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.

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Last updated on 19th June 2024


Head down to the gorgeous setting of Battersea Rise and enjoy some authentic Vietnamese cuisine, with picturesque views. Whether you're in the mood for a healthy salad, noodles that pack a punch or an aromatic curry, Pho has got you covered. 

Copper Ceylon

This gem of an eatery can be found on East Street in Bromley, filled with plush velvet booths and low lighting while serving authentic dishes using fresh ingredients and spices imported from Sri Lanka. Dishes here include king fish curry, creamy coconut dhal and shrimp chilli sambol, earning them an prize for Best Sri Lankan Restaurant in the 2022 London Curry Awards.

Balans - Various Sites

Balans Soho Society has come south of the river to deliver their 'too much of a good thing is a very good thing' ethos, with a mix high and low life décor, eccentric touches and a Bohemian attitude.


Looking for a beautiful new brunch spot? Megan's boasts a number of spots south of the river, as well as East Dulwich and Clapham Common with floral decor and fairy lights aplenty. A favourite with bloggers and the MIC crowd, these venues are perfect for the 'Gram.


Get your tastebuds at the ready for a gluten-free feast at Paladar, an impressive eatery in Waterloo serving up delectable sharing plates in a vibrant venue. A centre of excellence for Latin American cuisine in London, they've got deliciously eclectic mix-and-match approach grub as well as yummy cocktails, wines and spirits from their bar. We'd recommend grabbing a helping of grilled chimichurri prawns and finishing off by nibbling on sweet corn cake served with guava compote and fresh cheese ice cream.

GBK Dulwich

GBK on Lordship Lane is the perfect destination for those looking for a bite to eat in a laid-back environment - and a bargain too. Nab one of its famous patties and a drink for £7.95, or browse a menu full of creative favourites. The Hey Pesto is a stand-out, featuring hand-breaded chicken and crispy bacon. 

Mamma Dough - Restaurants In London

When it comes to pizza restaurants in South London, Mamma Dough's locations in Ladywell, Peckham, Brixton, Sydenham and South Norwood ought to fit the bill. Expect a load of sourdough slices slathered in tasty toppings, with cocktails, wine or beers to wash it down.

The Refinery, Bankside


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.

Bala Baya

Tucked away in Southwark's Old Union arches, Bala Baya is a stunning Middle eastern restaurant decoreated in exposed brick walls and lots of greenery, with a beautiful mezzanine dining area to boot. The cuisine here is largely inspired by Tel Aviv, with dishes ranging from yellowfin tuna topped by avocado and pineapple to cauliflower steak crumble or lamb kebab dumplings. The drinks here are equally impressive, as the cocktail menu has been crafted by an award-winning bartender and features lots of unique ingredients.

The Gourmet Bar

Found within Novotel Greenwich, The Gourmet Bar is a relaxing restaurant that promises delicious contemporary eats and a relaxing atmosphere. Its interiors are modern and quirky, with colourful art fixed to the walls and velvet sofas lounging about. Visit to tuck into the likes of jerk chicken burgers, baked camembert, plus salt and pepper squid. 


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If you're seeking a South London restaurant with a difference, Auberge offers a delicious French menu and stunning scenes of the city, including a peek at The Shard. Make your way inside this pretty Waterloo bistro and bar, where you'll get to clink glasses of red vino, all while delving into European delicacies like duck confit, steak frites and so much more. This classy joint is designed to fit the bill for anything from a romantic dinner to a celebratory birthday meal or just a night out with friends.

Meat & Shake Tooting

Making a name for itself as one of South London's best casual dining spots, Meat & Shake in Tooting plates up hearty meat-based dishes with flavoursome, freshly-made shakes. Enjoy a belly-warming brisket, sink your chops into a seasoned steak or enjoy a cheese and sauce topped burger that's full of attitude.


Bottomless Dinner and 3 other offers

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.

The Fentiman Arms

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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.

Berberè Clapham

If you're on the hunt for places to eat in Clapham, we recommend heading to Berberè. Not only does the restaurant knock up some killer pizzas, but also a top-notch selection of cocktails and snacks. When the weather warms, the outdoor terrace is also a great shout.

The Red Duck

Traditional Chinese flavours with a modern twist? Sign us up. Make your way over to The Red Duck in Balham and you'll get just that, including crowd-pleasing favourites like chicken chow mein, salt and pepper squid, and sirloin beef in black bean sauce.