Best Restaurants in Victoria

Victoria used to be somewhere that no one would visit unless they were leaving on a train from London Victoria.
But thanks to a snazzy multi-million pound makeover and a raft of exciting new places to eat and drink, escaping from
the area around the station will be the last thing on your mind. Here’s our pick of the best restaurants in Victoria.

Updated on 20 August 2019

Eating out in Victoria used to be limited to the fast-food outlets within the station itself or taking a short walk to the high-end restaurants in nearby Belgravia. But, like other London termini such as King’s Cross, Liverpool Street and Paddington, the area around London Victoria has been treated to a facelift which has made restaurants its most attractive feature.

Key to this has been the £380m Nova development, which is home to restaurants from some of the biggest names on London’s food scene, with something to suit every pocket. Neighbouring Victoria Street, meanwhile, has also been spruced up and has welcomed some of London’s better-quality chains and restaurant groups. What’s more, Wilton Road, tucked away south of the station, has been transformed from Pimlico’s scruffy high street into a vibrant strip of chef-owned places to eat and drink.

So, whether you’re catching a train, catching a play at the Apollo Victoria or Palace Victoria theatres, or just catching up with friends somewhere central where no one can complain they can’t get to on public transport, you’re now spoilt for choice for where to eat. Read on to discover our critic-reviewed list of the best restaurants in Victoria.

A. Wong

A. Wong

70 Wilton Road, Pimlico, London, SW1V 1DE

Chef Andrew Wong transformed his parents’ traditional Cantonese, Kym’s, into one of the most cutting-edge Chinese restaurants in Europe. Expect thrillingly creative daytime dim sum and modern updates of regional Chinese cooking.

£30 - £49
Chinese
One Michelin star
The Jones Family Kitchen

The Jones Family Kitchen

7-8 Eccleston Yards, London, SW1W 9NF

This cute offshoot of Shoreditch’s Jones Family Project comes complete with a courtyard terrace. House speciality steaks are sourced from Yorkshire farmer The Ginger Pig but lighter seafood and vegetarian dishes are handled just as well.

£30 - £49
International
Kouzu

Kouzu

21 Grosvenor Gardens, London, SW1W 0BD

Sushi – both of the traditional and modern variety – is the speciality of this contemporary Japanese a short walk from Victoria station, which also does a nice line in tempura and hot meat and fish dishes cooked on the robata grill.

£50 - £79
Japanese
Rail House Café

Rail House Café

8 Sir Simon Milton Square , London, SW1E 5DJ

A sibling of Fitzrovia’s Riding House Café, this outpost over the road from Victoria station sticks to the same approachable all-day formula of breakfasts and brunches, globally inspired lunches and dinners, and after-work drinks. 

£30 - £49
International
Boisdale of Belgravia

Boisdale of Belgravia

15 Eccleston Street, London, SW1W 9LX

It might, strictly speaking, be in Belgravia, but this original outpost of the Boisdale group is well worth the short walk from Victoria for its tartan-clad interiors and fine Scottish produce, whether salmon, steak or Scotch whisky.   

£50 - £79
Scottish
Steak
£50 - £79
Aster

Aster

150 Victoria Street, Victoria, London, SW1E 5LB

With a café at street level and a dining room up above, this Scandinavian restaurant within the Nova development offers something for every eating occasion, from breakfast right the way through until dinner – or just a glass of wine.

£50 - £79
British
Brasserie
Quilon

Quilon

41 Buckingham Gate, London, SW1E 6AF

The standards at Quilon are as high – and the cooking as authentic – as you’d expect at a south Indian restaurant housed within the Taj Hotel, one of India’s most prestigious hotel groups. Fish and seafood are highlights.

£30 - £49
Indian
Il Convivio

Il Convivio

143 Ebury Street, London, SW1W 9QN

Handmade pasta, regional Italian cooking and reasonably priced wines are the calling cards of this insider secret tucked away in the southern reaches of Belgravia. Well-spaced tables and convivial staff make for a reliable lunch spot.  

Under £30
Italian
M Victoria Street

M Victoria Street

Zig Zag Building, Victoria Street, Westminster, London, SW1E 6SQ

With its cavernous dining rooms, public and private-members’ bars and a mezzanine wine shop, this outpost of the original M in the City is out to impress. M Raw serves Japanese and Peruvian small plates while M Grill is devoted to meat.

£50 - £79
Steak
Hai Cenato

Hai Cenato

2 Sir Simon Milton Square, Victoria, London, SW1E 5DJ

The flagship restaurant of the Nova development, Hai Cenato is star chef Jason Atherton's interpretation of a smart-casual Italian. Pizzas are a standout, with toppings devised by Atherton's famous chef mates. Great bar, too.   

£30 - £49
Italian
Tozi

Tozi

8 Gillingham Street, London, SW1V 1HJ

With its own entrance and airy outlook, you’d never guess that this casual cicchetti restaurant is within the Park Plaza Hotel. Sharing plates are good for groups while a bowl of pasta is quick and easy before or after the theatre.

£30 - £49
Italian
Ibérica Victoria

Ibérica Victoria

5-6 Zig Zag Building, 68 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6SQ

It might be a chain but the cooking at this outpost of Ibérica is as good as when there was just the one Ibérica. Tapas classics are done to a high standard while staff are friendly and helpful.

£30 - £49
Spanish
Lorne Restaurant

Lorne Restaurant

76 Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1DE

With a former chef from The Square in the kitchen and an ex-River Café sommelier out front, you can expect high standards from the daily changing menu at this whitewashed dining room on the Pimlico/Victoria borders.

£50 - £79
British
Market Hall Victoria

Market Hall Victoria

191 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5NE

Bang opposite the main entrance to Victoria station, Market Hall’s dozen kitchens are a brilliant choice whether you’re having lunch with a colleague or supper ahead of catching the train home. In summer there’s a rooftop terrace, too.

Under £30
International
The Other Naughty Piglet

The Other Naughty Piglet

The Other Palace, 12 Palace Street, London, SW1E 5JA

This wine-focused restaurant gets its name from its location within The Other Palace Theatre and for being an offshoot of Naughty Piglets in Brixton, which, the story goes, Andrew Lloyd Webber liked so much that he brought it here.

 

Under £30
International
Wine Bars
Siren

Siren

The Goring, London, SW1W 0JW

Few people know that moments from Victoria station is a family-owned hotel with its own private garden. Siren is the in-house fish restaurant overlooking the lawns and comes courtesy of Michelin-starred Cornish chef Nathan Outlaw.

Over £80
British
Fish
The Goring Dining Room

The Goring Dining Room

The Goring, 15 Beeston Place, London, SW1W 0JW

The more formal of the regal Goring hotel’s two restaurants, this traditional dining room boasts interiors designed by Princess Margaret’s son Viscount Linley and an egg dish on the menu that was the Queen Mother’s favourite thing to eat.

£50 - £79
British
One Michelin star
£30 - £49

Want to eat in a smarter conrer of SW1? Check out our pick of the best restaurants in Belgravia.