Zela London

4.2
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74 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Japanese
Gastronomy: Japanese and Mediterranean fusion.
Japanese specialties are intertwined with the flavors and unique products of the Mediterranean to create our own style of sushi, temakis, dim sum, ceviche, among others.
On the menu, the nigiris of butter fish with white truffle, the starry tuna tartar or the usuzukuri of toro pa amb tomàquet harmoniously coincide with tatakis and oxtail gyozas. The menu seamlessly blends the Mediterranean with Japan by showcasing creations including scallops with Ibicencan sobrasada and rice chips with burrata and Iberian ham.

Starting August 5th, we will be offering Lunch Monday through Saturday from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm.

Special Offers

Complimentary bottle of Veuve Clicquot (per couple) with tasting menu

A complimentary bottle of Veuve Clicquot (per couple)when booking the tasting menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 10 people

Starts: 2 September 2019

Ends: 31 December 2019

Availability: Mon-Sat 17:00-22:30

Lunch/ Pre-theatre Menu: £27pp

...enjoy a 3 course meal for lunch or pre-theatre time from a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 9 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 9 people

Starts: 20 August 2019

Ends: 31 December 2019

Availability: Mon-Sat 12:00-14:30 17:00-18:30

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

Sun 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Mon - Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 12:00PM - 2:30PM 5:00PM - 7:00PM
Sat 12:00PM - 2:00PM 12:00PM - 2:00PM 12:00PM - 2:30PM 5:00PM - 7:00PM

What 74 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.1
Service
4.2
Ambience
3.8
Value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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S
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

We came for diner for my partner’s birthday. I made a reservation a month in advance. And In my booking I have selected the taste of Zela with a bottle of champagne.
When we arrived we’ve been told there was no room left to keep our jackets which was surprising as the restaurant was half full when we arrived at 7pm.
The room is beautiful and we had a seat by a wide window with view on the theatre where Mama Mia plays.
It was cold as we could feel a draft every time the main entrance door was being opened.
We asked for the taste of Zela but we were informed that by the server that the wagyu beef was replaced by a chicken dish.
If you look in the menu there the wagyu dish cost £32 and the chicken one £12. When I raise the concern I’ve been proposed a wagyu sirloin dish instead but the offer was quickly removed as the manager did not approve it.
I had no interest in the chicken, I wouldn’t come to Zela for this. We hesitated at this point between leaving somewhere else and we decided to give it a try and we took on several option on the menu.
The quality of the food and dishes served are definitely NOT worth the price charged for it.
We started receiving all our meals at once. So our warm mains arrived while we were still eating our starters and appetisers. And plate were removed from the table as we were still eating which was rude and incredibly wrong.
I have ordered a chef selection of sashimi, we finished all our meals and had one more drink without any sign of this dish. I had to request it twice to the waiter then I we had enough and decided to leave.
I told them how disappointed as everything that could possibly go wrong went wrong. I’ve been given a card and promised that the next time would be better 😅 this definitely made me laugh.
As there will definitely not be a second time.
This restaurant is a big fail. And I do not recommend it. Buy a kebab instead.

Zela London
Responded 3 days ago

Dear Steve, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We appreciate all the feedback that help us to improve. Please can you contact me ZELA with your contact details and please accept my apology in advance for not meeting your expectations. Kind regards Ahmed Elnozahy

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RR
London
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It is like in another world! Such a nice respite on the Strand in central London.
We were attended to with much care from the start outside the door!
Matthias was very helpful in helping us choose the dishes.
All very well presented and delicious.
The in-house DJ provided great atmosphere for a Friday evening.
Will definitely return.
Vamos Rafa!!

SP
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My mom and I went here for our birthday dinner. We chose this restaurant because my mom loves Rafael Nadal and he is one of the owners of the restaurant. We told our server that's why we came and he was super nice and told us everything that Nadal usually orders and we ordered most of it hahaha. The food was really good considering we are from Vancouver where the fish is really fresh and I will say the fish was great here. All of the workers were really really nice, multiple servers would come to our table to refill our water glasses and take away empty plates etc, and the manager even came to our table just to ask how everything was; that was really nice. I would definitely recommend this place :)

M
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything perfect:amazing food, excelente service and nice atmosphere. Wood chopsticks maybe is better other material.

AF
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Food was OK, stand out dishes were the Quails egg with Truffle'd Nigiri, The platter of Fatty tuna, salmon pieces. The taster menu wasn't worth the £170 for two people in my opinion but you might think otherwise, it's personal preference. I would recommend for the money I spent £270 in total I prefer Nobu and go to £300 with drinks. Zela has a great vibe and the live DJ try's to relate to the young jet set crowd which I guess if fun and hip, probably not if your a much older person though. Worth a visit anyway to try the menu at least once.

JB
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Dear all,

I would definitely recommend your outstanding food. I personally thought that the noise level was to high. If you want to attract people over fifties, you have to change the noise level, at least until 11 pm when the vast majority of your customers are coming for dinner (I guess). The look of the restaurant is beautiful and it’s cozy. Very friendly staff.

All the best,

Julie Bonnelycke

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Nice staff and atmosphere.
Excellent food

ZZ
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Highly recommend. Excellent food and service. Couldn’t fault it.

S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time dining at Zela and it was a truly pleasurable experience. Lovely food and great service - will definitely return and spread the word to others - a really nice surprise.

R
London
14 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience1

Good food bu the music was too loud and the portions were very small

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Everything but the main is good.
Good environment and service

JA
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The surroundings and ambiance of the restaurant is very good despite on the evening of our booking it was not very busy. The service friendly and attentive. The food was excellent and overall an experience. The wine prices however are too high for what is on offer.

KM
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was great my client enjoyed all the food presented and cannot wait to go back

S
London
23 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a really nice Sunday lunch here. Very not busy so very good for intimate conversation, very attentive staff initially but left us alone after. The omakase sushi and sashimi with a Mediterranean twist were a delight. With the 30% off a la carte it was excellent value. The set brunch also looked to be good but we didn't drink so would have been waste with the free flowing cocktails. Would definitely come back.

P
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Very good food and great service. Love the ambience, lots of plants and greenery & the DJ adds an energetic level. The only downside is with the pre theatre menu they forgot to bring out our starter which we only realised after we left. Overall a great place, shame about the starter!

M
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

The restaurant was quite empty so no atmosphere. The service was strange in that they would not leave the soya sauce pot on the table and proceeded to pour only a tiny amount for each person, we had to ask them for more 3 times. They also missed serving one person soya sauce... if you don’t want to leave the pot, at least don’t miss anyone out! Some dishes were outstanding, the tuna sashimi, the yellow tail, the beef. yet the gyoza were rubbery and rather tasteless, we had the prawn and the duck ones. The salmon with burata on a rice cake was strange and perhaps a little out of place in hindsight. I don’t think I would recommend this restaurant nor go back.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Our waiter was very knowledgeable on the food selection and very friendly. Overall great experience with food prices slightly on the expensive side considering only one of us had an alcoholic cocktail.

IA
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Second time in a week! Last Saturday night after the theatre play, I was walking around with my partner when we discovered ZELA. Decided to go in for drinks because the vibe was very energetic and the place was completely full. The cocktails are top. I had a Coco Chanel -OMG! And my wife an Espresso Martini. The Bar tender was great: attentive and made us very good recommendations. So we booked a table for yesterday straight away. Our experience: this is a MUST!
Starting with the lovely hostess, who received us with a big smile and looked happy to see us back. The service, simply perfect. One more time, we received the best recommendations possible. We asked for a kind of tasting menu, but lighter. Boom! Our waiter prepared a five star dinner with our preferences paired with a nice red wine. The night was an spectacle of colours and flavours: Edamame with the spanish sauce, salmorejo, really pretty duck gyozas, nigiris with quail egg and truffle, rice chips with salmon and burrata -super fresh...(mmm I can't remember all we ordered) and then, what a meat! My wife ate one of the most tender meat we have never tasted before. We also share the Miso Black. It was very tasty and fresh. We will be back for sure, and soon! Next time, we will invite friends and hope to get a table for a Friday night.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience2

The server was nice and brought the drinks quickly but the food was unedible. The quality of the fish was poor. I’ve never sent food back before and gone to eat somewhere else. But there’s a first for everything.

LA
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the service and atmosphere! Food was beautiful. We have been several times now and bring new people each time.

SW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience3

Took my boyfriend for his birthday and asked for a surprise candle in my reservation notes when the desert comes. Unfortunately, they misread and thought it was my birthday and they asked him if they should bring the candle now as soon as I went to the bathroom... the restaurant was very quiet with probably 3 couples eating at that time and suddenly a dj started to playing super lourd music at 7pm, we couldn’t even hear each other or even talk at some point! For the rest the food was incredible and our waiter was very knowledgable and kind. Fantastic overall but a shame for these two details.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience4

Mains took almost an hour to prepare and didn’t arrive in time (they were aware we were going to a play) so they didn’t charge us for food which we appreciated.

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience3

Poorly prepared food with seafood barely cooked

Zela London
Responded on 20 September 2019

Dear guest, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We appreciate all the feedback that help us to improve. Please can you contact us on vipmanager.london@zelarestaurants.co with your contact details so we can investigate further. Kind regards Zela management team

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k
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for early dinner, loved the cocktails and Sashimi platter. Service was really attentive and lovely atmosphere. We will definitely be back soon.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great by all means. First visit but definitely not last

BT
London
18 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Great food, interesting flavours, friendly staff & good service. Disappointed a la Carte not available for lunch dining

AT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience2

The service was not very good. We were the only table in the restaurant yet they still took a while to serve. No lunch option outside set lunch even when offered to incur additional charges. Service considerably lacking considering amount of staff. Majority of food was average average though.

Zela London
Responded on 22 August 2019

Dear AnnaT, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We appreciate all the feedback that help us to improve. Please can you contact us on vipmanager.london@zelarestaurants.co with your contact details so we can investigate further. Kind regards Zela management team

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very cool Restaurant, quality food is amazing.
Recommend for dinner or pre-theatre.

a
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience2

The service and venue are great but the food and ambience was below average

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The restaurant decor was on pointe! Very beautiful and architecturally appealing : excellent service .

J
London
47 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

This has been on my hit list for a while and decided to visit just before I went to the theatre. Opted for the A La Carte menu. I was shocked how little was actually on the menu for mains and very little for someone who does not eat beef. So I ended up ordering small plates galore. Be warned the food takes a while to come out here and a lot of of the waiting staff are still under training. Prevention was good food was average. They even managed to serve me uncooked duck gyozas which was slowly replaced and the most I got was an apology. Once the bill arrived it was still on there. Shocking that it was served even more shocking the manager thought it was fine just to replace it after serving an uncooked dish. I didn’t have time to complain so left it. But shocking overall.

RM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience2

The food was great, but the service was shocking, despite being one third full. Drinks too ages to order, never mind arrive. It became frustrating and will put me off returning for sure.

SO
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Only Brunch available on Sundays £59pp. Friendly staff, impeccable service, lovely ambience. I ordered wagyu beef (add another £6) which was stewed for 48h but not to my liking. The rest of the food is delicious especially the soba noodles. Bottomless wine is included which is great.

Zela London
Responded on 23 July 2019

Dear ShereneO, thank you for your feedback. We are delighted to know that you enjoyed our brunch. We look forward to welcoming you again to ZELA.

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff was amazing. Super friendly and made us feel at home. The taster menu was great and tasty. Definitely worth coming to try out.

Zela London
Responded on 8 July 2019

Thank you very much for your nice review. We are glad you had a nice experience at ZELA and you enjoyed both, our gastronomy and our service. We hope to see you very soon.

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CP
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Estuve con amigos, nos encantó la experiencia ZELA. La comida, la decoración y por supuesto el trato que recibimos, totalmente recomendable. ¡Volveremos la próxima vez que vayamos a Londres!

Zela London
Responded on 8 July 2019

Estimada ClaudiaP, muchas gracias por su comentario y valoración. Nos alegra saber que disfrutaron de la experiencia en Zela. Esperamos volver a verles muy pronto y ofrecer lo mejor de nuestros servicios.

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SG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Sitio recomendable para una pasar un buen rato de degustación de saberes y buena música.
La atención del personal excelente, recomendándonos platos y dando un buen servicio.

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ML
Spain
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing restaurant! Completely different than any japanese restaurant. Fusion with mediterranean products. Really tasty! Service was great and the atmosphere couldn't be better. Definitely we'll come back soon. The place to be!

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

Pretty restaurant, sushi was great. The mains not so much - very pricey as I didn’t think the food was worth it. It was good but not wow. The mushroom, truffle rice wasn’t nice I think the power of the truffles and soft egg made it sickening. We had exceptional service from our waiter and because of the service we will be back. Requested Halal, but unfortunately they couldn’t accommodate on the night. Overall it was good.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food and ambiance

MM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience. We had the tasting menu, the food was amazing, coming in a good flow, the service was very thoughtful, present without being too much and the ambiance is very warm.
One bad note would be the music level at the end of our dinner, we could barely hear each other talk.
Would definitely come back!