Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Fitzrovia
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Fitzrovia restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 72 restaurants in Fitzrovia and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Fitzrovia restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Mac & Wild Scottish restaurant in Fitzrovia 65 Great Titchfield St - W1
2017 Review: “It’s good to see this street vendor grow up into a proper restaurant” – Andy Waugh’s Fitzrovia yearling offers a “successful riff on Scottish cuisine” majoring in “serious game” (from a “limited menu” focused primarily on venison steaks and burgers), much of it from his family’s estate. “There’s not a lot of space between tables (you can feel a bit encroached on)”, but food (and whisky!) are “first rate” and “reasonably priced”. A new Borough opening is planned.
2. Norma Italian restaurant in Fitzrovia 8 Charlotte Street - W1T
Following the success of The Game Bird, the team from The Stafford London took the bold step of opening this independent non-hotel restaurant, in a Fitzrovia townhouse, in September 2019. The cooking, overseen by the Salt Yard’s ex-culinary director, Ben Tish, is ‘inspired by the culture of Sicily, with particular emphasis on the Moorish influences on the island’s cuisine’; a crudo (raw) bar is also a feature.
3. Pied à Terre French restaurant in Fitzrovia 34 Charlotte St - W1
David Moore’s illustrious Fitzrovian “continues to shine” under the tenure of head chef Asimakis Chaniotis, and this “elegant” townhouse remains one of London’s foremost temples of gastronomy. “Letting Chef Chaniotis take you through an evening with a custom tasting menu is second to none” – “he really is a master of meat, but they have great vegetarian and vegan tasting menus too”, and “there’s always something new and exciting” to sample. “An impressive wine list and a great sommelier’s intelligent recommendations” complete the formula. The proportions of the building are not expansive, but tables are “well-spaced” and the overall experience is an “intimate” one.
4. Ragam Indian restaurant in Fitzrovia 57 Cleveland St - W1
“Unpretentious but brilliant” Keralan veteran near the Telecom Tower, which offers some of the “best-value curry in London”. It’s “still rough as anything in terms of the building but the food consistently nails it” – including some “proper veggie choices”. Top Tip – “the dosas at Ragam are the best I’ve found in London”.
5. Café Deco British, Modern restaurant in Fitzrovia 43 Store Street - WC1E
The team behind 40 Maltby Street have teamed up with chef Anna Tobias (P Franco, Rochelle Canteen) at this site, which takes over a greasy spoon of the same name.
6. Hot Stone Japanese restaurant in Fitzrovia 3 Windmill Street - W1T
Open from March 11 2021 (initially for delivery only), a second, 50-cover, branch of Padam Raj Rai's ishiyaki and sushi restaurant, serving certified Kobe beef, one of only eight restaurants in the UK to do so. Once the restaurant is able to open its doors in May, diners can expect sushi and sashimi alongside maki rolls as well as Hot Stone’s signature Ishiyaki menu – inspired by the ancient Japanese art of cooking on a searing-hot stones; also, 48-hours marinated black cod. The interiors boast traditional wooden panelling, accent tiling and artwork by 18th century Japanese ukiyo-e painter Hokusai Katsushika.
7. Cin Cin Italian restaurant in Fitzrovia 21a Foley St - W1
The 25-seat terrace of small this Fitzrovia corner-site – previously Bonnie Gull (RIP) – opened first at this April 2021 newcomer: the first spin-off from the well-known Brighton duo of the same name. The outside is actually a bigger space than the tightly-packed 20-seat interior, open a month or so later. Later the layout may become more like its Brighton stablemates, with more counter seating. The menu – with homemade pasta, small plates and perhaps some emphasis on fish – will also echo its Brighton siblings.
8. Noizé French restaurant in Fitzrovia 39 Whitfield St - W1T
Mathieu Germond, former manager of Pied à Terre, “has worked his considerable magic here”, and has created an “amazing wine list” with “very fair mark-ups” at his “very charming” Fitzrovia yearling (on the former site of Dabbous, RIP) – “go for his suggestions” from the “wide and interesting range, many by the glass”. Ed Dutton’s “delightful” French cuisine is “excellent too”, showing “genuine, old-school skill”, while the “tasteful decoration, with lots of natural light” and “spot-on” service (“personable” – “there when you need them and non-intrusive”) “make it an ideal spot for an informal business lunch, as well as more serious entertaining”.
9. ROVI Mediterranean restaurant in Fitzrovia 59-65 Wells Street - W1A
“An impressive step-up for Ottolenghi, and with all the elements that make his food unique”: Yotam Ottolenghi’s “just brilliant”, veg-centric yearling in Fitzrovia provides “some of the most innovative food in town” – “very clever” and “exciting” sharing-plates with “intense flavours” and “exceptional presentation” – and “even though there’s meat on the menu, it could turn the most ardent carnivore vegetarian!”. With service that’s “exemplary” and “committed” and “a really delightful atmosphere (buzzing but not noisy) it’s all-in-all a memorable experience”.
10. Mere East & Cent. European restaurant in Fitzrovia 74 Charlotte Street - W1T
“You can tell the moment you walk through the door that the people who own it are involved and want to make their guests’ experience enjoyable” – that’s the vibe at Monica and David Galetti’s “peaceful and delightful” Fitzrovia three-year-old. “You have a relaxing drink at street level in the bar, and then it’s down a flight of steps to a chic room flooded in natural light from the street outside”. “The heart in the mind-blowing cooking shines through” – in particular the “wonderful, delicate, balanced tasting menu, packed with fresh seasonal ingredients”; and “it’s paired with an exceptional wine list”. “Staff are outstanding and the chef/patron visiting guests at their tables is a lovely touch”. “Must surely get its Michelin star soon?”
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