Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Strand
Hardens guides have spent 25 years compiling reviews of the best Strand restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 7 restaurants in Strand and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Strand restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Kaspar's Seafood and Grill, The Savoy Hotel Fish & seafood restaurant in Strand 100 The Strand - WC2
“Lovely fish served in a beautiful room” – in prior decades known as The Savoy’s River Restaurant – has won a renewed following and consistent high praise for this convenient Thames-side chamber. Top Tip – “ideal for a pre/post theatre set deal” and lunch too.
2. Simpson's in the Strand British, Traditional restaurant in Strand 100 Strand - WC2
After too many years in the wilderness, this “tired war horse of British cuisine” underwent a 10-week revamp in summer 2017 in a bid to restore its “faded elegance”. Having been consigned in recent decades to tourists and breakfasting businessmen, it remains to be seen whether its legendary trolley-service of roasts will cease to “trade on its historic reputation”.
3. Fernandez & Wells Sandwiches, cakes, etc restaurant in Strand Somerset Hs, Strand - WC2
Although they almost pre-date the ‘hipster’, these high-quality, funky little cafés, with their “superb coffee, great tapas, freshly squeezed juices, breads, cakes and toasties” hold their own well against newer competitors. “The best F&W is at Somerset House, where on a sunny day you can sit outside and look at the beautiful architecture and fountains, just a minute from the Courtauld and the Strand”.
4. Gordon’s Wine Bar International restaurant in Strand 47 Villiers St - WC2
“Dark cave-like cellars” create a superb atmosphere at this epic old wine bar (dating from 1890) by Embankment Gardens, which also boasts one of central London’s nicest outside terraces (with BBQ in summer). The “excellent choice of wine and sherries” is another reason the world and his dog flock to the place – the self-service pies, cold cuts, cheeses and salads are certainly no incentive to hurry along.
5. The Savoy Hotel, Savoy Grill British, Traditional restaurant in Strand Strand - WC2
“Discretion is assured” in this “smooth” and “comfortable” panelled chamber, whose “well-spaced tables” and “formal” styling have made it a power-dining favourite since time immemorial. Run by Gordon Ramsay for nearly 15 years now, the celeb chef’s operation puts in a middling performance: the traditional British fare is arguably “too expensive”, and can be “uninspired”, but is generally “competently cooked” and of “high quality”.
6. Lupita Mexican/TexMex restaurant in Strand 13-15 Villiers St - WC2
This “fun”, budget dive is “a cut above most Mexicans” serving “authentic” dishes (“excellent guacamole”) just where you expect them least – on the grotty street, right next to Charing Cross station. Very limited but positive feedback on its City-fringe and Kensington branches too.
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Simpson's in the Strand
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