Retsina

4.4
28 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".

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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
What 28 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.5
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
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

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Kdcmh
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

Retsina
Responded on 5 November 2021

Thank you for your positive comments We hope to see you again soon

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FaithH
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service, delicious food we really enjoyed our night

Retsina
Responded on 5 November 2021

Thank you for your positive comments Much appreciated by all at Retsina We hope to see you again soon

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SharonC
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

Retsina
Responded on 5 November 2021

Thank you for your positive comments Very much appreciated by all at Retsina We hope to see you again soon

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KirstineH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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vipEdmondDantes
London
12 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.

Retsina
Responded on 3 October 2021

Our 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

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vipmarty
London
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

Retsina
Responded on 29 September 2021

Thank you for your positive comments.

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AlanB
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

Retsina
Responded on 29 September 2021

Thank you for you positive comments. Much appreciated by all at Retsina

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Anna
London
2 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.

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Liag1952
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous evening great food and great service highly recommend

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KevinP
London
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.

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vipLondonDiner
London
28 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Great food

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SpanishFoodLover
London
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, delicious food, a lovely evening!

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ClareE
London
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!

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Jay1
London
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

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RiddhiV
London
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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StephanieR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My fave local place. Always a treat to eat there.

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vipLondonFoodie
London
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.

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vipvodjakunkee
London
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. :(((

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VandaR
London
7 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

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LeoC
London
11 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.

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Maya
London
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.

Retsina
Responded on 12 August 2020

Thank 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” !!!

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dante
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.

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vipLori
Houston
71 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.

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Dennis
London
13 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

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

Retsina
Responded on 26 February 2020

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

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DianaVonR
London
17 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.

Retsina
Responded on 18 February 2020

Thank you so much for you positive Comments. We hope to see you again soon.

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ArashK
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff and owners were so welcoming it felt like home. Food was delicious and cooked so nicely it’s easily one of the best restaurants in London. Price is well worth it for a date or casual eats.

Retsina
Responded on 18 February 2020

Thank you so much for you positive Comments. We hope to see you again soon.

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FAQs

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

Retsina is rated 4.4 stars by 28 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.