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Best Restaurants in Mayfair

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London’s most upmarket area, Mayfair boasts an abundance of top class restaurants, with more Michelin stars than anywhere else in the city. And while it’s been criticised for stuffiness in the past, many of its high-end eateries have revamped their offerings to meet modern needs. We’ve also seen flurry of exciting, buzzy openings, heralding the beginning of a new era in fine dining.

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Miro Mayfair

Hidden in the backstreets of Mayfair, Miro is a fabulous restaurant with a lively and vibrant atmosphere. The chefs work with Asian flavours and ingredients to create divine dishes which are both appealing to the eye and a party for your tastebuds. Begin your meal with some spicy edamame beans coated in sesame oil, chilli and garlic sauce and indulge in Miro’s upscale twist on fish and chips with potato gallete, Oscietra caviar, Chutoro and pickled wasabi to add a kick. For your main, tuck into Miro’s iconic grilled jumbo tiger prawn tossed in a spicy roast garlic butter with a side of Josper grilled wild mushrooms and finish off with a warm and salted popcorn souffle topped with rich vanilla ice cream. Drinks are also artfully presented, with  Buena Vista, one of Miro’s signature cocktails arriving at your table oozing smoke.

15 Old Burlington St, London W1S 2JR; Miromayfair.com

KOYN, Mayfair

KOYN

Samyukta Nair is a key player on the Mayfair restaurant scene, having created some of the neighbourhood’s most popular hotspots – from Jamavar to MiMi Mei Fair. But her latest opening is arguably the best yet. Launched this September on Grosvenor St is KOYN, a Japanese restaurant with chic interiors and a stellar food and drink offering spearheaded by ex-Nobu chef Rhys Cattermoul. The concept was inspired by Mount Fuji, and its dual nature – both its calm slopes and its fiery centre, with two distinct areas: MIDORI and MAGMA. Menu highlights include the Chilean sea bass and the wagyu gyoza, and the cocktails are excellent. 

38 Grosvenor St, London W1K 4QA; koynrestaurants.com

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El Norte

El Norte’s décor combines decades of tradition with contemporary touches; here vintage upholstery is mixed with low-slung lighting and a marble bar, creating an eclectic environment that charms guests from all over the world. The freshest seafood, the finest ingredients and an unbridled passion for Spain make El Norte the perfect place to get hooked on Spanish food. The perfect pairing to any dish? El Norte’s extensive wine list has it all. Choose from an array of exceptional regional Spanish wines, or some of the finest global vintages, be that still or sparkling. If you’re keener on cocktails, El Norte’s mixologists have curated an innovative collection for you to choose from too.

19-20 Dover St, London W1S 4LU; el-norte.co.uk

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MiMi Mei Fair

The very best of Chinese cuisine is on the menu at MiMi Mei Fair, another brainchild of Samyukata Nair. Experience beautifully presented dishes made from the finest ingredient in a setting that transports guests back to the streets and teahouses of the past in China. Awed by the beauty of the Forbidden City in Beijing, the interiors are filled with antiques, trinkets and heirlooms from Samyukata’s private collection. The kitchen will be led by Chinese-Singaporean Executive Chef Peter Ho, who has honed his skills under his father’s wing since childhood to create contemporary Chinese dishes from across Hong Kong, Singapore and Mainland China. Menu highlights include crispy golden langoustine with Perigord truffle, an array of handcrafted dumplings including a signature MiMi creation of Xiao Long Bao’s in jewel-coloured skins and a traditional apple wood roasted Peking duck with homemade pancakes.

55 Curzon St, London W1J 8PG; mimimeifair.com

Il Borro

Il Borro Tuscan Bistro

Taking over the former site of Nobu on Berkeley Street is a new Italian restaurant from the Ferragamo family, Il Borro. It’s the third culinary opening for the restaurant group, with two other branches already launched in Tuscany and Dubai. Spread across two floors with glamorous décor from design firm Studio 64, Il Borro certainly fits in with its postcode – yet it’s a friendly, welcoming spot, built on a farm-to-table ethos. Traditional Italian dishes are the focus, made using fresh ingredients sourced directly from the family’s organic farm alongside a wide selection of wine and cocktails. Menu highlights include a vegan take on aubergine parmigiana, a pumpkin and black truffle tortelli, and grilled wagyu sirloin – plus a show-stopping cheesecake.

15 Berkeley St, London W1J 8DY; ilborrotuscanbistro.co.uk

Manthan

Manthan

Kutir chef Rohit Ghai returned to the neighbourhood where he made his name last summer with Manthan, a new small plates-style Indian restaurant. Open now on Mayfair’s Maddox Street, the eatery is inspired by Ghai’s international career, with dishes reflecting his culinary experience from all corners of the globe. Traditional flavours are given a contemporary twist, with a focus on vegetarian dishes and a concise cocktail menu put together by Trishna alumni Abhi Sangwan.

49 Maddox St, London W1S 2PQ; manthanmayfair.co.uk

Cafe Biltmore

The Café Biltmore Restaurant & Terrace

Mayfair hotel The Biltmore Mayfair welcomed a new restaurant in 2021, spearheaded by superchef and restaurateur Jason Atherton – who runs another of the hotel’s eateries, The Betterment. The Café Biltmore Restaurant & Terrace is a more relaxed affair, focusing on comfort classics like buttermilk fried chicken sandwiches and wood-fired pizzas, alongside fish dishes including steamed mussels and Dorset crab on toast.

44 Grosvenor Square, London W1K 2HP; jasonatherton-thebiltmoremayfair.com

Isabel Mayfair

Isabel

With its gold-fabric lined walls, mirrored ebony bar and polished brass lamps adorning the ceiling, Mayfair hotspot Isabel is a sight for the eyes as well as the tastebuds. It’s the sister venture to the glossy Casa Cruz in Notting Hill, offering a blend of South American and Mediterranean cuisine amid lively settings – the perfect place for dinner that blends into cocktails with friends. Aside from the jaw-droppingly beautiful interiors, go here for refined, fresh dishes like tuna tartare with ponzu dressing, halibut with Datterini tomatoes and crab tagliolini. There’s also a grill menu offering a selection of meat and fish options such as wagyu steak, jumbo prawns and Iberico pork – all cooked to perfection. An extensive wine list, meanwhile, offers plenty of red, white, rose and sparkling varieties. Absolutely not to be missed are the bathrooms, with each loo featuring hand-painted wallpaper from de Gournay.

26 Albemarle St, London W1S 4HY; isabelw1.london

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Hide Above interior

HIDE

Rumour has it over £20 million was spent on putting together the dining emporium that is Hide, Ollie Dabbbous’ hugely ambitious multi-floored Piccadilly project. The venue is home to three different spaces: all-day restaurant Hide Ground, the more expensive Hide Above, and bar Hide Below. All food served here is excellent, but Hide Above’s tasting menu-only offering is exceptional, with plates presented as works of art. Heading up the drinks side is Hedonism Wines: guests can choose from an extensive list displayed on a millennial-friendly iPad. Evidently, the name is ironic: with wraparound windows overlooking Green Park in Mayfair, Hide is very much on display.

85 Piccadilly, London W1J 7NB; hide.co.uk

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Benares

Benares

This Berkeley Square haunt remains one of the finest Indian restaurants in town and is the brainchild of Atul Kochhar, renowned culinary star and the first Indian chef to receive a Michelin star. Though you’ll recognise the classic curry names on the menu, the food here is a far cry from your usual curry house with its modern twists on dishes and exceptional quality of ingredients. The arrival of new Executive Chef Sameer Taneja injects fresh life into the menu; Sameer has worked with the likes of Michel and Alain Roux, Pierre Koffmann, Pascal Proyart and Joel Antunes and hero dishes reflect his passion for seafood. Luxurious options fitting of the location are plenty – the Lobster Biryani, for example, or a Venison and Chocolate Curry that featured on Celebrity Masterchef. But what really stands out is the use of excellent British ingredients like the huge, juicy Scottish scallops that are pan-seared and served with homemade chutney and spiced root vegetables for an unashamedly decadent starter. The wine list is impressive if scarily long at a whopping 26 pages, but well worth pairing to each dish in true Mayfair style. For a fascinating insight into the workings of a Michelin-starred kitchen, book the nine seat chef’s table.

12a Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BS; benaresrestaurant.com

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Gymkhana

Gymkhana

Just a year after opening, Mayfair hotspot Gymkhana was awarded with a Michelin star, and if you go there you’ll quickly see why. An elegant dining room from the team behind Trishna and Hoppers, the restaurant is inspired by Indian gymkhana clubs, where high society types meet to dine, drink and socialise. Most importantly, the food really is top notch, with a focus on bold, intense flavours.

42 Albemarle St, London W1S 4JH; gymkhanalondon.com

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Amazónico

Berkeley Square has had a Latin American shake-up, thanks to an exciting new opening from acclaimed husband and wife duo Sandro Silva and Marta Seco. Taking over the 13,000 sq ft space in the former Allied Irish Bank Building, Amazónico has been launched in partnership with D.Ream International, the restaurant group behind Coya and Zuma – and you can expect equally opulent, striking interiors as seen their previous projects. Amazónico promises to offer a sensory experience for guests, with rainforest-themed décor, live music and a vibrant culinary offering, featuring everything from Peruvian sushi to traditional Brazilian dishes.

10 Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BR; amazonicorestaurant.com

The Grill at The Dorchester

The Grill at The Dorchester

While upholding tradition is a key part of The Dorchester’s charm, even the most iconic of venues need to move with the times. One of its restaurants, The Grill, has been given a new lease of life with a big revamp, spearheaded by new head chef, 26-year-old Tom Booton. Offering a more relaxed approach to fine dining, Tom’s modern menu includes a new take on the classic lobster thermidor, alongside a prawn-filled Scotch egg. They’ve also introduced a dedicated Pudding Bar, where guests can have a chinwag with Tom while tucking into banoffee tarts, home-made ice cream and fresh doughnuts.

53 Park Ln, London W1K 1QA;  dorchestercollection.com

MNKY HSE

MNKY HSE

If you’re looking for great food and a party atmosphere as opposed to stiff white linen tablecloths, MNKY HSE on Dover Street is pretty near perfect. The Latin American restaurant headed up by Pablo Peñalosa Nájera (ex-Four Seasons Bogotá) strongly encourages its ethos of ‘eat, drink, play’ in something that results as a vibrant mix of reggaeton and Mayfair glitz. It’s flashy, club-like and at times exaggerated – but this is its appeal, and the reason it’s the location of choice for many a Fashion Week party. If you’re in the mood to go all out (and if you weren’t when you arrived, you certainly will be within the hour), order the BLUE MNKY cocktail which packs quite the punch with lashings of whisky, a £55 price tag and accompanying electric cigar. Food-wise, everything we tried was delicious, but with options such as wagyu tostadas, toro tartar, black cod, king crab and yellowtail truffle ceviche, beware of the bill as it’s very easy to get carried away. Stay late enough for the DJs and you’ll soon be dancing the night away…

10 Dover St, London W1S 4LQ; mnky-hse.com

CUT at 45 park Lane

CUT at 45 Park Lane

This glitzy Mayfair steakhouse is the first London foray for A-list US chef Wolfgang Puck, who rose to fame with Beverley Hills hotspot Spago. It’s part of Art Deco hotel 45 Park Lane, which belongs to the Dorchester Collection, and the décor is fittingly chic – all polished floors and leather banquettes, with Damien Hirst artworks adorning the walls. Naturally, steaks are the star of the show here: prime cuts of New York sirloin, Japanese rib-eye and trendy (albeit pricey) Wagyu, paired with sides including La Ratte potatoes, wild field mushrooms, tempura onion rings and crispy fries. Got a sweet tooth? Try their US-style afternoon tea, featuring savoury bites like mac & cheese and maple and bacon macarons followed by an array of American sweet treats, including New York cheesecake and Mississippi mud pie.

45 Park Ln, London W1K 1PN;  dorchestercollection.com

45 Jermyn St

45 Jermyn St

45 Jermyn St. in the heart of St James’ takes inspiration from the ‘golden age of glamour’ – and it shows. With its signature orange leather, Eau de Nil accents (it’s owned by Fortnum & Mason) and sophisticated furnishings, it’s the ideal spot for a real grown-up dinner in town. Leave any doubts about Modern British cuisine at the door as this is truly some of the best we’ve tried – there’s everything from the classic Piccadilly smoked salmon to Beef Wellington which is dramatically flambéd at the table, as well as some Asian-inspired dishes thanks to Head Chef Jamie Shears. Every dish comes with added panache; the braised veal cheek is served with luxurious bone marrow, while the Dover Sole is exceptional cooked à la Meunière. Order the triple-cooked fries on the side for some extra indulgence, and end with the chocolate sphere topped with hot chocolate, melting to reveal tangy orange ice cream within. For an extra special occasion order from their selection of Caviar which includes the finest Iranian Beluga, and hit the cocktail list hard. 

45 Jermyn St, St. James’s, London SW1Y 6DN; 45jermynst.com

Lecture Room & Library at Sketch

The Lecture Room and Library at Sketch

A Narnia-style hub of restaurants, bars and art on Conduit Street in Mayfair, sketch is a dining emporium like no other. Dreamed up by restauranteur Mourad Mazouz, it’s made up of four uniquely designed restaurants and a bar which sits beneath the Instagram-famous pod-style toilets. Though the least well-known of Sketch’s offerings, The Lecture Room & Library is the most high-end, recently being awarded with a third Michelin star – making it one of only five restaurants in London to hold this accolade. Somewhat hidden on the left side of the three-storey 18th century townhouse in which Sketch is housed, the restaurant has a notably exclusive feel. Upon entering guests are greeted in a dark corridor and taken up a red-carpeted staircase, before being welcomed into the palatial ballroom-like dining room through a set of grand double-height doors. Inside you’ll find everything you’d expect from a Michelin-starred venue: spaciously laid out white-linen tables and innovative dishes served with artistic flourish. Yet there’s something extra special about this fine dining spot. Perhaps its the impeccably slick service? The theatrical element? The glittering Swarovski-encrusted black marble bathroom? Whatever it is, go hungry, and prepare to be wowed.

9 Conduit St, London W1S 2XG; sketch.london

Wiltons Jimmy Marks Room

Wiltons

London’s second oldest restaurant (and that’s only because Rules got their liquor license first…), Wiltons is the height of sophistication and old-school elegance. The Jermyn Street eatery has long been a firm favourite amongst politicians and celebrities not wanting to get papped; since 1742 it’s become synonymous with discretion, impeccable service – your name will be known after just one sitting – and of course, delectable food. Tradition is at the heart of this refined dining spot with a carving trolley available daily, serving up roast leg of Romney Marsh lamb and Blythburgh pork amongst other meats. If fish is more your thing (or even if it’s not), we urge you to try the Wiltons’ famed Dover Sole; as one of the last restaurants to offer fork filleting service at the table, it’s an experience in itself, and one so delicious that it accounts for 90 per cent of the main course orders at Wiltons. Wiltons has been supplying the Royal household its oysters since gaining their first Royal Warrant in 1836, so you can rest assured that when you pull up a seat at the oyster bar, you’ll be sampling the very best. For extra special occasions (anything from a client lunch to a romantic proposal) the restaurant’s private Jimmy Marks Room is perfect. Utterly elegant, it can accommodate up to 20 guests for a seated meal – we suggest hiring the carving trolley as well.

55 Jermyn St, St. James’s, London SW1Y 6LX; wiltons.co.uk

Native at Browns

Set in a delightful courtyard behind the luxury department store, Browns on Brook Street, Native is an escape from reality in the heart of London. With delicious wines and food that quite literally melts in the mouth, it is a haven for foodies who want to try something slightly different. It celebrates British wild produce with a menu championing foraged food and regenerative eating. Think an English pea tart with Lincolnshire poacher and wild mushrooms alongside fermented strawberry char siu pork neck with seaweed & dill pickles. The team, headed up by Imogen Davis and Ivan Tisdall-Downes, is dedicated to working towards a zero-waste kitchen and cooking only sustainable meat and seafood, with the daily changing menu dependent on seasonal availability and locally-sourced produce. Environmentally conscious and undeniably delicious, Native is not one to miss.

39 Brook St, London W1K 4JE; nativerestaurant.co.uk

Rüya London

A night at this Turkish restaurant comes packed with vibrant colours, intense flavours and delightfully attentive service. Meaning ‘dream’ in Turkish, Rüya certainly is a dream. With an extensive cocktail menu with Turkish spirits scattered throughout it and a charming, knowledgeable sommelier wandering through the tables giving advice and delicious pairings, your glass will never sit empty. Highlights on the menu included the Isli Patlican, crispy aubergine chips with an aubergine and walnut puree; Izgara Karides, prawns with pickled fennel butter; and a truly melt-in-the-mouth 24-hour slow-cooked short rib with a Turkish chilli BBQ glaze and Konya chickpea puree. With a large bread oven in pride of place towards the back of the restaurant, each mouthful of accompanying bread is a delight, straight from the oven and mentally transporting you to a riverside cafe in Turkey. 

30 Upper Grosvenor Street, London W1K 7PH, ruyalondon.com