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The Cheapest Michelin Star Restaurants In London

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Eating wonderful food is one of life’s great pleasures. That’s what the Michelin Star represents: it directs you to restaurants that serve truly memorable dishes. And while this experience can sometimes prove expensive, especially in the capital, there are thankfully a great number of Starred restaurants who go out of their way to offer more affordable ways to enjoy their fabulous cooking. Often the trick to less expensive Star dining is to look out for lunch and early evening menus, but some restaurants offer great value options for dinner too. Here's our list of the cheapest Michelin-Starred restaurants in London.
Updated on 07 February 2024
Halkin Arcade, 19 Motcomb Street, Belgravia, SW1X 8JT London
£££ · Indian

One of four Starred Indian restaurants in London that offer brilliant value for money, Amaya is proof that Indian cuisine should be your go-to for wallet-friendly dining. The cooking comes with clearly defined, well-balanced flavours and a strong level of consistency. The platter-style options for both lunch and dinner showcase a range of dishes – like black pepper chicken tikka – all at a highly appealing price tag.

Lunch Platter, Mon-Fri – £35
Sharing Menu (min. 2 people), Dinner Every Night – £55

12a Berkeley Square, Mayfair, W1J 6BS London
££££ · Indian

India’s spiritual capital lends its name to this Berkeley Square institution. The place certainly heralds a sense of occasion as you arrive, heading upstairs past a pool to the spacious, brightly lit restaurant. The cooking shows a strong balance between originality and tradition, always respecting the origins of the cuisine. The best value comes at lunch and before 6.30pm for dinner. If you’re after something lighter, 2 courses cost just £35.

3 Courses, Mon-Sat Lunch & Early Evening – £43

3 Great Titchfield Street, Regent’s Park and Marylebone, W1W 8AX London
£££ · African

When it gained its first Michelin Star at the 2024 Ceremony, Chishuru also became one of the cheapest Starred restaurants in the capital. The 4 course lunch menu is a great value way to experience the confidently judged, well-balanced and frankly delicious cooking that the Inspectors love so much. Just be careful when planning your visit, as the restaurant is only open on weekdays.

4 Courses, Mon-Fri Lunch – £40

Dysart Petersham
135 Petersham Road, Richmond-Upon-Thames, TW10 7AA London
£££ · Modern Cuisine

Named after the family who once lived in nearby Ham House, the Dysart is an undeniably beautiful building, where period features like leaded windows and flagstone floors blend with more contemporary design elements. There’s even room for an antique grand piano, which comes into its own during dinner and concert evenings. The cooking pushes seasonal produce to the fore, with the ‘Garden Menu’ the most affordable offering.

3 Courses, Thurs-Fri Lunch & Weds-Thurs Dinner – £45

Galvin La Chapelle
35 Spital Square, Tower Hamlets, E1 6DY London
£££ · French

This characterful red-brick former school is surrounded by the financial district’s modern, glass-fronted towers, so there’s always a strong corporate contingent dining here during the week. Run by brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin, the cooking here is unashamedly classic in style and underpinned by time-honoured signature dishes. The building’s original Victorian features blend with linen covered tables to make for a brasserie de luxe feel.

3 Courses, All Opening Hours – £49

Kitchen W8
11-13 Abingdon Road, Kensington, W8 6AH London
£££ · Modern Cuisine

This proudly run neighbourhood restaurant’s versatility knows no bounds. It’s the type of place that’s equally suited to a swift lunch whilst out shopping as to a romantic dinner for two. Ingredients are well-sourced, and dishes deliver balance and depth; this is the kind of cooking you want to sit back and savour. Once you add in the great value set menu, it’s pretty hard to beat as an all-round package.

3 Courses, Mon-Sat Lunch & Mon-Fri Early Evening – £34.50

88 St John Street, Clerkenwell, EC1M 4EH London
£££ · Italian

The tastes of Italy meet the finest British produce at this well-run restaurant, where the cooking is balanced, flavoursome and skilfully judged. While the à la carte may suggest you’re in for an expensive visit, the ‘Bar Express’ lunch menu – served up at the bar or in one of their elegant booths – offers exceptional value. Dishes might include fried Jerusalem artichoke, roast coppa or a tiramisu for dessert.

3 Courses, Tues-Sat Lunch – £30

35-37 Heddon Street, Mayfair, W1B 4BR London
££ · Spanish

This fun, engaging Spanish restaurant is split over two floors, each with its own menu and approach. The upstairs El Asador showcases dishes from the ‘asador’ wood-fired oven, while The Counter is home to a tapas menu with influences from all over Spain. As is often the case with tapas, some judicious ordering can result in a great value experience – just try to refrain from ordering a whole suckling pig.

Tapas À La Carte, All Opening Hours – £53.35 (average price)

26 St. John Street, Clerkenwell, EC1M 4AY London
£££ · Traditional British

Natural, ‘proper’ food is the order of the day here. Founder Fergus Henderson’s nose-to-tail ethos, combined with minimalist white décor and a general lack of pretension, has influenced a generation of unfussy restaurants. Ingredients like tripe, bone marrow and all manner of offal populate the gutsy, generous dishes offered at appealing prices. This is a no-frills dining experience powered by real quality cooking.

3 Course À La Carte, All Opening Hours 
£51.50 (average price)

The Ninth
22 Charlotte Street, Bloomsbury, W1T 2NB London
£££ · Mediterranean Cuisine

Few restaurants feel more ‘London’ than The Ninth. It’s a busy place, with a buzzing atmosphere and bold, confident cooking. Top ingredients bring plenty of flavour, in dishes that showcase well-judged contrasts and skilled preparation. The menu typically involves sharing, but their set lunch offers a straightforward 3 course option at a fraction of the usual price.

3 Courses, Mon-Sat Lunch – £35

15-17 Blandford Street, Regent’s Park and Marylebone, W1U 3DG London
££ · Indian

The area often referred to now as ‘Marylebone Village’ is home to this lively and enthusiastically run Indian restaurant, which has a real neighbourhood feel. Focusing on the cuisine of southwest India, the menu offers a great combination of old favourites and more contemporary dishes, and ranges from re-imagined street food to more sophisticated offerings. Vegans and vegetarians are well catered for too.

3 Courses, Lunch & Early Evening Every Day – £40

Victory House, 99 Regent Street, Mayfair, W1B 4RS London
£££ · Indian

Pitched at the city centre’s tiring shoppers, the weekend lunch deal at Veeraswamy is a must for fans of Indian cooking. Not only is this officially the oldest Indian restaurant in the UK, but it’s also one of the best. Unlike with many lunch menus, diners are not restricted in their choice, instead having a full array of dishes to pick from. There is a notable amount of skill on display across the varied dishes, plus some fine British produce.

3 Courses, Sat-Sun Lunch – £45
À La Carte (Starter, Main, Rice & Dhal), All Opening Hours – £51.50 (average price)

Wild Honey St James
8 Pall Mall, St James’s, SW1Y 5NG London
£££ · Modern British

Anthony Demetre’s original Wild Honey was greatly missed when it closed, so there was a great sense of joy and anticipation when he agreed to re-locate to this larger space within the Sofitel London St James Hotel. The space is stylish and atmospheric, with cooking that is perfectly pitched to enhance the experience, and the focus is – in equal parts – on the ingredients, the preparation and the flavours.

3 Courses, Weds-Fri Lunch & Tues-Sat Early Evening – £45

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