And don’t even think about leaving without ordering one of their famous Pisco sours.
From 100-year-old oyster bars to the modern Michelin-starred and innovative new chefs of the scene, here are our top-rated London restaurants for fish and seafood.
Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill
Oysters are a bit like marmite aren’t they? If you can’t get enough of the little suckers, a booking at stalwart of the London food scene, Bentley’s, should be top of your list.
Bentley’s has been providing the best oysters and Champagne to bougie Londoners since 1916 and it’s still one of the finest seafood restaurants in the city.
Tuck into everything from Dorset or Jersey oysters, Galway to Vietnamese, as well as decadent lobster thermidor and piled high fruit de mer.
Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill, 11-15 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DG
The Michelin starred restaurant is the jewel of Moorgate’s South Place Hotel, thanks to the exquisite touch of Executive Chef, Gary Foulkes.
Foulkes’ way with fish and seafood is one of the best you’ll find in the capital, from the Japanese take on turbot – it’s served with Japanese mushrooms, salsola and an unami-fuelled bonito dashi to the tongue tingling raw Orkney scallops served with blood orange, citrus yoghurt and Greek basil.
The tasting menu is a must-try for any special occasions and did we mention the restaurant has a gorgeous sweeping terrace too? Hard to find when it comes to London Michelin dining.
Originally London’s first butcher’s shop, this place has been transformed over the years in to a popular seafood eatery while keeping its original Victorian features.
With high marble tops and stools it has an informal and friendly feel – especially thanks to the giant glitter ball above.
Go classic with the the creamy moules marinieres, French fries and crusty baguette to mop it all up with. An oldie but a goodie.
Randall & Aubin, 4-16 Brewer Street, Soho, London W1F 0SG
Prawn on the Lawn
Fishmongers by trade, the team at POTL mean business when it comes to seafood and have builtt up one of Islington’s best-loved restaurants. With no actual lawn in sight and a lot more to offer than just prawns, they specialise in small and sharing plates, from monkfish satay with coconut sambal to lemon sole dripping in ‘nduja butter and tarragon. Then there’s oysters from all over the British isles, whole grilled fish for the table and the signature POTL Fruits de Mer (served chilled on ice).
Really, anything on the menu will suffice – we’d happily eat here every night.
Heading to Cornwall this summer? Be sure to check out their restaurant down there too, in the heart of England’s seafood capital, Padstow.
Prawn on the Lawn, 292 – 294 St Paul’s Road, London N1 2LH
Rub shoulders with the A-listers on Scott’s terrace – many a celeb has been papped dining al fresco at the Mayfair institution. The food lives up to the hype with a menu dedicated to the finest traditional fish and shellfish dishes alongside meat and seasonal game favourites, all paired with some seriously good cocktails – we’re big fans of the crisp Green Apple Bellini.
Food-wise, the menu is decadent to say the least (come with deep pockets), from caviar to oysters, lobster to whole dover sole, but it’s without a doubt one of those places you have to tick off the list.
Scott’s, 20 Mount Street, London W1K 2HE
Tucked behind the heart of Theatre Land on St Martin’s Court, the red facade of J Sheekey’s fish, shellfish and seasonal game restaurant is nothing short of iconic. Sheekey’s is as famous and as much a part of the West End as the actors and theatregoers who frequent it pre- or post-show and it’s been top of its game for over 100 years.
London’s school of seafood restaurants aren’t all in Mayfair. Head east to Hackney Wick where you’ll find the excellent Cornerstone, headed up by chef and owner Tom Brown.
Sharing plates are his thing, with a daily changing menu depending on the catch, which Brown morphs into some of the prettiest seafood dishes we’ve seen.
Think raw Orkney scallop with red curry, peanut and lime leaf or melt in the mouth smoked cod roe and Parmesan goujeres.
Cornerstone, 3 Prince Edward Road,
Hackney Wick, London E9 5LX
For something a little different, check out Chelsea’s Chicama restaurant. Inspired by the coastal food of Peru, the menu will have you whisked away to a holiday in South America, with the team’s inventive Peruvian, bold-flavoured twist on fine British product.
Expect monkfish cheeks with ají amarillo mayo, spicy crab and green papaya salad and some of the best ceviche to be had in the city.
Chicama, 383 King’s Road, Chelsea, London SW10 0LP
Brought to you by the Goodman Restaurant Group, the people behind the Burger & Lobster restaurants, this restaurant champions the beasts of land and sea – the finest beef and Norwegian Red King Crab.
The crab comes from the Norway King Crab company in Bugøynes, a small town on the Northern Norwegian/Russian border that benefits from the behemoths of crustacians.
While the meat is handpicked from around the globe – everything from USDA Nebraska’s 150-day corn fed Chateaubriand to A5 Grade Japanese Wagyu Sirloin.
The menu might sound unashamedly gluttonous but the interiors are actually really rather pretty. Sit on long, banqueting tables lit up by candlelight for a truly unique dining experience.
Beast, 3 Chapel Place, London, W1G 0BG
Not to be confused with the American aviation specialists, these guys are all about seafood, in fact they are the self-professed “seafood experts.”
We’re not disagreeing having popped into many of their London outposts (they boast five from Battersea to Borough) for a glass of bubbles and a plate of oysters on many occasions over the years.
Check out their daily changing specials showcasing the best of British seafood straight off the boats at Brixham Market or order the Full House seafood platter for the perfect long lazy lunch.
Borough is our favourite of the five restaurants which sits amongst some of the capital’s most exciting independent foodie haunts on the bustling Stoney Street.
Battersea, Borough, Soho, Spitalfield’s and South Kensington
You’ll have to wait until September for try the delights of the main Claude Bosi restaurant when it reopens post-lockdown but in the meantime, book into it’s little sister Oyster Bar.
Housed in the iconic Michelin House building, the restaurant holds a fascinating history through its iconic architecture. The Michelin Building was originally the British headquarters for Michelin, a French tyre company, which is now one of London’s finest places to tuck into oysters, seafood and Champagne, while sat within the art deco tiles and original mosaic flooring.
Michelin House, 81 Fulham Rd, London SW3 6RD