Wimbledon restaurants that should be on your radar
SW19 may be overwhelmingly associated with strawberries and cream, but there is far more adventurous foodie fare waiting to be discovered in our top ten guide to restaurants in Wimbledon.
Wimbledon restaurants include something for everyone from fine dining, independent restaurants, family brunches to hearty pub grub. Our local writers have checked out some of the best SW19 has to offer in our ultimate round-up to the best Wimbledon restaurants.
This family-run Italian restaurant is a long-term favourite in our guide to Wimbledon restaurants. This year, San Lorenzo is celebrating its 50th birthday, having gained an excellent reputation for fine dining. Its elegant service appeals to both Wimbledon residents and famous faces including tennis greats. Among its loyal returning customers are members of London’s Italian community who come time and time again for fond memories of home. Authentic dishes of fresh pastas, risottos and perfect pizzas can be found on the menu. More often than not finished off with a limoncello or two.
The Alexandra Pub
Putting on a spread of typical British pub fare, the Alex in Wimbledon is your go-to option for decent grub. Go for a homely pie and gravy or a hearty roast to complete your weekend. Aside from British pub food, the menu showcases fresh and seasonal ingredients cooked by talented resident chefs. During the summer months, the bar spills out onto the cobbled streets and Wimbledon fans enjoy celebrating the action in the home of tennis. Take to the roof for a visit to the loft bar where an artful patio makes for a cosy spot to enjoy the summer sunshine.
A much-loved local and independent French restaurant in the heart of Wimbledon Village, the White Onion brings a taste of the Continent to the Wimbledon restaurant scene with dishes such as Wagyu beef bavette and rabbit and pan fried sea bass. Ingredients are locally sourced and are immaculately presented for the ultimate French fine dining experience. In the summer months, light pours in through the large glass windows that look out onto the charming village streets. During the colder months, the French bistro welcomes diners with its hearty French dishes and cosy atmosphere.
The Giggling Squid
This cosy Thai restaurant brings vibrant and colourful plates packed with zingy Thai flavours to the heart of Wimbledon Village. Visitors to the Giggling Squid can enjoy classic Thai dishes in a small plate tapas style or go for generous sharing platters. Main menu options include authentic stir-fries accented with the traditional hint of lemongrass, coconut milk, and warm ginger. The interior of this Wimbledon restaurant adds to the customer experience, with a colour scheme complemented by a pretty floral display.
A stylish dinner option, Wimbledon Village restaurant Black Radish brings together a taste of France with a modern twist. The menu is small and minimalistic like the intimate venue, but certainly packs a punch with adventurous and exotic flavours. Pick from dishes such as duck rillettes on duck fat toast. Foodies can also take delight in the exceptional tasting menu. It offers five courses with dishes featuring the likes of goats curd, duck, and cod, followed by a special chocolate dessert. Menus are based on the best seasonal produce available at the market and are cooked simply but with devotion and care. Black Radish brings a modern contemporary menu to the Wimbledon restaurant scene.
New kid on the block just a stone’s throw from Wimbledon station, Roxie’s speciality is South African cuisine meaning it’s a meaty affair. This Wimbledon restaurant is well located at the bottom of Wimbledon Hill and surrounded by bustling pubs. Carnivores can pick from an array of butcher’s cuts and rest assured that Roxie works with family-run suppliers to source only the best steaks. There is also the option to double up and go for the butcher’s feast. Featuring flat iron, hanger, and pichanha, all this comes with fries, and beef dipping jus. Wash down with a glass of that perfect steak accompaniment, Malbec wine.
Another contender for top of the Thai in Wimbledon is the oh so sleek Patara. The fine dining Wimbledon restaurant serves up a mixture of authentic Thai dishes in a stylish setting. The interior marries clean lines with wooden furnishings which adheres to the minimalist style mirrored in the menu. Top of the dishes on offer include the wild ginger beef. This involves a beef fillet stir-fried with fresh chilli, lemongrass, kaffir lime and green peppercorn, served alongside tender stem broccoli. There is also a great selection of vegetarian dishes.
Known as one of London’s most stylish restaurant brands, The Ivy has been frequented by the city’s well-heeled residents since the turn of the 20th century. In recent years, the restaurant has branched out to the capital’s leafy suburbs. The Wimbledon Village Ivy brasserie is well located on the high street, appealing to both residents and Wimbledon tennis visitors. Service is famously impeccable and the interior boasts a chic Art Deco-esque look. The menu offers a wide selection of cuisine from the Continent and beyond including the absolute classic steak frites with a succulent, grass-fed, prime centre cut, plus they offer private dining upstairs.
Japanese dining meets slick Scandinavian chic at Sticks’n’Sushi, a cosmopolitan restaurant in the heart of SW19. The stylish interior is ultra-modern with Japanese art and glass walls. It offers a fun, vibey night out with great music or cool lunches. The sushi itself is freshly crafted, offering a range of exciting Sushi menu options. Platters feature favourites like tuna tartare served with miso and a delicious ginger or tempura shrimp with miso aioli and chili.
Slightly off the beaten track, Holy Smoke restaurant is worth the venture out of Wimbledon town centre. The décor is simple and discreet like the restaurant itself but don’t be fooled by the stripped back interior – the food is of top quality. Favourites on the menu include the roasted guinea fowl with butter confited shallots and baby carrots. Desert options include a delectable cheese board featuring goats cheese, blu in vinaccia with flatbreads and preserves with white truffle honey.
There are a host of great Wimbledon restaurants to explore. Our editorial team of writers regularly review Wimbledon restaurants in our monthly Wimbledon magazine. If you have a suggestion for our team please email them. See our contact page