Soho/Covent Garden

Restaurants in Soho/Covent Garden

Hot on the heels of cheap-chic eatery Wagamama is another affordable (and decidedly better) Asian diner from the same owner: Alan “Hakkasan” Yau.

Hix Oyster & Chop House sits not far from London’s historic meat market, Smithfield. Originally a sausage factory, the Islington restaurant features wooden floors, a marble oyster bar, and tiled walls.

This very well may be central London’s most romantic restaurant.

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Situated in Queens Park, this small Italian trattoria is known for its authentic hand-rolled pastas. The restaurant is run by husband-and-wife team Avi and Simonetta Reichenbach, both of whom have Italian roots.

A bit of Spain in the heart of London, Cigala was inspired by the owner’s mother, who lived in Granada for 30 years. A passion for Spanish food and cuisine is evident in the menu of tapas and desserts.

Hidden behind an unassuming door just off Charlotte Street in Fitzrovia, this subterranean sensation from acclaimed restaurateurs Sam and Eddie Hart is adored for its scrumptious Spanish tapas as well as its fabulous bar menu that reads like an enticing novel.

Upon entering Sketch, patrons feel as if they’ve fallen down the rabbit’s hole into a charmingly bizarre fantasyland of neon lights, quirky-bordering-on-creepy statues, chipped gold-plated teacups, bread baskets built from Legos and space-age pod restrooms.

"Entree envy" is never a problem at this lively Venetian-inspired bacaro, where frenzied foodies share a smorgasbord of scrumptious, affordable cicheti (Italian snacks) paired with lovely Italian wines.

Inspired by the belief that there is no such thing as an all-encompassing “Indian cuisine,” this casual Soho eatery serves an affordable, ever-changing menu that features the dishes of three different Indian regions each season. From Punjab and Parsi to New Delhi and Madras, Chowki represents a t

A short stroll from Soho, Chinatown is home to this cozy Chairman Mao–themed noodle and dumpling house. Szechuan cuisine is served up hot and spicy in dishes like the chili-oil-slick spicy beef noodle soup and dan-dan noodles with preserved vegetables.

Situated in the theatre district, this award-winning Japanese restaurant draws an eclectic, celeb-spotted crowd with its stylish glass-and-wood design, lively atmosphere, and robatayaki cuisine (cooked over an open charcoal grill).

The traditional pub concept meets Thai at this Covent Garden spot. Formerly Devonshire Arms, the pub maintains some of its roots with British fare making an appearance in the upstairs’ menu.

Old Delhi’s 17th-century Mughal fortress, known as the Red Fort, is the inspiration for this acclaimed Indian restaurant in Soho.

In the heart of Covent Garden, waiters dressed as monks scurry around the cavernous basement dining hall of Belgo Centraal serving pots of mussels, platters of spicy sausages with mashed potatoes, and halved spit-roasted chickens, accompanied by Belgian beers.