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The Best Restaurants in the West End

23 December 2020 Simon Banks Read time: 4 min
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Simon Banks

There are so many great restaurants to experience in London's West End, whether you're in Soho, Mayfair, Marylebone, Covent Garden, Holborn or Piccadilly. You're truly spoilt for choice, with cuisine from all over the world just waiting to be sampled.

If you find your mouth watering at the thought of an eclectic choice of dishes in London's most exciting areas, then you've come to the right place. In this guide, we've got our knives and forks at the ready to bring you the best restaurants in the West End.

My Old Dutch

My Old Dutch, best restaurants in the West End

Breakfast lovers rejoice because My Old Dutch serves up some seriously tasty pancakes, no matter the time of day. Whether it's savoury or sweet that takes your fancy, head to Holborn for one of the most popular West End restaurants. Why the name, you ask? This spot also serves up classic Dutch dishes, including kaas souffle, kaasballen and bitterballen.

Address: 131-132 High Holborn, London WC1V 6PS, UK

Roti Chai

Rot Chai, best restaurants in the West End

Set in Marylebone, the heart of the West End, Roti Chai offers traditional Indian dishes at its authentic street kitchen. Tuck into tapas-style bites in the downstairs area or get all fancy in the high-end dining space on the upper level. There's something for everyone.

Address: 3 Portman Mews S, Marylebone, London W1H 6AY

10 Greek Street

10 Greek Street, best restaurants in the West End

Over in Soho, 10 Greek Street is an understated restaurant serving up plenty of treats. Dishes are seasonal, and it's great value for money when you consider the location. Try the Roman-style pizza before indulging with Chocolate brownie, salted caramel cream & hazelnuts for dessert.

Address: 10 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 4DH

The Counter at Sabor

The Counter at Sabor, best restaurants in the West End

Sample a slice of Spain at The Counter at Sabor, a stylish tapas spot in Mayfair. Set over two floors, this rustic restaurant offers traditional counter-style tapas downstairs and bookable tables on the floor above. The food is top-notch and has everything you need from chorizo dishes to salad of black tomato and mouth-watering breaded hake with aioli.

Address: Address: 35-37 Heddon St, Mayfair, London W1B 4BR

Sexy Fish

Sexy Fish, best restaurants in the West End

Staying in Mayfair, Sexy Fish is a stylish restaurant with unique decor and delicious Japanese-inspired cuisine that include sushi, sashimi, tiradito, tempura and robata. The walls are filled with art, and your tastebuds will tingle with flavours from Sexy Fish's five-star delectable delights.

Address: Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1J 6BR

Shoryu Ramen Regent Street

Shoryu Ramen Regent Street, best restaurants in the West End

Often referred to as the best Ramen restaurant in London, Shoryu Ramen Regent Street specialises in the unique 'Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen' from Kyushu's island in Japan, and there is an array of toppings to choose from including Yuzu, Nori seaweed, Menma Bamboo shoots and Kimchi.

Address: Address: 9 Regent St, St. James's, London SW1Y 4LR

Cabana Brasil

Cabana Brasil, best restaurants in the West End

Sample the samba vibes at Cabana Brasil in Covent Garden, a Brazilian restaurant with some incredibly succulent dishes. Enjoy street-style bites such as marinated skewers and signature spicy burgers, before washing them down with tropical-inspired cocktails.

Address: St Giles High St, West End, London WC2H 8AB

The French House

The French House, best restaurants in the West End

Step back in time in The French House, a charming spot where there's no technology allowed. Located in the heart of Soho, The French House provides an authentic taste of cuisine from France in a charming Grade II listed building.

Address: 49 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 5BG


Frenchie, best restaurants in the West End

We're sticking with the French theme for our next option, which is an elegant restaurant right in the heart of theatreland. Frenchie's Covent Garden location is the ideal place to enjoy food that takes a creative approach to cooking. The light and airy settings provide a relaxed atmosphere, while the food will keep you coming back for more.

Address: 16 Henrietta St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8QH

Flat Iron

Flat Iron, best restaurants in the West End

Another Covent Garden delight, Flat Iron is the place to be if you like your steaks. The signature dish, The Flat Iron Steak, is succulent, simple and surprisingly affordable and enjoys the company of a tasty salad and sauces. Service is fast at Flat Iron, which makes it the ideal starting point before you venture out to enjoy the nightlife of the West End.

Address: 17-18 Henrietta St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8QH

Bloomsbury Street Kitchen

Bloomsbury Street Kitchen, best restaurants in the West End

If you're struggling to choose between Spanish and Japanese dishes, then head to Bloomsbury Street Kitchen, which serves up tantalising selection of both. This well-presented restaurant features exposed brick settings and is located on Bloomsbury Street (did the name give it away?).

Address: 9-13 Bloomsbury St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3QD

Bob Bob Ricard

Bob Bob Ricard, best restaurants in the West End

Whether you're trying to impress business colleagues or showing off on a first date, Bob Bob Ricard is all of the fun. With its Louche Roaring Twenties decor and a menu that features international comfort food, you're bound to have an unforgettable night in this spot where you're very much encouraged to indulge.

Address: 1 Upper James St, Soho, London W1F 9DF

Balans Soho

Balans Soho, best restaurants in the West End

You might just spot a celebrity dancing during the early hours of the morning at Balans, but the food is the real reason to head to this stylish Soho joint. Balans serves brunches, lunches and dinners with menus for all occasions and has an extensive list of cocktails for the after party.

Address: Address: 60-62 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 4UG

Hide Above

Hide Above, best restaurants in the West End

Tucked away above Hide (the ground-level restaurant), Hide Above offers a small, light and elegant experience with a tasting menu that feels like an exclusive experience. It's not cheap, though, so be prepared to cough up the big bucks for a five-star night out in the West End.

Address: 85 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7NB

The Grazing Goat

The Grazing Goat, best restaurants in the West End

If you're after a traditional pub experience with delightful food, then pay a visit to The Grazing Goat. This restaurant and hotel has a fine pub grub selection, including fish and chips with mushy peas and some of the most succulent burgers in Marylebone. Stick around after your meal and enjoy an impressive drinks menu.

Address: 6 New Quebec St, Marylebone, London W1H 7RQ

The Restaurants on James Street

Homeslice on James Street, best restaurants in the West End

Ok, so James Street isn't an actual restaurant. Instead, it's a street filled to the brim with eateries and exudes the sort of atmosphere usually reserved for walking down a European city, with waiters politely asking if you want to come in for dinner. Restaurants on James Street include Harry' Bar, Patty & Bun, Cocochan, Homeslice, and many more. When you've finished, walk off your meal at Selfridges, which is adjacent to James Street.

Address: James St, Marylebone, W1H

The Palomar

The Palomar, best restaurants in the West End

Located in the theatre district, The Palomar serves up a fusion from Southern Spain, North Africa, and the Levant and is inspired by the streets of Jerusalem. It's one of the most popular West End restaurants and has a menu with Moroccan Fish Tagine, Octo Hummus and fresh ingredients that will keep you coming back for more.

Address: 34 Rupert St, Soho, London W1D 6DN


Quaglino's, best restaurants in the West End

An exotic restaurant with European dishes that feature a Middle Eastern twist, Quaglino's is the ideal spot for a romantic night out and evening of fun. There are plenty of cocktails to choose from, and the atmosphere is one of the best in the capital. The food is pretty good, too, making Quaglino's a must-visit restaurant in the West End.

Address: 16 Bury St, St. James's, London SW1Y 6AJ

West End dining

There are so many restaurants in the West End, and we could go on forever covering the amazing places to enjoy great food and drink. But the next time you find yourself West End vibing, you can't go wrong with any of the eateries on our list if you're looking for a fantastic meal and great time out.

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