Restaurants in Central London
From 'Forest Gump' themed diners to fine dining banquets (and everything else in between), Central London has it all when it comes to places to fill your chops. So, if you're feeling peckish, we can throw a cracking list of suggestions your way. In fact, let's do that right now... here's our hand-picked list of places to eat out in Central London.
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Last updated on 23rd March 2017
A hive of activity for theatre-goers just around the corner from Covent Garden, Ping Pong is a welcoming and chic restaurant specialising in dim sum and cocktails (although there’s no table-tennis). Make yourself at home in the mezzanine dining room or retreat to the basement floor, the restaurant serves a seasonal menu of bite-size dim sum paired with delicious cocktails and theatrical Chinese teas.
28West Bar & Grill is the place to be if you're after a big meal out in Central London. This lavish spot in the Canary Riverside development boasts a menu filled with all of your American BBQ staples - we're talking sumptuous steaks, big beefy burgers, mouth-watering pulled pork. Even better, there's plenty of craft beers and cocktails to wash down all of that sticky BBQ sauce down too!
Rosa’s Thai Café Soho is the perfect hide-away from the mania that is Central London. Inside, you’ll find authentic Thai cuisine, a delicious selection of Eastern plates, Asian inspired cocktails, and, most importantly, a friendly, welcoming attitude.
Cha Chaan Teng - literally a “tea restaurant” - showcases the relaxed set-up of a cafe-diner in Hong Kong. Featuring a creative menu devised by TV chef Jeremy Pang, sit down to a dinner packed with retro influences and classic plates like seabream or crispy duck in a setting featuring marble top tables, urban Chinese artworks and booth seating. Stick around for a couple of specially curated Chinese-tea cocktails for after!
This central London restaurant is a contemporary wonderland of Vietnamese cuisine and stylish interiors. Bringing a touch of lavish to your dining experience in London, House of Ho fuses both classic Vietnamese cuisine with a current culinary edge to bring you plates that are authentic and original.
Central London has no shortage of great restaurants, but it's in this Americana inspired restaurant where it shines. Known for their burger bites, boozy milkshakes and diner inspired charm, head on down for a true taste of the states on The Strand.
This central London restaurant is a piece of Parisian paradise. Balthazar comes nestled just off Covent Garden plaza in the heart of theatreland bringing you a darling dinner and drinks set up for your pre or post theatre bash. Enjoy some classic French dishes and drink from their collection of fine wines and cocktails.
This Iberian eatery brings a slice of Spain to Leicester square. Head down and tuck into a menu full of tasty tapas dishes that deliver authentic flavours thanks to the super-fresh ingredients and original recipes. Naturally, make sure you wash down all of this continental cuisine with plenty of Sangria. And to end your night the right way, get to hip-swinging on the dance floor!
If you're in the mood for an exquisite taste of Bengali cuisine, head over to Calcutta Street in Fitzrovia as the modern Indian eatery serves up delicious curries and cocktails. Using fresh British produce alongside Indian spices, the restaurant serves up a seriously scrumptious fare.
If you're out in the mean streets and looking for somewhere to eat in central London, this Covent Garden bae is the answer to all of your prayers. A calming retreat from the buzz outside, Mabel's dishes up classically British interiors and traditional pub style grub so you can enjoy tasty dinners in a sophisticated yet relaxed restaurant.
Zaman has risen to the lofty heights of being one of the best Indians in London with their delicious menu packed with healthy, tasty dishes. From crispy soft-shell crab for appetisers to lamb biryani and grilled lobster tail for mains, they don’t skimp on flavour, and it’s all offered in a friendly, welcoming restaurant.
You know what we love about shrimp? You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it... and it makes for a cracking meal out in London! Head down to Bubba Gump Shrimp and fill your chops with the 'fruit of the sea'. But more than just a shrine to shrimp, Bubba serve up a menu full of mouth-watering deep south dishes and rustle up a mean cocktail too!
Light, airy and breezy, Stephen St Kitchen is a modern and swish dining space in Central London. The restaurant has a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere serving an all-day menu and bottomless brunch come the weekends. Take a date, meet a group of friends or hire out one of their private spaces for a special occasion.
This elegant West End restaurant offers up a selection of delectable dishes via an a la carte menu or a choice of set menus. Whichever you opt for, expect to find yourself gorging on a the ultimate 'indulgent' dishes - steaks, salmon and lobster. And if you're up for it, once you've eaten (read: fuelled yourself for the rest of the night), throw your best shapes on the dance floor as the tables are cleared and the DJs spin into the early hours.
Looking for a restaurant in London with a breathtaking view? This Central London spot is the place to be. With a stunning terrace overlooking the Millenium Bridge, Northbank Restaurant is an undeniably lavish place to dine in the capital. But more than just a restaurant with a great view, the menu here is equally impressive; serving up a list of seasonal dishes to the very highest standards.
Foundation is home of the Covent Garden hedonist, welcoming like-minded people together for food, drinks and dancing in an eclectic, edgy spot. The spotlight here is on social eating experiences; get your mates together for boxed up burgers and hand-rolled pizzas washed down with cocktails served in vintage storage jars and milk bottles.
We'll let you in on a little secret - if you have a good ol' snoop around China Town, you'll unearth one of the best hidden restaurants in Central London, Opium. This awesome oriental eatery serves up a menu full of delectable small plates - think King Prawn Dumplings and Cantonese Barbeque Pork Buns - as well as whipping up some tasty tipples too! All that and dim sum...
Looking for an authentic American diner experience in Soho? It just so happens that there’s a restaurant joint perfect for just that. The Diner, with its retro 1950s feel, serves up a menu stocked full of hearty American food washed down with beers and boozy shakes. Tuck into all-day breakfasts, buttermilk pancakes, hamburgers and hotdogs at this popular central London hangout.
This contemporary restaurant is found inside one of the city's most notorious clubbing destinations, Tiger Tiger. But don't let that fool you, Haymarket Kitchen is a modern place to dine in Central London where you can tuck into international p[lates with everything from Mexican cuisine to European dishes.
Consider British fare as your favourite? Looking for a restaurant in Central London that can quell your want for stunning wines and indulgent plates? Then we've just the joint for you. Take to Balls Brothers in Mayfair Exchange for a delicious dose of British style dining in a classic and contemporary space.
Ruby Blue offers up a luxurious dining and drinking experience without the hefty price tag. Located on the world-famous Leicester Square, the team here put the focus on hearty comfort food, with burgers and moreish finger food to satisfy every craving. It’s ideal for an early-evening meal or sitting down for a feast before the theatre, and happy hour offers up to 50% off drinks (5pm-8pm, Sunday to Friday) to boot.
The family-run Elysée is a decadent restaurant in Central London that's been serving up deluxe dining dishes for upwards of 75 years. Naturally, they know a thing or two about producing a premium dining experience. Head down and tuck into a menu of authentic Greek dishes from the a la carte menu, or graze on the mouth-watering meze platters with friends.
Located in the heart of Holborn, All Star Lanes is a fun-time restaurant for people looking for bold American flavours in a feel good atmosphere. Obviously you’ll want to warm up for dinner with a game of bowling, before feasting on a menu of all-American classic grub and a choice of cocktails, craft beers and hard shakes are served up in the bar.
Showcasing the finest flavours that Mexico has to offer, Cantina Laredo infuses traditional recipes with contemporary twists. The restaurant is based in Covent Garden and offers an intriguing menu, composed of authentic recipes that are brought to life using contemporary cooking methods. Working with a range of meats, spices and vegetables, the kitchen reproduces the same dishes that can be found in some of Mexico's regional provinces. Twisting the old world with the new, the culinary experience on offer here is sure to leave you wanting more.
Talli Joe serves up traditional and regional Indian food just moments from Covent Garden. Alongside a heap of delicious dishes like Rasam poached shrimp or Konkan stewed pork, there’s also a selection of Indian inspired cocktails to wash it all down. The venue is modelled on Indian dive bars to ensure a fun and casual atmosphere all year round.
Sexy and sultry, Encant in Covent Garden is a Central London restaurant that is date perfect. The spot serves up a delicious feast of Spanish-inspired food, from roasted quail through to Galician seaweed salad, as well as having a sumptuous Spanish wine menu.
Quaglino's is a luxurious restaurant in Central London that offers up a menu of European classics with a Middle Eastern twist. Executive Head Chef Mickael Weiss and his team here are known for rustling up some truly delectable dishes here - we'd recommend the Sea Bass, Fennel Purée, Lemon Confit & Back Sesame Dressing! Having mastered the art of combining flavours, Quaglino's is a extraordinary place to dine in London.
Flight Club is here to add fun to all your Central London restaurant needs. The quirky venue is all about the darts, with state-of-the-art ochres, an electronic scoring system and piles of pizza. Head to Holborn for a dinner like no other.
Just shy of both Covent Garden and Leicester Square alike, Scarlet's is a Central London restaurant known for their fun-time atmosphere and affordable menus. Churning out classic British plates alongside curated and crafted cocktails Scarlet's promises lush dinner and drinks in their quirky confines.
Visitors to Walkers of Whitehall will certainly be impressed by both the restaurants ambience and decor. As soon as you step through the door, the sleek, simple furnishings and tranquil painted walls gives the entire venue a refreshing feel. Adding to that, the diverse food menu is made up of both exqusite brunch dishes and brilliant dinner treats. Why not sample the Cumin Leg of Lamb or the bavette Steak served with chimichurri at this cosy resturant in the heart of Westminster.
Doused in luxury and perched in the midst of London's most high profile area, the Colony Club is a Mayfair restaurant where you can do more than just experience the throws of fine dining. A contemporary casino suite and cocktail bar come in tow with this gorgeous restaurant where you can taste cuisine from six contintents and knock back signature tipples.
We're on a boat. No, seriously, we're on a boat, stuffing ourselves with a delicious British and European fare. R.S. Hispaniola is permanently moored on Embankment and offers a unique setting for a meal. Sit on the lower deck for an intimate meal or come summer head upstairs to take afternoon tea on the deck and enjoy views of the London Eye, Houses of Parliament and Thames.
Covent Garden boasts a stunning lineup of restaurants; none finer than the long-standing Tuttons. Situated on the eastside of the piazza, and looking out across the bustle of the famous markets, this is a place for classic English fare featuring seasonal dishes and traditional fare. It’s open from breakfast right through until the evening and makes for a great spot to relax away from the markets themselves.