The best restaurants in London

In the heart of Mayfair, you'll find more than a smattering of Michelin-starred restaurants. But it's not all about the 10-course tasting menus. Here's our pick of the very best restaurants in Mayfair.

 

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Address: 34 Grosvenor Square, London W1K 2HD
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From the team at Caprice Holdings, this 100-seat steak restaurant in the heart of Mayfair has been a celebrity haunt since Day 1. It has a focus on rare breeds and game, while also offering a collection of lighter dishes. Designed by Martin Brudnizki, it's a popular spot and great for brunch.

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ducassenew
Address: The Dorchester, Park Lane, London W1K 1QA
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Alain Ducasse is one of France's most celebrated chefs and he's done pretty well over here too. This restaurant at The Dorchester hotel, serving up fine French food, is one of only three restaurants in London to be awarded three Michelin stars.

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Alyn Williams at the Westbury
Address: The Westbury Hotel, 37 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 2YF
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Alyn Williams arrived here fresh from heading up the kitchens at Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley. In this glossy dining room you'll find him serving up modern British fare using fine French cooking techniques.

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bellamys
Address: 18 Bruton Pl, Mayfair, London W1J 6LY
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The kind of restaurant you're as likely to find yourself sitting next to the Queen as you are a Cork Street art dealer. Run by the ebullient Gavin Rankin and tucked away in a mews off Berkeley Square, it looks like it's been here forever rather than being just a teenager in restaurant terms.

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bentleys
Address: 11-15 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DG
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A London institution, having been around since 1916, this Piccadilly spot has thrived under Richard Corrigan's ownership. Whether you're perched up at the counter having oysters from some of the best shuckers in the world or upstairs in the more formal dining room, you'll get amazing seafood here.

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Bombay Bustle
Address: 29 Maddox St, Mayfair, London W1S 2PA
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Inspired by the street food of Mumbai Bombay Bustle, it offers lunchtime tiffins, with a menu packed full of exciting, seasonal ingredients you may not be familiar with, that's cooked by someone who definitely knows what they're doing.

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corrigansnew
Address: 28 Upper Grosvenor Street, London W1K 7EH
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This is Irish celeb chef Richard Corrigan's main restaurant in London, and one where much of the produce comes from his own farm in Ireland. Expect hearty food and also a damned fine bar attached to it too, called Dickie's, where the drinks have a distinct Irish flavour.

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cube
Address: 4 Blenheim St, London W1S 1LB
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A top Japanese izakaya in Mayfair - if you're looking for excellent sushi without the Mayfair prices, this is the place you come. Chef Takamasa Mogi was previously at Nobu and goes big on omakase where you let him choose what to feed you.

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cutnew
Address: 45 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1PN
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Wolfgang Puck made his fortune serving gourmet pizzas to Hollywood's elite. It's currently his only European restaurant - part of the Dorchester Collection. Steaks are the focus here as well as plenty of interesting salads for the stars to push around their plates.

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emilia
Address: 7 Haunch of Venison Yard, London W1K 5ES
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Ostensibly the restaurant at Bonham's, but accessible independently from Haunch of Venison Yard, this is from the Quality Chop House people and it's already got a loyal audience who come here for excellent pasta and top notch wines, among other treats.

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Goodman
Address: 26 Maddox Street, London W1S 1HQ
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The original Goodman and perhaps our favourite. When this superlative steak restaurant opened, it was hard to find a decent steak in London. That's all changed now - but Goodman remains a top place to either treat yourself or splash the company credit card at.

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gridironinterior2
Address: Old Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1LB
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There's a wealth of talent behind this modern grill room on Park Lane - with Hawksmoor's Richard Turner and wine writer Fiona Beckett on the dream team. Make sure you kick off with a cocktail, they're particularly inventive.

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Guinea Grill
Address: 30 Bruton Place, Mayfair, London W1J 6N
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The Guinea Grill has been a London steak institution since 1952 and it's still going strong, particularly under the leadership of landlord Oisin Rogers. Expect perfectly cooked steaks in an old school setting and a breakfast menu that'll set you up for days.

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gymkhana
Address: 42 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4JH
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The Sethi family's concept of taking a colonial gymkhana club theme and serving modern Indian food combined with British ingredients, with a focus on the tandoor oven and sigri charcoal grill was an instant hit. Always packed with A-listers and foodies alike.

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airstreet
Address: 5a Air Street, London, W1J 0AD
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One of the biggest Hawksmoors of the standout steak group, this one has great views over Regent Street and also places a special focus on seafood dishes created by fish maestro Mitch Tonks. It's a big old room too, seating up to 235.

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Helene Darroze at The Connaught
Address: The Connaught, Carlos Place, Mayfair, London W1K 2AL
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One of the main restaurants at prestigious London hotel The Connaught, this is run by French Chef Helene Darroze. Expect high-end French dining that has won the restaurant two Michelin stars. It's closing for two months this summer for a major refurb (from 14 July - September).

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HIDE
Address: 85 Piccadilly, London W1J 7NB
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Ollie Dabbous' Mayfair restaurant is a three storey affair cominging a fine dining tasting menu upstairs with an all-day a la carte on the ground floor and a basement bar.

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Indian Accent
Address: 16 Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4HW
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They also have branches in New Delhi and New York and now Indian Accent is taking on London. You'll enjoy high-end Indian cuisine here (the original is on the World's 50 Best List).

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Jamavar
Address: 8 Mount St, Mayfair, London W1K 3NF
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A North Indian dining experience from Dinesh Nair, co-chairman of The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts - you'll find dishes from both the Royal kitchens of Northern India and the coastal cuisine from the Southern states on the menu.

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Kitty Fisher's
Address: 10 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London W1J 7QF
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This is the restaurant that catapulted Tomos Parry (now heading up Brat) to fame, while signalling the reinvigoration of the restaurant scene on Shepherd Market. It's a teeny, but romantic space.

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La Petite Maison
Address: 53-54 Brook's Mews, London W1K 4EG
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Part of an international group of restaurants, eating here - particularly if you've scored an outside table - should be like eating somewhere very luxe on the Cote d’Azur. The food is light French Mediterranean and Niçoise cuisine.

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gavroche
Address: 43 Upper Brook Street, London W1K 7QR
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Headed up by chef Michel Roux Jr, this classic London restaurant prides itself on having some of the best service in London. It's not cheap but if you book for lunch, there's one of the best set menu deals in town.

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lucknow
Address: 49 Maddox St, London W1S 2PQ
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Inspired by the Lucknow region's Awadhi cooking, chef and restaurateur Dhruv Mittal's new place features all manner of biryanis, kebabs and lunchtime quick bites. The wine list is from Zeren Wilson, so that's worth a punt too.

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momoredesign
Address: 25 Heddon Street, London W1B 4BH
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The classic Moroccan restaurant in Mayfair by Mourad Mazouz has been given a new lease of life with an extensive makeover. The food is French Med with hints of North Africa and there's a cracking bar downstairs from top barman Erik Lorincz.

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muranonew
Address: 20 Queen Street, London, W1J 5PR
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There are a few Cafe Muranos across town - but this is the main Michelin-starred flagship restaurant of Angela Hartnett's. It's high-end Italian dining but with a relaxed vibe.

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nobuberk
Address: 15 Berkeley Street, London W1J 8DY
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The slightly more celebrity-spotting branch of Matsuhisa's restaurant group. You'll find all their classic dishes on offer here including the Black Cod Miso.

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Park Chinois
Address: 17 Berkeley St, London W1J 8EA
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Park Chinois plays homage to the opulence and decadence of 1930s Shanghai, with regional Chinese food and live entertainment. It's very OTT, but no less fun for all that.

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Pollen Street Social
Address: 8-10 Pollen Street, London W1S 1NQ
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Jason Atherton's flagship restaurant and the one you're most likely to see him in the kitchen. The 60 cover restaurant has two private dining rooms, a large bar and a dessert bar. Expect superbly sourced British produce cooked with elegance and finesse.

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Sabor
Address: 35 Heddon Street, London W1B 4BR
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Former Barrafina alumni José Etura and Nieves Barragan teamed up for their own restaurant, which specialises in Basque cuisine and it's been packed ever since. There's counter dining and a small bar downstairs or you can book ahead for sharing plates at the asador upstairs.

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Sartoria
Address: 20 Savile Row, London W1S 3PR
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Francesco Mazzei is chef patron of Sartoria restaurant on Savile Row in Mayfair, serving dishes from his native Calabria as well as other regions in Italy. They go big on truffles here and the sommelier is a London gem.

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Scott's
Address: 20 Mount Street, London W1K 2HE
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This seafood restaurant in Mayfair is also one of its most famous, and the flagship restaurant for Richard Caring's Caprice group. And if you can grab one of the tables outside (weather permitting), it's one of THE places to be seen in town.

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Sexy Fish
Address: Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BR
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Berkeley Square's see and be seen seafood restaurant (with grilled meats too). There's a super selection of Japanese whiskies at the bar and the private dining rooms are jaw-dropping.

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sketchnew
Address: 9 Conduit Street, London W1S 2XG
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Pierre Gagnaire's uber chic Mayfair restaurant is certainly for special occasions - it's one of the most expensive meals in town. There are multiple dining rooms within the building, all with very different looks and menus. There are also incredibly instagrammable loos.

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The Araki
Address: 12 New Burlington Street, London W1S 3BH
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Mitsuhiro Araki's tiny restaurant - just nine people up at the dining counter and six in a private dining room - became one of London's rare three Michelin-starred restaurants. But the chef has now returned to Tokyo, leaving his sushi apprentice turned head chef Marty Lau in charge.

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The Colony Grill Room at the Beaumont
Address: 8 Balderton Street, Brown Hart Gardens W1K 6TF
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Formerly owned by Corbin and King this is the restaurant of The Beaumont - The Colony Grill Room. The hotel is redolent of the era of Grand Hotel grill rooms.

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greenhouse
Address: 27a Hay's Mews, Mayfair, London W1J 5NY
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Head chef Alex Dilling succeeded Arnaud Bignon to run the kitchen at this Mayfair restaurant in 2018, promising to create "food that sparks joy and is truly elegant, complemented by one of the world’s most outstanding wine lists of over 3,400 wines."

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The Ritz
Address: 150 Piccadilly, London W1J 9BR
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One of the best-known hotels in the world, originally opening in 1906. It's still as smart as ever and the restaurant, with chef John Williams in charge is really very good indeed. As you might have guessed, this is fine-dining French cuisine but it's one of the vanishingly-few places in London to demand a shirt and tie of male diners.

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The Wolseley
Address: 160 Picadilly, London W1J 9EB
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Run by Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, this is the jewel of their restaurant empire. A London institution that has an extremely loyal clientele and often the hangout of media types and celebs, it also serves a cracking breakfast.

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Titu
Address: 1A Shepherd St, Mayfair, London W1J 7HJ
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Mayfair's Shepherd Market now has a dinky all day Japanese bar, with an ex-Novikov Head Chef in charge, serving up gyoza, soft shell crab salads and green pancakes for breakfast.

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