Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Belgravia
Hardens guides have spent 32 years compiling reviews of the best Belgravia restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 77 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. La Poule au Pot French restaurant in Pimlico 231 Ebury St - SW1
“A candlelit supper for two here first is a surefire route to romance later!” according to fans of this “timeless” Gallic corner of Pimlico, which has “been a favourite for decades” (and which perennially nears the top of our list of London’s most romantic destinations). With its “cosy and intimate” hidden nooks, the “warren-like” interior “oozes rural France”, as do the “charming” and characterful waiters. Its “solid and traditional French bistro-style fare” is entirely in keeping: cassoulet, coq au vin, escargot, onion tart, steak frites, tarte Tatin, all washed down with “vin rouge from the large bottle” (with consumption measured by a dip-stick). “Why would you change anything about it?” Top Tip – in summer, the “good outside tables” come into their own.
2. Sale e Pepe Italian restaurant in Knightsbridge 9-15 Pavilion Road - SW1
“Never lets you down… always fun… always noisy… always great food” – this “buzzy longstanding trattoria” (est. 1974), a short walk from the rear of Harrods, is “always a favourite” for a very loyal fan club, serving a long and traditional menu. “Ideal for date night” too.
3. Roof Garden at Pantechnicon Scandinavian restaurant in Belgravia 19 Motcomb St - SW1X
“Come rain or shine the rooftop is always buzzing” at this “simply super space” – a gorgeously decorated, 130-seat terrace on top of Belgravia’s landmark Pantechnicon building, complete with retractable glass roof for rainy weather. Although some reporters say you only go for the great location, most accounts give it a thumbs-up all round, and “presenting something ’Nordic’ and different” as its cuisine (from the kitchen at downstairs Eldr) goes down well (as do the “fab cocktails”…).
4. The English Grill - The Rubens at The Palace Hotel British, Modern restaurant in Westminster 39 Buckingham Palace Road, - SW1W
Dine like royalty in regal surroundingsOpulently designed with a rich royal theme of grandeur with polished silver, beautiful chandeliers and tailcoat waiters offering traditional service at its most welcoming. Experience the finest of dining with a glass wall which all...
5. Il Pampero Italian restaurant in Kensington and Chelsea 20 Chesham Place - SW1X
2022 Review: A short walk from Sloane Street, this elegantly panelled Belgravia dining room is part of a luxurious five-star hotel. Perhaps because it’s tucked away in such an expensive ’hood, it doesn’t generate a huge volume of survey feedback, but such as there is says it successfully sets a superior standard of Italian cuisine.
6. Caraffini Italian restaurant in Pimlico 61-63 Lower Sloane St - SW1
“Just part of Chelsea’s culinary ‘furniture’!” – this “always enjoyable Italian stalwart” (est 1994), south of Sloane Square, is an “old favourite” for a dedicated silver-haired following, who’ve patronised it for many years. “The same friendly faces (albeit sometimes masked! in the Covid months)” provide “courteous and amiable service” of “reliable, traditional dishes” (“certainly not cheap but good quality”).
7. Hans’ Bar & Grill British, Modern restaurant in Chelsea 164 Pavilion Road - SW1X
On a most chichi little thoroughfare, this café/bar and all-day restaurant is part of nearby luxury boutique hotel 100 Cadogan Gardens. It charges Chelsea prices from breakfast on, but fans say it’s a “perfect spot to have lunch when on a shopping expedition”.
8. Motcombs International restaurant in Belgravia 26 Motcomb St - SW1
All agree on the attractive style of this long-established (since 1982) and rather old-fashioned Belgravia stalwart, with nice pavement tables. Not everyone agrees on the value provided by its eclectic international menu (shepherds pie, seared tiger prawns, Dover sole, Belgravia burger…) but it is sometimes tipped for business.
9. Boisdale of Belgravia Scottish restaurant in Belgravia 15 Eccleston Street - SW1
“With its excellent exterior cigar terrace, range of whiskies and food usually with a Scottish twist – there’s always a fun evening” (often buoyed by live jazz too) at Ranald Macdonald’s Scottish-themed Belgravia stalwart, a short walk from Victoria station. Eldest son of the 24th chief and captain of Clanranald, his wine-trade background is evident in a strong list, while the selection of steaks and venison reveal him as an early champion of British ingredients. Critics say the food is only “average”, but for a red-blooded business meeting it’s tailor made for the purpose.
10. The Restaurant at The Capital British, Traditional restaurant in Knightsbridge 22-24 Basil Street - SW3
A short walk from the back of Harrods, the bijou dining room of this luxury hotel changed its stripes a couple of years ago. Under chef Chris Prow, it now offers a much less formal dining style – with an all-day menu (majoring in dishes from the Josper grill) showcasing British cuisine – and an outside terrace in summer. Some regret the passing of the former incarnation, but overall ratings are good all round.
11. Enoteca Turi Italian restaurant in Pimlico 87 Pimlico Road - SW1
Giuseppe & Pamela Turi’s “phenomenal” stalwart was “a long-time favourite even before they moved from Putney to Pimlico” in 2015 (at an age when some couples would be considering retirement). “A place of calm refinement”, they “rode out the pandemic with cheer and great service”; and by providing “precise northern Italian cooking with intense flavours”. The special attraction, though, is Giuseppe’s long term passion project: “one of the best Italian wine lists in London” offering a “to-die-for selection” that “starts at very reasonable price levels” (but “don’t forget your wallet” if you want to do it full justice).
12. Eldr at Pantechnicon Scandinavian restaurant in Belgravia 19 Motcomb Street - SW1X
Limited but mostly positive feedback this year at this second-floor dining space, within the gobsmackingly lovely Belgravia Pantechnicon building. Despite the ambition of its Nordic menu (the name means ‘fire’ in old Norse), though, it is still not making many waves. Maybe it’s because a peek up the staircase takes you out onto the gorgeous rooftop…
13. Belmond Cadogan Hotel (The Lounge) restaurant in Knightsbridge 75 Sloane Street - SW1X
2022 Review: “Superb dishes, presented wonderfully” win praise for the afternoon tea served in the stylish lounge of this deluxe hotel on Sloane Street (where Oscar Wilde was arrested in 1895 after losing a libel case). Prices, though, are too “aggressive” for some tastes.
14. Café Kitsuné at Pantechnicon Japanese restaurant in Belgravia 19 Motcomb Street - SW1X
For a posh cup of coffee, the chichi, Japanese-inflected patisserie at the foot of this monumental Belgravia landmark (with mezzanine and foyer seating) has a number of fans – grab a brew, take the weight of your feet and nibble on a double-baked matcha croissant or lunchtime sando.
16. Olivomare Fish & seafood restaurant in Belgravia 10 Lower Belgrave Street - SW1
“This impressive neighbourhood restaurant” in Belgravia serves “wonderful seafood, Italian style”. Opened in 2007, it is part of Sardinian-born Mauro Sanno’s upmarket group in one of London’s poshest enclaves. The interior design can seem a little “bleak” for some tastes: not an issue in summer at the outside tables.
17. Chucs Belgravia Italian restaurant in Belgravia 25 Eccleston Street - SW1W
“A throwback to old-school dining” – this wittingly old-fashioned chain (created in the last 10 years) channels an imagined La Dolce Vita lifestyle into its “enjoyable if slightly stuffy” mix of chic Italian cafés and restaurants (if you are of a certain age, think 1980s Tatler). They look “pretty” and are “attractive in their own way”: “not bad if a bit overpriced”. That’s the kind view anyway: harsher critics say they “could do better” and “don’t deserve a revisit”. But they must be doing something right, as in July 2021 they opened in St John’s Wood.
18. Muse British, Modern restaurant in Belgravia 38 Groom Place - SW1X
“Tom Aikens gave us a night of culinary genius on a plate. Unforgettable” – his “original, informal and fun” two-year-old Belgravia HQ continues to deliver a “superlative” experience. The “incredible plates of food are full of little flavour bombs” and “whilst the menu inspiration of dishes tied to his life story risks getting a little passé if you’re a regular, Tom does cook it well” (“it’s great that he is often actually there in person”). There’s “lovely trendy décor on both floors, and it’s a fantastic experience on the ground floor stools slap bang in front of Tom and the chefs who are so friendly and engaging”. Top Tip – perhaps reflecting Tom’s health-conscious, ultramarathon leanings, “dietary intolerances are well catered for” and “vegetables prepared in interesting and exciting ways”.
19. Santini Italian restaurant in Belgravia 29 Ebury St - SW1
This “time-capsule” version of the classic Belgravia Italian restaurant attracted the likes of Frank Sinatra in its 1980s heyday. These days it is run by Laura Santini, daughter of the founder, Gino – and the food is by all accounts “undeniably delicious”. Even fans, though, can find it “outrageously expensive”.
20. Ken Lo’s Memories Chinese restaurant in Belgravia 65-69 Ebury St - SW1
“Still going strong after all these years” – although “long-since forgotten by the foodie fashionistas” – the late Ken Lo’s veteran Belgravian “still produces decent-quality, if perhaps westernised Chinese dishes, served with charm in comfortable surroundings”.
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