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Zebrano Carnaby (Bar, Restaurant, Club)

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14-16 Ganton Street, near Carnaby Street, West End, London, W1F 7BT
Cuisine: International Average Price: £20.00
Tel: 020 7287 5267 | Email to Zebrano Carnaby | Transport: Oxford Circus | Write review

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Best for: Sky TV; Cheerful cocktails; dark corners; dancing feet.

Great: Night out in a nutshell; bottomless sharing platters; West End location near the tube.

“We found love in a hopeless place,” Rihanna admits, candidly, from the loud speaker. My ex-boyfriend used to say the same. We met in Wolverhampton.

“This reminds me,” begins my companion, our bottle of Merlot and the previous four Proseccos beginning to wrap their gentle, cushiony fingers around our brains. I wrack them. Blimey, where’s this going? The restaurant lights dim at exactly 10.10pm. Tealights in red holders glow. It’s confessional hour. “This reminds me, of Havannah.”

Havannah is the horse now ensconced in a retirement home. It’s a sorry business, but still, an unexpected song choice. Nevertheless, I remain composed and nod sympathetically.

You see, we go back - ever since she plonked herself next to me in a red gingham dress; since I discovered Sylvania was in her bedroom. And the sentiment, murmured without a blush of self-awareness, is completely within character. She’s just herself.

I know, my nostalgia is of little concern, but it was nostalgia that made this autumnal evening at Soho restaurant, bar and club, Zebrano. And if you crave an old school Saturday night (and I’m not talking Noel’s House Party and an M&S curry), you might want to cast aside your inner snob (yes, I see it) and explore.

It’s all too easy to come over all grown up; to fall foul of that dangerous disease: aspiring cool. Often, a night in the West End might entail an Italian, picked for its oxymoronic perfect rusticity. Then onto a couple of talked about ‘quirky’ bars where the brave sway self-consciously in corners.

What we realised, as we sat in the moody depths of Zebrano on black leather seats that squeaked, was there’s nothing wrong with a dollop of mainstream, no mystery, don’t concern yourself with whether the boys have beards, one-stop-shop, fun.

The vibe echoed those nights in our local town, when we’d shamelessly yell goodbye to weary dads, and check into a similar restaurant-bar-club. We thought it was clever. We didn’t have to walk far in our heels.

In Zebrano we sat next to our former selves. They looked, I’d say, 21. We noted a Yogi Bear cap. There were helium balloons. (At this juncture be assured other age groups were also represented, bareheaded, but smiling). There were sharing platters, stacked high with mini burgers and teeny honey and mustard sausages; just perfectly, obscenely, gigantic enough for your secret greedy eye and suitable for post-work wine and cocktails too; that hour when only mini food will do.

We, both still wrestling with our inner grown up, opted for three courses. As Zebrano says on its website, this isn’t food trying to be Michelin-starred. Too right – an incongruous mix of Asian, British and Tex Mex appear on the menu. But it does aim to be tasty, using quality ingredients. I opted for tiger prawns with parsley and garlic butter to start; my companion, a pescetarian - although I remember fondly those halcyon days when she got a sausage sandwich stuck in her brace - opted for a Halloumi and cherry tomato salad.

But the mains won. I sensed Zebrano was the place in which to skewer a satisfying steak – maybe it was the manly red and dark wood décor. I ordered medium rare and it was Pink Panther pink, dripping in peppercorn sauce, and reclining on chunky chips. My friend fished for the more feminine sea bass, in a sea of green beans and courgettes.

Cue a surprising special: an upside down pineapple sponge pudding. It was uncomplicated, comforting food without message or motive. But you know, just sometimes, I don’t want my meal to talk to me. That’s why I take a guest.

And we never considered moving on. Cocktails loomed. And we made our way downstairs into the dark club below, chart tunes and dance classics pumping; groups grinding, like Mr Kelly describes, in the gloom. Not in the corner either, but right in the middle. Thank God we were once bedroom choreographers.

Zebrano isn’t trying to be quirky or leftfield. There’s no pretension. You don’t need to think, or plan. I recommend you roll out of Oxford Street tube and let down your guard, eat uncomplicated food, slurp cheerful cocktails and dance like you used to. Young or older, tourist or Londoner, all merge merrily in the shadows.

Afterwards, having shaken off all aspiration of cool, we hailed a rickshaw and screamed all the way home. It beat waiting for dad. more

Customer Reviews for Zebrano Carnaby

Average (based on 32 votes): 32 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“Came here last Saturday and had a brilliant night! The staff were lovely and helpful, the food was gorgeous, cocktails were lush! Cant wait to be back next Saturday, I would definitely recommend to anyone wanting a good time!”
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Leah, London (7 years 16 days ago)

“Second night out at Zebrano and another fantastic night! The atmosphere was amazing and the cocktails were lush. Me and my girlfriends had a blast! Would recommend to anyone!”
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Leah, London (7 years 24 days ago)

“Zebrano is a must go to! I went last week with work colleages and the atmosphere, food and drinks were on point, and made our evening!”
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John R, Newcastle (7 years 1 months 12 days ago)

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“Zebrano is a great bar. It had a lively atmosphere and there was some great drink prices. Loved it!”
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Jessica, Surrey (7 years 5 months 17 days ago)

“Spent my Saturday night at Zebrano and I really enjoyed myself. There was a good atmosphere and they played good music. Also loved the drink selection, I'll definitely be returning there!”
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Sarah, Croydon (7 years 6 months 1 days ago)

“Highly recommend going to Zebrano bar. Had really nice food here and they do great cocktails! Such a good atmosphere, loved it!”
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Tom Coma, london (7 years 7 months 10 days ago)

“Zebrano is such a lively place to go. Love the food!”
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Tom Coma, [ Unknown ] (7 years 8 months 9 days ago)

“First time coming to Zebrano with my mates from Surrey. Absolutely brilliant, I would recommend this place to anyone looking to have a good time. Love it!”
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Chidera, Tottenham (7 years 8 months 14 days ago)

“I recommend Zebrano's to anyone! I went over the weekend with my mates and had an amazing time. The music was on point and the crowd was so cool!”
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Jay, Leicester (7 years 11 months 2 days ago)

“Came down to London with my football team, Zebrano's had given us an amazing service. Topped with banging music and a diverse crowd. Highly recommended!!”
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Josh, Birmingham (7 years 11 months 2 days ago)

“We were at Zebrano's last week for a work gathering and both the service and atmosphere were impeccable! Definitely recommending it to co workers and friends in the future, great vibe.”
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Mr Akin, london (8 years 4 months 18 days ago)

“We went to Zebrano last weekend and it was amazing!!lovely staff and cool music!!”
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Lisa, London (9 years 2 months ago)

“Their New years eve party was amazing!! Had a really good night - the whole venue looked great and the cocktails were lush”
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Ruby, London (9 years 3 months 27 days ago)

“Great location to stop for lunch whilst shopping. Really enjoyed the food and will definately be back!”
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Liz, London (9 years 5 months 21 days ago)

“Wow love this place. So lively and vibrant! just what i needed after a long weeks work. I reccomend to anyone who ants to relax or dance the night the night away.”
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Charlotte, London (9 years 6 months 12 days ago)

“Love this place! went their for a girls night out and had one of the best nights out in a long time. Cocktails are gorgeous!”
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Charlotte, London (9 years 6 months 12 days ago)

“Wow, went to Zebrano's this weekend, was SO much fun! the coctails are amazing prices and the food platters were just want you want to share with a group of mates! love it!”
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Rosie Sneddon, Kent (9 years 8 months 28 days ago)

“Yum yum yum! I'm one very happy customer! The food was very tasty but I think it was the staff who made my evening extra special. Check this place out!”
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Kate, London (9 years 10 months 22 days ago)

“had a brilliant night at this bar, absoultly great all around with great atmosphere, great cocktail drinks and a awesome crowd :)..will defo be coming to this bar again!!”
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ruby, harrow (10 years 1 months 15 days ago)

“I was introduced to Zebrano's by a mate when I went to visit him at uni in London. A really cool bar with a great list of drinks that didn't cost me a bomb. Heading back there tonight. I hear they've got belly dancers and shisha in! Niiiicceee.”
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Mr David, Surrey (10 years 7 months 20 days ago)

“Was looking for a lively place for our last night in London and we were recommended Zebranos in Soho. Figured it would be a laugh as we'd heard some interesting things about soho...but this place was actually really decent! Food was great. Drink was flowing. Prices weren't stupid. Two thumbs up!”
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[ Unknown ], New York (10 years 8 months 27 days ago)

“I went to Zebrano last night and it was fabulous! The staff was lovely and friendly! The atmosphere was warm. The decor and ambiance was both also good! It is sophisticated but also unpretentious! I will definitely go back! Highly recommended for a wide variety of cocktails nicely and perfectly done!”
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julia, france (10 years 10 months 21 days ago)

“This bar is the best in soho always go here when i can and it never dissapoints! Drinks are always great and a variety of cool music to listen to. No other soho bar can compete!”
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Joe Smith, newquay (12 years ago)

“I come here all the time after work, and I will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. If we manage to get there for Happy Hour we go nuts on cocktails and have to leave early, cos they pack a punch. If we get there later we order a couple of sharing platters and some beers and chill until the music gets louder. Basically, everyone in the office loves this place, and one of the barmaids in particular...”
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rakapravena, London (13 years 28 days ago)

“I have just read some good reviews of this place but when I went I was not that impressed - struggled to have a conversation with my 2 friends sitting right next to me as music was loud or accoustics not quite right and it was way too dark so couldn't really see people! Also, a shame they serve doubles as a matter of course - what about those people who just want a nice single?! Music good though and not atmosphere but not sure I would go again...”
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Emily Emily, London (13 years 3 months 15 days ago)

“Really enjoy this place for any time in the evening, whether its for afterwork drinks, pre-club rinks or a late nighter. I like the layout and its great for any size of group. Decent selection of drinks but at a fairly costly price. Good music and a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere!”
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Simon, London (16 years 1 months 29 days ago)

“A friend recommended this bar - popped in after work onFriday. The music was great, atmosphere amazing, and the staff were friendly... and good looking! I had such a great night i went back Saturday - which was even better!”
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Andy, London (16 years 2 months 26 days ago)

“Since my last visit to Zebrano there have been great improvements. First and foremost, they have new owners. Their aim has been to both improve the customer focus of the staff and to enhance the interior of the bar. The sexy red interior is still the predominate theme, but they have expanded the dance area downstairs and improved the sitting areas. With the improvements to the space, along with the great DJ music, it makes for a night that you just don't want to stop. This is ably assisted some of the best value drinks in Soho. I recommended a friend of mine book her 29th birthday party downstairs in the "VIP" area. It was agreed by all the it was a great night out. Highly recommended!! ”
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Drew, London (16 years 4 months ago)

“Absolutely fantastic venue, new decor, great atmosphere 10/10”
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mark pritchard, [ Unknown ] (16 years 5 months 8 days ago)

“A relaxed, friendly bar with good music, feels less "chainy" than other places nearby. The cocktails are good and the bar staff were friendly- well my friend managed to blag a free drink from one anyway! The bar snacks were good although portions not that generous. This will definitely become a favourite West End venue.”
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annab, London (17 years 3 months 3 days ago)

“Zebrano looks promising (interesting decor, DJ booth, long cocktails menu) but sadly doesn't deliver. Cocktails, mainly of the "raunchy named" variety, badly made. Unhappy bar staff. And doormen and a bar manager who think they're working in a private members in Belgravia, not a bar in Soho. Avoid, there's plenty of choice in the local area.”
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Drew, [ Unknown ] (17 years 3 months 3 days ago)

“Fantastic! Got recommedned by a friend and how pleased was I... The bar is great and the musoc and atmosphere is electric. Great cocktails made by well trained staff. For central London a well priced bar too. Good night was had by all and I will be returning!”
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Dave, [ Unknown ] (17 years 5 months 24 days ago)

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Zebrano Carnaby Opening Hours

Monday: 11:00am - 12:00am Friday: 11:00am - 1:00am
Tuesday: 11:00am - 12:00am Saturday: 11:00am - 1:00am
Wednesday: 11:00am - 12:00am Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:30pm
Thursday: 11:00am - 1:00am    

Additional Information

  • Cuisine Type: International
  • Average Price: £20.00
  • Dress Code: Smart/Casual
  • Group: Zebrano

Zebrano Carnaby Hire Details

Zebrano is a great place to hold a party whatever the occasion. They can cater for a group of any number up to 250; there's no minimum spend, so simply get in touch to book a table either via the website or by phone.

Updated 27/09/2006

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