Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Richmond
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Richmond restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 42 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. Flour + Water Pizza restaurant in Richmond 162-164 Lower Richmond Road - SW15
We learned about this newcomer from the Phil Howard / Otto pasta pop-up that's happening there on 5&6 July, so presumably it'll be open by then!
Rebecca Mascarenhas of Home SW15 ran this concept as a pop-up in the garden there during lockdowns, and it now has a home of its own; coffee, brunch, pizza, pasta and cocktails are the USP, and there's a canopied garden complete with olive trees.
2. Al Boccon di’vino Italian restaurant in Richmond 14 Red Lion Street - TW9
“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”.
3. The Dysart Petersham British, Modern restaurant in Richmond 135 Petersham Road - TW10
“An excellent setting” is the particular plus of this smart Arts & Crafts pub, near Richmond Park, but its appeal goes well beyond its leaded windows, log fires and flagstone floors. Kenneth Culhane’s “innovative” cuisine is “very accomplished” and “often excels”, to the point that some cognoscenti consider it deserves much wider culinary recognition.
4. The Petersham Restaurant British, Modern restaurant in Richmond Nightingale Lane - TW10
“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”.
5. Petersham Nurseries Cafe British, Modern restaurant in Richmond Church Lane (signposted 'St Peter's Church'), off Petersham Road - TW10
“The setting is just ‘wow’ on a sunny day” – “a secret paradise among the plants and bushes in a greenhouse” – “but the food is such a disappointment” (“seemingly great ingredients but very mediocre cooking”) nowadays at this venue near Richmond Park that became famous under former chef Skye Gyngell a decade ago. It now has a smart offshoot in Covent Garden, but there’s “something missing” at the original – not to speak of “the inadequate facilities, which leave you queueing outdoors for the toilet... in January!”.
6. Matsuba Japanese restaurant in Richmond 10 Red Lion St - TW9
“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).
7. Chez Lindsay French restaurant in Richmond 11 Hill Rise - TW10
“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)”.
8. Bacco Italian restaurant in Richmond 39-41 Kew Rd - TW9
The well-priced pre-show menu is popular with Richmond’s theatre-goers at this “excellent local Italian” – handy for both the Orange Tree and Richmond Theatres – it’s a “calm and pleasant” standby for “well-cooked cuisine”.
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