Best restaurants in Soho

Lorna Cowan / 06 December 2018 ( 14 July 2021 )

Soho in central London is full of great places to eat, and near many of the city’s top theatres. Our selection of restaurants are all within a five-minute walk from excellent entertainment venues.



Best for French cuisine

Côte Brasserie

With a three-course lunch and pre-theatre menu available for under £20, this stylish French restaurant chain is one of the best value-for-money bistros in the heart of Soho, located on Wardour Street. Popular with theatre-goers, and those who simply enjoy authentic French cuisine, diners will experience attentive service, as well as a cosy and relaxed atmosphere. A glass of Kir Royale, Côte’s signature cocktail, is sure to add some sparkle to a special occasion.

Theatres nearby: Apollo Theatre, Gielgud Theatre, Lyric Theatre, Prince Edward Theatre, Queen’s Theatre and Soho Theatre are all within a five-minute walk away
Address: 124-126 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1F 0TY 
For menu and reservations: www.cote.co.uk/restaurant/soho

Best for meat eaters

Blacklock

Don’t let the location of this Soho restaurant put you off. Although set in the basement of an old brothel in Great Windmill Street, the clientele who descend the staircase today are only seduced by Blacklock’s enticing menu. Hungry carnivores can choose a skinny or big chop — beef, lamb and pork are available — and there is a good selection of sauces to accompany your meal. Wine is on tap.

Theatres nearby: Apollo Theatre, Gielgud Theatre, Lyric Theatre, Piccadilly Theatre, Prince Edward Theatre and Queen’s Theatre are all within a five-minute walk away.
Address: 24 Great Windmill Street, Soho, London, W1D 7LG  
For menu and reservations: theblacklock.com/soho/

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Best for fine dining

Kettner’s

The theatre menu at the elegant Kettner’s focuses on locally-sourced ingredients and is served between 5pm and 6.30pm and also later at 10.30pm — ideal if you prefer eating after a show. Not particularly hungry? Then perhaps you’ll be tempted by the exquisite Champagne Bar, serving fizz and cocktails into the late hours. In the past, the Romilly Street establishment has welcomed many distinguished guests, including Oscar Wilde, Bing Crosby and Sir Winston Churchill.

Theatres nearby: Ambassadors Theatre, Apollo Theatre, Cambridge Theatre, Gielgud Theatre, Lyric Theatre, Palace Theatre, Prince Edward Theatre, Queen’s Theatre and Soho Theatre are all within a five-minute walk away.
Address: 29 Romilly Street, Soho, London W1D 5HP
For menu and reservations: www.kettners.com/

Best for Italian classics

Bocca di Lupo

The many different tastes of Italy are available at Bocca di Lupo on Archer Street. Choose from salads, pastas, seafood and meat dishes, as well as freshly baked bread and an assortment of desserts.

Theatres nearby: Apollo Theatre, Lyric Theatre and Sondheim Theatre are within a five minute walk away.
Address: 12 Archer Street, Soho, London W1D 7BB 
For menu and reservations: boccadilupo.com/

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Best for tasty tapas

Dehesa

Inspired by the culinary delights of Spain and Italy, Dehesa serves up an imaginative mix of tapas and charcuterie, dishes that are perfect for sharing. However, after sampling the restaurant’s signature courgette flowers, you may want to eat them all yourself. Situated on Soho’s Ganton Street, the informal restaurant is also convenient for Carnaby Street shoppers, so the dining room will be bustling whatever time of day you visit.

Theatres nearby: London Palladium and Piccadilly Theatre are within a five-minute walk away.
Address: 25 Ganton Street, Soho, London W1F 9BP  
For menu and reservations: www.saltyardgroup.co.uk/dehesa/

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Best for gourmet kebabs

Le Bab

At Soho’s quirky and contemporary restaurant Le Bab, it’s all about kebabs — made from organic and free-range ingredients and cooked on a wood and charcoal-fired robata. While not an extensive menu — there’s just five main dishes — all are served with a house-made flatbread and only the spices are imported from warmer climes outside the UK. Fans of the Kingly Court eatery also rave about the chips, which you can dip in a cheese fondue.

Theatres nearby: London Palladium and Piccadilly Theatre are within a five-minute walk away. 
Address: Top Floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, London W1B 5PW
For menu and reservations: www.eatlebab.com/

Best for pub grub

Golden Lion

The Golden Lion pub on Soho’s Dean Street is the perfect place to grab a hearty or quick bite en route to the theatre. Whether you’re after a filling pie, fish and chips or a steak, or a lighter sandwich or small plate, this Greene King watering hole caters for all tastes. Pop across the road and the Soho Theatre awaits, renowned for new theatre productions, stand-up comedy and cabaret.

Theatres nearby: Ambassadors Theatre, Apollo Theatre, Gielgud Theatre, Lyric Theatre, Palace Theatre, Phoenix Theatre Piccadilly Theatre, Prince Edward Theatre, Queen’s Theatre and Soho Theatre are within a five-minute walk away.
Address: 51 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D 5BH
For menu and reservations: www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/greater-london/golden-lion/

Best for vegetarians and vegans

Mildreds

All too often, non-meat eaters have to choose the one vegetarian or vegan option on a menu, but not at Mildreds. Diners at this Lexington Street restaurant can enjoy plenty of internationally-inspired vegetarian food — all at reasonable prices. Gluten-free diets are well-catered-for too, and if you’ve an allergy, then check out the Allergens menus which list all ingredients. Note that you can’t reserve a table, Mildreds operates on a first come first serve basis.

Theatres nearby: Apollo Theatre, Gielgud Theatre, Lyric Theatre, Piccadilly Theatre, Queen’s Theatre and Soho Theatre are within a five-minute walk away.
Address: 45 Lexington Street, Soho, London W1F 9AN 
For menu: www.mildreds.co.uk/soho/

Best for fish dishes

Hobson's Fish and Chips

Traditional fish and chips is the dish of the day at Hobson's, a fish bar serving up traditional battered cod, haddock or plaice with chips, as well as grilled salmon, sea bass and a whole range of other seafood dishes and vegetable sides. There's even a gluten-free range, all cooked in separate oil with a special gluten-free batter. There's plenty of seating inside, but on a warm day you could opt for a takeaway and pop to nearby Soho Square Gardens.

Theatres nearby: Soho Theatres, Dominion Theatre and Palace Theatre are within a six-minute walk away.
Address: 27 St Anne's court, Soho, London W1F 0BN
For menu and reservations: www.hobsonsfishandchips.com/

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