The Top Iconic Dishes in London

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.

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

££££·Japanese·
Mayfair
697 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 dishes, among them a si...

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The Greenhouse

££££·French·
Mayfair
2,764 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 chef Alex Dilling too...

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Kai

££££·Chinese·
Mayfair
1,363 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 eclectic creations, feat...

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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

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 mackerel with smoked ee...

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Restaurant Story London

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

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’ own childhood, and ...

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British in London
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Murano

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

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 for comfort-food clas...

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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

££££·British·
Knightsbridge
7,699 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasions

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 in collaboration with...

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Angler - London

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

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 Gary Foulkes, who tra...

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Pollen Street Social

££££·British·
Mayfair
3,476 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 established long-term relat...

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The Coach Makers Arms

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

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, stained glass, and Briti...

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Spring Restaurant

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

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 Gyngell celebrates Britai...

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som saa

££££·Thai·
Shoreditch
401 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 meal—represents the live...

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Social Eating House

££££·Contemporary British·
Soho
2,250 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 dining experience offeri...

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Bocca Di Lupo

££££·Italian·
Piccadilly
2,346 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 large-plate servings of ...

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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 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 seating on the terrace i...

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European in London
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Scott's Restaurant

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

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, oysters, and Champag...

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Seafood in London
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Corrigan's Mayfair

££££·British·
Mayfair
2,051 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 establishment that blends the...

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Portland Restaurant

££££·British·
Marylebone
1,212 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 occasionally features a ga...

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British 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 collaboration with Alain D...

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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 brightness and simplicit...

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