The Top Iconic Dishes in London

The OpenTable Team

In the incredibly diverse and ancient city of London, chefs draw inspiration from every corner of the globe and every era of culinary history, resulting in a dining scene of unmatched inventiveness and cosmopolitanism. Iconic dishes in London might come wrapped in newsprint at a nondescript chip shop or scooped from a buffet tray at a budget-friendly Indian establishment, and London's most talented chefs all have a signature dish that visiting foodies must try. 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. Explore London's top restaurants and discover them for yourself.

Restaurants:Umu, The Greenhouse, Kai
Price Range:££££ - ££££
Cuisines:Japanese, French, Chinese
Neighborhoods:Mayfair

Umu

££££·Japanese·
Mayfair
715 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance
Chef Yoshinori Ishii is a master of sushi and Kyoto-style kaiseki (multi-course) meals. Ishii continues to wow foodies and critics alike with impeccably conceived and presented disRead more
83% recommended
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The Greenhouse

££££·French·
Mayfair
2,864 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance
The Greenhouse offers Classic French cuisine in a garden-inspired setting, as well as what’s reportedly the longest wine list in London—some 3,500 labels at last count. Executive cRead more
91% recommended
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Kai

££££·Chinese·
Mayfair
1,298 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
“Liberated Chinese cooking” is the motto of Kai, a plush Chinese restaurant consistently ranked among the best in London. Their creative menus, equal parts classic Chinese and ecleRead more
89% recommended
Chinese in West End London
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The Ledbury

££££·Contemporary European·
Notting Hill
2,361 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
Under Australian chef Brett Graham, The Ledbury in Notting Hill earned a place near the top of many lists of the world’s best restaurants. Graham’s signature dish—flame-grilled macRead more
92% recommended
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Restaurant Story London

££££·British·
London Bridge
728 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Tasting Menu
  • Romance
The eponymous stories told by the four- to 11-course tasting menus at chef Tom Sellers’ debut restaurant in London have multiple inspirations—fairy tales, British history, Sellers’Read more
98% recommended
British in London

Murano

££££·Contemporary European·
Mayfair
2,109 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
Murano’s owner and head chef Angela Hartnett takes inspiration for her comforting culinary creations from the Italian grandmother and aunts who helped raise her. With equal space fRead more
93% recommended
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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

££££·British·
Knightsbridge
7,979 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, inside the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in Knightsbridge, presents world-class dishes inspired by the culinary history of Britain, developed iRead more
90% recommended
Special Occasions in London
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Angler - London

££££·Seafood·
Liverpool Street
1,039 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Creative Cuisine
Angler occupies the top floor of the South Place Hotel, a location featuring a rooftop terrace with a retractable roof for al fresco dining. At the helm of the restaurant is chef GRead more
100% recommended
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Pollen Street Social

££££·British·
Mayfair
3,493 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Lunch
Pollen Street Social is the flagship of chef Jason Atherton, an amazing British bistro that calls itself casual but features dishes meticulous in their detail. Atherton has establiRead more
98% recommended
British in London
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The Coach Makers Arms

££££·British·
Marylebone
105 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Group Bookings
  • Casual
The Coach Makers Arms, a gastropub in Marylebone, is equal parts nostalgic British drinking institution and contemporary fine-dining restaurant. The historic pub’s fireplaces, staiRead more
100% recommended
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Spring Restaurant

££££·Contemporary British·
Covent Garden
1,605 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
At her luxurious fine-dining restaurant Spring, elegantly housed in a restored 19th-century drawing room in Somerset House on the Strand, well-known chef and food writer Skye GyngeRead more
90% recommended
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som saa

££££·Thai·
Shoreditch
399 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Brunch
som saa brings the bold, pungent, spicy flavors of Northern Thailand to a converted former fabric warehouse in Spitalfields. The vibe—young, trendy, and hungry for a memorable mealRead more
100% recommended
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Social Eating House

££££·Contemporary British·
Soho
2,252 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
Chef Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House covers three floors of a contemporary Soho venue, each with a unique atmosphere. In the basement is the chef’s table, for an intimate diniRead more
91% recommended
Contemporary British in London
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Bocca Di Lupo

££££·Italian·
Piccadilly
2,354 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List
Bocca Di Lupo, a cozy and beloved restaurant in the Soho theater district, presents dishes from the 20 regions of Italy along with a critically acclaimed wine list. Small- and largRead more
95% recommended
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Trinity

££££·European·
Clapham
2,804 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
Trinity in Clapham Old Town sports modern and immaculate offerings that change with the seasons. The dining room décor reads as sophisticated in its simplicity, and café-style seatRead more
99% recommended
Best Service in London
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Scott's Restaurant

££££·Seafood·
Mayfair
795 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Lunch
Scott’s Restaurant is one of the oldest restaurants in London, serving elegant fish and seafood dishes since 1851. While their menu features plenty of luxurious items like caviar, Read more
95% recommended
Seafood in London
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Corrigan's Mayfair

££££·British·
Mayfair
2,159 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance
Acclaimed celebrity chef and slow food movement pioneer Richard Corrigan draws upon his rural Irish heritage at his namesake restaurant in Mayfair, a critically acclaimed establishRead more
89% recommended
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Portland Restaurant

££££·British·
Marylebone
1,052 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List
The menu at Portland Restaurant, a contemporary British bistro with subtle Mediterranean influences, changes daily, but repeat diners rave about its wild game pies. The menu occasiRead more
98% recommended
Fit for Foodies in West End London
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Rivea London

££££·Mediterranean·
Knightsbridge
260 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Business Meals
Rivea, a chic restaurant inside the Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbrige, presents menus inspired by the Italian and French rivieras, devised by executive chef Alexandre Nicolas in collabRead more
89% recommended
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Texture Restaurant

££££·Modern European·
Marble Arch
1,806 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
At Texture, diners have a clear view of the unique plating area in the heart of the dining room, making a show of the restaurant's chefs’ attention to detail and dedication to brigRead more
97% recommended
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