The Best Restaurants in London, According to our Tastemakers

Professed foodies visiting or living in London are surely among the most fortunate there could be, faced in this superbly diverse city of 22 million with countless incredible restaurants and bars. There's no denying this most historic city's Old World status, which in its contemporary dining scene means rediscovering the culinary treasures of Britain's heritage. 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. The best places to eat in London include unassuming local pubs that have claimed their own stake in the dining scene, and traditional fish-and-chip and pie shops serving elevated versions of the U.K.'s favorite comfort food. One foodie might find the best food in London to be the finest haute cuisine, while another discovers the glory in wild game from the British countryside. Why not choose your own adventure through London's best restaurants.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Umu, Portland Restaurant, The Greenhouse
Price Range:££££ - ££££
Cuisines:Japanese, British, French
Neighborhoods:Mayfair, Marylebone
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Time
7:00 PM

Umu

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

Acclaimed chef Yoshinori Ishii has a studious and artistic approach to interpreting the culinary traditions of Kyoto. There’s a buzz around Ishii that is more than amply upheld by the impeccable quali...

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Portland Restaurant

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

Reservations are a must at this informal fine-dining gem close to Oxford Circus. The menu, which changes daily and lets choice ingredients steal the glory, is modern British with hints of the Mediterr...

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The Greenhouse

££££·French·
Mayfair
2,764 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance

Traditional French fare served in a tranquil, leafy garden-inspired setting earned The Greenhouse a reputation as one of the most luxurious restaurants in all of London. Every plate is a work of art, ...

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Kai

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

Chef Alex Chow’s Malaysian heritage and his affinity for Nanyang cuisine from the South Seas inspire the eclectic interpretations of classic Chinese dishes presented at Kai Mayfair. Kai’s motto is “li...

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Chinese in London
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The Ledbury

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

Within a year of its 2005 opening, Australian chef Brett Graham's 55-seat restaurant immediately became a critical darling and continues to top lists of the best restaurants not only in the U.K., but ...

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Restaurant Story London

££££·British·
London Bridge
790 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies

The celebrated millennial chef Tom Sellers was just 26 when he opened Restaurant Story in 2013, and within a matter of months, his purpose-built venue earned fawning odes from critics far and wide. Se...

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British in London
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Murano

££££·Contemporary European·
Mayfair
2,105 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance

The menu, stuffed with comfort foods inspired by chef Angela Hartnett’s Italian grandmother and balanced by lighter, produce-forward creations, features five sections allowing patrons to create their ...

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Hide Above

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

A buzz hummed all over London around the 2018 opening of Hide, a collaboration between Ollie Dabbous and Hedonism Wines, whose shop next door to the restaurant on Piccadilly claims the world’s largest...

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Hide Ground

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

Hide Ground occupies the mid-level of the massive, woodsy Hide Restaurant on Piccadilly in Mayfair, and the vibe likewise sits in the middle between the formal fine dining of Hide Above and the trendy...

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Angler - London

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

At the top of South Place Hotel is the high-end fish and seafood restaurant Angler, helmed by head chef Gary Foulkes. The restaurant is bright and inviting, as is the optimistic outdoor seating option...

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Pollen Street Social

££££·British·
Mayfair
3,476 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Lunch

Pollen Street Social, a casual and contemporary British bistro, is celebrated chef Jason Atherton’s flagship restaurant in the U.K. Highlights of the menu include a smoked foie gras starter and a rabb...

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The Coach Makers Arms

££££·British·
Marylebone
107 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Group Bookings

Stop in for a meal or a pint at The Coach Makers Arms and experience the nostalgia of a classic British pub complete with fireplaces and stained glass, restored to contemporary standards and transform...

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Spring Restaurant

££££·Contemporary British·
Covent Garden
1,604 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance

Skye Gyngell, a famous chef and food writer, has transformed a 19th-century drawing room inside Somerset House into a luxurious and decadent venue for perfectionist seasonal cuisine. The décor is gauz...

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som saa

££££·Thai·
Shoreditch
401 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Brunch

After starting as a pop-up restaurant, som saa graduated to brick and mortar inside a former fabric warehouse in Spitalfields. Co-founder and co-head chef Andy Oliver serves up Northern Thai cuisine w...

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Bocca Di Lupo

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

Serving excellent regional Italian fare in the Soho theatre district, Bocca Di Lupo is consistently popular with critics, who almost inevitably confer praise upon the wine list. There’s a long marble ...

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Group Bookings in London
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Trinity

££££·European·
Clapham
2,834 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem

Trinity, located in the heart of Chapham Old Town, offers fine plates of British, French, and Italian inspired food. There’s no doubt this is special-occasion fare for most, artistically presented and...

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European in London
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Bright Courtyard

££££·Chinese·
Marylebone
316 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Group Bookings
  • Business Meals

Modern dim sum alongside Cantonese and Shanghai classics dominate the book-length menu, presented via iPad, at Bright Courtyard Club. Housed in a landmark building on Baker Street, the restaurant is f...

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Business Meals in West End London
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Scott's Restaurant

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

Scott’s Restaurant traces its provenance to 1851 and has a verifiable claim to be among the five oldest restaurants in London. The elegant fish and seafood restaurant’s admirable lineage translates be...

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Seafood in London
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Rivea London

££££·Mediterranean·
Knightsbridge
260 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Business Meals

Rivea, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, is a chic but informal restaurant inside the Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge. They offer simple, balanced presentations of top-quality ingredients inspired...

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Texture Restaurant

££££·Modern European·
Marble Arch
1,806 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine

In a restored Georgian building in Mayfair, decked out with calming Nordic décor and drenched with light, Texture serves pleasingly bright, healthy culinary creations by Icelandic chef-owner Aggi Sver...

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