The Top Bars for Foodies in London

The OpenTable Team

Whether you're looking for casual, post-work drinks with friends or a rooftop dinner and cocktails, London is a city that won’t disappoint. From Southbank bars to Mayfair pubs, all the way to the rooftop bars in Shoreditch on the fringes of the East End, there are hundreds of eating and drinking establishments to suit every taste. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Whether you’re an alcohol aficionado or just like a glass of wine with dinner, we've tracked down the greatest pubs, trendy hotspots, and everything in between. Impress your friends and family and score a spot; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:Hakkasan Hanway Place, Social Eating House, som saa
Price Range:£££ - ££££
Cuisines:Chinese, Contemporary European, Thai
Neighborhoods:Fitzrovia, Soho, Shoreditch
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Hakkasan Hanway Place

££££·Chinese·
Fitzrovia
5,625 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
This Michelin-starred eatery is at the forefront of Chinese cuisine in the city, but it’s also an excellent place to grab a cocktail. Try one of their original mixes—or a tipple frRead more
81% recommended
Chinese in West End London
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Social Eating House

££££·Contemporary European·
Soho
2,115 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Social Eating House might be straightforward in name, but it’s full of surprises. You can dine in the main restaurant, or visit the upstairs speakeasy (a little hint: look for an oRead more
Contemporary European in West End London
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som saa

££££·Thai·
Shoreditch
391 reviews
  • Spicy
  • Authentic
  • Creative Cuisine
The chefs at Som Saa serve up classic Thai food with a modern twist in an artfully remodeled building that was once a fabric warehouse. You can dine at a table or booth, or enjoy aRead more
100% recommended
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Bocca Di Lupo

££££·Italian·
Piccadilly
2,235 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
Nestled in the heart of bustling Soho, this eatery specializes in food and wine from across all twenty of Italy’s regions. The slogan “For when you’re hungry like the wolf” makes iRead more
93% recommended
Italian in West End London
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Hakkasan Mayfair

££££·Chinese·
Mayfair
5,804 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Hakkasan opened this second restaurant in London in 2010, and it soon garnered a Michelin star of its own. The huge new venue recreates the traditional decor of the original, but iRead more
Chinese in West End London
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Galvin at Windows

££££·French·
Mayfair
7,736 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
For a drink with a difference, try Galvin at Windows. This London rooftop bar is situated in the heart of Mayfair and offers unrivaled views across the city. As well as tucking intRead more
90% recommended
Scenic View in West End London
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COYA Mayfair

££££·Peruvian·
Mayfair
1,507 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
For modern Peruvian cuisine there are few places better than COYA, where expert chefs fuse the flavors of lime, coconut and smoke with cooking techniques from Japan and Spain. The Read more
84% recommended
Peruvian in London
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££££·French·
Bethnal Green
2,383 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies
This tucked-away eatery in a converted warehouse bills itself as the venue with a soul rather than a sign. In a lively atmosphere complete with piano music and bright, modern decorRead more
86% recommended
Best Overall in East London
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Hide Ground

££££·British·
Mayfair
488 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
The menu at Hide Ground is all about heart—offering simple but filling meals, prepared with care and attention. Enjoy pickles, breads and jams, and cured meats. The peaceful and reRead more
88% recommended
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Hide Above

££££·British·
Mayfair
371 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
If you’re in the mood for something more delicate and refined, opt for Hide Above. Here you’re more likely to find truffles, sea bass and dressed leeks than bread and cheese. Try tRead more
92% recommended
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Park Chinois

££££·Chinese·
Mayfair
603 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Step back in time with an evening at Park Chinois—a restaurant that combines the Chinese fine dining with the glamour of Shanghai in the 1930s. Dim sum is particularly recommended—Read more
87% recommended
Hot Spot in West End London
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Yauatcha Soho

££££·Chinese·
Soho
5,768 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
This all-day teahouse is well-known for its dim sum menu, which is available from its exclusive underground location in the heart of Soho. Yauatcha serves elegant food prepared witRead more
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Pollen Street Social

££££·British·
Mayfair
3,282 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
This Michelin-starred bistro offers a relaxed approach to fine dining. Expect dishes to be compact but flavorful, and made with British ingredients. For a taste of what the UK has Read more
93% recommended
British in West End London
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The Ivy Soho Brasserie

££££·British·
Soho
4,298 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Great for Lunch
This all-day eatery offers a respite from the frantic bustle of Broadwick Street. Step inside and you’ll discover a polished onyx bar and a classic-yet-comfortable dining room. As Read more
86% recommended
Most Booked in London
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Chotto Matte Soho

££££·Peruvian·
Soho
2,168 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
What do you get if you combine the best of Peruvian and Japanese cooking? The answer is Nikkei cuisine, and Chotto Matte offers the best selection you’ll find in London, served witRead more
85% recommended
Peruvian in London
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St. John

££££·British·
Farringdon
2,668 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
  • Local Ingredients
Situated just around the corner from Smithfield Market, this deliberately unpretentious establishment specializes in nose-to-tail eating—they make use of every part of the animal tRead more
93% recommended
Fit for Foodies in City of London
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Dean Street Townhouse

££££·British·
Soho
2,427 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
You’d be hard pressed to find a more authentically British place to eat than Dean Street Townhouse. The dining room is part of a long-established Soho hotel, and it offers hearty ERead more
93% recommended
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Kai

££££·Chinese·
Mayfair
1,214 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Romantic
For multiple years in a row “The Sunday Times“ has ranked Kai the highest out of all Chinese restaurants, and this means you can expect something special. While remaining respectfuRead more
Chinese in London
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Berners Tavern

££££·British·
Oxford Circus
3,494 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton has made this modern, elegant tavern into a gastronomic destination, with a range of contemporary British dishes. For a real treat, book for thRead more
89% recommended
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Sartoria

££££·Italian·
Oxford Circus
2,099 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
  • Good for Anniversaries
As you might expect for an eatery on Savile Row, Sartoria is trendy, glamorous and popular. Serving up an all-day menu inspired by head chef Francesco Mazzei’s home region of CalabRead more
85% recommended
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