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Best places to get dinner in London for under £50 a person

dimkasmir Jun 10, 2012 06:08 PM

I will be staying in London for 4 days next week and am looking for the best places to have dinner. For one of the days I would like something a bit more upscale, so around £40-50 per person, and for the remaining days something more moderate (£25-40). I would really appreciate your recommendations!

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    guyboxer Jun 14, 2012 01:12 PM

    For italian food i would recommend Zucca,in Bermondsey St.I am surprised that it has not been mentioned.

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      rrems Jun 11, 2012 08:29 PM

      Bistro Bruno Loubet in Clerkenwell is wonderful and will easily fit your budget.

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        DavidT Jun 11, 2012 01:46 PM

        The Great Queen Street restaurant (30-32 Great Queen Street, Soho) has been recommended here and elsewhere in the past. I had dinner there for the 1st time Saturday and enjoyed it very much. Most of the entrees are between 10 & 20 pounds and the starters are 5 to 10 pounds.

        The menu is relatively small and changes often. The food is "modern British" with a bit of a Mediterranean influence.

        They also offer 3 or 4 red and white wines in a 375ml. carafe, which is nice when you don't want to take on a full bottle of wine.

        The bill for 2 entrees, 2 starters and a 375ml. carafe of a nice red wine was just over 50 pounds and the food was very good.

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          mjgauer Jun 11, 2012 08:36 AM

          For £50 a head you have a lot of really good mid priced options. I wouldn't neccesarily just stick to South Ken - you are within reach of anywhere in central london.

          Can you give some more detail on what kind of food/ambience you are after? Are there any children in the group? Its worth having a browse over the boards as there are a lot of places to choose from...

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          1. re: mjgauer
            dimkasmir Jun 11, 2012 10:39 AM

            I would prefer French, English, or maybe Mediterranean or Italian food. So generally anything. European; not Indian, Asian, South American... Ambience does not matter too much, although nothing too casual. There is one 17 y/o in the group, but that won't be an issue. Thank you!

            1. re: dimkasmir
              howler Jun 11, 2012 12:09 PM

              err india is very much asia. south asia to be precise.

              1. re: howler
                dimkasmir Jun 11, 2012 12:14 PM

                I realize... I'm just clarifying that I'm not looking for Asian (including India), South American, etc.

              2. re: dimkasmir
                zuriga1 Jun 11, 2012 02:19 PM

                Maybe you'd like to try some good Lebanese food. Some of us are fond of a place called Ishbilia. The food is very nice. It's near Harrod's and easy to get to. If you like French, I'm very fond of Bistrot Bruno Loubet. The food is excellent and reminded me a bit of the SF place near Chinatown's gate downtown. I can't remember the name offhand, but maybe you know it.

            2. Robin Joy Jun 11, 2012 02:17 AM

              More info pls. E.g. Where are you staying? Are you on your own? Where are you coming from? Do your price points include wine? Etc. etc.

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              1. re: Robin Joy
                dimkasmir Jun 11, 2012 02:28 AM

                I am coming from San Francisco with my family of 5 and am staying near South Kensington, although I would appreciate recommendations in other touristy areas of the city as well. It's fine if the price does not include wine. Thanks!

                1. re: dimkasmir
                  Robin Joy Jun 11, 2012 02:50 AM

                  Right in South Ken La Bouchee is pretty good:


                  And if you don't go mad then The Bombay Brassserie should be within budget:



                  I think that in general we might struggle to match SF's Asian or Italian offerings.

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