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 16 August 2021

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.

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 pleasingly simple small plates. The ambience of this speakeasy-style bar is sultry and with a long list of innovative cocktails that are inspired by different time periods, as well as vintage spirits, this is an exciting place to spend your evening. 

Bars
Blacklock Shoreditch

Blacklock Shoreditch

28-30 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3DZ

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 (£5, 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
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
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. With truffle arancini and smoked pork belly tacos, the only thing that could be better is the drinks that go with them 

Bars
Smoking Goat

Smoking Goat

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

This cool eatery takes influence from Bangkok canteens and gives it 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
SquareMeal London Top 100
Daffodil Mulligan

Daffodil Mulligan

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

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

£30 - £49
Irish
Fish
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 London Top 100
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
Oklava

Oklava

74 Luke Street, London, EC2A 4PY

Turkish cuisine in the UK is often thought of as wonderfully informal and simple, but here it meets a seasonal tasting menu. This stylish eatery takes the soul of good Turkish food, which we all love, and elevates it in a way that feels like it should have been this way to begin with.

£30 - £49
Turkish
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.

£30 - £49
British
Gastropub
SquareMeal London Top 100
Duck & Waffle

Duck & Waffle

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

Everything about Duck & Waffle feels like an experience. Starting with the Willy Wonka-esque glass elevator that zooms upwards, the city opening up in front of you, you'll find yourself amidst 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... breakfast while watching the sun come up after a night out?

£50 - £79
International
SquareMeal London Top 100
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 lobster and Hebridean lamb, to cheese that’s sourced from across the country, it's impressive stuff.

£50 - £79
Italian
Gunpowder Spitalfields

Gunpowder Spitalfields

11 White's Row, London, E1 7NF

Gunpowder oozes generosity in the flavour and quality of its food. It’s an exciting restaurant, Indian at its core, 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 meat and vegetable dishes, all of which come with the warmth of quality… and spice.

£30 - £49
Indian
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 feasting menu that has to be tasted.

£30 - £49
Indian
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
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 London Top 100
Bubala

Bubala

65 Commerical Street , Shoreditch, London, E1 6BD

Bubala takes Middle Eastern cuisine and, rather than complicating it, champions it’s 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… everyone will be munching. The set menu is listed as ‘Bubala knows best’, we think they might just be right.

£30 - £49
Middle Eastern
Vegetarian
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
SquareMeal London Top 100
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
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
St John Smithfield

St John Smithfield

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

St. John has been synonymous with good bread, wine and nose to tail eating for over twenty years. Headed up by the brilliant Fergus Henderson (the food) and Trevor Gulliver (the wine) St. Johns Smithfield, set within an old smokehouse, is the place to go to try taste its expertise. Oh and the desserts are classic and indulgent too. 

£30 - £49
British
One Michelin star
SquareMeal London Top 100
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
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 renowned 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
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 London Top 100
Mãos

Mãos

41 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DJ

Michelin-starred Maos is housed in Shoreditch’s Blue Mountain School and is seriously cool. Taking bookings only, Maos takes inspiration from supper-clubs and deliberately challenges the occasional stuffiness of fine dining in the service, food and industrial decor. Their food, akin to the building, is effortlessly stylish and innovative, with a course list that drifts into double digits.

Over £80
Modern European
One Michelin star
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 London Top 100
Brawn

Brawn

49 Columbia Road, London, E2 7RG

Brawn is a beautifully airy, high-ceilinged, space focusing on Mediterranean dishes, centred around very good produce. The restaurant has a chic yet homely (the kind achievable only in films) feel 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.

£30 - £49
French
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 for an eclectic range of Thai dishes underpinned by high quality produce. They also have a huge drinks list covering all bases, with exciting cocktails and long lists of spirits and wines. 

£30 - £49
Thai
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.

£50 - £79
British
One Michelin star
Sagardi

Sagardi

Cordy House, 95 Curtain Road, 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

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