301 "Casual Weeknight Dinner" restaurants in London.
A good casual weeknight dinner spot is hard to find. It’s a step above a make-your-own bowl place, but not somewhere you’ll need a reservation. It shouldn’t be too expensive, you should be able to talk instead of shout, and your dinner shouldn’t take more than an hour. These spots do it all.
Rovi is a restaurant for the future. It serves excellent middle-eastern inspired sharing plates in a beautiful room in Fitzrovia.
Rochelle Bar and Canteen at the Institute of Contemporary Arts on The Mall does simple British cooking at the highest levels.
Trullo is the kind of neighbourhood Italian restaurant you’d find in an actual Italian neighbourhood, and the food is simply fantastic.
Xi’an Impression is a small restaurant in Highbury serving some of the best Chinese food we’ve had. Prepare to dream about the hand-pulled noodles.
Dalston's Sông Quê makes some of the best Vietnamese food in London. Stop by for a casual group dinner or a quick bowl of pho.
The baos are what makes this Taiwanese joint legendary, but the small platers are even better. The queues at Bao are an official Soho landmark.
Darjeeling Express in Soho is the best homestyle Indian cooking you can eat in central London. Hit it for lunch or with a few friends, and book ahead.
The Camberwell Arms is a traditional south London pub, serving great British cuisine during the week and incredible roasts on a Sunday.
Gökyüzü is an all-day, late-night Turkish spot in Harringay. It’s a Green Lanes landmark, and one of London’s best restaurants.
The restaurant group that bought London Roka, Coya, and Zuma (for better or worse) have opened a Greek restaurant in Fitzrovia. And it’s fantastic.
This second Hoppers location in Marylebone serves the same excellent Sri Lankan food as the Soho original, and actually takes reservations.
Ikoyi is a casual fine dining restaurant in St James Market serving a Modern European take on West African cuisine.
Quartieri is an excellent Naples-style pizza in Kilburn, with a spicy diavola pizza that you definitely need to try.
Padella serves brilliant, freshly made pasta at very good prices. If you’re in London Bridge or Borough Market, make this a part of your plan.