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London, a city bursting at the seams with culinary diversity, has a rather special place in its gastronomic heart for the rich tapestry of American fare. Beyond the realms of the fast-food stereotype, our capital plays host to a smorgasbord of high-end American restaurants, each singing the praises of the transatlantic nation’s broad and tantalising palate. So, whether you’re toasting to Independence Day, paying homage to Thanksgiving, or simply satiating an appetite for all things American, your taste buds are in for a treat.

Join us as we venture on a gastronomic journey through the top 10 American eateries in London, each offering an elegant fusion of traditional American fare with contemporary flair. From the comforting, soulful flavours of the Deep South to refined New York-style steakhouses, and from vibrant Californian dishes to London’s answer to Chicago‘s renowned deep-dish pizza – this is a food journey of epic proportions.

Each of these establishments embodies not just the flavours, but also the spirit of the US. With interiors ranging from the nostalgia-inducing decor to modern minimalism, they are all bound by a shared mission: to offer a dining experience that’s as memorable as it is indulgent, wrapped in the warm embrace of American hospitality. Buckle up and let’s embark on a sumptuous sojourn across the pond as we discover the best American restaurants in London.

The Maine Mayfair

The Maine Mayfair

Situated in Mayfair, The Maine offers a unique blend of old-world British elegance, New England splendour and subterranean allure. Nestled within the historic stables of 20 Hanover Square, now transformed into the Medici Courtyard, Canadian restaurateur Joey Ghazal has reimagined this classic townhouse into an enthralling dining venue across three levels, complete with a live jazz stage.

Step back in time to an era of high society, jazz clubs, and garden square soirées, evoking the quintessence of early 20th-century Mayfair. The dimly lit basement with its cosy banquettes and stage, hosts a vibrant jazz band, offering an unforgettable dinner soundtrack.

Indulge in The Maine’s rich menu, which includes martinis, champagne, exceptional oysters, and succulent steaks. Don’t miss their decadent lobster roll and a perfectly cooked steak paired with fluffy chips. Each dish is a testament to The Maine’s commitment to excellence, capturing the promised elegance, extravagance, and decadence in every bite.

Address: 6 Medici Court, London W1S 1JY
Website: themainemayfair.com

Smokestak restaurant
Smokestak

SMOKESTAK, Shoreditch

Just a stone’s throw from Shoreditch station, SMOKESTAK is an industrial-chic BBQ smokehouse that’s a haven for food lovers. The enticing aromas of smoked delicacies and the buzzing atmosphere give it a unique charm that’s delightfully alluring.

At SMOKESTAK, the star of the show is undoubtedly their feasting menu. This all-American spread will tantalise your taste buds with dishes like bone marrow flatbread, succulent pork belly rib, and melt-in-your-mouth beef brisket. Each dish, smoked to perfection, unfolds layers of rich, smoky flavours. And to round off this sumptuous meal, don’t forget to indulge in their delectable sticky toffee pudding.

Dive into this offbeat gem that delivers some of the finest BBQ dishes London has to offer, and experience the hip and exciting vibe that SMOKESTAK radiates.

Address: 35 Sclater Street, London E1 6LB
Website: smokestak.co.uk

SOLA Soho
SOLA

SOLA, Soho

SOLA, nestled in the heart of Soho, invites you to experience the flavours of California’s Pacific West Coast, right in the centre of London. The brainchild of Victor Garvey, SOLA provides an intimate dining space, adorned with verdant greenery and sculptural lighting, emulating the balmy charm of the Golden State.

This Michelin Star and 3 AA Rosette-winning establishment offers a departure from the conventional Californian fare. Instead, the menu encompasses an array of sophisticated dishes, from à la carte selections to a five-course prix fixe, and even an elaborate 12-dish degustation.

Paired with the culinary offerings, SOLA’s wine list, thoughtfully curated by Zeren Wilson, transports you to California’s revered wine regions. Notable inclusions are the American Albariño from Ferdinand in Lodi. With its innovative cuisine and striking presentation, SOLA is a shining beacon in London’s dining scene, delivering an unmatched Californian dining experience.

Address: 64 Dean Street, London W1D 4QQ
Website: solasoho.com

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Malibu Kitchen at the Ned, pancakes
Malibu Kitchen at The Ned

Malibu Kitchen at The Ned, City of London

Bringing a slice of California’s sun-soaked cuisine to London, Malibu Kitchen graces The Ned, the City’s grand hotel and dining complex. This compact, yet cosy corner offers an inviting atmosphere with communal tables, intimate booths, and a semi-open kitchen where guests can observe the culinary magic unfold.

Malibu Kitchen’s menu showcases health-focused Californian fare, bursting with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. It strikes a balance between the vibrant energy of the Mediterranean and the laid-back vibes of the American West Coast. Start your day right with wholesome breakfasts like a vibrant acai bowl or delightful turmeric pancakes topped with banana and almond butter.

The a la carte selection, divided into ‘first bites’, ‘raw and cured’, ‘vegetables, seeds and grains’, and ‘fish and meat’, tempts you to explore and mix-and-match. Choose from refreshing dishes such as sea bass ceviche, miso-glazed scallops or a more indulgent cheeseburger served in a potato bun. Every Tuesday from 5pm, the Taco Tuesdays offer gives a side dish, dessert and cocktail, along with two tacos for just £39.

Address: The Ned City of London, 27 Poultry, London EC2R 8AJ
Website: thened.com

CUT at 45 Park Lane
CUT at 45 Park Lane

CUT at 45 Park Lane, Mayfair

CUT at 45 Park Lane provides an opulent dining experience with international chef Wolfgang Puck at its helm. The restaurant’s boutique charm combined with grandeur makes it an ideal destination for celebrating special occasions.

The menu, curated by Executive Chef Elliott Grover and Puck, features an impressive array of options. From delicious bread assortments to a wide selection of steak cuts and seafood options such as jumbo tiger prawns, there is something to suit every palate. Vegetarian options, like the delectable white truffle pappardelle, are also thoughtfully included.

The extensive wine list is a delight for connoisseurs. For dessert lovers, the choices range from classics like tiramisu to more unique offerings like the indulgent Granny Smith apple and cinnamon crumble. CUT promises a memorable culinary journey, leaving diners eager to return.

Address: 45 Park Lane, London W1K 1PN
Website: dorchestercollection.com

Smith & Wollensky
Smith & Wollensky

Smith & Wollensky, Embankment

Smith & Wollensky, the celebrated New York steakhouse, has brought its culinary prowess to London, delivering prime cuts in the heart of the city. This renowned eatery, which derives its name from two randomly chosen entries in a phone directory, found its home in the Adelphi Building near the Savoy Hotel in 2015.

It is the only steakhouse in London offering USDA prime steak, butchered and dry-aged on-site, a testament to its commitment to quality and authenticity. Besides the famed American beef, the restaurant also proudly features select cuts from Britain and Ireland. This blend of international flavours is served within a stylishly appointed two-storey venue.

Despite the generous portions that include some of the city’s largest steaks and a range of other sizeable dishes, it is worth noting that prices reflect this culinary largesse. The dining experience at Smith & Wollensky, however, is undeniably unique and unparalleled.

Address: The Adelphi Building, 1-11 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6HT
Website: smithandwollensky.co.uk

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Christopher's
Christopher’s

Christoper’s, Covent Garden

Christopher’s is housed in a lavish Grade II-listed Victorian building, a testament to its grandeur and long-standing presence in the city. The restaurant celebrated its 25th year in 2016, assuring diners of its experience and culinary prowess. Their menu is extensive, brimming with delicious-sounding dishes, from main courses to delightful desserts.

Main course specialties include the Ibérico chop served with creamed corn and Boston baked beans, slow-cooked pork belly, Maryland crab cakes, prime steaks from Australia, Scotland, and the US, and sumptuous Maine lobsters. For lighter fare, the fresh salmon carpaccio with a zingy key lime dressing and tequila is a standout.

Sweet treats are equally tempting. Tarts come in caramel, peanut butter, and chocolate flavours, alongside the classic New York cheesecake and espresso ice cream. Besides their regular offerings, Christopher’s also serves an excellent brunch menu. Paired with their commendable service and a selection of great cocktails, the overall dining experience at Christopher’s is unquestionably excellent.

Address: 18 Wellington Street, London WC2E 7DD
Website: christophersgrill.com

The Colony Grill Room
The Colony Grill Room

The Colony Grill Room, Mayfair

The Colony Grill Room, styled as a New York-style grill room, offers a timeless menu of transatlantic favourites, salads, crustacea, and steaks. With its old-world glamour, it’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, providing an excellent meal experience for guests who value comfort and luxury.

They offer the perfect semi-private table for large parties of eight to ten people, opposite their ‘wine wall’. Two three-course feasting menus are provided, featuring dishes for the entire table to share in a ‘family-style’ arrangement. One menu is centred around Grilled Tomahawks, and the other around Grilled Turbot, complemented by fine wines from their expansive wine list.

For wine enthusiasts, their ‘Wine Discovery Flights’ offer the opportunity to discover unfamiliar grape sensations. This includes a flight of four wines served blind, chosen to match your taste preferences and dishes ordered. If you correctly guess all the wines, your wine flight is complimentary! While they do not enforce a strict dress code, they do expect guests to dress smartly.

Address: 8 Balderton Street, London W1K 6TF
Website: colonygrillroom.com

Japes chicago deep dish pizzas
Japes

Japes, Soho and Greenwich

Nestled in the heart of London, Japes brings you a slice of Chicago with its exclusive offering of deep-dish pizzas – the first and only place to do so in London, mind you! With its prime locations in Soho and Greenwich, Japes is always abuzz, teeming with food enthusiasts seeking a unique pizza experience.

Glancing over their menu, you’ll see a delicious spread of starters, sides, and recently added burgers. But let’s not kid ourselves, their deep-dish pizzas steal the limelight every time. Take the Margherita, for instance. This is a pizza that’s not just a feast for your palate, but a treat for your eyes too, with its saucy, cheesy, Instagram-worthy appeal.

At Japes, dining isn’t merely about eating; it’s an indulgence, a dance of flavours, a symphony of taste. Picture this: a golden crust laden with high-quality Italian mozzarella, cloaked under a layer of their secret homemade tomato sauce. This slowly cooked, juicy, cheesy delight leaves an unforgettable taste. With Japes, you’re not just biting into a pizza, but an experience.

Soho address: 22-25 Dean Street, London W1D 3RY
Greenwich address: 15 Nelson Road, London SE10 9JB
Website: japes.uk

POTUS Bar & Restaurant
POTUS Bar & Restaurant

POTUS Bar & Restaurant, Embankment

POTUS, a stylish eatery located in the Hyatt Regency London Albert Embankment, pays homage to the US Presidency while celebrating Anglo-American culinary ties. Its sophisticated ambience, furnished in deep hues, invites you to indulge in a culinary exploration that goes beyond clichéd American cuisine. The drinks at the central bar are a clever tribute to past and present Presidential preferences.

The menu marries UK and US gastronomic classics with a modern twist. Dishes like pan-seared scallops, creamy mac ‘n’ cheese, and a vegan-friendly grilled cauliflower steak cater to diverse palates. Meat aficionados can opt for teriyaki pork ribs or a ribeye steak from the grill section.

The POTUS dining experience ends on a sweet note with a daily-changing pudding trolley. Whether it’s peanut butter chocolate fudge or tropical fruit salad with sorbet, there’s a delightful finale waiting for every guest. It’s a culinary nod to the special transatlantic relationship, served with a side of history.

Address: Hyatt Regency London Albert Embankment, 10 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7SP
Website: potuslondon.com

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