The Top Cheap Eats in London

The OpenTable Team

Where can diners find good food at a low price in London? Britain’s capital has a reputation for traditional high quality cuisine and a vibrant foodie scene. You'll discover traditional dishes such as meat pies, English breakfasts, and fish and chips—along with Italian, Indian, Caribbean, Chinese cuisine, and more. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemakers List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:Ivy Market Grill, Bocca Di Lupo, Blacklock Soho
Price Range:££ - £££
Cuisines:British, Italian, Steak
Neighborhoods:Covent Garden, Piccadilly, Soho

Ivy Market Grill

££££·British·
Covent Garden
7,767 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Lunch
Located in the heart of Covent Garden and close to the theaters, the Ivy Market Grill serves food all day with a British or European theme. You'll find a good vegetarian and vegan Read more
91% recommended
Most Booked in West End London
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Bocca Di Lupo

££££·Italian·
Piccadilly
2,320 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List
This award-winning Italian restaurant is in Soho and is famous for their authentic cuisine and romantic atmosphere. The menu features food from all 20 of the Italian regions and haRead more
95% recommended
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Blacklock Soho

££££·Steak·
Soho
2,721 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Sunday Lunch
Blacklock is famous for high-quality meat served at a good price for Central London. Grills and chops are the order of the day, and diners can make up a plate from a range of meatsRead more
99% recommended
Steak in London
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The Riding House Cafe

££££·Modern European·
Fitzrovia
3,398 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Casual
With a modern appearance, the Riding House Cafe is a popular venue in London's Fitzrovia. Located near the main shopping district and theaters, Riding House Cafe is a good place toRead more
87% recommended
Modern European in West End London
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The Ivy Soho Brasserie

££££·British·
Soho
4,678 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Good for a Date
All-day dining at the Ivy Soho Brasserie makes this central London restaurant popular with sightseers and theatergoers. They are also one of the best cheap places to eat in CentralRead more
86% recommended
Most Booked in West End London
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NOPI

££££·Mediterranean·
Soho
6,220 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
NOPI Soho is an Ottolenghi restaurant with inspirational dishes created with a Middle Eastern twist. There is seasonal cuisine here with signature dishes including courgette and maRead more
92% recommended
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som saa

££££·Thai·
Shoreditch
399 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Brunch
Located in London's Spitalfields neighborhood, Som Saa is well-known for their regional Thai cuisine. The Tem Toh sharing menu for three or more has some tempting dishes for groupsRead more
100% recommended
Fit for Foodies in London
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Yauatcha Soho

££££·Chinese·
Soho
6,082 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
For the best dim sum and other Chinese specialties, Yauatcha Soho is one of the best places to eat. Located in the midst of London's Chinatown, this is a classy restaurant with somRead more
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Dean Street Townhouse

££££·British·
Soho
2,611 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Lunch
Located in Soho, Dean Street Townhouse serves food all day. From traditional British breakfasts to lunches and even afternoon tea, there is a wide selection of tempting dishes. ChoRead more
95% recommended
British in West End London
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The Ivy Chelsea Garden

££££·British·
Chelsea
7,196 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Good for a Date
Kings Road is one of London's most famous shopping streets and also home to the Ivy Chelsea Garden. The restaurant has a relaxed feel, along with a terrace and a garden, so they arRead more
87% recommended
Most Booked in London
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Balthazar London

££££·French·
Covent Garden
3,227 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
This popular brasserie in Covent Garden serves delicious food all day and is really popular, being close to the theaters. Taste some of the best bistro food in London and relax witRead more
87% recommended
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Hide Above

££££·British·
Mayfair
371 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List
Hide Above is one of London's best kept secrets for cheap eats and run by Chef Ollie Dabbous. He earned a Michelin star at his previous restaurant before opening Hide. With views aRead more
90% recommended
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Bistrotheque

££££·French·
Bethnal Green
2,382 reviews
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Brunch
Bistrotheque sits in a converted East London warehouse and serves seasonal French and European cuisine. There are some great choices on the menu including camembert pie with parsleRead more
86% recommended
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Social Eating House

££££·Contemporary British·
Soho
2,233 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
The Social Eating House in Soho has a comfortable, yet informal atmosphere, with a definite lively vibe. They serve great quality food at a good price in Central London and are oneRead more
85% recommended
Contemporary British in London
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Umu

££££·Japanese·
Mayfair
715 reviews
  • Special Occasions
This award-winning Japanese restaurant has some of the best sushi in London, and largely influenced by Kyoto cuisine. This is a restaurant that prides themselves on the provenance Read more
100% recommended
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Park Chinois

££££·Chinese·
Mayfair
621 reviews
  • Romance
  • Special Occasions
  • Hot Spot
This sophisticated restaurant in the heart of Mayfair specializes in French Chinese cuisine. The era of 1930s Shanghai inspires the decor and there is live music, creating a vibranRead more
100% recommended
Hot Spot in London
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Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

££££·Seafood·
Piccadilly
3,277 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
  • Special Occasions
Bentley's Oyster Bar and Grill have one of the best outdoor terraces in London, as well as high-quality seafood. Shucking oysters is a passion here, and there is a wide range of shRead more
87% recommended
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St. John

££££·British·
Farringdon
2,825 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasions
St John is in the heart of historic Smithfield in the City of London. They are in a converted warehouse close to the Smithfield Meat Market and specialize in nose-to-tail eating. DRead more
94% recommended
Best Ambience in City of London
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Hakkasan Mayfair

££££·Chinese·
Mayfair
6,348 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
Specializing in Cantonese cooking, Hakkasan Mayfair is sophisticated and popular. Spread over two dining floors, there are both intimate spaces to eat and livelier areas. In HakkasRead more
Chinese in West End London
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Spring Restaurant

££££·Contemporary British·
Covent Garden
1,605 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
The iconic Somerset House, one of London's most historic buildings, is the location of Spring Restaurant. The cuisine is local and hearty with a creative touch by Chef Skye GingellRead more
90% recommended
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