Best restaurants in Richmond

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

Updated on 20 September 2017

Best restaurants in Richmond


Gaucho Richmond

Gaucho Richmond

£50 - £79
Steak
Argentinian
£50 - £79

The Towpath, Richmond Riverside, London, TW10 4UJ

Swaggering and staggering distance from central Richmond, this branch of the Argentinian grill chain proves popular with the area’s macho men and their glamorous WAGs. Keep to the light, zingy fish ceviches and tiraditos for starters, to leave space for the main attraction. The steaks are beautifully cooked, with minimal fuss. Frankly, ordering anything else (sea bream with serrano ham, prawn risotto) is to miss the point. Puds are substantial, very sweet and largely unnecessary. The drinks list is full of punchy Argentinian wines and much-admired cocktails, so it’s a shame this beautifully sited venue on the Thames towpath no longer serves drinks to non-diners.

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A Cena

A Cena

£30 - £49
Italian

418 Richmond Road, London, TW1 2EB

The choice of well-heeled locals for suppers and minor celebrations, A Cena continues to please. It’s an attractive space: all polished wood and white tablecloths. If possible, sit where the room mushrooms out behind the bar, as here the atmosphere is generally buzzing and the draughts have nowhere to go. The kitchen is perfectly competent at cooking the modish range of Italian dishes on the menu – start with a deep, rich Chianti-braised beef bruschetta, or a simple Parma ham and mascarpone risotto; move on to grilled sea bream with capers and lemon, or Gloucester Old Spot cutlet with baked aubergine and oregano. The standard may not cut the mustard in Knightsbridge, but it’s better than you might expect in the ‘burbs, and prices are kind: especially for the express lunch and dinner menus. There’s an interesting Italian wine list to match, and a barman versed in grown-up cocktails to boot.

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No 1 Duke St

No 1 Duke St

£30 - £49
Modern European

1a Duke Street, Richmond, London, TW9 1HP

This Darwin & Wallace site (No 197 Chiswick Fire Station, No 32 The Old Town) offers good food in a fantastic setting. Tucked away on a side road, it has an appealing rustic vibe with light green and white walls, exposed brick and wicker furniture. All drink bases are covered thanks to wines, beers and cocktails while food-wise, the comprehensive menu includes well-presented and filling sandwiches (we recommend the club: grilled chicken, bacon and avocado on sourdough toast), as well as the likes of lamb rump with crushed celeriac and a sticky cider sauce. Finish up with a beautifully bitter dark chocolate tart, accompanied by a chocolate mousse and puffed rice. The food here is reasonably priced but despite very friendly service, the lunchtime rush was understaffed on our visit. Despite that, No 1 Duke Street’s great location, relaxed atmosphere and good food all make this a solid choice for casual dining.

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The Bingham

The Bingham

£50 - £79
British

61-63 Petersham Road, London, TW10 6UT

With its stamped silver ceiling and picture windows overlooking serene gardens and the majestic Thames beyond, the bar at the boutique Bingham hotel is one of the loveliest for miles around – but there are plenty of reasons to eat in the pretty gold-hued restaurant too. At lunchtime, the dining room bustles with punters taking advantage of demon fixed-price deals, while dinner is more of a special-occasion affair. Expect grand ingredients sculpted into “elegant” modern Anglo-European dishes – from scallop ceviche with lime and chilli salsa to Black Angus rump with smoked aubergine, girolles and beer-pickled onions or turbot with sauce vierge, Alsace bacon and summer peas. The “fabulous” wine list includes plenty of oddities, which the sommelier is always keen to share with his customers. It’s a tad expensive, but “great service and great staff” ensure that The Bingham “never disappoints”.

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The Petersham Restaurant

The Petersham Restaurant

Under £30
Modern European

Nightingale Lane, London, TW10 6UZ

The Petersham Hotel’s restaurant makes the most of its fabulous pastoral view over the river Thames, complete with cows grazing in the field. The space is formal enough to please afternoon tea devotees, but younger, smiley staff seem to have encouraged a more informal crowd for lunches and dinners. Chef Adebola Adeshina’s menu has some all-time crowd pleasers – grilled dover sole with capers and brown butter, and duck breast with prunes – but there’s plenty there to entice the more culinary daring. Particular highlights for us included a beautifully put together steamed crab lasagne with capers and tarragon, and a tender beef fillet served with a slow-cooked Jacob’s ladder and a rich bordelaise sauce. To finish, a hot cherry soufflé with orange compote and sorbet is worth the wait. Happily, the dishes sophistication hasn't reached the prices, with the set lunch menu easily affordable.

 

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Bacco

Bacco

£30 - £49
Italian
£50 - £79

39-41 Kew Road, London, TW9 2NQ

A genuinely friendly family-run Italian where you’re greeted with a smile whether you’re a regular or not. Bacco, with its white walls, stylish seating and modern art collection, has all the visual trappings of a contemporary Italian restaurant, but at its heart is an old-fashioned trattoria. The cooking is accurate and generous – expect classic pastas and simple antipasti at lunchtime, although the evening tends to be a more serious and expensive affair, where pasta gives way to calf’s liver and roast cod. The location is ideal for a theatre-bound pit stop, and the higgledy-piggledy layout also makes the dining room popular for quiet romantic trysts. Businesses and birthday parties often use the private dining room next door.

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Petersham Nurseries Cafe

Petersham Nurseries Cafe

£50 - £79
Modern European

Church Lane, off Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey, London, TW10 7AB

Give yourself time for lunch at the Nurseries. In our opinion it’s a kooky, lovely place, though getting there isn’t easy – driving is discouraged, public transport is slow, and once there, service, though gracious, can be ditzy. It has been years since Skye Gyngell moved on, and the kitchen has never scaled the same heights since. Still, with many ingredients sourced from the beautiful walled garden of Petersham House and a River Café-esque team in the kitchen, you can expect up-to-the-minute seasonal cooking. 

Langoustine might be teamed with a colourful salad of dandelion, pistachio, fennel and nasturtiums, while ‘today’s game’ could appear with an autumnal assembly of horn of plenty, cavolo nero and polenta. Prices are high, yet this is a unique spot. If time or budget are important, try the tea room in the next-door glasshouse, which has great simple food at half the cost and without the wait.

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Le Salon Privé

Le Salon Privé

£30 - £49
Modern European

43 Crown Road, St Margarets, London, TW1 3EJ

This elegant, French-feeling brasserie has been pleasing the crowds in Twickenham since 2015 with its classy good looks of stained-glass windows, dark wood flooring, studded grey banquettes and properly-laid clothed tables. 

Expect classic modern European cooking from the à la carte and great-value two- and three-course set menus. Kickstart your meal with the likes of seared scallops served with a cauliflower purée, or opt for half a dozen oysters accompanied by shallot vinegar and rye bread. For the main event, try fruit-crusted Welsh lamb saddle with roast pumpkin and mushroom fricassee, or perhaps pan-fried salmon fillet with vegetables and harissa sauce. Vegetarians aren’t forgotten about either, with a meat-free menu featuring dishes such as butternut squash timbale with fried polenta and Roquefort sauce.

There are French and European wines available by the glass, while dessert wines can be paired with sweet treats such as a poached pear and chocolate sponge, and chocolate fondant served with a scoop of coffee ice cream. Sunday lunch, meanwhile, sees roast rib of beef, braised pork cheeks and pan-fried seabream.

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Chez Lindsay

Chez Lindsay

£30 - £49
French

11 Hill Rise, London, TW10 6UQ

With its sunny yellow interior full of rough wooden tables and stools, Chez Lindsay looks like a throwback to the 1970s. The menu – with its Breton-based cooking heavily featuring seafood, cream and galettes – does nothing to dispel the impression. Modern and innovative it may not be, but when it comes to the likes of feuilleté de St Jacques and supreme de volaille à la Normande, or boudin noir, Lindsay Wotton and the team do a fine job. The Loire-based wine list is an oenophile’s delight, but many find it more fun to stick to the thick mugs of Breton cider. Service is distinctly French and gives as good as it gets: be nice to the staff and they’ll return the favour.

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Al Boccon di

Al Boccon di'Vino

£50 - £79
Italian

14 Red Lion Street, London, TW9 1RW

Eccentric, but in a good way, this characterful trattoria has won the hearts and minds of Richmond locals. Wine and oil bottles, and displays of fruit and cheese, are crammed into the already cluttered room. Tables are so close together that diners often start conversations with their neighbours. Customers must leave the ordering to chef-proprietor Riccardo. He serves four or five antipasti, whatever ravioli he has prepared, and a main course (slow-cooked chicken stew or suchlike). He also chooses the wine his guests will drink and seems inconsolable if they refuse his pièce de resistance, the tiramisu. Since the kitchen only has to concentrate on one menu, each component is usually well-prepared, but diners need to be hungry and easy-going to enjoy a meal. Explain any dietary requirements when booking.

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