Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Mayfair
Hardens guides have spent 25 years compiling reviews of the best Mayfair restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 160 restaurants in Mayfair and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Mayfair restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Mayfair Restaurants
Italian restaurant in Mayfair
20-22 Queen St - W1
As it enters its tenth year, Angela Hartnetts understatedly brilliant Mayfair haven is an unusual example of a swanky, celeb-backed restaurant just getting better and better as it approaches middle age. Though not enormously distinctive in design, the dining room is beautifully set up you dont feel crowded and the charmingly kind staff help create a wonderful and romantic atmosphere. Head chef Pip Laceys Italian-inspired cooking is taking the food quality here to new heights fantastically good and reporters love that you can construct your own tasting menu, whereby you select any number of dishes from the menus five sections in the order of your choosing. STOP PRESS: in July 2017, Pip Lacey left Murano, to be replaced by Oscar Holgado. Heres hoping he can keep up the good work.
. Le Gavroche
French restaurant in Mayfair
43 Upper Brook St - W1
A well-oiled, old-school machine that still delivers! The Roux dynastys Mayfair icon never goes out of fashion to its army of fans for whom its simply the best. Founded in Chelsea in 1967, it moved to its current cosy site round the corner from the American Embassy in 1982, and even if the occasional reporter wishes it wasnt in a basement the general effect oozes class and charm. Michel Roux Jr succeeded his father at the helm in 1991, and the regular presence of the great man himself adds value; he takes time with his customers and actually talks! (Currently his daughter Emily is being primed as next in line.) The Gallic cuisine under head chef Rachel Humphrey is rich and sumptuous, while the polished but un-condescending service under Emanuel Landré is almost other-worldly good. A hefty chunk out of the wallet is of course de rigueur, but even so gripes about arm-and-a-leg bills increased this year, contributing to the food grade missing a 5/5 for the first time in a few years. Top Tip The fixed price lunch menu is still the best deal in London!
. Sketch, Lecture Room
French restaurant in Mayfair
9 Conduit St - W1
Take your sense of humour and embrace the place, say fans of this crazy, wonderful chamber a stunning space on the first floor of a huge Mayfair palazzo. That its shockingly expensive occasions less outrage nowadays, and when it comes to the tasting menus (overseen by Pierre Gagnaire), while there may be a few more components in each dish too many there are some nice marriages of flavours and results can be remarkable. Its not everyones cup of tea, but the trick is to admire the quality and meticulousness, while not taking the ponciness too seriously.
Fish & seafood restaurant in Mayfair
20 Mount St - W1
Possibly the best all-round dining experience in London James Bonds favourite lunch-spot remains, under Richard Carings ownership, a sophisticated Mayfair institution thats worth it if you can afford it thanks to its classic seafood (its a paradise for fish lovers), exemplary service and perfect atmosphere. Its effortless style suits all occasions, but in particular its a power-brokers favourite.
. The Araki
Japanese restaurant in Mayfair
Unit 4 12 New Burlington St - W1
Can heaven be far away? If you can afford it, Mitsuhiro Arakis Mayfair restaurant is a unique experience and a world class one that for a second year won the highest food-rating of any restaurant in the UK. Be one of nine diners enjoying a specially prepared meal from one of Tokyos top chefs thats as close to Japan as you can get in London. You feel like you are at a theatrical performance, sat in line watching the numerous chefs, and Mr Araki himself, and there are too many amazing dishes to mention. The price is world class too of course but worth every penny for what you get (in the view of all reporters, including those who are themselves Japanese). Clients cant fail to be impressed
and at that price so they should be! STOP PRESS. On October 2, Michelin finally woke up, and awarded the Araki the three stars it should have granted last year.
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Heddon Street Kitchen
London British, Modern £59
Just off Regent Street, a handy brasserie-style operation serving thoroughly competent but rather unremarkable dishes at prices seemingly inflated by association with proprietor Gordon Ramsay.... More
London British, Modern £47
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