Best restaurants in Chelsea

Chelsea certainly isn’t short of great places to eat, which is why we’ve rounded them all up in one ultimate list. Whatever you’re in the market for, whether it’s an extravagant set menu or a slap-up Sunday roast, you can expect the best restaurants in Chelsea to deliver it with aplomb.

Updated on 11 April 2024

Long before the 'structured reality' of Made in Chelsea came along (bringing with it plenty of Champagne-slinging and awkward pauses), the Royal Borough was already considered a popular hotspot. However, if you’re eating out for the first time in this swish neighbourhood, its famous King’s Road is a good place to start. Along with a host of boutiques and designer shops, this smart stretch is home to a throng of long-standing institutions and chic cafes. And if you take a detour down one of its pretty sideroads, you’ll discover plenty more hidden, yet highly praised gems, from restaurants with Michelin stars to gorgeous little neighbourhood spots. Of course, if it’s Made in Chelsea restaurants your heart desires, then who are we to deny the people? Discover places that have featured on the show down below, too.

Renowned for being one of London’s most glamorous and upmarket districts, this famed corner of the capital is a reliable place to head for a properly impressive meal. Especially if you’re after something particularly fancy, Chelsea’s best restaurants are packed with Michelin-starred haunts and fine dining establishments that are sure to fit the criteria. Truth be told, even some of the area’s more casual spots – like a pub or trattoria – boast slick service and stylish interiors.

Fancy dining aside, we’ve also made sure to include a number of more casual restaurants in Chelsea which offer high-quality dining without the frills or fuss. Places where you can catch up with friends at the weekend over Instagrammable cocktails and gorgeous interiors or enjoy a glass of sparkling on a hidden outdoor terrace. For those who prefer to dine somewhere more central, then it’s worth checking out the best restaurants in Sloane Square where you’re bound to find plenty of buzzy spots. Chelsea offer a number of places to eat that manage to be both casual and boujee - it's an idyllic spot to enjoy a delightful brunch in  the area, offering a variety of eateries where you can grab some eggs or avo toast

On the hunt for a great meal out? Chelsea’s restaurants deliver over and above. Check out our top picks, then go ahead and book one today.

Rabbit

Rabbit

172 Kings Road, Chelsea , London, SW3 4UP

Farm-to-fork restaurant Rabbit on the King's Road is brought to Chelsea by the Gladwin brothers, the foodie trio also responsible for The Shed, The Fat Badger and Sussex (all part of the Local & Wild group). 

£30 - £49
British
No. Fifty Cheyne

No. Fifty Cheyne

50 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London, SW3 5LR

The vibe here is that of a cosy country manor, with smart finishes including plump cushions and marble-topped tables. The menu meanwhile, majors in dishes which thrill and excite, but don’t bother with anything too high-concept.

£50 - £79
French
Elystan Street

Elystan Street

43 Elystan Street, Chelsea, London, SW3 3NT

Following his 25-year tenure at The Square, chef Phil Howard has moved on to his own stylish modern fine-dining joint. The menu here has been championed for its run of uncomplicated, yet highly sophisticated fare – think carpaccio of scallops and tartare of langoustine, or roast fillet of Cornish cod with a mussel, clam, smoked bacon and corn chowder.

£50 - £79
Modern European
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
Myrtle

Myrtle

1A Langton Street, London, London, SW10 0JL

Myrtle is the first solo restaurant from Irish chef Anna Haugh, who has made a name for herself by heading up some big-name London restaurants. Here, she crafts Modern European menus with an Irish influence using the finest produce from her homeland. 

£50 - £79
Modern European
Irish
Villa Mamas

Villa Mamas

25-27 Elystan Street, Chelsea, London, SW3 3NT

Rubbing shoulders with the likes of Michelin-starred Elystan Street just a few doors down, this relaxed and cosy restaurant by chef and restaurateur Roaya Saleh brings traditional Bahraini and Gulf dishes with a twist to the heart of Chelsea.

£30 - £49
Persian
Middle Eastern
Mediterranean
Afternoon tea
Halal
Fusion
Yashin Ocean House

Yashin Ocean House

117-119 Old Brompton Road, London, SW7 3RN

At Yashin Ocean House, you can expect to see a showcase of head-to-tail dining, with the chefs here committed to using all parts of the fish they cook with. We’d argue that the best seats in the house are around the turquoise bar, but there’s also booth seating if you’re in a group.

£30 - £49
Japanese
Fish
The Hunter

The Hunter's Moon

86 Fulham Road, South Kensington, London, SW3 6HR

Co-owners Hubert Beatson-Hird and Oliver Marlowe have managed to balance the feel of an old-fashioned country boozer with a refined Chelsea restaurant at this British gastropub. Don't miss its famous roast on Sundays.

£30 - £49
Modern European
British
Gastropub
Kahani London

Kahani London

1 Wilbraham Place, Belgravia, London, SW1X 9AE

Former head chef of Tamarind in Mayfair, Peter Joseph, thinks up a sizeable menu of upmarket Indian dishes at this swish basement restaurant not far from Sloane Square. For high quality Indian food that doesn't disappoint, Kahani fits the bill. 

£50 - £79
Indian
Kutir

Kutir

10 Lincoln Street, Chelsea, London, SW3 2TS

Rohit Ghai's debut project focuses on modern Indian cooking that delights with diligent spicing. Top shouts from a menu which mixes the comforting with the classy includes the lamb shank with purple potatoes flavoured with black cardamom, bone marrow and chokha.

£50 - £79
Indian
Azzurra

Azzurra

127 – 128 Sloane Street, Chelsea, London, SW1X 9AS

Extravagant interiors, extensive dining rooms and attentive service are all staples of the acclaimed Aqua group and Azzurra is no exception, fitting right in with its Sloane Street location. Here, you'll find menus of Italian fare, spanning crudo to pastas with a seafood focus.

£50 - £79
Modern European
Mediterranean
Spanish
Central European
Brasserie
Italian
Ice Cream
Bistro
Le Petit Beefbar

Le Petit Beefbar

27 Cale Street, Chelsea, London, SW3 3QP

With multiple sites across the globe, including a Michelin-starred joint in Hong Kong, Le Petit Beefbar brings its signature steak dishes and modern luxurious interiors to London for the first time with this Chelsea restaurant. 

Over £80
International
The Five Fields

The Five Fields

8-9 Blacklands Terrace, Chelsea, London, SW3 2SP

This neighbourhood restaurant is well worth a trip across town. The sophisticated dining room features etched glass, cream coloured chairs and tables adorned with white table cloths, while the 500-bin wine list proves that this is no ordinary local haunt. The kitchen turns out a tempting array of dishes, with much of the produce plucked from chef/proprietor Taylor Bonnyman’s own garden in Sussex.

Over £80
British
One Michelin star
The LaLee

The LaLee

75 Sloane St, Chelsea, London, SW1X 9SG

The Lalee boasts one of the most beautiful dining rooms in Chelsea, with dripping chandeliers, period fireplaces and vintage flourishes providing plenty of glamour! It's a fun European cafe-restaurant inspired by the grand cities of Europe.

£50 - £79
Modern European
The Ivy Chelsea Garden

The Ivy Chelsea Garden

197 King's Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5EQ

The first spin-off of The Ivy to be christened with a ‘garden’ moniker, this all-day brasserie has proved a hit with Chelsea locals and visitors alike. The space is decked out with The Ivy Collection’s signature jewel box interiors, while the expansive menu champions cosy, homey classics reimagined as sophisticated dishes.

£30 - £49
Modern European
British
Afternoon tea
Colbert

Colbert

50-52 Sloane Square, Chelsea, London, SW1W 8AX

Restaurateurs The Wolseley Hospitality Group has championed Parisian-style cafés and brasseries on London’s dining scene for many years, and dining at Colbert does feel similar to stopping off at a pavement-side café in the French capital. The all-day menu mostly sticks to classic Gallic brasserie fare, from smoked haddock kedgeree to côte de boeuf.

£30 - £49
French
Manicomio Chelsea

Manicomio Chelsea

85 Duke of York Square, Chelsea, London, SW3 4LY

Manicomio's gorgeous floral terrace is a popular retreat amongst locals during the summer months, although this long-standing Italian restaurant delivers traditional fare and warming vibes all year round. 

£50 - £79
Italian
Claude Bosi at Bibendum

Claude Bosi at Bibendum

Michelin House, Chelsea, London, SW3 6RD

No, your eyes do not deceive you – that is a stained glass window depicting the famous Michelin man. That’s because this historic site was once home to Michelin, and its latest iteration now incorporates a restaurant led by Michelin star chef Claude Bosi. 

Over £80
French
Two Michelin stars
SquareMeal London Top 100
Bluebird

Bluebird

350 King's Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UU

Bluebird may have really hit the big time thanks to its frequent appearances on Made in Chelsea, but there’s more substance to this all-day restaurant than the gloss of reality television. A menu of crowd-pleasing classics draws the people, especially in summer when its alfresco terrace really comes into its own. 

£50 - £79
International
Polpo Chelsea

Polpo Chelsea

81 Duke of York Square, Chelsea, London, SW3 4LY

Russell Norman's original take on a Venetian bacaro in Soho has since found a sister at this Chelsea site on Duke of York Square. Signature sharing plates include pork, fennel and chilli meatballs in tomato sauce, calamari fritti and various 'pizzettes'.

£30 - £49
Italian
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

68 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4HP

With three Michelin stars to its name, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is the jewel in the crown of the television chef’s ever-expanding restaurant empire. Expect a cool and classy dining room which features all the hallmarks of modern fine dining, plus a menu of hi-spec dishes, including roast veal sweetbread with toasted grains, macadamia and jus noisette.

Over £80
French
Three Michelin stars
Daphne

Daphne's

112 Draycott Avenue, South Kensington, London, SW3 3AE

Known for drawing in well-heeled Chelsea locals, Daphne’s is a reliably good and utterly assured Italian restaurant. It’s a handsome space, designed by go-to restaurant interior designer Martin Brudnizki Studios, and punctuated by a dark-pink marble bar flanked with green leather stools. 

£50 - £79
Italian
The Cadogan Arms

The Cadogan Arms

298 King’s Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UG

This 18th century pub has been revamped by none other than the renowned JKS group, breathing a new lease of life into the much-loved institution. Discover pub classics, bar snacks, British dishes and traditional Sunday roasts.

£30 - £49
Pubs
Burgers
British
Gastropub
Fish and Chips
Hans’ Bar & Grill - Pavilion Road

Hans’ Bar & Grill - Pavilion Road

164 Pavilion Road, Chelsea, London, SW1X 0BP

Pretty as a picture and with plenty of glamorous touches, this chic all-day bar and grill is a welcome addition to Chelsea’s dining scene, linking the five-star 11 Cadogan Gardens hotel with Pavilion Road. The menu takes guests through from breakfast to dinner via afternoon tea, with plenty of pleasing options at all times of the day.

£30 - £49
Modern European
South East Asian
British
Brasserie
Bars
Fish

Hungry for more? Once you’ve exhausted our list of the best restaurants in Chelsea, you can spread your culinary wings (without having to go too far) by exploring our round-up of the best restaurants in Knightsbridge. And let’s not forget that the Royal Borough encompasses the neighbourhoods of both Kensington and Chelea. For a more comprehensive view of the restaurants in the area, make sure to check out our list of the best restaurants in South Kensington, too. 

All our SquareMeal lists span a broad range of cuisines, occasions and prices, so you’re sure to find a restaurant that’s perfectly suited to your tastes. Discover reviews, photos, opening hours and more, then go ahead and book yourself into one today!

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