Zayna

4.4
479 Reviews
£26 to £40
Indian
When a Restaurant is named after the owner’s daughter you know there’s going to be a lot of love around.
Zayna reflects the personality of Riz Dar who spent his formative years around Kashmir and Punjab and whose first job was in his father’s restaurant in Pakistan.

It’s no surprise then to find a menu of North Indian and Pakistani delicacies. It comes divided according to cooking method, from the pan, grill, tawa or oven; but look out for the refined street food using offal.

He is passionate about produce: spices are roasted and ground in house and only halal meat and free-range chicken are used.

Dishes come packed with flavour.

Riz Dar is a chef for whom cooking is a real art form. Central to the restaurant is a focus on using high-quality products, he is mastering the culinary techniques, taste and refined cuisine and, most importantly, he is consistent.

Zayna is tucked away behind Marble Arch tube station – a welcome relief from the mayhem of Oxford Street.

www.zayna.com

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 479 people are saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Foufouti1
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We used to be regular customers but we moved out of London. We came back yesterday for the first time in years and, while the lunch menu was different and some dishes were not there anymore, the food was amazing as always. Thank you Zayna.

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Steve
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Really nice food, not as spicy as last time we were there but not complaining. Will definitely return

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Adam
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff, beautiful interior and amazing food.

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vipcasugasa
London
17 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a delicious meal. We cannot wait to return!

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vipNasB
London
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best finds if you want a good curry! I have been to all the Mayfair Indian restaurants and the curries here are top notch. The lamb curry was one of the best I have tried. Service was friendly and great. Great atmosphere can’t recommend highly enough and the price is extremely reasonable!

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IainK
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I am a regular but not frequent visitor to Zayna and it never disappoints. The food is always tasty, high quality and well-presented; the service is always friendly. It's a consistent, value-for-money go-to for quality Indian food in Marylebone. Well recommended.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant recommended by friends. Attentive and friendly service and delicious food. Just loved it.

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fai16
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was very tasty-there was no particular problem or concern but we overall felt that we had tasted in the past tastier Indian cuisine than in Zayna and it was not as expensive. We got 3 main dishes and 4 beers and we paid well over £100. Cobra beer was definitely overpriced which makes you wonder for the prices. I understand the restaurant is in Marylebone but still...I wouldn't go back but the only reason would be the prices, not the food. If that changes a bit, I would definitely consider going back!

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JamesF
London
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu and Drinks list were via QR codes. Our group felt Covid measures were good. The staff were fantastic. The most important thing, the food, was absolutely incredible. My favourite restaurant in the area.

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WilliamS
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible Pakistani food, elevated to Michelin Star quality my a masterfully talented chef!

My wife is Pakistani so I know the food well, and this was some of the best desi food that this gora has ever eaten!

Service was excellent, attentive and friendly and the Ambiance was lovely as New Quebec street is currently closed to traffic and outdoor seating is extended out onto the pavement.

Highly recommend for a special delicious meal!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Never a bad meal and very nice atmosphere.

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MarkH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place. Good food.

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RishiR
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Overall pretty disappointing especially for the price paid. Food was decent however service was not polished at all. There was no cocktail menu and when asked they could only make a rose/lychee martini which were both very sweet and masked what little gin was apparently in it. Quality of the paneer was very good although the paneer tikka marinade was very salty and the palak paneer was very dark and quite spicy. The black daal was a real disappointment. Naan and roti were good. Our dessert, a mango and lime sorbet, was very sickly sweet and felt store-bought. It was also extremely noisy at around 8pm so not the best for a date night. Would not recommend.

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PeterCharles
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

With minor improvements I will come back. Based on my experience and given the competition in London - they must fine-tune. Food probably was better but the overall service did not let it come through. There is a gap between being pitched as a high-end establishment and the level exhibited. I never say never but. The wine list is appropriate - but the staff did not look or sound familiar with it. Perhaps I did not dress or look like I should know but I sure do know a thing or two about gastronomy and wine. Location - super. I will keep watching this space and will return when the reviews merit the price-point. Wishing Well.

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CarolD
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food. Very attentive and polite staff. I agree it's on the expensive side but the food was excellent.

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vipSandy
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was so good we are going back

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Sidtasyout
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was not good at all . Service was ridiculous. Waiter didn’t know what he was doing

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vipChristopherH
London
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Having dined at Zayna, a number of times, I have to say the food is consistently good and service excellent. They are in a fantastic location and would recommend to anyone whom loves authentic traditional Indian food

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vipmcschne
London
31 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I've never had a bad meal at Zayna. The food is always delicious, and the service is friendly and good. It's a neighbourhood gem!

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chrisl
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!
Would definitely go again

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Ross
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner the service was 1st Class and the food was perfect. Great location and lovely restaurant.

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vipcecart
London
100 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2017
Overall3food4service4ambience3

As Zayna have decided to come off Opentable books, this review is pointless! It is very good food but expensive we thought.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First time we went to this place. Excellent food, quite spicy so it might not be for everybody. Service was fine and efficient but could pay more attention to details (removing empty plates etc)

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vipHarve
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2016
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The food was absolutely fantastic. Fresh ingredients expertly prepared. Definitely 5+ stars for the food.

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KateR
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zayna a was recommended to us and it certainly delivered. What a little gem. If you are looking for beautifully cooked food served well you may book with confidence.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2016
Overall1food2service3ambience1

I didnt like the food at all

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vipcasabaja
Raleigh
22 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were very impressed. The food was excellent, as was the service. Many of the main courses are available as half portions. We had appetizers followed by 2 half-portion mains and the Shahi Palak full portion- an outstanding dining experience!

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Yummyinmytummy
London
16 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2016
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Very overpriced especially considering small portions. Waiter indifferent. Meal felt rushed although we had lots of time - food came one course after another with no break in between.

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PaulB
London
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I have eaten at Zayna on a number of occasions over the last couple of years. I live overseas and Zayna is now one of the first places I visit when I am in London. The spicing of their food is really good and I like that they also serve quite authentic dishes. Much as I enjoy some of the more modern cooking of a number of Indian restaurants in London, I would always come back to the honest and straightforward style of Zayna.

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Pierre
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place, good food and perfect service.............people very charming

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steno
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of the best restaurants serving Indian / Pakistan food I have eaten in. Amazing lentil soup for starters.

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AndyS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2016
Overall3food5service5ambience2

The food was excellent, but we ended up in the very small basement dining room. We missed the cheerful buzzy ambiance of the main dining room, and made the experience much less pleasurable.

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NSLittle
London
36 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was very good but the setting downstairs was a little stale so make sure you ask for an upstairs table. Reasonable prices for the food but the drinks prices were ludicrous (£17.50 for a double + mixer). We discussed this with the manager who informed us about the rationale for this (imposed apparently) so accepted it. Overall would go back for the food which was some of the better indian food i've had in London.

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vipAlpine
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Very good resturant but you need to be upstairs..food quality is very good.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

An excellence for Indian food in London. The food was wonderful and service was just excellent. we will go back again!

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MMitch
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely place. Friendly service. Good menu. Food was delicious. Bit pricey (mains £16-19) but knowing that I'd still go back again. Lamb was top quality

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vipKBresident
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A true dining experience. We did not look at the menu, the owner came to take our order and we asked him to send us his best dishes. After that it was all a visual festival of scents and tastes. A great experience.

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Hudson
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2016
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Rude abrupt indifferent service with nondescript food. What a great combination!!

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Ultimatefoodie93
London
12 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was recommended to try this restaurant and I was very glad to have visited. My friend and I shared the pakoras and some popadoms to start with - both amazing and so moreish! I had the starter portion of the tandoori salmon because it's such an uncommon dish in Indian restaurants I've been to and I also got the butter chicken. The salmon was the right amount of spicy and very soft and flavoursome. The chicken was also amazing - normally I dont care for much sauce but I was so pleasantly surprised with this dish. For the first time ever, I mopped it up with the peshwari naan bread my friend and I shared. When booking, I was so happy to see the vast number of fish and also vegetarian options as my friend doesn't eat meat. She had the paneer and the Dahl and said both were delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2016
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Place is kind of cosy and staff is friendly. We ordered the Murgh Taka Tuk and Ishtu. The Murgh was tasty and somewhat hot even tho the waiter told us everything was cooked medium. The Ishtu was very strange and reminded us more of a stew with some indian spices rather than authentic indian/pakistani food. I would not recommend it to anyone. The lamb in the Ishtu was tender so atleast that's a plus. I feel like there is plenty of better options for indian dining in the Marleybone-area.

FAQs

Zayna does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Zayna also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7723 2229.

Zayna is rated 4.4 stars by 479 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.