Whatever your budget, whatever your taste, you can find whatever you’re looking for in Soho (and we mean ‘whatever’ you’re looking for, food or otherwise). The area is a cultural melting pot and, as a result, out of the pot comes all manner of cuisines from all parts of the world.
A trendy, fun area with just a hint of an edgy undercurrent, the choice of restaurants is bountiful; but in a sea of choice there’s always the distinct possibility of drowning. So, we here at Fluid have opted to act as your personal life raft, delving below the surface to pick the best restaurants Soho has to offer, from French restaurants to Indian restaurants to meat restaurants to Moroccan, Italian and British restaurants.
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Soho / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: European
This cosy restaurant is well known for its fantastic wine list, probably one of the best wine lists in any London restaurant. It has made a swift but lasting impression on London, having already picked up a Michelin star, one of only 3 such restaurants in Soho. The menu provides a generous array of modern European cuisine. Often credited with being the cheapest Michelin recognised option in London, it is a mystery how the pre/post theatre menu brought me such pleasure whilst only making the smallest of indentations on my consistently slim wallet.
Soho / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
Hix restaurant is situated on the ground floor of the site previously occupied by Aaya, and is adorned with exclusive pieces of art from the likes of Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, Tim Noble and Sue Webster. With the capacity to seat around 80 diners, the restaurant will serve the signature British cuisine that Mark Hix is renowned for. The exquisite dishes on the menu include Grilled Orkney Lobster with garlic butter and chips, Roe Deer Chop with celeriac mash, and Aberdeenshire Porterhouse Steak for two to share. Meanwhile, Mark's Bar in the basement offers a more informal, clubby vibe and serves smaller British dishes for you to enjoy.
Soho / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: French
How do you go about giving a restaurant with over 140 years of history a makeover without sacrificing any of its character or charm? Not many places could pull it off but then not many places are like Kettner's. This restaurant has a classy and elegant feel thanks to the combination of stylish décor and soft lighting. Each window in the dining area even has its own candles to add to the appealing ambiance. To book a table, follow this link
Soho / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Indian
Following the successful pop-up restaurant at Meza from Benares' head chef Atul Kochhar, this institution was given a complete Asian makeover. Soho is now blessed with the Indian aromas and flavours of this this new restaurant, which offers a menu based around casual dining and sharing. An extensive choice of dishes in a variety of sizes allows diners to tailor their menu to their appetite. Just a sample session or a full-on feast? Both? We'd recommend the Tandoori chicken, and/or the Goan beef.
Soho / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Pan Asian
Located in the heart of vibrant Soho, Inamo is a pioneering Oriental fusion Restaurant & Bar where control of the dining experience is placed firmly in your hands. Their mission is to provide delectable cuisine with charming and timely service in a warm and vibrant atmosphere. In the basement bar guests are invited to enjoy food alongside an extensive cocktail list with an oriental twist. To book a table, follow this link
Soho / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Peruvian
This Peruvian restaurant in the heart of Soho in central London is lead by chefs who have travelled all over Peru for authentic, tradition Peruvian recipes. This colourful restaurant has a retro 60s musical backdrop as well as the very first Pisco Bar in Europe. No other spirits are served and the Pisco is infused with some of the most exciting ingredients from Peru. new peruvian online booking restaurant ceviche soho restaurants best new openings ceviche london book online
Soho / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Cuban
On this site in 1964 a little-known group called The Rolling Stones played at what was then the Marquee Club. This relatively new venture (for Soho), modelled on Havana's famous Floridat bar and housed in the basement, already appears something of an institution. From the ground floor, wide stairs descend to a huge bunker decorated in 80s shades of red, black, and white. There's a 13-metre-long bar and a stage, from which latin American live music is performed.
Soho / Restaurant / Cuisine: French
Showcasing seasonal French cuisine with British influences, Gauthier Soho is the first solo restaurant venture for Alexis Gauthier - former head chef at Roussillon. Situated within a Georgian townhouse on Romilly Street, Gauthier Soho has a bright, authentic French look in its dining rooms. There are also two private dining areas with individual vintage decor and an open wine cellar, stocked with over 200 wines.
Soho / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Japanese
Best for for dates, a Japanese alternative to sushi, and quick Soho food, Bincho Yakitori offers diners the modern Japanese Izakaya experience, where food is cooked by the 'keepers of the flame', who grill and season food in front of you on yakitori grills. The accent is on healthy cooking; meat, fish and vegetables are grilled over charcoal and then finished with salt or yakitori sauce.
The Carnaby Restaurant
Soho / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: Brasserie
With a fantastic location, directly opposite the famed street and namesake, The Carnaby is a bright and modern brasserie, serving lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and casual refreshments throughout the day. A newly introduced grill menu is the succulent highlight of The Carnaby dining experience, which is well-complemented by a range of delicious light cuisine and fancy brasserie-style fare, which is ideal for business lunches, pre and post theatre dinners or just a long and leisurely afternoon tea.