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 1st June 2021




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. 

The Exhibit

748 user reviews 4

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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 Refinery, Bankside

746 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.

Nanban

765 user reviews 4

Inspired as much by Japanese cuisine as by the melting pot of global flavours found in nearby Brixton market, Nanban offers some of the best Asian-fusion dishes in London. Located on Coldharbour Lane in the very heart of Brixton, it's one of the best restaurants in South London.

Terry's Cafe

1 user review 5

A South London institution, Terry's Cafe is the real deal when it comes to slap-up full English breakfasts and hearty sandwiches. Founded by Borough native, Terry, the old school Southwark spot is perfect for a casual get together or slow Sunday morning.

Looking for a beautiful new brunch spot? Megan's boast a number of spots south of the river with floral decor and fairy lights aplenty. A favourite with bloggers and the MIC crowd, Megan's will have you smacking your lips and posting plenty of great content to the 'gram. 

Rosa's Thai Cafe Brixton

114 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. 

Basil & Grape

115 user reviews 4

A  premier Italian restaurant and wine bar in Croyden, Basil & Grape serves a selection of authentic eats perfectly paired with a varied selection of delicious wines. Should you be searching for a midweek pick-me-up, they offer a Wednesday deals that'll make your mouth water. 

The Castle Tooting

1301 user reviews 4

Dose up on the best of the British when it comes to eating out in South London as The Castle provides the marker for some of the best gastro grub South of the river. Notable for their British bites, head on down for flavour and real ales combined. 

The Fentiman Arms

725 user reviews 4

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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.

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.

Maremma

490 user reviews 5

When it comes to Italian food, there's nothing quite like freshly cooked pasta and specially sourced wines. Head to Brixton Water Lane where you'll find just that, in the stunning laid-back setting of Maremma. Grab a seat at the communal table and tuck in.

Mommi

20 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. 

Meat & Shake Tooting

29 user reviews 4

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.

Marsha

113 user reviews 4

A cool restaurant on London's Southbank, this gorgeous bar and eatery is one for the poultry fans. Specialising in all things chicken, hunger diners can get stuck into plates of tenders with black truffle mayo and whole-roasted birds served with sides and pickles for sharing.

London House

2 user reviews 4

Head over to Battersea where London House is offering some of the finest eats in South London. Taking gastropub grub to new heights, you could find yourself tucking into a sumptuous selection of steaks, snacks, seasonal plates and delicious desserts, washed down with a bottle of the good stuff from their extensive wine list.

Haché Balham

13 user reviews 4

If you're looking for places to eat in Balham, head to Bedford Hill where Haché is serving up steaks, katsu chicken and vegan specials with an impressive burger list that's far beyond your usual. Wash it all down with beers, cocktails, wines and alcohol-free sips.

The Rookery Café is a charming kitchen in Streatham Common where you'll find all-day brunches, cheesy toasties and craft beers. What's more, it's also available for private hire, meaning you can book out the entire place for an intimate 'do with your mates.