Best restaurants in Chiswick

Looking for a restaurant in Chiswick? We’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to, and compiled a handy list of the best restaurants in Chiswick. Whatever your budget or taste, Squaremeal is here to help, with a selection of the best restaurants in Chiswick for every occasion.

Updated on 11 January 2018

Little Bird Chiswick

Little Bird Chiswick

1 Station Parade, Burlington Lane, London, W4 3HD

If this sweet cocktail lounge were in the West End rather than deep in leafy Chiswick, there’d be queues outside for a table. In the wrong hands, tiki can look tacky, but here a Polynesian/Californian-inspired interior – a mismatch of jungle succulents, jingly-jangly prints, jumble-sale kitsch and covetable retro and rattan furniture – is an exercise in how to nail 1950s beachcomber boho with panache. Priced £9-£11, house cocktails might include Salted Caramel Vodkatini, Raspberry Flirtini and Little Bird’s eponymous signature (a tropical sparkler made with vanilla and ginger-infused rum, passion fruit, cassis and French fizz). Graze on elegantly presented small plates in the charming sun-trap patio garden: Angus beef sliders; charred cauliflower with red pesto and sour cream; tuna tartare, avocado and corn chips; cherry and bitter chocolate profiteroles; or coconut pannacotta with pineapple salsa.

Bars
The Crown Chiswick

The Crown Chiswick

210 Chiswick High Road, London, London, W4 1PD



Pubs
Villa di Geggiano

Villa di Geggiano

66-68 Chiswick High Road, London, W4 1SY

Lots of restaurants promise to transport you to Italy, but Villa di Geggiano makes a more convincing case than most. The jolly white and green exterior is a dead ringer for the namesake 15th-century palazzo and wine estate near Siena while, in summer, there’s outside seating under the vines in the spacious courtyard – Chianti transplanted to Chiswick.

The surprises continue inside, where the owners’ connections with the London art world have made for an eclectic interior that mixes contemporary works with antique pieces from the palazzo. The eccentric sense of character is picked up by chatty staff who seem completely at home in the one-of-a-kind surrounds.   

The owners’ other connection is the wine world; the family of co-founder Count Andrea Boscu Bianchi Bandinelli owns Villa di Geggiano in Tuscany and were the first people to import Chianti to Great Britain in 1752. The estate’s wines can be sampled in a comfortable lounge bar that is one of Chiswick’s hidden gems, while the Count himself hosts wine tastings once a month.

Pasta was the highlight of the menu for us. Gnocchi with asparagus sauce, radicchio and walnuts, and pappardelle with Tuscan wild boar, both delivered intense flavours and satisfying textures. Starters of burrata with grilled asparagus and balsamic reduction, and bresaola with sweet and sour shimeji mushrooms, taggiasca olives and rocket pesto, were both beautifully presented, while tiramisu pleasingly majored more on sugar than coffee.

Only our main courses seemed a tad disappointing; duck breast with Savoy cabbage, bacon and cranberries, and lamb cutlets with sweet and sour red cabbage and pea sauce, were both a shade tough.

Still, you could eat very well here by ordering a pasta as a main course, and in any case, this is very much a restaurant that is all about the overall experience. Excellent pasta washed down with fine wine, served by welcoming staff in convivial surrounds: what could be more Italian? 

£30 - £49
Italian
Le Vacherin

Le Vacherin

76-77 South Parade, London, W4 5LF

“Wonderful modern French food” is the attraction at Le Vacherin, which also wins praise for its “consistently good service” and “warm, intimate, romantic ambience”. The clean lines, authentic trappings and white linen tablecloths lend a Parisian air to this dyed-in-the-wool bistro, which is “great for a celebration” as well as a cosy dinner à deux. Chef Malcolm John’s menu is classic and elegant, from starters of escargots de Bourgogne or seared foie gras with boudin blanc to suprême of sea trout with crayfish and crab bisque or an assiette of duck with preserved cherries. Sharing options including rock oysters, pot au feu or chateaubriand add to the romance, and desserts stay with the classics – think apricot tarte Tatin or crème brûlée with orange madeleines. Also check out the “incredible steak-frites offer”. The wine list favours France, but doesn’t exclude the rest of the world – note the selection of the month.

£30 - £49
French
Annie

Annie's Chiswick

162 Thames Road, London, W4 3QS

Sitting pretty, just a stroll from the Thames, Annie’s is the sort of place where romantically inclined women yearn to bring their beaus. It’s easy to see why: the rococo interior of this cosy, corner restaurant features flying cherubs on ornately framed mirrors, a profusion of flowers, flickering candles and abundant fairy lights. Love-struck couples aren’t the only constituency, however. Families swoop here early doors, drawn by a brunch menu that ranges from toasted bagels with smoked salmon to eggs Florentine or the ‘full Monty’; others drop in for “homely” Sunday roasts and all-day, brasserie-style options such as sticky duck salad, moules marinière, shepherd’s pie or shrimp surf ‘n’ turf. Cocktails and fairly priced wines (including nearly 20 by the glass) go well with easy bar snacks, while pavement tables and a spacious private dining room offer further possibilities.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Vinoteca Chiswick

Vinoteca Chiswick

18 Devonshire Road, London, W4 2HD

‘Quick and easy, unfussy and unpretentious’, gregarious Vinoteca’s winning formula matches the oenophile virtues of a top-notch wine emporium with a penchant for smart brasserie cooking. Wine flights and by-the-glass selections are unmissable, and the full list of around 250 bins is stuffed with helpfully annotated bottles from every corner of the winemaking globe – although judicious food-matching suggestions are the mini-chain’s ’biggest USP’. British cheeses and European charcuterie are mainstays of the menu, but the regularly changing line-up runs from crispy confit duck, pear, orange and walnut salad (recommended with a glass of Weissburgunder 2011) to Cornish hake with cockles, arroncina beans, lemon and samphire – perfect with a Kumeu River Chardonnay 2007 on the side. Light airy interiors, funky lighting and retro posters create just the right mood, and the bill is always easy on the wallet.

Restaurant Michael Nadra Chiswick

Restaurant Michael Nadra Chiswick

6-8 Elliott Road, Chiswick, London, W4 1PE

With a culinary CV including the likes of Pétrus, Chez Bruce and La Trompette, Michael Nadra has had no trouble transforming his self-named gaff into one of Chiswick’s go-to destinations. The restaurant’s chic neutral decor, animated atmosphere and courtyard garden make this “gorgeous venue” perfect for a romantic dinner, and it’s still lauded as the best value in the neighbourhood. A prix-fixe menu promises top deals at lunch or dinner, while a six-course tasting offer allows the chef’s skill to shine with refined dishes such as ceviche of salmon with yuzu and sweetcorn purée, steamed sea bass with prawn and chive dumplings, pak choy and lemongrass bisque or aged Angus fillet steak and braised cheeks with girolles and rich truffled mash. Desserts are indulgent classics (chocolate fondant with salted caramel ice cream, treacle tart with clotted cream), while the impressive 200-bin wine list includes some good options by the glass.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Hedone

Hedone

301-303 Chiswick High Road, London, London, W4 4HH

Although it’s named after the Greek goddess of pleasure, first impressions of Hedone’s striking interior are of post-modern Nordic severity, with lots of bare wood, angular surfaces, a weird triptych set against exposed brickwork and a ceiling splattered with surreal sketches. The dining room has its own genteel buzz, but we’re with readers who prefer to bag a stool at the counter overlooking the open kitchen. Swedish lawyer-turned-blogger-turned-chef Mikael Jonsson has cemented his position in London’s Michelin-starred hierarchy by virtue of his boundless creativity and almost manic commitment to sourcing. He buys in limited quantities and varies Hedone’s menus incessantly (often from table to table), but the results are never less than startling. Extraordinary umami-rich creations come thick and fast, from a pairing of confit and semi-dried tomatoes with Amontillado sherry ice cream and milky-sweet almond sauce to a meaty scallop brushed with soy butter and sprinkled with nori dust or unbelievably succulent crab claws served with dollops of hazelnut mayo, crab consommé, diced Granny Smith apple and horseradish. Sweet courses such as fresh figs partnered by sharp elderflower jelly, thyme-yoghurt ice cream and crème fraîche break the mould, and matched wine pairings are spot-on too. Ambitious pricing reflects the kitchen’s ambitions, but an “amazing experience” awaits – especially if you’re served by Mikael Jonsson himself.    

Over £80
Modern European
Scandinavian
One michelin star
Duke of Sussex

Duke of Sussex

75 South Parade, Chiswick, London, W4 5LF

Character aplenty suffuses this sizeable old pub, constructed on a corner site towards the end of the 19th century and now owned by the Metropolitan Pub Co. Don’t miss the stonking skylight in the dining area, adorned with cherubs and glitzy chandeliers – though the place as a whole isn’t overdressed. Its unreconstructed bar is stocked with real ales and the menu takes inspiration from Spain. There’s a great garden to enjoy in good weather as well. Tuck into classic tapas such as chipirones, tortilla and ham croquetas, or order them as a starter if you’re taking the three-course route. Main courses aren’t entirely Iberian, so you’ll find rib-eye steak with peppercorn sauce, and chicken pie for two, sitting alongside pork, chorizo and bean stew. Finish with chocolate brownie or sherry cream with raspberries. The wine list sticks to Europe, apart from Spanish-speaking Argentina and Chile, though there’s nothing from Sussex. The Duke would not be amused.


£30 - £49
Gastropub
High Road Brasserie

High Road Brasserie

162 Chiswick High Road, London, W4 1PR

A row of west London townhouses makes a good home for this animated brasserie where everything from breakfast through to late dinner is provided, not to mention a Champagne cocktail or two. There’s an art-deco spin to the interior with its banquette seating and spectacularly colourful floor tiles, which all makes an energetic space for an English breakfast or a croque monsieur, before the all-day menu kicks in with sandwiches, salads and hot food such as pumpkin risotto or pork belly with crackling and apple slaw. Steak frites is a speciality, and there are “great” Saturday brunches and “superb” Sunday lunches, rounded off by the comfort of a plum crumble, perhaps. Drink draught Chiswick Bitter or European lager, or perhaps something from the short, well-rounded wine list. With “fab service”, terrace tables and a laid-back vibe, HRB is the complete neighbourhood package.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Charlotte

Charlotte's Bistro

6 Turnham Green Terrace, London, W4 1QP

The term ‘neighbourhood restaurant’ might conjure up a variety of images, but does that include a shelf stacked with about 30 varieties of gin? This is Charlotte’s Bistro – sister to Charlotte’s Place – and it’s a neighbourhood restaurant with nobs on. The front bar area is a draw in itself, with those gins deployed to winning use in bang-on Martinis and a variety of cocktails from classic to creative. Head up the steps to a cool, contemporary dining area at the back for plates of classy modern food. Ingredients are well chosen, with hearty dishes to the fore: the likes of glazed lamb’s tongue and slow-cooked ox cheek. There’s proper refinement in the delivery, though, with starters such as gin-cured salmon with bitter lemon and pickled cucumber up for grabs, followed by pan-fried bream with mussel chowder. Everything on the European-focused wine list is available by glass, carafe or bottle.

£30 - £49
British
No 197 Chiswick Fire Station

No 197 Chiswick Fire Station

197-199 Chiswick High Road, London, W4 2DR

The latest venture from independent bar group Darwin & Wallace has an open, naturally lit, stripped-back feel – in keeping with the building’s fire station history. Emergency call-outs have been replaced by relaxed all-day eating and drinking, helped by a colour scheme of soft pinks, chalky whites and pale greys, plus seasonal British cooking. The menu ranges from small and sharing dishes – pig’s cheek and black pudding croquettes, perhaps, or crispy peppered squid – through to more substantial main courses. We enjoyed delicately spiced ginger chicken cakes coated in a light golden crumb with zingy lime coriander mayo, and mini sausages smothered in a sticky-sweet honey and mustard glaze. Next, an accurately cooked sea bass (soft flesh, crisp skin) arrived with baby artichoke, buttery new potatoes, asparagus and a crème fraîche tartare sauce; chicken Kiev was satisfyingly crunchy, the tender meat stuffed with garlic butter. Pudding of bitter dark chocolate tart was accompanied by a fluffy mousse and a nostalgic slice of chocolatey Rice Krispies cake. To drink, the selection of classic cocktails is boosted by various spirit infusions, house-made syrups and sherbets. Rounded off by an attractive courtyard space, this elegant venue makes a welcome addition to leafy Chiswick.

£30 - £49
British
Bars
La Trompette

La Trompette

3-7 Devonshire Road, Chiswick, London, W4 2EU

Regularly trumpeted as the “crown in Chiswick’s restaurant scene”, La Trompette is the kind of place that gives neighbourhood restaurants a good name, and the fact that it sports a Michelin star without putting on airs or charging the earth is something to be applauded. Whether you’re here for a special dinner or a sociable midweek lunch, the elegant dining room always gives off good vibrations with its contemporary artworks, polished floors, well-spaced tables and views over a smart terrace. La Trompette’s cooking is all about muscular European flavours and clever ideas, with lots of intricate detailing on the plate – as in a starter of char-grilled Cornish squid with chickpeas, green harissa, cucumber and shaved fennel. Prime ingredients get the attention and respect they deserve, be it Welsh lamb with summer turnips, garden beets, rainbow chard and ewe’s curd or Cornish cod accompanied by gnocchetti, English ceps, cavolo nero and hazelnut pesto. After that, the mighty cheeseboard is a must, but we also suggest dipping into desserts such as the muscovado custard tart with roast cherries and crème fraîche. Full marks for the spectacular 600-bin wine list too.

£50 - £79
French
One michelin star