Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Richmond
Hardens guides have spent 31 years compiling reviews of the best Richmond restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 11 restaurants in Richmond and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Richmond restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Richmond Restaurants
1. Steven Edwards Bingham Riverhouse British, Modern restaurant in Richmond Upon Thames 61-63 Petersham Road - TW10
2021 Review: “A super-pretty location” helps make the dining room of this Richmond boutique hotel – rebranded last year as the Bingham Riverhouse – “unbeatable for a special meal”. To accompany the “lovely ambience”, and “great views over the Thames”, the food is an attraction in itself: “the menu reflects the seasons well and is always delivered to a high standard”.
2. Chez Lindsay French restaurant in Richmond 11 Hill Rise - TW10
2021 Review: “One of the mainstays of Richmond over many years” – this “lovely little bistro” near the bridge provides “a touch of Brittany with its galettes (savoury and sweet) and cidre bouche (though they also do offer a wider menu as well”); added marks for the “river view (if you ask for it)”.
3. Antipodea Richmond Sandwiches, cakes, etc restaurant in Richmond upon Thames 30 Hill Street - TW9
2021 Review: “An excellently seasoned burger” is typical of the “big portions of rather tasty” food at this popular, “friendly and pleasantly appointed”, all-day modern bistro in Richmond. There are also (less commented-on) branches in Kew, Putney and Notting Hill.
4. Al Boccon di’vino Italian restaurant in Richmond 14 Red Lion Street - TW9
2021 Review: “Always a surprise” – you get what you’re given (there’s no menu choice) at chef Riccardo Grigolo’s set-price Venetian feast in Richmond: an unqualified delight, with multiple courses of “amazing, delicious food” and “excellent service”, creating “an atmosphere rarely found elsewhere”.
5. Matsuba Japanese restaurant in Richmond 10 Red Lion St - TW9
2021 Review: “Lovely, tiny Japanese café run by a friendly family” (who are in fact Korean) on the edge of Richmond town-centre’s one-way system – “never lets you down” (sushi is the highlight).
6. Five Guys Burgers, etc restaurant in Richmond upon Thames 20 Hill Street - TW9
2021 Review: “When all you want is an old-school burger”, these US-based arrivals of recent years really “hit the spot” – you can “build your own”, with “tons of accessories”; plus “seriously addictive fries”, “thick milkshakes”, and “more soda flavours than is reasonable”. “The eat-in experience is as depressing as McDonald’s”, though, in fact perhaps more so – “some branches have a strangely gloomy ambience” – but fans feel that “if you don’t mind 1980s-rock, a trip can still be surprisingly fun”.
7. The Ivy Café British, Modern restaurant in Richmond upon Thames 9 Hill Street - TW9
2021 Review: “Trading on The Ivy’s name, but nothing like the real thing”: outlets of Richard Caring’s sub-sub-brand are “squarely bistro in nature” and proving less successful than their brasserie namesakes in capturing diners’ affections. True, some do tout them as a “dependable if unexciting” choice, but – lacking the pizzazz which carries the experience at their grander cousins – the focus falls more on the “bland, by-numbers” food and service that’s “neither here nor there”. Top Tip – “Prefer breakfast to the expensive lunch and dinner options”.
8. A Cena Italian restaurant in Twickenham 418 Richmond Road - TW1
2021 Review: Upmarket local in St Margaret’s – close enough to Twickers for a meal before or after the rugby – that earns solid ratings for its “great Italian cooking” and “very friendly service”. New owner chef Tom Rowlandson has introduced weekend brunches.
9. The Petersham Restaurant British, Modern restaurant in Richmond Nightingale Lane - TW10
2021 Review: “Brilliant views over the Thames at the window tables”, from a “unique” vantagepoint overlooking Petersham Meadows, add to the “tranquil” atmosphere at this impressive-looking hotel (built in 1865 by the same architect as Portland Place’s Langham Hotel). On most accounts, “decent” cooking creates “a real experience” (if in a rather old-fashioned mould), but there’s also the odd report of “perfunctory” standards. Top Tip – “a fantastic location for a relaxed afternoon tea”.
10. The Fat Badger British, Modern restaurant in Richmond 15-17 Hill Rise - TW10
A fifth site from the Gladwin Bros (Rabbit, Nutbourne, etc).
11. Tapas Brindisa Richmond Spanish restaurant in Richmond upon Thames Hotham House, 1 Heron Square - TW9
Review: “Authentic and delicious tapas… if you can get a table” has made the bustling, original branch of this Hispanic food importer’s chain a well-known feature of Borough Market, and “at busy times, it feels rushed”. It has spawned a number of spin-offs over the years, which are generally high quality, if not as vibey as the original: most recently opening a ‘Brindisa Kitchen Bar’ at Jubilee Place.
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