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 29th November 2019

Ping Pong Covent Garden

806 user reviews 4

Don’t Give a Shiitake Happy Hour and 5 other offers

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.

temper Covent Garden

17 user reviews 4

Host your Christmas Party in January and we'll offer complimentary canapes for your event

One of the best BBQ restaurants in Central London, temper is renowned for more than just a few well-cooked steaks. Get stuck into wings, flatbreads and their famed cheeseburger tacos, washed down with some slick cocktails, including one of the best negronis in Covent Garden.


7 user reviews 4

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. 

Haché Holborn

4 user reviews 5

Meatless Mondays: Buy One Vegan Burger, Get One for £1 and 5 other offers

Head to Holborn for mouthwatering burgers in the heart of London. With vegan and meaty burgers alongside small plates and indulgent desserts, there's something for everyone. Plus, the bar can rustle up everything from G&Ts to your favourite cocktail.


1 user review 4

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.

Ruby Blue Bar

267 user reviews 3

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.

Flight Club Bloomsbury

1557 user reviews 5

Book a lunch table for a group of 6 or more & we’ll treat you to a bottle of prosecco!*

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.

Stephen St Kitchen

49 user reviews 4

Happy Hour

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. 

Inamo Covent Garden

302 user reviews 4

A trip to Inamo is akin to being warped into the future - here, you'll order your dishes via a sleek digital menu and you'll be kept entertained as you wait by the table-top-projected playful fishes. But this isn't just a techno-drenched gimmick, Inamo serve up some of the best Asian cuisine in London. Gorge on a menu of authentic dishes, from sushi & sashimi to Black Cod in Spicy Miso. 

Tuttons Restaurant

622 user reviews 4

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.


39 user reviews 4

Express Lunch 2 Course Menu for £20/Person and 5 other offers

Perfectly placed on Baker Street, in the heart of Marylebone, Ooty serves refined South Indian cuisine from acclaimed Head Chef Manmeet Singh Bali. Going beyond the norms, Ooty combines fine dining, causal daytime eating and bespoke cocktail sipping to take its diners from dawn till dusk.

The Long Acre

69 user reviews 4

Just shy of both Covent Garden and Leicester Square alike, The Long Aacre is a Central London restaurant known for their fun-time atmosphere and affordable menus. Churning out classic British plates alongside curated and crafted cocktails The Long Acre promises lush dinner and drinks in their quirky confines. 

Only a short stroll away from Piccadilly Circus, Dirty Bones Carnaby has been turning heads with its Southern-inspired offering and fun-loving vibe. The team behind this venue combine mouth-watering comfort food with playful cocktails and serve diners a meal that'll leave them waddling on their way home. Enjoy fiery buttermilk fried chicken, sink a few ice-cold whisky cocktails and see where the night takes you at this fun venue. 

Opera Tavern

2 user reviews 5

Sunday tasting menu for £35

From courgette flowers stuffed with goats cheese and topped with honey through to confit of pork belly and smoked Sardinian tuna, Opera Tavern really is showcasing the best of Mediterranean cooking. Head to the Covent Garden favourite for food that'll really tickle your tastebuds.

Salvador & Amanda

1144 user reviews 4

Flamenco Show

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! 

Located in Tottenham Court Road, Arcade Food Theatre is bringing a refreshing new twist to current food hall craze. With stunning interiors and a selection of some of the city's best restaurants on offer - we're talking Lina Stores and Chotto - alongside three conceptualised bars, this spot is making waves on the city's dining scene.

28 West Bar

307 user reviews 4

Happy Hour and 1 other offer

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! 


51 user reviews 5

Brunch Margarita Flight - 4 Margaritas for £20! and 1 other offer

Serving up some of the freshest tortillas in the business, this charming Mexican restaurant in Central London packs oodles of flavour into its menu. From sweet and spicy margaritas, to meaty tacos and sugary sundaes, it's one of the best Mexican spots in town.

All Star Lanes Holborn

6 user reviews 3

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.

Walkers of Whitehall

1 user review 3

Bottomless Brunch

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. 

Located in the heart of Marylebone, Fucina's oversized front door is an imposing gateway, but step inside and be treated hearty Italian cuisine made from the finest ingredients. The menu boasts dishes such as Bucatini al ragú with 12 hours slow-cooked beef, and wild sea bass served with sea salt, Tuscan olive oil and lemon, washed down with a huge selection of wines by the glass.

Northbank Restaurant

9 user reviews 4

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.