Best restaurants in Fitzrovia

Famous as the former residence of renowned creatives including Virginia Woolf, George Orwell, and Robert Louis Stevenson, London’s Fitzrovia district has long maintained its bohemian, well-to-do charm. Unsurprisingly, the best restaurants in Fitzrovia tend to reflect this allure, ranging from stylish everyday eateries to bustling new openings with queues that snake down the street. No matter what the occasion may be, there’s a carefully prepared plate in Fitzrovia to suit. Scroll down and read on for our edit of the ones that are worth your booking (and trust us, you will definitely want to book, because these places fill up fast).

Updated on 17 December 2019

A stroll around Fitzrovia, situated just north of trendy Soho, will take you past endless shops, a fair few theatres, quirky tourist attractions including the Grant Museum of Zoology and of course, the sky-high BT Tower. It’ll also likely leave you feeling pretty darn hungry, thanks to the vast number of incredible restaurants packed tightly into its parameters.

As with much of Central London, the food scene in Fitzrovia just keeps on getting better, to the point where whittling down which restaurants in Fitzrovia to try during your next visit gets rather tough. Fortunately, that’s where our round-up comes in. In the boxes below you’ll find dozens of recommendations for Fitzrovia’s finest eating spots, with something for all budgets, tastes and appetites.

You may recognise some of the most popular outlets already - Berners Tavern, for instance, has built an enduring reputation as a culinary icon in the capital - but there are plenty of other lesser-known gems to discover. Aside from fancy restaurants there are fresh and equally fancy dishes, like the carbonara served direct from a giant wheel of pecorino at Instagram favourite Circolo Popolare, to uncover on your quest for the best places to eat in Fitzrovia too.

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The Ninth

The Ninth

22 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 2NB

Charlotte Street eatery The Ninth teams industrial furnishings with clever Mediterranean-inspired sharing plates like lamb cutlets with anchovy and apricot dressing, and roast turbot with brown shrimps and baby leeks. Meat-free diners aren't neglected, though; clever combinations like heritage carrots with coconut yoghurt and cashews and cavolo nero served with punchy hazelnut pesto ensure every visitor leaves with a full, happy belly.
£30 - £49
Modern European
One Michelin star
Beast

Beast

3 Chapel Place, Oxford Circus, London, W1G 0BG

Beast takes the concept of surf 'n' turf to a whole new level. Go globetrotting as you choose between Norwegian king crab, Canadian lobster, Australian chateaubriand or Japanese Wagyu Sirloin, with a perfect edit of sides, like truffle fries or fresh salads, to compliment. Seating is at long communal tables for a banquet-style experience.
Over £80
Steak
International
Fish
Mac & Wild Fitzrovia

Mac & Wild Fitzrovia

65 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 7PS

Mac & Wild celebrates the very best produce from Scottish suppliers, showcasing game like venison in increasingly inventive ways. Order the deep-fried haggis pops or tattie tots to start, followed by a burger with béarnaise and sticky toffee pudding with whisky caramel sauce. Three courses on the set menu costs just £30pp, so you can afford the splurge.
£30 - £49
Scottish
British
Salt Yard

Salt Yard

54 Goodge Street, London, W1T 4NA

Founders Sanja Moll and Simon Mullins designed the plates at Salt Yard – the sister to Soho's Ember Yard – for sharing, but they're so stunning you'll struggle to split them with your table. Highlights include smoked haddock croquetas, slow roasted Italian aubergine and the finest jamón ibérico.
£50 - £79
Tapas
Spanish
Roka Charlotte Street

Roka Charlotte Street

37 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 1RR

Whether you're in the market for sushi, sashimi, dumplings or tempura, for Japanese food on Charlotte Street, Roka should be top of your list. Take a seat at the counter and watch the chefs prepare your meal around the robata grill – or, if you've already been for dinner, book in for Sunday brunch at the cherry blossom-laden Shochu lounge beneath the main restaurant.
Over £80
Sushi
Japanese
SquareMeal London Top 100
Mere

Mere

74 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 4QH

Mere's outstanding cuisine marries both French and South Pacific influences for a contemporary fine dining experience, overseen by MasterChef: The Professionals' Monica Galetti and her husband David. The downstairs restaurant is quieter and more intimate, while the upstairs bar has a livelier vibe.
£50 - £79
Modern European
SquareMeal London Top 100
Bao Fitzrovia

Bao Fitzrovia

31 Windmill Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 2JN

Minimalist clay walls and wooden finishings set the scene for a sleek, sophisticated dining experience in Bao Fitzrovia's three-floor townhouse. You'll find all of your favourites from the other branches, like beef short rib and confit pork bao, but don't leave without ordering the cod black bun – it's a Fitzrovia exclusive you won't want to miss.
Under £30
Taiwanese
Pied à Terre

Pied à Terre

34 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 2NH

One of London's oldest and most-respected Michelin fine dining restaurants, Pied à Terre is the perfect location to celebrate a special occasion in style, without it feeling stuffy or too formal. The fairly-priced tasting menu is the best way to sample as much as possible, with veggie and even vegans impressively well-catered for too.
£50 - £79
French
One Michelin star
Clipstone

Clipstone

5 Clipstone Street, London, W1W 6BB

When it opened in 2015, Michelin-starred Portland proved so popular that the team decided to open a second, more relaxed outlet, Clipstone, just around the corner a year later. The affordable food selection – from Cornish cod to venison pithier with foie gras – is uncomplicated but still elegant, and the attention to detail can't be faulted.
£30 - £49
Modern European
Portland

Portland

113 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 6QQ

Portland's focus is on simple produce prepared with 'imagination and plenty of care', a mantra which also shows in its chic yet unfussy dining space. Recipes rotate with the seasons, and are brought by welcoming, knowledgeable staff who remain attentive throughout your stay.
£30 - £49
International
One Michelin star
Greyhound Café

Greyhound Café

37 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NB

This places gives a fashion-forward taste of Bangkok in the heart of Fitzrovia - the dishes at Greyhound Café are anything but traditional. Try creative plates like Complicated Noodles, a DIY spread of rice noodles sheets and iceberg lettuce for you to top with minced pork and their signature spicy lime sauce.
£30 - £49
Norma

Norma

8 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 2LS

Norma's warmly-lit dining room, located on Charlotte Street, serves tasty small plates Sicilian-style – think pan-fried violet artichokes and arancini with buratta, mushrooms and truffle. Diners with bigger appetites will enjoy generous servings of Trapani-style seafood stew over saffron couscous, or charcoal-grilled beef baguette with grape must and borlotti.
£30 - £49
Italian
Hakkasan Hanway Place

Hakkasan Hanway Place

8 Hanway Place, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1HD

Michelin-starred Hanway Place is the original Hakkasan, and has been one of the most glamorous restaurants in Fitzrovia for almost two decades. If you're on a budget, look to the comprehensive lunch menus to keep costs down – you'll still get to try Cantonese delights including golden friend soft-shell crab and steamed dim sum.
£50 - £79
Chinese
One Michelin star
Circolo Popolare

Circolo Popolare

40-41 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1PB

The team at Big Mamma Group are responsible for two of the most popular London restaurants right now: Gloria Trattoria, in Shoreditch, and its follow-up Fitzrovia's Circolo Poplare. The interior, adorned with wisteria and festoon lighting and lined with 20,000 vintage wine and spirit bottles, is as Instagrammable as the delicious Italian menu. Service is also exemplary, but you'll probably have to queue, as tables are understandably in very high demand.
£30 - £49
Pizza
Italian
SquareMeal London Top 100
Lima

Lima

31 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1JH

Lima was the first Peruvian restaurant to win a Michelin star in Europe, and still remains one of the best places in London for South American fare. The braised octopus with botija olives and yellow quinoa is one of the most-raved about dishes, but there isn't a plate on the menu that won't deliver impressive flavour in every bite.
£30 - £49
Peruvian
Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs

Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs

70 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 4QG

Only accessible through a private entrance at the back of Bubbledogs, Kitchen Table's 20-person dining experiences make for real bucket-list feasting. Head chef James Knappett holds court in the open-plan kitchen, plating up between 12 and 14 courses of exquisitely detailed British cuisine.
Over £80
Modern European
Two Michelin stars
Bubbledogs

Bubbledogs

70 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 4QG

Okay, you've had hotdogs before – but not quite like a Bubbledog. This trendy champagne bar-meets-fast food joint will top your choice with classic combinations like macaroni cheese with crispy onions, or more unusual twists like shaved foie gras and sherry vinegar. Whatever you pick, sommelier Sandia Chang has the perfect fizz to wash it down.
£30 - £49
International
Kazu

Kazu

64 Charlotte Street, London, London, W1T 4QD

While some Japanese restaurants in Fitzrovia will only work for those with bigger bank accounts, Kazu prides itself on being competitively priced, without sacrificing quality. Amidst the typical sushi, sashimi and nigiri you'll also find its trademark Kazu Rolls, unique parcels of rice, fish and vegetables, plus wafer-thin usuzukuri in tangy ponzu sauce.
£30 - £49
Japanese
Noizé

Noizé

39 Whitfield Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 2SF

The seasonal dishes on Noize's innovative menu are rustic by nature, yet flawless by execution. The in-house wine list is extensive, but you're also encouraged to bring a bottle of your choice, which will be prepared and served for a minimal corkage fee.
£30 - £49
French
Honey & Co

Honey & Co

25a Warren Street, London, W1T 5LZ

Since 2012, Honey & Co has been bringing Middle Eastern marvels to the masses, adding a cookbook and two additional locations – a deli and a grill house – to its arsenal in the process. The cosy Warren Street restaurant continues to wow with mezze platters piled high with spiced falafel, hummus, bread and olives, plus hearty mains including chicken tagine, fragrant slow-cooked lamb and lentil stew with aubergine.
£30 - £49
Middle Eastern
Berners Tavern at The London Edition

Berners Tavern at The London Edition

10 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 3NP

Grand interiors compliment the seasonal British menu at Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton's Berners Tavern. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all exceptional, as is the Sunday roast, which comes with your choice of high-welfare beef, chicken or pork belly, all the traditional trimmings, and – wait for it – unlimited Yorkshire puddings.
£50 - £79
British
Afternoon tea

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