A table in a restaurant should always be a go-to option for having a good time, but sometimes it’s a case of the more, the merrier. So whether you’re after a table for 16 or 46, here are seven of our favourite restaurants for group dining in Soho.
Bocca di Lupo
Biggest table: 10
What: Busy, buzzy, noisy and fun, this Soho classic offers some of the very best Italian regional food in London. Although the idea is to share, there are full-size versions of nearly all dishes for diners who don’t like another person’s fork near their plate. Expect perfect grilled fish and slow-cooked specialities, washed down with terrific Italian wines.
Where: 12 Archer Street, W1D 7BB
Biggest table: 10
What: Those seeking a taste of idiosyncratic old Soho should make a beeline for this multi-levelled Georgian townhouse on Greek Street, which opened as L’Escargot in 1927. Naturally you’ll find the namesake snails on the menu, served steaming in a glossy garlic and parsley sauce, alongside other classic French dishes.
Where: 48 Greek Street, W1D 4EF
Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte Soho
Biggest table: 14
What: The short menu at this Parisian-style steakhouse makes ordering in a group a doddle. Start with a helping of green salad with walnuts and mustard vinaigrette, follow with steak frites with secret sauce, and finish with profiteroles or crème brûlée. The French wine list is equally succinct and the smartly dressed staff are straight out of Saint-Germain.
Where: 50 Dean Street, W1D 5BQ
Biggest table: 20
What: Cool-looking staff set the tone at this fast-paced but friendly Peruvian restaurant which is a maelstrom of colour, flavour and sound. Ceviche is the main attraction but there’s plenty more to enjoy, including some great barbecued dishes and good veggie options. To drink, there are South American wines and Pisco Sours galore.
Where: Kingly Court, W1B 5PW
Tapas Brindisa Rupert Street
Biggest table: 46
What: This Chinatown outpost of the quality Spanish chain offers a range of table sizes from the small to the very, very large – although when it comes to sharing tapas, the bigger, the better. Menus are structured around a splendid range of cured meats, Spanish cheeses and classic tapas. Just add a nifty choice of sherries by the glass and a reasonably priced all-Spanish wine list.
Where: 18-20 Rupert Street, W1D 6DE
Vasco & Piero’s Pavilion
Biggest table: 16
What: A resident of Poland Street since 1989, this unassuming Italian still exudes the comforting vibe of a well-loved neighbourhood restaurant. The traditional food comes with a strong Umbrian accent: handmade tagliatelle with a rich ragù or roast sausages with black truffle butter. Prices are modest considering the location and there’s excellent service from friendly staff.
Where: 15 Poland Street, W1F 8QE
Biggest table: 15
What to expect: You can be sure of a decent pint of Guinness and a whiskey chaser at this Irish-themed pub just off Piccadilly Circus, where the menu is a mix of pub classics such as fish & chips, burgers and pies. Expect the place to be quiet-ish at lunchtimes, busy in the evenings, rammed on rugby match days and insanely busy on Saint Patrick’s Day.
Where: 4-16 Rupert Street, W1D 6DD
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