The Best Restaurants Near Leicester Square, London

Seek out the culinary gems near Leicester Square, including Brasserie Zedel
Seek out the culinary gems near Leicester Square, including Brasserie Zedel | Courtesy of Brasserie Zédel
Pre-theatre dinner date? Post-work catch up? Whatever your occasion for dining out in one of the world’s culinary capitals, there’s one thing that’s certain: you won’t be short of choice in central London. Leicester Square, and the wider Soho and Covent Garden areas, see millions of visitors pass through each year. So, whether you’re after sophisticated high dining or something more casual, you’ll definitely find something to suit your tastes. We’ve asked our local insiders to share their best-of-the-best recommendations.

Brasserie Zédel

Bar, Brasserie, Restaurant, French, $$$

“Like stepping back into 1930s Paris” is how our local insider Josh describes Brasserie Zédel’s grand Art Deco basement. Expect traditional French fare – we’re talking lobster bisque, choucroûte and French onion soup – served in a cavernous, marble interior. Prices are very reasonable, given the quality of food and superb location, with a three-course set menu costing from £14.95. Brasserie Zédel is also attached to a cocktail bar, Bar Américain, and cabaret venue – perfect for a Roaring 20s-themed date or evening out. Recommended by local insider Josh Lee

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Evelyn's Table

Restaurant, Contemporary, European, $$$

If you’re looking for a touch of exclusivity in your meal out, this 12-seat chef’s counter can certainly deliver. Situated in the basement of the Blue Posts, an 18th-century pub in the heart of Soho, Evelyn’s Table is, quite simply, a fantastic night out. Watch the artistry unfold as chefs prepare your dishes in front of you – linguine with parmesan and black truffle, roasted skate wing and veal sweetbreads all feature on the high-end menu. Intriguing and exciting in equal measure, Evelyn’s Table adds that certain je ne sais quoi to any special occasion. Recommended by local insider Josh Lee

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The Palomar

Restaurant, Israeli, $$$
Stop off at pre-theatre haunt the Palomar for a buzzing atmosphere and contemporary takes on Israeli, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes. You’ll find classics such as fattoush salad and mesahane on the menu, alongside more adventurous fare. The glazed octopus with date molasses and harissa oil is an absolute favourite among local foodies. Loud, crowded and extremely good fun, it has become an institution over the years. On busy nights, diners queue out the door for a table, so we recommend booking in advance to beat the line. Recommended by local insiders Chiara Miele and Josh Lee
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Casita Andina

Restaurant, Peruvian, $$$

Casita Andina offers casual and convivial dining in a charming Andes-inspired setting. The fresh, warm interiors are accented by Peruvian patterns and artwork, transporting you from grey London skies to more colourful climes. The owner is trailblazing chef Martin Morales, whose menu is inspired by Peruvian home cooking. There’s plenty on offer here, and sharing is encouraged. The mouthwatering bass ceviche with amarillo chilli tiger’s milk is famously good and a London must-try. For a restaurant with an AA rosette to its name and owned by a celebrity chef, Casita Andina is excellent value with mains starting at a wallet-friendly £8. Recommended by local insider Josh Lee

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Xu

Restaurant, Tea , Asian, $$$

This Taiwanese restaurant and teahouse fuses Chinese tradition with British seasonality. Run by the team behind the hugely popular Bao, Xu is a more formal offering, with staff in formal dress and stylish wood-panelled interiors creating a retro, 1920s vibe. The selection of dumplings is always popular with diners, and the charcoal-roasted shou pa chicken a favourite. Downstairs, you’ll find a glamorous tea bar, and there are also two game rooms where you can relax and play a spot of mah-jong. Recommended by local insider Josh Lee

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Freak Scene

Restaurant, Asian, $$$

Small and busy, Asian fusion restaurant Freak Scene offers tapas-style dishes that burst with flavour, colour and originality. They’re ideal for sharing, too, so this could be a smart move if you’re looking to get cosy with someone. The menu changes weekly, so expect something different each time you visit (you will definitely want to return, no question). Take a seat at the counter to watch the chefs preparing your food and immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of this popular city dining spot. Recommended by local insider Chiara Miele

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These recommendations were updated on June 8, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.