The Best Places to Eat in London

London is simultaneously ancient and ultra-modern, trendy and traditional—and the best restaurants in the city encapsulate this dichotomy. You might dine on a culinary creation that feels entirely "now" while sitting in a centuries-old building. Young, up-and-coming chefs source their produce from long-established heritage farms across the British Isles, and restaurants that have been around for decades revamp their dishes and dining spaces to keep up with the latest trends. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker Lists. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. The best spots in the city—including the following restaurants—bring a whole world of flavors into the dining experience while honoring their London home.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Umu, Blacklock Soho, NOPI
Price Range:££ - ££££
Cuisines:Japanese, Steak, Mediterranean
Neighborhoods:Mayfair, Soho
Party Size
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Date
Time
7:00 PM

Umu

££££·Japanese·
Mayfair
697 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance

Umu in Mayfair consistently wows the world's toughest critics as well as its customers, who know they're in for a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience. Chef Yoshinori Ishii brings his acclaimed master...

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Blacklock Soho

££££·Steak·
Soho
3,193 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch

The minimalist, meat-centric menu and bargain craft cocktails at Soho's Blacklock have proved so popular that it launched two more restaurants, one in the City and another in Shoreditch. For its venue...

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Steak in London
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NOPI

££££·Mediterranean·
Soho
6,101 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Special Occasions

Chef Yotam Ottolenghi's signature Israeli and Mediterranean flavors meet the freshest seasonal, local produce at NOPI, a two-story venue in Soho. With a bright white and gold-adorned upstairs dining r...

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COYA Mayfair

££££·Peruvian·
Mayfair
1,585 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions

The journey toward making COYA Mayfair one of the best trendy restaurants in London was a genuine around-the-world quest for chef Sanjay Dwivedi. Before devising his acclaimed Incan-Peruvian fine dini...

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Angler - London

££££·Seafood·
Liverpool Street
1,039 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions

A seasonal delight at Angler, on top of the South Place Hotel, is the rooftop terrace with views across the city. A retractable roof extends the availability of coveted terrace seating, but every seat...

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Social Eating House

££££·Contemporary British·
Soho
2,250 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date

From prolific London chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton, Social Eating House is a cool Soho spot specializing in impeccably presented dishes created around the finest British ingredients. The restau...

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Bocca Di Lupo

££££·Italian·
Piccadilly
2,346 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List

Bocca Di Lupo, warm, welcoming space in the Soho theater district, serves elegant, contemporary versions of classic cuisine inspired by 20 distinct regions of Italy. Small- and large-plate portions of...

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Hide Above

££££·British·
Mayfair
372 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List

Hide Above occupies the loftiest spot at Hide, a three-story collection of restaurants in Mayfair connected by a stunning, swirling wooden staircase. A tasting menu of six to nine courses, typically a...

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Hide Ground

££££·British·
Mayfair
490 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Notable Wine List

A more approachable, a la carte version of Hide's acclaimed cuisine is a huge draw to Hide Ground, housed on the restaurant's mid-level (Below, the third venue, is a chic cocktail bar). The all-day me...

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Bistrotheque

££££·French·
Bethnal Green
2,231 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Brunch
  • Special Occasions

The culinary traditions of Britain and France carry equal weight on the creative menus at Bistrotheque, a trendy restaurant housed in a converted warehouse in Bethnal Green. The airy and spacious all-...

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The Ledbury

££££·Contemporary European·
Notting Hill
2,330 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance

Australian chef Brett Graham is at the helm of the 55-seat space, presenting his signature contemporary European cuisine centered around British game, seafood, and produce. Graham's signature dish, fl...

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Scott's Restaurant

££££·Seafood·
Mayfair
967 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies

As one of the oldest restaurants in London—it started out as an oyster bar in 1851—Scott's Restaurant has certainly proved its ability to evolve with the ever-changing trends of contemporary cuisine w...

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Seafood in London
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St. John

££££·British·
Farringdon
2,943 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasions

The signature of St. John, which opened in Smithfield in 1994, is chef Fergus Henderson's pioneering whole-animal approach to classic British cuisine. Diners enthusiastic about offal, game, and uncomm...

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Best Overall in City of London
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Galvin at Windows

££££·French·
Mayfair
7,573 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance
  • Scenic View

The name of Galvin at Windows is a nod to its famously incredible views from the top floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane, a panorama encompassing the ancient rooftops of the city and green expanse...

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French in West End London
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Portland Restaurant

££££·British·
Marylebone
1,212 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List

An immediate critical darling upon its debut in 2015, Portland Restaurant has gained rave reviews and earned itself a loyal following among London locals. The open kitchen turns out beautifully presen...

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British in West End London
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Kai

££££·Chinese·
Mayfair
1,363 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date

“Liberated Chinese cooking” is the founding ethos of Kai, a Mayfair institution (since 1993) that boasts a solid claim to being one of the best trendy restaurants in London. The menu is lengthy, price...

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Chinese in London
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Nobu - London

££££·Japanese·
Mayfair
2,978 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

One of three Nobu locations in London (the other restaurant is on Berkeley Street and there's a Nobu Hotel in Shoreditch) and over 40 across the world, the Old Park Lane restaurant offers all the mark...

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Hakkasan - Hanway Place

££££·Chinese·
Fitzrovia
6,110 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Fit for Foodies

Hakkasan Hanway Place isn't the only Hakkasan in London (there's another in Mayfair), but it's the original restaurant that launched an international empire. The location is famous for the prodigious ...

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The Ivy Chelsea Garden

££££·British·
Chelsea
8,722 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Lunch

The Ivy Chelsea Garden dazzles a chic crowd of diners with its venue, light-filled space on King's Road with an orangery and leafy garden terrace in the back ideal for warmer-weather meals and drinks...

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Most Booked in London

Berners Tavern

££££·British·
Oxford Circus
3,772 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Notable Wine List

A vast and eclectic assortment of paintings united by gilt frames blanket every inch of wall space around Berners Tavern, perhaps competing for diners' attention with the beautifully ornate ceiling—or...

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