Restaurants in East London

Scouting out the best places to eat in east London? We’re hardly surprised; the number of unique dining experiences, pop-up supperclubs and downright delicious hotspots out east continues to shoot through the roof. Have a scan of our recommended restaurants in east London and discover something delicious today, or check out our complete guide to eating out in London for further inspiration.

Last updated on 14th June 2019




The Piano Works Farringdon

984 user reviews 4

Champagne & Cocktail Hour: 5pm to 7pm and 7 other offers

The Piano Works can be found in a Victorian listed warehouse at the heart of Farringdon. This place is part restaurant, part bar and part party, all with a great side of live music. Head this way if you're looking for something different from your night out; there's two pianists and accompanying musicians playing an exclusive playlist of songs requested by you, the audience. It makes for a jamming atmosphere that'll have you coming back time and again.

The Drift

387 user reviews 4

From full-on sit down banquets to sharing platters for those after a drink and a chinwag, The Drift is an inviting restaurant in amongst the skyscrapers. This self-professed “sanctuary in the heart of the city” is a joint of quirky collectibles and hidden alcoves, and it's a frontrunner when it comes to relaxed dinner and drinks in east London.

Rapsa @ 100 Hoxton

23 user reviews 5

2 courses for £14.95 and 1 other offer

Bringing fancy Filipino food to Hoxton comes the new Rapsa, a sexy little spot on the high street. With a moody interior and a head chef with Ottolenghi credentials, this restaurant will quickly become a favourite, especially when you see the range of seafood dishes on offer.

Ceviche Old St

478 user reviews 4

Express lunch menu. 1 big plate £8 | 2 courses £10 | 3 courses £12 and 2 other offers

Based in the ever-bustling Old Street, Ceviche is a fun South American restaurant that showcases the best flavours that Peru has to offer. From mouthwatering cuts of grilled meat to fresh ceviches dishes, the team of chefs use a range of fresh ingredients to recreate traditional recipes that all pack a punch. To complete the experience, guests can even enjoy hand-crafted cocktails made using a selection of fresh fruit and fiery spirits.

Where do you get the best Italian food in East London? The definitive answer is up for debate, but you can't go far wrong with Gotta Trattoria. Sitting on the banks of the River Lee, they offer up a daily changing menu of delicious European and Italian treats served with a British twist. They're also known for their negronis – which they bottle for your convenience.

Aviary

187 user reviews 4

Aviary is located on the top of the new Montcalm hotel in Finsbury Square and as such has some incredible views of the city. Sit back and relax on their modern, spacious and stylish rooftop terrace or head to the restaurant which serves delicious British seasonal food; try the burger and thank us later.

Bounce, Old Street

718 user reviews 5

Ping Pong and Packages and 2 other offers

Bounce will take the headlines as one of the best ping pong bars in London, but there's also a cracking restaurant to this social hub below Old Street. The restaurant features an innovative bar food menu, premium canapes and some exciting a la carte options, with a stunning open-pizza counter restaurant that serves traditional Italian pizza and antipasti dishes.

The Pearson Room

4 user reviews 4

Two for One Cocktails from 5pm on Fridays!

Created by a sommelier with Michelin-starred experience and a chef with some serious credentials, The Pearson Room is a formidable restaurant in Canary Wharf. The menu is a perfect pairing of carefully selected wines and British and international plates.

Blues Kitchen Shoreditch

48 user reviews 4

£5 cocktails and 3 other offers

Bringing melt-in-the-mouth Texan BBQ, punchy bourbons and live blues tunes to the heart of Shoreditch, this is the place to kick back and embrace the meat sweats. Tuck into piles of pulled pork and teetering burgers, leave room for some of those signature buffalo wings then head to the dance floor, where live bands and DJs round things off with vintage funk and soul tracks into the night.

The Cow - Geronimo Inns

491 user reviews 4

Pint of Youngs Original and Burger for £14.50

Serving up traditional pub grub with a contemporary twist as well as an array of great craft beers and wines, The Cow has got it all going on pub-wise. The atmosphere is casual and friendly, and gets very buzzy upon a Saturday evening when a DJ arrives to spin some tunes. Placed right next to The Olympic Park, this is a fun little place in an unbeatable location. 

Wringer & Mangle

242 user reviews 4

Based in a former industrial laundrette just over from the London Fields brewery, Wringer & Mangle perfects the balance between healthy and hearty on its varied menu. Come for brunch or a Sunday roast, with plenty of boundary-pushing gin cocktails in support. Afternoon Tea serves a delicious range of sandwiches, pastries, cakes and teas from 2 to 4 pm, and there's an expansive all-weather terrace for alfresco drinking and dining.

For a slice of East London luxury, experience a Middle Eastern paradise of plush cushions, casual lounging and delectable Lebanese cuisine. Translating as the Arabic word for treasure, Kenza is quite literally a haven for trinkets, unique dining and touches that come straight from Morocco, you wouldn't know you're on Liverpool Street. 

Palatino

6 user reviews 4

Pre-Theatre menu, £16pp and 1 other offer

You don't need a plane ticket for a lip-smacking taste of Rome. Renowned chef Stevie Parle has brought a taste of the Italian capital to Clerkenwell with smart Palatino; expect slick interiors, punchy cocktails, and comforting plates that range from pasta to freshly baked fish.

Contemporary Smollensky's Bar boasts a bounty of bar bites to accompany its generous jumble of liquid mixes, so tuck into this tasty nosh next time you find yourself in East London. Eat alfresco on the summer terrace as you chow down on scrummy sandwiches, hammer a horde of hot dishes, share some party platters or sample the marathon of moreish bar snacks.

The Sterling

100 user reviews 4

At the bottom of the iconic Gherkin building, The Sterling is a sophisticated bar and restaurant where you can expect only the freshest, highest quality ingredients paired with seasonal cocktails and fantastic wines. With a focus on simple, quality food with big flavour. Start with some light nibbles, and move onto the more robust main meals with some classically British choices appearing on the menu like fish and chips, and sausage and mash with red wine and caramelised onion gravy. Book a spot at this venue and start enjoying the food on offer. 

Arepa & Co Bethnal Green

33 user reviews 5

Happy Hour - 2x1 in Alcoholic Drinks

Situated on the buzzing Paradise Row in Bethnal Green, Arepa & Co is a vibrant Venezuelan eatery serving up traditional dishes in a cool setting. With a menu of pancakes, rice bowls and arepas to explore, swing by and indulge your pallete in a plethora of new treats. 

Free Entry VIP Guestlist and 2 other offers

Tank and Paddle is a City spot that is great for delicious pizza and a huge range of beers and ales. A few minutes away from Monument, the restaurant has a huge selection of stone-baked pizza including New-York inspired The Yankee, topped with pepperoni. Beer includes pints from local brewery Meantime and there's also a cracking cocktail menu. With a sister venue based in Bishopsgate, there's no excuse to miss out on the great home brewed drinks on offer. 

This cool and quirky pizza joint is located in a refurbished Victorian school, serving up sought-after slices of deliciousness. With their sourdough bases made from wild yeast and stone ground flour, they have a certain earthiness that's just darn good. 

The Jones Family Project

27 user reviews 5

Sunday Roast

One of our favourite restaurants in Shoreditch, the Jones Family Project serves an assortment of grilled meats and seafood comprising of the best in local produce. The same is true for the drinks list, with beers and gin sourced within a few miles of the restaurant. Enjoy some josper-grilled steak goodness washed down with creative signature cocktails.

If you're looking for the perfect spot for after-work drinks or a gorgeous meal with a side of tunes, head to this City spot where you'll find just that. The menu leans towards quality British cooking, with grass-fed beef and fresh seafood as a staple, while live acts provide a soundtrack filled with jazz and soul.

Smollensky's is something of an all-in-one where you can tuck into lovely nosh in their restaurant and then head downstairs to their dedicated bar area for some drinks. Located right next to Canary Wharf station, this East London restaurant is a favourite for alfresco drinking and dining where their menu of Modern American cuisine will do you right. 

Fancy dabbling in a little 1950s Americana at one of the most fun restaurants in east London? You'll need All Star Lanes - the restaurant, cocktail bar and bowling alley in the heart of Stratford's Westfield. Come hungry - there's a selection of melted grilled cheese, Dedham Vale burgers and mac 'n' cheese on the menu - trounce your mates at bowling on one of their 14 lanes and celebrate your victory with a couple of hard shakes in the bar afterwards. Always great fun and the perfect way to take the weight off after traipsing around the shopping centre!

Andina Shoreditch

905 user reviews 4

Express lunch menu. 1 big plate £8 | 2 courses £10 | 3 courses £12 and 2 other offers

Andina is Shoreditch's hottest opening and is serving up a delicious taste of South America in a low-key and fun setting. From the same team as renowned Ceviche, this new bar and restaurant has a delicious menu of grill and street food classics, as well as a games room which can be hired for cooking classes or private parties.

Bottomless Saturday's! and 2 other offers

Based on the ground floor of a towering Canary Wharf skyscraper, this is one of the places for dinner and drinks in the city of London. One Canada Water's restaurant is a sleek and sophisticated location with friendly service and creative cooking to match. Enjoy some classic British cuisines on the a la carte menu and finish upstairs with a cocktail on the plush mezzanine floor.

£49.90 Corporate Lunch and 1 other offer

London Steakhouse Co is both a stylish cocktail bar and a great restaurant near Liverpool Street. Serving up a mouth-watering range of British dishes, their steak cuts take pride of place on their menu, having been sourced from master butcher and Royal warrant holder Aubrey Allen.

Barge House

4 user reviews 5

Promising “an idyllic urban landscape, whatever the weather”, The Barge House is a beauty of a cafe, restaurant and bar on the edge of Regent's Canal. Head here and unwind in style, with those super-relaxed views of the water matched by a menu of soul-satisfying, seasonally changing food. You'll like it so much you'll be back for brunch come the weekends, where their signature Breakfast in Bread is served from 10am.

Gable

134 user reviews 4

This place is a city favourite for some stylish after hours drinking and dining where you'll find affordable prices and a fun atmosphere every day of the week. The Gable is kind of 2 venues in one with a classic and sophisticated East London restaurant on the ground floor and then a basement bar underneath it all. 

Bumpkin Westfield

3 user reviews 4

Taking up a prime location in London's famous Westfield shopping centre, Bumpkin offers a hearty spread of authentic and seasonal British fare. Carefully sourced ingredients are turned into creative masterpieces by the team in the kitchen and there's a fantastic list of beers, wines and cocktails to match. The venue features two spacious dining areas, a large outdoor terrace and a private space perfect for events and parties.

Absurd Bird Spitalfields

687 user reviews 4

Absurd Wing Challenge and 1 other offer

When it comes to chicken in London, and East London at that, there's no better name than that of Absurd Bird. Heralded for their poultry bites, not only is the fried chicken on point here, their roster of cocktails is as impressive as their modern and fun interiors are. 

Catering for your every need and with a distinct devil-may-care approach to things, the Breakfast Club in Canary Wharf is always abuzz with energy and life. Decorated as a retro working man's club, the bar is framed by quaint antiques, colourful furnishings and a huge disco ball that hovers delicately over the entire venue. Full of character and life, and with a diverse menu of traditional British dishes and flavoursome comfort foods, this is a great place to escape the bustle of the city. 

Cinnamon Kitchen

10 user reviews 5

Cinnamon Kitchen provides east London's diners with fresh and fragrant Indian dishes, given a modern twist and produced with premium British ingredients. Relax into these sophisticated surroundings and feast on an innovative menu prepared by head chef Vivek Singh, with cocktails in the Anise bar to finish the evening.