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Diners' Choice: Contemporary European restaurants in London

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary European cuisine in London? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyses more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favourites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Fitz's Brasserie restaurant
4.6
4.6 (484)
£41 and over
Contemporary European
Bloomsbury
About the restaurant
A contemporary brasserie for modern London.

Located in Bloomsbury, Fitz's Brasserie at the iconic Kimpton Fitzroy London weaves old and new, serving traditional British plates seen through a modern lens. Our chefs let the ingredients speak for themselves by marrying seasonal British produce with contemporary cooking techniques and global flair.

The wine list is sure to tempt you for a top-up. Rooted in beloved old-world classics, our wine cellar also houses noteworthy bottles that venture off the beaten track. Whether you're keen to explore innovative winemaking techniques or stick to tried-and-true favourites from familiar regions, rest assured, there's a tipple to tickle your fancy.

Fitz's Brasserie stands as a charming testament to the cherished heritage of its beloved neighbourhood. Here, local foodies and intrepid travellers alike gather to create memorable tales. Comfortable, elegant, and above all, fun – it's a place that entices you back, time and time again.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Great service and breakfast . Would definitely book again
A photo of The Nook restaurant
4.7
4.7 (151)
£26 to £40
Contemporary European
Islington
About the restaurant
Wine Bar with Contemporary European Food, Varied Wine List, Coffee and Craft Beer
Top review
Monique
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent flavoursome dishes. The burrata and houmous were especially good but we loved everything and will definitely go back.
A photo of The Watermans Richmond restaurant
4.7
4.7 (337)
£26 to £40
Contemporary European
Richmond
About the restaurant
The Watermans Richmond is an all day Restaurant and Bar in the centre of town, conveniently located on an ancient cobbled street that leads down to the waterfront.

Our food is the best of British ingredients, served with a nod to southern Europe, with favourite dishes ranging from scallop ravioli to fregola, veal chops and day boat fish. We also have vegetarian and vegan options as well as delicious puddings including tiramisu, poached pears and profiteroles.

We have been the site of a Public house for centuries and still offer a selection of draught beers however we have an extensive wine list focusing mostly on classic wines from Europe.

The Restaurant is divided into several areas: luxurious deep leather banquette seating, bar counters perfect for lunches and more casual dining and cosy fireside dining in our upstairs room.

We also have two outside areas, a perfect spot for a drink or bite whilst watching the world go by.

Top review
ElizabethAvip
Dined 7 days ago
Friendly welcome from the waiting staff. Lovely atmosphere, excellent food and service. A good evening dining experience and we would recommend and go again.
A photo of Margaux restaurant
4.7
4.7 (919)
£26 to £40
Contemporary European
South Kensington
About the restaurant
Margaux is a modern European restaurant/wine bar. The French/Italian inspired menu includes seared foie gras, house made pork terrine, porcini risotto for appetisers and seared scallops, grilled veal rib and Barolo braised beef as some of the main courses. 100 bin wine list covers a broad range of producers and grapes, with an emphasis on old world wines. If you don"t want to stretch to a bottle there are over 25 wines by the glass and carafe. The dessert menu includes a dark chocolate plate featuring cocoa in 7 textures, passion fruit crème brûlée and amaretto sponge cake and a selection of house made ice creams. The weekend brunch menu features classic such as eggs benedict and eggs royal, smoked salmon, french toast with cinnamon ice cream.
Top review
KateG
Dined 7 days ago
A lovely meal and friendly service. All the dishes were great but special mention for the swordfish which was melt in the mouth delicious.
A photo of Levan restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1018)
£26 to £40
Contemporary European
Peckham
About the restaurant
Levan is a restaurant in the heart of Peckham serving contemporary European dishes, inspired by the ‘bistronomy’ movement and our favourite eateries in Paris, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Stockholm and Berlin, with a focus on low intervention wines. Join us for dinner and lunch in a warm and inviting atmosphere.

We offer an a la carte menu and a £59pp chefs tasting menu. Groups over 5 will be asked to dine from the chefs menu.

Please check our website for our most up to date offering.

Seatings are for 2 hours, after which we may require the table back.

Please inform us of any dietary requirements in advance. We may not be able to cater to them without advanced notice.

If you arrive late for your booking we may ask you to choose from a reduced menu.

Cancellations - we are a small, independent restaurant, so please let us know if you cannot make your reservation.

Looking forward to welcoming you soon!

Top review
BruceR
Dined on Mar 31, 2024
My partner and I went to Levan for their Sunday special - steak frites for £19.50. It's incredibly good value - the steak is cooked perfectly, with a delicious sauce and great fries. We sat looking into the kitchen, where the staff were incredibly friendly and engaging. It's a tightly-run operation with excellent, but very light-touch, service. We had a fabulous time and will definitely be back.
A photo of The Cork & Bottle - Leicester Square restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1403)
£25 and under
Contemporary European
Leicester Square
About the restaurant
Our beliefs are simple - in a world full of so much terrific food and wine, why settle for a slab of quiche and a glass of boring plonk? Our food is innovative, fresh and tasty... and available at all hours. The wine list speaks for itself - "Legendary for its iconoclastic notes. It doesn"t necessarily tell you what the wine tastes like - you have to make your mind up. It's there to provoke interest", says Harpers, the wine trade magazine. As Barossa wine making supremo John Glaetzer puts it so succinctly, "Don, this is not just a wine list - it's a book". And a readable one at that!
Top review
Ravenoliver
Dined on Mar 25, 2024
Great little wine bistro incredibly convenient to theatre district. Food good and service cheerful and engaging. Recommend.
A photo of The Northall at Corinthia London restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2686)
£26 to £40
Contemporary European
Covent Garden
About the restaurant
The relationship between producer and plate is the essence of The Northall, offering a seasonal menu which showcases the best of modern European cuisine. With award-winning Executive Chef André Garrett at the helm, you are guaranteed a taste experience to remember.
Top review
JacquiN
Dined on Mar 14, 2024
Lovely experience. Staff are lovely. It was a little quiet. Bathrooms are bizarre with a male voice (ladies) droning on about something
A photo of Sager + Wilde at Paradise Row restaurant
4.6
4.6 (248)
£26 to £40
Contemporary European
Bethnal Green
About the restaurant
Sager + Wilde | Paradise Row is a contemporary, Modern Mediterranean restaurant, with an additional intimate mezzanine private dining room in a beautiful old railway arch. The menu features everything that is fresh, seasonal and local.

Part of the Sager + Wilde family, our wine list is focused on everything low intervention and high quality.

Please note that unfortunately we do not allow dogs inside the restaurant, but they are more than welcome on the outside terrace.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 1, 2024
Great food and service! We loved our lunch there!
A photo of England's Grace restaurant
4.5
4.5 (53)
£26 to £40
Contemporary European
Regent's Park
About the restaurant
England's Grace is an Antipodean-inspired modern European restaurant located on St John's Wood High Street, in the heart of London.

Open from breakfast through to dinner, the menus created by Head Chef Rafal, combine seasonal European ingredients with vibrant Australian flavours.

Breakfast and lunch provide a laid-back ambiance with a delightful twist on breakfast classics and lunchtime favourites, all with a light Australian approach. During the late afternoon, the restaurant serves freshly-roasted coffee and home-baked cakes. Dinner is a more elevated experience, offering a relaxed yet elegant atmosphere, where you can indulge in a memorable culinary journey.

Enjoy beautifully curated dishes showcasing the talent of our highly-trained team of chefs. Elevated simplicity, unparalleled flavours.

Top review
PhilTvip
Dined 3 days ago
3rd time dining at England's Grace today and once again enjoyed a fine meal, excellent service (kudos to Zac) and very laid-back ambiance. Every dish has been excellent, beautifully presented and balanced. The menu has plenty of choice, with emphasis on high quality seasonal ingredients. Based on the quality and consistency, we will definitely be returning.
A photo of Quaglino's restaurant
4.3
4.3 (2234)
£41 and over
Contemporary European
Green Park
About the restaurant
An iconic restaurant & bar synonymous with style and glamour; hidden within historic St James’s and offering live music seven days a week.
The menu is a perfect canon of European classics, all made using the highest quality British ingredients. 

Bursting with Iconic heritage, Quaglino's is hidden in the heart of St James's and is the ideal place to indulge in contemporary European food, legendary cocktails and London finest live entertainment.


Top review
DaniO
Dined 1 day ago
Really great service from the staff members who helped make it a great night. Music and entertainment was good. Food was nice but more veg options would be good. The wine options were good too.
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