Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Southwark
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Southwark restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 105 restaurants in Southwark and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Southwark restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Southwark Restaurants
1. Paladar South American restaurant in Southwark 4-5 London Road - SE1
“A great find in the wasteland around Elephant & Castle, where everything is South American, from ingredients, such as plantain and cassava, to the wine list and the lively clientele”. A bar/restaurant (with walled garden for warmer days), it’s “a great introduction to Latino food”: “typical dishes such as ceviche and braised black beef are produced to a higher standard than just about anywhere else in London”. Top Tip – all dishes are gluten-free, with a range of veggie and vegan options.
2. The Coal Shed Steaks & grills restaurant in Southwark One Tower Bridge - SE1
In the shiny new developments south of Tower Bridge, this stylish, but “down-to-earth” three-year-old (sibling to an original in Brighton) has a “wide menu” – from “delicious seafood” to mouthwatering steak – but it’s perhaps the “very meaty” dishes that score the highest approval ratings (charcoal grilled British beef cuts are a mainstay of the menu, and the Moroccan goat dish, when it’s on, is terrific).
3. Mike's Peckham Pizza restaurant in Southwark Unit 4.1, 133 Copeland Rd - SE15
Opened post-lockdown in the funky site that used to house Forza Win (RIP, but looking for a new home), a new pizza restaurant in Peckham. There’s a new 80-seater outdoor space initially, with the indoor 40-covers available as soon as indoor restrictions are lifted. Michael ‘Mike’ Davies is the chef director of the Camberwell Arms and Frank’s Café and the same team are behind the launch. On the menu: Roman-style pizza (and other small plates).
4. Street Pizza Pizza restaurant in Southwark 47-51 Great Suffolk Street - SE1
Gordon Ramsay's pizza chain; this branch opened in May 2021.
5. St Felix Place International restaurant in Southwark 45 Southwark Street - SE1
A new outdoor dining and entertainment space for Borough, tucked into railway arches; food comes from street food stalls Texas Joe's Adobe and The Good Slice.
6. José Spanish restaurant in Southwark 104 Bermondsey St - SE1
“There’s no finer tapas outside Spain” than at José Pizarro’s “outstanding, if authentically tiny” Bermondsey bar: “very buzzy and busy, as a tapas bar should be” providing “absolute classic dishes, prepared with attention to detail and with perfect produce”. “It looks chaotic when you turn up and you have to queue outside with your wine. However the system they have works because you’re soon seated and ready to enjoy some of London’s best tapas”; “highly recommended”.
7. Levan British, Modern restaurant in Southwark 3-4 Blenheim Grove - SE15
“Fantastic food + great wine list + super-friendly people + brilliant music = cool vibes!” – this new restaurant and wine bar near Peckham Rye station (baby bro’ to Salon in Brixton) has cracked the formula for winning fans from SE15 and beyond: a “casual-yet-special” operation, it can become “extremely busy” and “crowded”. Its “incredible” small plates are a foil to the “very good wine list” and arguably a form of “wildly indulgent nursery food”, but are so “creative and fun” and with “flavours that sing!”
8. Bar Douro Portuguese restaurant in Southwark Arch 25b Flat Iron Square, Union St - SE1
A “unique menu” of “delicious Portuguese tapas” that “really pack flavour” makes this authentically tiled bar near Borough Market “just a delight”; especially in summer when its “lovely outdoor seating area” makes it “an ideal place to spend an afternoon”. “The knowledgeable staff have great wine recommendations” from the “interesting” all-Portuguese list.
9. Flat Iron Steaks & grills restaurant in Southwark 112-116 Tooley Street - SE1
“They put the price up from £10 to £11, but it still can’t be faulted!” – for a “a great steak, without any frills” this “always busy, lively and buzzy” chain remains “a winning formula”: “it’s so nice to have a simple menu choice, and what they do, they do very well”; this includes the very impressively “friendly and professional service-with-a-smile”. One catch: “you have to put up with no bookings”, so “be prepared to queue”. But “if you want a great meal on a budget: go visit!”
10. Nandine Middle Eastern restaurant in Southwark 45 Camberwell Church Street - SE5
“A marvellous alternative to generic Middle East cuisine” – this family business has graduated from Peckham Levels (where they still trade) to this new café in Camberwell, where they offer “a Kurdish take on classic Middle Eastern dishes: well spiced, utterly fresh and served with a warmth worth mentioning because it’s so uncommon...”. A rave August 2019 review from Jay Rayner has propelled it to becoming a fooderati talking point.
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