Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Belgravia
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Belgravia restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 44 restaurants in Belgravia and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Belgravia restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Ametsa at COMO The Halkin Spanish restaurant in Belgravia 5 Halkin St - SW1
Notable for its associations with San Sebastian superstar chef Arzak, this hotel dining room, a chic-but-austere space near Belgrave Square, suffers from a “disappointing lack of atmosphere” (just like its predecessor, Nahm, long RIP). Opened with great fanfare five years ago, its highly ambitious Basque-inspired cuisine has never really won it the reputation anticipated for it on opening, but gradually improving ratings year-by-year suggest that it shouldn’t be written off, and that the tyre men were wrong to deprive Ruben Briones of his star last October. “Having been with different friends, we realise it is not to everyone’s taste, but we love offbeat elements throughout the menu, and everything looks so beautiful. They lost their Michelin star but we think the food is better than ever”.
2. Boisdale of Belgravia Scottish restaurant in Belgravia 15 Eccleston Street - SW1
“High-quality manfood” (steaks, burgers and other ‘proper’ main dishes) and a “clubby atmosphere” of whisky, cigars (on a dedicated terrace) and live jazz are the key ingredients at Ranald MacDonald’s Scottish-themed Belgravia haunt, which has offshoots in Mayfair, the City and Canary Wharf. It’s “not for everyone” – one nay-sayer complained of “worse than pub food” – but for a certain sort of bloke it’s “the perfect place – he’ll leave happy, content and very satisfied”.
3. Motcombs International restaurant in Belgravia 26 Motcomb St - SW1
2019 Review: Like many of its patrons, this stalwart wine bar (upstairs) and restaurant (downstairs) has long been ‘part of the furniture’ in the ever-more-chichi heart of Belgravia. It’s perennially been accused of somewhat “uninspired” fare, but – now under new ownership – fans feel that “even if the inimitable Mr Lawless has finally sold up, it remains good value in a top postcode”.
4. Café Kitsuné at Pantechnicon Japanese restaurant in Belgravia 19 Motcomb Street - SW1X
2018 Review: This superb, neo-classical 1830 Grade II listed building in Belgravia, owned by Grosvenor Estates, is to take on a new lease of life in 2018 as a new 10,000 sq ft retail and restaurant space, the latter incorporating a basement café/bar, second floor restaurant and roof terrace.
7. The Dining Room, The Goring Hotel British, Traditional restaurant in Belgravia 15 Beeston Pl - SW1
“Still glowing from its Royal Wedding connection” (and nowadays with a Royal Warrant to show for it) – this once-sleepy, nowadays increasingly fashionable, traditional British five-star hotel is situated conveniently behind Buck House. Established in 1910, it is still run by the Goring family, who have been investing heavily of late, with the relaunch of the hotel’s bar and a new restaurant space in 2019 (where its partnership with Nathan Outlaw, branded ‘Siren’, was very short-lived). The “delightfully old-school” main dining room is a “perennial stalwart”, whose “quintessentially-British menu” was slightly bizarrely starred by Michelin a few years ago. That’s not to say that the cooking is not “traditional and of high quality”, but the real reason why this is the perfect venue for lunching your maiden aunt or “wowing visiting prospective clients” isn’t the food, but its “impeccable”, “old-fashioned” service and the “impressive surroundings” of this “light, elegant and high-ceilinged” chamber (whose “roomy tables allow for serious business discussions”). No surprise that prices are a tad “steep”. Top Tip – afternoon tea in the adjoining lounge can be “crowded” but otherwise is as it would be done by Disney – “like a fantasy step back in time” – “we went wild for the sandwiches and scones which were offered in abundance!”
8. Amaya Indian restaurant in Belgravia Halkin Arcade, 19 Motcomb St - SW1
“Cracking Indian fine dining with-a-twist” is to be had at this “congenial” and moodily “cavernous” Belgravia fusion-venture (under the same ownership as Chutney Mary and Veeraswamy). The tapas-style dishes, prepared in an open kitchen over the grill, deliver “vibrant” and “fabulous flavours”, and rank amongst London’s very best. Overall, it’s “a bit expensive”, but a “super, super, super-lovely experience”.
9. Il Convivio Italian restaurant in Belgravia 143 Ebury St - SW1
This longstanding “local gem” in Belgravia is a “properly Italian restaurant”. Currently on great form under chef Cedric Leri, “the food is better than ever, the service ever delightful, the room continues to please” – but “it’s rarely full, which is an eternal mystery”.
10. Bbar South African restaurant in Belgravia 43 Buckingham Palace Rd - SW1
2018 Review: A “good pit stop near Victoria” serving “great burgers and steak” and other fare, plus Saffa wines, all “under the South African banner”.
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