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 4th May 2023

The Exhibit

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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.

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.

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.


Looking for a beautiful new brunch spot? Megan's boasts a number of spots south of the river, as well as East Dulwich with floral decor and fairy lights aplenty. A favourite with bloggers and the MIC crowd, this venue will foodies posting plenty of great content to the 'Gram.

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.

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.


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. 

Prince of Wales

Prince of Wales is a charming gastropub and restaurant in Putney, serving a hearty mix of classic British dishes in a traditional setting. Head to this South West staple for the chance to drink and dine in cosy surroundings or on the heated outdoor terrace space.

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.