10 Best Places to Eat in Notting Hill

While you are walking around the brightly-colored and bustling neighborhood of Notting Hill, you might feel a little “peckish” as the Brits would say. But where should you stop for a quick cuppa or for a hearty lunch? To make the most out of your upcoming vacation in the United Kingdom, you need to know the top food and drink spots to quench your thirst or quell any hunger pangs during your holiday.

If you are walking around Notting Hill to find the infamous places from the beautiful love story and movie of Notting Hill – or you are simply an avid tourist who wants to visit every neighborhood in London – then penciling one or more of these eateries into your packed vacation schedule is a must. 

Sumi

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If you’re just tired of filling British fare – think of the Full English breakfast and Sunday roast – then you might want something lighter and fresher. Queue, Sumi – this sushi restaurant focuses solely on the quality of its ingredients and the freshness of the food, avoiding any heavy sauces that can detract from the natural flavor of the fresh fish and vegetables. Although expensive – with the steak costing £55 – the price reflects the excellence. If you simply want a perfectly-made sushi roll, there are plenty of roll and sashimi options here for you to choose from.

Price: Slightly expensive – you should be prepared to spend at least £50 here for lunch or dinner

Sinuhe

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Another global option for tourists who want to try international cuisine, Sinuhe is a Person-focused restaurant that offers tasty dips, sauces, grilled meats, and plates to share. For those who are traveling with friends and family, this restaurant is a great spot to choose if you want to split different dishes – and order multiple bread baskets.

Electric Diner

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Like something out of the 1859s in America, the Electric Diner brings back American nostalgia in the best way possible. With jukebox machines, tiled floors, bright red booths, and the standard breakfast, this diner is a great spot for tourists who want to enjoy crispy bacon and fluffy pancakes. If you head here during lunch, we recommend trying the double cheeseburger to keep you satisfied and full until dinner time. 

Six Portland Road

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For a laid-back spot that shouts quintessential London, Six Portland Road is the place to go – it just doesn’t act like a  tourist. We think this place is great for couples who want a local eatery that does not cater to the constant stream of tourists in London. Although a meal here will cost around £30 per person for lunch, you will love the pre-set menu that is far away from the tourist hub-bub you will find in busier neighborhoods. 

Chucs Westbourne Grove

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For harry and traditional Italian fare – think of spaghetti parmesan and cheese-filled lasagna – head to Chucs on Westbourne Grove. With a decor that reminds you of the Italian neighborhood in New York City, Chuck’s combines a traditional atmosphere with simple and perfect Italian cuisine that makes you forget you are in London for a few minutes. 

Prices: The prices here are expensive, we’re not going to lie – you can expect to pay around £15-£20 per appetizer, but the mains are fairly priced at around £20-£25. 

Caractere

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With a Michelin-starred background, everyone always knew that Caractere was going to be a success – but we didn’t know that it was going to be as popular as it is today. Featuring extensively-trained chefs and intricate flavors, you will love the French-inspired cuisine that seems to hit every craving you previously had. We recommend trying the celeriac cacio e pepe – this is definitely the signature dish.

Books for Cooks 

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This small and unique restaurant uses an interesting philosophy that seems to be working wonders in the London crowd. The co-owner, Eric Treuille, tries one starter and one main from a cookbook – and that is the only item on the menu for the day. The exclusivity and laser focus of making one dish per day seems to highlight the ingredients and love put into only one offering, enhancing the standard of cooking and making it more desirable for passersby to stop in and see what lunch is that day. 

Andina Picanteria

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A Peruvian restaurant that is a casual all-day spot, this eatery features unique flavors, exciting combinations, and a wide variety of dishes that make it suitable for people with even the pickiest of palettes. When dining at Andina, you can choose from small plates just for you or large plates to share with your crowd, such as beef short rib, crispy octopus calamari, or tasty ceviche. 

Cocotte 

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Our last choice of eateries in Notting Hill is Cocotte, a restaurant with a focus on chicken – and that’s it. Sometimes, one-trick ponies seem to fall short. However that is not the case with Cocotte – branded as a type of “healthy rotisserie chicken”, which may seem like an ultimatum, Cocotte offers either a quarter or half of a rotisserie chicken for dine-in. marinated in a secret, house sauce for a full day, the juicy chicken with truffle mac and cheese is a must-have. 

Farm Girl Notting Hill

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