Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Clapham
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Clapham restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 44 restaurants in Clapham and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Clapham restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Clapham Restaurants
1. Knife Steaks & grills restaurant in Clapham 160 Clapham Park Road - SW4
“Stonking steaks are the draw” at this small four-year-old, “on a rather bleak stretch of ‘Claxton’ (CLApham/BriXTON) highway”. “The room is pretty basic” (and “intimate to the point of cramped”) but fans like its “warm and slightly rustic” charm as enlivened by “the friendliest staff”. “Sunday roasts are top notch” too – “you get complimentary mini Yorkshires and gravy to start; and the veg is superb”.
2. Radio Alice Pizza restaurant in Clapham 67 Venn St - SW4
Our mission: make delicious pizza, served with care, in beautiful spaces.In the beginning we were just Matteo and Salvatore, two brothers from Calabria. We moved to Bologna to study economics, and – like all penniless students – ate a lot of...
3. The Saxon British, Modern restaurant in Clapham 50 Clapham High Street - SW4
From the East London Pub Co (also behind Ten Bells in Spitalfields and Coqbull), the refubished Kazbar is now a four-story behemoth with a rooftop terrace and private room.
4. Trinity British, Modern restaurant in Clapham 4 The Polygon - SW4
Adam Byatt’s “classy” Clapham star is “at the top of its game” and there are only a few restaurants south of the river that give it a run for its money: “a trip always feels special, no matter what the occasion”. “Outstanding”, contemporary cuisine (from a three-course, or four-course menu) is at the heart of a “wonderful”, straightforward formula incorporating “service that’s always on point”, plus the “relaxing atmosphere” of a room whose “exterior view is much improved now the public WC has been demolished and the area landscaped!”. “Really good cocktails” and a “diverse and interesting wine list” complete the picture – look out for vintages marked ‘Chef’s Cellar’. See also Trinity Upstairs and Charlie’s at Browns.
5. Trinity Upstairs British, Modern restaurant in Clapham 4 The Polygon - SW4
The “buzzy, relaxed sibling of the fancier place downstairs”; some fans of chef Adam Byatt’s modern British cuisine may even prefer Upstairs for its “informal atmosphere” and “keen prices”, which means they can visit more often than down below. There are “delightful small plates to share” with “food of the same quality as the main restaurant”, along with “the same wine list”. Byatt is very much a man of the moment, having added the role of chef-director at Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair in September 2019 (see also).
6. Tsunami Japanese restaurant in Clapham 5-7 Voltaire Rd - SW4
“Exquisite Japanese fusion food as well as fabulously creative cocktails” have made this slick Clapham operation “a perennial favourite” for two decades; and it still gives West End names a run for their money. Top Tip – “gin dara – black cod with sweet miso. I know it’s a Nobu original but this is the best version in town”.
7. Chit Chaat Chai Indian restaurant in Clapham 10 Clapham Common South Side - SW4
“What a find!” – “superb and authentic Indian street food” developed at a market stall is now found in a permanent home by Wandsworth Town station. “Passionate owner Tania is always there to talk about the menu”.
8. Sorella Italian restaurant in Clapham 148 Clapham Manor Street - SW4
“A great local addition that’s worth travelling to”: Robin Gill’s small, neighbourhood three-year-old, near his Clapham HQ, The Dairy, takes its inspiration from the Amalfi coast, and its traditionally presented Italian dishes (cicchetti, antipasti, primi, secondi and dolci) are consistently “wonderful”; and it’s “good fun” too.
9. The Abbeville British, Modern restaurant in Clapham 67-69 Abbeville Rd - SW4
“Reliable local with better-than-pub fare”; an attractive, and well-established gastropub (which looks more like a wine bar – complete with opening frontage in summer – than a trad boozer), which sits at the heart of ‘Abbeville Village’ life.
10. The Stonhouse International restaurant in Clapham 165 Stonhouse St - SW4
“Bright and airy”, traditional-ish gastroboozer (plus garden), off Clapham High Street, “reliably serving good food” (if not of a particularly ‘gourmet’ variety).
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