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5.2 /6 Excellent 219 Reviews

Chisou Mayfair

Mayfair Japanese £££ +100
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About Chisou Mayfair

Rounding off Chisou’s triumvirate of fine Japanese restaurants is Chisou izakaya Mayfair. Complementing Chisou izakaya Knightsbridge and the smaller Chisou Sushi Counter (which gives those in a hurry their sushi fix and is just next door to Chisou Mayfair), this flagship of the Chisou family is centrally located at Princes Street, nearby to Oxford Circus, Carnaby Street and Soho. In proper Japanese izakaya tradition, the emphasis is on enjoying beautifully presented Japanese cuisine and drinks – some of the Japanese sakes on offer are exclusive to Chisou – in a lively, social atmosphere.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:15
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:15
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:15
  • Thursday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:15
  • Friday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:15
  • Saturday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:15
  • Sunday 13:00 - 21:00
Chisou Mayfair, 4 Princes Street, Mayfair, W1B 2LE London

Further Information

Japanese izakaya restaurants are the less formal counterparts to traditional Japanese kaiseki restaurants, serving small plates ideal for sharing with friends, family and colleagues alongside a wide selection of drinks. At home, izakaya are popular hangouts amongst Japanese sararimen, and are renowned for a somewhat contradictory blend of casual, raucous eating and drinking in typically elegant surrounds. As with all Japanese restaurants worth their bonito flakes, the standard of service and the presentation of dishes is immaculate. Needless to say, Chisou in London’s Mayfair, on Princes Street, is no exception to this rule.

Sushi and sashimi at Chisou Mayfair is prepared fresh from fish delivered daily. Think you can slice and dice with the best? Look into booking a Chisou sushi-making masterclass for your next event. The extensive menu includes authentic regional dishes from across Japan, with all the favourites represented – sushi, sashimi, and tempura – plus a regularly changing selection of chef’s specials. Grab a hot or cold flask of sake in London, an icy Asahi or Kirin beer and take your pick from the platters on offer. From the dedicated Chisou Mayfair staff at 4 Princes Street, kampai!.


219 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 219 Reviews
Service: extraordinary
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: entertaining
Quality/Price: cheap
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: no waiting time
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1 review so far 6
18.08.2017 14:10

The service was exceptional, from waitress recommendations to the quality of the food. I especially enjoyed the ability to share such a wide range of dishes, such as the chef's sashimi selection. Will definitely be returning.

2 reviews so far 6
29.07.2017 23:01

A very successful night of food and nice environment. The choice was excellent as I am vegan and my partner likes her tuna tartare- we were both very satisfied. The staff were very friendly. The service was slightly slow after we entered but came up to speed later. We were relaxed as the place was busy.

1 review so far 6
23.07.2017 08:41

The sushi was fresh, beautifully presented and all round a great experience, would go back every time in London. Maybe felt a little rushed to end, but it was late

1 review so far 6
16.07.2017 20:48

It is rare for me to over ratings - But we had a great experience fantastic staff great food - Great all round, should be a 9

1 review so far 5
25.05.2017 19:25

The food and service here is excellent, well worth a visit. Little bit on the pricey side, but then it is in Mayfair. The only hiccup was when I was paying in Scottish notes, which were eventually accepted. Both the food and drink menus are extensive with a good variety of options. I tried some dishes that were new to me and I loved them. I would especially recommend the Octopus wasabi Sashimi, it was very well presented, tasted excellent, ans was a good portion size.

1 review so far 6
18.03.2017 22:48

Amazing sushi and extremely good customer service. Waiting staff were attentive, polite and were able to help us make gluten free choices! A truly exceptional experience - what gem in the heart of London! It was expensive compared to a pizza but very good value for the fresh sushi we got. Around £30 per person with drinks (soft and alcoholic), a starter, main and a lovely orange to finish!

1 review so far 6
16.02.2015 14:17

Fantastic evening - they had paid attention to my seating request on my reservation and we had a great table, the food was excellent and the wait staff delightful. I had mentioned it was a birthday reservation and they even - unasked - put a candle in a pudding and sang, which was sweet. Unbeatable selection of sake - had the most wonderful fragrant, plummy one. Good umeshu too.

1 review so far 6
27.04.2016 09:31

Incredible food and even better service. The Chisou rolls and aubergine were particular highlights and the staff couldn't have been more friendly and helpful, with excellent knowledge of sake! Very different vibe to somewhere like Sticks and Sushi - very relaxed with an emphasis on the experience being based on the quality of food and service than jazzy lighting and decor. We'll be back very very soon

1 review so far 4
18.07.2017 23:08

The restaurant's atmosphere was very Japanese, as seen by the mainly Japanese customers who spoke Japanese to the waiters. But even though we weren't their regular/main customers, the service towards us was really good. The food was pricey for the quality - the salmon wasn't the tastiest, and the chicken cutlet was only good for the price of £16.50. We chose from the pre-theatre menu, so the meals came with starters (soup and salad), a bowl of rice and orange for dessert. If you're willing to spend a bit more (i.e. >£20) then there is much more variety.

1 review so far 6
15.07.2017 22:02

The team are so welcoming and polite, but better than that you get a real feeling of traditional Japanese hospitality. The food is exceptionally good too, the fish/rice balance on the sushi is perfect. Our waitress - Su - was just delightful. One of my favourite restaurants in London, all the quality without the unnecessary razzle dazzle if you get my drift!!

1 review so far 6
11.06.2016 20:08

I have been to Chisou Mayfair on several occasions. The service is always brilliant and the food delicious. I would recommend to anyone. I look forward to my next visit already.

2 reviews so far 5
24.01.2017 07:25

Excellent, fresh sushi and a range of other traditional Japanese dishes. Traditional preparation. Super friendly staff very willing to offer suggestions and ideas. Decent sake list - hot and cold - to enhance the experience. If you seek the modern, artistic take on sushi this isn't it, but if you want traditional, delicious, high quality sushi this is a great spot. The 2 for 1 Japanese beer deal wasn't bad either.

1 review so far 6
01.02.2015 12:16

Great food, great service, consistently good experience. I was able to book a table at short notice and even managed to change the time of the original booking over the phone. The staff at the restaurant were very nice, and the food was very fresh and tasty as always. One of the best Japanese restaurants in London.

1 review so far 5
14.02.2017 17:39

Good table, great service and some really good food. Maybe a few too many covers crammed into the space but at lunchtime, during a business lunch, that was not an issue. I'd think twice before eating there in the evening as a social or romantic dinner. Our waitresses (we had two) were both excellent. Probably some of the best soft shell crab I have had in the UK.

1 review so far 5
31.12.2016 08:04

Definitely one of the better sushi restaurants in london. Quite traditional but all the better for it . Interesting beer and sake list . Friendly staff and pleasant ambiance. A little pricey ( as that kind of food needs to be ) except for the set lunch which is a lot more reasonable . Have been a few times and will no doubt return .

1 review so far 5
06.06.2017 10:58

Atmosphere is really authentic, location is fantastic and the quality of fish is unparalleled. Their signature dishes in particular are creative and delicious. Staff are incredibly attentive and adaptable. Only downside is price - much too expensive, especially if you're eating for one or two; worth it if going in a larger group and sharing dishes, or celebrating a special occasion.

1 review so far 6
20.01.2015 14:29

We were going to go to a more well known place but read the reviews and decided to try Chisou. The sushi was amazing! I highly recommend the specialized maki roles without soy sauce. The service was excellent as well. Low key atmosphere and very high quality sushi.

1 review so far 6
18.11.2016 16:48

Chisou is my longtime favourite Japanese restaurant in London. Amazing fresh fish and tasty food, nice venue, elegant yet not pretentious atmosphere, polite & caring service. Any time I am in London I must have a meal at Chisou - even two if I can!

5 reviews so far 5
17.12.2015 22:56

Second Time in a month at this restaurant and the experience is confirmed and very nice Shirazi and sakè are very good, the fish is very fresh and well presented. People arte friendly and You wait the right Time for food. The restaurant gas not too much table so the reservation through quandoo suggested.

1 review so far 6
12.03.2016 10:12

Delicious sushi, great presentation. Great service as always. I keep coming back for the delicious food and great atmosphere. Whether you need a slow food or a quick pre-theatre bite, they do great. It is not cheap, but extra quality sushi has its price.

1 review so far 3
10.02.2016 11:32

Food is quite good. However we arrived at 9h50 pm on Saturday evening and we had the impression to be a nuisance. We had to order very quickly, decide the dessert on the fly without having the chance to look at the menu, and at 10h45 they brought the not-yet-asked-for bill and started removing everything from our table, a clear invitation to leave. The bill had a (theoretically optional) 12% fee automatically charged as 'service' or enforced tip. I do not think we will go again.

1 review so far 5
16.10.2016 09:44

Service was good, cozy restaurant serving fresh food, the salmon sashimi was pretty good I would recommend if you are looking for a reasonable priced Japanese restaurant and in a hurry as the food comes out a bit too quickly for my liking. But yes I would go back!

2 reviews so far 5
14.06.2017 15:47

We had an excellent meal. The choices were very good and we had a mixture of hot and cold dishes. They had an impressive list of sake too by the carafe too. Prices were high-ish but expected for that quality of food and wine. We will go back.

1 review so far 5
25.08.2016 16:53

Great restaurant, lovely food and friendly staff. We went for the lunch set menus which give a nice selection with a few things including miso, salad and a main - we went for the sashimi set and the fish of the day. Both were very tasty!

1 review so far 6
22.05.2016 09:04

It was my first visit to the restaurant. My friend recommended it. Me and my boyfriend had a lovely dinner. Good service. Good vine list. Nice abuence. Staff polite and quick to serve. Will Recommend to my friends

1 review so far 6
23.07.2016 09:29

The service right from the start was superb. The waiters were super friendly and helpful with suggestions from the menu and the food was served quickly. The food was sensational! Thank you for a wonderful dining experience!

1 review so far 6
18.02.2017 12:00

Chisou is an incredible little restaurant with great ambiance, attentive staff and some of the best sushi I've had in London. Not too pricey so you won't break the bank, but you'll definitely leave satisfied. Absolutely recommended!

1 review so far 6
02.12.2015 11:38

Good food. Attentive staff. Previous occasions the service was quite sporadic in the back room. But on this occasion wait staff and sommelier was quite attentive to us and able to recommend sake for our dinner.

5 reviews so far 6
16.11.2015 23:23

Very nice place close to oxford and regent street. Sushi, tempura and shirasci was very good and the service was perfect, They suggest me a very good sake. Price was right for the food we had.

1 review so far 6
14.04.2016 14:07

If you want a break from chain sushi then go to Chisou. The food is excellent, the chefs/waiters/waitresses are attentive, and the ambiance is smart but not overly formal. It does come at a price though.

1 review so far 6
20.04.2016 10:19

A wonderful restaurant - very helpful waiting staff and delicious food. All in a very pleasant setting. Our waitress was particularly helpful, recommending selections and sake for us to try. A very enjoyable evening. Thank you.

1 review so far 5
22.11.2016 21:39

We tried the Chef's selection of Sashimi, soft shell crab rolls and prawn and asparagus rolls, together with prosecco & Kirin beer.Excellent food prepared by Sri Lankan head chef trained in Japan; very attentive, courteous & efficient staff; served a complementary starter too!

1 review so far 6
19.05.2015 19:25

Great food and good service but be aware of the premium price. One of the few places in London with chawan mushi. First time there? Always pick at least one item from the Chef's specials.

1 review so far 6
05.02.2016 08:48

It was the first time my partner and I had been to this restaurant and we were not disappointed. The staff were friendly and helpful, the food was amazing and we had a great time.

1 review so far 6
16.02.2015 09:46

great restaurant, food was amazing, atmosphere was great... I used this restaurant for a business lunch and the guys said is was great and would definitely recommend it, we will be going back for sure!

1 review so far 4
04.01.2016 07:14

The service was brilliant, though it should be they put a £6 service charge on it. I also got 1 plate of Sashimi for £54 which was absolutely disgusting. It suprised me because it smelt so nice when I went in there. Maybe I ordered the wrong dish for my taste buds!

1 review so far 5
21.03.2015 18:27

The restaurant Just a short walking distance from Oxford Station, quite easy to find. It serves delicious authentic Japanese food at mid-range prices,especially "Chef Recomended" Menu, must try one or two dishes. Restaurant is clean, simple decoration and hostess are friendly.

1 review so far 5
09.03.2016 09:20

Great service, great food, would definitely recommend it! Cosy little place close to the tube station making it easily accessible and we were greeted upon arrival and seated straight away. The staff were very attentive and made our experience very pleasant.

1 review so far 6
06.03.2016 17:26

excellent restaurant with freshest ingredients. Salmon pieces are very tasty and traditional. Services are very considerable and sympatheque. You need to prepare to wait for several dishes but overall the environment is quite good.

1 review so far 5
10.06.2016 08:54

Sesame ice cream was fantastic! Sushi was OK. Even though others have complained about the service in the past, we had excellent service. Being able to sit outside for al fresco dining was enjoyable as it was a warm evening.

1 review so far 5
30.06.2017 14:05

Chose the selections of sashimi/sushi plus tempura and a starter of edamame peas. All very fresh/good food with attentive but not over-intrusive service. I have been to Chisou a few times before and would not hesitate to do so again.

1 review so far 6
01.03.2017 22:30

We had a fabulous dinner. It was made particularly enjoyable by being served in a completely quiet private room. Dining out is often ruined by being on a noisy restaurant. Excellent, friendly service.

1 review so far 6
02.08.2015 11:42

Authentic Japanese cuisine. Good choice of Sake's. Sashimi, Miso Soup and Soba noodles outstanding. Probably the best Japanese cuisine I have had outside Japan. Expensive bur then you get what you pay for.

1 review so far 6
28.01.2016 17:14

Fantastic food, friendly staff.... you can't ask for much more! Love your deep fried soft shell crab rolled inside out with sesame seeds. Always leave with a smile on my face : )

1 review so far 6
22.04.2015 14:41

We both had the lunch menu of, very fresh and delicious, sashimi which came with a salad and miso. The service was efficient and friendly and the whole experience enjoyable, great value also!

1 review so far 6
12.06.2015 16:51

Lovely place for lunch, nice and quiet with attentive knowledgeable staff. Helped me make gluten free choices and had gluten free tamari sauce! The minced chicken meatballs were delicious. Definitely going back

1 review so far 4
16.06.2015 13:04

The food was delicious and the service was great too, but the restaurant needs a bit of a paint job and refurbish to align with the high standard of food and service. The bathrooms weren't much either, which is a pity as it would make all the difference.

2 reviews so far 5
13.10.2016 07:46

Good and friendly service, as always. But the choice of sashimi is rather limited. The grilled aubergine is delicious. This is a restaurant where you can bring along a guest even if he/she does not eat raw fish.

1 review so far 6
19.06.2016 20:03

The food is delicious and the place is small and nice. Also perfect location. I loved the spicy tuna role and the nuddles. One of the best sushi places in London!

1 review so far 6
30.09.2016 15:09

Excellent food, excellent service, v satisfactory price, smiles all round helps as well. H Best to have fewer words that are complimentary than many that are not. We much enjoyed. H