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.
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 is a new Turkish-Cypriot restaurant occupying a bright and busy corner site in 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.
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.
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, 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From Prescott & Conran, The Boundary is a restaurant, hotel, rooftop grill and a café/bakery called Albion, which is very popular for a weekend brunch. The restaurant is glamorous with an open-kitchen and serves regional, refined French dishes.
You can also try the rooftop grill restaurant with its 360° view over London and is the place to be when the sun shines.
Pablo Flack and David Waddington from the celebrated east London restaurant Bistrotheque are behind Hoi Polloi in Shoreditch.
Hoi Polloi is a wood-panelled brasserie and bar at the Ace Hotel, serving an all-day menu of seasonal British cuisine.
From salumi and raw plates to Josper-grilled meats and homemade pasta, the open kitchen at this sleek Spitalfields Italian offers an all-day menu, weekend brunch and a feasting menu served in the private dining room.
8 Hoxton Square
8 Hoxton Square is a smart-casual restaurant with quality service, excellent European cuisine and fantastic wines.
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 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 menu at Hawksmoor features sumptuous steaks from ethically reared British cows. Hawksmoor also features in our guide to the best Sunday roast in London.
Eyre Brothers is a well-established Iberian restaurant in Shoreditch. It is a trusted local fixture that is as popular with Shoreditch’s hipsters as it is with suited City workers.
Menu highlights include Arroz de Pato, a Portuguese baked spiced rice with duck, smoked toucinho and chouriço, parsley and orange; and a Portuguese seafood stew of clams, prawns, mussels, monkfish, hake and tuna.
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.
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
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