The Best Restaurants in Shoreditch

From Michelin stars to tasting-menu-only restaurants to tapas bars and rooftop grills, read our guide to the best restaurants in Shoreditch.

In an area with a wealth of excellent dining options, this is our selection of the best restaurants in Shoreditch.

The Clove Club

One of the best restaurants in Shoreditch, The Clove Club offers a no-choice, daily-changing, nine or five course dinner menu or three course lunch menu of dishes made with interesting and often overlooked British ingredients.

The Clove Club

Headed up by Michelin-starred chef Isaac McHale and located in what used to be Shoreditch Town Hall, the restaurant is contemporary and slick and offers an innovative and experimental dining experience.

The Clove Club uses Tock, a ticketing reservation system where you have to prepay for you meal ahead of time.

Oklava

Oklava is a new Turkish-Cypriot restaurant occupying a bright and busy corner site in Shoreditch.

Oklava Restaurant Shoreditch

The large open kitchen churns out delectable small plates straight from the charcoal grill and the menu is full of gems such as grilled helim, pides (flatbreads), and lamb breast with pomegranate.

Cocktails, a great wine list, and desserts round off a fantastic meal at this very accomplished local favourite.

Merchants Tavern

The 130-seater restaurant is a collaboration between Angela Hartnett and chef Neil Borthwick. The space is beautifully designed with exposed bricks, low lighting and leather banquettes with the kitchen in full view.

Merchants Tavern in Shoreditch

Whether you just visit for a drink and some bar snacks in the pub at the front of the room, or for a lunch or dinner in the main dining room, Merchants Tavern is definitely a top choice for restaurants in Shoreditch.

Dishoom

Dishoom, a stylish brasserie in the style of the old post-colonial Irani cafes of Bombay, has taken London by storm. Since its first restaurant opened on St Martin’s Lane in 2010, three sister restaurants have opened in Kings Cross, most recently on Carnaby Street and in Shoreditch.

Dishoom Carnaby Street

Serving breakfast options, salads, grills, biryanis, dals and a variety of small plates, stand out dishes include the dal makhani, the lamb cutlets and the crunchy, tangy Bhel (puffed rice, Bombay Mix and nylon sev tossed with fresh pomegranate, tomato, onion, lime, tamarind, mint).

Dishoom also features in our guide to the best Indian restaurants in London.

Butchies

Butchies Shoreditch is the first permanent restaurant from the popular fried chicken street food stall that started life on Broadway Market.

Now open on Rivington Street, this fried chicken shop is not your average fast food joint.

Serving only premium quality free-range birds in their award-winning fried buttermilk chicken sandwiches, Butchies offers well priced, great tasting food.

Butchies’ Hatch

The menu is a combination of burgers, buffalo wings, salads and sides – with a heavy emphasis on chicken.

Sandwiches include the Original, which features pickles and Butchies’ homemade garlic & fresh herb aioli and Butchies Hot Chicken served with Butchies hot coating, hot sauce and pickles – a sandwich reserved for chilli fiends.

The list of tempting sides includes Cheese Fries with Red Leicester cheese dripping and delicious Kimchi Honey-Butter Wings, which are slathered in a hot, sweet and sour sauce.

Lyle’s 

Occupying one part of Shoreditch High Street’s Tea Building, Lyle’s restaurant is an uplifting, light and bright dining room.  The menu offers an ever-changing selection of British dishes, from blood cake to pig’s cheek and sweetbreads.

Lyle's restaurant Shoreditch

The main menu is a no-choice menu of seven courses plus bread and petits fours at £39, but the restaurant also offers an à la carte lunch menu.

Sardine

Further afield from the main hub of bars and restaurants in Shoreditch is the newly-opened, Sardine.

Head chef Alex Jackson has created a menu that is inspired by the flavours and ingredients of the regions of Provence and Languedoc, the Basque Country and Italy.

Sardine restaurant

We visited for lunch on a hot summer’s day and found the simple, fresh and honest food delicious and refreshing.

We enjoyed the modest-looking but mouth-watering pork and veal stuffed tomato starter and the wild trout main course, cooked on the charcoal grill in the open kitchen.

The restaurant is housed in an annexe next to the contemporary art gallery Parasol, just off the City Road, and is open daily (except Mondays) for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Brat Restaurant

Tomos Parry, most recently at Kitty Fisher’s in Mayfair, has opened his first solo restaurant in Shoreditch, Brat, and what a hit it is.

The centre stage at Brat is the wood fire oven and the main event is the 1.2kg turbot to share, which arrives with a glistening char on the skin and is meaty yet wonderfully delicate to taste.

Turbot at Brat in Shoreditch

The joy of the food here is that Tomos takes excellent quality ingredients and lets them shine on their own.

The food at Tomos Parry's Brat in Shoreditch

Everything seems so simple, but tastes anything but.

Brat feels homely and welcoming – somewhere you would want to linger long into the evening – and it gets the simple formula of good food with good fine and warm service just right.

Hoi Polloi

Pablo Flack and David Waddington from the celebrated east London restaurant Bistrotheque are behind Hoi Polloi in Shoreditch.

Hoi Polloi Shoreditch

Hoi Polloi is a wood-panelled brasserie and bar at the Ace Hotel, serving an all-day menu of seasonal British cuisine

The restaurant is simple and comfortable and the menu effortlessly combines British, French, Italian and Spanish flavours in its regularly changing menu. The restaurant also serves up a menu of small plates designed to share.

Hawksmoor Spitalfields

Hawksmoor has built a reputation for being one of London’s best steakhouses. The original restaurant opened in Spitalfields in 2006 and since then, the team has opened five more restaurants across London and one in Manchester.

The Hawksmoor Bar

The menu at Hawksmoor features sumptuous steaks from ethically reared British cows. Hawksmoor also features in our guide to the best Sunday roast in London.

Nobu Shoreditch

The Nobu hotel opened in Shoreditch, just off Great Eastern Street, in the middle of 2017 with 150 rooms and a large 240 cover restaurant and bar on the lower ground floor.

The design is a mix of urban with its concrete walls and classic Japanese with its use of light wood furniture.

Nobu Shoreditch

The menu features all the Nobu classics – popcorn shrimp, black miso cod, sashimi salad and yellowtail with japaleno.
This the first London Nobu to offer breakfast (which it has to as a hotel…) – the breakfast menu includes Japanese twists on the breakfasts we know, including a Nobu style “Full English” with Japanese Kurubuta sausage and crispy boudin noir alongside the traditional items.
Try the Shiro Tamago (egg white omelette with spinach and tofu feta) or the Acai Donburi with bananas, berries and sesame granola.

Galvin La Chapelle

Galvin La Chapelle is an elegant destination for modern French cuisine in the Victorian splendour of St Botolph’s Hall with vaulted ceilings, arched windows and marble pillars.

Galvin La Chapelle, Shoreditch

There is a selection of menus to choose from – a menu gourmand, prix fixe lunch and early dinner menu and Sunday Roast lunch menu. The service is attentive but unstuffy, the ambience is charming but unpretentious and the food is unfussy but beautifully presented.

The Best Restaurants in Shoreditch

If you enjoyed this feature on the best restaurants in Shoreditch, you may also like to read our other restaurant destination guides including the best restaurants in Soho or the best restaurants in Covent Garden.

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