Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Waterloo
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Waterloo restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 12 restaurants in Waterloo and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Waterloo restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Skylon, South Bank Centre British, Modern restaurant in Waterloo Belvedere Rd - SE1
“Still one of the best views in London” – this vast chamber was built, back in this South Bank arts centre’s, 1950s, Festival-of-Britain prime, as ‘The People’s Palace’ and it remains “a great-looking venue with an enviable location overlooking the Thames” through gigantic picture windows. All reporters would agree that it’s a “brilliant spot for watching the world and river go by, and the cocktails are great”, but too many find the cooking either “expensive” or “disappointing”, or both. Top Tip – “worth visiting for the ‘Saxy Saturday Brunch’ featuring a nice but limited set menu but also bottomless Prosecco which helps draw in a crowd”.
2. Sticky Mango at RSJ Pan-Asian restaurant in Waterloo 33 Coin Street - SE1
Having the “same staff as RSJ” (its predecessor on the site, now RIP) preserves some continuity at this 30-year stalwart, near the Festival Hall, whose “brave move to Thai food from classic French” a couple of years ago has split opinion: “zingy and fresh” to fans, but to critics, “entirely unremarkable”. Its famous cellar of Loire wine has also been transferred to the new venture: “still the best wine list I know of, but it goes less well with the Asian food now on offer”. The ambience of the room – whose Reinforced Steel Joist inspired the name of the former operation – has never been a major plus.
3. Archduke Wine Bar Steaks & grills restaurant in Waterloo 153 Concert Hall Approach, South Bank - SE1
5. Banh Bao Brothers Vietnamese restaurant in Waterloo Unit 6, 20 Leake Street - SE1
A Vietnamese cocktail bar and restaurant in Waterloo’s redeveloped Leake Street tunnels offering (as the name suggests) banh bao – a traditional breakfast bun – and noodles soups like Bun Bo Hue.
6. Antillean Afro-Caribbean restaurant in Waterloo 74 Blackfriars Rd - SE1
Out goes the Polish vodka and in comes the jerk chicken, oxtail curry and flying fish at this Waterloo site. For over a decade, this intriguing former Georgian factory (a coachbuilding works) traded as Baltic (RIP). But it’s now in the hands of Michael Hanbury who is aiming to highlight an evolved form of Jamaican cuisine. A rum library and cocktails too – Whispering Death anyone?
7. Passyunk Avenue American restaurant in Waterloo Leake Street - SE1
The fourth outlet (one is more of a bar and batting cage than a restaurant) of this growing Philly cheesesteak chain; subject to a successful crowdfund, this one will take over the cavernous, graffiti-ed Leake Sreet railway arches under Waterloo.
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