Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Lambeth
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Lambeth restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 26 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.
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1. Lusitania restaurant in Lambeth 353 Wandsworth Road - SW8
Lusitania is located near the fashionable Thames side development area of Vauxhall and Battersea and provide authentic Portuguese cuisine with an original, contemporary touch and ...
2. Spiritland Fusion restaurant in Lambeth Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road - SE1
For the “mind-blowing sound system”, or as “a great place to grab a drink and a bite with your mates”, this “groovy”, music-led four-year-old, near Granary Square has won quite a following. (It was founded by music consultant Paul Noble, who has worked with Monocle and the Beeb; and Canteen founders Patrick Clayton-Malone and Dominic Lake). “The new, handy Festival Hall branch has the same vibe as the King’s Cross original, and here they offer really well-prepared cooking to match the cool sounds, laid-back atmosphere and enthusiastic service... it deserves to thrive.”
3. Italo Italian restaurant in Lambeth 13 Bonnington Square - SW8
“Grab a seat outside either at the counter shelf or at one of the tables” of this eleven-year-old deli “in an off-the-beaten track, verdant garden square in Vauxhall” for an authentic lunchtime treat from a short Italian menu. In colder weather you eat inside at a few closely-packed tables surrounded by shelves of produce.
4. Megan's Old Town British, Modern restaurant in Lambeth 55-57 The Pavement - SW4
“Affordable and with a nice vibe” – these good-looking, all-day hang-outs major in brunch, but make reasonably-priced options for a relaxed meal at any time. This year, they added Kensington High Street and Islington to the stable and spread beyond inner London to Surbiton and St Albans.
5. Bánh Bánh Vietnamese restaurant in Lambeth 326 Coldharbour Lane - SW9
“A small but well-executed menu” and “great cocktails” win general applause for this “tasty, cheap ’n’ cheerful local Vietnamese” in Peckham Rye, now with a Brixton spin-off. The Nguyen family use their chef-grandmother’s recipes from 1940s Saigon.
6. The Garden Cafe at the Garden Museum British, Modern restaurant in Lambeth 5 Lambeth Palace Rd - SE1
“A light and airy space” overlooking a “simply lovely garden” – the pavilion at Lambeth’s Garden Museum is an oasis of tranquillity in a grungy part of town. The three-year-old venture operates as a full-on restaurant for lunch and dinner; and its “ambitious, unpredictable, mainly seasonal menu” is “well executed” by chefs Harry Kaufman and George Ryle, who know their chops after stints in St John and Padella respectively. “Service can sometimes make you feel a bit of a nuisance for asking for attention…”
7. Bleecker Burger Burgers, etc restaurant in Lambeth Riverside Level, Royal Festival Hall, The Queen's Walk - SE1
“There is no finer burger in town: end of!” – Zan Kaufman’s tiny group “keeps things simple… and they smash it!”. “If you want mega-stacked, crazy combos, with layers and layers of toppings falling out of the side, there are numerous other (excellent) options in London. But if you want the best patties, made with the best aged beef, un-mucked-about-with and served by a bunch of nice people, then Bleecker is just the best there is”.
8. Hello Darling British, Modern restaurant in Lambeth 131 Waterloo Road - SE1
Limited feedback to-date on this new, ‘playful restaurant and botanical bar’ next to The Old Vic serving ‘killer botanical cocktails’ alongside ‘eclectic sharing-plates’ from Natalie Coleman, winner of MasterChef 2013. One early reporter voiced sentiments similar to the Evening Standard’s Fay Maschler: “it’s a fun, new opening but with fairly average food”.
9. Llewelyn's British, Modern restaurant in Lambeth 293-295 Railton Rd - SE24
This “all-day neighbourhood restaurant” opened two years ago in an old Victorian dining room opposite Herne Hill station, and quickly established itself as “a top local option” for many reporters; although, because it’s “small”, it becomes “crowded and noisy” as a result. The “admirably daily-changing menu” has Mediterranean influences and “usually offers interesting dishes” at “good prices” – they would be rated even higher were it not for a few reporters who see them as “decent enough, but nothing special”.
10. Baba G's restaurant in Lambeth Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road - SW9
“Everything here is great, but I totally loved the paneer burger” – an alternative to the best-selling bhangra burger on the menu of these popular pop-ups, in POP Brixton and now also Vinegar Yard, SE1. After over ten years in the game, the business shifted up a gear in May 2019 with the opening (flush with £300k of investment having won BBC2’s ‘My Million Pound Menu’) of the new forever-home listed here: a 50-seater in Camden Town’s Stables Market.
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