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Bukowski Grill

Restaurants, North American Brixton
3 out of 5 stars
(13user reviews)

Time Out says

A burger restaurant in Brixton Market.

Brixton became a highlight on the London burger map when Honest Burgers opened in 2011. But now there’s a rival on its patch – Bukowski Grill, the second branch of the original at Boxpark, Shoreditch.

The new grill has the studied nonchalance and rustic design features you might expect of a restaurant in either of Brixton’s covered markets: patches of exposed brick and rows of worn wooden tabletops emerge from the soft glow of hanging lamps.

Along the back wall is the kitchen, spitting out Hereford beef patties at a fair pace. The regular roster of six includes the Obese Gringo: two beef patties, Monterey Jack cheese, candied bacon, jalapeño mustard, red onions, tomato, lettuce and a smoked pickle. There is also a burger of the month, perhaps a 'Reuben' with Emmental cheese, pastrami, sauerkraut, pickled gherkins, Russian dressing and lettuce.

There are also non-burger meaty items on the menu, including two types of pulled pork and grilled beef short ribs. The drinks list is concise and includes very sensibly priced cocktails.



Address: Unit 10
Brixton Market
Cross street: Market Row
Transport: Tube: Brixton tube/rail
Price: Main courses £5.50-£12
Opening hours: Meals served noon-5pm Mon-Tue, noon-9pm Wed, Sun; noon-10.30pm Thur-Sat
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Users say (13)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.2 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Decent food and beer, good for a quick lunch as service was quick. Expected a larger portion if I'm perfectly honest and the dripping chips were OK but the Mariana Trench beer was a highlight. Worth another trip


The Fat Gringo burger is one of the filthiest, tastiest slices of food porn this side of the river! Grab some beef dripping potato chips alongside and you are in foodie heaven. Some of the other burgers are a bit pricier, but with the standard burger this good it doesn't matter!

Terrific burgers, the short ribs are gorgeous, friendly staff, good value but the side dishes are to die for. The onions, fries and the waldorf are brilliant. Although...... (boo) they have removed the deep fried crispy chicken livers, which did nothing for my waist line but everything for my happiness!


A great spot in the middle of Brixton market!  If you just want burgers than Honest will always be a better choice but for ribs and pork and all the other options Bukowski is great! The service is quick and friendly.  Food is delicious and plentiful!  They also have a toilet which in Brixton market isnt always the case!!! Definitely worth a visit!

I'm really surprised by the negative reviews of Bukowski here - it's one of my go-to spots in Brixton Market, and I've been known to visit 3 times in a week!  It's casual but larger than most restaurants so you get seated fast, and the burgers are out of this world.  Always loaded with mountains of great toppings, and with delicious tobacco onions on the side, you can't go wrong with a visit here. 

Nice (warm) venue in Market Row- great service and tasty food. Not as good as Honest Burgers or Joint in Brixton Village.

Sometimes tasty but always dry. Not worth the money or the mediocre service. Brixton market has far better offerings than here. Socks need to be pulled up!

Very poor service. I brought friends to Birxton Market for the 1st time and it was terrible. The staff were really rude and unfriendly and they forgot our order. Food was also quite poor. Certainly won't be back!

Having eaten at Honest Burger and Bukowski several times, Bukowski comes on top, their burgers have a greater depth of flavor and love thier home made ketchup. The fat gringo is my favorite burger, and there is also the rips and pork to consider which are equally good.

Ok, I have been to Burkowsk about 7 times and the first two times were amazing. Great food, lovely atmosphere, friendly staff, good value. Since then I have gone back another and on 4 of the 5 times have been really disappointed. Twice I was given really rare (almost raw) beef when i asked for it medium and last night my chicken burger was raw in the middle. I persisted with Burkowski because I loved it so much to begin with but feel really disappointed now and their reaction to my raw chicken burger was completely blaze, the waitress simply said it won't be on the bill. and was completely indifferent to the fact that it is s pretty horrible experience to bite into chicken.... Really, really bad experience and it is a real shame. Maybe they'll pick up their socks but it is pretty inconsistent and sometimes terrible at the moment.

I disagree with TimeOut's review - the burgers in this place are fantastic and far better than the market's other offiering; Honest Burger. Ribs too are amazing, along with the beef dripping chips!

This is a decent but expensive burger joint that has popped up in Brixton market in South London. It has the same generic feel as all the other trendy new fast food places that are cashing in on the current Americana trip that Londoners seem to have collectively dropped and is pretty average amongst them. If you need a big chunk of meat and you're in Brixton (it happens), you could do worse (and quite a bit better).

time out, why no mention of the beef ribs???? really yummy and worth a trip down just for those. chips are very nice too. yes, honest burgers are rather good but this place has the yummy RIBS! :)

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