Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Marylebone
Hardens guides have spent 32 years compiling reviews of the best Marylebone restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 147 restaurants in Marylebone and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Marylebone restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Clarette French restaurant in Marylebone 44 Blandford St - W1U
Converted from a Tudorbethan pub in Marylebone (complete with black and white exterior and leaded-glass windows), this three-floor wine bar and restaurant is part-owned by a scion of the French dynasty behind Château Margaux, explaining the extensive list of vintages from the estate on the French-centric list, many available by the glass. The better-than-incidental French/Italian cooking is also well-rated.
2. Hankies Marble Arch Indian restaurant in Marble Arch 61 Upper Berkeley Street - W1H
Tapas based on Delhi street food is served in a roti at this Indian duo, with branches in Soho and in a smart hotel dining room near Marble Arch, for whom feedback remains limited but upbeat. (The Paddington branch has now closed).
3. Lazeez Lebanese Tapas Lebanese restaurant in Westminster 29 Duke Street - W1U
Here at Lazeez Tapas we bring a sharing culture akin to that in Lebanon, serving up contemporary Lebanese cuisine with a Mediterranean twist in a great central London location right next to Selfridges department store in Oxford Street.We use the freshest of ingredients ...
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. 108 Brasserie British, Modern restaurant in Marylebone 108 Marylebone Lane - W1
This pavement brasserie, complete with outside seating in warmer months, is part of a well-situated hotel at the top of Marylebone Lane, near the High Street. The food is sometimes “variable”, but can be “very good”.
6. Caffè Caldesi Italian restaurant in Marylebone 118 Marylebone Ln - W1
“Wonderful pasta prepared on site” is the highlight at Tuscany-born chef Giancarlo Caldesi and wife Katie’s long-running Marylebone headquarters (they also have a country venue in Bray and a cookery school). Fans reckon it’s “always a treat to dine here – it’s traditional Italian with attentive and authentic service”.
7. Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte Steaks & grills restaurant in Marylebone 120 Marylebone Ln - W1
“Formulaic… but it works a treat”. These “jolly” French steakhouses thrive on their “excellent and simple” format. “There’s just one choice on the menu, but it’s brilliant”: salad to start; then steak (“tender and delicious”) with “their magic secret sauce” (“the start of addiction”), plus “piles of hot fries”. (To follow there’s “a wide selection of desserts.”) “No wonder there’s always a queue, but it’s worth it, even though the inside is really crammed and can be chaos.” With the closure of the Soho branch, the remaining outposts are in Marylebone and the City. Top Tip – “ideal for a business lunch”.
8. Golden Hind Fish & chips restaurant in Marylebone 73 Marylebone Ln - W1
“Great fish ’n’ chips” is to be found at this Maylebone veteran – one of London’s oldest chippies, given that it first opened in 1914. Your order can be steamed with olive oil and oregano and accompanied with mozzarella fritters and asparagus for those who want a change from the standard deep-fried option, and there’s a mouth-watering selection of old-school English puds including spotted dick, rhubarb crumble and treacle syrup sponge, all served with custard or ice cream.
9. The Ivy Café British, Modern restaurant in Marylebone 96 Marylebone Ln - W1
“You know what you are getting” according to fans of this sub-brand, spin-off chain, whose ‘café’ branches are a cut below those trading as a ‘brasserie’. They laud its “acceptable” cooking and say, “it’s great to see how well the Ivy’s formula has been rolled out with very atmospheric décor”. Even fans of the “really nice buzz” inspired by these “costly surroundings” can find the food “pretty average” though. And harsher critics (of which there are many) say “what is the point of this expensive and dreadful group? They just demean memories of the original Ivy”. Top Tip – “really reasonable for breakfast with decent portions in a pleasant atmosphere” (and you can book in advance for it, too).
10. Taka Marylebone Japanese restaurant in Marylebone 109 Marylebone High Street - W1U
Views diverged this year on this modern Marylebone Japanese – an exponent of ‘Shun’ (meaning ‘food should only be eaten when it is at its best and at the height of its season’). Fans say it’s a “lovely” place offering “novel and delicious” flavours from its wide-ranging, funky menu (‘rock and rolls’, ‘plant-based power’, ‘raw to the core’, ‘robata’…) – sceptics say that it’s “overpriced, with miniscule portions”.
11. Ottolenghi Mediterranean restaurant in Marylebone 63 Marylebone Lane - W1U
Still “a gold standard”, with their “lovely, beautifully displayed food” – this small group of deli-cafés has expanded slowly since the first one opened in Notting Hill 21 years ago; the latest arrived in Pavilion Road, Chelsea, in January 2022. Hugely influential Israeli-born chef and writer Yotam Ottolenghi has transformed the way much of the world sees Middle Eastern cuisine – and vegetables. “I’m not a vegetarian, but I love eating the veg dishes here and I find I don’t need to order any meat”. (See also the chef’s two grander restaurants, Nopi and Rovi).
12. Tommi's Burger Joint Burgers, etc restaurant in Marylebone 30 Thayer St - W1
The “Scandi bro-burger” consistently “hits the spot” at this Marylebone and Soho duo from Icelander Tómas Tómasson, who has 41 years in the burger business and a mini empire that stretches from his native Reykjavik to Copenhagen, Berlin, London and Oxford. Fun fact: Tómasson became the oldest first-time member of the Althing (Iceland’s parliament) in its 1,000-year history when he won election at the age of 72 last year.
13. Daylesford Organic Sandwiches, cakes, etc restaurant in Marylebone 6-8 Blandford St - W1
The food at the quartet of London cafés supplied by Lady Bamford’s organic farm in the Cotswolds suffered a mauling from some reporters this year. The Daylesford brand does have some “huge fans”, who praise its venues as “very pleasant for a good-quality snack”. But critics – citing “long waits”, “clueless staff” and “poor-quality, ropey ingredients” – feel they “may be a place to be seen but are overpriced and uninteresting”.
14. Blandford Comptoir Mediterranean restaurant in Marylebone 1 Blandford Street - W1
A visit to this “very focused” Marylebone wine bar from sommelier Xavier Rousset is “an exciting experience for wine lovers” – “the breadth and array of Rhône vintages allow for an exploration that’s not possible anywhere else”. The “small plates” of bistro food tick the boxes, but can seem “rather mundane” by comparison.
15. La Fromagerie Café International restaurant in Marylebone 2-6 Moxon St - W1
“Lots of lovely cheese” is on the menu at this specialist trio in Bloomsbury, Marylebone and Highbury, complemented by a “truly interesting and well-curated wine list”. The “delicious fondue and raclette go down well on a winter’s day”.
16. Fishworks Marylebone Fish & seafood restaurant in Marylebone 89 Marylebone High St - W1
“Lovely fresh fish”, “cooked simply” and “at prices which should shame its neighbours”, is the attractive offer from this trio of straightforward seafood brasseries in some of the pricier parts of town – Covent Garden, Marylebone and Swallow Street, just of Piccadilly. Top Tip – “there’s a fishmonger’s attached”, so you can take some “high-quality fish” home with you.
17. Trishna Indian restaurant in Marylebone 15-17 Blandford St - W1
“Absolutely flawless…”, “exceptional and memorable…”, “consistently superb” – the superlatives just keep coming for JKS Restaurants’ original venture, which scores just as highly as its sibling, Gymkhana, even if the latter is much better known nowadays. It’s a cosy and “upscale” experience, set in quirky U-shaped premises, off Marylebone High Street, and enlivened by “discreet and friendly” staff. Top Menu Tips – “don’t leave without trying the lamb chops”; “mushroom biryani is a standout”; and “crazy as it may sound for a mere piece of bread, the duck keema naan is a real highlight.”
18. Pachamama Peruvian restaurant in Marylebone 18 Thayer Street - W1
These “groovy Peruvian late-night bar/restaurants” make “a stylish and fun way to end a night out, with a multiplicity of delicious small dishes on the tasting menu”. Best to go in a party mood: they can be “too noisy for conversation”.
19. Jikoni Indian restaurant in Marylebone 21 Blandford Street - W1
Chef and food writer Ravinder Bhogal presents her “very original, beautifully prepared” take on East African Indian cuisine in a “homely” setting in Marylebone. The odd reporter accused it of being “hyped” but most reports do nothing but enthuse about the cooking’s “inventive and surprising flavours”.
20. Gunmakers British, Modern restaurant in Marylebone 33 Aybrook Street - W1U
2022 Review: Winston Churchill was, it is said, once partial to the odd jar at this Marylebone hostelry, reopened in October 2019 by well-known sommelier Xavier Rousset (in charge of the vino) and Anglo-chef Mark Jarvis, who oversees the basement steakhouse. Early social media feedback says results are high quality but can seem pricey.
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