Celebrate the London Restaurant Festival at these 12 must-try destinations

Book unique experiences at some must-visit London restaurants like Crudo during this year's London Restaurant Festival. Credit: Crudo
A diner pours jus over a dish featuring scallops at Crudo, a restaurant in London

The London Restaurant Festival is back this summer, with more than 50 unique dining experiences across the city from the 1st to the 30th of June. Get ready to celebrate the very best that London’s culinary scene has to offer, with special set menus and events at some of London’s best restaurants. Many festival-exclusive menus can only be booked through OpenTable, so grab your calendar, text your mates and start planning your summer today.

Check out a first-of-its-kind sustainable restaurant in Hackney or visit a Latin American seafood destination with outposts across the city. Spitalfields is home to a choice between French fine dining or a relaxed bistro experience, while Mayfair boasts a stylish Japanese spot. Enjoy the expertise of a two MICHELIN star restaurant that perfectly pairs wine and food, or settle in for a hearty meal at an American-style steakhouse. Mayfair is home to an international restaurant that seamlessly blends varying cuisines, while a hidden gastropub in Chelsea offers a quiet spot to enjoy local produce. Head to King’s Cross for a summer menu inspired by Mexican and Spanish cuisine, or enjoy creative house-made pasta dishes in Fitzrovia and Old Street. Finally, a Chinese restaurant serves up a unique afternoon tea and a minimalistic modern European restaurant bids farewell to spring.

Dine out at some of the capital’s hottest restaurants during London Restaurant Festival this summer, and book exclusive menus on OpenTable today.

Read on for 12 of the best London Restaurant Festival destinations

For one of the best omakase tasting menu for London Restaurant Festival – don’t miss KOYN in Mayfair, Central

KOYN prepares delicate Japanese dishes with responsibly sourced ingredients. Credit: KOYN
Try KOYN’s carefully curated omakase tasting menu. Credit: KOYN
KOYN welcomes you into a theatrical dining experience. Credit: KOYN

KOYN blends tradition and modernity to create an unforgettable Japanese dining experience. Step into a chic dining space featuring Japanese art and textiles in shades of black and red. The menu embraces subtle touches and you’ll find a level of attention to detail here that really lets each responsibly sourced ingredient shine. From the à la carte menu, start with the umami flavour of koji miso soup or the tangy kick of crispy squid with yuzu kosho aioli. KOYN’s delicate homemade senbei rice cracker tacos can be filled with beetroot, tuna or A5 Wagyu. The sushi menu, meanwhile, includes classic California rolls and fatty tuna nigiri. Share some juicy Wagyu gyoza or try the crispy lobster tempura with a creamy truffle sauce. The omakase tasting menu is the perfect way to let the chef take charge, especially as seasonal menus are frequently available.

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For a zero-waste culinary experience – book at Silo in Hackney, East & City

 Silo’s philosophy of closed-loop cooking leads to unique, sustainable dishes. Credit: Silo
Silo’s tasting menu makes the most of every ingredient. Credit: Silo
Silo’s chic, rustic dining space is ready to welcome you for a unique experience. Credit: Silo

Every single ingredient in every single dish at Silo is used to its full potential. Whether it’s composted, fermented or recycled, Silo’s zero-waste philosophy has made it a leader in restaurant sustainability. Add on house-milled flour and house-churned butter and this airy restaurant serves up an unforgettably local feel. The kitchen has masterminded a London Restaurant Festival X Silo dining experience that celebrates exactly what makes Silo so special. With a glass of fizz to kick things off, you’ll try the unique, tart flavour of Japanese knotweed with fava miso, followed by earthy Maitake mushrooms among other dishes. Close the evening with amazake (sweet sake) with fermented raspberry cheong.

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For one of the best Latin American restaurants in London – head to Crudo in Fitzrovia and Seven Dials, Central, and in Old Street, East & City

Crudo’s selection of seafood dishes serves up unbeatable Latin American flavours. Credit: Crudo
Fruity cocktails pair perfectly with chips and guacamole at Crudo. Credit: Crudo
Every Crudo location offers a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. Credit: Crudo

With outposts in Old Street, Fitzrovia, Seven Dials, Crudo serves up great Latin American seafood dishes throughout London. The restaurant first started out as a food stall and it still maintains a relaxed, casual atmosphere in all its locations. Expect plenty of artistic touches, lush leafy plants and a warm welcome in whichever restaurant you visit. For the London Restaurant Festival, Crudo in Old Street features a five-course tasting menu showcasing its most popular dishes, while Crudo in Fitzrovia and Seven Dials have each created a six-course tasting menu. Savour zingy sea bass ceviche before moving onto flaky roasted sea bream. The experience finishes off with the indulgent dessert of the day. You’ll also receive a complimentary Latin American-inspired cocktail upon arrival and you’ll find plenty of local craft beers and natural wines on the drinks menu.

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For one of the best London Restaurant Festival experiences – visit Galvin La Chapelle and Galvin Bistro & Bar in Spitalfields, East & City

Galvin La Chapelle serves up elegant French dishes made with seasonal produce. Credit: Galvin La Chapelle
Gold leaf touches add extra opulence to the desserts at Galvin La Chapelle. Credit: Galvin La Chapelle
A sense of grandeur greets you the moment you reach the door of Galvin La Chapelle. Credit: Galvin La Chapelle

Galvin La Chapelle brings one of the finest MICHELIN star French fine dining experiences to London. Just look for the red and cream brick walls amidst the modern glass architecture of Spitalfields. Inside the Grade II-listed former school you can enjoy a special set lunch menu created just for the London Restaurant Festival by head chef Arturo Granato. There you can expect fine French dishes made using local, seasonal produce. Just next door, you’ll find Galvin Bistrot & Bar. This restaurant embodies the casual elegance of French bistro dining with a more laid-back feel. A two-course, £24.50 menu for the London Restaurant Festival offers up French homemade cooking, with dishes crafted with locally sourced ingredients. While the menu hasn’t been revealed yet, you can expect dishes like house-marinated Gordal olives, tender aged rib-eye steak and smooth vanilla crème brûlée.

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For a MICHELIN-starred wine and dine experience – visit Trivet in Bermondsey, South East

With over 350 wines, there’s a perfect pairing for every dish at Trivet. Credit: Trivet
Trivet takes inspiration from across the globe to bring you creative dishes. Credit: Trivet
Trivet serves up high-quality dishes in a relaxed, welcoming environment. Credit: Trivet

Awarded two MICHELIN stars in 2024, Trivet just keeps earning accolades and impressing locals and visitors alike. Wine, and how it pairs with food, is a major focus at this warmly-lit restaurant. With monochromatic shades of brown, the dining space creates a relaxed atmosphere that lets the drinks and dishes shine. The wine collection, curated by master sommelier Isa Bal, includes over 350 wines from around the world, celebrating the history, culture and future of winemaking. During the London Restaurant Festival, Trivet offers two set menus: a full taste of Trivet and a taste of Trivet at lunch. Try tender lamb with smoked yoghurt or braised Wagyu and angus ox tongue on a fluffy brioche bun. Unlike many other tasting menus, these don’t have to be ordered by the whole table, so each diner can opt in or out.

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For one of the best restaurants in London for steak – check out Smith & Wollensky in Covent Garden, Central

Smith & Wollensky serves up unbeatable steaks in the heart of London. Credit: Smith & Wollensky London
Pair your steaks with a fruity cocktail at Smith & Wollensky. Credit: Smith & Wollensky London
Smith & Wollensky’s luxuriously retro interior is perfect for a hearty meal. Credit: Smith & Wollensky London

An American steakhouse in the heart of Central London, Smith & Wollensky serves up mouth-watering steaks alongside award-winning wines. Walk across the unique tiled floor and into an opulent dining space filled with plush emerald and brown seating and black and white murals. Its set menu for the London Restaurant Festival will pair its signature fruity gin sling with a juicy 250g sirloin steak and unlimited French fries. If you visit this steakhouse outside of the festival you can enjoy dry-aged Irish tomahawk or American USDA fillet. Alternatively, go for a juicy burger topped with crispy smoked bacon or a steak tartare. The kitchen uses the highest quality steaks, prepared with top-notch cooking techniques to ensure your trip to Smith & Wollensky will always be a treat to remember.

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For one of the best restaurants in London Mayfair – book at L’Atelier Robuchon in Mayfair, Central

Savour the bold, simple flavours served up at L’Atelier Robuchon. Credit: L’Atelier Robuchon
 A bread basket is a perfect start to any meal at L’Atelier Robuchon. Credit: L’Atelier Robuchon
Grab a seat at L’Atelier Robuchon’s stylish bar. Credit: L’Atelier Robuchon

Renowned chef Joel Robuchon’s L’Atelier Robuchon restaurants marry Eastern and Western cuisine with elegance. Its London outpost in Mayfair continues Robuchon’s methods and philosophies: minimal ingredients, cooked with care, to create unforgettable dishes. Small plates of juicy pig trotters on sourdough or fluffy saffron-infused rice make excellent starters and sides. For your main course, try a seared tender A5 Japanese Wagyu steak or a delicate seabass confit with creamy leek fondue. Choose the tasting menu to let the kitchen showcase its best dishes. Add on the wine pairing for sommelier-selected glasses or the non-alcoholic pairing for unique soft drinks and fragrant teas. Shades of black and white are accented with pops of bright red, while the restaurant is lit up in a golden glow. Everything about L’Atelier Robuchon is carried out with elegance and precision, whether it’s the cooking methods, the plating or the chic decor.

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For a hidden gem near the Thames – try The Surprise in Chelsea, South West

 The Surprise offers elegant, delicious dishes prepared with care. Credit: The Surprise Chelsea
The Surprise’s comfortable dining space is the perfect spot to catch up with friends. Credit: The Surprise
Grab a table by the fireplace and settle in for a relaxed meal at The Surprise Chelsea. Credit: The Surprise

Enjoy a relaxed meal just a short walk from the River Thames at this hidden gem of a gastropub in Chelsea. With a deep forest-green and red-brick exterior, you can find The Surprise Chelsea nestled on a quiet street corner. With a menu rooted in seasonal, local ingredients and a laidback, home-style dining space, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy top-quality British cooking. Nibble on some Provençal olives and cod fish bites before ordering starters of smoked halibut or delicate beef carpaccio. For the main course, try pillowy artichoke tortellini or crispy beer-battered fish and chips.

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For a Mexican summer menu – try Decimo at The Standard in King’s Cross, North

Settle in for a flavourful feast at Decimo. Credit: Decimo at The Standard
Floor-to-ceiling windows offer stunning views of King’s Cross from the 10th floor of The Standard. Credit: Decimo at The Standard
Sleek and relaxed, with touches of the desert, Decimo is the perfect spot for a summer night meal. Credit: Decimo at The Standard

MICHELIN-starred chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias has drawn on his Spanish heritage and his love of Mexico to create Decimo at The Standard, London, a flavour-packed, cocktail-fuelled restaurant in the heart of London. Rich red and brown shades create a warm, earthy atmosphere on the 10th floor of The Standard, London. Embrace the sunshine and book Decimo’s LRF £30 summer set menu. Choose between sweet summer beetroots with a refreshing side of pear couscous and flaky fillet of gurnard with a punchy anchovy salsa. Pair your dishes with one of Decimo’s signature mezcal martinis like the limón mezcal martini, flavoured with aromatic orange blossom. Other fragrant flavours include the honey and saffron amaretto sour and the ‘Decimo’, made with pink grapefruit and vanilla shrub.

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For one of the best London Restaurant Festival tasting menus – swing by Officina 00 in Fitzrovia, Central, and in Old Street, East & City

Try Officina 00’s house-made pastas, made with double-zero flour. Credit: Officina 00
Pair your pasta dishes at Officina 00 with a signature or classic cocktail. Credit: Officina 00
Officina 00’s Fitzrovia outpost offers a stylish dining space, perfect for an indulgent Italian meal. Credit: Officina 00

With outposts Fitzrovia and Old Street, Officina 00 serves up an unforgettable pasta experience. Simple, elegant decor in both restaurants creates a relaxing environment where you can savour the bold Italian flavours in style. The pasta is made in the front-of-house lab, where the chefs experiment to create a constantly evolving menu. There’s the signature filled with lamb Genovese, and the rich 100-layer lasagne with San Marzano ragu. Before digging into your pasta there are a range of snacks and starters to choose from, including grilled scallops with aromatic black garlic and creamy buffalo burrata. For the London Restaurant Festival, Officina 00 has put together a six-course tasting menu that explores the full range of flavours on offer.

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For a unique afternoon tea experience – book at Gouqi in Charing Cross, Central

The London Restaurant Festival is the perfect time to enjoy a Dragon Afternoon Tea at Gouqi. Credit: Gouqi
Try colourful dumplings at Gouqi. Credit: Gouqi
Gouqi’s serene decor is perfect for a relaxed afternoon in Charing Cross. Credit: Gouqi

Dimly lit and decorated with elegant floral arrangements and unique artworks, Gouqi creates a wonderfully refined atmosphere. Whether you dine in its blue-toned main dining area or the semi-private booths draped in burnt-orange velvet, you’ll find it’s easy to relax and let the attentive waitstaff guide you through the experience. Seasonal produce is used to create innovative Chinese dishes that draw inspiration from across the country. For the London Restaurant Festival, Gouqi offers a signature Dragon afternoon tea with a cocktail. This unique afternoon tea includes savoury delights like crispy Iberico pork belly, juicy honey-glazed Iberico char siu and smoky chargrilled octopus. Sweet options, meanwhile, include a tangy coconut, lychee and dragon fruit concoction and an aromatic kumquat, coffee and cinnamon treat. Paired with fragrant teas and a gin and melon Mu Long cocktail, it’s the perfect way to relax on a sunny London afternoon.

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For one of the best London Restaurant Festival experiences – book the tasting menu at Launceston Place in Kensington, West

Launceston Place’s modern European menu serves up fresh, seasonal flavours. Credit: Launceston Place
The Craft Guild of Chefs crowned Launceston Place’s chef patron Ben Murphy National Chef of the Year in 2022. Credit: Launceston Place
Launceston Place’s elegant, modern dining room embraces a simple, serene atmosphere. Credit: Launceston Place

Look out for the bold blue exterior of Launceston Place, tucked away in Kensington. Inside, take a seat amidst minimalist shades of white and grey, accented by pops of colour from flowers and bespoke artworks. The ever-changing seasonal menu has helped Launceston Place earn three AA Rosettes, while its wine collection won AA’s Notable Wine List award in 2022 and 2023. For the London Restaurant Festival, toast to the end of the season with its taste of spring three-course menu for £45 per person. Savour seasonal flavours made with locally sourced ingredients like sea bass ceviche with kalamansi and tender Iberico presa with smoked bacon. Start your meal with a complimentary bubbling Kir Royal cocktail and finish with a selection of farmhouse cheeses.

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The London Restaurant Festival provides the perfect opportunity to check out the impressive variety on offer in London’s diverse culinary scene. With seasonal flavours, local produce and a warm welcome wherever you go, the only hard part is choosing where to book first. With special menus created just for the festival, you can have a truly unique dining experience. Whether you’re after an elegant afternoon tea, creative tasting menus or hearty steaks, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this year in June and October.

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