The Best Places to Eat in London

The OpenTable Team

London is simultaneously ancient and ultra-modern, trendy and traditional—and the best restaurants in the city encapsulate this dichotomy. You might dine on a culinary creation that feels entirely "now" while sitting in a centuries-old building. Young, up-and-coming chefs source their produce from long-established heritage farms across the British Isles, and restaurants that have been around for decades revamp their dishes and dining spaces to keep up with the latest trends. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker Lists. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. The best spots in the city—including the following restaurants—bring a whole world of flavors into the dining experience while honoring their London home.

Restaurants:Umu, Blacklock Soho, NOPI
Price Range:££ - ££££
Cuisines:Japanese, Steak, Mediterranean
Neighborhoods:Mayfair, Soho

Umu

££££·Japanese·
Mayfair
714 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
Umu in Mayfair consistently wows the world's toughest critics as well as its customers, who know they're in for a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience. Chef Yoshinori Ishii brings Read more
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Blacklock Soho

££££·Steak·
Soho
2,557 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Sunday Lunch
The minimalist, meat-centric menu and bargain craft cocktails at Soho's Blacklock have proved so popular that it launched two more restaurants, one in the City and another in ShoreRead more
99% recommended
Best Value in London
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NOPI

££££·Mediterranean·
Soho
6,220 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Fit for Foodies
Chef Yotam Ottolenghi's signature Israeli and Mediterranean flavors meet the freshest seasonal, local produce at NOPI, a two-story venue in Soho. With a bright white and gold-adornRead more
93% recommended
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COYA Mayfair

££££·Peruvian·
Mayfair
1,532 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
The journey toward making COYA Mayfair one of the best trendy restaurants in London was a genuine around-the-world quest for chef Sanjay Dwivedi. Before devising his acclaimed IncaRead more
96% recommended
Special Occasions in London
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Angler - London

££££·Seafood·
Liverpool Street
1,036 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
A seasonal delight at Angler, on top of the South Place Hotel, is the rooftop terrace with views across the city. A retractable roof extends the availability of coveted terrace seaRead more
100% recommended

Social Eating House

££££·Contemporary British·
Soho
2,177 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
From prolific London chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton, Social Eating House is a cool Soho spot specializing in impeccably presented dishes created around the finest British ingRead more
81% recommended
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Bocca Di Lupo

££££·Italian·
Piccadilly
2,265 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Authentic
Bocca Di Lupo, warm, welcoming space in the Soho theater district, serves elegant, contemporary versions of classic cuisine inspired by 20 distinct regions of Italy. Small- and larRead more
92% recommended
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Hide Above

££££·British·
Mayfair
371 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List
Hide Above occupies the loftiest spot at Hide, a three-story collection of restaurants in Mayfair connected by a stunning, swirling wooden staircase. A tasting menu of six to nine Read more
90% recommended
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Hide Ground

££££·British·
Mayfair
488 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Notable Wine List
A more approachable, a la carte version of Hide's acclaimed cuisine is a huge draw to Hide Ground, housed on the restaurant's mid-level (Below, the third venue, is a chic cocktail Read more
87% recommended
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Bistrotheque

££££·French·
Bethnal Green
2,383 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
The culinary traditions of Britain and France carry equal weight on the creative menus at Bistrotheque, a trendy restaurant housed in a converted warehouse in Bethnal Green. The aiRead more
91% recommended
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The Ledbury

££££·Contemporary European·
Notting Hill
2,358 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
Australian chef Brett Graham is at the helm of the 55-seat space, presenting his signature contemporary European cuisine centered around British game, seafood, and produce. Graham'Read more
93% recommended
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Scott's Restaurant

££££·Seafood·
Mayfair
737 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
As one of the oldest restaurants in London—it started out as an oyster bar in 1851—Scott's Restaurant has certainly proved its ability to evolve with the ever-changing trends of coRead more
96% recommended
Seafood in London
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St. John

££££·British·
Farringdon
2,747 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
  • Local Ingredients
The signature of St. John, which opened in Smithfield in 1994, is chef Fergus Henderson's pioneering whole-animal approach to classic British cuisine. Diners enthusiastic about offRead more
94% recommended
Best Overall in City of London
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Galvin at Windows

££££·French·
Mayfair
7,757 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
The name of Galvin at Windows is a nod to its famously incredible views from the top floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane, a panorama encompassing the ancient rooftops of the ciRead more
88% recommended
Scenic View in London
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Portland Restaurant

££££·British·
Marylebone
1,012 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
An immediate critical darling upon its debut in 2015, Portland Restaurant has gained rave reviews and earned itself a loyal following among London locals. The open kitchen turns ouRead more
97% recommended
British in London
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Kai

££££·Chinese·
Mayfair
1,249 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Fit for Foodies
“Liberated Chinese cooking” is the founding ethos of Kai, a Mayfair institution (since 1993) that boasts a solid claim to being one of the best trendy restaurants in London. The meRead more
86% recommended
Chinese in London
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Nobu - London

££££·Japanese·
Mayfair
2,775 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
One of three Nobu locations in London (the other restaurant is on Berkeley Street and there's a Nobu Hotel in Shoreditch) and over 40 across the world, the Old Park Lane restaurantRead more
Japanese in West End London
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Hakkasan Hanway Place

££££·Chinese·
Fitzrovia
5,720 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
Hakkasan Hanway Place isn't the only Hakkasan in London (there's another in Mayfair), but it's the original restaurant that launched an international empire. The location is famousRead more
Chinese in London
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The Ivy Chelsea Garden

££££·British·
Chelsea
6,784 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Good for a Date
The Ivy Chelsea Garden dazzles a chic crowd of diners with its venue, light-filled space on King's Road with an orangery and leafy garden terrace in the back ideal for warmer-weathRead more
88% recommended
Most Booked in London
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Berners Tavern

££££·British·
Oxford Circus
3,503 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
A vast and eclectic assortment of paintings united by gilt frames blanket every inch of wall space around Berners Tavern, perhaps competing for diners' attention with the beautifulRead more
88% recommended
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