Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London South Kensington
Hardens guides have spent 29 years compiling reviews of the best South Kensington restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 34 restaurants in South Kensington and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing South Kensington restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Ognisko Restaurant Polish restaurant in South Kensington 55 Prince's Gate, Exhibition Road - SW7
“What a wonderful oasis of calm in the hustle of London’s museum area” – this “elegant dining room of a Polish emigrés’ club” (open to the general public) has a “wonderful 19th-century vibe” and is a “civilised and reliable” setting that’s both “cosy in winter” and with a particularly “beautiful terrace for summer”. Its “authentic traditional Polish fare” is “charmingly served” in “huge portions” with lashings of vodka and some interesting wines.
2. Obicà Italian restaurant in South Kensington 96 Draycott Ave - SW3
The best food in Italy is fresh, simple and true to its roots. Obicà is the home of authentic Italian food in South Kensington, bringing Italian families and locals together in stylish, relaxed surroundings. Our customers can enjoy dining al fresco or stop by for our daily aperit...
3. Tokyo Sukiyaki-Tei & Bar Japanese restaurant in South Kensington 85 Sloane Avenue - SW3
An international Japanese restaurant in the heart of Chelsea, Tokyo Sukiyaki-Tei & Bar London is a spectacular hideaway in one of London's most exclusive postcodes.The food and presentation is inspired by international and Japanese fusion cuisine, with the finest ingredien...
4. Flora Indica Indian restaurant in South Kensington 242 Old Brompton Rd - SW5
“Really delicious modern Indian cooking” is making its mark at this two-year-old in Earl’s Court, which is further differentiated by its “surprising steampunk decor” – a tribute to the intrepid Scottish botanists who catalogued the flora of the subcontinent in the Victorian era. There’s a “good selection of wines by the glass as well as bottle”.
5. Dinings Japanese restaurant in South Kensington Walton House, Walton St - SW3
“Crazy combinations, truly awesome at times” continue to wow all who taste the “meticulous” sushi and other modernised Japanese dishes at this duo of venues – an “awkward and tired-looking basement” in Marylebone (under chef Tomonari Chiba) and a “much-cooler-than-the original” setting in Knightsbridge (under chef Masaki Sugisaki). “I’ve wandered all round the menu with friends, and each bite was terrific”.
6. Patara South Kensington Thai restaurant in South Kensington 181 Fulham Rd - SW3
“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.
7. Macellaio RC Steaks & grills restaurant in South Kensington 84 Old Brompton Rd - SW7
“Quality Italian beefsteaks” – most notably from the Piedmontese Fassone breed – are showcased in style at Genovese owner, Roberto Costa’s, “unique” steakhouse group, where at each branch you “enter through the butcher’s shop” and “you can tell the staff which cut you want”. “The well-hung rump steak is absolutely delicious” and “a great selection of Italian wines” helps make it the perfect place to kill off an evening.
8. Casa Brindisa Spanish restaurant in South Kensington 7-9 Exhibition Rd - SW7
Acres of pavement seating are the most eye-catching feature of this “buzzing” operation (run by the well-known Spanish food importers), which sits on the ant-trail between South Kensington tube station and the museums (go on a sunny day). It’s “reliably enjoyable” for a “cheap ’n’ cheerful” meal as the dishes are reliably good, but it’s mostly chosen for its convenience rather than its foodie potential.
9. Rocca Di Papa Pizza restaurant in South Kensington 73 Old Brompton Rd - SW7
“There’s a friendly buzz” at this pair of “good-value neighbourhood Italians” in South Kensington and Dulwich Village, which are handy for most occasions: “reliable for an informal business lunch”, but equally “very child-friendly” and “perfect for a family meal with half portions of everything for kids”. On top of that, the “food is actually not bad at all – better pizzas than the chains and decent enough fresh pasta”.
10. Da Mario Italian restaurant in South Kensington 15 Gloucester Rd - SW7
Near the Royal Albert Hall and needing a “reasonably priced” bite? This fun Italian is surprisingly smart given its affordable prices, and its food – majoring in pizza – is consistently well rated. It claims to have been ‘Princess Diana’s local pizzeria’ (and is not shy about promoting the connection via pics on the walls). Top Tip – budget party cave in the cellar.
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