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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 the Tastemaker 20. 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 European, Thai
Neighborhoods:Fitzrovia, Soho, Shoreditch
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Hakkasan Hanway Place

££££·Chinese·
Fitzrovia
5,272 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
84% recommended
Chinese in West End London
64 people mentioned the Soft Shelled Crab

Social Eating House

££££·Contemporary European·
Soho
1,966 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • 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
Contemporary European in West End London
11 people mentioned the Duck Ham
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som saa

££££·Thai·
Shoreditch
386 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Authentic
  • Spicy
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
Brunch in London
8 people mentioned the Papaya Salad
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Bocca Di Lupo

££££·Italian·
Piccadilly
2,138 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Bar Seating
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
90% recommended
Italian in West End London
20 people mentioned the Radish Salad
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Hakkasan Mayfair

££££·Chinese·
Mayfair
5,417 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
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
83% recommended
Chinese in London
39 people mentioned the Dumplings
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Galvin at Windows

££££·French·
Mayfair
7,614 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
92% recommended
Scenic View in West End London
123 people mentioned the Marshmallows

COYA Mayfair

££££·Peruvian·
Mayfair
1,481 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
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
87% recommended
Peruvian in London
31 people mentioned the Pisco Sour
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Bistrotheque

££££·French·
Bethnal Green
2,371 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies
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
91% recommended
Brunch in London
31 people mentioned the Bloody Mary

Hide Ground

££££·British·
Mayfair
486 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
88% recommended
4 people mentioned the Croissants
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Hide Above

££££·British·
Mayfair
370 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
89% recommended
4 people mentioned the Baked Alaska
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Park Chinois

££££·Chinese·
Mayfair
562 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
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
82% recommended
Hot Spot in London
8 people mentioned the Black Cod

Yauatcha Soho

££££·Chinese·
Soho
5,396 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
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
82% recommended
Chinese in West End London
169 people mentioned the Puffs
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Pollen Street Social

££££·British·
Mayfair
3,100 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
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
94% recommended
British in London
97 people mentioned the Amuse Bouche

The Ivy Soho Brasserie

££££·British·
Soho
3,666 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
85% recommended
Most Booked in London
28 people mentioned the Shepherd Pie

Chotto Matte London

££££·Peruvian·
Soho
1,916 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
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
86% recommended
Peruvian in London
46 people mentioned the Bento Box

St. John

££££·British·
Farringdon
2,518 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
  • Local Ingredients
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
Fit for Foodies in City of London
103 people mentioned the Offal
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Dean Street Townhouse

££££·British·
Soho
2,204 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Pre/post Theatre
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
93% recommended
39 people mentioned the Fish Chip

Kai

££££·Chinese·
Mayfair
1,180 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • 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
Chinese in London
33 people mentioned the Crispy Duck

Berners Tavern

££££·British·
Oxford Circus
3,244 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
88% recommended
49 people mentioned the Mac Cheese
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Sartoria

££££·Italian·
Oxford Circus
2,069 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
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
83% recommended
52 people mentioned the Bellini
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