Good restaurants in Windsor? Oh, Yes! Windsor is one of the best towns for eating out in Berkshire. We have loads of really good restaurants.
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Last updated: February 2017
- Afternoon Tea in Windsor
- Chinese and East Asian restaurants in Windsor
- Italian and Pizza restaurants in Windsor
- Indian restaurants in Windsor
- Thai restaurants in Windsor
- Japanese restaurants in Windsor
- Mediterranean restaurants in Windsor
- Anglo-French restaurants in Windsor
- North African restaurants in Windsor
- Mexican restaurants in Windsor
- Fish and Seafood Restaurants in Windsor
- Burger Grill and Steakhouse Restaurants
- Further Afield
- Child Friendly Restaurants in Windsor
The Wren Hotel
The Wren on the Bridge does a good high class afternoon tea. The location makes it a great choice if you are bringing friends from out of town and want to show them a fun English experience. Only gripe was a surly waiter on one ocassion a few years ago but I haven’t seen him there in a couple of years now.
For the full British luxury afternoon tea experience, the Castle Hotel on Windsor High Street is most definitely the place to go. It is definitely not a bargain price cuppa, but the comfort levels, high standards of service, and quality of the tea, sandwiches, scones and petit fours make it worth trying afternoon tea at the Castle Hotel.
The Drury House Restaurant
One of the oldest Windsor restaurants, The Drury House on Church Street (the little cobbled street opposite the great big gated entrance to the castle) also does a decent cream tea in a very atmospheric setting. A beautifully preserved Stuart period townhouse and reputedly the former home of Nell Gwynne (actress and Mistress to King Charles II).
This cafe/cake shop opened in 2011 in King Edward’s Court, next door to the Gourmet Burger Kitchen. Despite my abject dissapointment at the lack of french macaroons, this place is serving up a storm of lovely french cakes, creamy delights and as a spot for an indulgent tea with friends, it really is great.
Daniel’s Department Store
They have a little cafe offering frent patisserie favourites. The location is .. well inside a department store, so not everyone’s cup of tea, but hooray, they sell proper parisan macaroons.
Evening Meals in Windsor
Carluccios offers both a deli and restaurant. I know it is a chain, but Antonio is a great cook and has made sure that the restaurants that feature his name live up to his standards. If you want a real treat forget normal coffee and order a ‘bicerin’ instead. This coffee, chocolate and cream drink is just heavenly. They give you three little jugs (one of each of the ingredients) and you get to pour them into the cup yourself, so you can adjust it to your own personal taste. We really liked that.
An excellent new restaurant! The old toy shop on Goswell Hill has been transformed into a modern light airy Italian restaurant with a bit of a buzz about it. We have now eaten here twice (just to double check) and both times have been impressed with the atmosphere, menu, service and above all, great flavours. A huge wood fired pizza oven dominates the open plan kitchen and so pizzas feature large on the menu, but rather than offer a zillion ridiculous flavour combinations they have stuck to a short traditional range of flavours and are knocking them out perfectly every time. In addition there are fish dishes, pasta dishes and meat dishes on the menu and we are happy to report that in the case of the minestrone soup, grilled prawns and mushroom tagliatelle, all were excellent. Lots of families were in and the staff were relaxed, friendly and attentive. This is how a good Italian should be. The cost is perhaps a pound or so more per dish than we might have liked, but this is a minor niggle and we have to say that Sebastian’s is a very welcome addition to Windsor’s restaurant scene. We wish them every success.
In addition, there are a couple of chain pizza places in Windsor including:
Pizza Express – decent pizzas but a bit cramped inside. Pop upstairs and sit at the window.
Zizi’s a few doors down which has a child-friendly policy. Zizi’s is a chain of well priced italian style eateries that generally deliver well on both food and atmosphere.
Best South Asian Restaurant in London and the Home Counties at the 2012 Asian Curry Awards.
Location: 9 Datchet Road is easy to find as it is close to Riverside station. They have a good interior but the cooking is what this restaurant is all about. The Head Chef Ashwani Kumar does some very classy cooking with modern takes on Indian classics. Mango Lounge really is in a class of its own. Each dish was in some way unique, usually through unexpected flavour combinations or the skillful spice blends being employed. Presentation was also excellent. The final bill came to about 20% more than you might expect from a typical Indian meal in a local restaurant, but the quality of the food warranted it and more besides. If you have never eaten here before, I urge you to try the Mango Lounge. I am sure you will like it as much as I did. The ironically named ‘prawn cocktail’ starter is a work of genius.
“The Viceroy is a delight. Great food, attentive staff.” Reviewer – Chris- October 2014
“Really beautifully cooked garlic chicken, consistently delicious food.” Reviewer – Nicola- June 2012
“Lovely curry, good service. I was very happy with the meal and will go again.” – 2011
The Viceroy on St Leonards Rd (at the bottom of Peascod Street) does a great selection of fresh, well spiced Indian food. The staff are great, the prices are reasonable, the decor is light and airy and the Duck Jalfrezi and Dhal are both winners every time. This is one of my favourite Windsor Restaurants.
81, Dedworth Road, Clewer
Pleased to report the Binoy has improved. The staff were very attentive as ever and the bill was, as always, pleasantly small but the food has improved massively and I am now happy to recommend the Binoy on the Dedworth Road as a thoroughly decent place to go for a traditional curry.
Thai Square on the high street near the theatre has been described by our reviewers as the hippest thai in this lovely Berkshire town. They have extended nicely so there are plenty of seats and the decor is thai-chic. The food is great, with good use of authentically thai vegetables.
Thai Place at 12 Thames Street Windsor (01753 842186) in the same building where the Thai Castle used to be. The new restaurant has a funky red, black and white interior”. We ate there once in 2010 and were not impressed.
A branch of Wagamamas noodle bar has opened in the basement of the Harte and Garter. This is a great lunchtime eatery where you get healthy delicious noodle soups, teriyaki and other ‘street food’ style dishes. Seating is solid wood only, no cushions, so it can be a bit hard on the back side.
The Real Greek – A new restaurant at 2 River street. Read our review.
The Green Olive Tapas bar at 10 High Street Windsor is one of a small chain offering greek meze style dishes. Not overly expensive.
Latinos is a Greek taverna right behind the Guildhall at 3 Church Lane. Latinos is a family run restaurant offering standard Taverna fare. Live Bouzouki music on a Friday and Saturday night and a bit of dancing and plate smashing can make is a great party night out.
This tapas bar can be found on the corner of Peascod St and Oxford Road East. We have eaten here three times and each time have been impressed by the welcome and the food. They have done a great job of bringing interesting tasty tapas to Windsor restaurants. We felt the food was first class and the prices thoroughly reasonable. The wine list is surprisingly good and the seafood dishes were cooked just right. Another one we are happy to visit regularly.
A chain tapas eaterie. They announced a major menu revamp in 201, but some friends went recently and didn’t think it was up to much.
Both the big hotels on the High Street (The Harte and Garter and the Castle Hotel do anglo-french cuisine to a high standard.
Stroks restaurant is attached to the Christopher Wren hotel on the bridge. The atmosphere is formal and a bit imposing. The wine cellar is excellent but the food is expensive. Stroks is considered good for theatre goers who want to make an upmarket night of it.
The Boatman (formerly the Riverhouse) is in a great location by the river just downstream from Windsor Bridge. A 2015 refit included a lot of work to bring the kitchen up to spec which sometimes used to suffer when the place got packed on summer weekends. The new menu is full of simple food that everyone will enjoy. We were delighted to see Eton Mess on the desert menu.
Vanilla Bar on Goswell Hill is very cool. A real saturday night out venue for the younger generation. Food is best eaten elsewhere.
The House on the Bridge Riverside Restaurant
closed down (Oct 2012)
Gilbeys is in Eton at 82-83 High Street. A lovely frontage with a strong whiff of Wine Bar about it. Braised Barbary duck leg with girolles, mustard-crust lamb and Quail, mushroom & pistachio rillettes are just three items picked at random from a comprehensive menu of cullinary classics. definitely worth a visit.
Bel and the Dragon is on the Windsor side of the bridge.
The food is usually good although not cheap. We went back to the Bel and Dragon recently and the food was top class. I was particularly pleased with the ‘posh chicken’ which, while being a simple roast chicken and chips was cooked to perfection. Nicola wanted me to also praise their delicious puddings. We went with friends and chose four separate deserts. Each was as good as the next. My one very minor niggle was that they sold only one English Ale, which seems a bit of a betrayal to a building that housed its own micro brewery for most of its long history.
REVIEWERS: Chris and Nicola Brown
We are delighted to say that we have been to the Greene Oak more than ten times and each time have left delighted. This is one of the more out of the way Windsor restaurants, best reached by taxi. The menu itself is enough to get the palate tingling and the aromas that waft from the kitchen only raise the anticipation. Then the food arrives and within a mouthful, smiles all round the table tell you that they have succeeded again.
We went for a meal deal (2 courses for £15.00) at lunchtime. I ordered a ceasar salad that arrived with a perfectly poached egg. The lettuce was crisp and tasty, with plenty of parmisan cheese.
The staff at the Greene Oak have a truly excellent manner with their guests, with a polite informality that is truly warm and welcoming. You genuinely feel that they want you in their restaurant. Portion sizes have never been less than generous and they try to offer free-range & organic produce for a number of dishes. The wine list at the Greene Oak is always full of real gems. The decor is lovely, the toilets are delightfully clean and comfortable (hey these things matter!) and in summer the outdoor eating area is a great place to spend a long afternoon with friends.
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Al Fassia on St Leonards Road has rightly been receiving rave reviews for decades. Pure Moroccan flavours, a very welcoming host (we love you Mustafa) and great value come together in this simple but very fine restaurant. They have a ‘party’ area upstairs that can be booked for groups. The food has never been anything other than top notch and we have eaten there at least ten times over the last few years. My sister comes to visit us on ocassion and generally asks ‘can we go back to that brilliant Moroccan restaurant?’.
Chinese & East Asian restaurants in Windsor
For Chinese food there is an excellent place called the Hong Kong on Alexandra Rd. They have a great menu, excellent chefs and friendly welcome. It is worth hunting down their Crispy Duck which is always wonderful. The staff are lovely and it really is high quality Chinese food.
Nam Kang Korean Restaurant
At 11 Peascod Street, the Nam Kang opened in December 2015 offering authentic Korean cuisine. We finally reviewed it in March 2016 and were utterly delighted by the welcome, the atmosphere and above all the truly delicious food.
The Yangtze chinese restaurant in Windsor offers friendly service and excellent value for money (eat as much as you like buffet) to the theatre crowd as it is just a few doors away from the theatre royal.
If you fancy mexican food, then why not visit Charley’s Horse under the arches at Goswell Hill which advertises itself (somewhat curiously) as the second oldest mexican restaurant in England.
Gourmet Burger Kitchen
Surprisingly good burgers from a New Zealand chain who have set up a few outlets in the UK. They have lovely vanilla milkshakes and huge burgers made with premium ingredients. Definitely worth trying if all your burger experiences so far have been from big fast food chains.
Owned by tv chef Anthony Worrell Thomspon, The Windsor Grill is a good choice if you want to eat steak in Windsor. Steak is pretty much all they do here and they aim to do it very well indeed.
Chain of chicken eateries. A popular choice for families with children.
Excellent Burgers starting from £7.50 but the onion ‘strips’ left me feeling queasy. When you ask for tap water it arrives in a grolsch style flip lidded bottle which is a nice touch. Because it is hidden around the back of the station it is rarely full.
Fish and Seafood Restaurants restaurants in Windsor
The Loch Fyne chain (formerly the Crispin Pub, three miles from town on the Ascot road (A332) at the junction with the B3034). This was a lunchtime trip and overall we were moderately impressed. The atmosphere was nice and airy, quite unlike the dark old pub it had once been. My Gravadlax starter was good enough if perhaps a little sweet for my personal taste. Nicola’s Lobster Bisque was great. We both enjoyed eating these dishes and looked forward to our mains.Service was pleasant enough although perhaps a little inattentive; It took them a couple of minutes to realise that customers who order Lobster Bisque generally prefer to eat it with a spoon.
My whole baked seabass was definitely the highlight of the meal. A generous size of fish, cooked to perfection and served simply with new potatoes. The accompanying veg were ever so slighlty underdone however. Nic’s pan fried squid was cooked very well although the portion size was a little disappointing. The bill was pleasantly manageable due to the pre-christmas special offer of 2 courses for £15.00. We agreed that although there were a few minor failings we would be happy to return to Loch Fyne for lunch sometime soon.
REVIEWERS: Chris and Nicola Brown
55 High Street, Eton, Berkshire SL4 6BL
“I enjoyed my plaice and chips and they had some interesting local beers; yup, very nice.” – REVIEWER: Malcolm July 2015
Restaurants Further Afield
Of course, if you don’t like any of that, there is always Eton, just across the river or Bray village, just down the road where you can find two Michelin Starred Restaurants and a new Italian!
The Crown, Bray High Street
Have never been disappointed by the food at the Crown and there is a good atmosphere is this ancient oak beamed traditional English a Pub.
Phil Boardman is the head chef and gets great reviews. The nice touch at the Riverside is that when you book they reserve both an inside AND an outside table for you so if the weather is good you can sit by the waters edge while you eat.
Picolino in Virginia Water is, as the name implies a great little Italian restaurant.
The Fox and Hounds is A little closer, but still on the edge of The Great Park. Good Gastropub classics and an extensive wine list.
A little further still, the Black Boys Inn in Hurley is now (officially) one of the UK’s best gastropubs.
The Vanilla Pod in Marlow is considered worth a drive by Windsor residents.
The Hand and Flowers (also marlow) is now famously the first ever pub to be awarded 2 Michelin Stars. Chef Tom Kerridge produces some really amazing cooking but on the whole keeps prices sensible. Book in advance!
Or perhaps you are just looking for a take away? We have takeaways in Windsor too.
The following Restaurants have been described by local residents with kids as ‘Child Friendly’.
- Zizi’s Italian Restaurant
- Castle Hotel
- Cafe Rouge
- Don Beni’s