Best Restaurants in Central London 2019
London has been named the second most visited city in the World, after having welcomed 20.42 million international visitors in 2018; this trend is not going to end and for this reason eating in Central London can be a real hassle. Too many touristy places, too many expensive places, too many places where high price doesn’t equal quality.
Putting together a list with the best restaurants in Central London is extremely hard: the choice is incredible and the area is pretty big. To compile the following list, we did consider these things:
- Quality of food;
- Type of food
Prices are not part of our evaluation: we usually decide to eat without taking into consideration the price that much, as long as the quality of the food is satisfying. So, in the following list on where to eat in Central London you won’t find any fast food or cheap place, but only places we like and we like to recommend.
Best Restaurants in Central London
This is our list with the best restaurants in Central London: it cannot be comprehensive but it includes all the places we like and we recommend. Enjoy and if you’re into food traveling, have a look at our guides.
Kebab Queen, Covent Garden
An upmarket take on the kebab and Middle Eastern flavours. All dishes are served over the counter from an open kitchen with a wood-fired grill.
Address > 4 Mercer Walk, Covent Garden
Website > Kebab Queen
Red Farm, Covent Garden
A clean, fresh and inventive approach to Chinese food offering dim-sum, small plates, grilled and marinated meats.
Address > 9 Russell St, Covent Garden
Website > Red Farm
Cora Pearl, Covent Garden
Hearty and comfort food and cocktails in a historic Covent Garden townhouse.
Address > 30 Henrietta St, Covent Garden
Website > Cora Pearl
The Petersham Nurseries, Covent Garden
An oasis of calm in the heart of Covent Garden, The Petersham offers seasonal dishes that celebrate the finest produce.
Address > 31 King St, Covent Garden
Website > Petersham Nurseries
A European café-restaurant with dishes mostly from France and Central Europe.
Address > 55 Aldwych, Holborn
Website > The Delaunay
Bryn Williams at Somerset House
A casual, modern British dining experience with fruit and vegetables taking centre stage, plus a bar for every occasion.
Address > Somerset House
Website > Bryn Williams at Somerset House
The Barbary, Covent Garden
24 seats all around the bar and a menu with influences from Israel, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and the North African countries.
Address > 16 Neal’s Yard
Website > The Barbary
Frog by Adam Handling, Covent Garden
Only local ingredients to create a contemporary British menu.
Address > 34-35 Southampton St
Website > Frog
Kaspar’s at The Savoy, Covent Garden
Oyster bar and seafood restaurant in the Savoy hotel dining room overlooking the Thames.
Address > 34-35 Southampton Street
Website > Kaspar’s at The Savoy
Eneko, Covent Garden
Revisited Basque cuisine and bottomless brunch during the weekend.
Address > One Aldwych
Website > Eneko
Cinnamon Bazaar, Covent Garden
Inventive Indian cuisine and innovative cocktails, served all day in a vibrant, bazaar-themed space.
Address > 28 Maiden Lane
A casual Persian restaurant, Berenjak serves Iranian mazeh and kebabs in a corridor-like space.
Address > 27 Romilly Streer
Website > Berenjak
Freak Scene, Soho
Southeast Asian plates come with eclectic twists at this animated venue with open kitchen and bar.
Address > 54 Frith Street
Website > Freak Scene
Family-style Sri Lankan cooking and inventive cocktails offered in vibrant, relaxed surroundings.
Address > 49 Frith Street
Website > Hoppers
Couscous, tagines and lamb dishes in colourful setting filled with furnishings from a Moroccan souk.
Address > 23 – 25 Heddon St, Mayfair
Website > Momo
Kitty Fishers, Mayfair
Modern British fare with a Spanish twist served in a polished, dimly lit space with a bar.
Address > 10 Shepherd Market, Mayfair
Website > Kitty Fishers
Gridiron By Como, Mayfair
A modern live-fire grill to pay homage to the ancient art of grilling with its open kitchen the hearty modern British menu celebrates seasonal, ethically-sourced ingredients, with meat, native fish and vegetables.
Address > 19 Old Park Lane
Website > Gridiron
Brasserie of Light, Marylebone
British & international menu items in an Art Deco dining room with high ceilings & natural light.
Address > 400 Oxford St, Duke St, Marylebone
Website > Brasserie of Light
A three floor space in a contemporary setting with elevated morning to late-night dining options.
Address > 85 Piccadilly, Mayfair
Website > Hide
Indian Accent in Mayfair
An inventive approach to Indian cuisine without forgetting tradition.
Address > 16 Albemarle St, Mayfair
Website > Indian Accent
Spanish eatery offering tapas plates plus bar & countertop dining in casual digs.
Address > 35-37 Heddon St, Mayfair
Website > Sabor
Ella Canta, Park Lane
An inventive Mexican menu and creative cocktails.
Address > One Hamilton Place, Park Ln, Mayfair
Website > Ella Canta
Contemporary British dining with an open kitchen dishing out small plates, served on trolleys.
Address > 10 Heddon Street, Mayfair
Website > Magpie
Sexy Fish, Mayfair
Swanky, art-filled setting for robata-grilled fish, raw-bar items & more, plus a variety of drinks.
Address > Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, Mayfair
Website > Sexy Fish
An all day dining destination for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night drinks.
Address > 26 Albemarle St, Mayfair
Website > Isabel
Home of acclaimed Irish chef, Richard Corrigan it redefines the concept of quintessential British and Irish cuisine.
Address > 28 Upper Grosvenor St, Mayfair
Website > Corrigan’s
Imaginative Asian-European small plates and cocktails in offbeat surroundings to match.
Address > 15 Old Burlington St, Mayfair
Website > StreetXO
Modern take on classic Japanese cuisine set against a stylish, striking backdrop with water features.
Address > 23 Conduit St, Mayfair
Website > Tokimeite
Relaxed modern dining featuring sharing plates, exciting cocktails, and pizzas.
Address > 39 Maddox St, Mayfair
Website > Pucci
Handmade pasta and natural wine. The upstairs dining room is quite upscale, while downstairs is more casual.
Address > 7 Haunch of Venison Yard, Mayfair
Website > Emilia
Kerridge’s Bar & Grill
Upscale New-York style steakhouse from acclaimed chef Tom Kerridge. Refined ambient, worth a try.
Address > 10 Northumberland Ave, Westminster
Website > Kerridge’s Bar & Grill
Scully, St James’s
Hip, wood-hued eatery serving artfully plated seasonal flavours from Australia to India & Ireland.
Address > 4 St James’s Market, St. James’s
Website > Scully
Chic space with decor that reflects the cuisine: a modern twist on authentic West African flavours.
Address > 1 St James’s Market, St. James’s
Website > Ikoyi
Ginza Onodera, St James’s
Slick, stone-clad space showcasing sushi, teppanyaki & robata grilled dishes, plus lots of sake.
Address > 15 Bury St, St. James’s
Website > Ginza Onodera
45 Jermyn Street, Piccadilly
Elegant restaurant with terracotta booths and a marble-topped bar, for brasserie menu and cocktails.
Address > 45 Jermyn St, St. James’s
Website > 45 Jermyn Street
The menu is served over a 10 course experience, and each one of them will showcase a journey of modern european cuisine with global influences.
Address > 13-14 Thayer St, Marylebone
Website > Xier
Flesh and Buns, Fitzrovia
Izakaya-style restaurant & bar serving steamed buns with creative fillings in a chic, lively space.
Address > 32 Berners St, Fitzrovia
Website > Flesh and Buns
A modern-Turkish place named after the ancient city in Cappadocia in central Anatolia.
Address > 64 Grafton Way, Bloomsbury
Website > Kyseri
The 85 seat restaurant by chef Ottolenghi serves a menu with vegetables at its heart but with a fresh focus on fermentation and cooking over fire
Address > 59 Wells St, Fitzrovia
Website > Rovi
A modern British neighbourhood restaurant serving a variety of oysters and shellfish selected from independent growers around the UK.
Address > Russell Square, Bloomsbury
Website > Neptune
Berners Tavern, Fitzrovia
A gathering place for all day dining and entertaining, breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and late supper.
Address > 10 Berners St, Fitzrovia
Website > Berners Tavern
Foraged ingredients for Modern British food.
Address > 5-7 Blandford St, Marylebone
Website > Roganic
Eatery & bar for steamed milk buns & other inventive Taiwanese eats & drinks.
Address > 31 Windmill St, Fitzrovia
Website > BAO
Relaxed eatery serving seasonal dishes of British ingredients alongside wines on tap.
Address > 5 Clipstone St, Fitzrovia
Website > Clipstone
Simple dining room with wooden tables and hanging lamps, for modern menus and guest chef roster.
Address > 71 Blandford St, Marylebone
Website > Carousel
The Harcourt, Marylebone
A menu from a Finnish chef meets and drinks by a Swedish mixologist at this elegant former pub.
Address > 32 Harcourt St, Marylebone,
Website > The Harcourt
Peruvian dishes, made with British ingredients, served with cocktails in a colonial-style surround.
Address > 18 Thayer St, Marylebone
Website > Pachamama
This is our always updated list with the best restaurants in Central London so you can now stop Googling “restaurants in London”. Just bring our guide with you anytime you’re looking for a place where to eat in London.
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