SO Restaurant

4.6
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1246 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Japanese
Modern in its minimalist use of dark wood, clean lines and bare-as-a-baba’s-wotsit walls, Soho’s So looks every bit the contemporary Japanese restaurant. The airy ground floor bar, dining area and shop-of-sorts (Japanese crockery sits prettily in numerous display cabinets) leads down to a main dining room. The furniture there is still wooden but stained almost black. The cooking is consistently very good – creative without being fussy, and much of it using organic ingredients. Menu in hand, make a visual beeline for the tempura selections (gorgeous), and then Grilled list. These knockout dishes – most notably the Wagyu rump, and Iberico pork – are cooked in the open kitchen over a rather special yogan-yaki grill resulting in an unique flavour. Friendly staff will knowledgeably suggest dishes and drinks.
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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MM
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Good quality of food, though a bit expensive, but I suppose that you need to pay for quality...

CL
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good with quality but little bit expensive in the price. Worh going

L
London
57 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic restaurant - great food and service.

OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The fish on day was tasty and fresh, but overall it’s a little bit expensive.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice experience
we do enjoy this meal

R
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience1

Over priced for the food that they offer, interior not that contemporary. Service is good. The whole place is just too quiet.

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

The service is good actually, but the food is really not worthy.

OT
Nuremberg
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Super Essen!

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j
London
12 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely restaurant. I have been coming ever since it opened, never disappointed. The menu hasn't changed, I guess being this loyal means I am excited if they wanted to evolve their offering

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

food is great, dessert mocha cake is especially delicious

g
London
297 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

SO was amazing. Great sushi and sashimi platter as well as a dessert platter... The black sesame ice cream is fabulous

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Foods are awesome,but a little bit expensive

s
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I visited this place for several times and it never let me down. I love sashimi here, the quality of fish is great, it tastes fresh with natural umami and the texture is not muddy. I recommended to many of my friends and they all give good feedback.

JC
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly staff and Sushi there are amazing.
I went there about 4 times already I I always order Aubergine dengaku and Tofu Steak.

WA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Highly recommande to have try for the rice foie gras. Really amazing taste.

M
London
8 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

The hidden menu was really nice. But it cost us £33 to have it. But it’s nice just a bit shocked when we saw the bill😂
The quality of the sashimi was amazing. We enjoyed it!

c
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

the food is very good and the service is quick (maybe too quick) and nice.
The overall experience was very nice.

OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Very nice four gras rice! Not on menu have to specially request.

F
London
9 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

The bento box has changed since I last dined there. Sadly it has gone downhill. The fried pork cutlet and the 2 pieces of beef were so chewy I couldn’t swallow it! They should have kept the marinated fish instead. Thankfully the dessert platter is still good but lacked fruit.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Restaurant with Japanese staff. Authentic Japanese food. Very delicious. Ended up spending more than I would have liked but left full and happy. Will definitely come again.

K
London
26 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were looking for a comparable for Sticks'n Sushi in London and found SO. It really didn't disappoint ! The sushi is excellent, the atmosphere really chilled (without techno or house music banging on in the background!) and the all the waters really sweet and lovely and attentive.

We will definitely go again!

m
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

SO is a fantastic Japanese Restaurant in the heart of London's Soho District.
The food is incredible and the staff are delightful and SO is reasonably priced.
If you are looking for exceptional Japanese food at a reasonable price in very
comfortable surrounds visit SO today.

LK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best place in soho for Japanese food, excellent quality of good and great service

N
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

So restaurant Chirashizusi has one of the best topping seafood in London and 17 pound is really good value. However, I would prefer having more rice at the bottom of the toppings and miso soup to be a little warmer and it is a pity you can not talk to your friends very much as the restaurant is pretty crowded.

OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Went for a casual date after work, food and service were excellent, looking forward to coming back in the near future.

H
London
20 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Initially booked for 2 people but came as a group of 5 after pride. The hostess tried hard to get us a table. We initially sat at the bar and then they made room for us at a table downstairs. Despite having forgot one of our orders, service was polite and professional. Food was very good with a good menu selection. Probably going to make this one go my regular Japanese dining spots in central London.

AR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sashmi was fresh and easy. Good for the location and reasonably priced!

AW
London
7 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

An excellent authentic Japanese restaurant just like you would find in Tokyo. Bravo

OT
Amsterdam
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food is high quality, but not spectacular.

WR
Gloucestershire
7 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Booked in for lunch. The food was excellent. The tempura prawns, in particular, were exquisite and overall everything we were hoping for. The experience was sadly let down slightly by the service, which wasn’t quite up to, what I am sure, are usually high standards. We had to remind the waitress that we’d ordered a bottle of water with our drinks and both dishes ordered came with Miso soup that arrived when we were already half way through our meals. Overall it didn’t detract from a lovely meal but, shall we say, tarnished the edges a bit.

AW
London
7 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

One of the best ‘genuine’ Japanese restaurants in London. The food is Tokyo quality and freshness. Well done and keep it up ! 😎

D
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food is good and kindly different from what I used to have for Japanese food

PM
London
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The fish and vegetables were very fresh.
Delicious and quality experience in a Japanese restaurant.
Personnel is shy on words but very friendly.
Overall experience was very good although a bit on the expensive side.

E
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Good quality good, pleasant service and central location.

PD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

There are fantastic options for both budget and luxury Japanese food in central London, but few places that cater for the middle. SO is that option, and it's great. My dining partners weren't quite sold on the nigiri, but my tuna tataki and black chicken were super. An excellent option for balancing quality and price.

L
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best sushi and Japanese in town, never fails to amazes us with fresh and tasty flavours and always full of Japanese people which cant be a coincidence. They clearly know where the best Japanese is!

S
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

went out with my boyfriend for our celebrate, was our first time in So restaurant the food and the service were excellent, will definitely go back again.

RW
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and really good value. I had the sashimi lunch plate and it had a great mix of different sashimi. Highly recommend the yuzu bellini too. Very refreshing. I will definitely be going back!

AH
London
36 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good place for Japanese food. The food is very fresh and service good

LH
London
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Too many different waiters for one table, this is a little bit confusing. In total: food and atmosphere are great and SO is absolutely recommendable.