Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Knightsbridge
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Knightsbridge restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 49 restaurants in Knightsbridge and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Knightsbridge restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Knightsbridge Restaurants
1. Sale e Pepe Italian restaurant in Knightsbridge 9-15 Pavilion Road - SW1
“Unchanged for donkey’s years!” – a “noisy and crowded”, old-school trattoria, near the rear entrance to Harrods, whose “at times flamboyant service” provides a heartily “friendly welcome”, plus traditional Italian cuisine, which loyal regulars declare “always reliable”.
2. Marcus, The Berkeley British, Modern restaurant in Knightsbridge Wilton Pl - SW1
“Outstanding in every way”, say fans of Marcus Wareing’s calm Belgravia temple of gastronomy: “a big room, where the setting of each table feels very private”, and where the “expertly crafted and seasonal” cuisine (under chef patrons, Mark and Shauna Froydenlund) is, they feel, “expensive, but oh-so-worth it”. For a large minority in the last survey, though, its “daft” prices defied comprehension, and some of those recalling the era when Marcus himself was more regularly at the stoves felt that “compared with ten years ago, it’s not a patch on what it was”.
3. Signor Sassi Italian restaurant in Knightsbridge 14 Knightsbridge Green - SW1
“Always a treat”, this old-school trattoria near Harrods is “just the place for traditional Italian hospitality”. Launched 36 years ago, it is now part of the upmarket San Carlo group and has branched out in recent years into the Middle East.
4. Salloos Pakistani restaurant in Knightsbridge 62-64 Kinnerton St - SW1
Posh Pakistani, hidden away in a Belgravia mews townhouse for more than 40 years: some may find it “stuffy”, while others praise the “great ambience”. It’s certainly “not the cheapest”, but it’s survived on its “stalwart, authentic, fantastic food” (particularly lamb chops).
5. Celeste at The Lanesborough French restaurant in Knightsbridge Hyde Park Corner - SW1
Dining in this grand hotel by Hyde Park Corner is a “truly amazing experience” and the food – overseen by Paris-based uber-chef Eric Fréchon – is by most accounts “lovely”. But this “most exceptional night out” requires you “to forget what it will inevitably cost!” – “it would be hard to be good enough to justify these prices” – which might explain why there can be “quite a few empty chairs”.
6. Belmond Cadogan Hotel (Tea Lounge) Afternoon tea restaurant in Knightsbridge 75 Sloane Street - SW1X
2019 Review: Luxury hotel group Belmond (as in Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons) has taken on The Cadogan Hotel, Knightsbridge. A multi-million pound refurb’ is in the works, and when it reopens in December 2018 the 54-room hotel will also boast a restaurant with views of Cadogan Place Gardens and wunderkind chef, Adam Handling at the stoves (known as Adam Handling Chelsea, with its own street entrance, and open from breakfast on). Afternoon tea in The Tea Lounge will be another option.
7. Oval Restaurant Italian restaurant in Knightsbridge 11 Knightsbridge - SW1X
2019 Review: Limited but all-round very positive feedback on this small (26 covers) oval-shaped dining room, which is part of a swish hotel right by Hyde Park Corner (which older folk will recall as Pizza on the Park). With its gold-and-light-pink colour scheme and ostrich leather walls, it’s a glam location in which to enjoy some luxurious Italian cuisine (available à la carte, or with the option of five- or six-course tasting menus).
8. Restaurant Ours British, Modern restaurant in Knightsbridge 264 Brompton Road - SW3
2019 Review: As a bar, there’s much to recommend this Eurotrash-friendly South Kensington two-year-old (complete with indoor foliage and fairy lights), whose current incarnation is a couple of years old. Since Tom Sellers departed this year, its food ratings have actually started to scrape off rock-bottom – whether it’s that the food has improved, or folks’ high expectations are now just a bit more realistic is unclear.
9. The Restaurant at The Capital Fish & seafood restaurant in Knightsbridge 22-24 Basil St - SW3
Following the departure of Nathan Outlaw, Adam Simmonds is to take over the stoves in the dining room of this luxury hotel, a short walk from the back of Harrods. The new venture will open in autumn 2019. Simmonds’s pedigree is good, and he’s the latest in a succession of star names to hold the position in the hotel. The main limitation on enjoyment here has historically been the dimensions of the dining room itself: it’s a small space, where it’s hard to generate much in the way of spark.
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