Restaurants in Waterloo
Home to Britain's busiest railway station with approximately 100 million entries and exits a year, Waterloo is a hub for tourists and locals alike. But we're not here to talk about the commute. From dining spots with a view of the water to gorgeous Italian eateries and Southbank favourites, check out our recommendations for the best Waterloo restaurants.
Last updated on 22nd March 2023
Honest Burgers Waterloo
Few things excite quite like a big juicy burger, and few places know how to do them as well as Honest Burgers. Just shy of Southwark station, you'll find patty classics (including vegan burgers), rosemary chips and a casual atmosphere.
Skylon Bar and Restaurant
The Skylon Bar and Restaurant serves brasserie style fare in an elegant interior. The full length windows make for excellent people watching opportunities as well as panoramic views across the River Thames. A cool cocktail menu provides refreshing classic concoctions alongside a menu of modern British fare.
One of the coolest restaurants in Waterloo, Draughts is the Leake Street bar and kitchen bringing you more than just a few bites. Home to one of London's biggest board game collections, the quirky arch spot is frequented by avid gamers and novice dice-rollers alike.
Located in the brand-spanking-new station, BrewDog Waterloo is a firm choice for hearty fare in the city. When you're not throwing yourself down the slide, be sure to sink your teeth into signature plates, from buffalo loaded fries to a pork and brie burger with a sun-dried tomato sauce.
Mulberry Bush is a charming pub on the South Bank, boasting elegant yet vibrant interiors. It's also renowned for its delightful menu of British fare. Chow down on hearty pies, elevated sausage and mash, plus seriously hearty Sunday roasts.
Ping Pong Southbank
An equal walk from The London Eye and Waterloo station, Ping Pong is a must for those dining in the area after a pretty experience. From amazing Chinese dim sum to ceilings littered in flora, head here for date nights and a fun lunch combined.
The Windmill SE1
Slinging out a droolworthy range of pub grub, The Windmill SE1 is the place to go for hungry tums. Scoff down British classics, such as shepherd's pie and roast dinners, as well as wild mushroom and spinach gnocchi. Plus there's an enticing menu of liquid libations to boot.
Benugo @ BFI Southbank
Whether you need to warm up after a walk by the River Thames, fancy a pre-cinema bite or want to discuss a Tate Modern exhibition over a cocktail, BFI Southbank has got you covered. Pop over to chomp on a range of bites, from pizza and small plates to beetroot risotto and cod fishcakes.
The Duke of Sussex, Waterloo
While Waterloo isn't short of cosy pubs with great grub, The Duke of Sussex is a notch above the rest. With rustic interiors and a sprawling outdoor area, plus a fantastic menu of banging dishes, beers and wines, you can see why.
Atrio Restaurant & Bar
On the hunt for somewhere to eat in Waterloo? Atrio Restaurant & Bar is a great choice. It serves up Mediterranean and Italian dishes, with plates such as pumpkin and safe tortelloni and roast cod, which you can enjoy alongside wines, beers or cocktails.
The Refinery, Bankside
Located in the heart of Southwark Street near the Bankside area, this industrial looking restaurant has a lot of heart. With a seasonal menu that focuses on using fresh ingredients the menu is full of delights. The platter selections are great for those wishing to share with friends while the mains are just as mouth-watering and incredibly varied.
Unwined in Waterloo
If you're searching for places to eat in Waterloo, pay Unwined a visit. Offering a cosy space for curling up with a glass of wine, as well as a suntrap terrace for the warmer months, this charming restaurant bar will keep you coming back for its expertly sourced bottles and regular kitchen residencies.
If you've found yourself hankering for Italian food in Waterloo, then quirky restaurant Topolski is the way to go. Fronting flat bread pizzas and lighter bites like bruschetta and grazing boards, this former art bunker is one of the most unconventional nights out in London.
The Green Room
Whether you're strolling along the river, heading to the theatre or jumping on a late train, The Green Room is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat in stunning surroundings. With a glass frontage, huge outdoor terrace and crown-pleasing menu, it's sure to impress.
All Bar One Waterloo
While there's many places to eat in Waterloo, few give you the same combination of fun as All Bar One. Offering up a menu packed with classic British dishes, as well as a wine and cocktail list to wash it all down, it's hard not to have fun in All Bar One.
If you're on the hunt for Japanese restaurants in Waterloo, YO! Southbank should be your first port of call. Offering gorgeous views of the River Thames, this lovely eatery is renowned for its scrumptious nigiri, maki and California rolls, as well as curries, stir-fries and the like.
After restaurants near Waterloo? You'll find Antillean on Blackfriars Road, a restaurant that's whipping up colourful and flavoursome menus influenced by the multi-cultural heritage of the West Indies. Think seafood and sharing plates, all washed down with rum or cocktails.
Banh Bao Brothers
Set deep below Waterloo Station lies a hidden gem of Vietnamese small plates and Asian-inspired cocktails. Located in a once-abandoned archway, this uber-contemporary restaurant is the perfect spot for a casual mid-week bite to eat with friends.
Found in South Bank, Sticky Mango is a beautiful Thai restaurant boasting cascading pink blossoms, botanical wallpaper and traditional ornaments. Head on over to chomp on fragrant curries and succulent fish dishes, as well as an extensive range of tasty small plates.
Pizza Pilgrims Lower Marsh
If you're looking for Italian restaurants in Waterloo, Pizza Pilgrims have you covered. Whipping up award-winning Neapolitan pizza and serving it with plenty of beer, they're sure to offer you and your mates a crowd-pleasing meal out.
Looking for a top-tier boozer in Waterloo? Founders Arms has got you covered. This gorgeous glass-fronted pub not only offers fabulous views of the Thames and has a large patio overlooking St. Paul's, but also has a crackin' food and drinks menu to match.
Boasting moules frites, steak sandwiches, halloumi burgers and much more, Auberge is a fabulous restaurant in Waterloo. The venue also has gorgeous cocktails and a scenic rooftop bar - fab for amazing London views.