OpenTable names 2021’s top 100 restaurants in the UK based on diner reviews

  • London restaurants dominate the Top 100 list with 63% of spots taken by restaurants in the capital
  • British cuisine comes out on top, making up 16% of this year’s restaurant list, followed by Modern European (10%) and Steak and Steakhouses (10%)
  • The Top 100 list* is compiled from more than 960,000 verified OpenTable diner reviews from more than 6,200 restaurants the UK


LONDON, UK – 2nd December 2021: OpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, marks another year of world class dining by releasing its annual list of the top 100 restaurants in the UK, based on nearly one million reviews left by verified diners. The top 100 covers a wide range of cuisines in locations across the UK, from Preuvian restaurant COYA Mayfair in London, to Pan-Asian restaurant Sohe in Newcastle Upon Tyne. 

Following from 2019, British food (16%) continues to be the most highly represented cuisine in the top 100 above its main competitor, Modern European (10%), as diners enjoy tastes from closer to home. Both categories have however seen a slight drop since before the pandemic, making the way for a new competitor, Steaks and Steakhouses (10%).

Diners in London looking for top-notch restaurants are in luck, with 63% of the top 100 being found in the capital. Although London represents the majority of the list, it has seen a 14% drop since 2019, with areas like Manchester and Greater Manchester (5%), and Liverpool and Merseyside (5%) seeing  representation from restaurants, including Hispi and Wreckfish, represented on the list.

David Hamilton, District Director, EMEA, OpenTable commented: “After the pandemic prompting a year’s hiatus of our Top 100 list, we are very pleased to be able to once again share a selection of our customer’s favourite restaurants. Our diners’ reviews are an important part of the service we provide at OpenTable, enabling customers to give authentic feedback on their dining experience.

“This year’s reviews continue to highlight that London is a hotspot for a fantastic selection of restaurants. British restaurants continue to champion the competition for our diners’ favourite cuisine, although we are starting to see a rise in Modern European and Steaks and Steakhouses, showcasing the brilliant breadth of restaurants on offer across both the capital, and the rest of the UK.”

The complete Top 100 list can be viewed here and below.


List of the UK’s top 100 restaurants 2021 in alphabetical order:

Restaurant Restaurant Cuisine Location
215 Kitchen & Drinks Contemporary British Oxford
Afternoon Tea at Mad Dogs & Englishmen English Leigh-on-Sea
Andrew Edmunds Modern European London
Berts Jazz Bar Bistro Belfast
Bistro Union British London
Blacklock City Steak London
Blacklock Shoreditch Steak London
Brawn European London
Bright Modern European London
Bucks Bar American Glasgow
Burnt Truffle Bistro Heswall
Cafe 1 Scottish Inverness
Cambio de Tercio Spanish London
Casa italia Pizzeria Liverpool
Cecconi’s Italian London
Cento Uno Pizzeria Surbiton
Chakana Peruvian Birmingham
CHIMICHURRIS Argentinian London
Churrasco Steakhouse Steakhouse Liverpool
Claude Bosi at Bibendum French London
Clipstone Modern European London
Coal Office Mediterranean London
CORE by Clare Smyth British London
COYA Mayfair Peruvian London
Cubé Mayfair Japanese London
CUT at 45 Park Lane Steak London
Daphne’s Italian London
Dean Street Townhouse British London
Dinings SW3 Japanese London
El Bar de Tapas Spanish Hertfordshire
Fig & Thistle Bistro International Inverness
Frederick’s British London
Frog by Adam Handling British London
Gold Notting Hill European London
Good Earth – Wandsworth Common Chinese London
Harry’s Dolce Vita Italian London
Harry’s Restaurant Comfort Food Exeter
Harwood Arms Gastro Pub London
Hawksmoor Air Street Steakhouse London
Hawksmoor Borough Steakhouse London
Hawksmoor Guildhall Steakhouse London
Hawksmoor Knightsbridge Steakhouse London
Hawksmoor Manchester Steakhouse Manchester
Hawksmoor Seven Dials Steakhouse London
Hawksmoor Spitalfields British London
Hispi Bistro Manchester
Il Portico Italian London
Ivy Asia, Spinningfields Contemporary Asian Manchester
Jolene Bakery British London
Kala Bistro Manchester
Medlar Modern European London
Mere European London
Michael Wan’s Mandarin Chinese Blackpool
Michael Wan’s Wok Inn Pan-Asian Blackpool
Minster Inn Pizza Bar York
Morso Kensal Rise Italian London
No. 97 Modern European Surbiton
Number 11 Market Place Tex-Mex Whitehaven
Odette’s Restaurant British London
Ognisko Polish London
One One Four Modern European Teddington
Peace and Loaf Restaurant British Newcastle upon Tyne
Perilla Modern European London
Petrus — Gordon Ramsay French London
Piña Mexican Sheffield
Pinion Bistro Prescot
Saltwater Fish Company Seafood Newcastle upon Tyne
Scott’s Restaurant Seafood London
Skyline Lounge Scottish Edinburgh
Smiths Restaurant Wapping Seafood London
Sohe Pan-Asian Newcastle upon Tyne
Sotirio’s Bar and Restaurant International Folkestone
St. John British London
St. John Bread and Wine British London
Sticky Walnut Bistro Chester
Stones Restaurant Matlock British Matlock
Sushi Murasaki Sushi London
Tanakatsu Japanese London
The Atlas Pub Gastro Pub London
The Britannia Richmond Gastro Pub Richmond
The Broad Chare British Newcastle upon Tyne
The Elephant Restaurant Modern European Torquay
The Fox & Hounds Gastro Pub London
The Fox & Pheasant Gastro Pub London
The French Table Modern European Surbiton
The Greyhound Pub & Dining British Beaconsfield
The Melusine Seafood London
The Poet at Matfield British Matfield
The Quality Chop House British London
The Restaurant at The Refuge Global, International Manchester
The Swan Pub Gastro Pub London
The Westwood Restaurant, Beverley English Beverley
The White Onion French London
The Wolseley European London
Trinity European London
Westerns Laundry Modern European London
Wreckfish Bistro Liverpool
Zafferano Restaurant Italian London
Zaks – Mousehold American Norwich



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Notes to Editors:

*The top 100 restaurants 2021 list is generated from more than 960,000 reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners in the past year.



The top 100 restaurants 2021 list is generated from more than 960,000 reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners in the past year. All restaurants with a minimum number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants are sorted according to an overall score, which takes into account a number of criteria including each restaurant’s average rating, along with that restaurant’s rating relative to others in the same metropolitan area and the average number of restaurants reviewed by diners who reviewed that restaurant.



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