A Guide to The 15 Best Seafood Restaurants in London
After the best seafood restaurant in London? You’re in the right place. We’ve filtered out the bad fish from the good and put together a rather tasty list of seafood restaurants in the capital.
Separated into categories, you’ll find an eclectic mix of eateries that all shine in one field in particular – fish, oysters, crab or lobster. There’s also a few restaurants that bring a delicious twist to the table, offering seafood with international influence.
So, take a gander and get a taste of the sea at our 15 favourite seafood restaurants in London.
The Best Fish Restaurants
Fresh sustainable fish is the focus at FishWorks, a smart-dining and vibrant restaurant group with Marylebone, Covent Garden and Swallow Street branches. Also doubling as a fishmonger, the produce is sourced directly from local suppliers. Order off the à la carte menu or dabble with the chalkboard specials and delight in South Coast monkfish, turbot, sea bass or Dover sole. Insider tip: the best way to savour the morning’s catch is by choosing your own fish from the fishmonger counter.
North Sea Fish Restaurant
Family owned and operated since 1977, North Sea Fish Restaurant has over ten types of fresh fish delivered every day. These guys are all about quality and despite changes over the years the ethos has remained the same since the 70s – to serve the best fish and chips in London. Come here and dig into some irresistible battered cod, skate or rock eel. There’s also other traditional British cuisine favourites like smoked haddock pie, breaded scampi and rainbow trout.
Open Monday to Sunday from 12 – 3:30pm and 5 – 10pm. Located in Saint Pancras.
There’s very good reason to believe Angler is the best seafood restaurant London has to boast about. With one Michelin star and executive chef Gary Foulkes at the realm, the food here is sophisticated and the vibe is fine dining. They offer à la carte, lunch and tasting menus and, as you can imagine, the dishes here are beautifully presented with refined flavours. Expect the likes of Cornish mackerel tartare with oyster cream and apple, or Newlyn cod with new season garlic and line-caught squid.
Open Monday to Friday from 12 – 2:30pm and 6 – 9:30pm. Saturday dinner service only. Located in Finsbury.
The Best Oyster Restaurants
Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill
Shucking over a 1000 fresh oysters every day, Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill has over a century of experience in the business. Produce from the British and Irish Isles ensures maximum flavour in every bite, so you can expect their oyster bar teaming with refreshing shellfish goodness. Have a flute of Champagne and savour oysters from Carlingford, Dorset, Menai or Jersey. With a reputation for offering the best oysters in London, Bentley’s is undoubtedly a Mayfair institution and bookings are a must. Our advice? Add it to your Valentine's Day restaurant list.
Open Monday to Sunday from 12 – 11pm. Located in Mayfair.
Wright Brothers Soho
With five eateries throughout London, the Wright Brothers are restaurateurs who are utterly devoted to the sea and the culinary wonders within it. Tucked away in Kingly Court is our favourite restaurant by the Wright Brothers group, one which oozes ambience and is a self-described Soho oyster house. You can order yourself a mixed platter of freshly shucked British Isles oysters, or shake things up with their “dressed” oysters. Don’t miss out on the oyster happy hour from 3 – 6pm, where oysters go for only a £1 a pop!
Open Monday to Saturday from 12 – 11pm, and Sunday from 12 – 10pm. Located in Soho.
Sheekey Atlantic Bar
Sheekey Atlantic Bar is the little sister of J.Sheekey, one of London’s most iconic seafood restaurants. Despite their sibling’s reputation, we’ve got a softer spot for this more informal oyster and Champagne bar. This is the perfect place for a leisurely lunch of fresh shellfish and drinks, this thanks to a top-notch wine list by the glass and carafe. Try the tempura oysters with white soy ponzu dressing or the French oysters from Gillardeau.
Open Monday to Saturday from 12 – 3pm and 5pm – 12am, and Sunday from 12 – 3:30pm and 5:30 – 10:30pm. Located in Covent Garden.
The Best Crab Restaurants
Fancy Crab are, you guessed it, experts in serving crab that’s fancy. This Marylebone joint sources red king crab from Arctic waters and you can have it served on ice or baked over charcoal. Like Beast, one can order it whole at £99 per kg ,or the legs and claws for £18 per 100g (minimum 200g). What’s great about Fancy Crab though is that their menu offers other crab dishes, like Singapore-style chilli crab for dinner or king crab Benedict for brunch on the weekend. It’s little wonder why it’s one of Quandoo’s most popular restaurants in the UK.
Open Monday to Saturday from 12 – 11pm, and Sunday from 12 – 10pm. Located in Marylebone.
With an undeniable talent for cooking delicious steak and crab, Beast is a Marylebone restaurant you’ll want to visit as soon as possible. Amongst a beautiful dining space with communal tables you can enjoy one of their two specialities: dry-aged Nebraskan Angus beef and Norwegian king crab. Despite serving one of London’s best steaks, it’s safe to say our eyes are definitely on the latter. You can order it two ways – whole at £120 per kg, or the legs and claws at £18 per 100g (minimum 400g). Dine here and have yourself a feast you will definitely remember.
Open Monday to Saturday from 12 – 10:30pm. Located in Marylebone.
CLAW Carnaby is a Soho gem that serves Salcombe crab in truly mouth-watering ways. Think brown crab mac and cheese, soft-shell crab tempura burgers, fries with crab mayo, and the signature crab roll with lemon mayo and chives. In addition to the wicked food, sustainability is at the core of CLAW’s business. You can dine here and expect produce that is not only fresh, but also seasonal and sourced directly from British suppliers.
Open Monday to Saturday from 12 – 10:30pm, and Sunday from 12 – 5pm. Located in Soho.
The Best Lobster Restaurants
Steak & Lobster
The name says it all! Steak & Lobster is a restaurant group with four venues around the city and it’s simple, reliable approach to this irresistible crustacean is definitely a crowd pleaser. The Warren Street venue is our personal favourite, but you can also feast in Bloomsbury, Marble Arch and even Heathrow. Their fresh lobster comes steamed or chargrilled with lemon garlic butter, or you can have it in a warm brioche roll with spicy lemon mayo.
Kaspar’s at The Savoy
For a sophisticated lobster experience quite opposite from Steak & Lobster, we’d recommend visiting Kaspar’s at The Savoy. This luxurious restaurant on The Strand serves seasonal dishes that blend British and French cuisine. They source top-quality fresh lobster from Harris and while you can have it grilled, we suggest trying Kaspar’s signature dish – crab and lobster bisque with lobster flesh, espelette pepper and coriander. If you can, nab a seat at the bustling Champagne and seafood bar.
Open Monday to Sunday from 7am – 11pm. Located in Covent Garden.
Scott’s is an elegant restaurant in Mayfair that offers a huge amount of fresh fish and seafood. While it’s certainly not as approachable as Steak & Lobster, this high-end eatery definitely has something special to offer. There’s oysters, caviar, shellfish, raw sashimi, eel, salmon, octopus and an abundance of fish varieties. Yet it’s their thermidor lobster which wins us over, a creamy mixture of lobster flesh, egg yolks and brandy stuffed inside a lobster shell with oven-baked cheese on top. Order this French dish and indulge!
Open Monday to Sunday from 12pm – 1am. Located in Mayfair.
The Best International Seafood
For a taste of Peru, pay a visit to Pisqu. This modern and inviting restaurant near Tottenham Court Road station is a culinary gem and the seafood is not to be missed. Peruvian cuisine is heavily influenced by Japanese cuisine and the artistry of sashimi in particular. You can see that here, with head chef William Ortiz putting together a divine selection of raw fish dishes. Think sea bass with lime tiger’s milk, salmon sashimi with ponzu, and scallop ceviche with pisco. Get amongst these zesty flavours as soon as you can!
Open Monday to Sunday from 12 – 3:30pm and 5:30 – 11:30pm. Located in Fitzrovia.
Serving Cajun and Creole cuisine in the setting of a welcoming English pub, Plaquemine Lock is both original and delicious. Jay Rayner reviewed this Islington pub as a “celebration of the food of Louisiana” and “a dangerous love affair”. We’d definitely have to agree, as the food here will have your mouth watering and your heart yearning for more. Start with oysters, then move onto Southern favourites like fried shrimp and okra, authentic gumbo, grits with shrimp, crawfish boil and soft-shell crab slaw.
Open Monday to Thursday from 12 – 11pm, Friday from 12pm – 12am, Saturday from 11am – 12am, and Sunday from 11am – 10pm. Located in Islington.
When one thinks of Indian cuisine, it’s always the same old curries that come to mind. Kahani is here to flip that perception, and better yet, there’s a welcomed seafood focus. With Michelin-starred chef Peter Joseph at the helm and superior ingredients always used, this stylish fusion restaurant is gourmet and exotic in its best form. Some noteworthy seafood dishes include octopus and tandoori calamari with kasundi mustard, soft-shell crunchy crab with Mangalorean spices, smoked Malabar prawns with fresh turmeric and coconut, Scottish blue lobster prepared in three different ways, and their signature fish curry of the day.
Open Monday from 5:30 – 10:30pm, Tuesday to Saturday from 12 – 2:35pm and 5:30 – 10:30pm, and Sunday from 12 – 8pm. Located in Belgravia.