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South Bank restaurants

Looking for places to eat along the South Bank? Here's a guide to South Bank restaurants for every occasion

After a lengthy stroll along the riverside, you're going to need a feed. Sadly, the South Bank is a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to dining out. If you don't fancy footing it round the corner to Borough for better fare, you can still find relief with our list of South Bank restaurants. From budget and mid-priced chains to more interesting options at institutions like the Tate Modern and the National Theatre, enjoy dinner with a view in among the action. 

Restaurants on the South Bank

Benugo Bar & Kitchen

The low ceiling, square dimensions and lack of natural light have long hampered this riverfront space at the BFI Southbank, and Benugo haven’t succeeded in making it into an appealing venue. But at least they've nailed the food, with solid burgers, sarnies and salads. 

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Canteen

Footfall keeps this SE1 branch of the popular chain busy, even if, tucked away around the back of the building, it's away from the main Royal Festival Hall drag. It's one of two Canteens in London, with its sister site in Spitalfields. The group was one of the first to reappraise British cuisine, and the ethos remains the same today. Expect dishes such as Lancashire cheese tart and sausage mash and onion gravy.

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Caravan Bankside

As you’d expect, the food at this third branch of coffee-roasters-turned-fusion-fare hawkers Caravan is sound – with a broad, globally peripatetic menu branching ever wider from the Antipodean fare it first made its name with. Plus, the cavernous room – all lofty height, stripped wood and metal girders – looks marvellous.

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Feng Sushi

Serving sustainably sourced fish and regular seasonal menus, Feng Sushi takes its ethical/eco responsibilities seriously. During spawning season they particularly promote vegetarian options, for instance. This branch, at the Royal Festival Hall, is great for everything from a quick bite to a full meal, and a good example of the chain's take on Japanese classics with a modern twist.

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House at the National Theatre

A serious interior sets the tone for cooking of considerable ambition and adventurousness at the National Theatre's restaurant. Though there are more conventional dishes, desserts make it clear that chefs here possess creativity that's bursting to get out. The perfect location if you’re seeing a performance at the Olivier or Lyttleton Theatres.

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Nando's

The family-friendly, Portuguese-inspired chain restaurant known for its peri-peri chicken has more than 70 branches across London. This one tucked away on Stamford Street offers a reliable feed when hungry on a touristy day out.

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OXO Restaurant

"Book your table now for Valentine's Day – Champagne, live music and impeccable views will accompany your romantic set menu."

The Oxo Tower is a London landmark, and its two restaurants and bar emanate a sense of occasion. A glass frontage makes the most of river views, with St Paul's and City buildings easily visible. Dishes here range from a root veg and pearl barley risotto, lobster tempura with a seashore vegetable broth, and venison terrine with pumpkin chutney and toasted brioche.

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Ping Pong

Ping Pong makes dim sum for the not-always-initiated – ‘little steamed parcels of deliciousness’ (in their own words). That means dumplings, and lots of ’em. Expect the full range of beef, chicken, seafood and vegetable options – not just steamed, mind, but fried too – plus soups, buns, rice dishes and desserts.

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Porky's

Husband and wife team Simon and Joy Brigg were inspired to set up Porky's after their US travels. After the success of their Camden branch they brought the southern American barbecue to Bankside in June 2014.

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Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden Bar & Café

This rooftop allotment-cum-woodland-cum-wildflower meadow is great for sunny South Bank lunchtimes (only open in spring and summertime months). You'd be hard put to find a prettier setting for a sandwich in central London. Food and drink come from a smart wooden bar area run by Company of Cooks. Don't hold out for a full meal or a fry-up, but the short menu of light salads, sandwiches, cakes and snacks suits the civilised, slightly otherworldly vibe.

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London Bridge restaurants

Eating out in London Bridge is all about knowing where to look. Magdalen, which is easy to miss on the busy Tooley Street, serves outstanding British food that shows a real attention to detail. Champor-Champor provides Asian fusion cuisine that resists most labels, aside from ‘great’. At café and gallery Caphe House, you can pick up a Vietnamese baguette, called bánh mì, along with a painting, if you want.

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