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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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.
With specially commissioned artwork, marble floors and a grand dining room, Scoff and Banter cuts an impressive figure in central London restaurants.
Looking for a bite to eat in Piccadilly Circus? This gorgeous hangout echoes the relaxed vibes of Cassis bars, serving up a delicious range of French small plates and sides, including moules mariniere and pommes frittes, as well as plenty of wine and cocktails.
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.
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.
All Bar One is the perfect restaurant bar in Central London to catch up with friends, or feast after a hard day's work. The kitchen serves up a variety of British pub classics, as well as cocktails, wine and beer to wash it all down.
Head to the fittingly named One Tower Bridge where you'll be treated to incredible views, a lush outdoor terrace and food from well-known names on London's dining scene. Such as? Gunpowder, Rosa's Thai Café, Prosseco House and The Ivy, to name just a few.
Enjoy a taste of Mexico over at DF Tacos Tottenham Court Road. The cool Fitzrovia restaurant combines traditional flavours with modern influences, offering you delicious bites such as buttermilk chicken and chipotle mayo in a chilled-out setting.
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.
There's something lovely and homely about Honest Burger. The popular restaurant is bringing their delicious burgers to Soho as they open an intimate space near Dean Street; try their British beef patties topped with pulled pork and cheese and thank us later.
28-50 Covent Garden is one of the best places to eat in Central London, offering a swish setting for grazing on European fare and sipping fine wine. Stop by after a busy day of shopping for a high-end feast from their team of acclaimed chefs.
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.
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.
Located in the heart of Soho, this stylish and relaxed restaurant serves up a simple, seasonal selection of Spanish-Italian tapas, cheese and charcuterie, as well as a slap-up selection of wines and a few unique cocktails.
If you're looking for a fun spot for dinner in Central London, check out Ember Yard. The restaurant and bar is dishing up Spanish and Italian-inspired cuisine straight from its kitchen in Soho. After dinner? They've got a stylish basement so you relax with a drink in hand.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 just minutes from Oxford Street, this striking spot is home to mouthwatering Thai dishes, friendly service and impressive drinks. The first London outpost from the popular Asian eatery, Greyhound Cafe is the perfect place for everything from after-work drinks to weekend brunch.
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...
This Central London restaurant offers some of the best dim sum south of the river. Situated just moments from the London Eye it's a perfect option after a day out shopping or sightseeing, complete with gorgeous hanging flora and bottomless brunch options aplenty.
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.
One the best tapas restaurants in central London, Salt Yard is all about simple, delicious and authentic Spanish cuisine done expertly. Head down to Goodge Street where you can nab some delicious plates of haddock croquetas, macaroni cheese and pork belly, washed down with fine wines and cold sherry.
One of the best restaurants in Central London, this gorgeous Mayfair eatery is the ultimate spot for special occasions. Located on the 28th floor of the Hilton Park Lane, the venue fronts views over Hyde Park alongside some stunning plates of food and enticing cocktails.
A bit of an all-rounder, Colonel Saab in Holborn is not only an absolute stunner of a restaurant, but it also serves up some of the best Indian food around. With a menu curated by Karen Anand, chow down on traditional lunch tiffins, butter chicken and so much more.
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.
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.
Known for their mouth-watering menu of Vietnamese tapas-style dishes, Banh Bao Brothers is the perfect central London spot for causal group dining. Bring a group of four pals and enjoy a beer each as well as a delicious sharing platter for only £20.
One of the best restaurants in Central London, Whitcomb's is a French Mediterranean fine dining restaurant in the West End. Enjoy everything from pre-theatre dinners to elevated breakfast dishes and a sublime list of cocktails.
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.
Looking for Central London restaurants? Those with a hankering for the freshest pasta and classic Italian dishes will want to head to Miscusi. Their range of seasonal and speciality plates are perfectly balance, having been created with the help of nutrionists.
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 wit