The Best Restaurants in London, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

Professed foodies visiting or living in London are surely among the most fortunate there could be, faced in this superbly diverse city of 22 million with countless incredible restaurants and bars. There's no denying this most historic city's Old World status, which in its contemporary dining scene means rediscovering the culinary treasures of Britain's heritage. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We've pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. The best places to eat in London include unassuming local pubs that have claimed their own stake in the dining scene, and traditional fish-and-chip and pie shops serving elevated versions of the U.K.'s favorite comfort food. One foodie might find the best food in London to be the finest haute cuisine, while another discovers the glory in wild game from the British countryside. Why not choose your own adventure through London's best restaurants.

Restaurants:Umu, Portland Restaurant, The Greenhouse
Price Range:££££ - ££££
Cuisines:Japanese, British, French
Neighborhoods:Mayfair, Marylebone

Umu

££££·Japanese·
Mayfair
714 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
Acclaimed chef Yoshinori Ishii has a studious and artistic approach to interpreting the culinary traditions of Kyoto. There’s a buzz around Ishii that is more than amply upheld by Read more
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Portland Restaurant

££££·British·
Marylebone
1,020 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasions
Reservations are a must at this informal fine-dining gem close to Oxford Circus. The menu, which changes daily and lets choice ingredients steal the glory, is modern British with hRead more
97% recommended
British in London

The Greenhouse

££££·French·
Mayfair
2,863 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasions
  • Business Meals
Traditional French fare served in a tranquil, leafy garden-inspired setting earned The Greenhouse a reputation as one of the most luxurious restaurants in all of London. Every platRead more
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Kai

££££·Chinese·
Mayfair
1,254 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
Chef Alex Chow’s Malaysian heritage and his affinity for Nanyang cuisine from the South Seas inspire the eclectic interpretations of classic Chinese dishes presented at Kai MayfairRead more
85% recommended
Chinese in London
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The Ledbury

££££·Contemporary European·
Notting Hill
2,360 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Tasting Menu
  • Good for Anniversaries
Within a year of its 2005 opening, Australian chef Brett Graham's 55-seat restaurant immediately became a critical darling and continues to top lists of the best restaurants not onRead more
92% recommended
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Restaurant Story London

££££·British·
London Bridge
697 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Tasting Menu
  • Creative Cuisine
The celebrated millennial chef Tom Sellers was just 26 when he opened Restaurant Story in 2013, and within a matter of months, his purpose-built venue earned fawning odes from critRead more
98% recommended
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Murano

££££·Contemporary European·
Mayfair
2,105 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
The menu, stuffed with comfort foods inspired by chef Angela Hartnett’s Italian grandmother and balanced by lighter, produce-forward creations, features five sections allowing patrRead more
96% recommended
Romance in West End London
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Hide Above

££££·British·
Mayfair
371 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List
A buzz hummed all over London around the 2018 opening of Hide, a collaboration between Ollie Dabbous and Hedonism Wines, whose shop next door to the restaurant on Piccadilly claimsRead more
90% recommended
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Hide Ground

££££·British·
Mayfair
488 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Notable Wine List
Hide Ground occupies the mid-level of the massive, woodsy Hide Restaurant on Piccadilly in Mayfair, and the vibe likewise sits in the middle between the formal fine dining of Hide Read more
87% recommended
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Angler - London

££££·Seafood·
Liverpool Street
1,036 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
At the top of South Place Hotel is the high-end fish and seafood restaurant Angler, helmed by head chef Gary Foulkes. The restaurant is bright and inviting, as is the optimistic ouRead more
100% recommended

Pollen Street Social

££££·British·
Mayfair
3,404 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
Pollen Street Social, a casual and contemporary British bistro, is celebrated chef Jason Atherton’s flagship restaurant in the U.K. Highlights of the menu include a smoked foie graRead more
95% recommended
Best Ambience in London
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The Coach Makers Arms

££££·British·
Marylebone
100 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Stop in for a meal or a pint at The Coach Makers Arms and experience the nostalgia of a classic British pub complete with fireplaces and stained glass, restored to contemporary staRead more
100% recommended
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Spring Restaurant

££££·Contemporary British·
Covent Garden
1,605 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Skye Gyngell, a famous chef and food writer, has transformed a 19th-century drawing room inside Somerset House into a luxurious and decadent venue for perfectionist seasonal cuisinRead more
92% recommended
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som saa

££££·Thai·
Shoreditch
396 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Spicy
After starting as a pop-up restaurant, som saa graduated to brick and mortar inside a former fabric warehouse in Spitalfields. Co-founder and co-head chef Andy Oliver serves up NorRead more
100% recommended
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Bocca Di Lupo

££££·Italian·
Piccadilly
2,287 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasions
Serving excellent regional Italian fare in the Soho theatre district, Bocca Di Lupo is consistently popular with critics, who almost inevitably confer praise upon the wine list. ThRead more
93% recommended
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Trinity

££££·European·
Clapham
2,732 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance
Trinity, located in the heart of Chapham Old Town, offers fine plates of British, French, and Italian inspired food. There’s no doubt this is special-occasion fare for most, artistRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in London
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Bright Courtyard

££££·Chinese·
Marylebone
313 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Lunch
  • Pre/post Theatre
Modern dim sum alongside Cantonese and Shanghai classics dominate the book-length menu, presented via iPad, at Bright Courtyard Club. Housed in a landmark building on Baker Street,Read more
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Scott's Restaurant

££££·Seafood·
Mayfair
748 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Lunch
Scott’s Restaurant traces its provenance to 1851 and has a verifiable claim to be among the five oldest restaurants in London. The elegant fish and seafood restaurant’s admirable lRead more
95% recommended
Seafood in London
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Rivea London

££££·Mediterranean·
Knightsbridge
260 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Business Meals
Rivea, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, is a chic but informal restaurant inside the Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge. They offer simple, balanced presentations of top-quality Read more
89% recommended
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Texture Restaurant

££££·Modern European·
Marble Arch
1,806 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
In a restored Georgian building in Mayfair, decked out with calming Nordic décor and drenched with light, Texture serves pleasingly bright, healthy culinary creations by Icelandic Read more
97% recommended
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