Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Pimlico
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Pimlico restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 29 restaurants in Pimlico and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Pimlico restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Caraffini Italian restaurant in Pimlico 61-63 Lower Sloane St - SW1
“The maitre d’ remembered me from over 10 years ago and treated me like I’d given them my patronage every day of those 10 years!” – this “neighbourhood” stalwart trattoria is “a staple of the area” south of Sloane Square: “unchanging from year to year” and “like a home from home” for its many (generally silver-haired) regulars. “The menu may not have changed in years, but who cares?” – it’s “always reliable, and well-priced for the locale” – and its USP is its “wonderful staff”, who “treat you like royalty” and are so “friendly” (“they knew exactly how to banter with my grumpy daughter and exactly when to point out a good wine on the list”). “Heaven help us when it finally changes hands…”
2. La Poule au Pot French restaurant in Pimlico 231 Ebury St - SW1
“Get snuggly” at this “engaging if somewhat faded”, “typically Gallic” 1960s-“throwback” in Pimlico, whose “dark”, candle-lit interior and “cosy tables hidden away in nooks and crannies” make it “one of the most romantic restaurants of all time” (it was Londoners’ No. 2 for romance in the last survey). Foodwise, “there’s no nonsense, no surprises” – just “very traditional French classics” that are “still passable” (“cuisine grand mére” – think calf’s liver, coq au vin, cassoulet), served by “the most colourful French waiters”. Top Tip – “idyllic terrace for long lunches and dinner al fresco”: “you could imagine yourself in a little French marketplace having a simple bistro-style lunch”.
3. Sri Suwoon Thai restaurant in Pimlico 44 Hugh Street - SW1V
This “fantastic neighbourhood Thai” is a “local gem (very much part of the Pimlico renaissance)”: “the room is delightful”, and “the food is exceptional and very good value” from a kitchen that “goes from strength to strength”.
4. Regency Cafe British, Traditional restaurant in Pimlico 17-19 Regency Street - SW1P
“One of the few completely authentic greasy spoons in central London” now – this “unchanging” veteran in a Westminster side street won the Harden’s Award for Best Breakfast last year: “for the full English, it’s tops” and “well worth queuing for”. Opened in 1946, the original Austerity Era interior makes it sought-out as a location for films (Brighton Rock, Layer Cake), and the “old school caff” atmosphere is rounded off by “the lady behind the counter who bellows when your order’s ready” – “being there always lifts the spirits”.
5. About Thyme Spanish restaurant in Pimlico 82 Wilton Rd - SW1
“Like a home away from home”, this Pimlico stalwart keeps regulars happy with a “lovely range of tapas” and Spanish classics, “supervised brilliantly by the amazing host, Issy”. “In an age of ever-changing restaurants, it’s a great pleasure to enjoy such consistency over many years.”
6. Grumbles International restaurant in Pimlico 35 Churton St - SW1
“Very characterful”, ancient bistro, which has been a feature of Pimlico for over 50 years (est 1964). It’s treasured by its regulars, who come from near and far, for its rustic style and “top-value” dishes: essentially Anglo/French (moules marinière, escargots in garlic butter, fillet steak, fish ’n’ chips, burgers), freshened up with some eclectic international additions over the years (Thai-style duck breast, quinoa and feta salad…).
7. Gustoso Ristorante & Enoteca Italian restaurant in Pimlico 33 Willow Pl - SW1
“This very decent Italian” is a “hidden gem just a stone’s throw from Victoria Station” – “improbably located in the culinary desert behind Westminster Cathedral” – with “ever-improving traditional dishes” made from “fresh ingredients” delivered by “friendly staff” in a “pleasing”, relatively modern setting.
8. Cyprus Mangal Turkish restaurant in Pimlico 45 Warwick Way - SW1
“Succulent kebabs, hummus and tabouleh” make this highly rated Turkish-Cypriot grill one of the “best options” in Pimlico – “rapid service without many smiles, and good value”.
9. Enoteca Turi Italian restaurant in Pimlico 87 Pimlico Road - SW1
“Astonishing Italian wine list: bravo signor Turi!” – Giuseppi and Pamela Turi are “now firmly ensconced in Pimlico having successfully weathered the transfer” three years ago from a more neighbourhood-y site near Putney Bridge (which they inhabited for over 20 years) to this much posher postcode; and they have brought with them their “amazing” cellar, which is perhaps London’s most notable selection of Italian vintages. They have also replicated their “delightful” personal touch at this “comfortable” new venue, and fans say “the food has really raised its game since the SW15 days”: “simple dishes, beautifully prepared”. Its ratings slipped a fraction this year though, with quite a few gripes that it seems increasingly “pricey”.
10. The Orange British, Modern restaurant in Pimlico 37 Pimlico Rd - SW1
This spruced-up gastro-boozer in an attractive square on the Pimlico-Chelsea border makes for a “fun dining experience with all the benefits of a pub”. The cooking is “better than expected”, with the “reliable pizzas a safe bet”.
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