There’s more to see...
Come take a look at what else is here!

The 50 best restaurants in London

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

51 Pins

The 50 best restaurants in London

  • 51 Pins

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

Immediately evocative of fantasy casbahs, at Momo the big draw is the atmosphere, buzz and sense of escapism. Check it out here:

Eclectic, ambitious cooking is on offer here, and when the sun's shining, it's one of the nicest al fresco dining spots in town. Our full review:

The Modern Pantry

Not just your regular kebab joint: the most rich and succulent grilled lamb we’ve had anywhere. Delicately garlicky, melty kebabs of minced chicken. Need you know more? OK, here's our full review:

Mangal Ocakbasi

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:

Fiendishly consistent when it comes to cooking and service, the menu has just enough flair to impress but not alienate, and the friendly, Aussie-accented staff really know their stuff. 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:

When you're in the mood for some table-top barbecue, try one of the most consistent Korean restaurants in central London - we’ve yet to have a bad meal here. Oh, and the service is slick, too. Our full review:

As the name suggests, this laid-back snack bar is devoted to one of its most popular preparations of the humble chickpea. Not glamorous, but perfect for lunch or a quick bite after work. Find branches in Soho, Holborn, Farringdon & St. Paul's:

The menu at this little Israeli café is full of homely Middle Eastern dishes alive with colour and texture. Read our full review:

The menu here, which changes daily, typically features plenty of offal and classic British puddings, and the food here still has the power to wow. Our review in full:

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

Great British food in the posh gastropub tradition, making good use of seasonal, local and natural produce. Read more:

An iconic venue for smart lunchtime dim sum or an evening cocktail or two; it's the benchmark against which all other high-end Chinese restaurants are judged. Our full review:

A modern take on classic Spanish flavours, book well ahead for a smart night out. Our full review:

This tiny Japanese restaurant, set in a beautiful Georgian townhouse, is a place we recommend for a treat - it doesn't come cheap, but dishes are immaculately styled and delicious. Our full review:

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:

The runaway success of 2012, it's still hard to get a booking here - but the execution of his inventive food is of the highest standard. Read our full review:

One of our favourite Korean restaurants dispenses with the table-side theatrics and serves up confidently prepared dishes with uncompromising flavour. 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:

This Soho trattoria has garnered quite a following - sit at the bar for the best experience! Read our full review:

Head here for an understated meal out with exceptionally well-rendered dishes, from a short menu that reads like a dream. Full info:

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: