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Squaremeal London Hot 100 2016Founded back in 1926, this quintessential “Soho sanctuary” isn’t drifting quietly into old age: autumn 2016 saw the ground-floor dining room reduced by two-thirds to make space for Barrafina Soho (both are owned by the Hart brothers), following the latter’s eviction from nearby Frith Street. The room looks the same, with brown-leather banquettes, “beautiful fresh flowers” and jewel-like stained glass windows, although there’s less all-round hubbub than before. Head chef Jeremy Lee’s menu is still a joyful celebration of the seasons, so expect anything from a warm salad of grouse and elderberries to a strapping leg of lamb garlanded with a pick-and-mix of gently cooked mushrooms. Lee’s refined repertoire also makes room for simple comforts such as chunky, lightly fried chips or steamed lemon pudding with rhubarb, while the trademark smoked eel sandwich is a must-order. None of this comes particularly cheap, but thanks to great service, really good Martinis and a dash of British eccentricity (John Broadley’s distinctive illustrations are a hoot), we reckon it’s great value.

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Quo Vadis

26-29 Dean Street ,London W1D 3LL

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Soho sanctuary

by   platinum reviewer (85)

Feb 2016

Editor's pick It's heaving in Soho on a Saturday evening, but step in here and all is calm and welcoming. The place is bigger than it looks with several interconnecting rooms but the beautiful flowers, mirrors and through-views keep it all together. The menu is quite brief, but there are plenty of things you want to eat. I had grilled squid with blood orange and fennel - the bitter orange making a nice foil for the fish with crunchy breadcrumbs sprinkled over. We expected our other starter of chickpea,...

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Lynn W.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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26-29 Dean Street ,London W1D 3LL

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One of my favourites

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Oct 2014

This has become one of my favourite restaurants because it does everything well. The food is the sort of thing you wish you could make at home; relatively unfussy but immaculately prepared with first class ingredients, typified by one dish we had, the mackerel. Very fresh (which this fish in particular has to be), simply, but perfectly cooked. Cooking fish looks easy but to get it spot on is a skill. The building makes for a great dining space and the staff are well chosen. Very friendly,...

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Paul F.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 9

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26-29 Dean Street ,London W1D 3LL

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Aug 2014

We took my mother to Quo Vadis for a birthday dinner last night and, after informing the staff of the occasion, they pulled out all the stops on making it a special night. A couple of generous complimentary items, together with the excellent and friendly service, provided a master class in front of house skills. The food was reliably excellent and staff were able to knowledgably discuss the provenance of both the ingredients and our wine choice. A delightful venue to celebrate a special occasion.

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 9

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by   bronze reviewer (5)

Mar 2014

It started with our white wine order; the waitress told us it wasn't very chilled so she would leave it in the ice bucket for a bit, there was no offer to find an alternative bottle despite our complaints. One member of our party ordered a steak asked for it to be cooked medium to well done (she was pregnant), the waitress instantly turned her nose up and said that was not the way it should be cooked ! We kept having to get up throughout the meal to find a waiter/ waitress to order more wine, we...

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 3
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 4

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26-29 Dean Street ,London W1D 3LL

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Great Soho Restaurant

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Sep 2013

Although the menu and service seem to have changed since our last visit we had a lovely evening at Quo Vadis. I found the menu a bit restrictive – would have loved another choice of fish on the menu. But, what we had was great. There's a lovely buzz to the restaurant although the waiting staff seemed a little stretched.

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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My, haven't you aged well?

by   platinum reviewer (85)

Jul 2013

Editor's pick It's been a while now since new chef Jeremy Lee took over at Soho institution Quo Vadis, and even longer since the Hart brothers refurbishment that brought it back onto foodie radars after a decade of sliding standards. The space gives the impression of being bigger than it is. Room after room of fresh, clean and chic off-whites and brasses open up as you penetrate deeper while thick white table linens mute the noise from tightly packed neighbours, the majority of them the loud and jolly old boys...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 7

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26-29 Dean Street ,London W1D 3LL

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Godmother's delight

by   platinum reviewer (163)

Mar 2013

Assuming Quo Vadis is still going in 15 years time I will be bringing my godson here for his first swanky grown-up London restaurant experience and trying not to bore on too much about how I came here “in my youth” with his parents for a great meal. We'll battle through Soho streets, find the revolving door between the sex-shop and the latest oxygen bar, then step into a sophisticated world which hasn't changed since my last visit. The still smiling staff in the lobby will whisk us straight up to...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 6

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by   platinum reviewer (153)

Jul 2012

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

It may be a cliché, but it is true: you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Given the gushing praise from others of the service, and specifically the front of house, I too had expected to be wafted through reception by an obsequious, yet sincere, immaculately groomed person, treating us like royalty. Alas, it could not have been further from reality. Having been propelled into the room via the wildly spinning door, there was nobody there to greet us. No worries, it was but a trice...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 9

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Essential Details for Quo Vadis

  • Address: 26-29 Dean Street, London W1D 3LL
  • Telephone: 020 7437 9585
  • Email: info@quovadissoho.co.uk
  • Opening Times: Mon-Fri 8-11am Mon-Sat 12N-3pm 5.30-11pm
  • Cuisine: British
  • Area: Soho
  • Price: £46.00
  • Wine: £19.00
  • Champagne: £55.00
  • Dinner: £18.50/21.50 (2/3 courses)
  • Private Dining: 32,12,9,8

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