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The 50 best restaurants in London

Eat yourself happy at the city's greatest restaurants, as chosen by Time Out's anonymous critics.

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Even if you don’t live near Chelsea, you should try to visit this exceptional restaurant at least once, and enjoy exception French-skewed dishes amidst soothing decor. Full review:

This self-styled ‘quintessentially British bistro’ succeeds on so many levels. The staff are chummy and welcoming, the room looks rustic and quirky, and the menu is full of Anglo/American/French comfort food. Find out more:

Inspired high-end sushi, where every piece of fish is individually crafted and seasoned by the chef and exciting flavour combinations abound. The silken tofu is a must-try, too. Full review:

This likeable Lebanese café serves up hearty mains balanced out by fresh little mezze dishes - and you can eat very well indeed for under £20. Read our full review:

Everything about Viajante is hip, but it's still not too pretentious. It offers a fixed, no-choice menu of six, nine or twelve courses, and although it's very expensive, the food is genuinely creative and accomplished. Read our full review:

Why do we love Terroirs? Because it's a place we’re happy to return to time after time, and we feel utterly confident in recommending their tasting plates to food lovers everywhere. Read the full review:

St John’s commitment to well-sourced, simply cooked traditional food has stood the test of time: it’s still one of the most reliably exciting places to eat in London. Try something you've never heard of - it'll be great. Full review:

The over-enthusiastically long menu at this Kingsland Road stalwart might not suggest anything special is going on in the kitchen, but the nightly queues out the door dispel all doubts. The perfectly balanced broth in the pho is a work of art. And it's all very cheap indeed. Read more:

For authentic dim sum at a reasonable price, the original branch of Royal China is the place to go. Make a Sunday afternoon of it with steamed buns and copious cups of tea. Read our review here:

Credited with making deli dining a fashionable pursuit, Yotam Ottolenghi continues to wow the capital with his bright, bold flavours, drawn from the Med, the Middle East and beyond:

The food, rather than the drink, is the star of the show at this handsome gastropub – it’s British-style cooking of the highest standard. Meats are cooked to tender perfection and the desserts warrant a look too. Our full listing:

A luxe homage to Paris with a slightly Manhattan accent, dishes at Little Social put seasonal ingredients to good use, with bold flavours and impressive execution. Read our full review:

Dedicated to udon noodles (the thick, springy, wheat-y kind) they're available cold, hot or cold-in-hot, so it's good whatever the weather. The staff are sweet but queues can be long; try going off peak. Read our full review:

A truly sensational bar and grill - and winner of our 2011 Best Restaurant award - serves up arguably the best steak in London. Book here:

Hawksmoor Seven Dials

This elegant all-day brasserie delivers a nostalgic taste of mittel-Europe, like schnitzel, sachertorte and strudel. The interior's a real treat, too. Read our full review:

A combination of chummy pub service (dog- and child-friendly), well-kept ales and a menu that keeps on giving. Own-made charcuterie is definitely a draw, while British produce is championed relentlessly. Find out more:

If you know your way around a Cantonese menu, and want something with more kick, Barshu's classic Sichuan dishes will deliver your tastebuds an invigorating whack:

Mains run from classic croque monsieur to coq au vin and steak frites. The charcuterie is a must; the set-price meals a steal. Further details await:

This Pied à Terre offshoot positively purrs with the pleasure and efficiency of a restaurant at the top of its game. Cooking is accomplished, precise, well-considered and imaginative; the surroundings are like a French take on an Oriental theme. Full details:

Much of the menu at this chic bar and grill is grilled on the tawa (a thick iron plate), sigri (coal grill) or in the more familiar tandoor (hot clay oven) right in front of diners, which adds a great sense of theatre to the sparkling surrounds. Ask for any of the Awadhi dishes! More information: