Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Hampstead
Hardens guides have spent 29 years compiling reviews of the best Hampstead restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 29 restaurants in Hampstead and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Hampstead restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Hampstead Restaurants
1. Paradise Hampstead Indian restaurant in Hampstead 49 South End Rd - NW3
“Lovely neighbourhood Indian” near Hampstead Heath that’s deservedly popular for its “tasty food from an interesting menu” and “reasonable prices”. Now run by the second generation of the founder’s family, who provide “exceptionally friendly service”, its only drawback is that it “can be difficult to get a table”.
2. Jin Kichi Japanese restaurant in Hampstead 73 Heath St - NW3
“Outstanding” Japanese cooking (“we dream about it!”) has made this stalwart “izakaya-style” venue one of Hampstead’s best foodie destinations for decades; and it attracts fans from across north London and beyond. “And it’s not all about sushi” – yakitori (“grilled delicacies”) are also a speciality here, and “the hotpots are brilliant too”. “Service is lovely”, and the only drawback is its diminutive size – “so get a reservation if you can”. Top Tip – “sit by the grill upstairs for the treat of watching the chef at work”.
3. 28 Church Row Spanish restaurant in Hampstead 28 Church Row - NW3
A “revelation” – well, by the standards of Hampstead anyhow – this cute basement tapas bar with an open kitchen occupies a cellar space, near the church of St John-at-Hampstead, and has taken the area by storm with its “constantly changing menu, intriguing wine list and very friendly service”. There’s no booking, but they’ll phone you if you wait in the pub opposite.
4. L' Antica Pizzeria Pizza restaurant in Hampstead 66 Heath St - NW3
“A Hampstead institution”, this “small” Neapolitan with a “classic, buzzy-pizzeria ambience” is “the real deal and excellent value” – so it’s “always packed, especially at weekends (when you can’t reserve)”. There’s also a range of appetizers and pasta dishes, and a spin-off branch in New Barnet.
5. The Horseshoe British, Modern restaurant in Hampstead 28 Heath St - NW3
2019 Review: This “buzzy” gastropub has a “hipper atmosphere than most in Hampstead”. The “good honest local food” is a “reliable bet” to accompany “great beer” from the in-house Camden Town Brewery – founded downstairs in the cellar and now brewed nearby.
6. The Wells Tavern British, Modern restaurant in Hampstead 30 Well Walk - NW3
“Ultra reliable” cooking “a notch above usual gastropub fare” and “very friendly staff” have long made this handsome, dog-friendly Grade II listed tavern a Hampstead favourite. “The food is far from groundbreaking – but that is part of the classic appeal” – “been going for years and never had a bad meal”. It’s run by Beth Coventry, sister of veteran restaurant critic Fay Maschler (as you’ll know if you read her pieces, as she’s always giving it a plug!).
7. La Cage Imaginaire French restaurant in Hampstead 16 Flask Walk - NW3
2019 Review: Few restaurants enjoy such a picture-book location as this little French restaurant in a gorgeous-looking Hampstead backwater. Over many years, it has never provoked huge feedback, and on occasion the cuisine can seem “tired and unimaginative” but, so long as you go with moderate expectations foodwise, it can provide a “charming” experience.
8. Ginger & White Hampstead Sandwiches, cakes, etc restaurant in Hampstead 4a-5a, Perrins Ct - NW3
Cutely-sited Hampstead café – a chic and highly rated coffee stop (beans care of Square Mile Coffee Roasters) whose all-day breakfasts, toasties and buns are ideal for brunching with beauteous Hampstead types. It no longer has a Belsize Park sibling.
9. Woodlands Indian restaurant in Hampstead 102 Heath St - NW3
2016 Review: “Nutritious, delicious, and very well priced”; these long-established South Indian veggies serve “genuine” dishes, and are “comfy” and “pleasant”, if somewhat “bleak” looking.
10. Brew House Café, Kenwood House Sandwiches, cakes, etc restaurant in Hampstead Hampstead Heath - NW3
2019 Review: For “homemade cakes with good tea and coffee” – or breakfast which “is also excellent” – stroll to the top of Hampstead Heath, to the self-service café within the stable blocks of this English Heritage property: best in summer when you can sit in the marvellous garden.
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