Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Lambeth
Hardens guides have spent 32 years compiling reviews of the best Lambeth restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 5 restaurants in Lambeth and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Lambeth restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Lambeth Restaurants
1. The Garden Cafe at the Garden Museum British, Modern restaurant in Lambeth 5 Lambeth Palace Rd - SE1
The “fantastic food” is in a very different league to that of most museum cafés, in this attractive space off the gorgeous courtyard of Lambeth’s Garden Museum, where former Padella chef, George Ryle, is responsible for “fresh and interesting cooking” with an Italian accent. But not all the typical norms have been neglected: there’s also “delicious coffee and cakes”.
2. La Barca Italian restaurant in Southwark 80-81 Lower Marsh - SE1
This “busy Italian”, whose familiar ship has sailed behind Waterloo station for almost 50 years, has hosted countless pre- and post-theatre meals for audiences and cast from the Old Vic opposite. It’s “unchanged for decades, but actually very appealing as a result”. Though sometimes considered “expensive for what it is”, fans say the cooking is “cracking”.
3. Hannah Japanese restaurant in Southbank Southbank Riverside, Belvedere Road - SE1
This little-known “hidden Japanese gem” near the London Eye showcases the skills of chef-parton Daisuke Shimoyama, who spent six years as head chef at Umu in Mayfair before launching his own venture at this hotel in the former County Hall. His omakase “tasting menu is particularly impressive” and is matched by an interesting sake list selected by the chef, while budget options at lunchtime include a bento box.
4. Masters Super Fish Fish & chips restaurant in Southwark 191 Waterloo Rd - SE1
2022 Review: For a “cheap ’n’ cheerful” fish ’n’ chips hit, fans still recommend a meal at the Formica tables of this long-standing Waterloo chippy.
5. Passyunk Avenue American restaurant in Waterloo Leake Street - SE1
2022 Review: This ‘Philadelphia dive bar’ in Cleveland Street, Fitzrovia, has certainly “got the American vibe”, with “US-style beer and bar food” giving a real taste of the City of Brotherly Love. Philly street food classics such as the hoagie and cheesesteak are on the menu – and “it’s not health food, that’s for sure”. Reporters are divided on the results – “defining the category” for fans, “pretty underwhelming” for sceptics. There’s now a second site at Westfield Stratford, complete with baseball batting cages, but a 2021 crowdfunding bid to raise £150,000 for a massive bar under the railway arches in Leake Street, Waterloo, struck out.
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