Middle Eastern Restaurants In London

It's no secret that this city knows a thing or two about world-class Middle Eastern eateries, but we're here to help you seek out some of the finest. From the Lebanese dining institutions mixing decadence and delicious dishes, to the cult favourites giving their own spin on classic cuisine, we've rounded up the best Middle Eastern restaurants in London so you know exactly where to go for meaty feasting menus, fragrant falafel and the city's best mezze selections.

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Last updated on 17th November 2023

The Barbary

Inspired by North Africa's Barbary Coast, this gorgeous restaurant in Covent Garden has become a must-visit for fans of Middle Eastern food in London. Their menu items incorporate Mediterranean and Atlantic aspects too, creating a delicious melting pot of global influence and adventurous flavours.


The debut eatery from chef Oded Oren, this Shacklewell Lane restaurant offers some of the finest small plates in Dalston. Inspired by the food of the Eastern-Mediterranean, Oren offers a unique take on the cuisine, with dishes such as brill sashimi and tarator soup sharing page space with more classic flavour combos.

The Palomar

The Palomar is a West End restaurant serving the flavours of modern day Jerusalem, however its mix of cleverly curated plates takes inspirations from across the Middle Eastern region, North Africa and southern Spain. If you're looking for an intricate mix of innovative dishes served in an intimate setting, this may just be the one for you.


Critically lauded across the board, Shoreditch's Bubala is one of London's most exciting Middle Eastern restaurants. Serving up only meat-free options, its menus are packed-full of clever veggie plates, from long-roasted aubergines drizzled in date syrup, to confit latkes and tamari mushroom skewers.


Offering a taste of Istanbul in the heart of Soho, Yeni is the first London outpost from chef Civan Er. Having made a name for himself in his native Turkey with a modern take on classic Anatolian dishes, Er has now established a firm fanbase in the UK capital thanks to a unique menu of clever and contemporary cuisine.

Black Axe Mangal

Taking Middle Eastern BBQ to its most extreme, cult eatery Black Axe Mangal is adding a little extra metal to your meal. A noisy spot on Canonbury Road, it's never known to be lacking an atmosphere, or big flavours as it whips-up Turkish-inspired flatbreads and incredible fusion plates.

Coal Office

A collaboration between chef Assaf Granit and designer Tom Dixon, The Coal Office is one of the most impressive Middle Eastern restaurants in London. Located in the heart of Coal Drops Yard, the venue offers some of the complex' most astounding interiors, alongside a sublime selection of plates including grilled pork belly and Tunisian kimchi, and Octopus served with a Yemeni pancake.


Ottolenghi's Fitzrovia food hub, Rovi, gives us another dose of the chef's idiosyncratic take on Middle Eastern food. Putting vegetables at the heart of the menu, their inventive offering goes beyond classic cooking techniques to bring in fermenting and open-fire methods as well.


Mixing Mediterranean and Israeli influences, Notting Hill's Haya proffers a contemporary twist on classic Middle Eastern eats. Their pretty dining space makes the dream location for a date night or special occasion, while their menu fronts picturesque plates of slow-roasted meats, fresh salads and tantalising pastries.


Inspired by the home-cooked dishes of the Eastern Med, Delamina is a gorgeous Marylebone restaurant that can't be missed. Their remit runs from hearty shawarma to perfectly prepared veg plates, and to top it all off, their house cocktails offer the perfect pairing options whatever your palate.