The Tastiest Restaurants In Kingston upon Thames Revealed 2023

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No matter if you’re looking for a casual joint to grab a filling breakfast, a post-campus spot to catch up over lunch with friends, or somewhere to enjoy a delicious dinner, there’s restaurants on every corner of this stunning market town situated on the banks of the River Thames. 

If you’re studying in Kingston upon Thames, you’re never short of choice when it comes to eating out, but deciding where the best places are can be a challenge.

To help you out, we’ve put together this guide of the tastiest restaurants in Kingston so you can experience the best flavours of the country’s oldest Royal Borough.

Carry on reading as we reveal the top Kingston upon Thames restaurants in 2023! 

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1. 36 Streets 

For the best modern Vietnamese cuisine this side of London, you’ll want to check out 36 Streets. 

This hidden gem is located inside the Griffin Centre, just off from Market Street with a menu which is bound to get your stomach rumbling. 

Famous for their hearty bowls of Vietnamese noodle soups, there’s plenty of hearty bowls of pho to choose from, along with rice dishes, wok fried noodles, bun tron, spring rolls and tons more. 

If you’re after healthy, nutritious and tasty food, then don’t shy away from 36 Streets, they’re even on Deliveroo if you want to order straight to your student home. 



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Address: 6, Griffin Centre, Market Pl, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1JT

2. Comptoir Libanais

Are you keen to discover the vibrant flavours of Lebanon? Comptoir Libanais is an eatery you won’t want to shy away from. 

Located on Kingston’s Riverside Walk, this vibrant restaurant has a menu featuring an array of delicious Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine. 

If you’re eating out with friends then their Mezze Platters are ideal for sharing with others, and they also have delicious plates like lamb kofta rolls, falafel wrap platters, Baba Ghanuj and so much more. 

Stepping inside this restaurant feels like you’ve been transported to Marakech with beautiful interiors and a riverside view that is second to none. 

Wanting to enjoy from the comfort of your student flat? They’re on JustEat so make sure to place an order. 


Address: 2A Riverside Walk, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1QN

3. Giggling Squid 

Giggling Squid is an award winning restaurant in the heart of Kingston upon Thames specialising in Thai cuisine. 

The food here is expertly crafted by Thai chefs so you’re guaranteed an authentic taste of Thailand, whether you work your way through their tapas plates, their giggling pad Thai, Thai red curry or even their sticky chicken. 

Situated a stone’s throw from the River Thames, this restaurant is kitted out in stunning interiors so you can enjoy some Thai staples in a fantastic atmosphere. 

The premium cocktails on offer here are well worth trying to, with Thai-espresso Martinis, Thai Sabai, and Thai Bella Binini’s on the menu to sample just a few! 



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Address: 19 High St, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1LL

4. Chakra Indian Restaurant Kingston Riverside

For a truly unique dining experience in Kingston, Chakra Indian Restaurant is a must-visit.

At this multi-award winning restaurant, you can expect exciting traditional Indian flavours paired with beautiful interiors as well as a relaxing atmosphere. 

It gets better, you can even indulge in their tasty plates within the alfresco terrace which overlooks the riverside – could you really ask for much more?!

When it comes to what to order, they have Indian grill dishes on the menu here like Afghani Chicken, as well as popular dishes like Old Delhi Butter Chicken, Saffron Pulao and Lucknowi Samosa Chaat. 

To browse the full menu and get your taste buds tingling, head to the official website, or just head on down and try it for yourself! 


Address: Bishops Palace House, 1 Riverside Walk, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1QN

5. Terra Mia 

For mouth-watering and authentic Italian cuisine, look no further than Terra Mia.

Situated on London Road, this family-run restaurant has been a part of the Kingston upon Thames food scene for over 25 years, and is repeatedly ranked by locals and students as a great place to eat and drink. 

There’s plenty of freshly cooked traditional Italian dishes on the menu so no matter if you’re after antipasti, pizza or pasta, there’s something to satisfy any appetite here. 

With a calming and relaxing atmosphere, Terra Mia is a great spot to venture to with your friends for a post-study meal, or when you’re not feeling like cooking!

Don’t just listen to us though, go and check out the plethora of tasty food on offer for yourself. 



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Address: 138 London Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6QJ

6. Stein’s Kingston 

If you’re looking for the latest foodie offerings in Kingston, be sure to tuck in at Stein’s.

Stein’s has made plenty of waves since opening on the High Street, with a modern yet cosy chalet-style venue as well as a riverside alfresco terrace which is perfect for grabbing some food and drinks with friends. 

It’s easy to see why this lively bar and restaurant is so popular, with a menu which comprises of Bavarian classics which have been imported directly from Germany. 

Their huge menu features warming broths and soups, tasty Schnitzels, traditional Bratwursts, as well as cakes and treats with a Bavrian twist. 

If you haven’t eaten out at this place, then you should book in for a table pronto! 



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Address: 56 High St, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HN

7. Cappadocia Restaurant

The restaurant scene in Kingston upon Thames is internationally renowned with cuisine from every corner of the world on offer, including traditional Turkish cuisine, which is best enjoyed from Cappadocia.

Serving multi award winning cuisine since 2001, Cappadocia is a great place to while away the hours and indulge in some delicious food and drink.

Rifling through the menu here is vibrant mezze, charcoal grilled meats, seafood, and Turkish pizza to sample just a few, but the options are endless with something to suit every taste-bud. 

Trust us, if you’re hungry, you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in town! 

After delicious Turkish food straight to your door? You can order through JustEat.


Address: 2, Station Buildings, Fife Rd, London, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1SW

8. The Wych Elm

The Wych Elm is arguably one of Kingston upon Thames best kept secrets when it comes to great food and drink. 

Located just a short walk from Richmond Park, you can expect real top of the range grub at this family-run neighbourhood pub. 

With small plates, pub classics, burgers and a famous Sunday roast dinner, you’ll find more than enough on their menu to keep you satisfied. 

If you’re looking for a lunch spot which is good value for money, The Wych Elm takes the crown with two courses for £18 or three courses for £21. 

Not only does this cosy pub offer delicious food, they also have a good selection of beers, cocktails and spirits along with a leafy terrace area to enjoy some drinks alfresco style!

If you haven’t experienced this little jewel in North Kingston for yourself, what’re you waiting for? 


Address: 93 Elm Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6HT

9. Poor Boys 

Concluding our roundup of the tastiest restaurants in Kingston upon Thames is Poor Boys.

Based right in the town centre within the Griffin Centre, Poor Boys is an independent restaurant which has been blowing it out of the park when it comes to comfort food. 

With a focus on New Orleans inspired street food, these guys serve up their famous Po Boys sandwiches, shrimp, oysters, fried chicken, Mac n Cheese, beers, milkshakes and cocktails. 

Nothing we say can prepare you for how amazing this place is, with an American dive bar feel, great vibes and mouth-watering food, you’ll want to return again and again. 

With over 50k followers on Instagram and a huge following on TikTok, you’ve got one hell of a spot here, and it’s right here in the Royal Borough of Kingston! 



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Address: Unit 5, The Griffin Centre, Wadbrook St, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1JT

There we have it, we have eaten our way through the 10 tastiest restaurants that Kingston upon Thames has to offer.

Where will you be heading for your next meal out in Kingston? Let us know @prestigestudentliving.

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