Best restaurants in Putney

On the hunt for the best restaurants in Putney? With its mix of bustling high street chains, cyclist-filled cafes and cosy neighbourhood spots, you’ll never be short of a place to grab a bite in this pretty riverside town. We've compiled them all in this handy list, which offers a diverse range of top foodie spots when it comes to budget, style and cuisine. Check out our guide to the best restaurants in Putney, then make sure to book one well in advance.

Updated on 25 October 2023

This leafy suburb has become increasingly popular over the years, with everyone from young professionals and families to big City earners migrating to live in this desirable side of town. Where once it was overshadowed by high-flying Fulham up the road, Putney is now a sought-after destination in its own right - and it’s not hard to see why. Boasting excellent transport links and a plethora of parks and green spaces, this picturesque area feels worlds away from central London, despite being a 15-minute train ride from Waterloo. Plus, with the River Thames flowing through the centre of town, this south west spot is just as appealing for a day trip as it is to those looking to settle down more permanently.

As a result, Putney has had to adapt to a throng of hungry new visitors. These days, you can find a coffee shop on nearly every corner, along with plenty of proper pubs serving both fantastic food and unrivalled views of the river. While most of Putney’s best restaurants revolve around the main high street and the Lower Richmond Road, you’ll also find a couple of exciting spots dotted further afield, many of which are independent places which represent the beating heart of the area.

So, whether you’re on the hunt for a trendy brunch spot or just a place for a pint in the sun, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for right here. We do recommend booking in advance though. Come the weekend, you’ll often find many of its most popular places are packed to the rafters with queues out the door. In the unlikely event that you don't find what you're looking for, discover plenty more restaurants in Putney suited to every occasion.

Another Brother Putney

Another Brother Putney

187 Putney Bridge Road, Putney, London, SW15 2NZ

This charming neighbourhood café opposite Wandsworth Park is a must for a pre- or post-walk coffee, with weekly artisan roasts and £1.50 refills. You’ll also find a countertop piled high with pastries, along with an all-day brunch menu featuring classic dishes from poached eggs on sourdough to fluffy pancakes.

Under £30
British
The Boathouse Putney

The Boathouse Putney

Brewhouse Street, Putney, London, SW15 2NP

This long-standing local boozer has a prime spot in the Putney Wharf Development, right next to the Thames. Run by Young’s, it serves fine ales, craft beers and a varied selection of wines. While a top-floor restaurant with great views of the river focuses on home-made, seasonal dishes.

The Dynamo

The Dynamo

200-204 Putney Bridge Road, Putney, London, SW15 2NA

This cycling café of sorts serves up delicious brunch plates, homemade pizzas and proper coffee all week. Its alfresco terrace spills out onto Putney Bridge Road and is particularly busy at weekends when locals make the most of its indulgent all-day brunch options, from marmalade French toast to halloumi baps.

Under £30
Pizza
Gazette Putney

Gazette Putney

147 Upper Richmond Road, Putney, London, SW15 2TX

Step out of Putney station and into Gazette, a relaxed French brasserie specialising in classic dishes and French wines. Alongside an a la carte menu featuring charcuterie, entrees and gutsy meat and fish dishes, it also runs multiple ‘rituals’ throughout the week, from chateaubriand Mondays to oyster Tuesdays.

Under £30
Central European
French
Sodaeng

Sodaeng

283 Putney Bridge Road, Putney, London, SW15 2PT

Throughout the week, this family-run Korean makes its living on takeaway orders, but on Friday and Saturday nights the restaurant is rammed with people looking to enjoy its Korean BBQ dishes to the full. Don’t miss its signature bibimbap, which is served still sizzling in a hot stone bowl with lashings of sweet chilli sauce.

£30 - £49
Korean
Home SW15

Home SW15

146 Upper Richmond Road, London, SW15 2SW

Somewhere between a special occasion restaurant and a cosy neighbourhood eatery, Home serves up fine food in an uber friendly setting. It’s open for breakfast and brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks. Its epic beef Wellington Sunday roast are not to be missed, although don’t skip its signature Bloody Marys either, which are made with a secret spice mix.

£30 - £49
British
Chook Chook Indian Railway Kitchen

Chook Chook Indian Railway Kitchen

137 Lower Richmond Road, Putney, London, SW15 1EZ

Designed in the style of an old Indian railway carriage, this popular curry house offers an elevated dining experience with an extensive menu of modern and contemporary dishes. Start with a couple of tasty snacks from ‘Chatt Junction’, followed by appetisers, curries, biryanis, breads and tandoori dishes.

Under £30
Indian
Franco Manca Putney

Franco Manca Putney

28 Putney High Street, Putney, London, SW15 1SQ

This Putney branch of the relaxed pizza chain is always full of hungry locals looking to enjoy great-tasting sourdough pizza in a chilled setting. Prices have gone up since it first opened, but this is still one of the best budget eats in Putney.

Under £30
Pizza
Italian
The Spencer

The Spencer

237 Lower Richmond Road, Putney, London, SW15 1HJ

Located on the edge of Putney Common, The Spencer offers a reasonably priced menu of gutsy British food, alongside a decent list of house wines and beers on tap. Come summer, it also offers enviable benches on the common which are a hot ticket whenever the sun comes out to play.

£30 - £49
British
Gastropub
Yum Sa

Yum Sa

88 Upper Richmond Road, Putney, London, SW15 2DT

Elevated Thai food is the name of the game at this contemporary restaurant just opposite East Putney station. Prices are punchy, but innovative dishes such as miso black cod with a rich mole sauce are not to be missed.

£30 - £49
Thai
Coppa Club Putney

Coppa Club Putney

29 Brewhouse Lane, Putney, London, SW15 2JX

Located on the river front with views of Putney Bridge, Coppa Club is a stylish clubhouse with a bright and airy all-day restaurant serving everything from breakfast through to lunch and late night nibbles. 

£30 - £49
Modern European
British
The Duke

The Duke's Head Putney

8 Lower Richmond Road, Putney, London, SW15 1JN

There’s no better public place to watch the Boat Race than from The Duke’s Head’s glass-fronted dining room overlooking the river – although it’s a pretty fine space to while away an hour or two on any day of the year. Its Sunday roasts are also popular, if a little pricey.

£30 - £49
Gastropub
Putney Pies

Putney Pies

2 Putney High Street, London, SW15 1SL

Music venue and restaurant Putney Pies serves up classic combos, from steak and ale to chicken, leek and mushroom, with mash and lashings of gravy. While downstairs it's home to a basement music venue – The Vault – where it hosts a litany of artists every month. Music and food lovers, this one’s for you.

£30 - £49
British
The Half Moon Putney

The Half Moon Putney

93 Lower Richmond Road, Putney, London, SW15 1EU

This iconic pub and music venue located on the Lower Richmond Road once played host to the like of The Rolling Stones and The Who. It still hosts artists multiple nights a week, and the food ain't bad either. Stop by for classic British dishes alongside beer and cider on tap.

Pubs
Blades Restaurant

Blades Restaurant

94 Lower Richmond Road, Putney, London, SW15 1LL

This cosy little Italian has been plying locals with classic pasta dishes and hearty grills since 1977. There’s a tiny outdoor terrace for a few lucky guests on warmer days, while signature dishes include grilled sardines, garlic prawns and gnocchi with Gorgonzola and cream.

£30 - £49
Italian
Kashmir

Kashmir

18 Lacy Road, Putney, London, SW15 1NL

Named after the region of northern India, Kashmir restaurant embodies the rich culture of it's namesake. Full of authentic dishes and traditions - you'll be brought over a Tashtri dish to wash your hands before dining - enjoy the true Kashmiri experience with dishes you won't find at your typical curry house.

Under £30
Vegetarian
Vegan
Indian
Halal

If you’re firmly in the ‘south west is best’ camp, then broaden your search a little to discover Putney's neighbouring foodie towns. Hop on over Putney Bridge to find what the best restaurants in Fulham have to offer, from buzzy bars to a Michelin-starred pub. If you don’t fancy travelling north of the river, then we’d recommend checking out Wimbledon’s best restaurants. Whether you need somewhere to eat during its famous tennis tournament, or are simply looking to try somewhere new, our list includes all the latest need-to-know restaurants.

Finally, if you’re simply looking for more places to eat by the river, then take a look at our guide to London’s best riverside restaurants and bars. You’re ‘shore’ to find something you like.

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