Best restaurants in St Paul's

There’s plenty to see and do around St Paul’s, the most famous being Christopher Wren’s stunning St Paul’s Cathedral, so you’re bound to work up an appetite. Luckily, we’ve compiled a handy list of the best restaurants in St Pauls to help make sure you’re well-fuelled for work, sightseeing or whatever else might bring you to this historic part of London.

Updated on 05 November 2019

Whether you approach from The City or from the South Bank via the stunning Millennium Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral is a breath-taking sight. Visitors from all over the world can be found marvelling at it every day of the week as busy commuters and City workers dash past on their way to the office or to meetings. St Paul’s Cathedral isn’t the only reason people visit this pocket of London though. St Paul's also happens to be brimming with sleek offices belonging to high-flying businesses, and sightseers looking for a place to stop and take stock over a spot of lunch or dinner.

There are plenty of great restaurants to choose from in St Paul’s, whether you’re looking for somewhere fancy, quick or dependable. Our carefully crafted list of the best restaurants in St Paul's below is designed to help you find the very best dining spot for your needs, whether that’s a team lunch with colleagues, a post-shopping pit-stop or a cosy spot for a first date.

Every one of the restaurants featured in our list of the best restaurants in St Paul's has been tried and tested by our expert team, so you can be sure of a thorough and honest review that takes into account everything from the food and drink to the setting, service and value for money.

Northbank

Northbank

1 Paul's Walk, London, EC4V 3QH

The contemporary Cornish menu at Northbank is tempting enough, but the thing this riverside restaurant is known best for is its spectacular views. Whether you dine inside or out on the terrace, expect pretty vistas and excellent British fare that majors in fresh fish from Cornwall. You’ll also find the likes of tarts made with the county’s award-winning Yarg cheese, and a selection of mead cocktails.

£30 - £49
British
£30 - £49
Paternoster Chop House

Paternoster Chop House

Unit 1, Warwick Court, Chancery Lane, London, EC4M 7DX

If this smart British chop house looks familiar, it’s because it’s now more commonly known as ‘the First Dates restaurant’. But there’s more to Paternoster Chop House than the Channel 4 television programme, namely robust yet refined plates fresh from the Josper grill. Meat and fish feature heavily, but there are a couple of veggie options. The heated covered terrace is a lovely spot of an evening.

British
Madison

Madison

One New Change, London, London, EC4M 9AF

Outstanding views of St Paul’s and the chance to drink and dine alfresco high above the City make Madison one of the best restaurants in St Paul's. Sip wine or fizz by the glass and tuck into small bites and charcuterie boards featuring the likes of salt-marsh lamb with roasted tomato and salsa verde as you take in the sights from this prime spot.

£50 - £79
Modern European
Obica Mozzarella Bar – St Paul

Obica Mozzarella Bar – St Paul's

Unit 4, 5-7 Limeburners lane, London, EC4M 7AX

Imagine the simplicity, convenience and presentation of a sushi bar and replace sushi with mozzarella. Obica’s mozzarella is hand-made using premium buffalo milk and comes in a variety of different ways – in paninis, ciabattas, focaccia and salads – though there are seasonal soups (perhaps pumpkin with amaretti cookies), plates of bresaola with fennel, and a host of pastries available too. A great pick for cheese lovers.

£30 - £49
Italian
Taberna Etrusca

Taberna Etrusca

9-11 Bow Churchyard, London, London, EC4M 9DQ

Established in the sixties, Taberna Etrusca is a classic trattoria-style Italian restaurant complete with textured white walls, a tiled floor, an open-beamed ceiling and pictures of racing cars lining the walls. The pretty courtyard catches the sun during the summer months and allows for extra space for large parties in winter. Fresh homemade pasta is a speciality here, though you’ll find plenty of internationally-inspired dishes too, alongside mostly Italian wines.

£30 - £49
Italian
Rucoletta

Rucoletta

6 Foster Lane, Blackfriars, London, EC2V 6HH

Situated in the shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral, this family-run Italian joint has been delivering good, honest trattoria food for more than 30 years and still manages to satisfy. The modern dining room is basic but pleasant, the service is charming and the excellent homemade pasta is worth visiting for alone. Mains include the likes of lamb shank with raisins, crispy leeks and Marsala sauce, and cod on pesto mash with cherry-tomato salsa, and traditional desserts such as tiramisu are a great end to a filling meal.

£30 - £49
Italian
Searcys Restaurant and Champagne bar One New Change

Searcys Restaurant and Champagne bar One New Change

One New Change, London, EC4M 9AF

Various nibbles and charcuterie, sliders and cheeses set the scene for meatballs (beef and pork, or beef) or potato gnocchi that are the mainstay of the Italian kitchen here. There are also classic Italian-leaning cocktails and vermouths are available for those who aren’t in the mood for Searcys’ Brut by-the-glass or pension-obliterating 1996 Krug, making it a solid pit-stop spot for shoppers and ladies who lunch.

£30 - £49
Bars
Italian
Bread Street Kitchen

Bread Street Kitchen

10 Bread Street, Blackfriars, London, EC4M 9AJ

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day of the week, Bread Street Kitchen is a safe bet for mixed groups. The globally-inspired menu covers all bases meaning even the fussiest of guests are sure to find something they like the look of, while the setting is buzzy and cool. Another bonus is that kids eat for free.

£50 - £79
Bars
International
The Ivy Asia London

The Ivy Asia London

20 New Change Passage, City of London, London, EC4M 9AG

OPENS 18 NOVEMBER 2019 - TAKING RESERVATIONS NOW

The menus for the soon-to-open St Paul's branch of The Ivy Asia have yet to be revealed, but we imagine they will be similar to the current Ivy Asia in Manchester, which serves Asian-inspired dishes such as miso black cod, avocado and crispy tofu with lime and ginger dressing, and salmon fillet teriyaki. The restaurant also serves up a wide range of cocktails inspired by the continent.

£50 - £79
Pan-Asian
Burger and Lobster City

Burger and Lobster City

1 Bread Street, London, London, EC4M 9BE

Dependably delicious and refreshingly limited, the menu at Burger & Lobster’s City location is short but sweet. Take your pick from meaty burgers, juicy steamed or chargrilled lobster, and buttery lobster rolls in toasted brioche, washed down with a beer, glass of wine or soft drink, and settle in for a thoroughly unproductive (but relaxed) afternoon/evening.

£30 - £49
Enoteca da Luca St Pauls

Enoteca da Luca St Pauls

21 Watling Street, City of London, London, EC4M 9BR

Dotted around the city, these Italian restaurants make for excellent stop-off points for seriously tempting platters of antipasti and cheese, as well as beautifully prepared tapas-sized sharing plates. Prices are on the high side, but dishes such as Angus fillet beef carpaccio with black truffle, and octopus stew with Taggiasche olives, potatoes and chilli are delicious enough to warrant them.

£50 - £79
Italian
Wine Bars
Gordon Ramsay Street Pizza - St Paul

Gordon Ramsay Street Pizza - St Paul's

Gordon Ramsay Street Pizza 10 Bread Street, London, EC4M 9AJ

There are two great things about Gordon Ramsay’s Street Pizza restaurant in St Paul’s: one is that you can get pizza by the slice, US-style, which is super handy for lunch on the go; and the second is the exact opposite: that you can enjoy bottomless pizza when eating in! The charred aubergine pizza is a great shout for vegans, while the breakfast pizza (served from 8am) is probably the best idea anyone’s ever had.

£30 - £49
Byron Cheapside

Byron Cheapside

17 Upper Cheapside Passage, One New Change, London, EC2V 6AG

Another excellent chain restaurant, Byron all about honest, juicy burgers served in proper buns, fries and decadent milkshakes. US and British craft beers, soft drinks and decent coffee allow for both straight-laced and boozy lunches and dinners, while the ambience ranges from pleasant hubbub to manic, depending on what time of day you visit. The staff here are consistently lovely too.

Under £30
Burgers
International
Omnino Steakhouse - St Paul

Omnino Steakhouse - St Paul's

7-9 St Bride Street, Fleet Street, London, EC4A 4AS

Top-grade meat sourced from Argentina is a given at this sleek, family-run steakhouse in St Paul’s. Classic cuts take centre stage, but Omnino Steakhouse also serves up prime US beef and Wagyu too, alongside Latin favourites including empanadas and swordfish ceviche. World beers, cocktails and red wines are the drinks of choice and stylish décor make it ideal for business lunches and entertaining VIPs.

Steak
Bea

Bea's of Bloomsbury St Paul's

Bea's of Bloomsbury St Paul's 83 Watling Street, London, EC4M 9BX

Famed for its afternoon tea offering and indulgent cakes more generally, Bea’s might seem an odd choice for anything savoury, but this location has been designed with the St Paul’s office worker in mind. Speciality coffee and brunch plates make it a great spot for a breakfast meeting or early lunch, while its array of sweet treats make it ideal for a mid-shop pit-stop.

£30 - £49
Pho St Pauls

Pho St Pauls

15 Upper Cheapside Passage, First floor, One New Change, City of London, London, EC2V 6AG

Pho might be a chain, but it’s a chain that can be depended upon to deliver decent-quality Vietnamese fare at good prices. Unlike many Vietnamese restaurants that squeeze the entire national repertoire onto one menu, this outfit has edited its selection to variations on soup, bun (vermicelli with stir-fried toppings), goi (salads) & the ever-popular spring & summer rolls. This branch is far less busy than its Soho sibling too, so there’s less chance you’ll have to wait for a table.

£30 - £49
Vietnamese
Ping Pong Bow Bells House

Ping Pong Bow Bells House

1 Bread Street, London, EC4M 9BE

Dishes at this Pan-Asian chain are designed to share, making it a great place to dine in a group. From dim sum to har gau, bao buns and spring rolls, the menu is full of classic favourites that won’t break the bank. Great value set menus can be ordered per person and cater to veggies, vegans and those after a healthier option. Plus there’s a comprehensive selection of custom teas, infusions, juices and non-alcoholic cocktails running alongside a mix of wines, beers and cocktails.

£30 - £49
Dim Sum

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