From fun spots on Portobello Road to fine dining on Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill is definitely on the up as a restaurant destination. Here's our pick of the best restaurants in the area.
This is one of the smallest fine-dining restaurants in London, run by chef Richard Wilkins (ex-Petrus and Waterside Inn) fitting in just six tables for a maximum of 12 diners at any time. If you manage to grab one of those precious seats, you can expect a modern French menu.
This longstanding neighbourhood gem of an Italian has been packing Notting Hill's denizens into its light-filled dining room - above the ground floor pizzeria - for over 20 years. They source the best Italian ingredients possible for a classic Italian menu that's inspired by the chef's Sardinian childhood.
Hugely popular not only in its original West Village location, but also in Paris and Tokyo, Notting Hill is where hip New York bistro Buvette has landed in London. Like the original, it's part cafe, part wine bar and restaurant. As they say, it's for everything "from an early morning espresso, to an afternoon croque madame" and late night cocktails.
Emily Roux is the latest member of the Roux family with a successful restaurant. She joined up with her husband, Diego Ferrari - former Head Chef at Le Gavroche - to run this restaurant that's part French, part Italian. The menu has a fine dining feel, but presented in a more laid-back setting, with courses split into sections like "curious", "robust" and "greedy" (which, yes, is the dessert section).
For years Clare Smyth was seen as the guiding light of Gordon Ramsay's flagship Hospital Road restaurant. Since going it alone with her own fine-dining spot in Notting Hill she's already notched up three Michelin stars as well as the top London slot in the Good Food Guide.
This egg-focused, brunch-heavy restaurant comes from Ennismore (the same people behind the Hoxton hotels). There are all types of eggs - in burgers, omelettes, salads and even simple boiled eggs and soldiers if that's what you fancy.
This is the original London venue for the LA import. The unconventional name gives a hint at what to expect - lots of eggs, mainly in buns. There's the option of scrambled or fried eggs in their brioche buns as well as a coddled egg if you want to veer away from the carbs. The counter is the place to be here (although it's also very handy for takeaway).
Soho House's Notting Hill outfit consists of an Electric House members club, a fancy Electric Cinema (London’s oldest cinema) and the Electric Diner. The Diner's all day menu features steaks, sandwiches, all-day breakfasts and plenty of comfort food.
If you know your chia seeds from your raw cacao nibs, this is one for you. Farm Girl, is a mecca for uber-health conscious Londoners, and this was their first outpost in London. Expect coconut BLTs, gluten-free doughnuts, smoothies and more.
For seasonal British food done brilliantly you can't go wrong with Hereford Road where the former head chef of St. John Bread and Wine, Tom Pemberton, is in charge of the kitchen.
This Notting Hill restaurant is from a Middle East restaurateur who has produced this mash-up between Mexican and Japanese cuisines. Alongside tostadas, tiraditos and ceviche, it features the "Gangster Taco menu" with 22 new takes on a taco. And yes, there is plenty of tequila or mezcal on hand (including a tasting flight) on the menu.
With two of Greece's top chefs enlisted to create the menu Athinagoras Kostakos, executive head chef at Bill, Coo Mykonos and George Venieris, executive head chef at the roof garden restaurant at the Electra Palace Hotel in Athens, this modern Greek restaurant aims to "reinterpret old time classic recipes with a modern twist."
Natoora are already known for their excellent grocery stores, and this Notting Hill outpost also features an in-store cafe, the Natoora Counter. Open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch, each dish on the menu is fully traceable.
Jackson Boxer (also of Brunswick House) took inspiration from the Scottish islands and highlands for this West London seafood restaurant which has become one of Notting Hill's best. Dishes range from fried prawns to whole day-boat fish and sharing dishes like the Belted Galloway Rib with Bearnaise.
Six Portland Road comes from Oli Barker (who used to head up Terroirs alongside Ed Wilson). It's a small 40 seater restaurant with an ever-changing European-influenced menu, always with five choices for starters, main and dessert. The wine list is well worth a look, with a focused list of around 50 and primarily small growers.
Having already opened his fabulously-reviewed Endo at the Rotunda, sushi master Endo went one further, opening this new sushi bar in Notting Hill, which went down extremely well with West London folk. Easily one of the best sushi spots in town.
Sunday in Brooklyn has been a big hit in New York - now they're one of a few NYC restaurants making a home in Notting Hill. Their hazelnut and brown butter pancakes are the main attraction (you'll want a whole stack) and the all-week-long brunch is a big deal too. The corner location means that it's a bright and airy place to have a US-style brunch.
An open charcoal grill is at the heart of this Greek bistro, from the people behind nearby Mazi. There's a focus on northern Greek cuisine and Thessaloniki in particular.
Originally beginning life as Cool Chile Co stall on Portobello Road, the team moved inside to become Taqueria, serving up tacos, tostados, ceviches and all manner of Mexican treats. After many years, it still holds its own as serving some of London's best tacos.
This Notting Hill pub is highly rated by locals, having been a success for over 25 years. The ethos is "Eat heartily and give the house a good name'" which has given London this lovely, modern gastropub, with a strong selection of oysters and shellfish. The seafood platters are a particular draw here - and even if you're just popping in for a drink, a plate of oysters is strongly recommended.
Imagine being friends with someone who enjoys all the benefits of a super house share in Notting Hill. That's the premise of this pop-up turned permanent bar and restaurant on All Saints Road.
This was the first restaurant to be opened by The Gladwin brothers, who are each a farmer, a chef and a restaurateur. Serving up British food, much of it from their own family farm, it's all about locally grown, sustainable produce.
This Tonkotsu is a small departure from the rest, as it features a counter-style ramen bar of the kind you'll find in Tokyo. But don't worry - if it's your favourite ramen dishes you're after, they're on the menu too.
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