Best restaurants in Camden

Looking for the best restaurants in Camden? We’ve got you covered. Whatever your budget or preferred cuisine, our list of the best restaurants in Camden is sure to throw up an eatery that catches your eye. Camden is a borough that’s bursting with creativity and this is easily reflected its foodie scene. Home to one of the city’s most loved and popular street-food markets, Camden is the perfect place to grab a quick bite to eat or settle down for a night of good food, drink and company. Our team of professional food critics have scoured the streets of North West London eating their way around the borough, so we are confident that this is the only list of best restaurants in Camden, you ever need to consult.

Updated on 21 October 2019

Our pick of the best restaurants in Camden will help solve the dilemma of where to eat in North West London in no time at all. We’ve strolled the streets and shortlisted what we believe are the best restaurants in Camden, so that whatever your budget or favourite cuisine, you won’t go home hungry or unsatisfied.

North West London is overflowing with popular eateries and if you’re in the borough of Camden you’re pretty spoilt for choice. We’d highly recommend trying to tick every eatery in this list of best restaurants in Camden off before the year is out. Because why choose between fish and chips and curry when you can have both in a week?

Most of the venues in this list of the best restaurants in Camden, have been awarded a bronze or silver award from the dedicated SquareMeal team. Bronze indicates that a restaurant is very good, while silver is for excellent establishments. All of the restaurants listed in our guide have been tried and tested by our professional team of food critics, ensuring they really are the best restaurants in Camden and are certainly worth going out of your way for if you’re not local.

So whether you’ve got a craving for sushi, pizza, cheese toasties or pasta - we’re here to ensure you find somewhere to fill that hole.

Odette

Odette's

130 Regent's Park Road, London, NW1 8XL

Headed up by Welsh chef-patron Bryn Williams since 2008, Odette’s is more than a humble neighbourhood restaurant. It’s on the Michelin guide, the Good Food Guide and has three AA Rosettes. The décor is smart and the menu champions fresh, seasonal ingredients. Starters on the a la carte menu include crispy pig’s head with sweet pickle relish, baked apple and crackling, and roast Scottish scallop with welsh lamb belly, cauliflower and raisin.

£30 - £49
Modern European
OKA Primrose Hill

OKA Primrose Hill

71 Regents Park Road,, London, NW1 8UY

One of four restaurants from the small Japanese chain, OKA Primrose Hill offers a delicious selection of sushi and a modern take on pan Asian and Robata Grill cuisine. Specialties include the spider roll filled with soft shell crab, kimchi, cucumber and wasabi mayo and the inside-out jalapeno salmon roll which is stuffed with spring onion, shichimi spices, avocado and cucumber and rolled in tempura crumbs.

£30 - £49
Sushi
Daphne

Daphne

83 Bayham Street, London, NW1 0AG

In Greek mythology, Daphne was the daughter of the river god Peneus but in 1984 it was chosen as the name for a now long-standing Greek restaurant in Camden run by the Lymbouri family. The décor is old-school but the service is warm and the food is the focus. Large mezze plates are filled with popular dishes like hummus, tzatziki and charcoal-grilled Greek sausages, and there’s also a great selection of classic mains like pork souvlaki and moussaka. Watch out for the daily specials board too which showcases local and seasonal dishes.

£30 - £49
Greek
Poppie

Poppie's Fish & Chips Camden

30 Hawley Crescent, London, NW1 8NF

It takes just one step into Poppie’s for you to be filled with nostalgia and instantly craving a portion of salt and vinegar-laced chips. Pat ‘Pop’ Newland is the brains behind it all and has earned a somewhat legendary status with decades of experience on the scene. All of the fish is sustainably caught on day boats and is prepared by in-house fishmonger Salih Sadik. So, whether you’re after east end favourites like jellied eels or the chippie classics of battered fish or sausage, Poppie’s is comforting, familiar and a true fuss-free food champion.

Under £30
Fish and Chips
The Cheese Bar

The Cheese Bar

Unit 93/94 Camden Stables, London, NW1 8AH

Giant, stringy mozzarella sticks with a rich marinara dipping sauce, gooey five cheese macaroni and of course, a strong selection of trusty grilled cheese sandwiches – this is any turophile's dream. The food is as Instagrammable as the interior with a marble U-shaped countertop that’s suitable for groups of one to four to dine at. This ones comes with a warning that food envy is very, very likely to occur.

£30 - £49
International
Lemonia

Lemonia

89 Regent's Park Road, London, NW1 8UY

Sitting on the same corner for more than 30 years, Lemonia has a long list of loyal customers who keep returning for a taste of the Mediterranean on the streets of north west London. This restaurant is run by Greek-Cypriots and the cosy interior with booths and hanging baskets compliments the comforting menu that’s full of all the classics. Rich moussaka, grilled fish and charcoal-flamed meats are all present – if you’d prefer a taste of everything order the mezze for a selection of hot and cold starters, main dishes and Greek salad.

£30 - £49
Greek
£50 - £79
La Collina

La Collina

17 Princess Road, London, NW1 8JR

Expect comforting classics with a contemporary twist at this friendly, low-key Italian. The interior is relaxed and in warmer months sitting at the outdoor tables brings a real Mediterranean feel to the dining experience. Staff are helpful, attentive and work to deliver a homely atmosphere alongside great food. The menu features several homemade pastas, available in small or large portions, as well as meat and fish dishes such as the poppyseed-crusted salmon with peas and pancetta.

£30 - £49
Italian
Porky

Porky's Camden

18 Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AG

Bringing the comforting taste of Memphis and friendly Southern service to the bustling streets of Camden, Porky’s menu is unsurprisingly meat heavy with low 'n' slow baby back ribs at the top of its menu. There’s plenty of tasty veggie options and don’t skip on the sides such as homemade cornbread, mac 'n' cheese and BBQ beans. The relaxed eatery first opened its doors in 2013 and encourages diners to forget cutlery and focus on having fun while you eat, after all, Porky’s say: “What are napkins for?”

£30 - £49
North American
The Engineer

The Engineer

65 Gloucester Avenue, London, NW1 8JH

Full of chilled-out charm, this authentically British gastropub offers an excellent selection of cask ales, craft beers, fine wines and artisanal spirits. On the menu you’ll find pub staples like cod and chips or sausage and mash alongside innovative, modern dishes such as pan-fried seabass with chargrilled Provençale-style vegetables and a tomato tapenade. There’s a fantastic Sunday lunch menu too which is best enjoyed with a tumbler of spicy Bloody Mary.

£30 - £49
Gastropub
£50 - £79
Namaasté Kitchen

Namaasté Kitchen

64 Parkway, London, NW1 7AH

This award-winning Indian restaurant offers contemporary twists on your curry-house favourites and dishes that are bursting with flavour. House specialities include the Goan sea bass, pan seared and served with a tomato, coconut, onion, mustard seed and curry leaf sauce, and the slow cooked lamb shank with baby potatoes, ginger, mint and spices. Service is friendly and efficient, and the drinks menu is very comprehensive.

£30 - £49
Indian
BIRD Camden

BIRD Camden

21-22 Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AG

Hands up for fried chicken with table service and cocktails! London’s first fried chicken and waffles chain has built a loyal community of fans who keep coming back for more. All the chicken comes from one family-run farm on the Yorkshire Wolds, which is delivered fresh every day and prepared without gluten. There’s breast or thigh burgers, wings and strips plus plenty of aptly named ‘Not Fried Chicken’ options – crispy fried halloumi skillet we’re looking at you…

Under £30
North American
York & Albany

York & Albany

127-129 Parkway, Regent's Park, London, NW1 7PS

Chef Gordon Ramsay has transformed this former 1820s coaching station into a sophisticated and effortlessly chic dining destination with rooms. The food is typically British with international influences and this is reflected in the wine menu too. Expect hearty classics like the pie of the week or slow roasted pork belly alongside pumpkin tortellini and street pizza specials. There’s also a great Sunday lunch available and afternoon tea too.

£50 - £79
British
Haché Camden

Haché Camden

24 Inverness Street, London, NW1 7HJ

If juicy burgers served in hand shaped soft brioche buns or crispy ciabatta sounds like your kind of heaven, get yourself down to Haché ASAP. There are daring options like the Steak Calabria which features a beef steak burger topped with nduja spicy sausage, confit garlic, cavolo nero, provolone cheese, beef tomato and red onion. Chicken, veggie and plant-based options are also available and there’s an excellent selection of sides, small plates and salads.

Under £30
Burgers
El Parador

El Parador

245 Eversholt Street, London, NW1 1BA

For great value food matched with an extensive wine list, you can’t go wrong with this family run tapas bar situated at the end of Eversholt Street. The menu is laden with garlic and olive oil rich dishes and includes classics like the shell-off tiger prawns with chargrilled courgettes and the more untraditional grilled salmon fillet with zatar. There’s plenty of veggie options and everyone should save room for the deliciously light and indulgent Tarta de Santiago which is made from ground almonds and served with cream.

£30 - £49
Tapas
Spanish
Hook Camden

Hook Camden

65 Parkway Road, London, NW1 7PP

Catch yourself some delicious, sustainable fish and chips with a twist at this popular Camden eatery. Since 2011, Hook have been committed to working with small fisheries, day-boats and local suppliers so that they take responsibility for everything they do. Dishes are served in recycled, re-usable wooden packaging and the take-away cutlery is 100 per cent biodegradable. The ethos is simple: amazing people serving amazing food in amazing locations. Mains include classic or Cajun spiced panko-crumbed fish alongside adventurous small plates such as southern fried whitebait, calamari hot rings and tempura vegetables.

Under £30
Fish and Chips
La Patagonia

La Patagonia

31 Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JE

Be prepared to burn off the calories you’ve consumed at this Argentinian-eatery as staff actively encourage punters to take to the dance floor following their meal. Offering authentic food and wine at affordable prices, this welcoming restaurant often hosts energetic tango nights. An open grill and Patagonian clay oven take centre-stage offering theatre to the food and not just the atmosphere.

£30 - £49
Argentinian
Baba G

Baba G's

726-727 Camden Market North Yard, London, NW1 8AH

After winning the BBC’s My Million Pound Menu investment, this London street food veteran opened its first bricks-and-mortar restaurant in 2019. The trendy interior features neon lights, exposed brickwork and a mural of an Indian holy man - but it’s the food which keeps people coming through the doors. From the signature Bhangra burgers served in buttermilk naan-style buns to the ingenious ‘Pachos’ – a hybrid popadom-twist on nachos, the food at Baba G’s is exciting, flavoursome and something to tell your friends about.

Under £30
Burgers
Indian
40 Zero

40 Zero

40 Parkway, London, London, NW1 7AH

A café by day and a bustling bar by night, 40 Zero is a great place to grab a bite to eat or enjoy quirky drinks such as the CBD-based cocktail Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. Breakfast features the classics like eggs, avo and porridge while lunch and dinner brings sharing platters, tapas and burgers to the table. Look out for the Plancha plates too, it’s a typically Spanish form of cooking which involves cooking over a high heat on a round, flat metal plate.  

Under £30
Pizza
Lansdowne

Lansdowne

90 Gloucester Avenue, Chalk Farm, London, NW1 8HX

This cosy pub has a woody frayed-at-the-edges interior but it’s often full of trendy drinkers and boasts Primrose Hill’s celebrity elite as many of its regulars. The blackboard menu changes seasonally but the food is inspired by Mediterranean and British cuisine. Think anchovies and sage tempura alongside gravlax with toast, capers and lemon and patatas bravas with aioli.

£30 - £49
Pizza
Gastropub
Michael Nadra Primrose Hill

Michael Nadra Primrose Hill

42 Gloucester Avenue, Primrose Hill, London, NW1 8JD

The second of chef patron Michael Nadra’s London establishments, this intimate neighbourhood restaurant offers high quality contemporary food in a relaxed environment. There is an array of menus to choose from like the three-course set menu for £45 and a la carte options which include steamed sea bass with prawn and chive dumplings and butternut squash risotto with garlic and parsley banana blossom.

£30 - £49
Modern European

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