Clapham restaurants

Find a new local favourite with our list of the best restaurants in Clapham

Ming Tang Evans

Clapham is home to many great restaurants that provide exceptional food at more-than-reasonable prices. Trinity is a relaxed yet elegant restaurant that serves sublime French cuisine, and just try to walk past Macaron without picking up a pastry - it's practically impossible.

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Trinity

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Trinity remains Clapham’s best restaurant, a destination for special occasions and celebratory splurges. It gets the right balance of smart (neat napery, cutting-edge cooking) and casual (smiling staff, hubbub of conversation). Recent price hikes might cause some eyebrow-raising (main courses now cost £25-£38), but the cooking is as good as ever. Our meal began with appetisers of plum radishes served with taramasalata, good bread and outstanding freshly churned butter.

  1. 4 The Polygon, SW4 0JG
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The Dairy

  • Rated as: 4/5

Recycled furniture, workshop light fittings, a bar serving craft beers: it might look like another beer and burger joint, or maybe a New York Italian ‘small plates’ place, but the Dairy doesn’t churn out a formula. Seasonal British ingredients are treated with a level of finesse that would be the envy of many Japanese restaurants. You realise this from the very start. A robata grill is used not just for grilling meats, but for smoking the butter (using applewood chips). A

  1. 15 The Pavement, SW4 0HY
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Breads Etcetera

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

This bakery-cum-café has been going strong for the past decade, and come noon every weekend, there’s a queue of up to half an hour, out the door and on to Clapham High Street, for a table. So what’s the attraction? What the Danes call hygge, the Germans call Gemütlichkeit; a relaxed cosiness, created by smiling staff and toasters on the table. An enormous basket of freshly baked sourdough loaves sits on a counter-top in the middle of the room: white or wholemeal, rye or

  1. 127 Clapham High Street, SW4 7SS
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Tsunami

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

No sign of a recession at Tsunami: on our weekend visit, smartly dressed thirtysomethings packed the place. This suburban sushi restaurant and cocktail bar has found a recipe for success and is sticking to it. The international waiting staff were warm and welcoming, the dining room glam but not intimidating, and the menu packed with modern Japanese crowd-pleasers.

  1. 5-7 Voltaire Road, SW4 6DQ
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Mama Lan

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

This no-bookings, cash-only Chinese café is an offshoot, a second branch of the original in Brixton Village Market. It’s typical of a new wave of restaurant entrepreneurs who have moved from running a supper club to setting up premises with little experience or capital, spread the word by social media, and built up a loyal following. The experience gained at the first branch has paid off. On our three visits the service in Clapham was smooth, the kitchen consistent.

  1. 8 The Pavement, SW4 0HY
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Macaron

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

On a prime spot at the fashionable end of Clapham Common, Macaron is one of several cafés with a handful of outside tables serving the constant traffic of Commoners heading from Clapham Old Town to the tube. It’s also the best of the bunch, not just because it looks charmingly French, but also because all the baked goods are made in the in-house bakery, which you can watch through a large pane of glass at the back of the dining area. Help-yourself viennoiseries are displayed

  1. 22 The Pavement, SW4 0HY
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Barsito

  • Rated as: 3/5

This tiny neighbourhood tapas bar captures the feel of its counterparts in Spain perfectly; informal with welcoming staff, and a simple menu to complement the wines by the glass. Hams hang from the ceiling, diners eat at the bar counter; drinkers mingle in. The food preparation area wedged behind the bar makes a caravan's galley look spacious. We sat and watched as the busy chef reheated some of the dishes in the microwave, in between blowtorching some desserts and freshly

  1. 57 Venn St, SW4 0BD
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Boqueria Tapas

  • Rated as: 5/5

Setting itself apart from your average tapas joint, Boqueria offers a fresh, modern menu that merits repeat visits. The vibe is laid-back, and the L-shaped space has been thoroughly optimised, with aluminium stools along a stylishly spot-lit (and well-stocked) bar leading through into the main restaurant; downstairs is an upbeat bar area with more tables (available for private hire). References to the mother country are plentiful: flamenco on the sound system, photos of Spanish

  1. 192 Acre Lane, SW2 5UL
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Mongolian Grill

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4

For the uninitiated, this backstreet restaurant in Clapham’s Old Town may set alarm bells ringing. First, there’s the ‘red light district’ glow (caused by a host of Chinese lanterns), but more unnervingly, the kitchen specialises in hotpot (sometimes known as ‘Chinese fondue’, a dish with its roots in Mongolia) and Korean barbecue (where food is cooked at an on-table grill). There’s an enormous help-yourself buffet of fish, meat and vegetables – all raw.

  1. 29 North Street, SW4 0HJ
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Fish Club

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Though your waistband might complain, your conscience need not as all the fish at this great little London chippy are sustainably sourced, with coley topping the bill. And that ethical alternative to haddock and cod is popular for good reason: it more than passed muster, with flaky and tender flesh beneath a perfect honey-coloured batter. The twice-fried chips were good too: chunky yet crisp. Perhaps the chilli and garlic sauce on our whole bream was a little overpowering, but

  1. 57 Clapham High Street, SW4 7TG
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Haché

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

If you can imagine a girly burger joint, Haché would be it. Named after the Gallic term for ‘minced’ (go to Paris and ask for a steak ‘haché’ and you’ll be served a good-quality patty), the restaurant is full of feminine French touches: from pretty vintage chandeliers to the creamy walls with ornate, oversized mirrors. In the open kitchen at the back, classic ‘man food’ is prettied up wherever possible. On our visit, thick-cut slices of onions were encased in huge

  1. 153 Clapham High Street, SW4 7SS
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Bobbin

  • Rated as: 4/5

In a quiet residential street not far from Clapham Common, Bobbin is an appealing neighbourhood gastropub. It has a changing rota of proper ales (perhaps St Austell Tribute or something from Sambrooks), good wines by the glass, a cosy front room, and an airy conservatory at the rear. The menu’s the main focus, with typical gastropub dishes done well. Our ribeye steak (£17.50) was well-hung, tender and grilled correctly rare as requested; the chips were of the chunky, skin-on

  1. 1-3 Lillieshall Rd, SW4 0LN
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Abbeville Kitchen

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

Of all the ‘destination’ diners in the locality, Abbeville Kitchen is the least known. That’s a pity, because the Med-leaning cooking is terrific, but the venue suffers from an ailment common to restaurants in mainland Spain (where such things don’t matter): unexceptional design. There’s a mismatch of styles, with junk-shop dark-wood chairs and a hodge-podge of tables against a backdrop of smart, coral-hued weave, papered on to the walls. It’s as if someone got

  1. 47 Abbeville Road, SW4 9JX
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Bistro Union

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

This self-styled ‘quintessentially British bistro’ succeeds on so many levels. The staff are chummy and welcoming; the room looks rustic and quirky, with stripped floorboards, an appealing grey, white and yellow colour scheme and cutlery kept in drawers under the tables; and there’s a very enticing selection of bar nibbles, own-made preserves and fruit gins on display that sets the tone for the slightly homespun approach of the kitchen.

  1. 40 Abbeville Road, SW4 9NG
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4 comments
Joe
Joe

What about Alba? It is a great Italian restaurant right in front of clapham north station, they do lovely Italian food there.

Natalie
Natalie

Missing a great new Italian restaurant, opened Dec 11 Nightingale Lane - Stagioni. (Clapham South) Fantastic reviews and place

Darren
Darren

Definitely missing The Blind Tiger and Lost Society

La Delizia Due
La Delizia Due

A fantastic Italian Restaurant on 314 Trinity Road, great pizza, great Food and great Italian wine. The sister restaurant is in Chelsea and has been going for years, this one has just opened and is fantastic and great value for money.

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