Brasserie Zédel 22

20 Sherwood Street , London, W1F 7ED

020 7734 4888

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10 reviews

35 French Soho Private Dining

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SquareMeal Review of Brasserie Zédel

Squaremeal London Hot 100 2016Proving that chain restaurants don’t have all the fun on Piccadilly Circus’s tourist highway, this archetypal brasserie provides Gallic staples at low prices in the glitzy surrounds of a cavernous former ballroom dripping with marble-clad charm. Start with a hefty bowl of soupe à l’oignon or a clutch of escargots slathered in parsley butter, ahead of baked trout with almonds, smoked pork belly or something more exotic such as spicy merguez sausage with couscous. Steaks are also perennially popular, from good-value haché with pepper sauce all the way up to a luxe rib-eye with Café de Paris sauce. The separate gluten-free menu’s “wonderful choice” gets a special mention, while over 30 selections from the all-French wine list are sold in five measures. Accusations of “unexciting” dishes are not unfounded but, for those who want a good French meal in the West End at a reasonable price, Zédel is hard to beat – especially when you factor in surefooted service and the festive atmosphere.

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8.3

Food & Drink: 8.4

Service: 8.2

Atmosphere: 8.9

Value: 8.3

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Sarah E. bronze reviewer 15 August 2017

Me and my other half went here before heading to the theatre we were pleasantly surprised by the lovely decor and the venue it was stunning, we went for the set menu which is super good value at £9.95 for two course definitely worth a visit you wont be disappointed, service was a little slow but apart from that it was a real treat.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Jonathan W. bronze reviewer 16 October 2016

This is an impressive room (although lacking the pizazz of Quaglinos of old), with a warm atmosphere. The menu is well priced, and with a limited selection of pretty basic dishes. The two of us with steaks were happier than me, as my chicken was tasteless meat with a very bland sauce. The wine is heavily marked up. Service was a bit iffy, over anxious to top us up every five minutes. I think this is primarily a place for larger groups, rather than couples. It's not at all romantic. But it is very handy for a reasonable early or late West End dinner - as long as you are happy to eat unexciting food.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Jo J. 28 August 2016

Excellent meal. Wonderful choice on gluten free menu but was a bit lacking on other allergens I'm afraid! Had I not checked whether the gluten free bread contained eggs I could have been quite ill! Nonetheless one of the best gluten free menus I have had - so food stil scores 5! Lovely setting and had a great time. Thank you - will definitely return when in London.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Vilma A. 01 January 2016

Amazing place! Food and service-I cannot fault anything!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Anne W. 22 December 2015

First time here and it was not only Square Meal but on recommendation of a work colleague. The place is with 2-3 minutes walk of Piccadilly Circus and the tube, easy to find. The decor was lovely and there is a nice mix of all ages from the very young to the ancient. Staff from the upstairs bar to the cloak room attendant were attentive and welcoming without being over the top. The food was served promptly and was excellent. I am certainly going to go back and it is very reasonably priced for the center of the West End.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Caroline W. 25 August 2015

We went to Brasserie Zedel as a family and we all loved it. The main dining room is simply amazing and not at all what I would have expected from the middle of Theatreland/Touristland. The food was very good and the options both in menu choice and prices was very refreshing. The house wine was of very good quality albeit not overly cheap. The service was attentive and friendly even when I asked for the menu in full English. We encourage anyone to visit this restaurant, an experience not to be missed.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 1.0

emma d. 24 February 2015

having heard so much about this place expectations were high going in. I don't know anything about the chef or the management but I had been told that the head chef used to manage the kitchen for the events company based at Gibson Hall; another top end venue place, so I figured it must be pretty good then. sadly it was not much more than just good, If I had paid medium dollar for this I would have been well chuffed; but I didn't and its a top end restaurant price wise. this is a problem for many chefs I've noticed, they make a name for themselves at a top venue, then move on and soft peddle a little on the back of it.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Keith G. bronze reviewer 21 February 2015

A wonderful expansive evening with friends in the convivial atmosphere of a Grand Brasserie. Beautiful room of great scale and design, good service given the volume of business. great value food just the wine a touch expensive 50cl pichet from £15+. I had a nice salad endive and Roquefort salad followed by confit duck and a bean ragout. This is accomplished brasserie cooking in volume. I recommend it heartily but recommend you book as some people who turned up were told to wait for 1.5 hours for a table, there is a lovely bar.....

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Ken C. 11 January 2015

Excellent service in a wonderful setting. Food was very good, varied choice of french recipes. My only concern is that some of the main courses ordered could have been hotter on arrival at our table.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Werner B. bronze reviewer 22 December 2014

After visiting Balthazar a few months ago (and really liked it) we thought we'd give Zedel a try. The bar is really spot on; very good service, great bar list and the free popcorn snacks were a lovely (and appreciated!) touch. Very busy but efficient service. Then on to the restaurant and yes it is cavernous, but in a good way. The tables are nicely spaced, but perhaps the lighting could be improved. The prices are very reasonable, given the location. The service was very friendly and unobtrusive. The food was quiet good but not as good as Balthazar. Not a great difference though. Steak tartar looked as if machined and not hand cut, but tasted just right. Dessert was very good - I'd happy just go back just for the crème brulee! All in all a very good night and we all enjoyed our meals.

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There are two areas available for private hire at Brasserie Zédel: the Bar Américain and The Crazy Coqs. Bar Américain has been immaculately restored with striped walnut cladding, soaring columns with period lighting, vintage aeroplane wallpaper and gently worn leather furnishings. The room can accommodate up to 80 people standing, and the original 1930s decor provides a theatrical and atmospheric setting for any special event. The Crazy Coqs has been called ‘London’s most exquisite cabaret venue’ and is undoubtedly a dramatic space for any private event. Its small stage and flexible seating make it particularly suited to presentations, fashion and music events, as well as receptions for up to 100 people and seated lunches for up to 40.

The Crazy Coqs
Capacity: 40
Bar Américain (Standing)
Capacity: 80