Yauatcha Soho

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6129 reviews
£26 to £40
Chinese
Yauatcha Soho, located in the heart of vibrant London, is an all-day dim sum teahouse offering a wide selection of modern authentic dim sum alongside European patisserie and an extensive range of teas, wine and cocktails. The design of the restaurant is a modern interpretation of the old Chinese teahouse. At the same time, the lighting and seating embodies the atmosphere of a vibrant ‘chatter shop’, similar to the traditional Hong Kong dim sum restaurants. The restaurant offers Cantonese dishes with a modern influence, with an extensive range of steamed, baked, grilled and fried dim sum such as Yauatcha’s signature dishes of Scallop shui mai and Venison puffs.

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What 6129 People Are Saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
3.9
Service
3.9
Ambience
3.6
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73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Server was amazing along with the good. Didn’t enjoy the spicy pork sezchuan wanton but everything else was amazing: ambience was great and the cocktails were lovely

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Natnat
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

We were so pleased to get a table in the heated patio and to finally eat out, but unfortunately the heater was 4 tables away and we were quite cold and uncomfortable. We ordered off the set harmony menu which was £52 per person and while the service was good, the food was so so.

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Nicky957
London
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience2

Delicious food as always but don't go on a cold or wet day until the inside reopens! Some of the tables outside aren't under cover and they don't have many heaters.

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AnnabelleS
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

The food was a little cold but the outdoor vibe didn’t help that

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Londoner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

Not enough heaters to heat the space. Felt like the restaurant had skimped on spending to keep their customers warm. The first table we were shown to was right next to a construction barrier. Food was ok, as expected. I will wait next time for the proper indoor restaurant to open rather than dine outside at this restaurant.

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hiro
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and the indian waiter serving us was extremely polite and respectful.

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AYAYAY
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Very good food but expensive and noisy. The fix menu system is very good but the service can be faster and more systematic. They brought 4 dishes at the same time, some of the plates got cold by the time that we could start eating them because they brought it all together.

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SebF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

wonderful first lunch back, beautiful dim sum, very warm service

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Shpri
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience1

We arrived early so had a choice of the seats under a heater - There was only a few of these so other people were freezing on the street & the surrounding area is a building site so there is lots of loud construction noise. It was our waiters first day on the job so he wasn't able to advise on wine which was disappointing. The menu has also been scaled down due to covid and two of the main dishes we went for - Bao wasn't available and similarly the chocolate pebble dessert. Overall food was great and we had a heater so were not cold like others around us. It makes you appreciate full experience of a restaurant with ambience, service, space etc!!!! So personally I would wait until this place fully reopens before going back.

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vipHampsteadfoodie
London
10 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

One of the best places to eat Dim Sum in London, their French patisserie is superb , service is efficient and helpful , buzzy atmosphere, couldn't fault it

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Shiden
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice place, staff were very friendly and the food was great

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Anatole
London
35 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

The service was very slow and all the food apart from dim sum was poor local Chinese take away quality. Terribly over priced for what you get. We will not be back

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OpenTable Diner
London
11 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing dim sum, the best in London!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’ve missed this restaurant so much this year. The venison puff, pork buns and prawn toast are my favourite dishes! The lemon berry martini and margaritas are a must too

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vipOlik
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

The food is good, but very overpriced. There are plenty other similar options that would be 4 times less expensive.

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0610
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in London. Great service and amazing food

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JakeK
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

I’d been here a couple of years ago and enjoyed it but this time was hugely disappointing. Being seated on a small and wobbly table was not ideal and also being placed near to the till meant constantly being disturbed.

After having ordered drinks and having them served someone came over to ask how old my partner was and having being told their age said their colleague had told them they were 16 so they essentially called my partner a child which was quite rude and inappropriate. I’m not sure if it was intended as a private joke which the other staff member took seriously and acted on.

The food was ok but not impressive - probably the most expensive side dish of rice you could find and it was greasy, barely warm and not very pleasant. After we had finished all the food the second main had still not arrived and ultimately it took two requests and an hour from having ordered it to arrive.

It already wasn’t a particularly pleasant experience but part of the reason I chose this restaurant was for their impressive desserts. After asking for the 5 dessert selection we were told that there actually weren’t any at all so that was really the final straw. They said they would check with a manager and did manage to provide two alternative desserts but these were not impressive and essentially seemed to be a ton of cream in a jar which were sickly and not really pleasant at all. To add to that we did later see one of their regular desserts being served so I’m not sure what happened there.

Overall it was a terrible experience, very embarrassing for me having said what a lovely restaurant it was and I wouldn’t return even if they paid me. At the end there was the discretionary 14% service charge on the bill which was really insulting considering the number of issues and disappointing evening.

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vipRaphaelM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience3

This was my worst dining experience for 2020. We got the vegan tasting menu and the festive tasting menu each priced at £65 per pax. We were 4 people. The festive menu was anything except festive. They overload you with a big plate of pakchoi and big bowl of rice few spread of dim sum, some sir fried chicken. The food was so much but nothing stood out. It suppose to be festive. I feel like they went to overload you with cheap carbs while holding back on trying to make the experience special for the holidays. Not worth the money at all. No wonder they lost the Michelin Star. I would give them any stars at all. The food was mediocre. The vegan menu was also few dim sum and another over load of pakchoi and some tofu dish. The desert was so minuscule. We could not eat it and had to have it packed cause they just did not leave any room for it. The rice was plain. Cummon at least do something nice with the rice. We are paying £65. I would not take any of the special menus ever again cause there definitively is not special and feel more like a robbery. I would love to have my money back to this waste of my few days before lock-down experience. It is very improper to charge people so much money to showcase thew worse food in the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious food and cocktails, great service. Table was small and lighting very bright, however.

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JoannaD
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

I have eaten here several times but the last two occasions have not been as good. The set menu (which we had booked via open table) was confusing and it was disappointing to see beef no longer available on this. The dumplings were still amazing but the chicken main was average. We were not given any choice for desert but presented with some which were nice but with no explanation for the lack of choice.

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Nick
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience1

Super noisy and dining area downstairs is claustrophobic. Food is good (Especially if you like Good quality Asian food), but ambiance was really bad. Difficult to have a conversation due to noise, not very comfortable seating in a cramped space), and quite expensive given the overall satisfaction I had.

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MarieleF
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great restaurant. Bao buns and dim sum highly suggested, it’s better to get a selection of those than some of the main course.

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PranavS
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I loved the dining experience and would love to visit here again

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PXDx
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Nice vibe, tasty food, nice cocktails. Main portions a bit small though for the price.

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Tristram
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience3

Dim sum was nice. Unfortunately the £38 menu was very poor; either too spicy or too much truffle oil and the Singapore noodles tasted worse than my local takeaway. Didn’t finish dessert as it tasted like cardboard!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

It’s really nice I just wish they have more options on the sauces like sweet chili

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DavidM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The food was yummy - and our waiter was great - thank you !

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vipelleh
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

food always good quality although its now been around for a while. bit more laid back which I like.

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Hannah
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed the wine, cocktails and food. Food was superb, tasty and fresh. Loved every dish we ordered. Music playlist was really good too.

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GaryS
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Had the prosper set menu, every course was lovely, one the best chinese meals I have had. Only down side was I was with someone outside my bubble therefore had to sit outside, in December. They put heaters on but not quite the same. But I will definitely revisit. Loved the food.

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dazbo
London
7 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Love this type of food and the dim sum are fabulous. Slightly annoying table of non social distanced men next to us that should not have been allowed but not the restaurants fault they were annoying.

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vipTaniaA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

The standards seem to have dropped this year when it comes to food

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IreneC
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Regret coming here, only slightly better than the average Chinese restaurant but about ten times the price.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Rude waitress bad food

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Good as always

We had to send back 2 glasses of Champagne as they were flat and at £ 15.50 a glass the least one expects is a good bubbly glass !

After the second time the head waiter opened a fresh bottle

To keep flat champagne shouldn’t happen in this type of restaurant

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davidf
Berlin
4 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2020
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience3

I’ve grown up with Yauatcha ever since landing my first job in soho In October 2004 I have been a regular. Knowing the menu by heart and enjoying how it has evolved.

But it has lost a little of its lustre, sure prices have to rise but not long ago in early jan or feb 2020 a careful selection of three dim sum plates and 1 cocktail and service would have been £45.

Open tables guide price is currently £26-£40 - to which I say would be impossible given current prices.

Our bill was £230 with no wine and only two cocktails on 7th December 2020.

We also ordered 6 dim sum plates and two small mains and a single rice with petit-four desserts. All the dim sum plates had circa 60-80% price rises from earlier in the year

How does that even relate to guide price the open table suggest?

This coupled with service that was a little clunky, and where I knew the menu better than the staff. They may have learning the ropes for first time. But I wasn’t, and given the price I paid not satisfactory either.

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vipDimmerSummer
London
52 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

A little disappointing that the chance of getting the table on the floor and position I want is always slim with this place. I was told the tables have now a bit more spaced out to comply with the covid situation but that was not true. Tables are still packed so close that you can reach over and grab the food next table when they are not looking. Size of the table is also small, with a few plates of cheung fun, steam baskets(even stack up vertically) a tea pot and a couple glasses, you will need to rush to finish so that new item can be put on your table.

Just left a little deflated as I had called and checked several times beforehand but its like my discussions with the reservations just completely on a different planet.

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OmarC
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Having been many times before over the last 10 years, the food appears to have deteriorated. The fried squid had mostly batter and little squid, used to be better, the aromatic duck had little in the way of soft duck meat considering it costs £39, the dessert range has changed for the worse from a great selection of high quality cakes to small “gateaux” which are not as good as the previous selection. Makes one start to question whether it is worth the price...

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ReannaL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Was really excited to try this restaurant post lockdown. Not only was the staff overwhelmed but weren’t prepared for the customer demand. Service was slow, food was badly prepared and the ambiance was hectic. I expected more since I have heard great things previously.

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Denise
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience3

The door person was very unfriendly. He had a matter-of-fact attitude and made us feel unwelcome. Our congee took over 50 minutes to arrive from when we ordered it. The manager didn't handle this well - he gave an excuse and apologised impersonally.

The food is great as always, but the service let us down significantly.

What a shame.

FAQs

Yauatcha Soho does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Yauatcha Soho also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7494 8888.

Yauatcha Soho is rated 4 stars by 6129 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.