Sea Containers Restaurant

Silver Award

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Silver Award

Built in 1977, Sea Containers House has long been a notable London landmark, but recent developments have enhanced the building’s grandeur with a cruise-ship sized dining room that’s wittily decorated with, among other things, a yellow submarine suspended above the bar. The menu’s range is tighter than in the past and all the better for it, now focused on doing fewer things well. Small plates might promise crab on toast with avocado and pickled jalapeños, while salads look particularly enticing – shaved mushrooms with pine nuts, cheese and brown butter vinaigrette, for example. We also like the idea of large ‘family’ plates to share, such as double-cut heritage pork chop or leg of lamb roasted in the clay oven (enough for three people). Desserts tend to be witty takes on the classics, from profiteroles to rhubarb tart with Champagne jelly. “Amazing service” earns bonus points.

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Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cool, Glamorous, Lively, Romantic, Unique, Widely spaced tables
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast, Brunch
Alfresco And Views
Great views, Outside seating, Terrace, Waterside
Special Features
Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


Sea Containers Restaurant has become an integral part of London’s iconic South Bank. This relaxed restaurant, housed on the ground floor of the eponymous lifestyle hotel, is the perfect place for breakfast, lunch or dinner by the river. The terrace out front is ideal for taking in the view, although the restaurant’s large windows ensure that the interior is just as good. The restaurant itself was designed by the one and only Tom Dixon and is decorated with quirky and modern pieces. The food, meanwhile, celebrates seasonality, focusing on the finest ingredients and simple but elegant plating.  

Since the restaurant’s terrace faces south, it can be enjoyed throughout the day. That being said, we would argue brunch is one of the best meals to enjoy in the sun. Here, there is a huge choice of options, with optional bottomless drinks if you are so inclined. Classics like avocado toast, shakshuka and smoked salmon bagels are up for grabs, alongside more lavish entries like steamed mussels with a potato baguette and mac and cheese with pulled pork.

The all-day menu also has plenty of choice, ensuring everyone can find something they will enjoy. Start off with the likes of Padron peppers or even oysters, ideal for a celebration meal. From there, the small plates include elegant dishes like seabass ceviche tacos, roast beef carpaccio and juniper cured salmon with elderflower and focaccia. The larger plates are of a similar ilk, with options like halibut with fennel, pea and fish veloute. For those pulling out all the stops, there are the fruits de mer, which showcases lobster, tiger prawns, scallop ceviche, dressed crab and oysters. To drink, there is a short range of summery house cocktails and spritzes to sip on in the sun, as well as various wines by the glass and bottle.


Does Sea Containers Restaurant do bottomless brunch?

Yes, there is bottomless brunch available.

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20 Upper Ground, Southwark, London, SE1 9PD

020 3747 1063 020 3747 1063


Opening Times

Mon 12:00-15:30
Tue 12:00-15:30
Wed 12:00-15:30
Thu 12:00-15:30
Fri 12:00-15:30
Sat 12:00-15:30
Sun 12:00-15:30
Mon 17:30-21:30
Tue 17:30-21:30
Wed 17:30-21:30
Thu 17:30-21:30
Fri 17:30-21:30
Sat 17:30-21:30
Sun 17:30-21:30


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15 Reviews 


07 December 2019   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
Great place by the river, yummy food.

We will go back!

Paulomi D

19 July 2019  
Food was amazing and the view over Thames added to the whole experience.

Jacqui R

30 June 2019  
Location, quality of food.

Julia H

27 June 2018  
Fantastic sharing menu and slick service.

Cai F

27 June 2018  
Love the small dishes, very healthy food and great see views. Perfect restaurant for a girly lunch or dinner.

Alex G

15 February 2018  
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 2
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 3.5
All at sea
Have no doubt, Mondrian London is a destination hotel with wonderful design, stunning riverside views and a very cool bar. However, the restaurant could best be described as work in progress, with scope for improvement. In keeping with the rest of the venue, the look of the restaurant is not in question, with large floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto the Thames, spacious tables and some neat touches (check the yellow submarine suspended above the bar). Maybe with such a backdrop and a steady stream of hotel guests to occupy the space, the rest does not matter, but we felt more could be done with the menu, while service might also merit improvement. Begin with the menu and bewildering would be the best word to describe it. In keeping with the current fad, all dishes are ostensibly designed for sharing (even if this may not be very practical with, say, a burger). The menu is then split into veggie, fish and meat sections, with each segment grouped into smaller and larger options. I’m all for choice, but our group of four was stumped as to exactly how we should mix and match. A number of the smaller dishes struck us as conceivable mains and vice versa, while pricing was no guide, with there being some seemingly anomalous items (flatbread for £13 appeared dear, while cured salmon at £12 a potential bargain). Eventually we settled on a couple of dishes to share to kick things off and then one apparent main each. Our dishes were relatively uncontroversial (think risotto, roasted John Dory or steak) and were executed competently, even if they did not wow. A couple of our party noted that, if anything, portion sizing was too generous or the dish perhaps too rich. Maybe there is something to be said for the idea of less being more. Finally, a note on service. We had a great wine list from which to choose, but it was disappointing to see that the white wine was brought to the table at an utterly undrinkable temperature. In general terms, it was hard to attract the attention of the servers and we had to endure some rather long waits. This is fine if you want to take in the view, but can be frustrating for the more discerning diner.

Nancy M

09 May 2017  
Unreal food and service, cant fault in any way.

Yvonne T

04 May 2017  
Excellent food, great ambience and modern theme. Service is excellent! A definite 'must' to visit! The restaurant overlooks the River Thames and there is an outside dining option as well.

Sarah E

10 April 2017  
Food & Drink 4
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 3
Lovely breakfast at the Mondrian
Enjoyed a lovely buffet breakfast at the Mondrian hotel this Saturday was a perfect way to end our stay although quite expensive the food on offer was a wide variety from cooked to continental and the chef was happy to make you something if you wanted also, staff are very attentive which makes for a pleasant atmosphere also the table we had was a window side view looking out over the river, I was celebrating a birthday so felt like a special effort was made to make things nice for us.

Sonya S

01 December 2016  
Food & Drink 3
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 2
Nice Meal
I have been to the venue on a number of occasions, great for cocktails on a date night or with the girls. Views are always lush, especially this time if year. I've been wanting to eat here for sometime, the dinning area has a nice atmosphere and décor is nice through the venue, relaxed vibe for dinning, a little noisy at times but to be expected in a large dinning area. As someone who dines out a lot in various venues I thought the menu was over priced for what it is. Saying that the quality of food is nice, but still overpriced in my opinion and I am not someone who is shy on splurging out on a good meal. Some love designer handbags I love designer food. The service staff were friendly, rushed of there feet, and consequently a couple of errors with cocktail orders but easy to forgive them when they are so nice.
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