Best Restaurants in Shoreditch

The place where central and east London meet, Shoreditch is a foodie’s playground thanks to a miss-match of restaurants, delis, bars, eateries and markets which hide down every street. Known for being a creative hub, you’ll find every kind of concept-lead dining experience you could imagine here, as well as old favourites like intimate wine bars and hearty Italians. From arty types venturing in from London Fields to the financial crowd heading over from Bank looking for a bite to eat after work, you’ll find an eclectic mix here making it a great people watching spot, too. The good news is, there are so many brilliant restaurants in Shoreditch, there’s something everyone will enjoy.

Updated on 21 November 2019

Shoreditch is the beating heart of east London, alive with thousands of restaurants; each one transporting you to a different part of the globe with quirky décor, an innovative menu or its own unique ambiance. Fancy feasting on the finest beef from Cornwall? Not a problem. In the mood for plant-based fare made with the environment in mind? We know just the place. Looking for a spot where the wine is good and the atmosphere is on point? We actually know a few of those.

We’ve researched, tried and tested all of the best restaurants in Shoreditch and the surrounding areas, reaching up to the edges of Clerkenwell, near Liverpool Street, around Bank and down to Hackney, so that no matter what you’re in the mood for we’ve got just the place for you. Everything in our list has received either a gold or silver badge of approval from the SquareMeal team and we’ve highlighted which venues we’d especially recommend for a date, catching up with a friend or a special occasion. For example, you’ll find a few Michelin-starred restaurants in our guide below, as well as haunts with stand-out ethos, great value or the perfect location. We hope you enjoy finding out the best of what Shoreditch’s restaurants have to offer, because we certainly did.

Luca

Luca

88 St John Street, Farringdon, London, EC1M 4EH

Luca may be all Italiano in its atmosphere, but the menu draws inspiration from all corners of the UK, something that’s reflected in the high-quality, seasonal ingredients used by the chefs. From Scottish langoustines and grouse from Yorkshire, to cheese that’s sourced from across the country, it's impressive stuff.

£50 - £79
Italian
St John Smithfield

St John Smithfield

26 St John Street, Farringdon, London, EC1M 4AY

Adapted from a former smokehouse building, St JOHN has been delighting locals with daily changing menus since it opened in 1994. The menu is laden with comfort food classics, with a particularly scrumptious dessert menu featuring the likes of Eccles Cake and Lancashire Cheese, jam roly-poly and Guinness sponge.

£30 - £49
British
One michelin star
SquareMeal Gold List
Brat

Brat

64 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, London, E1 6JJ

Brat, the rustic Italian restaurant on Redchurch Street, is just, well, cool. From the exposed brick walls to the airy, high ceilings, this feels like an effortlessly chic place to hang out. The food’s pretty special, too. The restaurant specialises in cooking with a wood fired grill and must-try dishes include oysters roasted with seaweed and velvet crab.

£50 - £79
British
One michelin star
SquareMeal Gold List
Duck & Waffle

Duck & Waffle

110 Bishopsgate, City of London, London, EC2N 4AY

Everything about Duck & Waffle feels like an experience. It starts with the Willy Wonka-esque glass elevator that zooms upwards while the city stretches out ahead of you. Then there’s the experimental decor and the restaurant’s famed signature dish (clue’s in the name). But you really have to take advantage of the 24/7 opening hours, which mean you can eat breakfast while watching the sun come up after a night out with panoramic views across London acting as a backdrop.

£50 - £79
International
SquareMeal Gold List
The Modern Pantry Clerkenwell

The Modern Pantry Clerkenwell

47-48 St John's Square, Farringdon, London, EC1V 4JJ

Nestled in Clerkenwell, on the edge of Old Street, this light and airy restaurant does fresh and healthy lunches and dinners. It also has an innovative afternoon tea that shouldn’t be missed thanks to creations like Earl Grey panna cotta with mulled wine jelly.

£30 - £49
International
Fusion
Galvin La Chapelle

Galvin La Chapelle

35 Spital Square, Spitalfields, London, E1 6DY

If you’re looking for a dramatic setting, this is the place. Think impossibly high ceilings, gothic arched windows and atmospheric lighting. Oh, and we haven’t even started on the food. The French fare at this Galvin restaurant branch is Michelin starred, so make sure you treat yourself to the full three courses.

£50 - £79
French
One michelin star
The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell

The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell

49-50 St John's Square, Clerkenwell, London, EC1V 4JJ

Eccentricity is the order of the day at this boutique hotel, which also has a restaurant filled with dress-wearing taxidermy and miss-match furniture. The cocktail menu is impressive, so be sure to try something out of the ordinary, and pair it with some of the delectable snacks on offer. Try the pork belly bao if you’re in need of comfort food or the caviar blinis if you’re feeling fancy.

Bars
Bottles

Bottles

67 Brushfield Street, London, E1 6AA

This intimate Italian sits on the outskirts of Spitalfields market, and thanks to its small size and dimmed lighting, feels like the perfect place for a date. As it's a wine specialist we recommend asking your server what’s good and trying something new (the selection is impressive in both size and quality) and pairing it with small plates or charcuterie.

Wine Bars
Morito Hackney

Morito Hackney

195 Hackney Road, London, E2 8JL

Okay, we haven’t quite tried every tapas restaurant in London, but we’re sure that Morito has got to be up there. Without even considering the buzzy atmosphere and industrial decor, the food is simply really good. Stand out dishes for us included charcoal grilled lamb chops and the hazelnut chocolate mousse.

£30 - £49
Tapas
Spanish
Angler

Angler

South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, Moorgate, London, EC2M 2AF

The South Place hotel is home to this refined seafood restaurant which, thanks to its stunning rooftop terrace, has unmissable views across the city. The menu is Michelin-starred, which gives you another pretty hefty reason to visit, and it showcases delights like raw Orkney scallops and Newlyn cod.

£50 - £79
Fish
One michelin star
Blacklock Shoreditch

Blacklock Shoreditch

28-30 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3DZ

Blacklock searched high and low before they found Cornwall’s oldest third-generation farmers and butchers, The Warren Family, who they insist ensure their cows have happy lives. In fact, the whole menu at this meat-focused restaurant has an ethical feel – from the reasonably priced meat cuts to the cocktail list (which has £5 drinks and a selection of more expensive tipples which include a donation to charity). Here, you feel like you’re getting both a delicious meal and a fair deal.

£30 - £49
British
Cub

Cub

153 Hoxton Street, Hoxton, London, N1 6PJ

Tucked away down Hoxton Street, this sustainable eatery from infamous mixologist Mr Lyan, has a certain something. From the bright orange booths and earthy furnishings that seem to reflect the venue’s pledge to being eco-friendly, to the experimental plant-based menu which pairs each dish with an unusual cocktail, it’s a special experience.

£30 - £49
British
Cinnamon Kitchen City

Cinnamon Kitchen City

9 Devonshire Square, Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 4YL

If Indian cuisine is one of your favourites, a visit to the east London branch of Cinnamon Kitchen is essential. Chef Vivek Singh has worked to create a modern, innovative take on classic South Asian food with a weekend feasting menu that has to be tasted.

£30 - £49
Indian
Two Lights

Two Lights

28-30 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8AA

Tucked away on Dalston’s Kingsland road, in-between the many, many shops, bars and restaurants, Two Lights is doing something a little bit special. Although American food is often characterised as sloppy burgers and super-sized chips, this place uses the USA as loose inspiration to create interesting dishes like potato ravioli with sour cream, pickled onions and crown daisy alongside grilled middlewhite pork chop, negi onions, anchovy and walnut butter.

£50 - £79
Modern European
Lyle

Lyle's

The Tea Building, Shoreditch, London, E1 6JJ

Dismissing traditional trappings of fine dining in favour of a pared back, simple dining room, Lyle’s lets the food do all the talking. The Michelin star menu focuses on a less-is-more philosophy similar to the dining room décor and helped this Shoreditch restaurant to scoop the title of being one of the top 50 restaurants in the world in 2019.

£50 - £79
British
One michelin star
SquareMeal Gold List
Sager + Wilde Restaurant

Sager + Wilde Restaurant

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

Everything you need from a wine bar you’ll find right here: rustic decor, candlelight and a brilliant selection of red, white, pink and fizz. Wines can be bought by the glass or bottle and are accompanied nicely with a selection of charcuterie, cheese and small plates. The vibe is intimate and sophisticated, just as it should be. Bottoms up!

£30 - £49
Modern European
Bars
Wine Bars
Sushisamba City

Sushisamba City

Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate (38-39th floor), City of London, London, EC2N 4AY

We don’t know who came up with the idea of fusing Japanese sushi dishes with the vibrant spirit and cuisine of Brazilian carnival, but we very much approve. The food is beautiful in both presentation and taste, and the panoramic views across London aren’t to be sniffed at either.

£50 - £79
South American
Japanese
SquareMeal Gold List
The Ivy City Garden

The Ivy City Garden

Dashwood House, 69 Old Broad Street, London, EC2M 1NA

Positioned in the leafy Bishopsgate Gardens, this branch of the renown Ivy group is quite the showstopper. Between swish décor touches like turquoise leather bar stools and the botanical canopy over the outdoor terrace, every aspect feels well thought out. The cuisine is modern British, and we’re pleased to see there are lots of vegetarian and vegan options, too.

£30 - £49
International
Blanchette Brick Lane

Blanchette Brick Lane

204 Brick Lane, London, E1 6SA

Restaurant or romantic Parisian loft? It’s hard to tell at this dreamy French bistro on Brick Lane. Owned by two brothers, its moniker is inspired by their mother and the feminine influences carry on inside with a beautiful wall mural. The food plays on mixed influences from France and Morocco.

£30 - £49
French
Gloria

Gloria

54-56 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3QR

Big Mamma is already big news in Paris and the hospitality group’s first foray into the London food scene has been very well received. From the botanical-encrusted facade to the 70s-style kitschy decor and the giant, creamy blobs of mozzarella, it’s clear why there are queues down the street every evening.

£30 - £49
Italian
SquareMeal Gold List
Som Saa

Som Saa

43a Commercial Street, London, E1 6BD

In a former fabric warehouse, Som Saa serves up traditional, regional Thai food that has the locals hooked. Swing by for lunch or dinner and try everything from aromatic coconut cream curry with Galloway beef and ratte potatoes to a Thai-style fried chicken leg with crispy garlic.

£30 - £49
Thai
The Clove Club

The Clove Club

380 Old Street, London, London, EC1V 9LT

The first thing that hits you about The Clove Club is the striking bright blue colour scheme, which stands out against the 19th century building the restaurant is housed in. The menu boasts modern British cuisine and features a delicious tasting menu, as well as six and four course feasts.

£50 - £79
British
One michelin star
Nightjar

Nightjar

129 City Road, London, EC1V 1JB

This underground haunt has it all: fantastic cocktails, live music, an electric atmosphere, date-worthy ambiance and currently a kitchen residency with Chunky Buddha. This contemporary Asian street food brand will be offering tasty treats for the foreseeable, keeping diners well fed with dishes like tofu nuggets, crispy duck bao buns and kimchi fries.

Bars
Bistrotheque

Bistrotheque

23-27 Wadeson Street, London, E2 9DR

Is there anything more Shoreditch than a white-washed warehouse? Well, welcome to Bistrotheque, an effortlessly cool Modern European restaurant sitting on the edge of Bethnal Green. The industrial décor is Instagram-worthy and the menu is not to be missed.

£30 - £49
Modern European

Fancy venturing a little further east? We think the restaurants in Hackney and Dalston are definitely worth your attention, too.