Shoreditch restaurants

Time Out's guide to the best restaurants in Shoreditch

For a sumptuously satisfying feed, Shoreditch is a safe bet. Expect fantastic steaks at Hawksmoor, and if you're after something a little different, head to Rochelle Canteen. Check out Time Out's guide to the best restaurants in Shoreditch for even more options. And don't forget to read our guides to Shoreditch bars and clubs.

Hawksmoor Spitalfields

Critics' choice

Hawksmoor’s USP is in supplying excellent produce cooked well, focusing on top-quality beef from renowned London butcher Ginger Pig. There’s a serious attitude to beef provenance and an impressive list of breeds; Longhorn is always available, but guest breeds range from Herefords to Lincoln Reds.

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Spitalfields

Rochelle Canteen

Critics' choice

Eating at Melanie Arnold and Margot Henderson’s daytime-only spot remains a distinctive treat: entry is via a buzzer on a tiny door in the wall of an old Victorian school on Arnold Circus, now a hub of creative studios. Inside, a handful of outdoor tables and a former bike shed converted into an airy, modern space act as the canteen for the creatives working here, and those lucky outsiders in the know.

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Brick Lane

Hoi Polloi

Hoi Polloi is accessed via a tiny flower shop. Walk straight through and the large restaurant (from the team behind Bistrotheque and Shrimpy’s) reveals itself with a mix of retro and contemporary styling that wouldn’t look out of place on a Scandinavian cruise ship circa 1950.

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Shoreditch

Lyle's

‘Wham-bam, thank you m’am’ – the new normal for London’s restaurants. Book ahead? You’re having a laugh. Queue? Of course. Meals come and go at breakneck speed, and before you can even settle into your faux-distressed school chair, the bill appears and you’re out on your ear, wondering if it was all just a dream. If that’s the kind of fast and furious that floats your boat, then you should probably give Lyle’s a swerve.

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Brick Lane

Boho Mexica

Critics' choice

Boho Mexica’s claims to authenticity rely on its domestic labour-of-love approach – chef Tía Patty, the owner’s aunt, uses recipes learnt from her mother. While a starter of bland guacamole disappointed, painstaking care showed through in another of slow-cooked beef brisket, and crispy tostadas of green plantain topped with prawns and roasted habanero peppers had us happily glugging back our cocktails.

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Spitalfields

Merchants Tavern

On a Saturday night at Merchants Tavern, Angela Hartnett stood by the open kitchen beaming from ear to ear. Understandably so – this new Shoreditch restaurant cuts a fine figure with its retro curved green leather booths, comfy chairs and exposed brickwork.

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Old Street

Andina

There’s never a dull mouthful at Andina, which charms your tastebuds with its Peruvian-inspired ceviches, street food, cocktails and colourful smoothies. Andina is the second branch of the fun-loving Ceviche, but rather than imitating its older Soho sibling, it has new tricks, some of them inspired by the food of the Andes.

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Brick Lane

Dishoom

Sit in Dishoom's basement dining room and you can watch the Indian chefs at work. Our seekh kebabs arrived well spiced, the minced lamb juicy, served piping hot from the grill. Many more distinctively Bombay dishes are on the menu, including bhel (a spicy puffed-rice snack) and pau bhaji (spicy vegetables in a bread roll).

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Brick Lane

Pizza East Shoreditch

Critics' choice

The popularity of Pizza East, one of the first bastions of Shoreditch gentrification, hasn’t waned. This Soho House operation still packs out the landmark Tea Building, with hipsters and City boys arriving to eat well past 9pm during the week.

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Brick Lane

Rivington Grill

The dining space at the Rivington Grill is calm and white, with crisp linen and enough of both formality and trendiness to gratify different audiences. Contemporary art such as a Tracey Emin light sculpture add a splash of Shoreditch cool. Menus follow the distinctively British style set by Mark Hix, chef-supremo of Caprice group when the Rivington opened.

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Old Street

Princess of Shoreditch

Up the spiral staircase from the bustling downstairs bar, the dining room at this 250-year-old corner premises is a good-looking, cosy space. A dozen linen-clothed tables – candlelit at night – are served by a small team of young, efficient staff.

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Old Street

Eyre Brothers

Venue says: Enjoy our authentic Iberian cooking and extensive regional wine list in our attractive new tapas bar area.

After over a decade in existence, Eyre Brothers is a trusted local fixture, equally attractive to couples, Shoreditch’s young movers ’n’ shakers and suited City persons deep in lunchtime conversation. The low-ceilinged, dark-wood and leather design helps – it’s contemporary-classic without flimsy trendiness.

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Old Street

Tramshed

After a promising start, Mark Hix’s chicken and steak restaurant has lost some allure. The room remains a winning combination of fun, glamour and heritage: a Damien Hirst cow and chicken in formaldehyde suspended over the main dining room makes a striking first impression.

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Old Street
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Comments

7 comments
RavnSearch
RavnSearch

We've put together a blog on some of our favourite restaurants in the Old Street / Silicon Roundabout area - we'd be keen to hear your views and let us know if there's a restaurant we haven't mentioned!

Allison
Allison

As expressed by a few of the commenters. Most of these restaurants have closed. There are loads of new ones that could be included: Beard to Tail, Tramshed, Casa Negra, Floripa, Monikers, 100 Hoxton... loads. Please update the list! And if you stray into London Fields, check out the new pop-up by http://www.thecraftbeersocialclub.co.uk

Chick
Chick

Great list although a shame that some of these restaurants in shoreditch are closed. www.thecornershopbar.com isn't though, and it's a great little place for a drink and some food. Loads of events also.

Adam Bullerq
Adam Bullerq

Actually its now 6 of these restaurants are closed. Come on T.O. I come to you for advice. You are supposed to be the bible of going out. Must try harder.

G Theo
G Theo

At least three on this list closed down quite some time ago. The Hoxton Apprentice in November 2012 and the Open Kitchen and Saf much earlier so this guide is about as much use as a chocolate teapot. Time Out, as they say in the US when you screw up.

anonymous
anonymous

Saf restaurant 152 Curtain Rd EC1 has closed down, although it still has a branch in Kensington. Please could you remove it from your list of restaurants online or change the info, at least. Thank you.

Stanton
Stanton

Hi found this restaurant by accident and I was so amazed by the fantastic Italian food. Lena restaurant ( Shoreditch ) I love Italy and this restaurant is the closest thing to a real Italian experience. Food 100% Atmosphere 100% Service 100% Lena restaurant @ 66 Great Eastern street. 02077395714