ZIMA Russian Restaurant

4.4
143 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Russian
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  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
ZIMA Russian Restaurant is a gem situated in the heart of Soho offering traditional Russian food with a modern twist served sharing style. Classic ingredients from all over Russia such as sturgeon, venison and, of course, caviar are a perfect match for our homemade infusions .
The drinks are equally well considered with a selection of home-infused flavoured vodkas to compliment the dishes along with an extensive wine (and vodka) list and the outstanding cocktails to quench the after work thirst.
Enjoy the most welcoming environment, indulge in seasonal dishes, sip on homemade infusions and escape from the ordinary. Whether you are looking to host a corporate event or a birthday dinner - we've got it all covered.
You are welcome.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Russian, Café, Contemporary European
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Hours of operation
Tuesday to Friday 12:00 to 15:30 (last kitchen order 15:00)
17:00 to 01:00 (last kitchen order 23:00)
Saturday 12:00 to 01:00 (last kitchen order 23:30)
Sunday 12:00 to 21: 00 (last kitchen order 20:30) Monday closed

The basement bar is open Thursday to Saturday from 17:00 to 01:00 (no bookings).

E-mail: info@zima.bar
Phone number: 0207 4949111
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Phone number
020 7494 9111
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Alexei Zimin
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Catering
ZIMA provides off site catering for small and large events. Please email general.manager@zima.bar
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Old compton street
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Public transit
Right in the heart of Soho between Piccadilly, Leicester Square and Tottenham Court Road
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Entertainment
Live Music
DJ Saturdays
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Sun 12:00PM - 8:30PM
Tue - Wed 12:00PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 11:45PM
Thu 12:00PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Fri 12:00PM - 3:00PM

What 143 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined 6 days ago

A useful stop-off point to meet up before the local Jazz club Ronnie Scott's but otherwise not worth going out of your way to visit. Limited menu but good value for money.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Great restaurant with vodka, food and nice ambiance!

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

My girlfriend and I went there on a Tuesday for my birthday - the food was superb, the decor excellent, the drinks delicious and the service was literally impeccable. I'd go there every week if it wouldn't spoil how special it is!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

One of if not the cleanest, smartest restaurants I've ever been to. The food was superb and very healthy. The service was excellent - couldn't fault it really. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Nice friendly restaurant with tasty foods I’d russia worthwhile Portions are small so you can try many things

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Interesting and different. Not haute cuisine but definitely worth a try. The welcome and service were friendly and knowledgeable.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

I love this place. There are very good food and drinks ( their nastoiki are must try ) I go there every time I miss Russian homemade food

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Great, authentic Russian food. Not the first time that I've been, nor will it be the last. Nice to have borsch cooked properly, and the pelmeni & vareniki were perfect.

Furthermore, the service was great, as were the singer and guitarist who played a mixture of both western and russian songs.

Большое спасибо.

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3.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Authentic Russian menu, Olivie salad was delicious. However, miserable service ruined the overall impression. Would not recommend.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Really nice place, great service, very clean, fantastic food and really nice atmosphere , loved it and will be back. Food is much tastier than overpriced Russian Marivanna restaurant in Knightsbridge

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

The main things that made this a memorable evening for us were. Interesting menu. Good infusions. Fun waiter.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Great food and service, draniki and honey cake are top notch!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Great service and food! Try their soups - very tasty and fulfilling.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

My second visit within 5 months
The terrace area at the back good in the warm weather
Food very authentic and well prepared
Wine list has a few Georgian wines to complement the style of food
Flavoured vodkas especially the horseradish are a must

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

By far the best vodka infusions in London! Zima is my go-to place for Russian food. Their zucchini with cream sauce is amazing! Borsch, vareniki, pelmeny, oliver salad and beetroot salade taste like home. The service is attentive and friendly. Thumbs up for Zima.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

We really enjoyed our visit to Zima, good food, cocktails and vodka!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Friendly staff, very nice atmosphere and music is always bringing you to a smile.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Nice and cosy Russian Restaurant, with Russian music and decor with a hint of hip. Solyanka soup and pelmeni are amazing. Pelmeni is one of my favourite dishes, I eat a lot of home made so I arrived quite critical, but I was very impressed. It`s on the pricey side but I will definitely go back! Amazing food.

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Service not that good, main dish have to wait around 45min.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Good atmosphere, nice food, a little pricey but fair value.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Had a great meal for a good price at Zima! The food was absolutely delicious, and we especially enjoyed the flavor infused vodka. Highly recommend - I will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Greeted straightaway, nice view of the whole restaurant and the vodka was fantastic! The food came out hot and was absolutely lovely, I would recommend this place. However, for next time I will need to learn more russian to interact properly with the rest of the staff.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Great menu! I highly recommend the caviar, blinis and sour cream to start paired with horseradish vodka. The borscht and pelmeni is outstanding, the food is very authentic. Definitely go with the vodka board. Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Excellent service, good menu choices and no problem advising on gluten free options. Only downside being no gluten free desserts.
Otherwise an excellent venue giving good value for money.

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

A very nice Russian restaurant with authentic - I think - offerings, great infused vodkas and enthusiastic, friendly staff. We will def go back.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Fantastic russian tapas place!

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Amazing as usual, my fourth time there. It's always a great place to bring new friends who've never tried Russian food and surprise them! Delicious food, lovely attentive staff who know the menu inside out and make great recommendations for first-time visitors to the restaurant, and a lovely ambiance. Hope to be back very soon.

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Very pleasant experience. Really enjoyed the food, the staff and the vodka! A gem of a place - visit if you can.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Great small restaurant serving good authentic Russian food
The Siberian Ossetra Caviar was good value
Could not fault any of the food
The flavoured Vodkas were excellent especially the horseradish one

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Very nice russian food, perfect place to meet with friends, very good service - very client oriented.
Recommend!

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Second time here, cute little place with authentic dishes. Lovely staff who are always really helpful with suggestions.

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4.0Dined on December 21, 2017

Zima has a nice intimate feel while being quite buzzy with Russian music playing. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the food was very tasty. As this was the first time we had dined here, I was a bit surprised by the portion sizes, although it does state it is Russian street food, I did not realise that the main plates would be quite so small. However the price does reflect this. I would say the menu is more for a light meal in the same way that tapas would be considered.

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

Love it. . . . . . we try to go every time that we are in London and always enjoy the food , the atmosphere and the lovely friendly staff. Having been to Russia, this really does recapture our amazing time there. Our favourite place to eat.

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4.0Dined on December 3, 2017

Zima is a very fine restaurant with simple ingredients that really packs a punch. The chicken noodle soup was fantastic and perfect for a cold Sunday evening, next time I would love to try the fish soup. For mains my wife and I had the sturgeon and beef and venison dumplings, absolutely delicious. My only draw back was that the restaurant where we were seated was a little cold but all in all the food here at Zima is very very good.

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Best restaurant in Soho! The food, the atmosphere and the decor was very nostalgic and it made the experience amazing. Everything tastes just like homemade - even better! Love the variety of vodkas, I recommend horseradish vodka with tomato juice. Our waitress was super lovely and made sure we were looked after. We will be coming back! x

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4.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Nice food and ambiance!

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4.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Great restaurant, good ambiance, friendly service, although the waitress we had couldn't really talk us through options or recommend what to have, so we had to do a bit of guess work. Also thought the 12.5% service charge was too much, I was told that's standard service charge rather flippantly, which it of course isn't. Saying all of this, I have recommended it and would absolutely go back again. I think I had the best cocktail I've ever had in my life there, which had beetroot in it! Was lovely.

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3.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Food was great and the staff is attentive and friendly but the overall impression was ruined by the very delayed service. We waited for the mains for almost an hour. After that you just want to leave as soon as possible.

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4.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Great as always

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5.0Dined on November 16, 2017

Very pleasant overall, will come back. We had a quick pre theatre dinner and no complaints. Friendly and quick service, yummy dishes (mind though I am longing-for-Russian-food Russian!), picked cabbage and honeycake are to die for. Vinegret was creative. Pelmeni are pelmeni everywhere and borsch was good. Portions are small as noted in every review, so don't go if you are too hungry or beware. We left satisfied and not too stuffed which is healthy! :)

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