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Social Eating House

4.3
4.3
2213 Reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary British
Set in the heart of Soho, Social Eating House offers a contemporary bistro menu in an informal, buzzing setting. The third restaurant from celebrated chef Jason Atherton, it won a Michelin star within six months of opening under Chef Patron Paul Hood. The restaurant is split across three levels, with cocktail bar The Blind Pig on the first floor (perfect for pre or post-dinner drinks), the restaurant on the ground floor and an exclusive chef’s counter dining space in the basement kitchen, where guests can watch their meal cooked before them.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British, British, Bistro

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Mon–Sat 6:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    020 7993 3251

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Paul Hood

  • Neighborhood

    Soho

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,213 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. HA

    HeleneArmaos

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience! We ate at the kitchen counter and had a great time, eating lovely food with perfect wine pairing. The sommelier, the waiter and the chef were really available and we spent almost 4 hours over there. I highly recommend this place!
  2. C

    Cornelius

    London

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and outstanding service as always.
  3. GV

    GarethV

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great drink, great service. I will be returning ASAP
  4. JM

    JohnM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect mood, set up, food delicious and not too spenny. Well done everyone. Loved it.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and great food.
  6. f

    foodie1

    London

    23 reviews

    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2020

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    We arrived slightly early for a 17:30 reservation and they were clearly still settling up. After settling in for a meal we were offered to finish our deserts upstairs. This was initially quite nice but were suddenly in a bar and the service was very poor. A disappointing end to a meal
  7. D

    Dippy

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food , lovely service definitely a must if not tried before ! Service with a smile(hidden) but great enthusiasm! Loved all of it !
  8. GN

    GuvN

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Agree with some of the more negative reviews - food is quite average, cheesy 80s music, slightly dated decor (one of the exposed brick walls looks like a new build) - its not worth the money and it’s a very average experience. If it had been 30% cheaper I would be more positive but at their price point, there are far better places you can go.
  9. CB

    ClaireB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Needed a nice restaurant to celebrate my son's 16th birthday. Couldn't have chosen better! We all thoroughly enjoyed the food and it was perfect in terms of ambiance, busy but not noisy. The service was attentive without being over the top. We had the festive menu which was good value. We will definitely return.
  10. KC

    KellytheCanuck

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a lovely meal and I would like to give it a higher rating, but a few of the dishes were really over salted. The portions were generous for all courses including the sides.
  11. JE

    JaneE

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was my second visit. The food and service were first class.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of London’s best. Highest of quality cooking but relaxed and friendly. Perfection
  13. TE

    ThomasE

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Good value for money to fine dine but found the food a tad underwhelming. Although, it was the lunch menu so maybe the a la Carter menu is stronger. Great service but the ambience wasn’t quite for me though.
  14. JG

    JakeG

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. Very helpful waiter. I didn’t get his name but he was excellent.
  15. KH

    KatieH

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food, wine list and service. Thank you
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    First they deduct you 120£ on the eve on your card which should do for no show and hardly understand why they take money in advance. Once you get the final bill they do not remind you about the deposit and we ended up sharing in two the amount but in unfair way as I had already paid out 120£. The music was really loud with an 80 music but quite geared to the old classic such as pink floyd but was not only loud but a mismatch with the ambiance and the food. The food was honestly average and very salty. We did some remarks and the service said « we will convey to the chef » but seems unapologetic. The Italian sommelier was really good and professional and we took two very nice wines expensive but totally worth it. Appetisers ( the scallops were probably the best with the sirloin). The rest was very average to uneatable. Really disappointing as I really like their sister restaurant.
  17. AC

    AnnC

    London

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful, incredible food and drinks and service! Loved it
  18. c

    cauthens

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Good food and service. Was made to feel very welcome.
  19. SP

    SamanthaP

    London

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Social Eating House was a really great dinner out. The food was delicious, and the ambience and decor were really cool. Will definitely go back!
  20. S

    Sandra

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    starters were really good. got the beef tartare and scallop ceviche. although they forgot our order and had to remind the waiter. service was really slow, probably because it was a busy night. would’ve liked a little more attention from waiter. asked for suggestions but her response was brief and didn’t feel thoughtful. again maybe because it was a busy night. mains were alright but nothing memorable.
  21. I

    Izzy

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, good value set menu and helpful staff.
  22. j

    janetw

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    very impressive food with not very matchable quaulity of table and atmosphere to me. Overall is good value though😎
  23. LK

    LuciaK

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fantstic bday! Really enjoyed the 3 couse menu. Lucia
  24. CB

    ChrisB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks for a wonderful meal and fantastic service. Was sublime
  25. NB

    NickB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I had the tasting menu and a bottle of house white. One of the best meals we’ve ever had.
  26. DL

    DawnL

    London

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food and service, was moved to the bar after and spent most of the evening there. Nothing was too much trouble. A great lunch!
  27. A

    Ash1

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good birthday dinner at the Social Eating House
  28. AM

    AlexandraM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the October Eat Out to Help Out menu - three excellent courses for £25 per head, accompanied by carafe of elegant house wine. The service was relaxed but spot on, and the atmosphere was gently buzzy for a Tuesday lunchtime.
  29. S

    Samantha

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2020

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    Excellent food and drink choices. Ambience was spoilt by the noisy table of 6 next to us....not sure if this allowed in a Tier 2 region?
  30. CQ

    CQ123

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nothing to fault. We had a fantastic birthday celebration. Food was amazing, staff attentive and friendly but not intrusive. Only sorry we didn’t have room for dessert.
  31. JD

    JonD

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved this place. Wed been previously to Little Social a few times and this has a very similar feeling. Relaxed, attentive service, good cocktails, wine list with plenty of options at reasonable by the glass prices. We had the set lunch menu, very good value at 25 quid for 3 courses currently would have been so at 35. High recommend the deer!
  32. S

    Scott

    London

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2020

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    Food was good in fact great but was just a bit noisy and gloomy inside - much of the time couldn’t see what we were eating. Don’t mind atmospheric lighting but could be better done. One of two brilliant dishes, 1 or 2 ‘ok’. Didn’t like the house Chenin wine at all - but partner did - so maybe just a choice thing. Service was brilliant.
  33. FC

    FraserC

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    What a great spot for lunch! The set lunch menu had plenty of options and the wine list spot on. All the food we had was very good and the service on top just made it a very special experience.
  34. GB

    GlennB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Perfect evening with amazing food, we wasn’t rushed at all. The only draw back was the 22:00 close time but that’s not the restaurant’s fault. We will be coming back many more times. Also very fair price and good service.
  35. AH

    AnnaH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a brilliant time. Great food, service and ambience.
  36. SI

    SunnyI

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Really enjoyed the cote de bouef and the cocoa brûlée for dessert but wasn’t massively keen on the smoked eel starter. Great service though!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food, doing everything per covid regulations. Wonderful evening with my husband.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2020

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Really disappointing. I know things are difficult post COVID but the service was beyond poor - disinterested, rude at times, food arrival/spacing dreadfully managed. The food itself was average with a couple of better dishes. On the upside, the ambience and feel of the restaurant is good. Would not return, would not recommend. Amazed they hold a Michelin star.
  39. DL

    DawnL

    London

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fabulous meal! The staff were lovely and the food sublime. Well done Jason Atherton it was great to go to a place where social distancing was in place but still a buzz about the place. That was probably due to the great deals you are offering for wonderful food at reasonable prices. What a treat!
  40. g

    grazeman

    London

    55 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food has definitely moved on in the last few years. It was always very good but now it's seriously special, I can see why they've got a Michelin star. The beef tartare is the best I've ever had (and I've had a lot), ditto my wife's trout tartare. Her brill was cooked to absolute perfection. My roast Roscoff onions with ceps had a depth of flavour that was off the scale. At the same time the ambience is still the relaxed yet buzzy vibe that made this one of my favourite restaurants in London. I do have one small(ish) gripe with the service. Having the starters appear five minutes after cocktails was definitely a misstep, especially as the starters were both cold so they could have waited a bit. That was sloppy. Mind you, I now know that rye goes quite well with beef tartare.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Social Eating House is rated 4.3 stars by 2213 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Soho

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Mon–Sat 6:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British, British, Bistro

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Paul Hood

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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