Mayfair is known for being one of London’s most exclusive and expensive areas. Home to some of the finest restaurants in London, Mayfair has the most Michelin star restaurants than anywhere else in the Capital. There has been a wave of new restaurants in Mayfair over the last few years, there’s everything from swanky over the top spots, the classics that have stood their time, to cuisine like Anatolian, Indian and Spanish. Mayfair is now also home to a dining spot which boasts the largest wine list in the capital.
We have worked our way around Mayfair to bring you some of the best restaurants in Mayfair you need to try.
This three-storey contemporary setting in Mayfair is a real contrast to the bustling world outside its doors. Hide offers views over the iconic Green park with plenty of natural light pouring in through the huge floor-to-space windows. This restaurant in Mayfair is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as grazing throughout the day.
There is something for everyone at Hide, with 3 dining areas, each with its own character. ‘Ground’ has a wonderful bakery and a great selection of dishes created with seasonal British foods whilst ‘Above’ offers a nine-course tasting menu and the restaurant offers lovely views over Green Park. The third and lower floor is aptly called ‘Below’ and is a popular cocktail bar and wine cellar Hide’s ‘claim to fame’ is that as well as offering simple foods that are exceptionally well prepared and presented, that it has the largest wine list in the capital – with no less than 6,000 bottles – and no less than 15 sommeliers to help you choose the perfect wine to enjoy.
If you enjoy colourful Spanish cuisine – and who doesn’t? – promise yourself an evening at Sabor in Heddon Street in Mayfair. ‘Sabor’ means ‘flavour’ in Spanish and this restaurant is the perfect setting to take a virtual culinary journey through Andalusia, Castille and the wonderful seafood restaurants of Galicia.
There are three distinct areas within this 3-storey Mayfair restaurant. There is the bar and counter areas on the ground floor and El Asador on the first floor, each offering a different take on Spanish cuisine and hospitality.
The ambience at Sabor is very special as it recreates the character of a traditional Spanish town with bare brick walls, plain wood floors, glorious mosaics and traditionally styled cast iron fittings. Sabor is much more than a restaurant, it is a Hispanic experience and quite rightly was awarded a coveted Michelin Star in 2018. No wonder, once people have discovered Sabor, they return there time and time again.
One of the finest Indian restaurant in Mayfair, Jamavar by the Leela Hotel Group (who by the way also five of the top restaurants in India) is a rich glossy venue inspired by the Viceroy’s house in New Delhi. This Indian eaterie has a smart vibe with colonial-era gentlemen’s club decor, expect Emperador marbles, accompanied by dark timber panelling, with vivid colours and intricate patterns of rare Jamavar shawls. Split over 2 floors the food at Jamavar tastes better than the rooms aesthetics.
There are unique flavours and secret recipes from all over India to enjoy; from the Royal kitchens of the north to the succulent dishes of the country’s southern shores for perfect Indian fine dining in London. There are tasting menus with accompanying wine flights which are an eclectic range of wines from major grape-growing regions around the world. There is a dazzling array of botanically themed cocktails.
Cuisine: British European
Pollen Street Social is a contemporary bistro by Jason Atherton. Opened in April 2011, the restaurant won its first Michelin star within six months.
Showcasing British European foods and with suppliers across Britain, it ensures that the very best produce is used in the dishes. With a very customer-orientated approach, Pollen Street Social has a relaxed vibe with fine dining. There is something for everything at this Mayfair eaterie, whether you want to relax after work with a couple of drinks and some tapas in the bar, or indulge a beautifully presented three-course meal. If you would like to create your own tasting menu or would prefer just a really good steak, there is the opportunity to savour both, also on offer are dedicated vegan and vegetarian menus!
Cuisine: Imaginative Asian-European small plates
This fun restaurant in Mayfair is described as ‘high octane’ and certainly redefines fine dining. Chef David Muñoz has the only three-starred Michelin restaurant in Madrid and is now making his mark on the London food scene.
Street XO is dramatically designed with a golden staircase that leads down to the dimly lit basement which is dramatically decorated in midnight black and bold scarlet lacquer. The best place to sit is at the counter from where you get a great view of the whole kitchen in action and can watch the chefs as they prepare an array of unusual and creative dishes.
The ethos of Street XO is that food is for sharing and the foundation for each dish is in Mediterranean or Eastern Asian food with colourful overtones from Europe, Asia or South America. The menu comprises of 18 tapas-like dishes to be enjoyed in the casual ambience of Street XO.
Named after a Georgian ‘good time girl’ Kitty Fisher’s is a classic restaurant situated in Shepherd’s Market overlooking the spot where the original MayFair was located in the 18th century.
Small and intimate, Kitty Fisher’s spreads over 2 floors with just half a dozen tables upstairs and slightly more downstairs – all surprisingly close to each other. The rooms are softly lit, the elegant dark walls are adorned with classic paintings, offering a very cosy ambience. Kitty Fisher’s specialises in modern British fare with a Spanish twist. The menu is seasonal with dishes prepared in their signature custom-built wood-fired grill.
Must try: Galician steak with smoked cod’s roe, grilled bread and onion butter
Momo Mayfair is an iconic restaurant in Heddon Street that originally opened in 1997 and welcomed many celebs including Madonna on her birthday. Momo has undergone a complete transformation and is now a spectacular Moroccan style restaurant which is still drawing in the rich and famous!
The interior design is truly authentic with an allure created by gilded sandstone, pillars decorated with Berber patterns, Mashrabiya style ornately latticed windows and intricately designed metal lanterns. Centre stage is a huge hand-painted golden dome. There are art deco sofas and large illuminated palm trees and all are bathed in soft peach coloured light.
The atmosphere is that of a Moroccan medina with the distinctive aroma of cumin and other spices. Momo offers the best Modern Moroccan cuisine in Mayfair which in reality is a fusion of Algerian, Tunisian and Moroccan dishes with a modern British twist!
There are great starters including haira which is a delicate spicy soup flavoured with cinnamon, turmeric and ginger. There are tasty tagines such as the classic lamb with pears and prunes and you can enjoy near-perfectly cooked couscous in a variety of dishes including. As well as the restaurant, there is a terrace with huge leafy plants and the subterranean bar for enjoying superb cocktails and good music.
Must try: The classic Momo – fluffy couscous served with a lamb cutlet, spiced chicken and merguez
Cuisine: International / Seafood
Situated in Albermarle Street, Isabel has an all-day restaurant and bar with imaginative menus in both. Isabel is sister to Casa Cruz in Notting Hill and was inspired by a beautiful woman explains its investment banker owner, Juan Santa Cruz. He describes this mysterious lady as a ‘beautiful elegant blonde’.
The restaurant has the classic good looks of an ocean liner in the1930s and the colour palette is gold, dark navy and deep red has maximum impact – but without stiff formality. The restaurant oozes luxury so it is not surprising that there is hand-painted wallpaper in the toilets!
The small plates menu features traditional South American cuisine with the influence of the Mediterranean and colourful highlights in shades of pink to remind everyone of ‘Isabel’. Dishes are high in protein and low in fact the excellent ingredients are served with a dainty presentation.
Sexy fish, this larger than life fun Asian restaurant is filled with art by Damien Hirst, it is also home to a coral reef room, as well as the world’s largest collections of Japanese whiskies.
The look and feel of Sexy Fish is sheer opulence and panache as there are features of Esmeralda onyx marble polished nickel walls lamps, coral inspired fabric panels and polished lava bar tops. The furniture is gorgeous raspberry coloured leather with a huge 13 foot model of a crocodile as the centrepiece and large bronze mermaids. With such extrovert and glamorous decoration, it is not surprising that it is a regular hot spot for celebrities.
The food is credited with offering a new vision in dining and is seasonal and Asian inspired with a Japanese focus. The Coral Reef Room, on the lower ground floor, is the private dining area has two of the largest live coral reef tanks in the world. The tanks have shoals of fish swimming among the pretty corals in the specially generated gentle currents. Whilst the bar also holds a record – of having the world’s largest collections of Japanese whiskies. With Live DJ from Wednesdays to Sundays, the bar upstairs is perfect to sample some innovative cocktails.
Cuisine: French Mediterranean
Located in the heart of Mayfair, La Petite Maison is a real favourite amongst Mayfair locals. Best described as ‘mini France’ in London offers an exciting taste of the cuisine of Southern France without anyone having to make a journey!
La Petite Maison offers superb Niçoise micro cuisine, that incorporates all the wonderful classic ingredients like tomatoes and olive oil, but the style of the food is different because it is tasty, light, healthy and very easily digested.
The restaurant is a fun place to relax and enjoy great innovative cuisine amongst an eclectic collection of 20th-century art from the South of France that is bright, light and thought-provoking. Somehow this colourful exhibition works perfectly with the restaurant’s 19th-century gilded mirrors and classic bronze sculptures.
Named as the sexiest restaurant in London it is an intricate fusion of east meets west. This Michelin starred restaurant boasts of wooden lattice screens carved out of dark English oak with electric blue lighting, making it a truly unique experience.
Headed by Chef Tong Chee Hwee the menu has a strong Chinese ethnic identity. The glamorous bar offers an innovative range of Asian inspired cocktails along with an award-winning wine menu.
Must try: Their signature dim sum platter.
COYA is the epitome of Mayfair restaurant, offering a glamorous take on a Peruvian restaurant with decor to match. The walls are lined with blown-up portraits of diamond-studded Rolex watches and vintage Champagnes. The vibrant Incan colours and bespoke furniture are perfectly complemented by the antique Latin American artwork.
COYA brings the spirit and flavours of Latin America to Mayfair and will take you on an unforgettable journey as soon as you step inside. The menu maintains the traditional element of Peruvian cooking with a variety of palate-teasing dishes. With a central ceviche bar and an open charcoal grill, you will be transported to the essence of Peru. The colourful Pisco bar and lounge feature fine and rare tequila and an extensive rum list. All complemented with music exploring the Latin American culture.
Alan Yau’s latest masterpiece Park Chinois, inspired by the golden era of French Chinoiserie. This fun opulent restaurant is perfect for dinner and dance
With sparkling decor, rich in detail and intimate setting while live music plays in the background you will feel like you have entered into an era of decadence and indulgence.
Sourcing its finest ingredients from all around the world. The menu boasts a rich tapestry of Chinese dishes, inspired by seasons and various unique flavours.