King's Cross is a great example of an area of London that's gone through some extreme change to get where it is today. 10-20 years ago it was very dodgy indeed, but nowadays - partly thanks to some great station restoration work - it's become a destination in itself. And with Granary Square and Coal Drops Yard just minutes walk from the station it's really become an excellent dining destination too.
They're viewed as being some of the best Spanish restaurants in London and this Barrafina is no exception. All of the Barrafinas have a unique menu and the King's Cross outpost has a unique menu with a particular focus on Catalan cooking. Otherwise, expect a no-reservation counter-dining-only restaurant with excellent Spanish small plates.
This teeny deli has a few spaces inside and out for folk to enjoy the cracking sarnies they sell and - at night - it's a lovely spot to sit and enjoy a decent glass of wine. Look out for their regularly changing meal deals too.
The original opened up in Exmouth Market to great reviews and they haven't looked back since. Now in multiple locations across town, this was Caravan's second opening in London and one of the first places to open on Granary Square. Coffee remains a big thing, supplied by their nearby roastery. Food-wise, they serve what they call a "food well-travelled" menu all-day and their brunch remains one of the most popular in town.
Casa & Plaza Pastor is the Mexican restaurant of two parts from the Harts Group - the people behind El Pastor in Borough and the Barrafina restaurants. Casa Pastor - the part that's most like El Pastor before it - serves up Mexican classics done well. Outside is Plasa Pastor, which has a line in sandwiches and rotisserie chicken (and is, obviously, heated in the winter).
With eyepopping interiors by Tom Dixon and food by Palomar chef and restaurateur Assaf Granit, this was the first restaurant to open at Coal Drops Yard. If you're up at the counter, it's a scene quite familiar from The Palomar - Jerusalem-inspired food served up by a lively kitchen. They also have a handy bar - and outside space - on the first floor.
Dishoom is perennially popular in London, with its take on Bombay cafe culture responsible for long waits and queues at all their restaurants. This King's Cross restaurant is busy in the evening and for weekend brunch, but you can easily book for lunch. it's cavernous interior also makes it one of the largest in the group. But once settled down inside, you'll see why people keep coming back for its excellent Indian small plates.
Flat Iron have an avid following amongst Londoners, with their signature flat iron steaks being one of the best deals in town. This is their King's Cross location where they serve up the usual flat-iron steaks as well as some special cuts. And all for a much cheaper price than you'd normally pay at a steakhouse.
The D&D restaurant group took over a site that used to be the first ever gym in London - a huge imposing building just outside St Pancras. They've replaced that gym with what is pretty much the opposite, a huge restaurant and bar space. Expect plenty of German food and booze on the menu - brasserie-style downstairs and more of a fine-dining approach upstairs.
Granary Square Brasserie sees the Caprice Holdings taking over the prime space on Granary Square - think of this as similar to one of their Ivy Cafes - so mid-range brasserie food in an opulent setting.
This restaurant comes from the team behind Spiritland - and this is their second King's Cross venue. For food, there's a ground level pizza restaurant and downstairs is the basement late-night licence cocktail bar.
Pip Lacey, the former head chef at Murano (and who you may also know from 2017’s Great British Menu) is the brains behind Hicce, a restaurant with wood-fired food that's brimming with British flavours via Norway and Japan. You'll find this all-day restaurant on the top floor of Wolf + Badger at Coal Drops Yard in King's Cross with a pretty handy bar too.
This canalside restaurant on Caledonian Road has a menu full of authentic Chinese dishes that you don't see all that much of outside of Chinatown. Particularly good for groups.
Pretty much the first to kick off the reinvention of burgers in the UK, MEATliquor have been leaders in the scene ever since. This King's Cross outpost has the usual suspects - great burgers, lethal cocktails and more.
Amazingly popular vegetarian restaurant, serving up all manner of veggie and vegan dishes. Their burgers are very well regarded and the weekend brunch with scrambled tofu and aubergine bacon, among others, is a big hit.
Local piemasters Piebury Corner serve up a cracking selection of British pies, served along with mash or roast potatoes. There's a decent craft beer selection too and the space is great.
Pizza Union serve up superfast pizzas in King's Cross - thin Roman pizzas that, thanks to their huge oven, are ready in minutes. It's a perfect combo of good food that's great value too.
Roti King has established a huge reputation from a small restaurant in Euston. It's oft lauded as one of the best Malaysian restaurants in town and has attracted many to its subterranean location. Certainly expect some of the best rotis in town as well as great lentil curries and spicy noodles.
This King's Place restaurant is in a super setting with a massive terrace opening on to the canal. The menu is modern British and you'll find all the meat here sourced from the restaurant's own farm in Northumberland.
This brightly coloured, unassuming restaurant at the King's Cross end of Caledonian Road serves up some of the best Thai food in London - and at great prices. Try some of their excellent curries alongside Bangkok-style street food plates. And keep an eye on their specials too.
Part of the Hart Bros empire in Coal Drops Yard, this is the group's first wine bar. It really makes good use of the old coal storage area to evoke the feeling of a wine cellar and the wine list is, obviously, one of the best in the area (and there's plenty of help on hand if you're struggling with your choice). The food comes via two induction hobs, and the team in the tiny kitchen are working wonders from them.
This is Marcus Wareing's outpost at King's Cross - a lavish bar and restaurant in the St Pancras Hotel. The classic architecture has been enhanced by David Collins designs and there's a menu that focuses on the best of British, reinvented. There's an excellent bar alongside, which is worth a visit even if you're not going to the restaurant.
A large three storey bar and restaurant from the Cubitt House group, this has a super location, overlooking the canal. It's said to be one of the most popular places on Granary Square at any time of the year - but it really comes into its own in summer with extensive outside space.
Respected restaurateur and chef Anthony Demetre (of Wild Honey) has brought his vision of a Spanish/Italian vermuteria to the Coal Drops Yard part of King's Cross. Expect plenty of vermouth and negronis aplenty alongside a tapas-style menu focusing on seasonal produce.
Wine is what it's all about at Vinoteca and whether you're buying to take away or sitting in with friends, there's loads to choose from. The food's good too - with each of the group's bars having its own distinct menu.
The best of King's Cross
Find the best restaurants in...
Borough and London Bridge | City of London | Clerkenwell | Covent Garden | Fitzrovia | King's Cross | Knightsbridge | Islington | Marylebone | Mayfair | Notting Hill | Peckham | Shoreditch | Soho | Victoria and Pimlico
Subscribe to hear the latest from Hot Dinners