sitting there for days and were tasteless. The pasta was undercooked and chewy.