Restaurants in North London
Choosing where to eat in north London needn’t be a struggle. We’re on hand to provide you with some delightful gastro options, so whether you’re looking for BBQ and blues in Camden or comfort foods and bespoke interiors in Islington, we’ll have something for you. Read on for our hand-picked guide to the best places to eat in north London, or alternatively check out our complete guide to eating out in London.
Last updated on 17th January 2017
The menu at The Old Queen's Head offers a selection of American-style sliders, and an innovative take on the traditional burger menu - look forward to the Fish Finger Burger, or go for a classic but no less tasty Chicken Burger. Complement this with their impressive (and bespoke!) cocktail selection, and you have The Old Queen's Head, one of our recommended restaurants in North London.
Perched up in Angel this brew-pub turn restaurant bar is a must-try if you've got a penchant for craft beers and wholesome British dishes. With a Beef & Brewhouse Beer pie, Beer battered fish and chips as well as a BBQ platter on the menu you can tuck into some hearty feeds whilst enjoying their impressive selection of beers brewed in house and brought in from across the globe.
Step off Upper Street and into a perfectly preserved dining carriage filled with turqoise, teak and gold. Hoxley & Porter enlivens a taste of home with influences from Europe, the Orient and beyond to bring bold and innovative flavours to Islington.
Hopping a train all the way to Camden and wondering where will quell those dining needs? One of the most unique restaurants in the UK, head on down to Mornington Crescent where Inamo serve out some of the finest Pan Asian dishes alongside interactive tables and cocktails.
The legendary Blues Kitchen is a haven of the deep south, where punters get a face full of BBQ ribs, Po' Boy Sandwiches and Key Lime Pie, washed down with craft beers, classic cocktails and bespoke bourbons. Don't go in too hard though; there's dancing after dinner as a live blues band rock up to the stage to play some sweet soul music.
Miusan has taken inspiration from the debauched and chic opium dens of 19th century Paris and New York for their restaurant and cocktail bar. Spread across three floors, the restaurant is a stylish lounge of velvet seating and giant Buddhas while the menu comprises of food inspired by the Orient.
From luxury dining to international plates, North London has it all, but what about a casual meal with friends? Found in the heart of Angel and Islington, join The Islington Townhouse for a roster of casual and cool pub plates alongside cocktails, ales and more.
Feeling like a cosy cabin in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, Elk in the Woods is a characterful bar in Angel. With a beautiful wooden bar, wood panelled walls and mismatched furniture scattered throughout the venue, its gives off a distinctive rustic feel. The bar staff offer guests a range of delicious cocktails to sample, but the real treat comes courtesy of the team of chef, who've produced a menu of delicious dishes, such as home-smoked duck in cherry wood and roast halibut with cauliflower puree.
The Dolls House is an Islington haven known for its bespoke, hand-drawn decor and its vibrant dinner party spirit. Packed with all kinds of private dining rooms brimming with character, come for dinner and drinks on the top-floor Ballroom, which becomes a rather plush cocktail bar as the night unfolds. An ideal option for private hire in north London, the Dolls House offers dinner, drinks and dancing; with DJs playing until 4am in the ground floor Parlour bar at the weekends.
This renowned restaurant in Angel is located within the DoubleTree by Hilton Islington, promising a mouth-watering menu of meaty goodness, plus a bustling drinks menu too. Head over for tasty cuisine, a classically-styled interior, and sophisticated dining to boot.
Any restaurant boasting a burger simply known as The Ridiculous is probably worth a mention. Nestled away in Highbury, the Brewhouse & Kitchen wonderfully combines delicious comfort food with an array of home-brewed, small-batch craft beers and ales. Come for pub classics with a twist; each item on the menu comes with a handy recommended beer to help you maximise the tastes and flavours.
A gorgeous space featuring two bars, an open-plan kitchen and an outside area for year-round use; Drake & Morgan offers the perfect escape if you were wondering where to eat after a long day in central London. Come in, get comfy and survey a menu stocked with grilled treats, buttermilk chicken burgers and good old fashioned classics like bangers & mash or fish & chips.
A boutique venue perfecting a balance of modern elegance and timeless style, find your way to The Driver’s first floor dining room for a gastro experience to remember. Chefs cook up a range of British favourites - we’re talking sirloin steak, beer battered fish & chips and catch of the day fishcakes - in a relaxed, elegant setting. Hanging around after dinner? Great news - there’s three lounges with private bars and a suntrap roof terrace to discover across five fun-filled storeys.
The latest addition to the Geronimo lineup, The Fellow is a stylish hideaway made for dinner and drinks near King’s Cross. With a focus for the finer things in life and plenty of inviting, airy spaces in which to kick back and relax in, The Fellow serves an eclectic lineup of mains, toasted ciabatta wonders and a lovely brunch spread come Saturday morning.
An ideal place to enjoy classic pub dishes such as high quality burgers, homemade pizzas and hand cut chips, Grand Union Camden is one of our favourite North London food spots. DJs take to the decks on Friday and Saturday nights, so diners can get the party started after they enjoy their meal.
Miz En Bouche is a charming, hidden gem of a bistro located two minutes from the Sadler’s Wells Theatre. You’re always assured of friendly hospitality here, with a cosy ambience throughout and a private patio made for enjoying a quality glass of wine. Food is focused on classic French fare with a twist, there’s a handy pre-theatre menu and a good healthy choice of drinks if you were just stopping in for a swift half before heading home.
Drink Shop Do is more a quirky cafe spot for lighter bites and bar snacks, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t earned its spurs as one of the best places to eat in north London. Look forward to locally sourced soups and stews, tarts and salads, cakes and mezze platters, with awesome gin cocktails and Afternoon Tea served at the weekends. Experience this quirky gem for yourself and stick around into the evening; DJs play an eclectic mix of feel-good songs in the basement bar ‘til late.
Another one of our favourite restaurants in North London, Shaka Zulu brings a taste of Africa to Camden's stables. Expect 60ft statues, meat flavoured cocktails and a giant escalator to transport you from floor to floor - the menu is built upon 'journeys and experiences', sourcing all meat from South Africa and the space given to ingredients to speak for themselves.