Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Olympia
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Olympia restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 10 restaurants in Olympia and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Olympia restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Cibo Italian restaurant in Olympia 3 Russell Gdns - W14
“Just like being in Italy, with none of the pretensions of so many chef-centric London restaurants” – this “family-run” veteran between Olympia and Holland Park is “amazingly underexposed; you’d probably walk straight by it”. Regulars swear by its “excellent staff, comfortable tables and amazing food”, and it’s long been touted by some cognoscenti as “the best Italian in west London”.
2. Popeseye Steaks & grills restaurant in Olympia 108 Blythe Rd - W14
“Grotty-looking, but serving top steak!” – that’s been the trade-off for over two decades at this “intimate and special”, but simultaneously “fairly basic” little quirk of a bistro, in the backstreets near Olympia. “If you like good steak then this is as good a place to start as any: its excellent meat, cooked perfectly, takes some beating”, and is supplemented by an intriguing wine selection of well-chosen bin ends. The N19 branch is no more.
3. Cumberland Arms Mediterranean restaurant in Olympia 29 North End Rd - W14
“Just around the corner from Olympia”, it’s worth knowing about this well-rated pub, in the not-particularly-auspicious northerly reaches of the North End Road. In the same stable as Earl’s Court’s excellent Atlas, it delivers “a very enjoyable meal, with a good quality menu and a lovely atmosphere”.
4. Alounak Persian restaurant in Olympia 10 Russell Gdns - W14
“I started eating at Alounak when it was in a container in a car park round the corner” over twenty-five years ago, and this Iranian café over the tracks from Olympia remains a “favourite BYO” to this day, with its “consistently good Persian comfort food”: in particular “superb kebabs”. (A Bayswater ‘Alounak’ is still in operation, but seems now to operate independently of W14.)
5. The Havelock Tavern British, Modern restaurant in Olympia 57 Masbro Rd - W14
“Top local gastropub” in an Olympia backstreet that’s “better run” nowadays than during its original heyday, and after more than 20 years still “always delivers” a “well thought-out menu”; and can be surprisingly “buzzing and hectic” for such a tranquil location.
6. Karma Indian restaurant in Olympia 44 Blythe Rd - W14
2018 Review: “Never-failing” curries at this Indian local, tucked away behind Olympia, help it consistently exceed expectations; less so the atmosphere, which more rarely takes flight.
9. Chez Abir Lebanese restaurant in Olympia 34 Blythe Rd - W14
2019 Review: Small Lebanese café lost in the backstreets immediately behind Olympia. Known mainly to a faithful local crowd since the days of its redoubtable but endearingly chaotic former owner, “it maintains the standards set by Marcelle: the big difference is in the improved reliability of the service!”
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