Forty Dean Street

4.0
1324 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
Forty Dean Street is the pinnacle of affordable Italian cuisine in busy Soho. We are a small, family run restaurant dedicated to providing incredible food at incredible prices. Our set menu boasts a variety of sensational dishes built around fresh, seasonal produce and has customers coming back on a daily basis. Our à la carte menu is a favourite with our regulars, the media crowd and tourists alike. We also welcome well-behaved dogs so please don't hesitate to bring your canine friends in!

Italian food has been served at Forty Dean Street for more than 17 years, so we like to think there’s nothing we haven’t mastered. So pop in for an Aperol Spritz!

Special Offers

Sunday Lunch: 2 courses £16.90/£19.90

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 12 February 2019

Ends: 12 August 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-22:00

Dinner: 2 courses £14.90/£16.90

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 12 February 2019

Ends: 12 August 2019

Availability: Mon-Wed 17:00-23:00

Lunch: 2/3 courses £12.90/£14.90 including glass of wine or soft drink

From set menu including a small glass of the house white/red or a soft drink.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 8 people

Starts: 12 February 2019

Ends: 12 August 2019

Availability: Daily 12:00-17:00

1,000-Point Tables

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Sun - Wed 12:00PM - 10:00PM
Thu - Sat 12:00PM - 5:00PM

What 1324 People Are Saying
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New England
73 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

Really not terribly impressive. The smoked mozarella starter was chewy. The lasagne was so-so. Service pleasant, but restaurant on my night was really noisy.

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FW
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The food is very tasty, I tried the lobster ravioli and it's not a big portion, but just the perfect size for me. My friend had the avocado and halloumi salad and really enjoyed it.

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J
Bath
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Good food, delicious wine. Prompt service. They don’t stock non-alcoholic beer so borrowed one bottle from next door ... had to give up for the refills. Also no grappa to finish with.
We’d reserved but were told we had only 90mins when we sat down. We said OK but ignored the implied urgency, and enjoyed the whole meal until it became too noisy for us. Anyway, good value for food and ambience.

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ZW
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

I’ve tried some amazing pizza in london, all home made. However, when I went to Forty Dean Street last week for a reunion with one of my non-Londoner best friends, I was not impressed. I thought I’d take her somewhere really nice to show off the great food soho hosts, and Forty DS appeared to fit the criteria perfectly. The pizza could’ve (and may have) been a frozen pizza that they just popped in the oven for a bit, then poured a little bit of truffle oil on top to make it seem fancy. It went cold really quick, and on top of this the service was pretty poor.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful food. Lovely little restaurant. Will defintely be back

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SB
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing location, wonderful ambience, lovely service and dining experience.

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C
London
19 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, lovely welcome, nice wines, inexpensive and good quality. The service is great, they are friendly and welcoming and nothing is too much trouble for them.

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SC
London
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Great place and great food but dessert was ok. The noise level was too high. Great service!

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A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and ambience. Personal favourite for lovely Italian food ! Seabass is my absolute fav!

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OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent food as usual, nice staff, we had a lovely dîner

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p
London
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 1

I don't think this restaurant -or any other - should allow dogs in. In fact I thought it was again the law. But there it was, with what looked like a dog's bowl of water on the floor nearby.

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S
London
57 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Busy night. Had a good table one of our waiters was rather brusque but the manager and Massimo very friendly. Nice touch to have s free glass of limoncello

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G
London
125 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great lunch at 40 Dean Street to celebrate my friends birthday, good value for money

Forty Dean Street
Responded on 13 June 2019

Thank you!

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SA
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I planned a surprise meal for my friends who were travelling from abroad at Forty Dean Street and was extremely happy with everything. The value and quality of the food was fantastic and the staff were very attentive and friendly. The variety on the menu was also great. The staff also agreed to help with the surprise element of the dinner with seating arrangements, cake and birthday music which put a special touch on the evening. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to all friends and family and will be returning very soon!

Forty Dean Street
Responded on 13 June 2019

I'm so glad that you found the staff helpful and friendly, we like to do our best to ensure that everyone has a great experience particularly if it's a special occasion! We will look forward to seeing you soon.

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SS
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

When a restaurant is a family run Italian restaurant & has been in business for over 15 years in Soho, you know that it must be good.
This is ideal for either a quick catch up with friends, a romantic dinner or pre-theatre meal. The staff are attentive, the food is amazing & the atmosphere is friendly. Whilst we eat, it became obvious that other customers were regulars, as they were greeted by the staff .
We will return.

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GB
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great location and service. Lovely set lunch menu with plenty of choice and excellent value.

Forty Dean Street
Responded on 13 June 2019

I'm glad you enjoyed the set menu, it is often changing and showcases our newest dishes. It's become even better value as we're now offering a small glass of the house white/red with it!

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PR
London
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The restaurant was quiet but still very pleasant. Food and service were both good. I would certainly visit again and recommend the reastaurant to friends. It's also very well positioned for theatres and sighteeing. Just be careful when visiting the basement toilets - the stairs are steep and start immediately after the door!

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KP
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Another lovely evening courtesy of welcoming staff & efficient service despite it being a busy Friday night. Super food, as ever - though it’d be nice if the options for vegetarians were a bit more adventurous. Everyone joined in the ‘happy birthday’ for my husband when staff presented him with his candlelit choc brownie - nice touch which we all enjoyed.

Forty Dean Street
Responded on 4 June 2019

Hi Kim, Thank you for your feedback. We're thrilled that you enjoyed your meal and that you were happy with the level of service. We do try to go the extra mile. I will pass your comments regarding vegetarian options to the chef. Best wishes,

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was 6 out of 5. Polite, attentive, and warm. Food was excellent. Fantastic value esp given the other restaurants in the same road.

Forty Dean Street
Responded on 30 May 2019

Thank you for your feedback, we pride ourselves on our service and affordable prices so we're glad you had an enjoyable experience. Please do come and see us again soon!

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OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was so good, service was very attentive, the owner is fabulous. Lovely time there will definitely come a

Forty Dean Street
Responded on 30 May 2019

Thank you for your positive review, we're thrilled you enjoyed yourself and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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M
London
10 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food was great and the staff is very friendly.
We went for lunch and it is quite dark inside. Perhaps its nicer for dinner but overall, it is a place that I would recommend to friends and family :)

Forty Dean Street
Responded on 30 May 2019

Thank you for your positive feedback. It's a shame you found it a little dark inside, we like to think of it as more atmospheric and gives a more traditional feel which is what we're going for!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

On the whole not bad but the smoke from the patrons putting away at the pavement tables drifted constantly into the restaurant and was very annoying and unappetising.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food!! Best we had in London

Forty Dean Street
Responded on 30 May 2019

What a review! Thank you so much!!

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P
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent food and atmosphere. Made the evening with friends a great night.

Forty Dean Street
Responded on 30 May 2019

We're so happy you had a good time, we love having groups of friends come in, it's such fun!

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GW
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

Food was fine and affordable once we managed to get the starters and service charge removed off the back of the terrible service we received.

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a
London
13 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

3 friends loved their mains but mine - mushroom gnocchi with truffle - was disappointing in that it had little flavour, was stodgy and was covered in a thick brown sauce so looked very unappetising. However, that said, 3 out of four of us were happy and I've had good meals here in the past so would return. Just wouldn't order the gnocchi again!

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LB
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thank you to Mark for looking after us!! We had a fantastic meal and evening. The best service and atmosphere. We will be recommending to all.

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CK
London
25 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An exceptionally enjoyable evening with authentic Italian cooking and impeccable service. Relaxed yet attentive. We couldn't fault anything. Special thanks to Massimo for the special French martinis to celebrate my birthday. Will definitely return.

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MS
London
8 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

Service yesterday left a lot to be desired. I had to distract the staff from their phones to ask for service. It was very quiet, so I suspect that they were bored. Food was good, but not good enough for me to go back there. Plenty of other Italian restaurants in London.

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely jazz band playing. Great food - good wine.

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VW
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Lovely food and atmosphere, service was shambolic, bordering on embarrassing, which was a shame.

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D
London
89 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

This is a really excellent Italian restaurant. They used fresh seafood ingredients in their seafood pasta dishes not like some other restaurants. The decor is a bit dark inside the restaurant that is just the colour scheme. We will definitely go back

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H
London
156 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

A useful place in Soho, nice atmosphere, food is decent, service is good but the live music when we went was far too loud. A place to go with friends.

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S
London
57 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food always good service can be slow depending on time of day and number of customers. However the staff are engaging and caring. Wine list good, plenty of choice at reasonable prices. The set menu offers great value. This place has stood the test of time -and we’ll definitely be back.

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OT
London
28 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great night here, highly recommended. Good value vibrant Italian restaurant, wonderful staff and ambience.

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CM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal at Forty Dean Street, however, the service wasn't the best. We had pre-booked the table but when we arrived it wasn't fully set. It only had 2 full sets of table ware. We also had to share menus wen choosing our meals and desserts. I had to ask twice for more menus and table ware. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is very good so I would still return and recommend to a friend.

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d
London
14 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a great visit at Forty Dean Street. The service was superb and the food was very good. We will be coming back for sure.

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6
London
32 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Very enjoyable meal with friends and the 25% off everything offer made it pretty good value. Varied menu catered for all tastes and plenty to choose from the wine list. Service was attentive without being intrusive and everyone was so friendly. Will certainly go back. Bravo!

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CP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Music a little too loud for table conversation. Waiter's not that attentive when we came in. Then they finally realised that we were ready for menu.

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TG
London
7 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Lovely Italian restaurant in Soho, which you'd probably miss with its humble decor. But once inside you feel at home with the elegant wooden furniture. Waiters were mostly friendly, although one was a little abrupt and not very helpful when I asked for his opinion between the pappardelle and the spaghetti. Food was faultless though, especially the mussels for starters, and I'd happily return for more!

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