Discover the Top New Restaurants in London

In a city like London, century-old pubs serve pints and pies alongside shiny modern spaces. In the world's historical banking epicenter, London has attracted cultures from all over the globe, who bring with them their cooking traditions. Britain's beloved tea came from China. Its world-renowned curries arrived from India, and the endless stream of newcomers means even more fusion and variety. The competition gets fierce when it comes to cuisine in the United Kingdom's capital, demanding the best new restaurants in London to truly earn their patronage. So where do the smartest, savviest Londoners eat out when they want something new? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. We pulled data covering thousands of restaurants to determine the top spots according to OpenTable's most experienced diners. The following 20 represent the best new restaurants in London town. We suggest booking a table at one of these dining gems ASAP.

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Bright

££££·Modern European·
Hackney
306 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem

Bright, one of the best new restaurants in London, comes from the same team behind the popular Hackney wine bar F. Franco. It’s no surprise, then, that Bright offers an excellent wine list to accompan...

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Casa Fofó

££££·Eurasian·
Hackney
203 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance

Hackney newcomer Casa Fofó presents an approachable seven-course tasting menu that changes daily and showcases seasonal, local ingredients. A vegetarian version of the menu is available as well. Chef ...

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Angelina Restaurant

££££·Italian·
Hackney
220 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine

Italian-Japanese fusion is a potentially tricky concept, but Angelina has it nailed. Within months of its early 2019 opening, the family-owned eatery was generating buzz as one of the best new restaur...

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Cornerstone

££££·Seafood·
Hackney
288 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies

Cornerstone, a celebrated new restaurant in Hackney Ward from chef Tom Brown, celebrates sustainable British seafood and seasonal produce via shared plates. An open kitchen forms the focal point of th...

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hicce

££££·International·
King's Cross
531 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date

Signatures of hicce, the new Central London restaurant from rising-star chef Pip Lacey, include wood-fire cooking, excellent cocktails and contemporary British creations infused with diverse global fl...

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Adam Handling Chelsea Restaurant

££££·Contemporary European·
Chelsea
180 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for Anniversaries

Adam Handling is the name of one of the best new restaurants in London and the acclaimed chef who conceives its modern British menus. Those include breakfast, lunch, a la carte and tasting menus for d...

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Contemporary European in London
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Dinings SW3

££££·Japanese·
Knightsbridge
265 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies

Dinings SW3 is the second Dinings in London, a newer and grander version of the celebrated original in Marylebone. The new venue in Chelsea is notable as a Grade I-listed building with soaring ceiling...

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Japanese in London
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Kahani

££££·Contemporary Indian·
Chelsea
281 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance

Since its late 2018 opening, the Indian fine dining restaurant Kahani has enjoyed rave reviews from critics as well as Chelsea’s discerning foodies. For Kahani’s cuisine, chef Peter Joseph takes inspi...

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Contemporary Indian in London
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Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay

££££·Asian·
Mayfair
530 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries

Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay, which opened in Mayfair in the summer of 2019, represents the diverse cuisines of Asia as interpreted by one of Britain’s best-known celebrity chefs. The new venue, open un...

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Asian in London
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Chucs Cafe Kensington

££££·Italian·
South Kensington
120 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Brunch
  • Lunch

The Chucs restaurant group was founded by a designer swimwear brand around the concept of modern Mediterranean cuisine served in spaces inspired by luxury yachts. From the original in Mayfair, Chucs h...

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Imperial Treasure

££££·Chinese·
Piccadilly
383 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Lunch

The celebrated international restaurant group Imperial Treasure opened its first London venue in 2019. It took over a Grade II-listed former bank building in St. James, a striking space with soaring c...

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Chinese in West End London
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Arros QD

££££·Mediterranean·
Fitzrovia
76 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
  • Business Meals

Arros QD, the brainchild of acclaimed Spanish chef Quique Dacosta, is an ode to Valencian cuisine, most notably paella. The huge, two-story space in Fitzrovia uses its enormous wood-fired oven to turn...

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Gluten Free Options in London
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Emilia

££££·Italian·
Mayfair
125 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Quiet Conversation

Emilia, a pocket-sized wine bar and restaurant inside Bonhams auction house in Mayfair, takes inspiration for its refined cuisine from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Also characterizing the fine ...

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Santo Mare

££££·Italian·
Marylebone
297 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions

When Santo Mare opened in spring of 2019 in Marylebone, it was quickly recognized as one of the best new restaurants in London for seafood. Following the concept of the original restaurant in Porto Ce...

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Onima

££££·Italian·
Mayfair
69 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies

The upscale Mediterranean spot Onima opened in an elegant London townhouse in 2018. The concept takes inspiration from the island of Mykonos, melding mostly Greek and Italian culinary influences with ...

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Lucknow 49

££££·Indian·
Mayfair
127 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies

Lucknow 49 is an invitingly cozy, colorful Indian restaurant in Mayfair. Its décor and vibe lean toward boho, with copious brightly patterned cushions and bold colors throughout the home-like space. I...

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Gold Notting Hill

££££·European·
Notting Hill
451 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions

With exceptional food enhanced by live wood fire and a remarkable three-story venue on Portobello Road, Gold Notting Hill is a serious contender for a top spot among the best new restaurants in London...

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European in London
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Yeni

££££·Mediterranean·
Soho
253 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Authentic

The new Soho restaurant Yeni is the second from chef-owner Civan Er, whose original Yeni Lokanta is one of the most celebrated restaurants in Istanbul. Er’s menus (a la carte, set and group) change da...

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RedFarm

££££·Chinese·
Covent Garden
305 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Lunch

The popular New York City restaurant RedFarm recently took over a space in Covent Garden and within a matter of months landed on The Times’ Top 100 UK Restaurants list. Just like the NYC original, the...

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Chinese in West End London

SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden

££££·Japanese·
Covent Garden
160 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance

At Sushisamna, a newcomer to Covent Garden although the second in London, the concept of Japanese-Peruvian-Brazilian fusion cuisine makes for an unforgettable dining experience. So does the lavishly r...

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