Where To Have Dinner In London

Deciding where to have dinner in London can be a nightmare. With so much on offer, it can be difficult to wean out the good from the not so good, and we can all remember evenings spent traipsing up and down the city streets, hunting out the best restaurants in London. This recommended list is designed to help take the struggle out of deciding where to eat in London so you can sit back, relax and dine in style.

Last updated on 5th July 2018




The Drift

126 user reviews 4

If you've had to stay late in the office and are eager to decide where to have dinner in London, look no further than The Drift, located at the base of Bishopsgate's Heron Tower. Serving up an array of sharing plates, burgers, finely cooked steaks and punchy salads, The Drift is one of the best restaurants in London if you're looking for a contemporary take on classic dishes. Often jam packed in the evening, it is a good idea to book your dinner spot now.

Blues Kitchen Brixton

4 user reviews 5

Blues Kitchen is a must for any meat lovers south of the river. Cooking up a Texan BBQ storm with pulled pork, brisket and banging burgers galore, bring a bib - cos this could get messy. These slow-cooked meats come washed down with cocktails laced with bourbon or whiskey, and there's live bands playing sweet soul music until 2am every Friday and Saturday.

Serving up seasonal dishes, cooked from scratch in the open kitchen, Balls Brothers Austin Friars brings a tasty dining out experience to the heart of the city. The ideal selection whether you're hosting an informal party or just enjoying a meal out with friends, menus change on a daily basis and there's a stunning choice of cocktails, wine and beer to match.

Core

34 user reviews 4

Core is a refreshing change to the swanky Bank restaurant scene with a basement bar where chill vibes are strong and neon lights make up the ambience. With a gentle nod to 'That 70s Show' with their underground social hangout, Core is an undoubtedly cool place to have dinner in London with a menu of classic pub style dishes serving you just dandy. 

Just steps away from Leicester Square station, this is one of the top restaurants in London for fusion cuisine. Marrying Asian ingredients with flavours from the Caribbean as well as typical Cuban cooking methods, Asia de Cuba is a melting pot of culinary delights. This restaurant is a must when deciding where to go for dinner in London and as an ever popular choice, book your spot now.

Camino Bankside

2 user reviews 5

Serving exquisite food in an idyllic setting, Camino extends its empire to the humble streets of Southwark. Beautifully decorate with authentic knick-knacks, a collection of rustic furniture and a lovely Jamón bar, it offers guest a taste of the famous vibrant way of life that's come to define Spanish culture. From their succulent steak served with a portobello mushroom to their perfectly made creme brûlée, their wonderful menu will leave you well-fed and ready to burst.

Barsmith

223 user reviews 4

Fancy some food in Farringdon? Where you can try some of the most affordable pizzas that London has to offer? We thought you might be interested. With its stunning and cleverly crafted cocktails alongside, cool industrial interiors, Barsmith is a great destination for dinner in London. 

With an array of different dishes, Highbury's Brewhouse & Kitchen offers visitors a traditional pub experience with a twist. To accompany their selection of small-batch craft beers, their flavourful menu includes a number of British classics and international favourites. Why not tuck into a cheese-topped Aberdeen Angus Beef burger or maybe pay an impromptu visit to out cousins across the Atlantic with a succulent hot dog?   

The Sterling

4 user reviews 4

If you're looking for somewhere to have dinner in London, The Sterling is the perfect city hangout not far from Aldgate tube or Liverpool street. Its prime location comes in tow with one of London's most iconic landmarks, the Gherkin. Sitting in the base of this building you should head here for classic British cuisine and drinks to match. 

The Imperial Arms

154 user reviews 4

Of all places to have dinner in London, The Imperial is one of South London charm and style. Sitting pretty on King's Road, this pub in Chelsea serves up renovated Victorian innards and cosy comforts with minimalist décor. Sink into this classic pub and experience lovely gastro foods of British and international persuasion whilst washing it all down with a pint. 

Kitty Hawk

384 user reviews 4

From the huge wood-fire centre piece through to the New York inspired eating area, Kitty Hawk is a sophisticated and swish restaurant near Liverpool Street. Head downstairs to discover award-winning steaks and fancy wines, while upstairs is all about intimate cocktails.

Peckish? Why not hit up Old Broad Street's Corney and Barrow for a bite to eat? Here you'll find a mouthwatering contemporary menu made up from fresh, seasonal, locally-source ingredients - mix and match mains with small dishes for a contemporary blend of flavours. Sriracha & honey marinated chicken wings with a 100% Caterbridge beef burger? Don't mind if we do!

 

Sea Containers

3 user reviews 4

Promising a menu inspired by the best in American and British fare, Sea Containers at the Mondrian celebrates the Golden Age of transatlantic travel in a beautiful space designed under the tutelage of Tom Dixon. Expect a variety of small plates, sharing dishes and classic comfort foods with stunning views overlooking the Thames.

Gigalum

46 user reviews 4

Now a super exclusive online offer at Gigalum, you can get a Main Meal & a Drink for only £10. Have your choice of main meal from their eclectic menu (excluding steak which costs £2 surcharge) along with a glass of house wine or bottled beer. You are guaranteed to have a good time any day of the week at this Ibiza inspired bar! 

Balthazar

1 user review 4

In the heart of theatreland and tucked away just off the Covent Garden plaza, Balthazar is a slice of fine dining where you can experience some classic French inspired cuisines. This place to have dinner in London promises the full works: charming interiors, a hefty wine collection, cocktails and beautiful food. 

One of the finest places to have dinner in London is Gillray's Steakhouse and Bar on London's Southbank. The exquisite menu is prepared using high quality ingredients sourced from English farms. Famous for their delectable Aberdeen Angus steak.

Drake and Morgan have a reputation for a reason, so make sure you head down to their restaurant to try it out for yourself. The venue holds a deli, two bars, a lounge, a dining room, a restaurant and bookable kitchen 'pods', all where you can feast on a delicious menu of grilled meat, fish and vegetarian dishes.

Paradise By way of Kensal Green, as well as being a popular night spot, is renowned for its great restaurant. Serving only freshly produced, British dishes from locally sourced ingredients, the menu changes with the seasons and includes delights like Sea Bass, Morecambe Bay shrimps and Best End of Lamb, along with fabulous Sunday Roasts.

Fancy an authentic bite of Lebanese in a fashionable Mayfair spot? Levant is the one for you; setting a sensuous tone with its blend of deep colours, soft cushions, candlelit vibes and authentic fabrics. Pick a handful of dishes from the mezze menu which are perfectly complimented by the refreshing cocktails, and sit back to enjoy the belly dancing performers afterwards.

Forge

37 user reviews 4

Need a tasty dining out experience close to Bank station? Forge has all the answers, bringing a handy selection of choice meats and seasonal specialties to the table alongside a good range of beers, wines, champagnes, spirits and cocktails. Forge is a carnivores delight, with everything from glazed pork ribs to steaks and spit-roasted chicken on offer.

The Long Acre

27 user reviews 4

A laid back joint with fun time and frivolities in mind, The Longacre is the perfect place to have dinner in London if you want somewhere with atmosphere and a buzzing attitude alike. Churning out burgers and bites a-plenty with British flavours and style, head on down for dinner, cocktails and more. 

Balls Brothers Mayfair

9 user reviews 4

Almost considering changing your name to Hank Marvin? Don't do it, let's find you a great place to eat in London instead. If you're after fine British plates brimming with stunning seasonal far, spoiling itself alongside international wines and beer, then we guess you'd better be heading to the classic Balls Brothers Mayfair Exchange. 

A modern British restaurant and cocktail bar, Chiswell Street Dining Rooms offers elegance across the board. This is a lovely, contemporary space offering the opportunity to relax and reflect on your day in the heart of the city. Serving anything from seasonal salad to pumpkin gnocchi, right through to grilled lemon sole and Cumbrian rare breed steaks, there's something to suit all tastes at this charming plot.

Hoxley and Porter

81 user reviews 4

An utterly unique venue of obscure yet subtle decadence. Hoxley and Porter's lush interior provides the perfect backdrop to the modern British cuisine with a twist. Mirroring the interior, the food is traditional with continental and oriental flourishes: Rich yet earthy dishes such as pork belly and rabbit. Go here for a sensuous and enjoyable dining experience that's just enough out of the ordinary. 

The Diner Soho

2 user reviews 4

Fancy some classic, indulgent, no-nonsense American grub this evening? It's gotta be The Diner in Soho, a venue that harks back to the classic 50s diner set-up with its no-fuss, traditional decor. Put the diet on hold and fill your plate with buttermilk pancakes, piled-high burgers or chilli dogs instead. There's a good choice of beers and boozy shakes to wash it all down with.

Meat People

119 user reviews 4

Tuck into a hearty, honest meal at Meat People - a charming restaurant in North London. Whatever you order here, you can be sure that it's been made using only the finest cuts of meat and the freshest, locally-sourced ingredients - naturally, each dish has received nothing but glowing reviews. Whatever you opt for - steak, pork, swordfish or anything else - accompany it with a glass of premium vino or a classic cocktail. 

The Chelsea Pensioner

17 user reviews 5

Rare to find in Chelsea, The Chelsea Pensioner offers a dining and drinking experience that won't break the bank - and isn't that what we're all looking for? With tasty flatbread pizza and delectable bar snacks accompanied by high quality drinks, it is the ideal place to grab a filling dinner - and if the weathers nice you can dine alfresco in the secret beer garden! What more could you want?

Signature flatbreads combine with seasonal salads and 10oz t-bone steaks to create a convincing menu of fresh and seasonal fare at The Refinery. Enjoy a tasty plate at this striking Fitzrovia location, and don't forget to sample a good range of the many innovative cocktails or 40 wines available by the glass.

Sway

70 user reviews 4

A chic yet relaxed hangout for dinner and drinks in Covent Garden, the new and improved Sway is a fun space ideal for groups of all sizes. Sharing and companionship are a big deal here, which creates a communal atmosphere perfect for colleagues, partners and groups of mates alike. The venue serves pizzas, main plates and smaller sharing plates alike, with a whole host of boozy options on offer at the bar.

Mommi

11 user reviews 4

Saturate your palate with the likes of Mommi's inherently exotic and fragrant cuisines. Drink and dine your way through their hybrid of Asian and Japanese cultures as their menus reflect the authentic flavours and tastes from both of the far fetched countries. An eatery with a bespoke and colourful flare, Mommi will stimulate your senses over dinner. 

Mint Leaf Lounge

13 user reviews 5

Mint Leaf Lounge and Restaurant in Bank serves only the finest food, all of which perfectly combines the ancient traditions and authentic flavours of India. Using locally sourced and seasonal products wherever possible, Mint Leaf combines ethics with traditional methods of cooking, using a traditional tandoor oven, char grill and tawa plate to create authentic Indian flavours - this is definitely a top choice when deciding where to have dinner in London so be sure to book your table.

Inamo Covent Garden

144 user reviews 4

When it comes to innovation, few can match Inamo. In fact, few can get close. This is the place your mates have told you about; the one where you order via sleek tablets, upload your own images as your custom-tabletop and even check in on the kitchen via chef cam. Pioneering approach aside, Inamo actually serves delightful food and Oriental cocktails too. Come for pan-Asian tapas then head for intimate post-dinner cocktails in the basement bar.

Davy's at Canary Wharf

19 user reviews 4

If you like your gastronomical delights on the side of a top quality glass of wine, Davy's is the one for you. Sitting pretty on the fringes of the Thames, this renowned wine bar serves British fare with plenty of offers running throughout the week. Weather looking good? Get yourself in their spacious riverside area for some al fresco drinking and dining.

Cigalon

3 user reviews 5

Taste a piece of classic French cuisine at Cigalon where their ingredients is seasonal, fresh and supplied from Southern France. Sitting pretty on Chancery Lane, Cigalon's interiors follow the same suit as their menu: clean, classic but with a contemporary finish making for a top spot to have dinner in London. 

The Bloomsbury Club Bar

338 user reviews 5

If you're after a sophisticated meal out in the city, you can't go wrong with The Bloomsbury Club Bar. This charming restaurant bar has it all. More than just a venue with an enviable location, step inside and have your breath taken by the lavish interior here. And to seal the deal, this venue offers up a mouth-watering menu of classic British plates alongside an exceptional selection of wines from all around the globe. 

Mayfair Pizza Co.

2 user reviews 5

With exquisite pizzas, mouth-watering deserts and an impressive selection of fine wine, the Mayfair Pizza Co. has everything you need to make a great evening. Hidden away in an alleyway behind a huge Hugo Boss store, the restaurant oozes class and offers its guests a relaxing evening in Mayfair without the terrifying prices. An array of delicious pizzas are all available; their team of talent chefs have worked hard over a wood-fire oven to produce a range of thin, crispy pizzas topped with succulent cuts of meat and delectable ingredients. 

Restaurant Ours

5 user reviews 3

If you're looking for a place to eat dinner in London, you can't go wrong with Restaurant Ours. Created by a multi-award winning chef, they deliver a delicious menu of carefully crafted European dishes accompanied by seasonal cocktails, all served in a modern, chic environment.