Social Eating House

4.3
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£26 to £40
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Contemporary European
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.

Specials

Pre theatre: 2 courses £22

From a Set menu. 3 courses £28, 3 courses & a cocktail £36 and 3 courses and a carafe of wine (for 2 to share) £38.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 4 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 4 people

Starts: January 2, 2020

Ends: January 31, 2020

Availability: Mon-Sat 6:00PM-6:30PM

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience2

The table was 50 minutes late, and we waited forever to be served. Food was good. You’d better take more care of you customers.

ST
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely stunning menu, fantastic food and great service!

B
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience3

I would recommend the restaurant, however the service wasn’t up to standards. I felt like we were forgotten about and wasn’t attentive in the slightest. We ordered a bottle of wine when we sat down and our starters came out first before we even had a drink.

We had to pour our own wine, which isn’t something I’m overly bothered about but if you’re classing yourself as a Michelin star restaurant then this isn’t something we should be doing.

We did bring this to the managers attention at the end and he did kindly knock the service charge off the bill but of course this is all feed back and hopefully my comments are taken on board as the food was amazing.

BD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu - spoiled with choices! Amazing food and great service. Nice decor and not too fancy for a Michelin starred restaurant!

AM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The pre fixe menu was outstanding value and we couldn’t fault the service. My only critique would be that the vegetarian option of macaroni cheese was over seasoned. Everything else was outstanding especially the beetroot starter. We will be returning to try the a la carte menu.

c
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was recommended Social Eating House and I was not disappointed. My husband received an award so I wanted to take him out for lunch that was an experience without breaking the bank. On arrival we were greeted with a smile and shown to our table. The restaurant was semi full which was lovely as it had enough atmosphere without the excessive noise! The waiting staff were amazing, cannot fault the service at all. The food was second to none, it was beautifully presented and tasted sublime. We sampled some cocktails from The Blind Pig, all were incredible and reasonably priced. We would definitely recommend this restaurant. Thank you all for a fabulous experience, you made our day!

S
London
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The staff seemed rather disinterested. The flashing light under the bar was just distracting and looked as though it needed correcting. The food was good but the main was incredibly salty and overpowering with garlic (and no mention of this on the menu); dessert was 'treacle and almond tart' but not quite as we all expected. We ventured upstairs for an after-dinner cocktail and we felt there was a off-putting drain smell...really quite obvious and I asked a colleague who had been there the weekend before and he had agreed! Most odd. Seems as though the restaurant has lost it's appeal somewhat. A shame.

BM
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A lovely bar and restaurant with great food and cocktails. Service was impeccable and a number of really thoughtful touches during a birthday celebration. Will definitely be back soon!

LC
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Food was great, service was appalling. Took ages to get menus when seated, wrong drink delivered, slow service especially for two raw starters! Tried to take away my unfinished drink and then just poured gravy on my food without asking.

Asked for a single shot drink, they came back and told me only serviced in these measures. It’s only because I explained I’m breastfeeding a young baby they flexed their normal measure - this itself is unacceptable and irresponsible to force people to drink in double measure, when they’ve explicitly asked for a single - shocking policy.

Food was good but service let it down, especially when we saw the price, the whole experience for two was not worth over £170!

JP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very inventive menu that was extremely well prepared. Its a bit hidden but well worth stopping in especially for the prix fix menu.

AB
Wales
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was such a lovely visit- a birthday meal to remember. The food was absolutely gorgeous, the quality was amazing as was the presentation. The service was 5*, and the space was very clean and tidy. Overall would recommend to anybody to try and experience.

AK
London
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service
A bit noisy but some people like that

A
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such an awesome experience! Attentive, thoughtful staff, and an outstanding menu. Only item of note is that at capacity, the noise level does rise.

c
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Surprised by the Michelin star. Dined on a Tuesday lunchtime - perfectly ok but the services far from warm/friendly or particularly efficient to make up for it. The food was pretty but my beetroot was undercooked and my pork tough.
It is also worth noting that from a value perspective the bottle of water we had was £9 - I can't see how this can be justified.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Birthday Lunch!

R
London
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice rustic atmosphere. Courteous and knowledgeable staff. The food, of course, was outstanding. I recommended this place to 5 different people while I was still dining, so definitely worth a visit.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience1

The food was excellent and could not be faulted. However, we arrived on time for our table and were told it wasn’t ready. We were then instructed to stand in the blind pig corridor to wait for our table. No offer of a seat at the bar or a drinks order, just left to stand in the corridor.

We were then put in a booth next to the front door. With the door open almost constantly, and the curtain not closed the cold air from outside meant we ended up needing our coats to stay warm. This was noticed and the situation rectified after about 25 minutes.

As mentioned previously the food was exquisite and it was the best steak I’ve ever eaten. The other members of the party were equally impressed with the food. However there was a lack of coherence with our drinks. Our wine ordered to come with the mains arrived before our starters, we requested sparkling water and got still and finally when the waiter was topping up our wine he leant over both male guests whilst we were eating with no apology to the fact and then proceeded to spill wine twice whilst pouring.

I’m not saying it wasn’t an enjoyable evening as the food along with my guests made it a special evening, but the service and attention to detail of an establishment I’d normally expect with a Michelin star was lacking.

SN
London
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience! Everything we ate was divine. Would definitely recommend to others. Only area for development - fix the WIFI

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went to Social Eating for my girlfriends birthday, the service was fantastic and they even went as far as to give my girlfriend a birthday cake and a card which was a lovely touch. I couldn’t fault anything at all we had the £38pp set meal which was good value maybe a bottle of wine instead of a carafe would have been better but all in all a great dining experience

b
London
14 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful lunch to celebrate my birthday with family

AT
London
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

It was not a Michelin star restaurant level the food was ok and very expensive for what you get and the service was slow

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

It was the most unorganised dining experience I have ever encountered. I have been to the restaurant many times, and this night let it down massively. I was seated for 1 hour and 15 minutes before I was given some bread and butter, which I had to ask for. My first course took over an hour and 30 minutes. Which was a cold dish, I was told the delay was due to preparation of the meals. I missed my New Years party plans due to how long the food took to come. I was given a discount and apology, however I was let down by the restaurant as I booked it for my guest on my word of how good the food and service has been on my past trips.

LP
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

We booked the set menu for NYE dinner. The food itself was brilliant and well worth the £310 bill for the two of us. The service however let the entire night down. We had a 6pm table booked and were directed up to the bar. When at the bar we were asked to take a seat and the gentleman noted we were eating downstairs when greeting us. We waited, ordered a drink and then I noticed I had a missed call from the restaurant at 6.15pm (nobody had notified the restaurant downstairs that we had arrived).

Anyway, despite a sloppy start everything in the middle was great... that was until we were rushed off the table back up to the bar for the last course of coffee and chocolate (remembering we were late to the table due to the hiccup that wasn’t our fault at the start). We then arrived back at the bar and nobody knew that we were still due the last course, we had to ask for the coffee and no chocolates arrived.... not exactly Michelin star price and service?

We didn’t mention the chocolate or the issue as we noticed lots of grumbling customers in the bar who were waiting to be seated for the restaurant.

A nice experience... but won’t be back in rush due to the service. Shame for the chefs!

JL
London
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Exceptional service. Attentive, thoughtful staff. Made to feel comfortable and relaxed. Food and drink excellent. Decorated modern and cool, fantastic space.

TB
London
43 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The food was confused and the combinations of ingredients led to several of the dishes being less than the sum of their parts. A good crab sitting on toast, then found itself swimming in a soup that dissolved the toast and the crab. A main of very good brill sitting on top of a duck confit, proved a pairing where each dulled the other. The vegetarian options were better done and substantial. There was just too much going on where ingredients should have lifted each other, but did the opposite. The sides are likewise, individually nice but a sharply dressed salad and a macaroni cheese are not good with the mains on the menu.

The layout of the room is not well thought through, so waiters kicked my chair most of the evening. The staff are friendly, but not trained to have enough awareness of what's going on at a table to know when to attend.

Not really what you might expect from a Michelin-starred restaurant in central London.

RM
Manchester
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 3rd time eating here and The Social Eating House has never failed to impress me. I would recommend to anyone.

O
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience4

It was dissapointing. The flavours were ruined by too much salt. The service was poor. All in all not Michelin star worthy.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Went to celebrate friend's birthday. It was a nice touch to receive a birthday card.

Starter of steak tartar was a great start, beautifully presented, balanced flavours.

Main course was a let down, was first hit by overly fishy smell of the hake, didn't seem fresh at all, rabbit bolognese over salty, black goo of squid ink coloured something was unappetising & untouched. Broccoli side had overly jealous salting. Rye bread was dry.

Not a diverse dessert selection so skipped that as nothing of appeal. For £200 bill excl pud, would've expected more in the main, seemed like bits of stuff that didn't belong together.

CD
London
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

The food was outstanding and based on that alone I would recommend this restaurant. Sadly the service was very disappointing and not to a Michelin standard.
On arrival we given food and drink menus then left for 20 mins. The table next to us had finished their meal and wanted the bill who also could attract any attention.
Throughout the meal if we needed anything we had to try and find a server, sometimes having to leave our seat to do so.
No comment was provided on the food we ordered which is unusual for this standard of restaurant.
When we left we passed 3 staff including the hostess all saw us but didn't say goodnight or thank you.
A real shame as I would love to eat the food again, it was interesting and delicious. However for the price and the Michelin star I expect a basic level of service which is just not important here.

A
London
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for birthday lunch. There was a nice birthday message on the table. The lunch menu was good value. Enjoyed the gin cocktail with panettone. The service was attentive, but as the venue became busier, it was less attentive. Had a nice time and meal.

SW
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and wine was outstanding. My white bean and truffle starter was delicious and the turkey I had for my main was the best I’ve ever had. The overall experience was great. I would definitely return

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Feastive lunch menu was delicious and the service is always excellent

OT
London
1 review