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The Gay Hussar

#2,206 of 17,866 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Neighbourhood:
Soho
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2 Greek Street | Soho, London W1D 4NB, England
+44 20 7437 0973
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Today
12:15 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:45
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 12:15 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:45
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Sussex
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69 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Situated close to many theatres, clubs and bars, the Gay Hussar is an interesting restaurant serving traditional Hungarian food. Downstairs doesn't feel like a restaurant despite the long tables down each side of the room. The walls are covered in caricatures of well known people and the shelves of books gives it the feeling of a library in a country... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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80 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This restaurant is an institution, with classic décor but a good menu in the heart of London offering pre theatre options, not unreasonable costs, good portions and the service is simply charming and efficient. It was my first time, my friends have been quite often. We were not rushed, we were able to take our time over drinks to chose... More 

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Thank juliebarrett1964
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here on a Saturday lunchtime and there were only 3 other people in the restaurant. It is a bit of a timewarp in terms of decor and ambiance, and we didnt get a very welcoming vibe from the waiting staff. When my partner (who is hungarian) tried to order the name of one of the dishes in hungarian... More 

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Thank Zeroquai
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My review may be unfair because I haven't been to many Hungarian restaurants but here it goes: - Food is ok/good and tasty and they offer typical Hungarian dishes. It is quite heavy though, full of sauces/cream which sometimes can work a disguise for the lack of quality. However, this may be related to the typical Hungarian dishes we ordered... More 

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Thank Hugo S
London, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First time to the Gay Hussar after wanted to visit for some time. I had a good look at the menu before our visit and was looking forward to something different in a civilised environment. The service is nice and attentive, the table is nicely set with proper fabric table cloth and napkins. I like the atmosphere, traditional, not noisy... More 

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London
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had been planning to come here for years and finally made it the other Saturday. Everyone knows it is where the old Labour grandees used to hang out and booze their days away. good things are: staff very friendly and welcoming if slightly odd and old fashioned, but I found then endearing. The menu is very authentic as is... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We'd come to the West End for a bite to eat and a visit to the Portrait Gallery before heading off to Chiswick for the Magic Lantern Festival. A pseudo Valentine's day out for us. It was absolutely freezing on Saturday (11th Feb) and we wanted somewhere warm and cozy to dine. Walking from Soho Square we cut down Greek... More 

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Devon
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Used to go here years ago and always loved the place. However, it certainly has gone down hill. I ordered the smoked sausage for starters. After 30 minutes, I was told they had none. So, I ordered the asparagus, bacon and leaf salad. When the starter arrived, the asparagus was completely raw and inedible. I like my asparagus aldente, but... More 

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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our second visit to th Gay Hussar which we booked using a Groupon Voucher which offers a three course meal and a glass of house wine for 2 for £24, which offers excellent value. When we arrived we were greeted by the manager who made feel very welcome and allowed to choose a table to suit our needs. The restaurant... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Gay Hussar has been in Soho literally for ever and seems not to have changed. It is the haunt of politicians and journalists who have donated copies of their books which line the walls along with caricatures of the good and great in show business and other walks of life. Great atmosphere lends itself to nostalgia. The food is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
European, Eastern European, Central European, Hungarian, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
12:15 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:45
Tuesday
12:15 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:45
Wednesday
12:15 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:45
Thursday
12:15 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:45
Friday
12:15 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:45
Saturday
12:15 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Greek Street | Soho, London W1D 4NB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Soho
  • Neighbourhood: Soho
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7437 0973
Description
So much has been said about Soho’s Gay Hussar, which has long been a favourite haunt of politicos and writers, that you don’t really go here for the food but rather for the experience. Having said that, the Hungarian peasant dishes are simple but beautifully prepared and Gay Hussar can’t fail to charm even the pickiest diner.

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The go-to district for a good time in London, Soho hosts a wealth of world-class theatres and a compelling lineup of cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, and clubs. At Soho's core is London's original Red Light District and the epicenter of the LGBT scene – and thus the city's hottest nightlife. For shopping enthusiasts, Soho is not only the home of London's greatest concentration of boutique shops, but also the most strategic place to set off on a tour of the world's most celebrated department stores. In the southern part of the neighbourhood lies Chinatown, with its multitude of delicious and affordable restaurants. Closer to the Thames, Chinatown's narrow and teeming lantern-lit lanes spill onto the expansive hub of glitzy Leicester Square.
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