Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Marylebone
Hardens guides have spent 31 years compiling reviews of the best Marylebone restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 133 restaurants in Marylebone and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Marylebone restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Marylebone Restaurants
. Caffè Caldesi
Italian restaurant in Marylebone
118 Marylebone Ln - W1
“Just a delight” – this long-running Italian in a “nice location” on a Marylebone corner has spun out into a cookery school and a string of cookbooks from Tuscan-born chef Giancarlo Caldesi. But praise for its cooking was more reserved this year, with some feeling it is rather “standard and underwhelming” – maybe it’s simply just too pricey.
. Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte
Steaks & grills restaurant in Marylebone
120 Marylebone Ln - W1
“If you like steak-frites, Relais de Venise can’t be beaten”, say fans of this vieille école French steakhouse chain, where a set menu (including second helpings) of walnut salad, frites, and sliced entrecôte beef with a ‘secret’ sauce has been served in Paris since 1959. “Still a good place to eat, and I’ve been going to their restaurants for over 40 years.” A London branch opened in Marylebone 15 years ago, followed by Soho and the City. There’s a choice of desserts, with sticky toffee pudding added as a concession to les Rosbifs.
. Golden Hind
Fish & chips restaurant in Marylebone
73 Marylebone Ln - W1
“Consistently good traditional fish ’n’ chips” make this century-old fixture (est. 1914) a “local favourite” in Marylebone. These days there are Mediterranean touches – fish steamed with olive oil or grilled with olive oil and lemon – as well as such throw-back Anglo treats as spotted dick, treacle syrup sponge or bread-and-butter pudding. But “you go to this lovely place for the well-priced fish and chips, not the ambience” – or the “outdoor tables, which face north!”
. The Ivy Café
British, Modern restaurant in Marylebone
96 Marylebone Ln - W1
“A bit clichéd, but never lets us down”, say fans of the sub-sub brand of this famous brasserie chain, who “have no idea why its reviews are so bad”. For too many reporters, though, these outlets represent “a failing imitation of a classic that is itself rather variable”, with a “disappointing. expensive, mundane menu and inattentive service”. The best bet? “Stick to breakfast and enjoy the surroundings”.
. Taka Marylebone
Japanese restaurant in Marylebone
109 Marylebone High Street - W1U
With the demise of the original Mayfair Taka, this October 2020 spin-off – on the Marylebone site of Providores (RIP) – is now the sole survivor of the duo. Amidst a scene set by low-key woody decor, it serves a more-than-just-sushi menu also incorporating Japanese-style tapas, robata dishes and mochi flatbreads.
Mediterranean restaurant in Marylebone
63 Marylebone Lane - W1U
“Mouthwatering salads” which look as dazzlingly good as they taste set the tone at Yotam Ottolenghi’s deli-restaurants, where “the food is always outstanding” and “you always discover new ingredients and different takes on traditional dishes”. It’s now 20 years since the Israeli-born writer and TV chef opened his original Notting Hill venue, sparking a new interest in Levantine cuisine; in summer 2021 he opened a fifth branch, near the Wallace Collection in Marylebone.
Lebanese restaurant in Marylebone
3 Blandford St - W1
2018 Review: No fireworks at this “favourite” Mayfair Lebanese – just solidly rated and affordable mezze, plus more substantial fare.
. Tommi's Burger Joint
Burgers, etc restaurant in Marylebone
30 Thayer St - W1
Tómas Tómasson, creator of two burger chains in his native Iceland, can now celebrate 10 years at his “straightforward and affordable” Marylebone venue, which these days has “nice outdoor seating”. He also has outlets in Soho and Oxford.
. Daylesford Organic
Sandwiches, cakes, etc restaurant in Marylebone
6-8 Blandford St - W1
The four London farm shop/cafés – in Brompton Cross, Notting Hill, Pimlico and Marylebone – supplied by Lady Bamford’s organic farm offer a reassuring taste of life in the Cotswolds. They serve “pleasant café food, but some of the prices are too much”.
. Blandford Comptoir
Mediterranean restaurant in Marylebone
1 Blandford Street - W1
“Wonderful wines” – from an “amazing list, especially for Rhône Valley”, with many “excellent vintages by the glass” – top the billing at this “classy” (if “slightly cramped”) five-year-old Marylebone wine bar from Xavier Rousset, once the youngest-ever Sommelier of the Year. It’s backed up by “well-produced food with French influences and a modern twist”.
. La Fromagerie Café
International restaurant in Marylebone
2-6 Moxon St - W1
You can book any time for the cafés at the Bloomsbury store and for certain sittings in Marylebone if you visit these well-known cheese emporia. Obviously the cheese is an attraction in itself, but there are other high-quality options.
. Fishworks Marylebone
Fish & seafood restaurant in Marylebone
89 Marylebone High St - W1
“Thoroughly reliable, good fresh fish at sensible prices for London” justifies a trip to this trio of seafood bistros in some of the capital’s most expensive areas – Covent Garden, Marylebone and Swallow Street (just a step from Piccadilly Circus). The cooking may not be hugely exciting, but “they do pretty standard fish dishes very well” – “including excellent cod and chips”. Each branch has an in-store fishmonger, so you can pick up something extra to cook at home.
Indian restaurant in Marylebone
15-17 Blandford St - W1
“Simply brilliant food that just blows your socks off” – “posh curry, but not too mucked about with” – continues to wow at JKS restaurant’s original Marylebone venture, which remains one of London’s top destinations for “top notch” Indian cuisine. (“Excellent home delivery meal boxes” are also a feature.) Its modestly sized, U-shaped premises are slightly constrained by their layout, but for most reporters the effect is “lovely and intimate”.
Peruvian restaurant in Marylebone
18 Thayer Street - W1
This “sassy Peruvian” duo in Marylebone and Shoreditch are “spaciously set out, very atmospheric and pleasing to the eye”. But while the vibey locations are a big draw, they also offer “a multiplicity of delicious options”, making them “perfect for a mixed party of meat/fish eaters, vegetarians and vegans”.
Indian restaurant in Marylebone
21 Blandford Street - W1
“Chef Ravinder Bhogal maintains very high standards with the delicious and inventive dishes” served at her “welcoming” Marylebone venue. She conjures up a “lovely mixture of East African and Indian cuisine” that “celebrates food memories – abundant with poetry, romance and nostalgia”. On a more earth-bound level, the restaurant is also certified as Climate Neutral.
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