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Top 10 Best Restaurants in Covent Garden

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Covent Garden epitomises what London eating is really about. The cultural quarter of the West End sees the heart of theatreland in every stone-throwing direction. The buzz that is the marketplace at night sees the famous – and historical – piazza come alive with performers, fire eaters and jugglers any night of the week. And we haven’t even started talking about the food yet. Traditional, local or international cuisine sees Covent Garden offering the best fare around. Whether an informal munch or a sophisticated evening ahead, the hundreds of contemporary, conventional and curious restaurants await. The best menus, the best special set deals, and the best stylish offerings make Covent Garden one of the hottest areas to eat in town. So check out our Top 10 Guide to the Best Restaurants in Covent Garden.

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Smith & Wollensky
West End / Restaurant / Cuisine: Steak House

As this boutique steakhouse is first restaurant from the brand outside of the US, Londoners can expect the same warm American hospitality together with a menu of signature USDA Prime dry-aged steaks alongside Scottish cuts, premium seafood, award-winning wines and classic cocktails. At the heart of every Smith & Wollensky is the dry-ageing process and London is no different with both a dry-ageing room and a butchery on-site for true field to fork traceability. Contact Smith & Wollensky directly

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L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
West End / Restaurant / Cuisine: French

It's smart casual attire at this French restaurant, but as something special, it's worth it. Two things to note upon entering: two floors of sophistication basked in leather and dark colour; and the al fresco effect of plants on the wall. The modern French cuisine is stunningly presented as art pieces that look too good to eat. Signature dishes include onion soup and braised duck, but it's the wine list that blows me away with over 30 pages to choose from. Contact L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon directly

Sticks'n'Sushi
West End / Restaurant / Cuisine: Japanese

Sticks'n'sushi Japanese restaurant offers diners traditional sushi and yakitori sticks from the grill made to order. Signature dishes include beef tataki (fillet of beef, smoked cheese, Yuzu dressing and soy roasted almonds), hotate kataifi (scallops in kataifi with miso aioli and trout row) as well as a selection of chicken, pork, beef, lamb and vegetable yakitori skewers, freshly grills over hot coals. The cocktail list comprises a great number of Japanese ingredients and techniques such as the shohito, a Japanese twist on the classic using fine Japanese shochu with ginger, raspberry or passionfruit. This snazzy restaurant is just metres from the main Covent Garden piazza too. Contact Sticks'n'Sushi directly

Dishoom
West End / Restaurant / Cuisine: Indian

This Bombay cafe has a certain retro aura about it as it grasps at a yesteryear ambience. It holds on to the cafe idea with wooden Bentwood chairs and crisp white tables, with it's simple yet elegant menu, and with friendly and informative staff. The European food with an Indian twist is intriguing (the chilli cheese toasts and Bombay sausages offer a good afternoon feed). If I had more room, the Desi fish fingers would have been on the list but there's always next time. Contact Dishoom directly

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Inamo
West End / Restaurant / Cuisine: Japanese

Famed for being the first restaurant to bring interactive ordering systems to the tables of diners, alongside customisable projected tablecloths and other exciting interactive content, Inamo immerses guests in a beautifully designed world of captivating technology and interactivity. Oh, and they also serve high quality pan-Asian cuisine drawing inspiration from Japan, China, Korea, Thailand, and beyond. The menu at this Covent Garden restaurant centres around sharing plates. Contact Inamo directly

Lima Floral
West End / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Peruvian

Lima Floral is an evolution of Lima Fitzrovia inviting diners to Peru's full diversity, sharing an authentic and native culinary offering - Michelin-star level dining with a casual relaxed level of service. The 107 cover restaurant, set over two floors, serves an innovative menu overseen by Virgilio Martinez and Head Chef Robert Ortiz. The overall interior, by B3 Designers, is simple with emphasis on geometry and materials of the Earth's natural elements. The basement bar offers piqueos - traditional Peruvian tapas plates. The extensive cocktail list is based on Pisco infusions with Amazonian fruits including the famous Peruvian pisco sour. Contact Lima Floral directly

Terroirs
West End / Restaurant / Cuisine: French

Terriors specialises in rare and biodynamic wines, that's where the vineyard plants with cycles of the moon or uses herbal sprays on the grapes. Nevermind that, though, because this wine bar is where wine buffs can get stuck into a brilliant selection with the guru-like staff. The house wines are quaffable and a bargain by the glass. Food - rustic, seasonal, inspired by France - is recommended, you can order a full dinner or just plates of curated charcuterie and cheese (you can curate cheese: dream career). Red wine, sour dough and lumps of oozing cheese: heaven. Contact Terroirs directly

Pacata
West End / Restaurant / Cuisine: Asian

This is the first ever European restaurant from Singha Beer. The West End restaurant serves Pan-Asian fusion street cuisine. The exquisite Grade II listed building where the restaurant sits was once King John's kitchen garden; today, the unique interiors have been designed by famed Asian designer, May Noradee, boasting an authentic amalgam of styles, vintage knickknacks and hand-blown lighting instillations. Pacata's menu has been created by Yasuji Morisumi, the first ever Michelin starred ramen chef. This is a perfect place for theatre-goers, romantics, tourists and office workers alike. Contact Pacata directly

Bodean's Covent Garden
West End / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: American

Bodean's, London's original smokehouse, brings the taste of Kansas City BBQ to Covent Garden. Located in London's theatreland, Bodean's is a meat-lovers paradise and often touted as London's best barbecue restaurant, offering the some of the best ribs this side of the Atlantic. Expect exceptionally juicy barbecued meats from tender dry-rub beef ribs and melt-in-the mouth brisket to perfectly prepared pulled pork and Bodean's famous burnt ends. Cooked low and slow, the meltingly tender meat will be spiced, seasoned, rubbed and dressed for the real deal in barbecue food. Add to this USDA Black Angus steaks, hot deli sandwiches, burgers and Chicago dogs. Contact Bodean's Covent Garden directly

Jar Kitchen
West End / Restaurant / Cuisine: British

Jar Kitchen, located in Covent Garden, is a modern British restaurant committed to sustainability and stylish yet down to earth. Head Chef Dominik Moldenhauer previously worked at Heston Blumenthal's Dinner and has created an expertly devised menu. Most food and drink is made from scratch, including the granola, yoghurt, kombucha and ginger beer. Contact Jar Kitchen directly

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