Brasserie Zédel

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Bronze Award
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Bronze Award

Piccadilly Circus may be best known for its raft of tourist magnet chain restaurants such as the likes of Pizza Hut and McDonald’s, but there are other ample opportunities for decent quality food in the area at prices that won’t break the bank.   

Proving our theory is Brasserie Zedel, an archetypal brasserie which provides Gallic staples at low prices, and according to one reader, is “just like being in Paris”. Taking up residence in the glitzy surrounds of a cavernous former ballroom dripping with marble-clad charm, Brasserie Zedel offers an extremely reasonable prix fixe at three courses for less than £15 (including steak frites for mains), while the à la carte is full of classic French brasserie dishes.

Start with a hefty bowl of soupe à l’oignon or a clutch of escargots slathered in parsley butter, before moving on to 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. To finish, the likes of crème brulee and lemon meringue tart are must orders.

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 – as one reader puts it, Brasserie Zedel is the place to go for “really good, unpretentious food”.

Factor in the polite and knowledgeable service from the army of wait staff and the bustling, convivial atmosphere and it’s easy to see why Brasserie Zedel remains one of London’s most popular spots for a casual, easy dinner.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
French
Ambience
Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Traditional, Unique
Food Occasions
Late night dining
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Live music or dancing, Wheelchair access
People
Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+]
Food Hygiene Rating

About

Brasserie Zedel is a grand Parisian style brasserie in the heart of Picadilly serving traditional and affordable French food in a large and welcoming setting with striking Art Deco interiors.  The restaurant’s food and exceptional value have made it an institution of sorts with culinary great Pierre Koffman labelling it “ the only real brasserie in London”. The restaurant is hidden away behind the ZL café in a building which also plays host to a classic American bar ‘Bar Americain’ and The Crazy Coqs, a popular live music and cabaret venue.

The a la Carte menu is available from 11.30am until midnight, perfect for pre or post theatre meals. Among the hors d’oeuvres Diners will be pleased to find all the French culinary stereotypes including Frogs legs with confit garlic mayonnaise, snails with garlic and parsley butter, steak tartare and of course French onion soup. Main courses are equally traditional with options such as braised beef and bacon stew in a Burgundy wine sauce with mashed potatoes; grilled tripe sausage with a mustard sauce; and grilled flat-iron steak with a red wine and bone marrow reduction.  Naturally desserts follow suit and guests will struggle to choose between the likes of lemon meringue tart; profiteroles with chocolate sauce; crème Brulee; or a caramelised apple tart for two to share. Every day a different plat du jour is added to the menu comprising French classics such as rabbit in mustard sauce, duck confit with white bean fricassé and salmon en croute with a butter sauce. On Sundays the venue offers a French take on a typical English roast.

The Prix Fixe menu offer astonishingly good value starting at £10.95 for two courses and £14.25 for a three. It usually comprises a shredded carrot starter with Dijon dressing, followed by chopped steak with peppercorn sauce and French fries and finished with a decadent Manjari chocolate tart.

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Location

20 Sherwood Street, Piccadilly Circus, London, W1F 7ED

020 7734 4888 020 7734 4888

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Opening Times

All day
Mon 12:00-23:00
Tue 12:00-23:00
Wed 12:00-23:00
Thu 12:00-23:00
Fri 12:00-23:00
Sat 11:30-23:00
Sun 11:30-22:00

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87 Reviews 
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DEBBIE G

23 February 2024   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Lovely Lunch

We had a lovely lunch.  Everyone had something different and it was all delicious and well- presented.  I loved my cheese souffle and my friend had the set lunch menu which we thought was great value.  Beautiful room and ambiance.  Would definitely go again.  

Kathy H

02 February 2024   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Good food, great atmosphere

We had a really enjoyable lunch here after a visit to the Royal Academy. Busy, and a buzzy atmosphere, and the food was very good. We both had the sardines as a main course, followed by the creme brûlée, and I couldn't fault either. A good place to go if you are in the Piccadilly area. 

Rosaleen M

01 February 2024   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Bravo Brasserie Zedel.

Brasserie Zedel offers exceptional value in a prime location, with a beautiful interior and very good service.  The set-price menu makes it possible to visit more often and indulge in a little old-time luxury!  The staff are polite and attentive.  Visitors from out-of-town are surprised at such a gem in Piccadilly.  

Sean H

04 January 2024   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 3
Service 3
Atmosphere 4
Value 3
Zédel restaurant only saved by its cocktail bar

Brasserie Zédel is a very nice setting to spend an evening in but last night, like several other occasions, the food did not match the venue.  The salad nicoise was good in that it had many ingredients but the combination of all these ingredients still managed to lack flavour. My partner's entrecote was lacking in taste and texture and definitely not value for money. My pork chop was acceptable but when you look through the menu one finds real choice quite limited, which seems to me to be a consistent problem with this restaurant. Our two friends enjoyed their sardines and coq au vin main courses and my partner's starter of snails was the one real food highlight of the evening. The croze hermitage red wine was delicious but seriously overpriced. After dinner we retired to the cocktail bar and that was the real highlight of the evening.  It is a truly beautiful setting and we enjoyed some excellent cocktails and some very good French red wine by the glass. 

Kathy H

13 December 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Good food, great atmosphere.

We had a really enjoyable lunch here after a visit to the Royal Academy. Busy, and a buzzy atmosphere, and the food was very good. We both had the sardines as a main course, followed by the creme brûlée, and I couldn't fault either. A good place to go if you are in the Piccadilly area. 

Franklin S

11 November 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Great service and food

We ate here for my fiance's birthday and the food was really good. We ordered the French onion soup, steak tartare and the sirloins for our mains. Service from our waiter Harry was spot on! He always smiled and was super attentive, he even brought us a free strawberry macaron. Overall good place to eat, definitely worth trying!

Celia B

03 November 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Anonymous

29 October 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 5

Anonymous

28 October 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 5

Patrick C

19 October 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 5
Value 4
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