11 of the best restaurants to eat at in the West End
Before taking your seats at the theatre, why not enjoy a luxurious meal at one of London’s finest restaurants beforehand? Around the West End, there are hundreds of restaurants offering cuisines from around the world that are sure to tempt you in. To save you trawling through menus, we’ve handpicked the best restaurants in Theatreland, serving them on a plate to you to whet your appetite.
Where to eat in London
Maxwell’s Bar & Grill
Tuck into an all-American meal that is guaranteed to fill up anyone’s stomach. With plenty of inspiration taken from American cuisines around the country, you’ll be able to tuck into mouth-watering burgers, mac and cheese, ribs and fajitas with your food dripping in cheese. Polish your meal off with a freakshake that will leave a creamy froth on your top lip and you’ll have experienced a meal Maxwell’s style. Located in Covent Garden, it’s in the centre of the West End and is sure to get your trip to the theatre off in style.
Fire and Stone
Situated in Covent Garden, Fire & Stone is the perfect dining spot for pre-theatre goers and tourists out and about in the West End. Its menu of ‘deliciously different pizzas’, inspired by flavours from around the world and made with all the freshest ingredients means there is something for everyone! The venue interior is cool and contemporary with a relaxed and stylish atmosphere.
Palm Court Brasserie
Set in the heart of Covent Garden and overlooking the Piazza, Palm Court is the quintessential intimate Parisian-style brasserie. Whether you are dropping in for a meal or a glass of wine with friends and family, it is the ideal environment to relax and unwind.
Dazzling in lights, Planet Hollywood is the restaurant to go to if you want a glitzy experience. Serving up American cuisine, take your pick from burritos, chicken or even fajitas, noodles and lasagne where images from the Hollywood Walk of Fame adorn the walls. Located in the bustling heart of Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus, you won’t miss Planet Hollywood when you walk around the West End.
Zizzi – Strand
Zizzi is a chain of Italian resturants found accross the United Kingdom, which uses only the freshest local ingredients for the very best local, affordable Italian Food.
Browns – Covent Garden
Browns is an extremely popular restaurant close to all the main theatres. The Courtrooms is a suite of four wonderful function rooms upstairs. It’s an amazing venue and perfect for weddings, parties or business events. Come and soak up the Covent Garden vibe – relax, unwind and most of all, have fun at Browns!
Boisdale of Belgravia
Perfect for those who want to tuck into a hearty meal, Boisdale is a chain of restaurants offering up a masterclass in Scottish cuisine. Located on Eccleston Street in Belgravia, start your meal off with a whisky chosen from a 35-page selection, then tuck into some of the best delicacies from north of the border. Whether you choose to eat haggis, venison or Scottish smoked salmon, there’s something to suit all tastebuds and meal preferences here.
Bringing Brazilian flavours to the West End, Cabana is the epitome of a modern-day restaurant. As you take your seat, you’ll be welcome into a restaurant where every item has been uniquely sourced in order to create the perfect ambience. With a menu including authentic Bahian curry, as well as plenty of chimichurri and shredded chicken balls, you’ll wish that every meal you had to eat was packed with the flavours and spices of Brazil.
Perfect for those looking for a quick food fix at any time of day, you’ll want to head to Dim T. Offering a variety of foods from across the continent, you’ll be able to choose from a wide selection of stirfrys, curries, noodles and fried rice, with many meals catering for vegetarians, vegans and people with dietary requirements. There are many Dim T’s across the city, however for those wanting to eat close to the theatre, visit the branch just off of Oxford Street and you’ll be able to walk into the theatre a few minutes after.
Homage Grand Salon
Live a life of luxury as you dine at Homage Grand Salon, inside the Waldorf Hilton near the Strand. Offering dishes inspired from continental European dishes, be tempted into trying new food. Start your meal off with a marinated beef carpaccio or parsnip soup and fill yourself up from a list of main courses including confit of duck or pappardelle with spinach and ricotta. Drooling yet? You will be when you refresh your tastebuds with a raspberry sorbet or papaya mousse. Set in gold-cast pillars and French Revolution décor around the restaurant, Homage Grand Salon is the perfect place to enjoy an exquisite meal before or after a visit to the theatre.
Nestled in the heart of Soho is L’Escargot, one of the best French restaurants you can eat at in central London. Don’t let the snail-named restaurant mislead you though, you’ll be able to tuck into a pre-theatre menu from a fine selection including truffle soup, truffle risotto and plaice goujons. Finish off a three course trip through France with a crème brulée and your meal will be the talk of the town.
We think that eating before the theatre is a great way to make the most of your time in the West End. If you need to eat during a show, we’ve put a guide together with all the information on eating at the theatre.