Where to Eat Near Leicester Square

Let’s face it, Leicester Square is a tough area when it comes to restaurants. Filled with chains and grab and go spots, it can be tricky to find a good place to eat before seeing a film or going to a show. To make the search as painless as possible I’ve put together a list of the top restaurants within walking distance of Leicester Square for you! I’ve noticed posting on Instagram and tagging the restaurants in them has gained me a larger following, maybe if I continue promoting places I’ll get as large a following as danielle bregoli!

Brasserie Zedel (French Brasserie)

 

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The grandest, most affordable Parisian brasserie there is, Brasserie Zedel is a beautiful spot for dinner just a few minutes walk from Leicester Square. Step inside and head down the stairs to find yourself in a gorgeous art-deco inspired dining room. The food is also fantastic, with a varied menu so that there is something for everyone – even the fussiest of eaters. The prix-fixe menu is astonishing – two courses for £10.50 and three courses for £13.75 – you can’t beat it.

The Ivy (British)

 

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An iconic establishment in London’s dining scene, The Ivy has a glowing reputation for serving seasonal British classics in glamorous surrounds. The Ivy has expanded to quite a few locations in the UK but has done well at ensuring each one feels special and unique. This particular Ivy also has a number of theatre packages where you can buy tickets to a show with the pre-theatre menu. Check it out here!

Tandoor Chop House (Indian)

 

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Blending Northern Indian cuisine with classic British meats, Tandoor Chop House is a great spot to try something new with a group of friends. What sounds better than hearty, smokey prime cuts of meat fresh out of the tandoor oven covered with Indian spices and marinades?

Pho & Bun (Vietnamese)

 

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If you’re on the lookout for affordable and authentic Vietnamese food, look no further than Pho & Bun! You will feel as though you have stepped into a quaint little restaurant in Vietnam. Pho and bao buns are the name of the game here, and these guys serve up some of the best in London.

XU (Taiwanese)

 

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From the team who brought BAO to London, XU Teahouse & Restaurant takes inspiration from the luxury dining rooms of 1930s Taipei and will take you on a unique journey into Taiwanese culture. If you love Chinese and Taiwanese cuisines, you will love some of the unique dishes on the menu like the poached goose; char siu Berkshire pork; chilli egg drop crab and salmon roe; and the Taiwanese 16 spice fried pig tails.

Kanada Ya (Japanese)

 

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If you want a steaming hot bowl of warming ramen, look no further than Kanada Ya but beware, there is quite often a queue at this authentic tonkotsu ramen joint, which is really just a testament to its greatness. With nine different ramen options to choose from + a variety of small plates, its a great spot to head for a cheap and cheerful lunch or dinner. The truffle ramen sounds particularly amazing – pork bone broth, chashu pork collar, spring onion, porcini truffle paste, white truffle oil and seaweed. Ahhh just think of how heavenly the truffle smells.

Duck & Waffle Local (British)

 

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The fast-casual little sister to its elevated counterpart in the City, Duck & Waffle Local serves up, well its iconic dish Duck & Waffle, alongside small and larger plates perfect for sharing at an affordable price point. They also have a great happy hour Monday – Friday from 5-8pm with £5 cocktails, £4 wines and beer on tap and £2 bar snacks – perfect for if you want a small bite to eat and a drink before your film or show!

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