SO Restaurant

4.6
1221 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Japanese
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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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OT
London
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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

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AR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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AW
London
7 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

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OT
Amsterdam
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Food is high quality, but not spectacular.

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WR
Gloucestershire
4 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

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.

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AW
London
7 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

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D
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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

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

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.

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E
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Good quality good, pleasant service and central location.

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PD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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.

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L
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!

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S
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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

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!

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AH
London
36 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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

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LH
London
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

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.

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I personally think the portion is too big :). Wanted to order more if each portion was smaller.

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s
London
190 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Have eaten here a few times food is always consistent and reliable if not exciting getting a bit run down needs a lick of paint

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JG
London
45 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was excellent - Food, atmosphere and service.

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PF
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My wife and I dined here recently. We loved it. Great restaurant, amazing food!

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LC
London
5 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We got a table at the basement for a group of 7, which is perfect as it was quieter. Food was good. Service is a little bit lacking as the waiter was very passive and we had to keep calling him over. However overall, good experience.

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OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Foie gras don isn’t really worth the price in my opinion, just seared and poured some teriyaki sauce on, but still good for London standards (don’t compare with Asia). Other items were generally quite good and fish quality was good.

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KP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

We ordered chef's special sushi set but they served ordinary lunch set sushi. Quality was not bad, but I know the chef's special one is really good value, and therefore a bit disappointed. But I always like the restaurant, and I always think their food is good value.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

The food was mediocre. Sushi roll was standard. Foie gras with rice was very bland and oily. Service was great.

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M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely food, friendly staff. Great service. Would recommend and will be back.

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M
London
46 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Very nice sushi, we had the set menu, They were a little mean in not allowing us to switch the miso soup to a different soup (cant eat tofu). Would probably be back, perhaps at a less busy time.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Price become higher than one year ago

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 1Food 5Service 2Ambience 2

Very expensive

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A
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Enjoyable meal with family. Good food, especially yellowtail starter. Efficient, attentive service. Recommended.

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ET
London
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cibo ottimo, lo staff gentile e professionale, ambiente bello e accogliente!

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this restaurant, it’s my second time there. Perfect as always!

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ER
London
7 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

My fiends and I had a lovely time at this place.
The food was remarkable. We ordered the large sushi platter advertised as for 3 or 4 and all four of us had our fill and then some. And everyone commented on how good it was.

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KP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

I am a regular customer and always happy with the authentic Japanese foods. Lunch menu is particularly good value, and they have a loyalty card and can get discount if you collect enough stamps. Quality of their chef's sushi (£25) is excellent.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great taste!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Good service

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F
London
8 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Fabulous as always, the tuna was stunning and the dishes were exquisitely presented and equally as delicious.Thanks so much :)

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food was very tasty but portion size wasn't very big especially for the price.

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NC
London
14 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

Tuna was off but the rest was good. Fair to say that it was not worth the price as the most expensive pieces were tuna chutoro.

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F
London
8 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Indulgent, delicious and exquisitely presented as always! Thank you and see you soon ;)

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Ground floor have a busy environment, however the downstairs is another story. Quite, with slow music, the best you can have for an amazing Japanese night

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l
London
8 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We loved SO restaurant and we all would go back! the food was authentic Japanese and very tasty. Staff was also happy to accommodate at short notice two additional guests which was very welcomed.

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