Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Wimbledon
Hardens guides have spent 29 years compiling reviews of the best Wimbledon restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 5 restaurants in Wimbledon and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Wimbledon restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Wimbledon Restaurants
1. Takahashi Japanese restaurant in Wimbledon 228 Merton Road - SW19
“Some of the best Japanese food in London, at half the price you’d spend in Zone One”, is found at this tiny, “surprisingly calming” outfit, in a parade of shops “on a busy road”, near South Wimbledon tube station. “Superb fresh sushi” is prepared on site by chef-proprietor Taka, formerly of Nobu, with service by his “charming wife”, Yuko. “I’ve eaten sushi three to four times in Japan – and this is better!”. Booking recommended.
2. Dropshot Coffee British, Modern restaurant in Wimbledon 281 Wimbledon Park Road - SW19
“A fantastic, cool, addition to Southfields!” – this neighbourhood corner-café (named for its close proximity to Wimbledon tennis) is serious about its coffee, featuring single-origin house espresso from Brixton roasters Assembly, plus ever-changing guest espresso and filter-coffee options. They do a “great brunch” too.
3. Patara Thai restaurant in Wimbledon 18 High St - SW19
“Andy Murray is a regular visitor (to the Wimbledon branch), and with good reason”, report fans of this “upmarket” group. Like Sir Andy, “great service” is a particular strength, while “the food is pretty authentic” too. Now an international operation, the first of its six London venues opened in 1990.
4. The White Onion French restaurant in Wimbledon 67 High St - SW19
This spin-off from Eric and Sarah Guignard’s redoubtable French Table in Surbiton can offer “first-class” cuisine with “professional and attentive service”, and – about to enter its fifth year – practically all reports agree that it’s been a “very welcome addition to the SW London restaurant scene”. It does take some flak, though, for “cooking that’s hit and miss – some dishes distinctly mediocre, but others excellent”.
5. Made in Italy Italian restaurant in Wimbledon 141 The Broadway - SW19
“Top pizzas” that “taste as good as they look” are the hallmark of this 30-year Chelsea fixture, now with branches in Wimbledon and Battersea. “I couldn’t stop myself from eating every last bit of the dough,” reports one happy fan of the pizza, which is served by the metre.
6. Chicken Shop & Dirty Burger Chicken restaurant in Wimbledon 86 The Broadway - SW19
“High-quality burgers” hit the spot at this funky small chain which “does the simple things well”. The outlets are “fab for families and kids – there’s something for everyone and puddings are a great crowd-pleaser”.
7. Dip & Flip Burgers, etc restaurant in Wimbledon 62 The Broadway - SW19
“It’s all about the gravy – a game changer!”, say fans of this south London burger chain, where beef or lamb, thin-sliced in baps comes with succulent juices for dipping. In August 2019 they announced the closure of the Brixton branch, leaving Battersea, Tooting and Wimbledon.
8. Five Guys Wimbledon Burgers, etc restaurant in Wimbledon 48-50 The Broadway - SW19
“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”.
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