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5.1 /6 Excellent 22 Reviews

The Four Lanterns

Soho Greek £££ +100
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About The Four Lanterns

Just as London’s Soho has a long, complicated history, so too does the town of Limassol, from which The Four Lanterns takes its name. Ta Tessera Phamaia is The Four Lanterns bridge which for many years was the home to Cypriots and Turks alike. In Soho, The Four Lanterns is also bridging the national divides, serving diners from their Cleveland Street premises an enticing swirl of Greek, Cypriot and Turkish food.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 17:00 - 23:30
  • Sunday Closed
The Four Lanterns, 96 Cleveland Street, W1T 6NP London

Further Information

The Four Lanterns on Cleveland Street is a restaurant of serious standing. Founded way back in 1970s where wide flares and union rights were all the rage, the restaurant is was and remains a family place. Lead by Peter and supported by his family, Soho diners are invited to pick their way across a menu which represents the food of three nations with an entangled history: Cyprus, Turkey and Greece. As such, The Four Lanterns enjoys a reputation not only for fantastic Greek food, but excellent food from across the region.

In bringing together Greek food with its cousins from Turkish and Cypriot cuisine, the family team at The Four Lanterns have covered almost every incarnation of food from that corner of the Med. For meat lovers, there’s shashlik roasted slowly and served succulent, or for the veggies, there’s traditional saganaki> feta coated in flour and breadcrumbs before being deep fried, or more obviously Greek dishes like stifado and moussaka. The Cleveland Street dining room, in the heart of London’s Soho carry the memories of nearly fifty years in business, all pastel tablecloths and paintings and pictures of Limmasol. This laidback, retro feel gives The Four Lanterns its charm, this is a place to sit, stay and ruminate on the classic food of the Mediterranean.


22 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 22 Reviews
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Food: delicious
Service: friendly
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: great value
Atmosphere: entertaining
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1 review so far 6
24.06.2017 07:53

Good honest Greek food had a great wine that I've only ever found in Cyprus and the owner friendly and funny Price reasonable and would be going back again

2 reviews so far 6
27.02.2017 11:43

We've been meeting up at The Four Lanterns for our work reunions for a few years now and it's consistently good food at a reasonable price in a pleasant, informal setting.

1 review so far 6
11.02.2017 10:08

This is the 3rd time we have visited. No Really! I think the food is excellent and the friendly service is real not false as is often the case in London Restaurants. The boss, Michael is a real character and brings an essence of Greece to the experience...well done... and ...yes I am afraid we will be back.

1 review so far 6
07.11.2016 10:37

Amazing food! Pietro (the owner) is really cool and 100% dedicated! Go Hungry - you will not be disappointed! The fist bait was amazing and I could have eaten MUCH more!

1 review so far 6
21.09.2016 21:27

The Four Lanterns is a hidden gem, one of those places you stumble across and then keep on going back to....we have been several times and will surely return again. It's unpretentous, great tasty Greek food, wonderful service, and an engaging entertaining owner Peter, who doubles as a professional photographer at the drop of a hat... This and the retro Mateus Rose, makes the 4 Lanterns one of our favourite places in London!

1 review so far 5
18.04.2016 22:04

This restaurant was reccommended by other friends of mine so that I immediately made a booking with friends. The food was simple and tasty. Especially, fish was grilled nicely. The chef was friendly, too. I shall get back there agwin with other friends soon for grilled fish.

1 review so far 5
14.11.2016 09:02

Great restaurant to visit both for experiencing the owner's quirky and dry sense of humour (what a character) and great food at a very reasonable price. I can thoroughly recommend The 4 Lanterns if you want to experience a good, unpretentious restaurant in Central London.

1 review so far 6
22.01.2016 09:27

We had an outstanding meal. Went for a superb value meze and the food just kept appearing. Great service. Lovely relaxing atmosphere. The food was delicious. Looking forward to coming back to repeat the experience.

1 review so far 6
03.08.2016 08:58

Small family run restaurant in a quiet London street. Food was delicious, freshly cooked and served quite quickly. When we arrived at 6pm, it was almost empty but soon filled up as space is limited.

1 review so far 5
05.05.2016 21:43

Service was very good. Food was great. Nice atmosphere and not too noisy, so conversation was easy. The staff were friendly and helpful regarding menu choices. Even able to get the dish "spiced up" a little if you like it hot.

1 review so far 6
06.11.2016 08:39

One of the friendliest restaurants we've been to in many years, you are treated like a member of the family. Service is first class and the food fantastic. Definitely a place to revisit.

1 review so far 5
13.06.2017 09:48

This is a good, Greek restaurant. The food was of good quality and the service was attentive. We went on the earlier side so it was not especially busy, but nevertheless the atmosphere was intimate and charming.

1 review so far 6
20.04.2016 14:28

We had a wonderful meal at this small family run Greek restaurant. The staff were helpful and attentive and the food was excellent, highly recommend this for a visit.

1 review so far 6
13.09.2016 01:19

Good authentic Greek food in a great environment. Very friendly service. House wine perfect for this type of meal. Not the cheapest but worth the small premium.

1 review so far 5
30.12.2015 15:56

Friendly Greek restaurant, nice atmosphere and good food. I've been coming here for a few years now, and it never disappoints. Try to get a table in the window if you can.

1 review so far 6
02.08.2016 23:12

Great food, friendly service - perfect venue for big family get together. Thank you to all the staff who made it look effortless! We'll be back.

1 review so far 5
16.01.2016 22:09

Friendly staff, mezedes great value, almost too much to eat! Overall though a good spot within easy reach of central London as well as under 15 minutes from Euston.

1 review so far 4
17.08.2016 11:54

Food was good but nothing exceptional. For a mid-week, pre-concert meal it ticked the right boxes. Staff were polite and attentive. Owner offered us a complimentary digestif. Not bad but there is better.

4 reviews so far 5
30.08.2016 11:54

Not fashionable nor smart, but friendly, efficient and delicious. It continues to be a favourite and maintains a very high standard. We'll be going again.

1 review so far 4
16.07.2015 07:39

Great food and friendly staff. Good atmosphere. So nice to find a quiet place to eat so close to the madness of Euston station.