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 28th November 2022


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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.


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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.

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. 

The Exhibit

1003 user reviews 4

Bottomless Dinner and 2 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.


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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. 

Prince of Wales

71 user reviews 5

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.

Marsha Southbank

380 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.

The Fentiman Arms

988 user reviews 4

RWC package and 1 other offer

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.

Haché Balham

22 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 Refinery, Bankside

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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.

Meat & Shake Tooting

31 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.

Only Food And Courses

107 user reviews 5

Hot foot it to Brixton for a cool restaurant looking to take you back in time. Celebrating nostalgia with a nod to the 80s and 90s, the menu at Only Food And Courses is a unique take on old favourites, with beetroot bakewells, prawn cocktail and duck 'eclairs'.

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.