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Retsina, London, London

Retsina

4.5
4.5
41 Reviews
£25 and under
Greek
Retsina, an award-winning family-run restaurant serving traditional Greek and modern Mediterranean cuisine. Located in lovely Belsize Park Village, NW London. With over 30 years of service, an emphasis on quality fresh ingredients, friendly service and value.
"GORDON RAMSAY" described the food at Retsina as “authentic and delicious, tasted fantastic”, and the restaurant as "exceptional".

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2 people

19:00


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Greek, Mediterranean, Grill

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Fri–Sun 12:00–15:00 Dinner Mon–Thu 17:00–23:00 Fri–Sun 15:00–23:15

  • Phone number

    020 7431 5855

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Private separate dinning room for parties / private hire, Independent bar, PA system and climate control, seats 55

  • Area

    Belsize Park

  • Parking Details

    Front of the restaurant on Belsize Lane and surrounding area

  • Public Transit

    Belsize Park, Finchley Road and Swiss Cottage Tube Station

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 41 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • London

    Child Friendly

  • London

    Group Bookings

  • London

    Greek

  • North London

    Child Friendly

  • North London

    Group Bookings

  • North London

    Sunday Lunch

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful, family owned and operated, neighborhood restaurant. My family of four thoroughly enjoyed the delicious food and are excited to return and explore more of the menu.

    RetsinaResponded on 3 August 2022Thank you.

  2. G

    Gene

    London

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, terrific food and we are never disappointed; We have been to this restaurant many times and will continue to visit it many times more.
  3. SS

    SueS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Delicious, plentiful food in an authentic, homely , Greek setting. Excellent, friendly service. Thank you.

    RetsinaResponded on 9 June 2022Thank you. We hope to see you again soon

  4. A

    Aleurophile

    London

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Lovely to find the Retsina still going strong after forty years. We used to eat in it when it was in Regents Park Road and it is as good as ever.

    RetsinaResponded on 9 June 2022Thank you. Hope to see you again soon.

  5. DN

    DianaN

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, great service!! My 4th time there and same great impression . Definitely recommend.

    RetsinaResponded on 5 May 2022Thank you Diana.

  6. M

    Marrie

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Service was good without being intrusive. Food was very good and good wine list. Family run restaurant. Very friendly.
  7. PM

    PaulaM

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    Retsina was sadly disappointing. I didn't expect much as it was a last minute booking and they had plenty of tables. The food was at best average, lacking in any real flavour. It was competently cooked but nothing more. The service was fussy and we were often interrupted when we clearly didn't need anything. The wine was undrinkable, I asked for advice and picked the more expensive of the 2 options, when I was asked to taste it I said I dint like it but it was poured anyway. At £40 you would imagine that it would be at least pleasant but if you had told me it was£5 from the corner shop I would have said you got ripped off.

    RetsinaResponded on 12 April 2022Dear Paula, sorry if your evening was not up to our high standards, thank you for your review we take all good or negative seriously and act accordingly as is testimony to our 40 years of successful trading. I’m surprised our server did not open another bottle as it could quite easily of been spoilt , this is policy - regarding the meal I will investigate to see exactly what went wrong. Please contact myself directly via our website as I would personally like to redeem your experience

  8. a

    annafoodlove

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Mother's day dinner - Simple decor - Superb food - Great service - got a free round of drinks! Would definitely go again.

    RetsinaResponded on 16 April 2022Thank you

  9. LB

    LouiseB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s a really lovely place, the food was tasty and the service was really good. They where attentive without being intrusive.

    RetsinaResponded on 12 March 2022Thank you Louise.

  10. MI

    MariaI26

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very tasty food, nuce staff! We love this place 🙂

    RetsinaResponded on 20 January 2022Thanks Marial.

  11. RD

    RyanD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 January 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very good overall. I just personally thought it was a tad on the expensive side.
  12. TH

    TomH

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really fresh seafood and very friendly staff. Would recommend

    RetsinaResponded on 18 February 2022Thank you Tom We hope to see you again Retsina Restaurant

  13. GR

    GerardR

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very tasty food with great service. We ate early so the restaurant was quiet.

    RetsinaResponded on 18 February 2022Thank you Gerard Hope to see you again Retsina Restaurant

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Z3rd time here in as many weeks and food is so tasty we’ll presented and great value for money always a warm welcome and great service have now found my favourite restaurant

    RetsinaResponded on 18 February 2022Thank you We hope to see you again Retsina Restaurant

  15. K

    Kdcmh

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food atmosphere and service. We will come again. A real gem.

    RetsinaResponded on 5 November 2021Thank you for your positive comments We hope to see you again soon

  16. FH

    FaithH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service, delicious food we really enjoyed our night

    RetsinaResponded on 5 November 2021Thank you for your positive comments Much appreciated by all at Retsina We hope to see you again soon

  17. SC

    SharonC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went 20th Oct, absolutely stunning place, looked after superbly by the waiters, couldn't do enough for you, food was stunning, will definitely go back next time in the area, well worth a visit Paul

    RetsinaResponded on 5 November 2021Thank you for your positive comments Very much appreciated by all at Retsina We hope to see you again soon

  18. KH

    KirstineH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely meal great food service and atmosphere and decent value for London

    RetsinaResponded on 18 February 2022Thank you Kirstine We hope to see you again Retsina Restaurant

  19. ED

    EdmondDantes

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 30 September 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Average and uneven - octopus served as appetizer was hard, the pita bread (charged extra as “cover”, without any mention of this on the menu or verbally) wasn’t fresh and was hard, the baklava wasn’t as soft as expected (not sure if it had been made on the day). I had heard good things about this restaurant, so maybe this was an off day, but based on my experience this was average at best.

    RetsinaResponded on 3 October 2021Our apologizes if your meal was not up to our usual standards, We have been succusfully trading for 40 yrs and it is always our aim to supply excellent food/service/ we would not have been trading for so long if this was not the case but of course like any business mistakes far and few between may happen. Could you please contact 07597639407 and let me know the day / time you visited so I can investigate further as your name Edmond is not listed on opentable bookings with us. Thank you Retsina

  20. m

    marty

    London

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 25 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My husband and I had such a wonderful meal. Delicious food, great service and very friendly waiters. The portions were large, well cooked and was complimented by a bottle of Greek wine. Would highly recommend

    RetsinaResponded on 29 September 2021Thank you for your positive comments.

  21. AB

    AlanB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely outstanding. Best in London fresh and plenty of food staff amazing

    RetsinaResponded on 29 September 2021Thank you for you positive comments. Much appreciated by all at Retsina

  22. A

    Anna

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely, homely Sunday lunch at Restina and the staff were all very welcoming and friendly. I had originally booked an outdoor table but given the rain I needed to change to indoors and the staff were super helpful making the change.
  23. L

    Liag1952

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous evening great food and great service highly recommend
  24. KP

    KevinP

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely Restaurant. If you stay in the Premier Inn, turn left as you leave and walk a few minutes to The Retsina. It's well worth it. Highly recommended.
  25. LD

    LondonDiner

    London

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2021

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Great food
  26. SF

    SpanishFoodLover

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2021

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    It was lovely to dine out again; never been to Retsina before so was really looking forward to the experience. The food did not disappoint - it was really good, had a feel of a delicious home meal. The venue is not large but well organised. Lower rating re: service. Our waiter was actually great and very polite but there was another one, who appeared to be in a bad mood from the beginning when grumpily asking about our reservation and then leading us to the table. Didn’t pay much attention to that. However, at the end of the evening he randomly came over to our table, interrupting our conversation, to say we “had to leave in the next few minutes”. It was probably around quarter past ten. Totally appreciate the restaurant must close at some point but the way it was communicated was rude and out of order. It’s a shame because up to that point the impressions were positive. Won’t be coming back.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, delicious food, a lovely evening!
  28. CE

    ClareE

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food (and lots of it!) accompanied by lovely staff who checked in but not too frequently. Really lovely evening and will definitely return!
  29. J

    Jay1

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 April 2021

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    No outdoor heating ruined the experience as it was very cold. Restaurants nearby had heaters so I regret my decision for al fresco dining on a Sunday evening. The food was great whilst it was hot but cold weather meant I had to rush eating before it got cold. Portions were generous
  30. RV

    RiddhiV

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect, it would have been nice to have some more dessert options.
  31. SR

    StephanieR

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My fave local place. Always a treat to eat there.
  32. LF

    LondonFoodie

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 19 September 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    A nice spot in Belsize Village that has deservedly stood the test of time. A Greek holiday vibe thanks to the mother and son team providing a family touch and excellent food. Service charge of 15% feels a bit steep, even if it's very friendly indeed. Otherwise, this places provides lots of good reasons to return.
  33. v

    vodjakunkee

    London

    23 reviews

    2.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 3 September 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    I’d love to be able to say I adored this restaurant. There would be nothing better than having a good local Greek restaurant. Unfortunately I can’t - poor service (everything was wrong: drinks order, starters and mains) and then the quality of the food was not fresh. It’s so sad and I wish it was different. :(((
  34. VR

    VandaR

    London

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 22 August 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience1
    We had booked to eat outside but it was cold and windy so we decided to go inside, the restaurant was busy and VERY noisy, but worst thing was that the tables were not far enough apart under the government guide lines, they were much too close I was uncomfortable as I could almost touch the people at the next table, this is not good and when I mentioned this I was told not politely that they were busy and it was the best that they could do I found the service erratic and unfriendly the food was reasonable good but it was not an encouraging experience
  35. LC

    LeoC

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 21 August 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We sat outside and the service and food were great. Amazing how a smile and good humour can make you forget the Covid restrictions. Well done Retsina.
  36. M

    Maya

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 August 2020

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Very poor service. Had to call waiter several times to get drinks / food even the bill. Very disappointing after hearing such positive reviews. Also bear in mind we booked for a table of 6 - gave us a table in the blearing sun with enough shade for only 2 seats until we complained about lack of shade. Not impressed.

    RetsinaResponded on 12 August 2020Thank you for your comments, In our defence it was one of the hottest days of the year, Waiters had to walk 100 meters and cross a road to serve, We have nothing to do with the allocation of umbrellas - The organisers of the streetary are .... and on this day quite rightly the “priority was the elderly / vulnerable and children in the heat” !!!

  37. d

    dante

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 July 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    I don't know you but I know that you're even base-level competent in a kitchen you can make food twice as good as the food you'll get here. For Greek food - which you sort of expect to be joyous, simple and bountiful - the food here is pretty tired and over the hill. But like - that's sort of unfair - because all the restaurants in Belsize Village are pretty average. The joy of eating in them comes from sitting outside on a (rare) warm summer night , drinking wine and people watching. Retsina definitely gives you that - they have outdoor tables and serve wine. It's perfect for those nights you want to go out but stay close to home. Slip on some sandals and stroll a few blocks down the road to have some low-key fun getting lit on overpriced, bad Red and eating hummus that's really, in all honesty, probably store bought. If you want like - "good" greek food - there's Alexander the Great in Camden. If you want to get buzzed and not worry about having to go too far to get home, there's Retsina. If you have a regular-sized heart, there's room in there for both.
  38. L

    Lori

    Houston

    75 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on 1 March 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    The food was tasty and the owners were very friendly. The atmosphere could use an updating, especially the chairs. I wouldn't travel to get my greek/mediterranean food here, but if you're in the neighborhood already it offers good value.
  39. D

    Dennis

    London

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    An excellent family restaurant with friendly service and good tasty Greek food. .

    RetsinaResponded on 26 February 2020Thank you so much for you positive Comments. They are very much appreciated by the whole family. We hope to see you again soon.

  40. DV

    DianaVonR

    London

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really gorgeous meal at a family restaurant we walk past daily and haven't had the chance to go to yet. When we saw it was new to OpenTable we had to go. We wanted the Lamb shank as per Gordon Ramsay's recommendation, and a mezze on top. It was a lot of *delicious* food, and lots of friendly staff to top the meal off.

    RetsinaResponded on 18 February 2020Thank you so much for you positive Comments. We hope to see you again soon.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks

FAQs

Retsina does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Retsina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7431 5855.

Retsina is rated 4.5 stars by 41 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for Retsina

48-50 Belsize Lane, London, London NW3 5AR

Additional information

  • Area

    Belsize Park

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Fri–Sun 12:00–15:00 Dinner Mon–Thu 17:00–23:00 Fri–Sun 15:00–23:15

  • Cuisines

    Greek, Mediterranean, Grill

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Front of the restaurant on Belsize Lane and surrounding area

  • Public Transit

    Belsize Park, Finchley Road and Swiss Cottage Tube Station

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    020 7431 5855

  • Private party facilities

    Private separate dinning room for parties / private hire, Independent bar, PA system and climate control, seats 55

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