Best restaurants in Clapham

Looking for a restaurant in Clapham? We’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to, and have compiled a handy list of the best restaurants in Clapham (yes, yes we know, tough gig, but someone had to eat at them all). Whatever your budget or taste, SquareMeal is here to help, with a selection of the best restaurants in Clapham for every occasion.

Updated on 23 October 2019

Ah, Clapham, it’s a wonderful and weird world where all sorts of restaurants set up shop, from cheap eateries to high end fine dining (looking at you, Trinity). If there’s one thing they’re most certainly not, Clapham restaurants, it’s boring. In just a few short steps you can travel from Italy to China via a brief stop in the USA for some of the best burgers in London, and that’s just in the North end.

Clapham, of course, spreads its wings near and far from the fringes of Stockwell all the way down to the busy platforms of Clapham Junction, so finding the best restaurant Clapham has to offer can be a task first and foremost in location. We don’t mean to brag, but we’re considerate so we’ve thought of that challenge. In the overviews below we’ve detailed the location of each restaurant, to make picking one as easy as it can be.

If you’d like more information on any of the chaps included in our dazzling dining line up then click through to their full listing. There you will find an unbiased review that include details on everything from food and drinks to ambiance and service, so that you can make an informed choice on your next meal (because let’s face it, is there anything more disappointing than a poor plate of food?)

For those of you who already know the scene well, we’d love to hear from you on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Let us know what you think the best restaurant in Clapham is, and you never know - we might add it to the list. Happy exploring and eating, friends.

Sorella

Sorella

148 Clapham Manor Street , London, SW4 6BX

From chef Robin Gill (who also runs The Dairy, Counter Culture and Darby’s), this cosy Italian serves unctuous plates of carbs and cheese. The £55 Sunday lunch is good value for a taste of everything.

£30 - £49
Italian
Social Pantry Café

Social Pantry Café

170A Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TG

Warm and welcoming, this petit cafe serves up seasonal food alongside fresh juices and coffee. Kick off your day with homemade carrot cake granola or pop in later for a hunky Ginger Pig bacon sandwich.

Under £30
No 32 The Old Town

No 32 The Old Town

32 The Pavement, London, SW4 0JE

Here you can expect a gastropub menu that roams from breakfast tacos to lunchtime white wine and garlic mussels. The fairy-lit roof terrace is a real people-pleaser too, so grab your spot early.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Bars
Megan

Megan's Old Town

55-57 The Pavement, London, London, SW4 0JQ

Famous for its dog-friendly approach and Australian-leaning menu of avocado-with-just-about-everything, Megan’s draws in a chipper young crowd who are happy to bundle in with man’s best friend for brunch.

Modern European
Counter Culture

Counter Culture

15 The Pavement, London, SW4 0HY

Majoring in European small plates, Counter Culture is a Clapham restaurant that should only be eaten at if you don’t mind sharing. The BYO setup, short menu and good value dishes make it a winner.

£30 - £49
Modern European
The Dairy

The Dairy

15 The Pavement, London, SW4 0HY

Another small plate smash hit from chef Robin Gill, this perpetually-packed venue offers sen-drenched seating in the summer and a cosy interior for cooler winter evenings. The menu is an eclectic global mashup.

£30 - £49
International
Tsunami

Tsunami

5-7 Voltaire Road, London, SW4 6DQ

Fresh Japanese fare is the order of the day at this Clapham restaurant. A cleansing miso soup with coriander and chill is a must-order to pave the way for sushi, noodles and teriyaki dishes.

£30 - £49
Sushi
Japanese
Radio Alice Clapham

Radio Alice Clapham

67 Venn Street, London, SW4 0BD

Super-light sourdough is the base of choice at this restaurant in Clapham, which was founded by Italian brothers Matteo and Salvatore Aloe who own pizzerias back home. Unusual toppings make for a fun evening.

Under £30
Pizza
Joe Public

Joe Public

Former Public Convenience, The Pavement, London, London, SW4 7AA

We’ve never met pizza we didn’t like, and Joe Public isn’t about to change that. Dishing up dough by the slice, this informal eatery is perfect for a bite before heading to the nearby cinema.

Under £30
Pizza
Eco

Eco

162 Clapham High Street, London, SW4 7UG

For hearty pasta or pizza you can’t beat Eco. A feature of Clapham High Street for quite some years now, this place is always packed and come the weekend has a fun, buzzy party atmosphere.

£30 - £49
Pizza
Italian
£50 - £79
Metro Garden Restaurant and Bar

Metro Garden Restaurant and Bar

9a Clapham Common Southside, London, SW4 7AA

The pretty secret garden at this Clapham restaurant is a big draw for locals looking to impress out-of-towners. The menu lines up firm favourites, from salt and pepper squid to steak and chips.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Trinity

Trinity

4 The Polygon, London, London, SW4 0JG

The jewel in Clapham’s crown, Trinity boasts a Michelin star and is ideal for celebrations or date nights if trying to impress. Confident British cookery features on the set-price three or four course menu. 

£50 - £79
Modern European
One michelin star
MOMMI

MOMMI

44-48 Clapham High Street, Clapham, London, SW4 7UR

Following in the footsteps of Nobu and Sushi Samba, MOMMI fuses Japanese and Peruvian food. Start with spicy tuna tartare with a quinoa crisp before moving on to chargrilled chicken teriyaki with Peruvian fried rice.

£30 - £49
Peruvian
South American
Japanese
Fusion
Room 43

Room 43

43 Lavender Hill, Clapham, London, SW11 5QW

With rustic plaster-washed walls and wooden tables, Room 43 is as much an aesthetic destination as a culinary one. Once you’ve finished snapping your surrounds you can enjoy a selection of Turkish small plates. 

Under £30
Turkish
Bars
Minnow

Minnow

21 The Pavement, London, SW4 OHY

If it’s pretty you’re after you can’t go too far wrong with Minnow, with it’s pastel pistachio walls and sweet garden terrace. Open from breakfast through to dinner, you can expect a modern European menu.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Bistro Union

Bistro Union

40 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9NG

You can’t beat comfort food, and Bistro Union do a good line in quintessentially British posh pub grub. Think chicken liver parfait with apricot chutney or slow cooked lamb shoulder with potato gratin for two.

£30 - £49
British
Upstairs at Trinity

Upstairs at Trinity

4 The Polygon, London, SW4 0JG

From the team behind the Michelin restaurant it sits above, Upstairs at Trinity is a relaxed affair. High-end cooking plus a laid-back atmosphere ensures good food is coupled with an equally good time.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Mama Lan- Clapham

Mama Lan- Clapham

8 The Pavement, London, London, SW4 0HY

Satisfyingly savoury Chinese cuisine is served from Mama’ Lan’s tiny kitchen. Try the robust beef dumplings with a sharp and sweet dipping sauce or the big bowls of noodle soup for a comforting culinary cuddle.

Under £30
Chinese
Dim Sum

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