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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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The 50 best restaurants in London

The 50 best restaurants in London

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From opulent chandeliers to floor-to-ceiling framed art, enjoy Jason Atherton’s signature Modern European dishes in the grandest of settings... even if it doesn't come cheap. Full details:

Berners Tavern

Showcasing the eponymous dish of citrus-cured fish spiked with chilli, there are half a dozen versions of ceviche on offer, There are also excellent chargrilled meat and fish skewers (anticuchos), crumbly corn cakes and other nibbles to enjoy. Full details:


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Housed in a cavernous Victorian warehouse in King’s Cross brimming with hip factor, the menu is a pick ’n’ mix of ingredients and cuisines all perfectly prepared. (The veggie-friendly options put many dedicated vegetarian restaurants to shame.) Full review:

Grain Store

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:

Medlar Restaurant

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Halfway up The Shard, this glitzy Hong Kong import offers high-end Chinese food with some of the best views in London. Our full review:


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Dishes are British, very seasonal and juxtapose flavours in modern but not outlandish ways that will leave you craving more – and wondering why other kitchens can’t manage so deftly. Trumps the Shoreditch competition. Full details:

Hoi Polloi

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:

Bistro Union

A small, unshowy restaurant that’s made a name for itself with a short but perfectly formed menu and an easy-going conviviality:

10 Greek Street

Clean, simple modern Italian food at bargain prices. Zucca's food is refreshingly simple yet achingly good, the prices decent, and the design neat and unfussy. Great for date night:


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:

Yashin Sushi

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:

Yalla Yalla

The Wolseley painstakingly recreates the fin-de-siècle brasserie of popular imagination. It’s open for early breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea, and while the food won’t get the pulse racing, the strikingly opulent interior and film-star treatment won’t fail to impress. Visit it here:

The Wolseley

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:

St. John Bar and Restaurant

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:

Sông Quê

It's a winning formula: Spanish and Italian modern ‘tapas’, plus good wines by the glass. Well-sourced charcuterie, Spanish and Italian cheeses and elegant dishes are the main draw. Read our full review here:

Salt Yard

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:

Royal China

Robata-grilled goodies are publically prepared on a huge central grill - top marks for glitz and glamour. Our review is here:


The blond tables of RC's airy dining room are populated by arty types enjoying the seasonal modern European menu. Only open during the day, mind you. Our full review:

Rochelle Canteen

The all vegetarian Keralan menu at Rasa guarantees to leave with a full belly and a barely dented wallet. Read our glowing review here:


About three small plates per person is the magic number at this acclaimed Russell Norman restaurant. Bon appetit!


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:


Sure, the interior may be a little bland, but we dare you to find a more vibrant and wondrous Indian menu in Theatreland. More from our critic here:

Moti Mahal

Blending Moorish flavours from Spain, North Africa and the Middle East, expect aromatic dishes jewelled with nuts, herbs and dried fruits, plus hearty peasant-style stews, spiced roasted meats and seafood. Read our full review: