The Best Restaurants in Victoria
Sometimes you’re in the mood for fine dining.
But sometimes, you’re in the mood for really excellent dining.
And if one of those moods happens to strike you when you’re in Victoria – fear not. Because we’ve tirelessly tracked down the greatest dining establishments in the neighbourhood, selflessly sampling every brunch, lunch and dinner for the sake of your tastebuds.
You. Are. Welcome.
Behold our pick of the best restaurants in Victoria…
The Other Naughty Piglet
It’s not often you can say you’re dining out courtesy of Andrew Lloyd Webber. And, to be perfectly honest, it’s still a bit of a stretch here. But, if he hadn’t dined in the original Naughty Piglets in Brixton, he would never have fallen in love with their relaxed, seasonal small plates and low-intervention wine list; he wouldn’t have asked the founders to open a second branch in his new theatre, The Other Palace; and you wouldn’t have somewhere in the neighbourhood to go for XO linguine with cured egg yolk… READ MORE
Details: Open Mon-Sat (dinner only on Mondays) | 12 Palace Street, SW1E 5JA | ££££
Jason Atherton’s latest joint translates as “have you eaten?” – and it’s an important question; because if not, there’s a bevy of chewy, stonebaked pizzas, creamy risottos, and charcuterie-heavy small plates with your name on them. The Italian-via-NY eatery’s perched on a corner of glossy foodie mecca Nova Food, and is also home to a secluded bar upstairs serving negronis and spritzers on tap… READ MORE
Details: Open noon-10.30pm (from 11am weekends) | Hai Cenato, Nova Food, 2 Sir Simon Milton Square, SW1E 5DJ | £££
This palatial Japanese spot is best known for its mezzanine sushi station helmed by some of London’s most celebrated Japanese chefs, its exotic ground floor cocktail bar, and its tasting menu combining miso-marinated salmon and chicken yakitori with sparkling sake… but less known for its convenient proximity to Victoria Station. A fact which you will now happily make use of… READ MORE
Details: Open daily from noon (no service 3-5pm) | 21 Grosvenor Gardens, SW1W 0JW | ££££
Rail House Cafe
The Rail House Café is the third sibling to Soho’s Riding House Café and Bermondsey’s Village East.
And it’s still very much on track.
Another restaurant tucked away within the Nova Food haven, its plush, bohemian surroundings are bolstered by salvaged architectural features, floor to ceiling windows and a gentle clink of activity at the central bar complimenting classic all day dining, from sumptuous brunches to wholesome warm grain salads, steaks, and fresh seafood dishes… READ MORE
Details: Open daily | Rail House Café, Nova Food, 8 Sir Simon Milton Square, SW1E 5DJ | £££
It takes bottle to put your wine list on an equal footing with the food.
But that’s exactly the idea at Lorne, which comes to you from sommelier Katie Exton and chef Peter Hall. The pair first met at Michelin-starred The Square, and between them boast experience at The River Café, Brawn, and San Fran’s triple-starred Benu. And if anyone’s going to do it… READ MORE
Details: Open Mon-Sat (lunch only on Mondays) | 76 Wilton Road, SW1V 1DE | £££
Dragon Inn Club
The Dragon Inn Club.
Unsurprisingly, there’s a lot of fire.
And that fire comes in the form of the searingly spicy Sichuan cuisine they’re serving up in this moodily-lit, dark bamboo dining room, hidden behind an innocuous-looking pub facade. Expect dishes like French corn-fed chicken dressed in chilli oil; vegetable and seafood dim sum; and DIY hotpots – in which the hot is, thankfully, optional. READ MORE
Details: Open Mon-Sat | 16-18 Upper Tachbrook Street, SW1V 1SH | £££
Cambridge Street Kitchen
In a word, Cambridge Street Kitchen is beautiful. In 43 words, it’s a beautiful, Bohemian hideaway tucked down a residential side street in Victoria, in which you can dine on everything from full English breakfasts to delicate tuna tataki, before descending into the low-lit, exposed brick-lined Clarendon Cocktail Cellar for drinks inspired by iconic films… READ MORE
Details: Open daily | 52 Cambridge Street, SW1V 4QQ | £££
Before Timmy Green arrived in Victoria’s shiny new foodie destination Nova Food, we couldn’t help but feel that the area was suffering a distinct lack of Antipodean all-day brunch spots serving vodka-spiked smoothies; poached eggs with halloumi soldiers and balsamic dust; and Melbourne Mars bar cheesecake balls. So it’s a relief that this place exists, to say the least. READ MORE
Details: Open daily, no dinner service on Sundays | Timmy Green, Nova Food, 11 Sir Simon Milton Square, SW1E 5DJ | £££
Sticks ‘n’ Sushi
Sticks ‘n’ Sushi comes to you courtesy of a half-Japanese, half-Danish pair of brothers.
Which essentially means they’re ready to maki their ‘Mark.
And with their fifth London restaurant now open in Nova Food in Victoria, it looks like they’re succeeding. The industrially styled eatery specialises in fresh sushi and sashimi alongside yakitori (grilled skewers); plus there’s a clutch of unusual cocktails like the plum-wine sazerac and the Asagao, which sweetens whiskey with yuzu and Danish liquorice. READ MORE
Details: Open 11am-11pm (10pm Sun & Mon) | Sticks ‘n’ Sushi, Nova Food, 3 Sir Milton Square, SW1E 5EB | £££
If you don’t like making decisions, then you’re not going to like Aster. Firstly, there’s the choice of areas – you can eat inside a private room lined with wine bottles; the mirrored; dusky-pink and duck egg dining room; or – ugh – the sleek, candlelit, al fresco dining terrace perched within Nova Food. Then there’s the food – cooked by Helena Puolakka, it takes on a Nordic-French character, with dishes ranging all the way from traditional smorgasbords to chicken ballotine with wild mushrooms. Luckily, though, the drinks aren’t a problem – because you’re obviously having the Reindeer Old Fashioned. READ MORE
Details: Open daily (no dinner Sunday) | Aster, Nova Food, 150 Victoria Street, SW1E 5LB | ££££
Don’t be fooled by the salad on the Caxton Grill menu – it’s merely a ruse to distract you from the steaks, whole native lobster and roast chicken they’re cooking up in their (and coincidentally one of London’s first) Josper grill. After which, you’ll be free to peruse the al fresco terrace, Bowler Hat in hand (a gin and honey cocktail)…
Just be careful not to tip it. READ MORE
Details: Open daily | 2 Caxton Street, London, SW1H 0QW | £££
Main image: Rail House Café at Nova Food
Spend a lot of time in the area? Then you’ll need our guide to the best bars in Victoria, too