The 10 best restaurants in Chelsea for a lovely meal out

Expect cosy vibes and stunning interiors at The Surprise. Credit: The Surprise Chelsea
The classic pub interior with art on the walls and books on the shelves at The Surprise Chelsea, one of the best restaurants in Chelsea, London.

When it comes to some of the fanciest areas of London, Chelsea truly stands out as one of the finest for gastronomy and the abundance of top-class restaurants. Along the King’s Road and other surrounding enclaves of the borough, you can find perfect spots for special occasions, MICHELIN starred experiences, lively brunch cafés, family-friendly destinations, as well as worldwide cuisine from culinary havens like Peru and India. Head over to one of the city’s most charming areas, the best restaurants in Chelsea in London await.

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For one of the best restaurants in London with a flower-filled setting – visit The Ivy Chelsea Garden in Chelsea

The elegant and lavish dining room and outdoor patio at The Ivy Chelsea Garden is a prime location for a special occasion. Credit: The Ivy Chelsea Garden
The elegant and lavish dining room and outdoor patio at The Ivy Chelsea Garden is a prime location for a special occasion. Credit: The Ivy Chelsea Garden
A dish of smoked haddock and salmon fishcake with poached egg at The Ivy Chelsea Garden, one of the best restaurants in Chelsea, London.
Indulge in the delectable smoked haddock and salmon fishcake from the Ivy Classics menu. Credit: The Ivy Chelsea Garden
An afternoon tea serving with champagne at The Ivy Chelsea Garden, one of the best restaurants in Chelsea, London.
Afternoon tea with champagne is available daily between 3 and 5pm at The Ivy Chelsea Garden. Credit: The Ivy Chelsea Garden

The Ivy Chelsea Garden introduces an ambience of relaxed sophistication to West London with its all-day dining experience and spectacular, picture-perfect interiors. From contemporary British dishes to beloved café-style favourites and delightful options for vegans and vegetarians, the extensive menu showcases stunning, colourful dishes. In addition to the main Art Deco style restaurant, there’s also a charming outdoor garden and an exquisite orangery that provides a picturesque alternative for dining indoors. Onto the menus, you have plenty of choice with an à la carte menu and the 1917 set menu, as well as weekend brunch and afternoon tea options. Highlights include the crispy duck salad, steak tartare or roasted scallops to start off, and the mouth-watering Malaysian monkfish, prawn and coconut curry. The Ivy classic shepherd’s pie and the Scottish smoked haddock and salmon fishcakes are some of the excellent mains that pair perfectly with one of the fine wines on offer.

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For special occasions and a lively atmosphere – book a table at Bluebird Chelsea Restaurant in Chelsea

The Art Deco style exterior and gated entrance at Bluebird Chelsea Restaurant, one of the best restaurants in Chelsea, London.
The Bluebird Chelsea Restaurant is an iconic Art Deco style landmark on King’s Road. Credit: Bluebird Chelsea Restaurant
A beef wellington dish at Bluebird Chelsea Restaurant, one of the best restaurants in Chelsea, London.
Check out the Sunday Roast menu with beef wellington being a popular choice amongst diners. Credit: Bluebird Chelsea Restaurant
A scallop dish with salad garnish at Bluebird Chelsea Restaurant, one of the best restaurants in Chelsea, London.
Fresh seafood like scallops and prawns are a tasty option to start. Credit: Bluebird Chelsea Restaurant

Bluebird Chelsea Restaurant is among the most iconic dining destinations in Chelsea and stands as a shining example of Art Deco architecture, gracing King’s Road with its presence as a well-known London hotspot. Bluebird boasts a café and courtyard, bar and lounge, and the main event: the famous restaurant. Get your fill of modern European cuisine here with expertly crafted menus. Go à la carte for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, or opt for the set menu. The courtyard and café area also features an all-day menu that’s perfect for a casual outdoor meal. Highlights from the menu include tasty starters such as soft burrata with truffle dressing, seared beef tataki and spicy salmon tartare. The main course boasts delightful dishes like the flaky grilled monkfish wrapped in jamon and a rich aged beef and mushroom ragu. Top it off with a glass or two from the extensive drinks menu and Bluebird has you sorted.

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For one of the best Italian restaurants in Kensington, London – check out Daphne’s in South Kensington

The elegant conservatory and dining room with ornate glass roof and rustic brick fire place at Daphne’s, one of the best restaurants in Chelsea, London.
Enjoy traditional Italian cuisine in an elegant setting at Daphne’s. Credit: Daphne’s
A prawn dish and a salmon tartare sit on a table with two glasses of white wine at Daphne’s, one of the best restaurants in Chelsea, London.
Sink your teeth into delicately crafted dishes like salmon tartare and tiger king prawns at Daphne’s. Credit: Daphne’s
A serving dish of tiger prawns at Daphne’s, one of the best restaurants in Chelsea, London.
Wonderful fresh shellfish with an Italian twist lights up the menu at Daphne’s. Credit: Daphne’s

At Daphne’s, you’re guaranteed to find a slice of charm in this neighbourhood favourite that combines delightful cooking with some of the tastiest cocktails on the south side of the river Thames. Situated between Chelsea and South Kensington, Daphne’s maintains an intimate atmosphere while retaining the lively ambience of a bustling eatery, perfect for both groups and romantic evenings. The menu embodies traditional Italian cooking, crafted with the finest ingredients blending classic dishes with modern interpretations. Check out antipasti dishes such as octopus carpaccio, parma ham with artichokes or seared scallops. Onto the main menu, and you won’t go far wrong with linguine with Portland crab and chilli, smoked mozzarella ravioli, or a rigatoni with veal ragu. Remember to leave room for dessert, as Daphne’s boasts homemade gelato ice cream, a stellar tiramisu and a must-try vanilla cheesecake. The expertly crafted cocktails are impossible to resist, especially the passion fruit spritz.

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For one of the best seafood restaurants in Chelsea, London – don’t miss Chicama in Chelsea

Ceviche dishes are accompanied by various small plates, glasses of water and fruit juice at Chicama, one of the best restaurants in Chelsea, London.
Feast on shareable small plates of zesty ceviche and fresh seafood at Chicama. Credit: Chicama
A table and chairs sits in the corner of the rustic dining room next to a door that opens onto the terrace at Chicama, one of the best restaurants in Chelsea, London.
Feel the rustic setting of the restaurant at Chicama, with seating available on the outside terrace. Credit: Chicama
A grilled octopus and rice dish sits in front of other small plates, including ceviche at Chicama, one of the best restaurants in Chelsea, London.
At Chicama you can pick from lunch, dinner, and tasting menus with a wide range of diverse seafood creations to choose. from Credit: Chicama

Chicama is your answer to adventurous and transportative cuisine in Chelsea. Chicama’s culinary ethos revolves around delving into the coastal cuisine of Peru and infusing it with contemporary techniques and flavours. The restaurant’s focus lies in a diverse range of seafood and vegetables, allowing dishes to be inspired by Peruvian culinary traditions (with a touch of innovation) whilst incorporating rich umami flavours reminiscent of Nikkei (Japanese and Peruvian fusion) cuisine. With lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch menus you can take a journey through the country with both the unique food and exceptional creative drinks. Start off with a classic zesty salmon or sea bass ceviche and move onto juicy grilled prawns with lime zest and yuzu kosho, or grilled squid with spicy aji panca for your main, and embrace the incredible flavours of Peru.

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For one of the best gastropubs in London – book at The Fox & Pheasant in Chelsea 

The exterior view of the pub’s façade with flowers hanging from the windowsills at The Fox & Pheasant, one of the best restaurants in Chelsea, London.
The Fox & Pheasant encompasses the traditional British pub inside and out. Credit: The Fox & Pheasant

The Fox & Pheasant is a cosy country-style gastropub that’s perfect for an intimate evening or a relaxed get-together with friends. Enjoy the à la carte menu, a bar snack menu, or the Sunday roast menu – a particular favourite with regulars – and indulge in your fair share of roast potatoes, smooth gravy, and fluffy Yorkshire puddings. Along with a fully-fledged bar when it comes to alcohol and soft drinks, you can sink your teeth into some great pub grub with honey and mustard chipolatas, scotch eggs and crispy squid from the bar snack menu, while classic pub must-try dishes include beer battered fish and chips and the cheese and smoked ham hock pie. Warm up in front of the fireplace in winter, or enjoy an alfresco lunch in the summer when it opens its conservatory roof for sunnier days.

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For one of the best pubs in Chelsea, London for local vibes – try The Surprise in Chelsea

The outside view of The Surprise Chelsea, one of the best restaurants in Chelsea, London.
A neighbourhood gem, The Surprise Chelsea is a must-visit local pub loved by locals and visitors alike. Credit: The Surprise Chelsea
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Start your meal off with stellar bloody marys at The Surprise. Credit: The Surprise Chelsea
A fruit tart pudding with ice cream on the side at The Surprise Chelsea, one of the best restaurants in Chelsea, London.
Don’t leave without trying the signature tarte tatin at The Surprise. Credit: The Surprise Chelsea

The Surprise is a delightful pub tucked away on Christchurch Terrace. This neighbourhood gem boasts an interior with rich colours and an eclectic assortment of art, literature, and games. The atmosphere pairs perfectly with an impressive beverage selection and a curated menu filled with local and seasonal ingredients. Firstly, sample in a few bar nibbles before you get stuck into the à la carte menu, with tasty morsels like cod fish bites with coriander and lime dip. Onto the starters, the beef carpaccio and Galician octopus carpaccio really stand out, as well as the smoked halibut. Move on to the main event with a two bone rack of lamb, a tender Wiltshire ribeye steak and creamy artichoke tortellini. You can also find classic pub fare like fish and chips and a top-notch Wiltshire beef burger.

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For one of the best French restaurants in London – book your table at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea

A white fish dish with garnish and green dressing at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, one of the best restaurants in Chelsea, London.
The attention to detail and craft is evident in each dish’s immaculate presentation. Credit: Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
A white fish dish with a brown dressing and garnish at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, one of the best restaurants in Chelsea, London.
Gordon Ramsay’s multi-awarded menu promises a dinner to remember in the heart of Chelsea. Credit: Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
The elegant and modern dining room at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, one of the best restaurants in Chelsea, London.
Enjoy your culinary journey in an elegantly lit and modern dining room. Credit: Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is your restaurant in Chelsea for cuisine with a MICHELIN star shaped seal of approval. In 2001, the restaurant was awarded 3 stars and still holds that accolade today. Once you’ve eaten here, you’ll see why. The modern French cuisine is crafted with seasonal ingredients, skilfully prepared using a blend of classic and contemporary culinary techniques, with a menu that oozes style and sophistication, as well as master craftsmanship. From the à la carte menu try starters such as ravioli of lobster, langoustine and black truffle, Isle of Skye scallops and veal sweetbread. Follow them up with mains like Dover sole or 100-day aged Cumbrian Blue Grey beef. For a whole culinary experience, order the prestige taster menu with some highlights such as Cornish turbot and Herdwick hogget, as well as the exceptional pecan praline dessert to finish off a true adventure for the senses.  

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For one of the best Indian restaurants in London – check out Kutir in Chelsea

A table of various curry dishes and a glass of red wine at Kutir, in Chelsea.
The Kutir menu allows you to order several dishes, sharing them and trying a bit of everything. Credit: Kutir
A masala curry in a serving dish with a spinach garnish on top at Kutir, in Chelsea.
Enjoy a classic masala-style curry dish with a twist at Kutir. Credit: Kutir
The colourful but simple restaurant bar at Kutir, in Chelsea.
Aside from the tasty food, check out an impressive wine list to complement your dish. Credit: Kutir

Kutir on Lincoln Street was named the Restaurant of the Year at the British Restaurant Awards in 2022, and it is still going strong serving up some of the finest Indian cuisine in the whole city. In Chelsea’s heart, Kutir stands as an elegant townhouse restaurant dedicated to passionately serving Indian cuisine infused with heart, sophistication, and tradition. Here you can experience a high-end culinary journey in an intimate and welcoming environment, showcasing tradition and mouth-watering dishes. With an innovative take on India’s best-loved dishes, the menus introduce fine starters such as aloo tikki (crispy potato cakes), cauliflower samosas and soft-shell crab, whilst mains include jheenga-moilee (wild jumbo prawns), the ever-popular chicken tikka masalas, and juicy pan roasted duck breast madras. There’s also the expedition tasting menu, with vegetarian and jaltarang options, well worth it if you want to try a bit of everything.

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For a taste of Ireland – check out Myrtle in Chelsea

A hand pours a dark over a main dish, at Myrtle, in Chelsea.
The minimalist but meticulously crafted and designed dishes are a testament to Myrtle’s creative menu. Credit: Myrtle
A hand pours a creamy sauce over a crispy potato dish at Myrtle, in Chelsea.
Executive head chef, Sara Haugh draws influences from Ireland to create stunning dishes and surprising flavours. Credit: Myrtle
A cocktail with mint and raspberry garnish at Myrtle, in Chelsea.
Expect world-class food and expertly made cocktails at Myrtle. Credit: Myrtle

Myrtle on Langton Street, is the first solo venture of executive head chef, Anna Haugh. This fancy fine dining hotspot presents a blend of Modern European cuisine with an Irish twist, showcasing the highest quality Irish ingredients. Within relaxed surroundings, guests can enjoy elegantly crafted dishes that reflect both sophistication and informality. Choose from the à la carte menu or the taste of Ireland menu, which is 6 to 8 courses including various dishes drawing inspiration from all corners of the country. Expect St. Tola’s goat cheese and golden beetroot, Clonakilty black pudding from Co. Cork, organic smoked salmon from Co. Clare, and Silverhill duck with lentil emulsion and dried onion. On the à la carte menu, you’ll find the mouth-watering crispy pork brawn with artichoke and pickled onion starters and mains like a roasted hake with scallop oat crust, or the venison loin with braised kale.

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For top Middle Eastern cuisine – visit Villa Mama’s London in Chelsea

A table of dishes with hummus, rice, tandoor bread with spices and sauces at Villa Mama’s, one of the best restaurants in Chelsea, London.
Sharing small plates and starter dishes amongst friends is a great way to enjoy Villa Mama’s menu. Credit: Villa Mama’s London
A table of various dishes with a cocktail and raspberry garnish, at Villa Mama’s in Chelsea.
The colourful and diverse dishes on Villa Mama’s menu pay homage to the Middle Eastern culinary traditions. Credit: Villa Mama’s London
Shelves hold jars and containers of herbs and pickled vegetables at Villa Mama’s in Chelsea.
Expect organic ingredients and spices that reflect Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and Persian influences. Credit: Villa Mama’s London

Villa Mama’s London on Elystan Street is Chelsea’s answer to the best of Middle Eastern fare. Savour the flavours of traditional Bahraini and Gulf cuisine with a modern twist. The menu offers a fusion of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and Persian influences, featuring dishes crafted from organic ingredients selected to tantalise your taste buds. Here you can enjoy lunch or dinner menus and explore specialty cocktails, mocktails, and a curated wine list. Check out some cracking starters to whet your appetite, like a classic baba ganoush with freshly baked tandoor bread, lamb tikka and hummus, or soft grilled halloumi and vine leaves with tomato and tamarind sauce. The delectable main dishes include a fragrant chicken dum biriyani, as well as halibut sabzi, sea bass with pilau rice and classic tandoori chicken shish. Don’t leave without ordering the stunning saffron ice cream.

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Chelsea really has what it takes to sweep you off your feet and delight your tastebuds with some of the finest cuisine this side of the river Thames. The area is well-known for its opulence and sophistication, and this rundown of restaurants is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to high-quality food, drink, and dining experience. Head down south of the river for an unforgettable meal out, London boasts some of its best restaurants in Chelsea. 

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