Best American Restaurants In London

They've given us Obama, they've teased us with Twinkies and they're forever our across the ocean chums, but how about eating in their honour? From classic 50s diners that twinge with rock 'n' roll to hunking restaurants that promise American dishes in a high-end fashion, you can find your fix of giant plates loaded with burgers, fries or chicken and waffles all over the city. Check out our recommendations for some of the best American restaurants London has to offer and scoff all sorts, Stateside style.

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Last updated on 17th May 2024




TGI Fridays Leicester Square

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TGI Fridays Leicester Square is the ultimate of American chain restaurants in London, thanks to burgers, hot dogs, grills and wings - so basically all the comfort food. Their dishes are accompanied by two for one cocktails like a bubblegum daquiri or the colourful Purple Rain. Check out this laid-back spot for a chilled meal with friends, or even a bottomless brunch for just £29.95 per person.

Harlem

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Harlem is the New York-inspired restaurant that's sorting you any day of time of the week, situated in Kingston. This warehouse-style space is an eclectic mix of exposed brick walls, colourful decor and extravagant chandeliers, with TV screens in every corner to cater to sports fans. From brunches of rostis and pancakes to dinners spanning the likes of parms, pizza, steak and burgers, this place has got Italian-American comfort food covered. To top it all off, there's a whole load of classic cocktails on offer - we're talking negronis, Hugo spritz or a Manhattan.

All Star Lanes Brick Lane

Fancy a little entertainment? Something fun to do while you're hunkering down for macaroni cheese, burgers and some of the best cocktails in the business? Then it's time to go all out at All Star Lanes, not only for the Americana food and the retro 50s vibe, but for the ultimate bowling experience too. Expect old-school murals and graffiti lining the walls, with diner-style booth seating and even luxury private karaoke booths for a little after-dinner singing.

Americana

Inspired by the Deep South, Americana rustles up a range of elevated US classics, including Creole jambalaya tagliatelle and Cajun gumbo, not to mention weekend brunches. It also boasts some seriously beautiful interiors, filled with hanging fairy lights, pretty plats and stylish leather booths. They also serve a brilliant brunch between 11am and 3pm on weekends, alongside a huge number of cocktails, craft beers and Champagnes.

Blues Kitchen Shoreditch

Headed out and looking for one of thetop American restaurants in London? There's no name better than Blues Kitchen. Heralded not only for their unique and quirky interiors, their restaurant is a space for Texan barbecue goodness like crocodile bites, macaroni cheese and serious rib action, all before headed to the dance floor for the ultimate blues bangers - with a regular lineup of live bands and DJ sets to enjoy. 

Britannia - Smok'd

Not sure where to go for American cuisine? Check out Britannia in London Bridge for a cracking evening of comfort eats, from Buffalo cauliflower wings to ribs dripping with barbecue glaze and loaded fries with melted nacho cheese. They even offer a US-inspired twist on the classic Sunday roast, featuring smoked meats, and you can pair your meals with whisky, classic cocktails or a bottle of beer.

Belushi's and The Dugout London Bridge

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Belushi's combines two of our favourite things - live sport and mouthwatering American eats. Their London Bridge location promise two floors filled with HD screens, rock 'n' roll decor and a stage for live music, as well as their Dugout caves for private screenings. They serve two for one cocktails between 4 and 7pm on weekdays, alongside a menu that includes Buffalo chicken pizzas, barbecue melt burgers, pulled jackfruit quesadillas and much more. Not in the area? Check out their Camden or Shepherd's Bush venues instead.

Hard Rock Cafe Mayfair

One of the biggest names on the American dining scene, Hard Rock Cafe have stripes and stars running through their veins. While you eye-up some of Hollywood's finest on the walls at their original venue in Mayfair, complete your experience with a Legendary steak burger, spicy shrimp or loaded nachos for the ultimate, moreish meal. You can get your hands on all kinds of enticing cocktails here too, with a dancefloor that comes to life later on thanks to live DJ sets.

Bodeans BBQ Covent Garden

Looking for an American diner in London's Covent Garden? Then Bodeans BBQ might be just the thing for you, with traditional leather booths to sit in and Midwestern-inspired decor. Get the feel of an authentic Kansas City barbecue with a mouthwatering selection of slow-cooked meats, from sumptuous pulled pork to tender brisket and juicy ribs. Topping it all off, the bar offers a selection of craft cocktails and local beers, with happy hours running from both 12 to 5pm and 8 'til 10pm Monday to Thursday - as well as all day on Sundays. What's more, they've got venues in Soho and Tower Hill too.

True Romance

Themed around the iconic films of Quentin Tarantino, True Romance is a New York-style pizza restaurant serving huge slices covered in buffalo mozzarella, Sicilian meatballs and so much more. This Camden spot hosts drag brunches, film screenings and immersive experiences on a regular basis, as well as boasting a cracking cocktail bar that serves the likes of frozen margaritas and espresso martinis.

Red Dog Austin Bar-B-Que Soho

Red Dog Austin Bar-B-Que Soho is absolutely killing it with its American-style menu of mouthwatering munch. Sink your teeth into succulent ribs, brisket, burgers or wings, all of which is slow-roasted over aromatic hickory wood. Wash down your meal with cocktails and beers, with a particular focus on margaritas thanks to the 17 different types of tequila on offer. Not in the area? They've also got a sister site in Shoreditch.

Porky's BBQ

If you're craving some seriously good BBQ food, you don't need to book a flight to Memphis. Hop on the train to Camden, where Porky's offers deliciously deep-fried, juicy southern-fried chicken or 18-hour hickory smoked pulled pork, alongside whisky by the glass and a rock 'n' roll playlist to boot. This venue is located right opposite the iconic Stables Market, filled with musical memorabilia, wooden furnishings and a well-stocked bar.

Karen's Diner

Been searching for 'American restaurants near me' lately? Then you might just have come across this Islington spot. Karen's Diner has that retro US vibe, with nostalgic games, classic movie posters and vintage booths. As for the menu, these guys are slinging out the likes of beef brisket loaded fries, lemon and herb grilled chicken breast and barbecue hot dogs. However, don't expect service with a smile at this restaurant, as the staff are instructed to give some serious attitude and roast you while you eat.

BrewDog Shoreditch

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Popular up and down the UK, BrewDog is a staple for high-quality American eats. Their locations include Shoreditch, Camden, Soho and many more, with over 20 different taps of craft beer to choose from at each one. You'll often find pool tables or shuffleboard at their venues for a little added entertainment, with cool neon signs and simple wooden furnishings creating a trendy, laidback vibe. As for the menu? Feast on everything from Buffalo loaded fries to quinoa-crusted pumpkin burgers - with 50% of the menu being plant-based.

The Breakfast Club - Restaurants In London

With an impressive selection of brunch dishes, The Breakfast Club is a top choice if you're looking for delicious American food in London. You should also take a trip to this joint if good cocktails are your thing, thanks to their selection of bloody Marys, mimosas and more. Check out the locations in London Bridge, Hoxton, Croydon and beyond, for delicious dishes that range from stacks of pancakes topped with berries and cream to eggs Benedict or chicken and waffles. 

MEATLiquor Islington

With venues in Islington, East Dulwich, Oxford Circus and beyond, MEATLiquor is a firm favourite for some of the best American food in London. As the name suggests, these guys are all about top quality meat-based dishes, from chilli cheese hot dogs to double patty beef burgers and Buffalo wings. However, they also offer an entire plant-based menu of vegan alternatives to the classics, with prices starting from as little as £7.75.

Joe Public

Though the location of a refurbished Victorian public toilet is decidedly English, the food at Joe Public is New York all over. This tiny pizza joint by Clapham Common station is slinging out 20-inch pies by the slice, with plenty of fresh, seasonal toppings to choose from - such as pine nuts, roasted lamb or gorgonzola. There are 14 diner-style seats in the intimate venue, with takeaway available too.

Electric Diner

Transport yourself back to 1950s America with a trip to Electric Diner, where red leather booths, tiled floors and wooden tables reign supreme. Expect a cracking soundtrack of old-school tunes while you eat, with US classic like baby back ribs, Buffalo chicken burgers and cobb salads making up the menu. And if you're watching a film at the Electric Cinema next door, you can enjoy 50% off your meal between 4 and 9pm Monday to Thursday.

Bleecker

Serving up some of the best American fast food in London, Bleecker specialises in New York-inspired burgers made from rare-breed, 45 day dry-aged beef - which secured them top place in the National Burger of the Year Awards for 2024. They've got locations in Victoria, Spitalfields, Bermondsey and beyond, with prices starting from as little as £8.95. To complete your meal? Try one of their indulgent milkshakes.

Jackson & Rye

One of the best American restaurants in Central London, with a second venue in Richmond, Jackson & Rye pays homage to the high-end brasseries of the US - with close-set tables and stylish artwork lining the walls. This eatery combines cuisines from both the East and West coasts - think creamed grits, buttermilk chicken breast, barbecue burgers and all kinds of steaks, with classy cocktails like the Black Rose Sour to top off the menu.