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The Only on King
The Only on King

The Only on King Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theonlyonking.ca/
  • Phone: (519) 936-2064
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Italian
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The service was great as was the food, very friendly waiter."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "A perfect Friday night evening. Ate the summer salad & the burger. Absolutely divine. Thanks again."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food is always excellent at the Only! The service is also bar none! My favourite place in London!!!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Cold pea soup-unreal. Perfect pickerel! Great service! Still my favourite restaurant in London!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I've never had a bad meal! Only place like it in London!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "My favorite spot when in London, food is fantastic, service is great!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Had the duck breast and shank burger. Both were delicious. Place lives up to its reputation!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "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......"
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Wonderful food, great service... A true dining experience for foodies"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "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!!!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "some of the best food in the city. local & seasonal. unique prep. server is attentive but not annoying."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Impressive. We were in London for a short visit this weekend. When I saw The Only had been recognized by EnRoute magazine, I was eager to try it. It did not disappoint - great atmosphere, excellent service from a recent transplant from NYC and lovely food and cocktails. Full marks. We will be back!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "First time there, waitress was not anything, no personality seemed she was trying to say as little as possible, not helpful. Food, lacking in taste. Very uneventful."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I recently visited for a Mother/Daughters girls night out. The food was exceptional from the bread basket to the delicious desserts. The three of us all ordered a different appetizer, entree and dessert and sampled each others food. Everything except the potato wedges served with the duck was delicious. The potatoes were underecooked, but we overlooked that because everything else was sooo tasty. We will come back."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "The most interesting food in London. If you are a foodie this is a must. A little pricey, but comparable to great restaurants in Toronto."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This was my first visit to The Only on King. The service was outstanding and attentive. The wine list is over priced. The food was delicious and well prepared. The portions were moderate. They were very accommodating to my friend's special requests to sub out leeks in a dish as she abhors them, so she was still able to enjoy the halibut, but with an alternate side. My steak was well prepared. The sticky toffee pudding was disappointingly pedestrian--nothing to rave about. Not a place to eat if you are on a budget. Save for that special occasion."
    Dined on 2/21/2014