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Arbutus

63 - 64 Frith Street, London, W1D 3JW +44 2036417636

((((* European
Average
Main course: £17
Food spend: £50
Opening hours
Lunch, Monday to Saturday: 12:00 - 14:30, Sunday: 12:00 - 15:00. Dinner, Monday to Thursday: 17:00 - 23:00, Sunday: 17:30 - 22:30.

Exceptional food and friendly service.

Paul Harnedy 29 April 2015
from Solihull

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Inventive contemporary European bistro-style cuisine has earned Soho’s Arbutus bistro deluxe restaurant a much deserved Michelin star. The multi award-winning restaurant serves charming and flavourful French and European dishes in a smart and sophisticated setting.

With imagination and creative flair, Arbutus restaurant London serves staunchly seasonal dishes alongside plats du jour. Whilst ever-changing, the Arbutus menu often features favourites such as the Cornish mullet with soft herb risotto, saddle of rabbit with caramelised endive and the slow cooked Scottish beef with roast salsify. Desserts include cold chocolate fondant with salted caramel ice cream and appealing morbier cheese. Arbutus restaurant Soho also boasts an selective, cosmopolitan wine list of around 50 labels, with all bins available in 250ml carafes.

In relaxed and intimate surroundings, Arbutus restaurant London is a sleek and seductively-lit restaurant, with plush leather seating in its long, spacious dining room. Arbutus London is just a 5-minute walk from Tottenham Court Road Tube Station.

Arbutus

63 - 64 Frith Street, London, W1D 3JW

Contact +44 2077344545
Reservations +44 2036417636

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Customer reviews for Arbutus

3.9 ((((* (based on 152 reviews)
77% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • large parties (31)
  • trendy (28)
  • value (16)
  • child friendly (15)
  • private dining (15)
  • al fresco (10)
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  • afternoon tea (9)
  • breakfast (8)
  • ((*** by from Guildford

    We had recently visited Arbutus & enjoyed it so much we felt confident we would have another memorable meal! Unfortunately the food was rather average!
    Starter was disappointing , chunky beef tomatoes with no flavour. Previously we had enjoyed sweet cherry tomatoes! Chicken was tough, not very exciting!
    The main grumble was the wine all very expensive, Greek wine £50 a bottle!! When I asked for a glass of house white, I was told it was not possible!!
    We settled for water!
    I would not be keen to recommend this restaurant again!

  • (((** by from Sydney

    The food was surprisingly amazing despite the menu being very obscure for an Australian (Lambs bollocks, pig head, tripe etc.). As a vegetarian, the choice was limited. There was no vegetarian main listed on the menu but a waiter was able to advise there was an option the chef could prepare (I still I have no idea what it was as the waiter was heavily accented and I couldn't understand what he said. It looked vegetarian though and tasted sensational!). The service was pretty poor. We had a new waitress so her knowledge of the menu was still hazy (she said she'd been there a week), but her heavily accented manager wasn't much better. We were bumped into awkwardly when waiters were putting dishes down on the table, bread and cutlery was fumbled onto the table, plates were removed before the whole party had finished and there were body odour issues - all which could be excused in a pub or cafe, but not in a restaurant where you pay 25 pounds+ per main dish.
    The ambience of the restaurant was also disappointing - not many people dining when we did, but the concrete floor, no furnishing didn't help to provide the buzz. So overall - best food I've tasted during my time in London, but worst service and vibe.

  • (((** by from L

    Was a great restaurant food was good only issue was told lamb would be medium rare then it came rare. Also no diet coke lol

  • ((((* by from London

    Conveniently located near Soho Square, not far from Tottenham Court Road station. A cheery welcome by the hostess and lovely food in a relaxed ambiance. Would be better if the wait staff were as friendly. Also perhaps consider offering wines by the glass, rather than carafes. Otherwise, a solid experience.

  • ((((( by from Solihull

    Exceptional food and friendly service.

  • ((*** by from London

    We were disappointed at the service. I felt like we were treated differently as we had booked the bookatable deal and the level of attention was lacking.
    We had mentioned some allergies beforehand but this was not taken into consideration and I was served something that I could not eat. Even when I told the waiter, instead of taking it away he said it should be fine but he would check. Then the manager comes and says no it's fine, that item can be made without eggs. On my persistrnce that i didnt think it was possible, he took it and said he would check with the kitchen very reluctantly. Said manager didn't return and Sent another waiter to apologise for the error. It's almost like I wasn't worth their effort as I had allergies plus I wasn't ordering off the alacarte menu.

    Food was alright, but our party won't be heading back.

  • ((*** by from London

    Great food and atmosphere but very noisy, probably because ceiling is low! Very imaginative and tasty food

  • ((*** by from London

    There were a few things to like about Arbutus, such as the refreshing Spring Martini. Pig's head was very good, as was beef and Ox cheeks. Unfortunately, wild garlic veloute was spoiled by the addition of a supposedly poached, but actually raw, egg. Poached cod was a bit undercooked and underwhelming, plum clafoutis was dense and chewy. We also had a bit of trouble ordering extra bread, which never materialised on the table, but did on the bill, and wine, which we managed to order at the second time of asking. Waiters were friendly and accepting of our feedback on what was overall a disappointing meal.

  • ((((( by from London

    Good food, good wine, good service reasonably priced for the 3 course with cocktail menu. The only criticism was the size of the 2 mains we had. Mullet seemed quite small and ox cheek was very big. Both meals were delicious and we had a very nice evening. Would definitely recommend.

  • ((((( by from London

    Great food and service would recommend.

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