Few areas sum up London more than Notting Hill. It’s always been full of an interesting and diverse lot of people and places. And you know what comes out of areas like this? We think you do. Here’s our guide to the best places to eat in Notting Hill.
Sumi is a high-end sushi spot, but instead of dressing stuff up with truffle shavings or melted mozzarella, it lets the top-quality fish speak for itself. The single-sheet menu is mostly nigiri, sashimi, and handrolls, with an excellent seaweed salad here, and a £55 wagyu steak there. But you’re mostly here for the temaki. Because no matter where you’d put yourself on the sushi-eating spectrum, the hand rolls here are excellent and are up there with the best sushi experiences you can have in London. Friendly warning: you will be ordering a second round, so come here prepared to spend £60 plus per person.
In between Westbourne Park and Ladbroke Grove tube stations is Jay Dees - a Caribbean cash-only takeaway spot that you really want to know about. You don’t need to spend much to get a lot here. For £7.50 you can get a tupperware packed to the brim with charred jerk chicken, rice and peas, cabbage, beans, and carrots, and covered in a perfectly spicy and fruity sauce. It’s as delicious as it is generous, and there’s lots more on the menu as well, from curried goat to saltfish patties. If the weather’s right, walk up the road a minute to Tavistock Gardens, find yourself a spot, and get stuck in.
There are some restaurants that you walk into and, whether it’s a Saturday night or a Tuesday lunchtime, you think ‘right, a bottle of wine is in order’. Mazi is one of those restaurants. This Greek spot just behind Notting Hill Gate station has plenty of rustic wooden tables, faux shutters on the walls, and a stupidly cute outdoor terrace. This place is perfect for dinner with the family, the most romantic outdoor date this side of Santorini, or for a laidback birthday involving a whole lot of tzatziki.
Suzi Tros is two doors down from its big sister, Notting Hill neighbourhood favourite Mazi. Think of this place as the younger, care-free sibling that really appreciates a good, strong cocktail and knows how to have a laugh. Unlike Mazi, this place is walk-in only, which is very handy when it feels like the whole of London has decided to descend on Notting Hill for a Saturday night dinner. There’s holiday-feel floor tiling, a tiny bar downstairs, super friendly service, and really, if you come here without trying the meatballs and a couple of cocktails, then you’re doing it wrong.
No matter if it’s your first or 27th visit to this little Persian spot just off Westbourne Grove, you’ll feel like you’ve been coming here forever. Cosy, with definite GLP energy, this is a restaurant that you can imagine having an intimate third date in, while also making a mental note of how many people it seats so you can book out the whole space for a lowkey celebratory meal. However you choose to use this restaurant, there’s a few things you should know. They’ve got some excellent dips, grilled classics, and homely stews. Our go-to order consists of both of the aubergine dips, the mast-o-khair, and a mixed grill to share. The servers are friendly and useful - another sign of a GLP - and when they gently nudge you to order two bread baskets instead of one, you should listen.
Notting Hill feels like it should have a good old-fashioned diner, and it does. The Electric isn’t cheap, but it’s a great shout no matter what time you’re in the area. There’s an all-day breakfast menu from 8am which is generally very satisfying, and a solid selection of uncomplicated but delicious food for a really hearty dinner. The flat iron chicken and a double cheese burger should at the very least be on your table, but the mac and cheese is the only side worth a fiver. If you’re making use of the cinema here, you get 50% off, but even if you’re not, this is a lively place with consistently superb service, and it’s well worth your time. The Electric serves three simultaneously noble purposes: hangover cure, pre-cinema-ice-breaker, and a solid all day American diner.
If the Electric Diner is a go-to in Notting Hill, then Core by Clare Smyth might be the kind of restaurant you’ll only go to once in your life. It’ll be worth it though. Core is fine dining for people who couldn’t care less about the see-and-by-seen scene. Everyone who comes here comes because they like proper food served in a pleasant setting. Yes, it’s pricey, but if big bold flavours from one of London’s top chefs are what turns you on, this should be top of your list.
The phrase ‘this is nice isn’t it’ is guaranteed to be said by at least one member of your group if you head to Cafe Beam on Westbourne Grove. Maybe they’re referring to the hanging lights, or the exposed brick, maybe it’s the spaciousness of it all, or maybe it’s the brunch menu that includes shakshuka, a halal full english, and nutella filled doughnuts. We’ll tell you - it’s all of the above. This spot is walk-in only, and open until 6pm everyday, so plan accordingly.
It’s your classic Notting Hill situation. Your mum said she wanted nothing for her birthday. But then last night you got a super subtle text saying ‘that antique ottoman at the market was nice, wasn’t it?’. Fantastic. But, when you’ve spent the day walking the length of Portobello Road, heading for the Singapore vermicelli noodles at Uli is always a good shout. The food here isn’t going to change your life, but it’s the kind of bright, modern spot close to a station that it’s always worth having in your back pocket. Expect crispy aromatic duck, dim sum, lots of seafood, and a big outdoor terrace complete with blankets, cushions, and candles.
A no-nonsense, perfectly tasty, in-and-out, probably eat once a month, pizza restaurant is what every area in London needs. And is also the thing that every person in London needs to know about wherever they are. Farina is Notting Hill’s answer to this. It’s a straightforward pizzeria serving tasty and doughy Neapolitan-style pizzas. You’ll get change from a tenner for a takeaway margherita, though it’s worth sitting in here as it’s very comfortable, and it also has Moretti on tap.
If you’re discrete, calm, and confident about everything you do, then you’ll be perfectly at home at Six Portland Road. It’s a casual spot on a quiet street at the edge of Notting Hill, serving elegant, unfussy food to well-to-do locals. A night out here is probably going to cost you upwards of £60 per person, but you won’t regret it for dishes like their grilled courgette with preserved lemon and pecorino, or plaice with sea aster and cider butter. And an excellent lunchtime set menu (£24 for three courses) makes it a perfect, intimate and inexpensive spot for a daytime date when you want to feel far, far away from the busier side of this neighbourhood.
If you don’t know what to expect when you walk through the door here, you might be confused. Hereford Road has an ultra-modern look, but the food couldn’t be more traditional, with heavy emphasis on old-fashioned British cooking, meat, and the whole ‘nose to tail’ shtick. What we like best about Hereford Road is that nose to tail doesn’t cost an arm and a leg: prices aren’t nearly as high as you’d expect. Order the set lunch for a great deal (£15.50 for two courses), or come by with a date or group for dinner.
Saporitalia serves some of the best Italian food in west London, in an unpretentious, friendly, family-run space. Get the mixed antipasto or soup to start, and then pasta or a grilled veal chop to follow. Or one of the pizzas, best of all. The crusts are thin and light, toppings are mostly simple. At lunch there’s a cheap set menu. In the evenings, take advantage of the well-priced wine list. Walk-ins are a breeze during the week, but you definitely need to book at the weekend. And when you get there, remember: looks aren’t everything.
This huge three storey pub and dining room in Notting Hill might not have a Gary Kemp lookalike serving their seasonal small plates, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t excellent. Although you’re looking at bigger prices than your average pub situation, dishes like wood-roasted whole sea bream and chargrilled squid are worth the extra spend. The upstairs dining room is all exposed brick and linen banquette seating, but the downstairs area with its palm trees and glass ceiling is where you really want to be. Heads up, they’re open until 1am at the weekend.
The Cow is a good 15 or 20 minutes north by foot from Notting Hill Gate, so use a different station to get here. But do get here. This was one of the early gastropubs and it’s maintained consistent quality with a simple formula of pub menu downstairs and fancier stuff in the dining room on the first floor. Seafood is a speciality: a pint of Guinness and six oysters is one of the most popular orders. A good number of the people in here are going to be platinum-card-carrying folk, but you definitely won’t feel out of place if your credit limit barely makes it into four digits.
This is one of the liveliest restaurants in the area, and it serves some of the most consistent tacos in town. The servings are small-plate size so you’ll need three for two people, plus a couple of sides and/or nibbles. Plus a small bathtub’s worth of margaritas and beer. Bright lighting and very basic seating make this a venue for all-out embarrassing behaviour rather than a quiet date. Go with a gang, and don’t miss the fish tacos.
You cannot get more no-nonsense than this Japanese mini-chain’s spot on Notting Hill Gate. It’s a fun, busy restaurant where you can get some tasty sushi at a very good price, all in an hour (or under). The lengthy menu has everything from sashimi and udon, to katsu curry and bento boxes. You can see the chefs lined up in the kitchen, slicing fish, making rolls to order, and we’d suggest heading here when you’re in the mood to split some dragon rolls, hot udon, and prawn tempura. And if you avoid the nigiri and sashimi, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the bill.
Come here for good fish and chips in a simply decorated restaurant a short walk from Notting Hill tube and Portobello Road market. The location and the quality mean it’s usually pretty rammed, even though the tables are packed pretty close together.