The Top Bars for Foodies in London

The OpenTable Team

Whether you're looking for casual, post-work drinks with friends or a rooftop dinner and cocktails, London is a city that won’t disappoint. From Southbank bars to Mayfair pubs, all the way to the rooftop bars in Shoreditch on the fringes of the East End, there are hundreds of eating and drinking establishments to suit every taste. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Whether you’re an alcohol aficionado or just like a glass of wine with dinner, we've tracked down the greatest pubs, trendy hotspots, and everything in between. Impress your friends and family and score a spot; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:Hakkasan - Hanway Place, Social Eating House, som saa
Price Range:£££ - ££££
Cuisines:Chinese, Contemporary British, Thai
Neighborhoods:Fitzrovia, Soho, Shoreditch

Hakkasan - Hanway Place

££££·Chinese·
Fitzrovia
5,799 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
This Michelin-starred eatery is at the forefront of Chinese cuisine in the city, but it’s also an excellent place to grab a cocktail. Try one of their original mixes—or a tipple frRead more
Chinese in West End London

Social Eating House

££££·Contemporary British·
Soho
2,218 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Social Eating House might be straightforward in name, but it’s full of surprises. You can dine in the main restaurant, or visit the upstairs speakeasy (a little hint: look for an oRead more
82% recommended

som saa

££££·Thai·
Shoreditch
397 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
The chefs at Som Saa serve up classic Thai food with a modern twist in an artfully remodeled building that was once a fabric warehouse. You can dine at a table or booth, or enjoy aRead more
100% recommended
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Bocca Di Lupo

££££·Italian·
Piccadilly
2,303 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Authentic
Nestled in the heart of bustling Soho, this eatery specializes in food and wine from across all twenty of Italy’s regions. The slogan “For when you’re hungry like the wolf” makes iRead more
93% recommended
Fit for Foodies in West End London
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Hakkasan Mayfair

££££·Chinese·
Mayfair
6,286 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
Hakkasan opened this second restaurant in London in 2010, and it soon garnered a Michelin star of its own. The huge new venue recreates the traditional decor of the original, but iRead more
Most Booked in London

Galvin at Windows

££££·French·
Mayfair
7,765 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
For a drink with a difference, try Galvin at Windows. This London rooftop bar is situated in the heart of Mayfair and offers unrivaled views across the city. As well as tucking intRead more
87% recommended
French in West End London
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COYA Mayfair

££££·Peruvian·
Mayfair
1,542 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
For modern Peruvian cuisine there are few places better than COYA, where expert chefs fuse the flavors of lime, coconut and smoke with cooking techniques from Japan and Spain. The Read more
100% recommended
Special Occasions in London

Bistrotheque

££££·French·
Bethnal Green
2,383 reviews
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Authentic
This tucked-away eatery in a converted warehouse bills itself as the venue with a soul rather than a sign. In a lively atmosphere complete with piano music and bright, modern decorRead more
89% recommended
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Hide Ground

££££·British·
Mayfair
489 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Notable Wine List
The menu at Hide Ground is all about heart—offering simple but filling meals, prepared with care and attention. Enjoy pickles, breads and jams, and cured meats. The peaceful and reRead more
87% recommended
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Hide Above

££££·British·
Mayfair
371 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List
If you’re in the mood for something more delicate and refined, opt for Hide Above. Here you’re more likely to find truffles, sea bass and dressed leeks than bread and cheese. Try tRead more
90% recommended
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Park Chinois

££££·Chinese·
Mayfair
617 reviews
  • Romance
  • Special Occasions
  • Hot Spot
Step back in time with an evening at Park Chinois—a restaurant that combines the Chinese fine dining with the glamour of Shanghai in the 1930s. Dim sum is particularly recommended—Read more
90% recommended
Hot Spot in London
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Yauatcha Soho

££££·Chinese·
Soho
6,051 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
This all-day teahouse is well-known for its dim sum menu, which is available from its exclusive underground location in the heart of Soho. Yauatcha serves elegant food prepared witRead more

Pollen Street Social

££££·British·
Mayfair
3,432 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
This Michelin-starred bistro offers a relaxed approach to fine dining. Expect dishes to be compact but flavorful, and made with British ingredients. For a taste of what the UK has Read more
95% recommended
British in London

The Ivy Soho Brasserie

££££·British·
Soho
4,638 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Good for a Date
This all-day eatery offers a respite from the frantic bustle of Broadwick Street. Step inside and you’ll discover a polished onyx bar and a classic-yet-comfortable dining room. As Read more
87% recommended
Most Booked in West End London

Chotto Matte Soho

££££·Peruvian·
Soho
2,394 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
What do you get if you combine the best of Peruvian and Japanese cooking? The answer is Nikkei cuisine, and Chotto Matte offers the best selection you’ll find in London, served witRead more
85% recommended
Peruvian in London

St. John

££££·British·
Farringdon
2,798 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List
Situated just around the corner from Smithfield Market, this deliberately unpretentious establishment specializes in nose-to-tail eating—they make use of every part of the animal tRead more
93% recommended
Best Overall in City of London
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Dean Street Townhouse

££££·British·
Soho
2,590 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Lunch
You’d be hard pressed to find a more authentically British place to eat than Dean Street Townhouse. The dining room is part of a long-established Soho hotel, and it offers hearty ERead more
94% recommended
British in West End London
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Kai

££££·Chinese·
Mayfair
1,262 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Fit for Foodies
For multiple years in a row “The Sunday Times“ has ranked Kai the highest out of all Chinese restaurants, and this means you can expect something special. While remaining respectfuRead more
86% recommended
Chinese in London
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Berners Tavern

££££·British·
Oxford Circus
3,543 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton has made this modern, elegant tavern into a gastronomic destination, with a range of contemporary British dishes. For a real treat, book for thRead more
90% recommended
Business Meals in West End London

Sartoria

££££·Italian·
Oxford Circus
2,106 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
  • Business Meals
As you might expect for an eatery on Savile Row, Sartoria is trendy, glamorous and popular. Serving up an all-day menu inspired by head chef Francesco Mazzei’s home region of CalabRead more
86% recommended
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