East London restaurants used to be pretty drab affairs but with gentrification comes money and marvelous food. There's still a fair bit of tat over that way though so take a look at this list of recommended East London restaurants and make sure you only get the very finest food East London has to offer. And there's quite a choice of restaurants too, with everything from molecular gastronomy to brilliantly cheap Turkish grills. As well as East London restaurants, don't forget to check out our recommended list of the best bars in East London
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A Little Of What You Fancy offers British cuisine that is both seasonal and locally sourced.
464 Kingsland Road, Dalston, London, E8 4AE
(020) 7275 0060
A fascinating selection of wines make this Columbia Road restaurant worth a visit but the food is equally good too. Recommended.
49 Columbia Road, Shoreditch, London, E2 7RG
(020) 7729 5692
Elliot Lidston is making something of a name for himself at this cracking restaurant in 'the village', with some brilliant seasonal dishes keeping diners very happy indeed.
130 Lauriston Road, Hackney, London, E9 7LH
(020) 8533 5123
Floyd's on Shacklewell Lane is a quirky restaurant that has a friendly, neighbourhood vibe. With an ever-changing menu, Modern European dishes are created using the finest seasonal produce. Floyd's also offers an impressive wine list and an extensive cocktail list.
89 Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, London, E8 2EB
(020) 7923 7714
The Galvin brothers' brilliant Michelin starred restaurant in Spitalfields is a superb affair, with gorgeous fare served in one of the best settings East London, of not all of London, has to offer.
St Botolphs Hall, 35 Spital Square, Spitalfields, London, E1 6DY
(020) 7299 0400
The original Hawksmoor, this incredibly good East London steakhouse remains one of the chain's best, with some cracking cuts of cow expertly cooked. There's a great bar too, so make sure you head down for a cocktail or two.
157a Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6BJ
(020) 7426 4850
The success of Francesco Mazzei’s acclaimed Broadgate venue has seen the chef make his television debut, showcasing the kind of cooking that has made this East London restaurant a very popular little spot.
1 Snowden Street, Broadgate, London, EC2A 2DQ
(020) 7422 7000
Lardo sees Damien Currie at the helm offering a great choice of Italian meals and drinks. A typical menu at Lardo may include swordfish carpaccio and pappardelle with wild boar and pancetta ragu.
The Arthaus, 197-205 Richmond Road, Hackney, London, E8 3NJ
(020) 8985 2683
60-62 Commercial Street, Tower Hamlets, London, E1 6LT
(020) 3141 6000
Lupita East on Commercial Street is the second London site from the people behind Mexico's El Farolito. They offer fresh Mexican meals made using authentic recipes and flavoursome ingredients. Lupita East also serves cocktails made with 100% Agave tequila, rare Mexican beers and South American wines.
There might be a queue, and the service can border on surly, but if you fancy brilliant Szechuan cooking then this is the place to go. Highly recommended.
88-90 Middlesex Street, E1 7EZ
(0207) 247 2200
There might be another one over on Portobello Road but this East London original remains the one to visit. Some of the finest pizzas in London, and a very funky vibe.
56 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, London, E1 6JJ
(020) 7729 1888
This East London institution is a favourite of Shoreditch locals, and with the quality of the Thai fare so high, it's easy to see why.
12 Hanbury Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6QR
(020) 7247 1093
Sodo is a pizzeria and cafe serving a concise choice of sourdough, stonebaked pizzas. Sodo uses ingredients sourced from the finest local suppliers.
126 Upper Clapton Road, Upper Clapton, London, E5 9JY
(020) 8806 5626
One of the most popular restaurants in East London, Tayyabs has been attracting customers with its ridiculously cheap, ridiculously good Pakistani fare for years. Brilliant chops.
83-89 Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel, London, E1 1JU
(020) 7247 9543 / (020) 7247 8521
There are some very, very good Vietnamese restaurants on East London's 'Pho Mile', but this is perhaps the best. Very authentic and very inexpensive.
58 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, London, E2 8DP
(020) 7739 6686