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Joanna’s is a Crystal Palace stalwart, known to locals as the place to go if you want a bit of West End glam without the journey. Wood panelling, whitewashed brick walls and a well-stocked wooden bar bring to mind an old-school New York vibe. Waiting staff are smartly turned out in black and white and there are linen tablecloths, starched napkins and polished cutlery, but the ambience is far from stuffy.

Brasserie classics such as steak frites and smoked haddock with poached egg are interspersed with favourites from further afield, including king prawn tempura, thai fish cakes and crispy duck salad. Although the menu does feel a little disparate, dishes are executed with aplomb. Baked cod with olive oil mash was cooked to perfection and beautifully complemented by a sweet red pepper compote. Onglet steak with fries and garlic butter was simple and satisfying.

Sticky toffee pudding also delivered, with a light sponge and finger-licking toffee sauce. Don’t expect to be blown away by innovation – Joanna’s popularity is down to excellent service and good-quality food in stylish surroundings.


Venue name: Joanna's
Address: 56 Westow Hill
SE19 1RX
Opening hours: Breakfast served 10-11.45am daily. Meals served noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Crystal Palace or Gipsy Hill rail
Price: Main courses £11.75-£32.50. Set meal (lunch Mon-Sat; dinner Mon-Wed) £13 2 courses, £17 3 courses
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4.6 / 5

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A great place for a posh leisurely brunch.

Everyone knows that Joanna's is good for an evening meal, but it opens at 10am to serve brunch. The full English is high quality and their smoked salmon and scrambled eggs are lovely, my personal favourite is the poached egg and Canadian bacon served on an English muffin.

It isn't caff prices - but it has lots of papers, great coffee and you are never rushed.

A lovely weekend treat!

Marc M

Great Location , Amazing Food and Drink and the deserts are special . Highly recommended

Corinne R

Always love going to Joanna's, Crystal Palace. It has it all - ambience, decor, service, food, great wine list and cocktails never fail to hit the right spot, whether for a midweek supper for two to a lazy weekend brunch or a celebration.

Noreen M

Consistent, classy and not that expensive - perfect for special visitors or occasions.

St John B

Excellent American influenced restaurant providing great quality food. Been a long time favourite and never fails to impress.

Sarah E
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By far the best restaurant in Crystal Palace.  The food is consistently good and the service is  first class.  The staff are always friendly and very helpful.  I highly recommend the beetroot carpaccio - it's delicious!  Also, the Sunday lunch is reasonably priced for the amount you get!

Nigel C

I've had the pleasure of eating here on numerous occasions and it never fails to deliver. The décor and atmosphere make it perfect for a both romantic meals or larger social gatherings. The staff are always very friendly and the food is always great. The menu doesn't change very much but I suppose you can put it down to the old adage of "If it's not broken then don't try and fix it". I'd definitely recommend Joanna's to all!

Kim Fleming

This Place is great, great food, great service and lovely cocktails. Great for a special occasions and have to recommend Sunday Lunch's great value and amazing food


We went for an evening meal on Saturday 10th August 2013. We both had starters, main meal, red and white wine as well as desserts. My starter was well presented and tasty, my wife's starter was cray fish and avocado salad presented in a glass, challenging to eat to say the least, the salad had hardly any crayfish or almost no avocado! The main meals were trout and haddock with mushy peas etc. with a couple of side dishes; these were reasonably presented and quite tasty. The restaurant serves red and white wine in white wine glasses! When I asked why this was I was advised this is what they do and that that there were quite a few breakages with red wine glasses...When I ordered my bottle of white whine, the waitress took away the bottle and kept bringing it to my table every 10 minutes or so to pour it in my glass. They did not provide a bucket of ice for the bottle so that I could help myself at the table. My desert was crème brule, this was tasteless. My wife had cheese, grapes and biscuits, this was average in presentation and taste. We had high expectations of this restaurant sadly it turned out to be quite average or below average. When we paid for the meal the waiter took back the receipt!


Went there for our anniversary last week.Top quality main meals,especially the deserts and wine. The service was excellent.


I have always had excellent meals at Joannas and found the service great. The cocktails are awesome and the staff brilliantly accommodating. Can't say enough good things about it!


Was passing from an appointment !!! So went I'n for a glass of something !!! I't was sooooooo welcoming !!! I treated myself to a glass of pink champagne !!! And another !! This place Devine !!! Even stayed for dinner !!! Was not planned !! Anyone going soon before. ( they told me new menu soon) have the belly of pork ! Apple sauce with a touch of ginger !!! Best I've ever had !!! And let me tell you I've never written a review I'n my life !! Excellent place --- will be back but will book if it's anytime after 7-30 as it gets real busy !!! Loved my time at Joannas xxxx


As a Brixtonite, there are a lack of quality restaurants outside the Village so myself and my partner eat at Joanna's frequently Terrific food and the informal atmosphere - it's nearly always busy without being uncomfortable - I enjoyed the review and had the beetroot carpaccio last time I went, very tasty indeed. Looking forward to my next visit.