Best restaurants in Soho

Lorna Cowan / 06 December 2018

Soho in central London is full of great places to eat, and near many of the city’s top theatres. Our selection of ten 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 £15, this stylish French restaurant 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 Townhouse

The theatre menu at the elegant Kettner’s Townhouse 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: kettnerstownhouse.com/restaurant

Best for Italian classics

Bella Italia

This Soho restaurant, part of the popular Italian chain, is situated on Argyll Street, just a two-minute walk from Oxford Circus tube station and opposite the London Palladium, possibly the capital’s most famous theatre. Traditional Italian fare, including pasta and pizza favourites, are sure to please all the family. And whoever’s paying the bill will be happy too — the kids’ menu is excellent value for money.

Theatres nearby: London Palladium is within a five minute walk away.
Address: 25 Argyll Street, Soho, London W1F 7TU 
For menu and reservations: www.bellaitalia.co.uk/italian-restaurant/london/argyll-street

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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: lebab.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

HIX Soho

There’s really only one pla(i)ce for fish and seafood in Soho, and that’s HIX Soho on Brewer Street, owned by creative chef and restaurateur, Mark Hix. Choose à la carte dining or opt for a two-course set lunch and theatre menu — an affordable treat at under £20. A vegetarian menu, with a choice of four innovative mains, is also available to enjoy in the smart, yet somewhat curiously-decorated, dining room.

Theatres nearby: Apollo Theatre, Gielgud Theatre, Lyric Theatre, Piccadilly Theatre and Queen’s Theatre are within a five-minute walk away.
Address: 66-70 Brewer Street, Soho, London W1F 9UP
For menu and reservations: www.hixrestaurants.co.uk/restaurant/hix-soho/

Best for mouth-watering mussels

Belgo Soho

Although Belgo Soho on London’s Old Compton Street is one of the bar and restaurant chain’s newer ventures, it still serves up all the old favourites. Alongside rotisserie chicken, the menu consists mainly of mussels, either a Moules and frites platter or Moules and frites pot. Deciding which flavoursome accompaniment could be a struggle though — sauces are sensational. If you’re attending an afternoon matinee, look out for good-value lunchtime offers.

Theatres nearby: Ambassadors Theatre, Apollo Theatre, Cambridge Theatre, Gielgud Theatre, Lyric Theatre, Queen’s Theatre, Palace Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Piccadilly Theatre, Prince Edward Theatre and Soho Theatre are within a five-minute walk.  
Address: 29-31 Old Compton Street, Soho, London W1D 5JR 
For menu and reservations: www.belgo.com/locations/soho

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