Set right on the bustling Charing Cross Road, Garrick Theatre is a stunning Victorian venue that stages a diverse line-up of drama revivals, musicals and lively cabaret shows. With its location so close to Leicester Square and Soho, you can be sure to find all kinds of enticing restaurants nearby.
To make your decision a little bit easier, we’ve drawn up a definitive list of acclaimed restaurants close to Garrick Theatre, ranging from exotic Asian eateries through to intimate tapas hangouts. Read on to discover the best restaurants near Garrick Theatre.
1. Petit Bistro Book Petit Bistro
French, 220m from Garrick Theatre (3 min walk)
Swap the crowds of Leicester Square for an authentic slice of Paris at Petit Bistro. This charming independent bistro treats diners to a comprehensive tour of French dining, including a rich wine list and selection of champagnes. Indulge in French oysters to start, followed by the signature confit de canard, or the grilled haché burger topped with marinated foie gras. This intimate restaurant close to the Garrick Theatre also has a cosy al fresco area with heaters, perfect for enjoying a cocktail before or after a show.
2. Portrait Restaurant Book Portrait Restaurant
British, 140m from Garrick Theatre (2 min walk)
92-feet high at the top of the National Portrait Gallery, Portrait Restaurant is a stunning restaurant close to Garrick Theatre that offers diners panoramic views of London icons like Big Ben and the London Eye. Pre-theatre menus showcase modern European flavours, with dishes like pickled Baltic herring with cucumber and horseradish dill cream, while indulgent afternoon teas are filled with colourful handcrafted pastries. There is also a selection of English beers and spirits from the bar, along with classic cocktails and fine wines from across the old and new worlds.
3. Copita Book Copita
Spanish, 950m from Garrick Theatre (12 min walk)
A wonderfully social slice of Spanish dining in Soho, Copita is a lively tapas bar that also boasts a massive sherry selection. Winner of a Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2013, the menu is stuffed with modern Spanish flavours, with small plate sharers including goat’s cheese with almonds and honey, black ink croquettes, and rolled rabbit with heritage beetroot. Winning widespread critical acclaim, this is a great choice for relaxed meals before heading to the theatre.
4. Heliot Steak House Book Heliot Steak House
Steaks & Grills, 190m from Garrick Theatre (3 min walk)
Heliot Steak House was voted Best Steak Restaurant in London by Bookatable diners, making it the perfect spot to indulge before or after a show at Garrick Theatre. Overlooking the bustling gaming floor at the iconic Hippodrome Casino, this chic eatery serves succulent USDA steaks with toppings like roast bone marrow, truffle and lobster tail, with pre-theatre menus also serving up modern international flavours, including vegetarian and vegan treats.
5. Beijing Dumpling Book Beijing Dumpling
Chinese, 300m from Garrick Theatre (4 min walk)
In the heart of Chinatown, Beijing Dumpling features an impressive glass facade showcasing talented chefs preparing dumplings with a tremendous selection of mouthwatering fillings. Classic noodle and rice dishes are joined by specialities like pepper salted pork chops, while the drinks menu boasts traditional teas and sugar cane root brews. With a simple interior of wood-panelled walls and intimate low lighting, this is a charming hideaway to enjoy relaxed meals in Soho.
6. Brumus Book Brumus
British, 500m from Garrick Theatre (6 min walk)
Filled with colourful eclectic style, Brumus is a glamorous brasserie inside the Haymarket Hotel with live jazz every Thursday evening. Pre and post-theatre menus are filled with inventive European recipes that showcase the best in British produce, with dishes including Loch Fyne smoked salmon mousse with pickled ginger, wasabi crème fraîche and rye toast. Signature afternoon teas can be enjoyed in the hotel conservatory, or head in after a show at Garrick Theatre for a Mediterranean gin and tonic with a mezze platter for two.
Pre-theatre menu: 3 courses £19.95 per person
7. Busaba Bangkok Thai Book Busaba Bangkok Thai
Thai, 350m from Garrick Theatre (4 min walk)
An exotic restaurant close to Leicester Square, Busaba Bangkok Thai is an intimate, low-lit setting to enjoy traditional delicacies from all across Thailand. Along with aromatic curries, noodle dishes and wholesome soups, there are also modern small plate sharers of Thai tacos and soft shell crab that are perfect for theatregoers looking for a quick bite. Those with a sweet tooth should definitely check out the dessert menu, with treats including gluten-free crème brûlée, and exotic passionfruit mousse.
8. Opium Cocktail & Dim Sum Parlour Book Opium Cocktail & Dim Sum Parlour
Chinese, 450m from Garrick Theatre (6 min walk)
Escape through a secret door entrance into a maze of intimate rooms at Opium Cocktail & Dim Sum Parlour in Soho. Irresistible dim sum platters are filled with treats like lobster or mushroom and truffle dumplings, while the attic room is the place to enjoy speakeasy-style Chinese cocktails made with exotic teas and imported spirits.
9. XU Book XU
Taiwanese, 450m from Garrick Theatre (6 min walk)
With a 1930’s Tapei style throughout, XU is a romantic restaurant to sample authentic Taiwanese cuisine. Start off with shortrib and bone marrow pancakes, before moving on to delicacies like grilled sea bass with pickled chilli, or the signature silken tofu with map sauce. Be sure to try one of the Taiwanese sakes, or ask the in-house tea master to suggest an exotic brew to relax with.
10. Asia de Cuba Book Asia de Cuba
World Fusion, 210m from Garrick Theatre (3 min walk)
Famous for its eclectic décor, expertly mixed mojitos and inspired blend of Asian and Cuban cuisine, Asia de Cuba is a modern Havana hangout inside the St Martins Lane Hotel. Acclaimed creations include shrimp churros with sesame, jalapeños and Thai coconut curry, and the coffee-crusted rib eye steak shiso mojo butter. Be sure to try something from the cocktail list, or enjoy one of the imported rums as a nightcap.
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