Restaurants in South London

Looking for the best places to eat in south London? Stop right there and scan your eyes over our hand-picked guide, it’s an eclectic gathering of some of our favourites. Whether you’re in need of an authentic tapas experience, hoping to delve into some dim sum or just looking to wile away the hours at a charming gastropub, our collection of the best restaurants in south London comes out top trumps.

Last updated on 29th August 2018

The Exhibit

414 user reviews 4

Regularly topping up Balham's rumblin' tums, The Exhibit serves carefully curated drinks and a hearty menu of fresh British produce. Bag yourself a table and get ready for a festival of eating; there's everything from roasted pheasant to Grilled royal beam and Galloway beef burgers with all the trimmings. There's an eclectic entertainment programme for dessert, too.

Blues Kitchen Brixton

4 user reviews 5

Look out for the meat sweats, they'll get you when you're dining at the Blues Kitchen. Rich and tender Texan BBQ goods come slow-smoked on site, with the biggest selection of bourbon and rye in London on cue to help wash it all down. Pig out at one of the best BBQ restaurants in South London but don't go too crazy; there's dancing to be done afterwards with live bands and DJs playing funk & soul until 2am at weekends.

Camino Bankside

2 user reviews 5

Inspired by the rustic, traditional bistros of Madrid, Camino is Southwark's newest Tapas and wine bar. From delectable exe cheeses, mouth-watering prawns in a garlic sauce and succulent steak served with a potent portobello mushroom, this South London hotspot will definitely leave you well-fed and wanting more. Bursting full of life and the vibrant flair that's come to define Spanish life, Camino is certainly well-worth a visit.

Cartel Battersea

5 user reviews 2

Cartel in Battersea is a tequila and taqueria bar that celebrates the best flavours that Mexico has to offer. Alongside a range of fresh tequila and Mezcal-infused cocktails, guests can enjoy a variety of hand-pressed taco dishes - think pulled chicken cooked in Mezcal and slow-cooked beef brisket served with chorizo and radish. 


12 user reviews 4

Expect to experience flavours from the far flung corners of the world at Mommi where the cultures of Japan and South America collide for cocktails and culinary specials. The bar is well versed in punchy piscos and the kitchen will exhilarate your palate with plates that have been crafted with Asian and Latin leanings. 

Tanner and Co

82 user reviews 4

If it's an extensive menu of tasty favourites with modern tweaks that you're looking for, then look no further than this Bermondsey haunt, just round the corner from London Bridge station. Tuck into a delicious dish as you nestle into cosy sofa seats and soak up the homely vibes.

Based in the shadow of the O2, Market Brasserie is a luxurious restaurant and bar that couples great flavours with an amazing setting. Armed with its own rooftop cocktail bar, boasting breathtaking views of London's skyline, the venue's kitchen serves a range of classic British recipes, including fresh seafood plates, hearty roast dinners and flavoursome cheese boards. 

Found within a stone's throw of the Oval cricket ground, the Fentiman Arms is rightly considered one of the best gastropubs in south London. Homely and snug, the venue has made a name for itself with its glorious range of British cooking; take your pick between sausage & mash, chicken pie and beer-battered fish & chips, available to enjoy in the garden in the summer months.

Rosa's Thai Cafe Brixton

26 user reviews 4

The famous Rosa's Thai Cafe brand has spread its wings and now boasts sites south of the river, in Brixton and Tooting. Having been created by a husband and wife that were inspired by their travels across Asia, the restaurant uses a selection of fresh ingredients and traditional recipes to create authentic Thai dishes that have all been infused with modern influences. Guests can tuck into the likes of Rosa's green curry, chilli and basil stir fry and salmon red curry. 

The Refinery, Bankside

142 user reviews 4

Promising "industrial sophistication" just a stone's throw from the Tate Modern, The Refinery is another of our favourite restaurants south of the river. Bright, airy and undeniably sophisticated, the food here is fantastic, but it's the range of innovative cocktails and global wines that really stand out here. Ideal for business brunches, after-work lounging or dinner and drinks with friends.

The Jam Tree Clapham

92 user reviews 3

Open as a bar and restaurant during the day, this south London restaurant doubles up as a late-night party den to cater for all of Clapham's needs. The Jam Tree is a versatile space offering "a unique collection of tastes and flavours", and keep an eye-out for the bookshelf which leads to a private bar, with its own ping pong table and access to the patio garden.


58 user reviews 4

There's only a handful of places in London where you can dance all night then return for a hearty hangover cure the next morning. Gigalum is one of these glorious all-rounders, trading in its cocktail bar rep for a good quality restaurant come day-time. Feast on a high-quality range of treats whipped up by an award-winning chef - Gigalum serves restaurant standard food at pub grub prices.

Bunga Bunga Battersea

26 user reviews 4

Bunga Bunga is one of a kind. Paying a tongue-in-cheek homage to the culinary delights of Italy, with an entire floor dedicated to the wonders of the Eurovision Song Contest, Bunga Bunga is one of the best restaurants in South London for a taste of Italy. The place to go for fun times, good food and expertly mixed drinks, you'll struggle to find anything in the same league of Bunga Bunga. Book a space at one of the top restaurants in London to avoid disappointment. 

SO.UK Clapham

20 user reviews 4

Named after open air Arabic markets, SOUK is a bar and restaurant in Clapham that offers a taster of Middle Eastern opulence; with the smell of incense thickening the air, dimmed lights and sensual dark tones. As one of the most popular restaurants south of the river, SOUK pairs its exotic menu with an extensive selection of wines and opens up the dancefloor to get the party going after dinner.