The Only on King
The Only on King

The Only on King

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theonlyonking.ca/
  • Phone: 5199362064x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, French
  • Executive Chef: Paul Harding
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Liquor, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Richmond and King
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Free street parking available after 6:00. Two pay parking lots available a minute walk away
A word from The Only on King
The Only On King opened its doors in the heart of historic downtown London, a stone’s throw from Budweiser Gardens and the Covent Garden Market where the casual dining restaurant sources most of its fresh ingredients.


Chef Paul Harding is serving sophisticated but approachable French and Italian cuisine.


The menu, which also features ingredients purchased from local southwestern Ontario farmers, boasts several dishes that are priced $29 or less.


Located in a historic building and former dairy on King Street, the restaurant is a relaxing, warm and inviting space to enjoy an inspired meal and the company of family and friends.


The intimate dining room, which features photographs of historic London, is a true gem for the city’s restaurant-goers.
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The Only on King reviews from OpenTable diners
58 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (42)fit for foodies (38)romantic (33)notable wine list (18)neighborhood gem (16)good for groups (10)hot spot (9)great for brunch (6)late-night find (4)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • A treat ...
    Snowbunny
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    In a surprising location. We visited with locals, who had never been to The Only ...well, they will go back ! And we look forward to another visit to.London, just for The Only pizza and Mac & Cheese !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oh so delicious
    Sparky
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Our meal was amazing! The corn soup was fabulous as was the trout duo (esp the side with the poached egg). The food at The Only never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our first visit, great food, service we will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish!
    Insearchoftaste
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We really enjoyed the prix fixe menu that was available. Our starters were excellent. Our mains were very good - though the burger wasn't that great (not quite seasoned enough). Knowledgable server who provided just the right amount of attention. Love the atmosphere - can't wait to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome like always!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Paul and his team continue to deliver the best food in London - period! Service is impeccable, food is amazingly delicious and the staff are fantastic. Every time I go to The Only - whether for a romantic dinner for 2 or a group from work - it is awesome!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • osuprofVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was wonderful. Everything my wife and I had, without exception, was fresh and tasty. The service, as well, was friendly and helpful. They were very busy while we were there, but they provided full attention. We are from out of town (actually, out of country), but when we return to London, which we will have reason to do, we plan to come again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    JYD19
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I've been to The Only at least two dozen times since it opened and I've only once been disappointed by the food (it was part of a new years menu where the options were limited). The servers are always attentive and glad to help if you weren't sure what an item was. The beer menu is a little scarce for people looking for a variety (they only offer Beau's group of beers brewed near Ottawa). For a restaurant that changes the menu daily, they sure know how to pair their food! I would recommend giving this place a try if you've been considering it; best restaurant in London hands down.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Evening
    abbigail
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The service was great as was the food, very friendly waiter.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luv2eat
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We were celebrating a family birthday and the age range was 23 to 79. This restaurant was suitable for the large age difference. The meal was enjoyed by all parties. Excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING!
    MelissaB
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    What a find! Having dinner at The Only on King was a remarkable. The service impeccable and the food was divine. I thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience and was made to feel welcome immediately. Thank you for a perfect evening, I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    happycamper1
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    A perfect Friday night evening. Ate the summer salad & the burger. Absolutely divine. Thanks again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tim Sorton
    mealhound
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Best restaurant in London. Food is always interesting in its different combinations. Quality is second to none. Wait staff is always top notch and is knowledgeable of the menu and wine list. I highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion. You can't go wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beyond my expectations
    foodieamateur
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We picked this restaurant for our wedding anniversary after reading some great reviews in a local tourism magazine. We had high expectations and the restaurant did not disappoint! The service was friendly and prompt. The atmosphere was relaxed and intimate. The food was absolutely amazing. The menu changes every day and each item on it, down to special drinks, was unique and intriguing. We especially loved the farm to table approach. I would, and actually, I already have, recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for an above average dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another amazing meal!
    KCooke
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The food is always excellent at the Only! The service is also bar none! My favourite place in London!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    ConifirmedFoodie
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I had looked forward to going back to The Only after a couple of years, but was sadly disappointed. The summer vegetable salad, an imaginative combination of beautifully-prepared vegetables, was ruined by a killer vinaigrette which must have been at least 50% vinegar. I managed to eat only a little of the salad. Staff were very nice about this, and did not charge for it. However, I didn't dare order anything else, because even the otherwise delicious chilled pea soup had (unannounced) vinegar in it: some clever person had added chopped mint that had been sitting in vinegar.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Early Saturday Evening Review
    CheesecakeFan
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We dined as a party of 2 early Saturday evening. Menu was interesting and varied; mixed spring salad abundant; well flavoured dressing; asparagus soup tasty but not as hot as it should have been. Pickerel main was very good--however; the associated polenta was quite thin and the lobster bisque which served as the bed of the dish was quite bland. Goat cheesecake for dessert was creamy and delicious. Service was quiet and not obtrusive. I have been to The Only for group dinners and I think that the experience as a group is generally better than when attending in a small party.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the very best in London
    Foodninja
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Suggested this restaurant for the Vice President, my boss, heir wives and joined them. Everyone was pleased with their meal. My gnocci was pillow soft with a sweet tomatoe purée and a nice balancing grate of cheese. The steak with sugar snaps and fingerlings was cooked to perfection, offered a carmelized exterior a tender juicy red interior with just the right tooth but not tough or stringy. Portions are overly generous so bring an appetite. Prie fixe is available with a starter a main and desert to choose from and is very reasonable. Local restaurant with concentration on local ingredients. Excellent job!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in London
    Wildman
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Cold pea soup-unreal. Perfect pickerel! Great service! Still my favourite restaurant in London!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Only on King
    Petey
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Excellent! We needed to kill some time in London before an appointment and selected The Only based on other reviews. Not only did The Only live up to the previous reviews, the staff didn't mind at all in our extended presence. We will return for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • slowfoodlover
    Happy
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The Only on King always delivers. Their menu always changes but almost every item sounds great and hits the mark. A great place for a group dinner because many of the plates are great to share and you can try many of the different tastes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    JMAnde
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We loved our dinner here. The dining room is fairly small, so make a reservation! The music was nice and quiet so you could actually talk to your dinner companions. We went on a Thursday evening, so I ordered from the prix fixe menu, which was a great value and slightly smaller portions so you could try a few things without feeling stuffed. Cocktails were excellent and the goat cheese cake with salted caramel was the best cheesecake I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    From the service to the cocktails, wine list and food this fabulous little gem is a must visit in London - the Chef clearly takes great care to create fabulous food and a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The best meal I've had in a long time. Nice to see that there's still some chefs that really care about their menus.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Amazing!
    KCooke
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    I've never had a bad meal! Only place like it in London!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 75 reviews are from the The Only on King reviews archive.
  • An A-list London must!!!!!
    watersd62
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I have had the pleasure of dinning at the Only on King approximately 4 times over the past 4 years. I have come to the conclusion that this is a must dine Bistro. Blackboard menu, 100 miles menu freshness (locally sourced foodstuffs), Staff who work like owners and a great cozy atmosphere. This truly is what I would call London's finest. It blows away the Keg! and other higher priced elite chains with both food savory and price. A member of the London club and dinner to some of the most exclusive restaurants around the world and I still under-utilize this gem. Make a reservation go in and be treated to a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    DannyMack
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My favorite spot when in London, food is fantastic, service is great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner
    Luv3dine
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Had the duck breast and shank burger. Both were delicious. Place lives up to its reputation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Butter
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    If you enjoy butter, you will enjoy this place. Otherwise, pick somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Only the Only...
    Oneeyeopen
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Chef Paul Harding and head of house Scott continue to boggle the mind with service and food second to none in London. The Charcuterie plate was amazing, the risotto was incredible, and our mains of steak, duck and the Only burger were out of this world. Super wine pairings and a wonderful night!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Evening at the Only
    WWLou
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    From the moment we walked in the staff was great. All our dishes had the Only's unique twist which made them shine. From the bread sticks right through to the desert. Great Food, Great Friends and Loved Ones makes for Great Memories. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious & Creative Dishes
    LadyFoodie
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    I took my son to The Only to celebrate his 30th birthday. He's a chef and the only thing he ever wants as a gift is a fine dining experience. We chose a four course tasting menu, each course a surprise created by the chef. The food was delicious and each plate was a small work of art. We both especially liked the pork plate with tender Berkshire pork bits, crispy pork belly cubes, melt-in-the-mouth pan fried gnocchi and some fresh greens. My description falls short as I'm missing some of the flavour elements but it was a fine taste, texture and visual experience. The wine pairings were good. The service was attentive and the server even added a lit birthday candle to the saucer my son's specialty coffee was served on. Nice touch.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, friendly service
    BravoBravo
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed our evening at The Only on King, along with another couple. The food was very tasty and nicely presented. There were a couple of interesting micro-brewery beers on tap. I went with the IPA, which was delicious. I had the beer and cheddar soup as an appetizer and pork tenderloin for my main course. It was very flavourful and the portions were generous without being overwhelming. My wife's main course was trout, which she described as perfectly cooked and delicious. I would certainly not hesitate to recommend this restaurant. It is a bit pricy, but worth it.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful.
    LauraVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    It was our first time at The Only on King - and can't wait to go back. Everything was PERFECT. They took very good care of us - and the food was amazing, really beautiful and beautifully prepared. Thank you......
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food and Service!!
    BTHB
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This is a great restaurant with unique food and fantastic service. I would highly recommend this restaurant and suggest making reservations early to prevent disappointment.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stop the press
    TheButler
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    This was an annual visit for me and friend from Halifax. The menu was great as usual. The staff tolerated our laughing for 2 hours. We'll be there again next year. We need that seat by the window next time though. Hahahaha. Thanks everybody.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    LondonJ
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Wonderful food, great service... A true dining experience for foodies
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely experience!
    Brittney
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Went there with a small group of people to enjoy dine out London and had a really great time. Our server was absolutely wonderful, really attentive and helpful, very sweet and charming. Food is among the very best in London, couldn't help but try a little from everyone's plates. Cocktails were fun and a creative spin on the classics. Would go back again!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Dine Out London menu!
    MattP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Every single time we eat at The Only on King we leave even more impressed than the last. Chef Harding put together some tremendously delicious items on their Dine Out London price fixe menu. We started with a beet salad and ravioli doppi ( mushroom and goat cheese); followed by chicken schnitzel and duck confit; finalized with sticky toffee and semi freddo. Scott and the front of house team did a superb job with service -- second to none. And fun cocktails! I recommend The Only on King for any occasion - a romantic dinner or a celebration for 20 (which we have done in the past 2 months). Service is excellent, food is delicious, price is just right and you will only leave asking yourself when is too soon to come back for more. Enjoy!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious duck confit
    Costas
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Enjoyed a wonderful evening at The Only which featured the Dine Out London menu. The butternut squash lamb belly soup was excellent, balancing sweet and savory wonderfully. My main was duck confit which was perfectly cooked and very delicious. My wife had the beet salad and beef pot pie which she was very happy with. The Only never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • some of the best food in the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    some of the best food in the city. local & seasonal. unique prep. server is attentive but not annoying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.