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Treat yourself to an amazing meal at one of Mayfair's best restaurants

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As a playground of the wealthy, Mayfair has more than its fair share of amazing restaurants. Cuisines range from Asian (Princess Garden) to British (Corrigan's Mayfair) and everything in between. But the French restaurants, like Le Gavroche or Hélène Darroze at the Connaught, really stand out here. Though, really, it's hard to go wrong when eating out in Mayfair.

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34

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Nearly all of our fellow diners at 34 were Americans: the sort who roll up their sleeves to talk loudly about Mitt Romney. But that’s what half of Mayfair is like, a bubble of foreign wealth that bears little relationship to most Londoners’ lives. This establishment and the international super-rich live in symbiosis.

  1. 34 Grosvenor Square, ((entrance is on South Audley Street)), W1K 2HD
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Brasserie Chavot

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Smart French food is back en vogue. Balthazar in Covent Garden kicked off this season’s revival with a Yankee high-five to the brasserie – but Chavot ups the ante. The dining room is almost sepulchral in its formality, with smiling but no-nonsense service.

  1. 41 Conduit Street, W1S 2YF
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Burger & Lobster

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Don’t be put off by the gimmicky concept or swanky addresses of the four branches of this Russian-owned chain; this sleek eatery represents remarkably good value for money… if you order the lobster. As you walk through the door in the Mayfair branch (an attractively converted pub), a blackboard tells you all you need to know about the menu: you may order a lobster (boiled, grilled or in a brioche roll with mayonnaise), or you may have a burger.

  1. 29 Clarges Street, W1J 7EF
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Cecconi's

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Cecconi’s, located just behind the Royal Academy, shows London at its most cosmopolitan. A chic restaurant and bar with wraparound windows and striped marble floors, it’s part of the cool Soho House group. Service comes from classy white-jacketed staff and food is served all day – everything from egg white omelette to lobster spaghetti. The fare is pleasingly simple rather than imaginative.

  1. 5A Burlington Gardens, W1S 3EP
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China Tang

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Sir David Tang’s slinky dining room in the Dorchester’s basement successfully manages to banish all thoughts of hotel restaurants from diners’ minds. The separate Park Lane entrance helps, as do art deco furnishings evoking 1930s Shanghai. Only the moneyed, multinational clientele remind you of the locality.

  1. The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, W1K 1QA
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Corrigan's Mayfair

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

As your coats are taken and reservations checked, a pianist tinkles away on a baby grand by the entrance of Richard Corrigan’s Mayfair restaurant. If stopping for a drink, you’re led to a long marble bar topped with individual railway-style lamps; those eating continue to the dusky, romantically lit dining room, which has any solemnity removed by humorous feathered lampshades and metal bird sculptures.

  1. 28 Upper Grosvenor Street, W1K 7EH
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Le Gavroche

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

This restaurant colossus offers unapologetically old-school fine dining. First opened in Chelsea in 1967 by the Roux brothers, Albert and Michel, it’s now run by Michel Roux Jr who took the reins in 1991. Le Gavroche continues to be the go-to haute cuisine establishment for a dignified, extremely wealthy crowd (our reservation took three months to secure).

  1. 43 Upper Brook Street, W1K 7QR
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Goodman Mayfair

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

‘Bringing the New York steakhouse to London.’ Not the most original brief, but this (Russian-owned) newcomer has a decent stab at bringing Manhattan to Mayfair: dark-wood panelling, inviting leather booths, a bar counter running the length of the restaurant, and staff so chatty and involved in your order they practically sit down to eat with you. (Our waiter gave us a five-minute wine discourse, talking through the choice of 20-odd on the red-heavy list.)

  1. 26 Maddox Street, W1S 1QH
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Gymkhana

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Patron-chef Karam Sethi has added a new venture to his line-up of Trishna (a suavely modern Indian restaurant in Marylebone) and Bubbledogs (Charlotte Street’s hot-dogs and fizz trendster). Gymkhana has the look and feel of an Indian colonial club with its retro ceiling fans, marble table-tops, and yesteryear photos of polo and cricket team triumphs.

  1. 42 Albemarle Street, W1S 4JH
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Greenhouse

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4
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It takes just a couple of steps along the decked, tree-lined entrance of this Mayfair mews restaurant for a sense of oasis and calm to descend – an atmosphere that is deliberately cultivated and carried through to the cool, well-spaced dining room. Solicitous greetings abound the moment you cross the threshold; the Greenhouse is a place where chairs are tweaked, tables brushed and every detail seen to by a considerate team.

  1. 27A Hay's Mews, W1J 5NY
  2. 3 course set menu for £30
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Hakkasan Mayfair

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

The original Hakkasan opened nearly a decade ago, in 2001 – the same year Beijing won the bid to host the 2008 Summer Olympics. Since then, the popular image of Chinese culture, cuisine and competence have changed greatly. Alan Yau was the original mastermind behind the groundbreaking restaurant, ambiguously located underground in an alley near Tottenham Court Road tube.

  1. 17 Bruton Street, W1J 6QB
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Hélène Darroze at the Connaught

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

Genial staff take obvious pleasure in working this historic dining room, with its beautiful wood panelling and floral plasterwork ceiling. India Mahdavi’s feminine interior of velvety golds complements the original features, while Damien Hirst’s artwork keeps it grounded in the present. Waistcoats, silver jugs and Baccarat crystal denote formality, so first-timers may be surprised by the rusticity of the food on display.

  1. The Connaught, (Carlos Place), W1K 2AL
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Hibiscus

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

Chef Claude Bosi opened a gastropub in Fulham in 2012 to go with his other one in Wimbledon, but he clearly hasn’t taken his eye off this flagship restaurant. There’s no à la carte (unless you really want it), so choose three, six or eight courses – and marvel, as the extraordinarily composed dishes arrive on your table with military timing.

  1. 29 Maddox Street, W1S 2PA
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Hix Mayfair

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Mark Hix is director of food at this stylish hotel dining room (Marcus Verberne is executive chef), and his influence can be seen in the modern British menu and also in the modern British art. The wood-panelled room is a relaxing and attractive place in which to eat, and staff are attentive (quick to proffer spare reading glasses, for example) without being obsequious.

  1. Brown's Hotel, (33-34 Albemarle Street), W1S 4BP
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Maze Grill

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

This steak-centred outlet of the Gordon Ramsay empire sells some fine food. A starter of tender salt and sichuan-pepper squid: very good. Aberdeen Angus ribeye steak: excellent. Slow-cooked pork belly with roast sweet potatoes and chilli-blazing pickled cabbage: outstanding. Great ingredients beautifully cooked. But there were numerous negatives too on our recent visit. One is the expense if you eat steak.

  1. 10-13 Grosvenor Square, W1K 6JP
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Momo

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Still London’s most glamorous Moroccan restaurant, Momo attracts a fair smattering of beautiful people alongside couples on special dates, hen parties and business types. The soundtrack of classic Maghrebi beats and attractive young francophone waiting staff create a seductive buzz. Sexy Marrakech-style interiors, sparkling with light from intricately latticed mashrabiya-style windows and ornate metalwork lanterns, add to the allure.

Momo’s brunch! Every weekend from 11am until 3pm.
  1. 25 Heddon Street, W1B 4BH
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Murano

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

If you’re accustomed to the clash and clatter of hard surfaces in modern restaurants Murano may come as a shock. Plump upholstery, crisp linens and warm leather ensure a sumptuous, serene setting for a meal that draws as much on French fine dining as Italian staples. Chef-proprietor Angela Hartnett pops out regularly to chat with obvious regulars, diners linger long over numerous courses and pricey wines, and waiters glide silently between tables.

  1. 20 Queen Street, W1J 5PP
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La Petite Maison

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

On a sunny day, La Petite Maison gives a decent impression of somewhere on the Côte d’Azur, with its cream pillars, spacious dining room and light flooding in through big windows. It’s a franchise of a renowned establishment in Nice, but unlike nearly all restaurants in France it doesn’t offer set menus to soften its prices (not shown on the otherwise-jaunty website, so they can come as a shock).

  1. 54 Brooks Mews, W1K 4EG
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Pollen Street Social

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Pollen Street Social’s philosophy is ‘deformalised fine dining’, and to this end the decor is smart but approachable – white-walled, linen draped and wood-panelled. Dishes are grounded in French and English tradition and embellished with occasionally esoteric side notes of texture and taste, sometimes garnered from chef Jason Atherton’s travels.

  1. 8-10 Pollen Street, W1S 1NQ
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Rextail

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4

‘Who are all these people?’ it’s tempting to ask as you look around this room full of the international super-rich. For them, dining in a fabulous Mayfair restaurant such as Rextail is an commonplace occurrence. But for the rest of us, this is for special occasions; a well-tuned dining destination that disguises its professionalism behind quirky good looks and bouncy Baltic beats.

  1. 13 Albemarle St, W1S 4HJ
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Scott's

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Now inevitably linked with Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson, Scott’s had for the previous 162 years been best known for its fish. And with good reason: the seafood here is first class. The centrepiece of the restaurant is a grand oyster bar where Mayfair types sip flutes of Gaston Chiquet and feast on fines de claires by the dozen.

  1. 20 Mount Street, W1K 2HE
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Sketch: Lecture Room & Library

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4

The arresting entrance hall, with its high-impact artworks and greeters who are part-cast and part-personal assistant, are cues that you are entering not just a building of dizzying grandeur, but a designed world with a playful, theatrical bent. Sketch’s Lecture Room & Library is up a very fine staircase.

  1. 9 Conduit Street, W1S 2XJ
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Theo Randall at the InterContinental

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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Since 2006, when Theo Randall, long-time head chef at the River Café, opened this eponymous restaurant its reputation (and Randall’s media profile) has gone from strength to strength. The colourful, spacious dining room is high on comfort, if a little corporate, with cream leather, walnut wood and olive green shades. Service is caring and warm-hearted and the cooking, in our experience, is joyous.

  1. 1 Hamilton Place, Park Lane, W1J 7QY
  2. 2 courses with a glass of prosecco £27
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Via Condotti

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Named after the swish Roman thoroughfare, Via Condotti provides understated elegance and pared down Italian restaurant food on one of Mayfair’s swankiest shopping streets. Prices aren’t extortionate for the location and for the quality of classic combinations distinctively presented (buffalo mozzarella with a skinned plum tomato quartered into fleshy ‘petals’, for example).

  1. 23 Conduit Street, W1S 2XS
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Wild Honey

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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Wild Honey underwent a revamp in autumn 2012 – the dining room still has the same wood panelling meets modern art vibe as before, but it’s now possible to look from one end of the vibrantly accessorised (the soft furnishings, in particular) restaurant to the other. The quirky nooks and crannies have been lost, but it no doubt makes things easier for the staff.

  1. 12 St George Street, W1S 2FB
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