Best restaurants in Bethnal Green

East London has quickly become a very important part of London’s thriving restaurant scene with Shoreditch, Hackney and Dalston all home to some of the city’s most lauded spots. Another East London area which is really starting to come into prominence with regards to food is Bethnal Green. The food offering in Bethnal Green varies from good pub grub to swanky modern European dining and Venezuelan street food, so you won’t be short of cuisines to pick from. However, with so many different options to pick from, we thought we’d make things a little easier by creating this guide to the best Bethnal Green restaurants.

Updated on 28 January 2020

It’s fair to say that Bethnal Green was a bit of a different place 20 years or so ago. Full of what used to be regarded as dodgy pubs and clubs, it wasn’t at all the sort of place you’d think of visiting to spend a nice day off. However, nowadays it’s a completely different story.

Home to museums such as the V&A museum of childhood, plenty of lovely coffee shops, the hugely fun Bethnal Green working men’s club, and of course the Columbia Road flower market amongst other things, there are plenty of reasons why you might find yourself in Bethnal Green. And if you do, you might want to find somewhere nearby to eat whist your there.

What makes Bethnal Green’s food scene particularly stand out is the whole host of contrasting cuisines on offer, as well as the complete mixture of old and new; restaurants vary from old-school boozers which now have a great food offering, to fashionable modern spots which people know about from further afield. The fact is that whatever sort of thing you’re looking for in Bethnal Green and regardless of the price you want to pay, there’s something there for you. That is why we’ve put together this little guide of the best restaurants in Bethnal Green.

Corner Room

Corner Room

Town Hall Hotel, Patriot Square, London, E2 9NF

Based on the first floor of the rather smart Town Hall Hotel, the Corner Room is famous both for its highly instagrammable wall of hanging lights and also its amazing value small plate-style menu from head chef John Christie.
£30 - £49
Modern European
Verdi

Verdi's

237 Mile End Road, London, London, E1 4AA

Sat on the busy Mile End Road, Verdi’s is a traditional, independent Italian restaurant serving a crowd-pleasing menu including wood-fired pizzas, big bowls of pasta, and classic meat dishes such as chicken Milanese.
Under £30
Mediterranean
Italian
Palmers

Palmers

238 Roman Road, London, E2 0RY

Run by a father and son team, Palmers may not look like much from the outside but the modern European food served inside is difficult not to like. Classic dishes including a roasted rack of lamb are served in a beautifully relaxed atmosphere.
£30 - £49
International
Brawn

Brawn

49 Columbia Road, London, E2 7RG

This bright and airy spot right on Columbia Road serves a menu of French-inspired small dishes. Dishes on the menu might include ricotta ravioli with braised greens and pine nuts, followed by a bergamot and lemon posset with meringue.
£30 - £49
French
Laxeiro

Laxeiro

93 Columbia Road, London, E2 7RG

Bursting full of charm and fun, Laxeiro is an old-school family-run Spanish restaurant on Columbia Road. Serving a traditional Spanish menu which is focused around tapas-style dishes, you also can order the amazing paella for two.
£30 - £49
Spanish
The Camel

The Camel

277 Globe Road, London, E2 0JD

If it’s charm you want, then look no further than the Camel. Sitting right behind the museum of childhood, this cute pub has a small menu of British classics. However, whilst the food is good, this place is just as much about the beer and the people inside.
Under £30
Gastropub
Ombra Bar

Ombra Bar

1 Vyner Street, London, E2 9DG

Sat right beside the Regent’s canal, Ombra aims to bring the feel of a Venetian bacaro to Bethnal Green. Its daily-changing menu varies from cicchetti to bowls of freshly made pasta and can be enjoyed alongside a bottle of wine from the lengthy list.
Bars
Sager + Wilde Restaurant

Sager + Wilde Restaurant

250 Paradise Row, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9LE

Based just around the corner from its sister wine bar, Sager and Wilde restaurant is built into a railway arch and serves a beautiful modern European menu of seasonally changing dishes, all of which are prettily presented.
£30 - £49
Modern European
Bars
Wine Bars
Clutch Chicken

Clutch Chicken

4 Ravenscroft Street, London, London, E2 7QG

Aiming to appeal to the 'dude-food' crowd, Clutch Chicken serves ethically-sourced, free-range fried chicken in a painted ex-pub, just off Columbia Road. With buckets of chicken available as well wings, and plenty of sides, think a more up-market, higher quality KFC.
£30 - £49
North American
Lahpet

Lahpet

58 Bethnal Green Road, London, London, E1 8JW

Having started its life as a street food stall, Lahpet’s now permanent restaurant on Bethnal Green Road serves contemporary Burmese food packed full of flavour. This bright, modern restaurant is the perfect place to get cosy and fill your face.
Under £30
Burmese
Bistrotheque

Bistrotheque

23-27 Wadeson Street, London, E2 9DR

Based in a white-washed warehouse, not far from the canal, Bistrotheque is an incredibly cool and very instagrammable restaurant. Serving an appealing modern European menu at incredibly reasonable prices, it’s one you really must check out.
£30 - £49
Modern European
Arepa & Co Bethnal Green

Arepa & Co Bethnal Green

254 Paradise Row, London, E2 9LE

Named of course after the Venezuelan street food that it has become known for, Arepa & Co in Bethnal Green serves the famous stuffed cornbread alongside a wider menu of other Venezuelan delights.
£30 - £49
South American
The Marksman

The Marksman

254 Hackney Road, London, London, E2 7SJ

Whilst the ground floor of The Marksman may just look like your run-of-the-mill boozer, the upstairs is as wacky as you like with an entirely woven ceiling. You can enjoy the exciting menu, which helped this spot win Michelin Pub of the Year, in either room.
£30 - £49
Gastropub
One Michelin star
Chiringuito

Chiringuito

Museum Gardens, Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA

When you think of Bethnal Green, you probably aren’t imagining a beach bar, but Chiringuito, based in a converted public toilet, turns that on its head. Enjoy the Peruvian-inspired food menu alongside a cocktail or two in the ground floor café or on the roof terrace.
Bars
Da Terra

Da Terra

8 Patriot Square, London, E2 9NF

Another restaurant in the Town Hall Hotel is the Michelin-starred Da Terra where you can enjoy playful modern European dishes in the form of one of its two impressive tasting menus, all in a relatively relaxed setting.
Over £80
Modern European
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100

Want to eat somewhere else in East London? Check out our list of best restaurants in Shoreditch.