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. The good news is that with so much variety among the brilliant and best restaurants in Shoreditch, there’s something everyone will enjoy.

Updated on 08 February 2024

Looking for the best places to eat in Shoreditch? You’re in the right place - we’re been out on the streets of this achingly-cool east London heartland to find out which restaurants are really worth your time and money.

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.

There was once a time when London’s restaurant epicentre was considerably further west. No-one’s idea of a nice dinner was a trip to Shoreditch. In fact, when Fergus Henderson opened St John, even the idea of travelling to Farringdon for a good meal was laughable. There has, however, been a bit of a paradigm shift in the last few decades. As a new generation has turned to east London in search of art, culture and food, many of London’s most exciting new restaurants have also decided to call this side of the capital home. As in nearby Hackney, Hoxton and Spitalfields, Shoreditch is thriving, and frankly, this is where you’ll find a huge collection of London’s very best restaurants, from simple bistros to serious award-winning fine diners.

No matter what you’re in the mood for, we’ve got just the place for you. You’ll find a few Michelin-starred restaurants in our guide below, as well as haunts that have a stand-out ethos, great value or the perfect location. Plus, if you’re looking for Shoreditch High Street restaurants, plenty of these are just a short walk from the station. We hope you enjoy discovering the best restaurants in Shoreditch, because we certainly did while we ate our way round the neighbourhood in aid of our tried-and-tested guide.

Som Saa

Som Saa

43a Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6BD

In a former fabric warehouse, Som Saa serves up traditional, regional Thai food that has locals hooked. Swing by for lunch or dinner for an eclectic range of Thai dishes underpinned by high quality produce. There is also a huge drinks list covering all bases, with exciting cocktails and long lists of spirits and wines. 

£30 - £49
Thai
Leroy

Leroy

18 Phipp Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4NU

Leroy serves next-level plates without feeling stuffy or contrived. These are dishes that are thoughtful but not showy, and include things like comte souffle with roast onions and sherry, and trout with fried oyster and warm tartare.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Wine 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
Zapote

Zapote

70 Leonard Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4QX

East Londoners might remember this site, right in the heart of Shoreditch, used to belong to St Leonards, once upon a time. Now home to modern, geometric Mexican cooking, Zapote is certainly something new and exciting in Shoreditch and has proven a hit since opening at the beginning of 2023. Mexican chef Yahir Gonzalez has serious creative flair, but Zapote delivers on flavours too, and the plush velvet banquettes are a very comfy spot to spend a couple of hours.

£50 - £79
Mexican
Daffodil Mulligan

Daffodil Mulligan

70-74 City Road, Old Street, London, EC1Y 2BJ

This industrial, yet highly polished restaurant rests above its sister bar; both are Irish by nature, deliberately mischievous, and dangerously high in quality. The food, spread across small and large plates, is any foodie's… or hedonist's... dream. The only thing to do here is enjoy some well made drinks, eat some delicious food and give thanks for the luck of the Irish.

£30 - £49
Bars
Irish
Fish
Sagardi

Sagardi

Cordy House, Old Street, London, EC2A 3BS

Sagardi highlights the ancestry of Basque cuisine without fear of setting it in the context of good European produce. The best way of understanding the style of Sagardi is observing that a tasting menu sits aside a section of the menu called ‘Grandma’s Home Cooking’. This eatery brings together some delicious ways of cooking and champions the rich Basque region.

£50 - £79
Steak
Spanish
Barbecue
Fish
Sticks

Sticks 'n' Sushi Shoreditch

100 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, London, E1 6JQ

Sticks 'n' Sushi brings its signature brand of 'Japandi' style to one of London's coolest neighbourhoods, with chic interiors, a central bar and open kitchen where guests can watch chefs work their magic. Indulge in everything from buttery black cod maki to a plethora of sushi, sashimi, tempura and special dishes. 

£50 - £79
Vegetarian
Vegan
Japanese
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
Mediterranean
Cheese
Bars
Italian
Wine Bars
Padella Shoreditch

Padella Shoreditch

1 Phipp Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4PS

Padella’s ludicrously popular London Bridge restaurant, which rarely sees a day without a huge queue expanding into the nearby Borough Market, has opened a branch in Shoreditch. With Italian dishes, principally pasta, that are incredibly affordable yet seriously accomplished, this is the kind of eatery that is impossible to exit without a smile on your face.

Under £30
Italian
SquareMeal London Top 100
Lahpet

Lahpet

58 Bethnal Green Road, London, London, E1 8JW

One of the few true Burmese restaurants in London, Lahpet introduced the delights of this country's cooking to a new generation of London diners, including unique treats like chickpea tofu, fermented tea leaf salad and fiery dried shrimp and onion balachaung relish. That's not all though - the verdant interiors are rather beautiful, and the cocktail list is excellent too.

Under £30
Burmese
Passione Vino

Passione Vino

85 Leonard Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4QS

It's impossible not to fall in love with Italian wine maestro Luca Dusi and his azure blue wine shop. Passione Vino hides magic touches across multiple floors, and inside you'll also find an excellent restaurant serving no-frills Italian food, with a nod to Luca's native Verona. Expect northern Italian classics like baccala mantecato and ragu with bigoli, alongside outstanding wines.

Under £30
Italian
Wine Bars
Burro e Salvia Shoreditch

Burro e Salvia Shoreditch

52 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DP

Burro e Salvia’s slogan, ‘pasta for connoisseurs’, makes complete sense. This intimate eatery feels like a little secret despite being in the heart of Shoreditch. The only thing better than its humble yet deliciously sophisticated handmade pasta is the fact that you can buy it on the way out. If you want to feel in the know, come here.

£30 - £49
Italian
Bistrotheque

Bistrotheque

23-27 Wadeson Street, Bethnal Green, 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
Blacklock Shoreditch

Blacklock Shoreditch

28-30 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3DZ

Blacklock is a modern day chophouse dripping with style, home to an innovative menu that champions ethically sourced meat and exciting drinks. A focus on affordability has somehow been paired with heightened quality (£7.50, well made, cocktails can only be a good thing), and any meat-eater should add Blacklock's 'All In' to their bucketlist. 

£30 - £49
British
Crispin

Crispin

Pavilion on the Corner, Spitalfields, London, E1 7NF

Crispin’s angular pagoda stands out among the old Victorian brick of Spitalfields, and the idiosyncratic exterior gives a clue to the artful food within, which comes courtesy of chef Lewis de Haas. The food is clean, balanced, seasonal, and plated with an eye for aesthetics but most of all, cooked with flavour in mind. Crispin is especially worth a visit in the summer when the terrace becomes a real sun trap.

£30 - £49
Modern European
SquareMeal London Top 100
The Clove Club

The Clove Club

380 Old Street, Shoreditch, 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 four- and six-course feasts.

Over £80
British
Two Michelin stars
SquareMeal London Top 100
Nobu London Shoreditch

Nobu London Shoreditch

10-50 Willow Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4BH

It speaks to the new-age cool of Shoreditch that Nobu - perhaps the ultimate global celeb restaurant hangout - has decided to ply its trade here. You can expect all the Nobu greatest hits in a buzzy, atmospheric low-lit dining room, with snug banquettes lining the walls and an open kitchen at one end.

Over £80
Peruvian
Pan Asian
Japanese
Fusion
Fish
Rochelle Canteen

Rochelle Canteen

16 Playground Gardens, Shoreditch, London, E2 7FA

Rochelle Canteen continues to impress punters with its daily changing menu, which is kept small so it can focus on executing each dish to an exceptional level. Take a seat amongst nature in the garden greenhouse, or opt for the equally laid-back dining area indoors, at this east London institution.

£50 - £79
Modern European
British
SquareMeal London Top 100
Maene

Maene

7-9 Fashion Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6PX

Modern European bistro Maene is a second venture from ex-Anglo GM Nick Gilkinson, who also looks after the thoroughly underrated Townsend in Whitechapel. Perched atop an old Victorian clothing factory, Maene boasts a gorgeous summer terrace, striking cobalt colour scheme and a menu of inventive British cooking that keeps things simple and delicious.

£50 - £79
Modern European
British
St John Bread & Wine

St John Bread & Wine

94-96 Commercial Street, London, E1 6LZ

It will always be the little brother of St John Smithfields, but Bread & Wine’s canteen vibe has long been popular in Shoreditch, and many actually prefer the ultra-minimal style here to St John proper. You’ll find much of the same excellent stuff on the menu (Eccles cakes, madeleines and pies, among other St John treats). Bread & Wine is always worth a visit if you’re nearby.

£30 - £49
British
Gloria

Gloria

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

Big Mamma was already big news in Paris when the hospitality group embraced ts first foray into the London food scene with Gloria some years ago. From the botanical-encrusted facade to the 70s-style kitschy decor and the giant, creamy blobs of mozzarella, it’s clear why there are still queues down the street most evenings.

£30 - £49
Italian
Bistro Freddie

Bistro Freddie

74 Luke Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4PY

Generous pies, snails in garlic and tarragon butter and candlelit tables - what's not to love about Bistro Freddie? The menu is bold and comforting from start to finish, backed up by a superb winelist courtesy of Alex Price, one of the best sommeliers in the game right now.

£50 - £79
Modern European
British
International
French
Bistro
The Princess of Shoreditch

The Princess of Shoreditch

76-78 Paul Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4NE

Although the Princess of Shoreditch houses a very very good downstairs bar, (Old Fashioneds and duck fat popcorn), the upstair’s dining room is what’s most interesting to us. With five- and eight-course seasonal tasting menus that focus on expertly sourced British produce, the Princess of Shoreditch is a great place to take anyone who suggests Britain can’t produce great food.

£50 - £79
British
Gastropub
Counter 71

Counter 71

71 Nile Street, Shoreditch, London, N1 7RD

Counter 71 is the small chef's table restaurant with a big personality, where you can tuck into 15 courses of immaculate food, with the option of a carefully curated wine pairing. But you’ll have to book in advance for this one, because there’s only 16 covers per night across two separate sittings.

Over £80
British
SquareMeal London Top 100
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.

Over £80
Vegetarian
Vegan
French
One Michelin star
Brawn

Brawn

49 Columbia Road, Shoreditch, London, E2 7RG

Brawn is a beautifully airy, high-ceilinged space focused on Mediterranean dishes, centred around very good produce. The restaurant has a chic yet homely feel (the kind achievable only in films) with books and art surrounding simple wooden tables. Brawn feels like an Emporium of high quality, with an online shop and journal featuring articles on producers and food.

£50 - £79
Modern European
Bubala

Bubala

65 Commerical Street , Shoreditch, London, E1 6BD

Bubala takes Middle Eastern cuisine and, rather than complicating it, champions its simple elegance. With a vegetable focused menu you can expect delicious and vibrant dishes that might well be the enemy of conversation at the table. The set menu is listed as ‘Bubala knows best’, we think they might just be right.

£30 - £49
Middle Eastern
Vegetarian
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 back in 2019. There's no question - this is one of the top restaurants in Shoreditch.

Over £80
British
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
Brat

Brat

4 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, London, E1 6JL

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 great, 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
Spanish
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
Hawksmoor Spitalfields

Hawksmoor Spitalfields

157a Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6BJ

Hawksmoor might just be the greatest restaurant success story of the last few decades - once confined to London, this steakhouse group now has restaurants all over the UK, and even as far afield as Dublin and New York. The secret to its success is incredible consistency - a visit to Hawksmoor is just as good as ever, with the excitement just as palpable as the table plans what steaks to take from the blackboard and gets ready for triple cooked chips. Remember to save room for the iconic sticky toffee pudding and salted caramel rolos. 

£50 - £79
Steak
British
Gunpowder Spitalfields

Gunpowder Spitalfields

11 White's Row, Spitalfields, London, E1 7NF

Gunpowder oozes generosity in the flavour and quality of its food. It’s an exciting restaurant that takes the soul of Indian cuisine and applies it to an innovative menu. Expect things like spiced filled doughnuts alongside a list of seriously tempting, high-quality meat and vegetable dishes, all of which come with the warmth of spice.

£30 - £49
Indian
Cycene

Cycene

9 Chance Street, Hackney, London, E2 7JB

Cycene had big shoes to fill when it took over the restaurant space at Blue Mountain School, previously home to Nuno Mendes' Michelin-starred Maos, but fill those shoes it has, gaining a Michelin star of its own just six months after opening. Chef Theo Clench serves precisely-tuned tasting menus that take in a wide range of creative influences, particularly focused on his time in Asia and Australasia. 

Over £80
Pan Asian
International
One Michelin star
Bao Noodle Shop

Bao Noodle Shop

1 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, London, E2 7DJ

Each of Bao’s different sites have a slightly different vibe, and Noodle Shop, as expected, focuses on a range of noodle dishes. Don’t fret - the signature baos are present too, but this is the only spot where you’ll find Bao noodle dishes like the vegan dan dan and beef broth, with noodles made fresh in-house every morning. Shaved ice cocktails are a fun way to chill out after you’ve dosed yourself with chilli.

£30 - £49
Taiwanese
Smokestak

Smokestak

35 Sclater Street, London, E1 6LB

This industrial-chic site is discreetly tucked away near the top of Brick Lane, but there’s nothing discreet about the all-guns-blazing smoke and grill cooking happening inside. The main dining room is buzzy and thick with the smell of grilled meats, cooked in the ilk of southern USA barbecue. Staff make a mean cocktail in the moody basement bar as well.

£30 - £49
North American
Barbecue
Smoking Goat

Smoking Goat

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

This cool eatery takes influence from Bangkok canteens and gives everythinig a dark and sultry Shoreditch edge. The menu brings together the vibrancy of Thai cooking (think laab and sambal) and mixes it with some of the best produce the UK has to offer - including Matt Chatfield’s increasingly popular, and seriously tasty, cull yaw (aged Cornish mutton).

Under £30
Thai
Shoryu Ramen Shoreditch

Shoryu Ramen Shoreditch

45 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3HP

One of many Shoryus around the capital, the Shoreditch outpost is always busy as it sits right on the intersection between Great Eastern Street and Curtain Road. As a result, the benches and window seats make for excellent people watching as you slurp down a bowl of ramen and a sip on a glass of sake.

Under £30
Noodles
Japanese
Manteca Shoreditch

Manteca Shoreditch

49-51 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3PT

Manteca over in east London has become a hugely raved-about hotspot for relaxed, high-quality Italian food. Discover hand-rolled pasta dishes, wood-fired breads and salami made in-house at this buzzy neighbourhood gem.

£50 - £79
Italian
SquareMeal London Top 100

Fancy venturing a little further east? We think the best restaurants in Hackney and the best restaurants in Dalston are definitely worth your attention, too. Or, have a delve through our complete listings for restaurants in Shoreditch, with well over 600 restaurants to choose from.

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