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 106 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. The Table British, Modern restaurant in Southwark 83 Southwark St - SE1
“A firm favourite for breakfast and brunch in Southwark” – this café-style fixture a short stroll from Tate Modern serves “a great menu to suit all tastes”, and fans say it’s “unbeatable”.
4. Boro Bistro French restaurant in Southwark Montague Close, 6-10 Borough High St - SE1
“Interesting and very edible food in ‘tapas mode’”, at “very reasonable prices”, is on offer at this contemporary Franco-Hispanic bistro in Borough Market. “Charming service” from “efficient and friendly staff” adds to its attractions – along with “plenty of outdoor tables” for summer scoffing.
5. The Habit Nunhead British, Modern restaurant in Southwark 60 Nunhead Lane - SE15
The Habit is a modern British bistro, committed to bringing to the neighbourhood a place where families and friends can enjoy great food, wine and local produce. We like keeping it fresh, simple and seasonal. We are open for brunch & lunch Tuesday – Sunday....
6. Andanza Spanish restaurant in Southwark 66 Weston Street - SE1
Tapas and pintxos in a former bookies, from the owners of The Rose across the street; means luck or fate in Spanish.
7. 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).
8. The Last Talisman Japanese restaurant in Southwark 171-173 Bermondsey Street - SE1
Taking the place of Bermondsey's Loyal Tavern (RIP) is this 'Asian grill and drinking house' and a tropical cocktail bar called Mala Madre; the food offering is mostly skewers of meat, fish and veg cooked on a Japanese hibachi grill.
9. 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”.
10. 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!”
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