Best Seafood Restaurants In London

Crustaceans and critters of the ocean unite, on your plate. Seeing as the UK is one almighty island, it's no wonder we have some of the freshest fish in the world. From fillets of cod and line-caught tuna to mussels and oysters with Champagne, seafood in this city is an anything goes kind of game. Check out our recommendations for London's best seafood restaurants - whether you're after sustainable salmon or Michelin star plates.

Something more specific in mind? Check out London's best lobster spots or where to find seafood boil in London.

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Last updated on 24th April 2024




28-50 Wine Bars - Various Sites

If you're looking for somewhere special to eat seafood in London, any of the 28-50 Wine Bars are a great choice. Made up of luxurious interiors, pastel hues and floral touches, their gorgeous haunts serve up seasonal specials like pan-fried cod, seabass with fennel and capers or smoked salmon coated in pickled cucumber, alongside expertly curated wine lists of course. With venues in Chelsea, Oxford Circus and Marylebone, these destinations are ideal for date nights or fancy meals with friends all over the city.

Daffodil Mulligan

If you're a fan of fresh prawns, oysters and clams, then you'll love Daffodil Mulligan - an Irish-style restaurant with an international menu. Owned by celebrity chef Richard Corrigan, the restaurant promises delicious seafood and sharing plates, all served with a natural wine list to pair with their unique flavours. What's more, there's a stylish basement bar blow for after-dinner drinks, and you can catch live music here on a regular basis as well.

The Seashell of Lisson Grove

Having been situated in Marylebone for more than 60 years, The Seashell of Lisson Grove is a quirky seafood restaurant in central London, showcasing an eye-catching octopus bar and aquarium seating area among their art deco interiors. In addition, the venue slings out seafood and fish 'n' chips - think popcorn cod and calamari strips with bottomless fries on the side, or a sophisticated moules mariniere served with fresh bread.

Wright Brothers South Kensington

Nestled in South Kensington, Wright Brothers is slinging out an extensive menu of sustainable seafood from their Parisienne artisan bistro-inspired venue. Not only can you gobble down hearty favourites, like fish pie and mussels in white wine, but also hefty shellfish platters, featuring freshly shucked oysters. After dinner, be sure to head down to The Mermaid cocktail bar below, where you'll find a speakeasy-inspired space for intimate drinks - perfect for date nights. And if you're looking for a fish restaurant in London's Borough Market, they've got a location there too.

Sea Garden & Grill Tooting

The clue's in the name at Sea Garden & Grill in Tooting. This fabulous venue not only flaunts pretty interiors and a family dining style, but is also home to fresh fish from Cornwall that's caught by locals and a range of molecular cocktails to wash it all down with. Think ocean-inspired drinks, from souvenir oyster pearls to edible bubbles, paired with scallop gratin, tuna tartar, lobster tail and more. And if you're on the hunt for the best seafood platter in London, then be sure to try out their pork and octopus extravaganza.

Iberica

Iberica has got to be one of the best fish restaurants in London, whether you're looking to soak up after-work drinks with colleagues or find a romantic spot for date night, aurounded by quirky interiors filled with ornaments. Boasting venues in Canary Wharf, Marylebone, Farringdon and beyond, you can expect a mouthwatering menu of Spanish tapas seafood plates, like calamari fritters or hake tempura, with a vibrant atmosphere to match.

Sea Containers

If you're looking for romantic seafood restaurants in London with a view, Sea Containers is a go-to. With its unique maritime inspired interiors, incredible views of the Thames and expertly curated menu of seasonal dishes, the venue is an ideal location for munching on fresh fish, oysters and ceviche - combining Modern American and British cuisine with West Indian influences, inspired by the cultural history of head chef Tom Dixon. They've even got an impressive open-plan kitchen with its own wood-fired oven, so you can watch while the talented team prepares your meal.

Trishna

Looking for Michelin star seafood restaurants in London? Specialising in contemporary coastal Indian cuisine, Trishna boasts a series of sumptuous tasting menus alongside their everyday offerings. Think peanut garlic prawns, curry leaf scallops and seafood pilau, alongside plenty of non-fish options, in an elegant yet laidback venue. The drinks menu here is equally impressive, with a wine list that showcases independent producers from all over the world, highlighting emerging new regions.

The Drift

When it comes to seafood dining, there aren't many restaurants that have stolen the city's heart quite like The Drift, flaunting floor-to-ceiling windows and ornate lampshades. Serving only the finest in seasonal dishes, guests can indulge in a wide choice of fish plates and weekly seafood specials in a bright and airy setting - think Cornish cod in a lemon and herb sauce, salmon fillets or a classic fish 'n' chips. This venue can be found at the base of the Heron Tower, ideal for after work dining in The City.

Inamo Covent Garden

Unlimited Asian tapas & sushi with free-flowing wine or beer £44.95 per person and 2 other offers

Inamo is renowned for its quirky dining experience and menu of stunning fish dishes - and with several plates costing under a tenner this a great shout for cheap seafood restaurants in London too. Head to their Covent Garden outpost to place your order on the interactive tabletop menu, featuring Pan-Asian plates like the signature dragon roll, sashimi platters and mussels in Thai green sauce. There are even fun games to play on the screen while you wait.

The Seafood Bar

Looking for a sea-sational experience in London? The Seafood Bar is a family-run restaurant serving the freshest goods in town. Housed in a Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse on Dean Street, it's decked out in clean and crisp decpr, with a bit of mood lighting and a giant crab mural to set the tone. As for the food, from loaded seafood platters heaving with mussels, cockles, razor clams, and more to sustainably bred oysters, crustaceans, and mixed grills, they've got it all.

Monmouth Kitchen

New Year’s Eve Dining Experience and 2 other offers

Making many people's list of the top 10 seafood restaurants in London and offering a delicious range of Peruvian and Italian plates, Monmouth Kitchen is easily one of the best around. Complete with simplistic white interiors, exposed concrete columns and marble-topped tables, this is a truly stylish spot for dining. From their range of ceviche options, to crispy calamari and robata king prawns, their expertly created dishes are sure to wow. To top it all off, you can dine on their beautiful outdoor terrace in the summer months as well.

Faber Hammersmith

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Faber in Hammersmith is all about seafood, from anchovy butter on sourdough bread to battered hake with mushy peas and curry sauce. Their menu changes daily to showcase the best of freshly-caught British fish, which you can pair with a selection of fine English wines. The happy hours here are pretty impressive too, offering £2 oysters and two for £14 cocktails every single day. Need a break from the office? Then check out their £20 Worker's Lunch menu, which includes a main course paired with a wine, beer or soft drink of your choice between 12 and 4pm on weekdays.

Bloomsbury Street Kitchen

Group offer £50 : 25% off beverages and 6 other offers

Like the sound of seafood truffle risotto and yellowfin tuna sashimi? Then Bloomsbury Street Kitchen is the place for you. Expect a menu of Japanese and Mediterranean small plates, rounded off with sake, fine wine and signature cocktails - all served up in dark, sultry surrounds. You can also eat right in front of the chefs with a degustation or omakase menu at Kitchen Table. What's more, their plates for £28 set menu is perfect if you're after an affordable seafood restaurant in London.

Scoff & Banter - Various Sites

From smoked salmon with toasted rye bread through to seared sea bass and tiger prawns, Scoff & Banter is a top choice for seafood. Wherever you are in the city you won't be far from these contemporary venues - try their restaurants in either Oxford Street, Canary Wharf, Bloomsbury or Kensington. They've even got an entire vegan menu if you're bringing along your plant-based friends.

Fish Market

The Fish Market is a bright, casual seafood restaurant only a two-minute walk from Liverpool Station, meaning you can hop off the train and wander on over to the historical warehouse to enjoy a fresh catch of the day or some nibbles at its Crustacea Bar. On the menu you can expect everything from oysters and Champagne fish and chips done properly, along with mixed sharing platters and indulgent desserts like sticky toffee pudding.

Steak & Lobster - Various Sites

If you've got a hankering for meat and fish pairings, then look no further than Steak & Lobster. These swish seafood restaurants in Central London and beyond serve up a neat selection of crustacean-focused dishes (as the name would suggest), along with hearty meat offerings and a choice of classic cocktails. Tuck into surf and turf croquettes to start, followed by lobster served whole or paired with mac and cheese.

Seabird

Found on the rooftop of The Hoxton hotel in Southwark, Seabird is a seafood lover's idea of heaven. Alongside stunning views of the city from the 14th floor, you can expect European-inspired dishes like smoked paprika mackerel, Basque prawn stew or lobster with chimichurri dressing, as well as the longest oyster list in London. Don't skip the drinks menu either, as it features everything from biodynamic wines to classic whisky cocktails or more exotic concoctions like the fruity Sunbird.

Orasay

This elegant Notting Hill spot dishes up Scottish-inspired seafood, all sourced fresh from UK producers. Run by chef-restaurateur Jackson Boxer, with a menu inspired by his childhood holidays in the Outer Hebrides, Orasay serves oysters, octopus tacos and white crab paired with black truffle, alongside a list of over 60 wines to choose from. The venue itself boasts antique French oak furniture and hand-dyed linens, creating a rustic but sophisticated setting for dining.

Darby's

Created by MasterChef star Robin Gill, Darby's is a trendy oyster bar and all-day restaurant that brings quality Irish produce to Battersea. Their interiors are New York-inspired, from the high ceilings and exposed brick walls to sophisticated leather furnishings, while the menu features smoked chalk stream trout, grilled turbot, devilled brown crab and much more. You can easily find a bargain here too, from their daily happy hours to the set weekday lunch menu which offers two courses for £26.

The London Shell Co

If you want to feel a little closer to the food you're eating, then set sail on The London Shell Co - a boat-turned-restaurant on the picturesque Regent's Canal. Expect crispy sardines, cod's roe, Cornish crab risotto and more across a seven-course tasting menu, or nab a platter of oysters for £25. As for drinks, you can sip on a choice of five classic cocktails like margaritas or a negroni, as well as plenty of different wines. You won't find a much more beautiful view while dining, so make sure to nab a table here between Wednesday and Sunday when this venue heads out on the water.

J Sheekey Oyster Bar

Found in the heart of the West End, halfway between Covent Garden and Leicester Square for pre or post-theatre eats, J Sheekey Oyster Bar offers all-day dining from its vibrant red venue. The focus here is on sustainable seafood which is all responsibly sourced, whether you're tucking into sea bream ceviche, shrimp and crab burgers or their signature oysters and Champagne. Dining with someone less keen on fish? No worries, they offer plenty of meat and veggie options too.

Escocesa

The best of British seafood can be found at Stoke Newington tapas spot Escocesa, which has a name that means 'Scottish' in Spanish. Think hand-dived Orkney scallops, Cumbrae oysters that will only set you back £1.50 before 7pm during the week or all day on Sundays, and even octopus too - plus executive chef Pablo Rodriguez at the helm, whose stint at Michelin star restaurant Jean Luc Figueras in Catalunya grants him top-notch experience.

Cornerstone

If you find yourself in Hackney Wick, be sure to stop by Cornerstone. This spot specialises in inventive small plates, from chalk stream trout pastrami to pickled oysters and curried crab buns - created by chef Tom Brown. Dishes change regularly, in line with local and seasonal ingredients, while the venue itself fronts a clean, simple aesthetic and a jet black central kitchen which doubles as a counter bar. They feature a vast range of natural, organic and biodynamic wines as well, with their own bespoke blend of gin to boot.

Chicama

From the brains behind the popular Pachamama in Mayfair is Chicama, a Peruvian seafood restaurant located in Chelsea. Head chef Erren Nathaniel is whipping up delicious ceviche, crab salads and a daily selection of fish fresh from the market, with drinks focusing on pisco, mezcal and Japanese whisky. When summer rolls around be sure to check out their gorgeous terrace too, complete with rustic wooden tables and plenty of greenery.

Randall and Aubin

This stylish seafood restaurant in Soho is complete with marble tables and a retro disco ball, where they'll expertly recommend fish dishes to pair with your chosen Champagne as part of their 'fizz first' policy. Each item on the menu is carefully crafted by celebrity chef Ed Baines, with the likes of rock shrimp tempura, Devon crab and spaghetti alle vongole up for grabs, with a particular focus on shellfish.

Wiltons

Established as an oyster stall in 1742, Wiltons is a seriously old-school restaurant found in Mayfair. Think decadent furnishings and gold decor, with beautiful paintings filling the walls. As for the menu, expect traditional, sophisticated plates like potted shrimp, smoked salmon and lobster, as well as a dedicated oyster bar in keeping with tradition. As for drinks? These guys specialise in London dry gin and Champagne, alongside an extensive wine list and creative cocktails like the pink negroni.

Brat

For Basque-inspired food in the heart of Shoreditch, check out the Michelin-starred Brat - from Kitty Fisher's former head chef Tomos Parry. Expect the likes of roasted cockles, spider crab with tomato and whole turbot dishes on the menu, alongside an extensive selection of wine and bubbles, to be enjoyed in elegant, minimalist interiors. Wondering what to drink with your meal? Check out the selection of vinos from fine wine importers Keeling Andrew & Co - the import arm of Noble Rot.

Prawn On The Lawn

Fish doesn't get much fresher than it is at Prawn On The Lawn, who use daily seafood deliveries from Cornwall and Devon to whip up an ever-changing menu of small plates, oysters, whole lobsters and more. This laidback spot is just a two-minute walk from Highbury and Islington station, fronting wooden tables and exposed brick walls to create a rustic, cosy feeling as you dine. The drinks don't disappoint here either, as they've got everything from classic cocktails to wines from an award-winning organic vineyard on the South West coast.