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The Best Restaurants In Marylebone

Where you should be eating when you’re in Marylebone.

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Marylebone, just north of Mayfair and west of Fitzrovia, is another of those central London areas where your overriding association is big houses, big buggies, and a big old bill wherever you go to eat or drink. That last part may be true of a lot of places around here—you certainly have a wide choice of restaurants who use tweezers to assemble your food—but there are also lots of great ones as well. Use this guide to find both.

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Cavita on Wigmore Street is one of those restaurants you want everyone to see you at. Ideally while engaged in a hilarious conversation with a fabulous friend and drinking just the right number of spiced watermelon margaritas. Hint: enough that you get a little teary-eyed over all the lovely ceramics, not so many that you try to chat up the dvine pig’s head tamal. Don’t write this place off as just a gorgeous foliage haven though—the Mexican food is excellent, the service is friendly, and splitting the whole grilled octopus is a must if you’re rolling with a group. 


The mousakas at Opso is a thing of béchamel wonder. A deconstructed take on the classic involving a foundation of grilled aubergine, layers of braised beef ragu and béchamel, and topped with—insert sentimental tear here—crunchy potato crisp slivers. It is undoubtedly the standout dish at this upmarket Greek restaurant. Outside of that mousakas, the tzatziki, cherry pavlova, and tableside lamb shank show are all instant crowd-pleasers. Prices stack up quickly but it’s worth it for a space on Marylebone’s most charming terrace.


We would like to award Kol’s branded brown leather tortilla pouches with the title of Item We Would Most Like To Steal From A Restaurant. But frankly, we love everything about this upmarket British-produce Mexican-inspired restaurant on Seymour Street. A truly exceptional fine dining experience, your meal will pass in a mirage that goes from dazzling welcome broth spice fest to a glorious gooseberry salsa, quicker than you can say ‘another mezcal margarita please’. Be warned that getting a booking here is genuinely harder than actively trying not to steal tortilla accessories, but if you sign up for the Kol newsletter, you’ll get first grabs at new reservation releases. 


No restaurant in Marylebone sums up the area better than Trishna. It’s an absolutely delicious, eye-wateringly expensive Indian restaurant that appears to be sort of casual, but isn’t really. It’s Gymkhana’s sibling, but more seafood-y. The whole Dorset crab is a must, as are the lamb chops, but just be wary that things add up here. Come for a special occasion or even better, when it’s not on you.


Sometimes you just have to sit back and ask yourself ‘when was the last time I sat in my own personal conservatory while eating hummus?’. If the answer is never, then it’s probably time to head to Chameleon. A picturesque restaurant in a Grade I-listed building near Regent’s Park, it serves great Tel Aviv-inspired sharing plates alongside a whole lot of secret garden energy. The self-anointed ‘God’s Garden’ really is quite the looker and it’s the perfect birthday location for anyone who refers to their house plant as ‘my baby’. Some of the dishes don’t quite live up to their sky-high price tag—near £30 scallops we’re looking at you. That being said, the kubana brioche is some of the best bread in London and we respect the undeniable commitment to foliage. 


Royal China is one of those old-school Chinese restaurants where the room is vast, the menu has pictures, and the food is fantastic. The dim sum is delicious (and lunchtime-only), and the steamed scallop dumplings are a must. It’s a great place for group meals, or even on your own.


Given our propensity for laziness, our least favourite acronym is ‘a.s.a.p.’. But given our heartfelt love of cheap wine and trips to the Waitrose alcohol aisle, our absolute favourite acronym is ‘BYOB’. Bringing your own booze is exactly what you can do at this old-school Persian restaurant hidden on Crawford Place, which—hello—makes this spot perfect for an affordable Marylebone dinner where you can still get joyously tipsy. As well as giving you the opportunity to finally crack out that nice bottle of red you’ve had tucked in your cupboard since the ‘92 Olympics, it also serves truly enormous flatbreads, juicy kebabs, and tender lamb that yes, you absolutely should dip in the shallot yoghurt.


Blandford Comptoir is about as casual an all-purpose restaurant gets in Marylebone. It has a really good wine list and a pretty decent Mediterranean-inspired small plates menu to go with it. This is the spot when you need to get a little bit intimate with other people, whether that’s over a business lunch, a date, or a birthday dinner if you either don’t want to invite many friends or don’t like a big fuss.


This small coffee shop from the people who make the magazine of the same name serves great coffee. Unlike a lot of coffee places around here, it has no wifi, so you actually have to sit there with your beverage of choice and maybe chat to a human, read something, or even partake in the old-world pastime of watching the world go by. Innovative, we know. It also has a small food menu which contains a prawn katsu sandwich which happens to be one of the best dishes in the whole of Marylebone, and something that should be eaten without any distractions anyway.


Donostia focuses on tapas from the Basque region and it’s excellent. This is another great all-purpose restaurant for the neighbourhood and one you should visit for a good-value set lunch, especially during the summer months.


Do you find yourself inexplicably scrolling through the Daily Mail celebrity sidebar like a rabid dog, hungry for contentiously sourced photos of David Beckham’s children? If yes, then you’ve probably already been to the Chiltern Firehouse. This. Was. The. Place. To. Be. A few years ago. But the breakfast is still good and it’s still kind of fun to go in the evening for a drink or two.


There are plenty of spots for steak in Marylebone, but none of them make it quite so easy as Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte. This spot on Marylebone Lane doesn’t accept reservations, so you don’t need to worry about that. And the menu only has one option: a walnut salad followed by steak in the ‘secret’ herb-y sauce, and chips. The only decision you have to make is how you want it cooked. It’s that simple. It’s also tasty and good-value.


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Marylebone isn’t exactly a boozer-on-every-corner kind of area. It’s just not that kind of place. The Grazing Goat is a very good pub/bistro when you’re looking for somewhere that serves drinks and decent food to have with it. Think pie of the day, scotch eggs, and mac and cheese. The atmosphere is relaxed but busy, making it perfect for post-work or pre-dinner, and there’s an alright-sized terrace for when the sun is shining as well.


When people say ‘fish and chips is fish and chips’ they’re wrong. Lots of places serve our beloved national dish but that doesn’t mean they get it right. The Golden Hind is one of London’s legendary chippies that does. The cod is so long it overhangs the plate, the chips are chunky crispy, and the mushy peas are mushy—as they should be—rather than crushed. A classic.


Although it doesn’t occupy quite as special a place in our hearts as the Soho original, Hoppers in Marylebone is equal to the original in serving up the best Sri Lankan in London. The space is a little different for the area: less family-friendly, more slick, and you can book for two guests or more, both for lunch and dinner.


Some restaurants are made for those of us who eat everything. The omnivores, the all-consumers, or—as we like to call ourselves—the human dustbins. Lurra is one of those. You’ll want to eat everything at this Basque grill spot. The Galician blond beef for sure, the turbot if you’ve got enough people, and of course some jamón and padron peppers to get you started. It’s a really tasteful restaurant—both in its Scandi aesthetic and in its food—so only bring your favourite people to enjoy it with.


Although it sounds like the techno DJ you got roped into enduring last weekend, Zoilo is actually a rather nice Argentinian restaurant that does lots beyond steak. It’s got everything from empanadas to dover sole, as well as, obviously, a choice of meats. The atmosphere is understated and suits the evening more than the day thanks to the bar seating. It’s an easy date and/or mate spot.


La Fromagerie first opened in Highbury and this is its second shop. It’s an extremely tasteful deli/cafe/restaurant/wine bar hybrid. The sort of place where you expect Nigella Lawson does her daily shop. The food is simple and delicious. Hams, cheeses, and bread for nibbles. Some simple hot meat and fish plates. An unfussy essential every neighbourhood needs.


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