Social Eating House

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1828 Reviews
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£26 to £40
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Contemporary European
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  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Set in the heart of Soho, Social Eating House offers a contemporary bistro menu in an informal, buzzing setting. The third restaurant from celebrated chef Jason Atherton, it won a Michelin star within six months of opening under Chef Patron Paul Hood. The restaurant is split across three levels, with cocktail bar The Blind Pig on the first floor (perfect for pre or post-dinner drinks), the restaurant on the ground floor and an exclusive chef’s counter dining space in the basement kitchen, where guests can watch their meal cooked before them.

Special Offers

5 courses with bubbly on arrival: £75

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 4 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 4 people

Starts: 7 June 2019

Ends: 7 July 2019

Availability: Mon-Sat 12:00-14:30 18:00-22:30

3 courses: £28

From a Set menu. A booking for the offer is essential otherwise the restaurant shall assume that the booking is for the a la carte menu. Please note that last orders for the pre-theatre menu are at 6:45 p.m. £38 with carafe to share but the food alone without cocktail or carafe is £28 per person.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 7 January 2019

Ends: 31 July 2019

Availability: Mon-Sat 18:00-18:30

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8

If you like fine dining done Soho-style, you’ll like Social Eating House. The low-lit room is a great place to relax with a drink and some food.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 1828 People Are Saying
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SP
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We went for the pre fixe menu. Was very pleased with the meal and the value for it. Starter and main were lovely. Dessert of lemonade parfait was a bit too sour for my liking. Needed to be a bit toned down. Noise level is quite high in the restaurant, however that’s the overall vibe of the place. Good meal overall.

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TC
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

For the place it is and the reputation Atherton has this trip was average. You pay a good amount for a meal. Service were fine but nothing to say they were welcoming.... Food you expect to be wow'd... It was bang average.

I wouldn't say I wouldn't go back but I won't be rushing there again

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Starter and desserts was great ! The main ( steak ) was a disappointment .

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MF
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a joy. When confirming the booking was asked if we wanted a table in the bar pre-meal which obv we did. Greeted by really helpful staff, escorted up to private bar which was really well done out. Was with an American business friend who ordered two gin martini's with quite specific instructions and the waiter totally understood - more than I did - perfectly mixed then after a while taken downstairs to the restaurant. Great atmosphere, brilliant service - especially the sommelier who really took his time to make sure we got perfect match to our food, insanely great starters - crab and the egg then we shared the cote de boeuf with the truffle supplement which was pure death row last meal level perfection. I've been to sister restaurants Pollen St and Social Tapas but as an overall experience this topped both. A genuine top class treat.

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GO
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Nice place to go but quite noisy and definitely not your ordinary Michelin star restaurant.

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KT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 1

Very noisy, could barely have a conversation in the dining area. Food wasn't great (vegetarian menu)

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EM
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the tasting menu which was beautiful married to amazing wines but our waiter Emilione was amazing. Highly recommend this place. The food was just divine.

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C
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

When we arrived (15 minutes before my booking) our table wasn't ready. So we decided to wait. However, our table was still not ready at the actual time of the booking and they kept us waiting and additional 25 minutes. As we booked quite late already, this was a bit annoying. Considering we were about to have a very expensive dinner too, it would have been nice to be offered a free drink to make the time waiting a bit more pleasant.

However, the food and service foe the rest of the evening was very good.

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SJ
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

The food was really good however the service was really bad. It felt like they were understaffed.
We got recommendations for a wine to pair with the food, the only problem was that we got the wine about 5-10 minutes after the food.
Getting water refills or drink was very though as well. So the waiting time for meals/drinks was very long.
Beside that the food was really good and tasty.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

I was expecting the food to be really good as it has a Michelin star. The food was nice but nothing to get excited about. I thought it was expensive for what I was. I wouldn’t go here again.

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j
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

We came early and so the restaurant was quiet to begin with. Nice table in the corner. First time.

Food was really excellent - the flavour combinations exceptional. Servive is good in the sense that there are plenty of staff . But to be top notch it needs to have more people who look as if they care about the diners. We found it just a little cold and impersonal

The treck from the kitchen to the tables may make it difficult to have the food as hot as it should be.

Wine list didn't match the quality of the food.

But all in all would not hesitate to eat here again because the food is outstanding.

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TS
London
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great meal and good friendly service.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Really lovely experience with very tasty food & wonderful service

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J
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We visited Social Eating House to celebrate our honeymoon - we were visiting London from Canada - and absolutely loved the meal we enjoyed there. We ordered the sampling menu plus the classic wine pairings and found both the food and the service to be excellent. Our favourite part was learning about the wines selected for our meal from the restaurant’s sommelier.

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FM
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and service as always at the Social Eating House. It's most definitely social! If you're looking for a quiet or intimate meal for 2 then this probably isn't the place but for everything else it's just brilliant.

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AL
London
13 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Had the pre-theatre menu - excellent value for money and delicious. Service was exquisite and highly recommended!

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EH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely restaurant with an incredible choice of delicious food. Service was top notch.

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

Great attentive service and the food was so good! Would highly recommend it and go back again.

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HG
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Overall a great experience to celebrate our anniversary, they even left us a handwritten card and a cake to take home. We went for the lunch set menu so great value for money. They food was lovely and tasty though the steak was not tender enough. Great vegeterian options for me, yummy twist on mac & cheese.
The atmosphere and service are great, only problem is it gets quite noisy and loud when full, acoustics is not so great...
Will go back!

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LR
London
19 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my second trip to the Social Eating House and was just as good as I remembered. We chose the five course tasting menu and my husband had the paired wines. Every course was beautifully displayed and tasted fantastic. The service was attentive but never intrusive. A lovely evening.

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TR
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great experience but you do pay for that . I guess a place that is expensive but delivers if you can afford it.

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EJ
London
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really enjoyed the whole experience - food, atmosphere and wine. Plus we were able to transfer our tab up to the cocktail bar upstairs after our meal

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KB
London
42 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Not bad, but just not great. I’ve eaten at Social Eating House many times. It has a really good bar, and love the atmosphere. This time I would say the food was ok, just honestly not great for the price. It is top end price-wise but food is not memorable and think they either need to drop the prices or do better

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never disappoints, highly recommend. Dare had a minor issue with her entrée, chef made a new one for her in minutes. Amazing.

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TH
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A fabulous lunch in a delightful restaurant where attention to detail is at it’s most. We went for a set lunch which was summer on a plate – delicious. The staff were friendly and on hand without being overbearing and the fact that they personalised our meal with a birthday card for me and a birthday boxed dessert slice to take away was just the icing on the cake. Perfect!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 2

Nice restaurant but shame the air con was not working during our visit. We were upstairs for a drink and then taken to our table at our appointed time. Ordered a starter and the cote de boeuf between 2 with a bottle of red. The temperature became warmer and warmer during the meal until it became unbearable (given the rich food and wine we were consuming). We were offered a bar seat to finish the meal which was a lot cooler. Given the pricing and the Michelin star, a lot more was expected! When the bill came, a round of drinks was removed together with the service charge. This was much appreciated but given the entire evening was ruined by the uncomfortable temperature and the fact that we had to move seats to the bar not somewhere I would recommend or return to! Shame

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

What an amazing dinner. Sampler menu with the premium wine was absolutely outstanding. Service was very accompanying of special requests, and exemplary overall. 3 points of note; the tables were very close together and we had to have the table fixed as it was rocky twice, and the price point was a higher than anticipated at £370 for 2 (considering open tables price projection). Overall an outstanding meal though and would definitely return.

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r
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

There are much better options for set menu dining. We were hassled into ordering right at the cut off of the dining window. Even though my date had gone to bathroom they came to me twice to take our order. A good restaurant would have waited 2 minutes for my date to return. When we were given approval to order my drink took over 15 minutes to arrive. Starters took nearly half an hour. Overall both service and food were not up to expectations, with service and wait times really letting the whole experience down.

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EG
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thank you very much for all, it was delicious and a lovely time.

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s
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was brilliant! Went there with my partner and we were both really happy with the service, very attentive staff, with the food , it was absolutely delicious , and with the bill, very reasonable forva Michelin restaurant!
We will definetely coming back!

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Berlin
4 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Came to enjoy 3 courses for 28 pounds. Good price, but unfortunately we felt like the staff was trying to work us out the door asap. Starters arrived to soon (within a few mins of sitting down) and the main course arrived 1 minute after we put down our cutlery for the starter. I hadn’t even finished my aperitif by then! Food itself was OK, not very special and too much smokey stuff unbalancing the flavours. The service was polite but we didn’t feel very welcome. Not going back sadly.

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r
London
12 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The service is nice and the food is alright. Ultimately this is an expensive restaurant so you don't want to be paying £££ for food that is just okay. Food is about 3* meh, but combined with the price this is pretty disappointing unfortunately

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d
London
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

El local, la comida y el servicio espectacular!!!... El único inconveniente, el ruido, teníamos que alzar la voz bastante para hablar en pareja, esa parte resultó incómoda...

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

We ordered the 6 course sample menu. The dishes included many techniques and a broad, well-balanced, flavour profile. Texturally exciting as well. Beautiful, seasonal ingredients. One dish was felt to be too salty (by a friend and myself), for which we received apologies by two different waiters. Even though slightly suboptimal(personal preference), two accompanying wines were suggested which supported the first three, and the fourth dish. Overall experience: decently priced, interesting menu with good service and wine advice.

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PE
London
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food and fairly priced. Service was good except those on the door, who blanked us.

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G
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely greeting by staff
All very friendly and attentive
Food was amazing
Will Definitely go back soon

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T
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent food
Beautiful dining room and buzzy ambience but very difficult to talk to someone on your table as it’s so noisy

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SP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pre theatre menu great value for money. Nice touch with birthday card. Have been to this restaurant a few times now and have always enjoyed it. Very relaxed and informal, with really good service, food and drinks.

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MJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food and service, I would highly recommend the Social Eating House!

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AO
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great place, a bit pricey but the quality is pretty good overall

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