Dinings SW3

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Dinings SW3 is from the team behind Dinings Harcourt in Marylebone and Dinings in the Norman Hotel Tel Aviv. The grade-1 listed building was originally an artist's studio. Inside, lies a sushi counter, Kurabu, and a hidden courtyard with space for up to 20; perfect for the warmer months. Our newly refurbished mezzanine area Kurabu, takes its name from the Japanese word for ‘club’. Ideal for social gatherings from day through the night, serving an exciting new menu of elevated Japanese-inspired street food alongside a brilliant drinks list. Kurabu is also the perfect space to host your private event. We specialise in an Izakaya style of cooking, combining Japanese and European cuisines to create delicious small plates. Sushi and sashimi change with the seasons. Enjoy Josper grilled lobster or Japanese Wagyu beef. Alongside our a la carte menu, we offer different tasting menus that can also be paired with wine or sake, giving you the full Dinings SW3 experience.

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Sun 12:00PM - 2:45PM 6:00PM - 9:30PM
Mon - Wed 12:00PM - 2:45PM 6:00PM - 6:45PM
Thu - Sat 12:00PM - 2:45PM

What 181 People Are Saying
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Orange County
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really good as always but the price was a little higher than usual. Everything else was perfecr

OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service from Daniel - who went above and beyond was excellent and will definitely be back!

RA
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 1

The waiter was extremely difficult to talk to and unhelpful when we asked about food in the menu

GS
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food but quite pricey! Our server was excellent as well!

There was an Open Table discount of 25% which I booked, and was told we had a 15 minute grace period on our booking. When we got there 12 minutes late due to traffic, they told us the discount no longer applied because it ended at 7:30 (our booking time). They eventually granted us the discount after us arguing that it wasn’t stated, but be aware because it doesn’t say that is the case when you book it!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The place had a terrible smell of strong unpleasant body odour throughout the restaurant. And service was not at all good. It was very slow

OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

Very busy with children but the restaurant managed it well, thank you

MT
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my wife for our wedding anniversary. Everything was great, from the service to the food. Best dishes were the eel and fois gras rolls and crab rolls. 10 out of 10!

PL
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious and fun

ET
London
19 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

The food is incredible but the atmosphere was lacking at lunchtime and the service was a little impersonal

P
London
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Nice food and very good service, not very spacious restaurant! Didn’t feel very comfy and did notreally enjoy our dinner.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great spot and tasty food just like the original but with a slightly different menu. It’s not cheap but nowhere in London is these days and this place makes up for it with the stylish dining room and delicious food. I’ll be back!

DL
London
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely superb! The Wagyu beef was probably the best thing that I have ever eaten. Took a potential client there for a lunch meeting and they were also blown away.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant ever!

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RH
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The ambiance was very good. However, a sushi bar trying to be innovative with very little actual food and very expensive does not make sense.

MV
London
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

While the quality of the ingredients seems to be top knotch the preparation lacks, the taste lacks. This is not a good sushi place. You can find more skills in a corner store sushi bar. The location is beautiful and they probably aim to be like Yashin but fail. On top of this it’s extremely expensive. The miso black code which should be faultless in such place is below mediocre. Avoid.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the restaurant and our server was lovely. Everything was delicious and it really was a special experience that stands out from other restaurants. It made me forget about any worries and just enjoy being out for dinner. The design and aesthetic of the restaurant is also perfect! I don’t leave many reviews, but wanted to for this one! Thank you, I’ll be back.

AB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The bottom line: food quality, which was generally good (other than the sea bass "carpaccio" that was so soaked in ponzu it tasted like, well, ponzu with ponzu gel cubes and something that looked liked truffle slivers but tasted like nothing) doesn't match pricing level which is very expensive.

Service was attentive yet rather slow - our waiter confided that they weren't expecting a late August evening to be so busy so they were understaffed.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Jus trying too hard. Nowhere as good as the original Dinings in Marylebone. It tastes ok but small portions and very very expensive for what it is. Nice place and service not bad but you expect more for the prices asked.

GY
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Definetely one of the best in London, amazing food!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

One of the most expensive tasting menus in London and what came out was a completely unimpressive food experience for the price.

In terms of service - the waiters didn’t have a clue about the menu or catering for a pregnant woman. They were incredibly slow to bring anything and very inattentive (eg we would have ordered more drinks but there was just no one to ask).

MB
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

It’s more hype than substance. The old Dinings is a better experience. Service was sloppy. Took me 20 minutes to get a glass of wine. My tea was served cold and too light. When I asked the waiter to bring me another pot, he argued that Hojicha should be served at 70 degrees and that he had used the right amount of tea. He said he was doing what he was told. After convincing him that Hojicha should be served at 88-95 degrees in order to extract flavour, he walked away to make me another pot but he forgot altogether. My sense is that they are understaffed for a 1 star restaurant.

XX
London
17 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I had an overall very good experience at Dinings. The service was impeccable. The staff was knowledgeable about menu items and ingredients used, and was able to advise a lactose intolerant diner in my party. Food was tasty and beautifully presented. However, I found the seafood platter of poor value. It was one small prawn, one scallop, a few pieces of squid with peas for £29! The ambiance was good but our small round table for 3 was snug! The compliment petit fours was made lactose free without us asking. Generally good experience.

K
London
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My favourite Japanese restaurant in London. Have just returned from Tokyo and Dinings is a fantastic ambassador for Japanese food.

N
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fab food, excellent service, great ambiance. We booked for 7PM on a Sunday, and there were very few tables taken, making for a quiet atmosphere of private dining. Food was well prepared, fresh and seasoned well. One of us found the Wagyu steak almost as good as the kobe beef we had in Japan! Mind that the mini-burgers, sushi and sashimi come in singles, so if you want more - order more.
We took: 2 cocktails, scallops sashimi w foie gras mousse, grilled scallops, grilled lobster, wagyu beef mini burger with foie gras mousse, wagyu steak, asparagus and steamed rice. For dessert we had a coffee and a green tea ice cream dessert - Matcha Pafe. All in all came to 220 GBP, service included.

TT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

our food is still on the table, we went on to have a chat with a friend, and was chased for bills without having the chance to finish our food. service wasn't as good as it used to be with us needing to pour our own water and food came late, i.e. over 20mins since ordered.

MF
Munich
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and very good service- not exactly cheap

OT
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The wagyu tar chip is very good!

E
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is definitely the best Japanese restaurant in London, beating by far all the others. Service is excellent, food is fantastic. I really recommend.

Y
Berkshire
25 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Great food but front of house, service, not great.

GV
London
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an outstandingly great time and will come back soon

OT
London
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We booked the table at 8pm. We arrived earlier so the reception told us they might not get a table in time for us. They suggested we should start at the bar so we did. Then the other guests who came later were at first sitting at the bar with us as well. However, the reception came to check with them if they want to move inside, but us. We were the only 2 left. What is the point of booking anyway?

Anyway, we ended up enjoy the meal and the moment by the bar the whole night because of the two bartenders, Louis and Christian. They were so awesome and that makes us happy and forget about all the flaws of the reception.

OT
Mobile
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Too expensive for the amount of food we ate. Although it’s a lovely restaurant it’s just too expensive.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, atmosphere

MD
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very attentive service. The dishes were quite creative and ingredients fresh.
Very good sake selection.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

The hostess was extremely rude.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was eating with my friend from Vancouver and he really enjoyed the whole experience. And the food was surprisingly good, despite that he have tried lots of Japanese restaurant in London as well, he said it is so far the best Japanese restaurant he tried throughout the trip.

As for me, I’ve been eating in Dining ever since the first restaurant, me and my friends have always love the food and the atmosphere.

SA
London
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Truly Delicious food! A very special treat. Highlights included the tar-tar chips with scallops, the eel inside out rolls with foil gras and the aubergine which was sublime. Charming, attentive staff were the cherry on top. Can't wait to go back.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As always, the food was outstanding, as was the service

OT
London
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration for boyfriend. Really good experience.

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