Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Fitzrovia
Hardens guides have spent 32 years compiling reviews of the best Fitzrovia restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 103 restaurants in Fitzrovia and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Fitzrovia restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Fitzrovia Restaurants
1. Obicà Mozzarella Bar, Pizza e Cucina Italian restaurant in Soho 19-20 Poland St - W1
This international chain has three London representatives – in Soho, the City and Canary Wharf – and focuses on light Italian dishes (pizza, pasta and salads) showcasing the eponymous cheese from Campania alongside other Italian produce; plus a range of cocktails and wines. A good spot “for post-work drinks and nibbles”.
2. Norma Italian restaurant in Fitzrovia 8 Charlotte Street - W1T
“The décor feels wonderfully indulgent without descending into kitsch” at the Stafford Hotel Group’s “stylish” three-year-old. Something similar could be said about the “interesting spin on Sicilian cuisine” that’s “excellently prepared and full of authentic flavour”, and delivered in generous portions. “Staff are brilliant” too. Top Menu Tip – “a top choice for inventive and not-too-excessive pasta” or small plates (e.g. prawns, monkfish, burrata); “top it all off with first-rate tiramisu and rose-flavoured panna cotta”.
3. Vasco & Piero’s Pavilion Italian restaurant in Soho 11 D'Arblay Street - W1F
“Welcome back!” Every cloud has a silver lining and “having been unceremoniously evicted from its longtime Poland Street location during Covid”, this “delightful” Soho veteran has “found a new, better site just round the corner” (it’s actually the second time the restaurant, founded in 1971, has had to move). “Traditional, Tuscan food as it is meant to taste, with a wine list to match” are served by the “superb” staff in a “most convivial” setting. “They are good at remembering their customers” and “it’s a great place to have a conversation, as they play no music”.
4. Les 110 de Taillevent French restaurant in Marylebone 16 Cavendish Square - W1
Named for its “phenomenal wine list” – featuring 110 wines available by the glass using the Coravin wine storage system – this London outpost of a famous Parisian group offers a professional all-round formula, which also incorporates high-quality, modern French cuisine and “excellent service” (with particularly “superb sommelier knowledge”); all served in the “well-lit and welcoming” setting of a stylish dining room, looking onto Cavendish Square. On the downside, it can seem expensive; and “on a quiet night, atmosphere is lacking”.
5. Ragam Indian restaurant in Fitzrovia 57 Cleveland St - W1
This Keralan veteran near the Telecom Tower is “still producing good food after all this time” (almost 40 years), offering “super value” and “friendly service”. The new interior “hasn’t made it a looker, but there are so many great dishes on the menu, so who cares?”
6. Mere East & Cent. European restaurant in Fitzrovia 74 Charlotte Street - W1T
“Service from David, Monica and the team is always excellent”, say fans of their Fitzrovia basement where “everyone seems keen to make your visit a very memorable experience”. TV star Monica’s “top-quality cuisine strikes a great balance between classic and innovative” (“refined and packed with flavour but paradoxically, robust at the same time without being unsubtle”) and “the wine list is extremely well-curated and has a wide ambit, as you might expect from David as a former Gavroche Sommelier”. As with many top London restaurants this year, though, ratings dipped a fraction – the pressures of the times? – with more reports along the lines of “a very pleasant experience but slightly underwhelming”. But while the proportion of reporters saying they had their best meal of the year here has declined, more and more have taken it to their hearts as their “favourite” nomination.
7. Kitchen Table British, Modern restaurant in Fitzrovia 70 Charlotte Street - W1
“Sublime on every level… if only it wasn’t so expensive”. James Knappett and Sandia Chang’s 18-seater in Fitzrovia re-opened after a significant reformatting in July 2021 and “it’s both an exceptional meal and quite a show” – “the arrangement of the counter makes for a theatrical experience, with lots of opportunity to chat with the people cooking and running front of house”, while the multi-course menu (each course focused on a single ingredient) is, all reports agree, utterly “memorable”. Practically all reports also mention the pricing though – “OUCH!”… “it was amazing but the bill’s crazy…”
8. Santa Maria Pizza restaurant in Fitzrovia 160 New Cavendish St - W1W
“Pizza of similar quality to those you’d find in a Naples basement” (with “authentic slow fermentation of the dough”) inspire followers of this growing, twelve-year-old group, which they say is “second-to-none for texture and flavour”. But the relocated original site in Ealing is “cramped” and seems “really dull” compared to the old one: “the pizza remains good, but it’s lost the sense that you were part of something special and secret”. (In recent times, they’ve also added an Islington branch and one in Brentford – not listed – that’s part of a car showroom!)
9. The Lore of the Land British, Modern restaurant in Camden 4 Conway Street - W1T
This faux-rustic pub in deepest Fitzrovia from Guy Ritchie and David Beckham is “a class act”, and serves some of the “best pub grub ever”, including venison from Ritchie’s Wiltshire estate. The pub has been around for almost 200 years and has previously been known as the Adams Arms and the Lukin. Two fires in the space of six months last year invited newspaper headlines about ‘two smoking barrels’.
10. Kazu Japanese restaurant in Fitzrovia 64 Charlotte St - W1T
2019 Review: No reports yet on this early 2018 opening – a ‘contemporary Japanese’ in fairly traditional style on Fitzrovia’s ‘restaurant row’, majoring in sushi. It has a good pedigree, with a head chef formerly of Chisou (Dham Kodituwakku).
11. Navarro’s Spanish restaurant in Fitzrovia 67 Charlotte St - W1
2019 Review: This “fantastic, traditional-style tapas restaurant” in Fitzrovia was founded in 1985, well before the contemporary tapas boom. Family-run, “humble” and “down-to-earth” – it may lack the pizzazz of its more modern Iberian competitors, but is “very good value”.
12. Passyunk Avenue American restaurant in Fitzrovia 80 Cleveland Street - W1T
2022 Review: This ‘Philadelphia dive bar’ in Cleveland Street, Fitzrovia, has certainly “got the American vibe”, with “US-style beer and bar food” giving a real taste of the City of Brotherly Love. Philly street food classics such as the hoagie and cheesesteak are on the menu – and “it’s not health food, that’s for sure”. Reporters are divided on the results – “defining the category” for fans, “pretty underwhelming” for sceptics. There’s now a second site at Westfield Stratford, complete with baseball batting cages, but a 2021 crowdfunding bid to raise £150,000 for a massive bar under the railway arches in Leake Street, Waterloo, struck out.
13. Noizé French restaurant in Fitzrovia 39 Whitfield St - W1T
“A corner of France in London” – this “unassuming” but increasingly well-known Fitzrovia dining room “is brought to life by charming and attentive owner, Mathieu Germond and his team”. The “relaxed atmosphere is helped by widely spaced tables and the menu brought to the table on a blackboard” which delivers “classic French dishes from top-class ingredients”. The prime attraction, though, is the wine. “Matthieu has an encyclopaedic knowledge” and the “cracking list has something new to discover every time and at all price ranges”.
14. Icco Pizza Italian restaurant in Fitzrovia 46 Goodge St - W1
“It’s cheap ’n’ very cheerful, but with great-quality authentic pizzas” at this basic Goodge Street spot (“worth foregoing a fancier meal for, as its thin-crust pizzas are so good!”). You’ll find “very fast and friendly service”, and that’s it: “this place is all about the pizza and nothing else (unless you love Snapple drinks)”. Opened in 1999, it now has a branch in Camden and delivery outlets in Wood Green, Colindale and Croydon.
15. Ippudo London Japanese restaurant in Fitzrovia 40 Goodge Street - W1T
2021 Review: “Top ramen with great broth and good combinations”, win fans for this genuinely Japanese chain (originating in Fukuoka), which has branches in Holborn, Embankment and Canary Wharf. Ratings, though, fall short of the top heights at the hands of those who feel its food is “not bad, but not memorable”. A fourth branch is to open in Fitzrovia in autumn 2019.
16. Salt Yard Spanish restaurant in Fitzrovia 54 Goodge St - W1
“A variety of excellent tapas” (mixing Spanish and Italian inspirations) and an appealing, “buzzy” (if sometimes “loud”) atmosphere created huge interest in the original Fitzrovia branch, when it opened back in 2005. But while still retaining a loyal fan club, it can seem overhyped nowadays (“it’s always listed as a go-to place, but there are much better tapas available elsewhere now”). Having spawned various spin-offs (Dehesa, Opera Tavern, Ember Yard), since 2018 it’s been part of Urban Pubs & Bars who have decided to roll it out: first to Westfield in Shepherd’s Bush (which opened in July 2022) and coming soon to Borough Market if local planning objections can be overcome.
17. Barrica Spanish restaurant in Fitzrovia 62 Goodge St - W1
2022 Review: “A wonderful menu with a good choice of tapas to suit all tastes” again wins recommendations for this buzzy and good-value bar on Goodge Street.
18. Foley's Thai restaurant in Fizrovia 23 Foley Street - W1
Most (but not all) the diverse menu is of East Asian-inspiration at this 70-seater in Fitzrovia, complete with outdoor bar. The “excellent seafood” is worth a special mention – “some of the best calamari ever” – and it’s “good value, too”.
19. Sanxia Renjia Chinese restaurant in Camden 29 Goodge Street - W1T
2021 Review: “Great food at a good price” continues to win acclaim for the Deptford branch of this Sichuanese duo, whose chilli-hot and numbing cuisine makes it one of SE8’s brighter culinary sparks. No feedback in the last survey on its less noteworthy Goodge Street branch.
20. Cin Cin Italian restaurant in Fitzrovia 21a Foley St - W1
This “lovely neighbourhood Italian” in Fitzrovia opened in April 2021 as a spin-off from a successful Brighton duo, and has made a “great transition to London” on an eye-catching corner site (formerly Bonnie Gull, RIP). The food is “delicious”, although “portions are lady-sized rather than man-sized”. The business was founded ten years ago when Italian-Australian lawyer David Toscano bought an old Fiat van to participate in a Brighton street-food festival.
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