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Hattie Lloyd 16/12/18

The Best Chelsea Restaurants

When it comes to finding a good place to eat in SW1…

… you might feel all at ‘sea.

Which is where we hope to nimbly step in, because we’ve picked out the best Chelsea restaurants using a highly sophisticated and complex algorithmic method.

We’re calling it ‘eating’.

So here they are: the best restaurants in Chelsea…


Kahani is the Hindi word for ‘story’. And the story here is that chef Peter Joseph came to England from Chennai many years ago, went from sous to head chef at the Michelin-starred Tamarind; launched their casual spin-off, Tamarind Kitchen; and has now finally launched his own joint, where you can dine on Anglo-Indian fusion like Gressingham duck with tandoori broccoli, and smoked Malabar prawns with Keralan spice.

Details: 1 Wilbraham Place, SW1X 9AE Open 12-3pm and 5.30-10.30pm daily (dinner only on Monday)

Elystan Street

Elystan Street Chelsea Restaurants

Supposedly Phil ‘The Square’ Howard’s ‘last hurrah’ before retirement, Elystan Street is a relaxed fine dining spot set in a soothing, dusk-toned dining room. The dishes are all meticulously arranged and presented, while ingredients appear in unusual guises – from pistachio couscous to melted trotter. And it’s all delicious.

Details: 43 Elystan Street, SW3 3NT Open for lunch & dinner daily


Set in a beautiful townhouse with parquet flooring, pale olive walls and cosy booths separated by rippling glass, Kutir is the second Indian fine dining spot to appear in Chelsea over the past few months. And the neighbourhood’s starting to look spoilt – head here for lauded chef Rohit Ghai’s 24-hour slow cooked lamb rogan josh with an offal ‘cigar’, and dumpling-like lobster bonda…

Details: 10 Lincoln Street, Chelsea, SW3 2TS Open Tues-Sun, 12 – 2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm (10pm Sun)


Chicama - best Chelsea restaurants in West London

Chicama is Chelsea’s own corner of Peru, serving up delicate and colourful Nikkei (Japanese-Peruvian) cuisine in equally colourful and elegant surroundings. Take a perch up at the pink marble dining counter overlooking the open kitchen, or settle in for a long lunch on their al fresco terrace, tucking into popped corn monkfish cheeks and sea bass ceviche.

Details: Open for weekday lunch 12-4pm/weekend brunch 11am-4pm, dinner daily


Shakespeare described the fruits of the medlar as “open-arsed”.

Luckily, the fruits of the chef’s labours here are much more appetising – Franco-Anglo-European techniques applied to fresh, seasonal ingredients. Expect dishes like suckling pork belly with ‘wet’ garlic; and sautéed gnocchi with salsify, Jerusalem artichoke and nasturtium, all served in a pared-back dining room with pop art and quirky lighting.

Details: 438 Kings Road, SW10 0LJ Open daily for lunch and dinner

Ivy Chelsea Garden

The Ivy Chelsea Garden - Chelsea Restaurants

The Ivy Chelsea Garden does exactly what it says on the tin – it’s in Chelsea, most of the tables are ensconced in a romantic secret garden filled with cascading greenery and tinkling fountains… and it’s from The Ivy team, meaning that you can enjoy modern British comfort food and cocktails while you’re there.

Details: 195 -197 King’s Road, SW3 5EQ Open daily 8am (9am Sun) – 12.30am

The Sea, The Sea

The Sea, The Sea is named for Iris Murdoch’s Booker-prize winning novel, and you’ll find it in spacious alleyway just off Sloane Square.  The place is a fishmonger by day as well as a restaurant by night, and the space is genuinely quite impressive, with a brick wall that’s been made into something that actually evokes the sea itself. Oh, and the food is absolutely delicious too.

Details: 174 Pavilion Road, Chelsea, SW1X 0AW

The Fox And Pheasant

The Fox And Pheasant

You’ll find it down a picturesque, pastel-coloured mews; a handsome 17th-Century boozer, owned by none other than James Blunt himself. Blunt and his wife Sofia lived down the road from the pub when – hearing it was at risk of closure (after nearly 170-years in business) –  they decided to take it over themselves. They gave it a little refresh – a lick of olive-coloured paint and a leafy conservatory filled with green leather booths and strings of festoon lighting. Food wise you can expect a mix of mostly British dishes, crafted with seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients, whilst for drinks it’s, well, the usual… to put it bluntly.

Details:  1 Billing Road, Chelsea, London, SW10 9UJ


1771 is a serenely calm space that fits very well in the neighbourhood, with white walls brightened up by postmodern artworks from the likes of Warhol & Lichtenstein, and tables draped in the kind of crisp white linens that the commandments of fine dining demand. But thankfully, any stuffy edges are trimmed away by the bright, friendly staff, and the fluffy pillows lining the banquettes. And the food? Well, the kitchen is run by uberchef Mark Jarvis, and he does not disappoint. Though, it’s worth noting that it’s tasting menus only. 

Details: 18-22 Holbein Place, SW1W 8NL


Set in what feels like an old rustic barn, Rabbit is the follow-up to The Shed in Notting Hill (and pre-cursor to Battersea’s Nutbourne). Like its siblings, it’s run by the Gladwin brothers – who pull produce directly from their family farm to put together a daily changing menu of sharing plates, like veal twig with pineapple weed. You know, the usual.

Details: 172 Kings Road, SW3 4UP Open for Monday dinner (6-11pm), Tues-Sun 12pm-12am, and Sunday lunch 12-5pm


Last Updated: May 2022

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