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
714 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
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
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The Greenhouse

££££·French·
Mayfair
2,863 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Tasting Menu
  • Creative Cuisine
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
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Kai

££££·Chinese·
Mayfair
1,214 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Romance
“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
Chinese in London
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The Ledbury

££££·Contemporary European·
Notting Hill
2,356 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
95% recommended
Notable Wine List in London
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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
98% recommended
Notable Wine List in London
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Restaurant Story London

££££·British·
London Bridge
671 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasions
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
96% recommended
British in London
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Murano

££££·Contemporary European·
Mayfair
2,082 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
Contemporary European in London
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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

££££·British·
Knightsbridge
7,964 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romance
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
88% recommended
British in South West London
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Angler - London

££££·Seafood·
Liverpool Street
1,036 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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
97% recommended
Seafood in London
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Pollen Street Social

££££·British·
Mayfair
3,282 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
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
93% recommended
British in West End London
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The Coach Makers Arms

££££·British·
Marylebone
95 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • 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
92% recommended
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Spring Restaurant

££££·Contemporary British·
Covent Garden
1,605 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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
92% recommended
Contemporary British in London
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som saa

££££·Thai·
Shoreditch
391 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Spicy
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 European·
Soho
2,115 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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
Contemporary European in West End London
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Bocca Di Lupo

££££·Italian·
Piccadilly
2,235 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Authentic
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
93% recommended
Italian in West End London
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Trinity

££££·European·
Clapham
2,659 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
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
94% recommended
Best Service in London
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Scott's Restaurant

££££·Seafood·
Mayfair
641 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
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
92% recommended
Seafood in London
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Corrigan's Mayfair

££££·British·
Mayfair
2,157 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Business Meals
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
92% recommended
British in West End London
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Portland Restaurant

££££·British·
Marylebone
968 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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
96% recommended
British in 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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