Best restaurants in Brixton

Undecided on where to eat in Brixton? Look no further, we have put our taste buds through their paces on a mission to discover the very best that SW2 has to offer. We have whittled it down, singled out the best from the rest and popped our findings into a handy list of the best restaurants in Brixton. So now it's over to you to pick out just one. Good luck.

Updated on 12 December 2019

Don't panic, the rumours are not true, you don't have to be cool to hang out in Brixton, it turns out you just have to be hungry. With Brixton being one of London's most bustling boroughs, brimming with culture and originality it's only right that this trendy hub in South London has some incredible eateries to boot.

It cannot be denied that Brixton has had somewhat of a glow up, if you will, in the last decade or so. With this came a rise in popularity and so along came a flood of new restaurants. Whether you’re heading down to Brixton Village Market on the lookout for new foodie finds, hot desking in need of the best coffee or searching for a culinary delight in Pop Brixton, we’ve got it covered. 

We've learnt from experience that disappointment peaks when faced with a below average, overpriced meal and so our roundup has everything you need to know about the places you must visit in Brixton. Click through to each restaurant’s listing to see our thoughts on menu items, price, restaurant decor and ambiance and (of course) the all-important taste test. Our honest reviews mean you won't miss a trick when choosing your next meal. 

Any locals out there who already know the Brixton scene please let us know what you think the best restaurant is, and you never know, it might be added to our list for other lucky people to explore. Contact us at Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Barrio Brixton

Barrio Brixton

30 Acre Lane, London, SW2 5SG

Samba-ing its Latino vibes to lively Brixton, the success of Barrio’s Angel, Soho and Shoreditch sites has equaled welcoming this new cool hangout to the suburb of soul. Cue the tequila cocktails, tacos and (attempted) salsa dancing.
South American
Bars
Tsunami

Tsunami

5-7 Voltaire Road, London, SW4 6DQ

Ok, this one is strictly in Clapham, but it's worth the short stroll. Tsunami brings a taste of London’s west-end to the south. This stylish and super tasty Japanese jaunt hosts a sushi rolling school, an incredibly priced set menu and all you can eat offers.
£30 - £49
Sushi
Japanese
Kricket Brixton

Kricket Brixton

41-43 Atlantic Road, London, SW9 3JS

Born and raised in Pop Brixton, Kricket now dominates under the railway arches. This modern Indian must see offers delicious, seasonal small plates in a cosy atmosphere- you can also visit the cocktail bar next door.
£30 - £49
Indian
Naughty Piglets

Naughty Piglets

28 Brixton Water Lane, London, SW2 1PE

Creative French inspired sharing plates, a focus on low intervention wine and an intimate atmosphere? Check, check, check. Visit the wonderfully friendly team lead by husband and wife Joe and Margaux Sharrat to make you feel right at home in this cool neighbourhood.
£30 - £49
International
The Laundry Brixton

The Laundry Brixton

The Laundry at Walton Lodge, Brixton, SW9 8PL

The Laundry is an all-day restaurant, wine bar and bottle shop in Brixton. The space is pleasingly shabby chic, with a bright and modern color palette and offers a venue for meals from breakfast through to dinner, with brunch served on weekends. Those looking for a quick pitstop can also buy takeaway coffee, while the wide selection of interesting bottles (to either enjoy at the bar or at home) is a further draw. 

£30 - £49
International
Duck Duck Goose

Duck Duck Goose

49 Brixton Station Road, London, SW9 8PQ

Duck Duck Goose marks itself ‘informal, affordable and buzzy’ and we'd have to agree. With a menu inspired by Hong Kong's incredible street food and playful, contemporary decor, Duck Duck Goose brings a fun Cantonese touch that Pop Brixton has been missing.
£30 - £49
Chinese
Sorella

Sorella

148 Clapham Manor Street , London, SW4 6BX

A Clapham restaurant just a short stroll from Brixton, Sorella (meaning sister) has definitely earned its place in La Famiglia alongside renowned The Dairy, Darbys and CounterCulture. Robin and Sarah Gill’s local italian takes us from SW London to the amalfi coast. This spot is open for lunch and dinner.
£30 - £49
Italian
Okan

Okan

Unit 39 Brixton Village Market, London, SW9 8PS

Establishing its roots in Brick Lane back in 2002, Okan has since opened a permanent site by Brixton Village providing Japanese street food at its best. This Brixton restaurant takes its name from ‘okonomi’ meaning ‘as you like it’, and we do like it, a lot.
Under £30
Japanese
Nanban

Nanban

426 Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8LF

A buzzing Southern-Japanese restaurant nestled on the edge of Brixton Village Market, Naban is extremely popular due to its Masterchef roots (thank you Tim Anderson) and inimitable ramen menu. Yet amongst the buzz it somehow manages to feel intimate.
Under £30
Japanese
The Shrub & Shutter

The Shrub & Shutter

336 Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8QH

The guys behind The Shrub and Shutter have a real nack of adding a little theatre to the table without the usual gimmicks. They really seem to know what they’re doing as they are also the names behind Herne Hill’s popular First Aid Box and Blinder. 
£30 - £49
Bars
International
Roe

Roe

Unit s38 Pop Brixton, 89 Brixton Station Rd, London, SW9 8PQ

Sustainable seafood, local produce, organic wines and eco spirits equal a yes from us. After already more than proving he knows seafood, renowned Irish chef Simon Whiteside’s introduces Roe, his first solo venture in an intimate shipping container in Pop Brixton.
Under £30
British
First Aid Box and Blinder

First Aid Box and Blinder

119 Dulwich Road, London, SE24 0NG

The latest venture from the guys that brought us The Shrub and Shutter, Chris Edwards and Dave Tregenza’s, this new residency promises their wonderfully ‘medicinal’ cocktails which are both healthy and  delicious. As a bonus, bottomless brunch here is just what the doctor ordered.
Bars
Smoke & Salt

Smoke & Salt

Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, London, SW9 8PW

Smoke and Salt does what it says on the tin; using ancient techniques of smoking, curing and preserving. Talented chefs Aaron and Remi bring simple yet stunning small plates to the hustle and bustle of Pop Brixton.
Under £30
British
Salon

Salon

18 Market Row, London, SW9 8LD

Salon has well and truly earned its place as the cream of the crop in foodies' favourite, Brixton Village Market. Visit the bar for shared plates and snacks or the restaurant upstairs for the set menu. Let's call it fine dining but without the fuss.
£30 - £49
Modern European
Maremma

Maremma

36 Brixton Water Lane, London, SW2 1PE

A welcome addition to this greedy little corner of Brixton, this new neighbourhood Tuscan restaurant showcases a concise authentic menu that leaves us feeling extremely satisfied yet somehow wanting more.
£30 - £49
Italian
Cattivo

Cattivo

207 Ferndale Road, London, SW9 8BE

Cattivo translates to ‘bad’ in Italian but we promise this place is anything but. Hackney’s Martello Hall and Brixton’s own Canova Hall welcome Cattivo to La Famiglia as their more sophisticated, chilled little sister.
Under £30
Bars
Italian
The Blues Kitchen Brixton

The Blues Kitchen Brixton

40 Acre Lane, London, SW2 5SP

A drop of America’s dirty deep south meets south London bringing with it Texan BBQ favourites, an all American brunch (we see you. bacon stacked pancakes), over 80 different Bourbons and live music every night.
£30 - £49
North American
Bars
Park’s Edge Bar & Kitchen

Park’s Edge Bar & Kitchen

49-51 Norwood Road, London, London, SE24 9AA

Truffle mash, we repeat, truffle mash. Park's Edge Bar and Kitchen seeks a whole new world of flavours and welcomes them comfortably to Herne Hill. Their impressive fresh food kitchen sources and supports independent British farmers and local producers.
£30 - £49
British
Kaosarn

Kaosarn

Brixton Village Market, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London, SW9 7EL

Street food lovers, Kaosarn is calling. With well priced, authentic Thai food and a laid back atmosphere, it is no wonder Kaosarn pulls in the crowds of Brixton Village Market. Did we mention its BYOB?
Under £30
Thai
Canova Hall

Canova Hall

250 Ferndale Road, London, SW9 8BQ

Canova Hall is the equally cool sister to Hackney’s Martello Hall, and it’s clear these sisters have style. The humbling Edwardian building isn't the only impressive detail of Canova Hall. Whether you're bottomless brunching, hot desking or attending a gin masterclass it's clear Canvova Hall is the hostess with the mostess.
Under £30
Bars
International
The Rum Kitchen Brixton

The Rum Kitchen Brixton

435-437 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London, SW9 8LN

With some of the tastiest jerk chicken that London has to offer, over 100 different rums and a basement bursting with live music the Rum Kitchen effortlessly transports us from Brixton to the Caribbean and we’re not coming back in a hurry.
£30 - £49
Caribbean

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