Yauatcha Soho

4.3
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£26 to £40
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Chinese
Yauatcha Soho, located in the heart of vibrant London, is an all-day dim sum teahouse offering a wide selection of modern authentic dim sum alongside European patisserie and an extensive range of teas, wine and cocktails. The design of the restaurant is a modern interpretation of the old Chinese teahouse. At the same time, the lighting and seating embodies the atmosphere of a vibrant ‘chatter shop’, similar to the traditional Hong Kong dim sum restaurants. The restaurant offers Cantonese dishes with a modern influence, with an extensive range of steamed, baked, grilled and fried dim sum such as Yauatcha’s signature dishes of Scallop shui mai and Venison puffs. The Taste of Yauatcha menu is designed for two people to share and is offered from Monday to Thursday between 2pm and 6pm for £28.88.

Special Offers

Pre-Theatre Menu: 2 courses with prosecco £28

From a set menu. Subject to availability. Cancellation 24 hours prior.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 9 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 9 people

Starts: 27 January 2020

Ends: 31 March 2020

Availability: Daily 12:00-19:00

What 5732 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.0
Service
4.1
Ambience
3.9
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

The overall experience was good (but not great), same as the food. We've had to wait 20 minutes for the table with reservation and this was a bit annoying. The concept is nice but I believe they can do better!

SM
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Good experience, basement is louder than upstairs however. Service could have been marginally warmer, but the food was terrific.

Pricey, but you get what you pay for.

LA
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience1

I remembered Yautcha as the best restaurant in London, I brought a friend who was visiting London for the first time, and it was a complete disappointment. The service was terrible, We waited a long time between dishes, and the food was not as good as I remembered

SC
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Stylish, elegant oriental cuisine and altered the signature menu for a dairy allergy without any hassle (we did warn in advance to be fair!), but good fun and buzzing atmosphere.

ML
London
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

As always, the food is outstanding and the venison puffs remain the most delicious thing I have ever eaten in my life! Ambience, buzz all perfection. Anna who runs the bookings is an angel in disguise and always manages to find a solution to your needs! I just wish the whole 2 hour limit per table wasn't a 'thing' that you are reminded of during dinner, but at the end of the day they are always full so my campaign for this not to be an issue you are reminded of, will always fall on deaf ears! BEST FOOD IN LONDON

VP
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Still my favourite restaurant, absolutely amazing food. Wine is more expensive than I’d want to pay. Service was and always is great. One big negative but EASILY changeable was the volume of the music. Way too loud, would’ve been ok for a Chilled bar but too loud for people having a meal out wanting to chat.

MK
London
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

The dim sum was great and the wine selection was impressive!

A
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Exquisite dim sum and pastries in a elegant modern setting. Staff is professional and attentive. A bit pricey but this is top food in central Soho. Would recommend for a special occasion!

n
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience2

Whilst the staff were friendly, there was a real lack of skill and poor understanding of hospitality.

After being shown to our seats, I had to go and find the staff to ask if they could put my coat in the cloak room as this was not offered.

Further to this we were left for 15mins before receiving even a drinks menu.

It felt as though we were forgotten despite the fact that we went for a late lunch sitting and the restaurant was fairly empty.

Positives: the tasting menu was enjoyable - especially the din sum - and the popcorn old fashioned was fantastic!

This said, when paying around £300 for lunch you would expect a better level of service.

AA
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Evening for two friends. The food was stunning, the service brilliant and cocktails superb.

JE
London
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Food is good, service is not so good. Frequently had to ask for order to be taken. After main course , no desert menus given had to ask for these which caused delay, then told next guests had arrived, but we had not been served our desert or tea.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place. The food is always good - the standard is maintained. The service is friendly and the ambience is just right. Highly recommend it

MC
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1Food4Service2Ambience1

Good food but this is all it has going for it.

It's pretentious, uncomfortable - chairs with one arm - why ? Pointlessly loud music and service that frankly can't give a stuff. Plus it's pricey. Couldn't wait to get out.

SF
Perth / WA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fab food, fab service. A London favourite. Highly recommended.

j
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Good not great. Way overpriced

AG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Food was delicious. You sit at lower than usual tables and chairs which I’m sure is fine for most people but a little trickier if you are tall!

AH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience2

Food good. Service awful. Moody, up itself. Also needs a re-furb.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such wonderful attentive and respectful service. Fantastic food. The best Chinese in London. A must go to if you love food, great service and friendly and sophisticated atmosphere.

DA
France
3 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

I came for the unique duck salad. But this time the portion was very small. Not too much in the plate. But like always, the salad was very good.

A
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

This quite pricey for dumplings, but the food is delicious.

CC
London
6 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Fast service, had to send back the chilli squid which was not very chilli and didn’t taste fresh....rest of meal was good.

J
London
15 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Delicious Food, Yauatcha has served delicious consistently for 15 years. Just lovely. One of my favourite placed for delicious Chinese food.

a
Italy
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

As you can see I am a regular customer and one of the first ambassadors of Yauatcha. This time everything was very disappointing. Lately, I have noticed a downgrade in both food quality and service. Also the previous time I felt let down, but I thought it was the rare bad night. Unfortunately, it got worst this time. I hope they do something to put it right very quickly. Such a shame because it has been always my favorite restaurant in London
andrea
+39 335 5450192

NY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

I wasn’t aware that they would take 50£ per person prepayment for a set valentine menu charge. Set menu was an option and we didn’t request for it at booking or any other time. We didn’t eat the full amount and they let us take away pastries using the balance amount of about 50£. I thought it was rude to charge us the set menu pricing upon booking.

SI
Dorset
12 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Dim sum are fantastic- main course less good. If I only had the dim sum it would be a 5 for the food

EL
Kent
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience3

We ordered the set menu
An hour later we received our first course because our server had forgotten to put through our order to start with!
We were then very rushed to get through the set menu in time for our theatre booking!
For this privilege we were charged £23 just for service even though we basically didn’t receive any!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

Food is great but the continuous bombardment of ominous electronic ambient music, feels a little awkward when you’re just trying to wash down a dumpling with some cocktails, no need for the sci-fi addition. Cocktails were OK, if you go off menu then its pretty standard, almost low quality. Was pretty hard to find a table for a Saturday afternoon yet somehow the place was literally empty throughout the entire time we were there. Otherwise its a good dumpling experience.

m
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

The music is too loud, we had to speak loudly in order to be heard. Because everyone had to speak loudly, the restaurant was too noisy. I would not go again.

EJ
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service5Ambience1

I don’t normally leave reviews but this place actually shocked me. After hearing the recommendation on the Off Menu podcast, I thought I’d splash out and treat my boyfriend for Valentines. We don’t have a lot of money but don’t mind paying a bit more for good food however, this dining experience was up there with one of the worst I’ve ever had, the quality of the food can only be likened to the heat up ready meals from M&S - but ten times the price! The ambience was terrible, complete mismatch between the three different areas and to be honest I feel nothing but regret at the fact I didn’t do more research into this place - would not recommend it to anyone and assume we must have been paying for the location?!

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

I got a call at 11.30am 3 days before saying I would need to confirm the table by 12pm if I wanted to keep the booking. They kept the booking for me anyway but 30 minutes is sadly not really enough for someone to get back to them, especially on a working day. If someone had wanted to book it, was would I still have been given the table?

50£ deposit per person is quite extortionate. I didn’t see the fine lines but, it’s a lot and other places at the same level, do not charge so much.

We had to wait 30/40 minutes for a table, even after having a reservation, and then were squished next to 2 other tables. I’d been to Yauatcha a few years back and had a much better experience. It was too tight for comfort for guests and even servers. Also just because of the number of people in the room - very loud.

The dim sum was excellent and we really enjoyed it. The mains (meat/vegetables) were OK.

Yauatcha Soho
Responded 6 days ago

Dear Anonymous, Thank you for your review regarding your recent experience. Please note the £50 deposit policy was obligatory only for Valentines Day due to high demand. Your feedback regarding reservation process has been passed to our Reservation Manager and I can unsure you, this will not occur again. Please accept our sincere apologies regarding long wait for your table, please note this is not our standard and hope this will not deter you from visiting us again. Regards, Yauatcha Soho

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OT
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing dinner

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience2

Service was awful. When I called to confirm the booking, the man who picked up could not speak proper english hence I had a hard time understanding. We ordered Sake and we asked for it to be hot... it came ice cold. Very unexperienced waiters and waitresses.

Yauatcha Soho
Responded on 17 February 2020

Dear Guest, Thank you for your email regarding your recent dining experience at Yauatcha Soho. Please accept our apologies for a misunderstanding with Sake. We do encourage our guests to raise any issues on the evening to give us the opportunity to rectify the problem and make sure our guests have the best experience with us before leaving the restaurant. I hope that this will not deter you from visiting us in the future. Kindest regards, Yauatcha Soho

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Tried the Valentines Set Menu. Whilst the evening and setting was nice, the food did not feel up to scratch for the amount it cost.

MC
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience5

Great place
Disinterested service
Phenomenal visual space
Elegant and tasty food

k
London
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Fourth visit, nice ambience and lighting. We mostly have the dim sum which is very good, fresh and great flavours and textures. The venison buns are amazing, very hard to decide what we liked best. All in all, our best dinner in a week's visit to London, ideal for business dinner or family treat. Back in London next year for another visit, thanks and keep making amazing food please.

RL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Good food, lazy service, which is unusual. Felt rushed. Not my best experience there

JY
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice informal style with excellent food and friendly service.

P
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

The service was very slow. The food was mostly good some dishes better than others e.g the venison and the beef puffs were delicious. Unfortunately our rice arrived after we had finished all our other orders, by which time it was really too late and we returned it .
We did find it very expensive for what we got and the service on a quiet Monday lunchtime was just not good enough .

NG
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

5 years ago used to be a great place...
now is getting a bit tired....
still nice food and atmosphere but stuff a bit tired
although it seems a bit expensive for what its offering

DD
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The most delicious food! Love everything about it! Treat for the palate, consistent and wonderful
Only complaint is chairs not v comfortable - too low
But the food is so good it is just a small thing!