Social Eating House

Modern European·
Gold Award

SquareMeal Review of Social Eating House

Gold Award

A perennial favourite with SquareMeal readers (and staff), Jason Atherton’s buzzy Soho outpost is at the heart of the capital’s ‘fun-dining’ scene. Laid-back, stylish and “reliably delicious”, it’s the antithesis of stuffy haute cuisine.

The interior resembles a smart steakhouse, complete with deep booths, chalkboards, bare tables and seats at the counter, although the beauty of the place is its flexibility. You can pop in for a charcoal-grilled Cumbrian rump steak and a bottle of Burgundy or opt for chef-patron Paul Hood’s chef’s table (“an amazing experience”) with accompanying wine flights.

We opted for something in between – a three-course feast with wines chosen by the charming sommelier – and were mightily impressed. Devon crab came prettily dressed with chive flowers and accompanied by brown crab mayonnaise and an almond gazpacho that set the whole dish off perfectly.

Broccoli, meanwhile, was given a five-star makeover for a mouth-watering vegan starter good enough to tempt even the most committed carnivore. Paired with lemon puree, almond and a wild garlic and hazelnut pesto, it was an explosion of flavours – sweet, smoky, sharp and oh-so-moreish.

We were also bowled over by a combo of turbot with ceps, pearl barley and a rich mushroom tea, and a dish of miso aubergine with silky burnt aubergine puree, bursts of tamarind, fine beans and creamy coconut that made it almost dessert-like.

To round things off, we delved into a flawless self-saucing chocolate pudding accompanied by a zingy passion-fruit ice cream, and a sort-of fine dining Eton mess with black olive, black pepper and lemon balm. It sounds weird, but it worked exceedingly well.

The impressively curated wine list seeks out something different (the sommelier introduced us to a refreshing bin from Cyprus), while service is “excellent” without being obtrusive.  We’d also recommend heading upstairs to the Blind Pig bar for a pre- or post-prandial cocktail.  “My favourite place in London!” concludes one impressed reader – and they’re not alone.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Modern European
Cool, Dark and moody, Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Romantic, Widely spaced tables
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Chef’s table, Counter dining, Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions


Following the unprecedented success of his first solo venture Pollen Street Social, which achieved Michelin-star status in less than six months, world-renowned chef Jason Atherton went onto open Social Eating House, a more relaxed setting where diners can enjoy the same top-quality British food for which he has become known.

The restaurant is located in the heart of Soho and is influenced by the buzziness of this vibrant area of London. Low-lit interiors with exposed brickwork, traditional white-washed copper ceilings and weathered leather banquette seating give the space a cosy and intimate ambience whilst the friendly and relaxed service add to the informal atmosphere.

Social Eating House is split across three floors with the popular Blind Pig cocktail bar on the first floor, the restaurant at street level and an exclusive chef’s counter dining space in the basement overlooking the open kitchen.

The kitchen is helmed by chef patron Paul Hood who has worked closely with Jason Atherton over the last decade. The duo have collaborated to create and develop dishes on the contemporary bistro menu that showcase both chefs’ personal styles of cooking while celebrating the very best seasonal and locally sourced produce. 

Starters from the ever-changing a la carte menu could include roasted foie gras, sesame-dressed vegetable salad, salted kombu kelp, pickled ginger and a bonito dashi; or Scottish scallop ceviche with smoked avocado, raw artichoke, sunflower seeds and horseradish.

From the main courses, highlights include slow-cooked Cornish venison loin, spiced red cabbage, salsify olive oil mash and candied walnuts; and roasted Cornish day-boat brill with cep, pearl barley, chipirones, charred baby leek and mushroom tea.

Finally, for something sweet, temptations include a caramelised milk tart with ginger wine gel, fromage frais sorbet and almond crack; or an autumn berry “cheesecake”, with blackcurrant sorbet, blackcurrant curd, and star anise.

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58 Poland Street, Soho, London, W1F 7NR

020 7993 3251 020 7993 3251


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue 12:00-14:15
Wed 12:00-14:15
Thu 12:00-14:15
Fri 12:00-14:15
Sat 12:00-14:15
Sun Closed
Mon Closed
Tue 17:45-22:30
Wed 17:45-22:30
Thu 17:45-22:30
Fri 17:45-22:30
Sat 17:45-22:30
Sun Closed


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38 Reviews 

Linda P

27 December 2022  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4.5

Small restaurant but with atmosphere, food and service was very good.


22 May 2021  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Five of us ordered the tasting menu.  It was wonderful.  
Every course was a taste sensation - and a work of art! 

We all thoroughly enjoyed the food, atmosphere and super service. Would award 10 stars if possible. 

Highly recommend



22 May 2021  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Five of us ordered the tasting menu.  It was wonderful.  
Every course was a taste sensation - and a work of art! 

We all thoroughly enjoyed the food, atmosphere and super service. Would award 10 stars if possible. 

Highly recommend


Andrea L

03 August 2019  
Reliably delicious, cool atmosphere, excellent service.


30 June 2019  
Food was good, when it eventually arrived. Sat down at 8.30pm, after one shared starter, the main courses appeared at 10.15pm. Kitchen lost the plot! Too many staff, not paying enough attention or maybe two ladies dining out was not worth the bother.

Edward J

28 June 2019  
Great, relaxed atmosphere belies the quality of the food, which is outstanding, as is the wine list.

Karen W

06 August 2018  
A great laid back vibe with seriously good food and friendly service. Always reliable for a great night.

Jane A

06 August 2018  
Delicious cocktails and great food.

Roger A

03 August 2018  
Always a great pre-pradial cocktail upstairs. One should not eat on an empty stomach! Jason's cooking style always impresses the eye and the palate, superb relaxed, casual atmosphere.

Vivien B

12 April 2018  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4
Interesting menu
This restaurant looks attractive and the tables are not too close together. The service is friendly - even tho, at 67, I am not a typical diner. The menu is unusual in a good way. The macaroni cheese from the set lunch was excellent but not traditional - better than traditional - and the set meal dessert was also excellent.. Quite pricey but probably normal for the heart of Soho.
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