Ready to discover the best restaurants in Canary Wharf? From cool eateries to gorgeous date night locations, these are the top places to dine in this cosy little corner of the capital.
Canary Wharf used to be known for offices and work drinks only, whereas these days it’s really made a name for itself as a hub for some of the best restaurants in London.
It’s grand, it’s exciting, the travel links are wonderful (boring, but true) and the food is even better. What’s not to love?
That’s why we’ve curated a guide to the very best places to dine in Canary Wharf right now. Enjoy.
Best Restaurants in Canary Wharf
When it comes to choosing a restaurant for a bit of sky-high dining the views at Bōkan should be some of the first that come to mind. Nestled in among the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf you’ll feel right in the middle of the action even though you’re 37 floors up, gazing across the rest of London as you dine.
The kitchen turns out a delightful menu of contemporary European dishes that can (and should) be enjoyed as a lavish tasting menu, probably with a bottle of nice wine recommended by their very helpful staff, whose service matches the quality of the cooking. Looking to impress a date in Canary Wharf? The above says it all.
Our choice is the 7-course tasting experience that’s £99 and worth every penny as you enjoy some of the best seafood, veggie, meat, and sweet dishes in London.
The all-American barbecue vibe really works and it’s the best place for lobster and meat dishes, all served in the expected – and very much welcomed – oversized American portion.
It’s also a top place to grab a burger (make it the bacon and cheese Smokehouse) and sip daiquiris. You won’t go wrong with a cocktail or two here.
Classy Indian dishes with a modern twist and a fantastic roof terrace, what’s there not to love?
We’ve been to Chai Ki a few times and it never disappoints. Well presented dishes, an incredible fusion of tastes and a delightful ambiance to go alongside.
We recommend trying the burnt chilli chicken, a typical Indonesian/Indian (aka indo-indian) style dish – it’s to die for. Though the chicken tikka naan is a crowd pleaser, too. If you’re meat-free, grab the awesome Market Sabz biryani.
Six by Nico
With a rotating menu concept that changes every six weeks, Six by Nico is one of the top places to dine in Canary Wharf.
Menu examples include Street Food menus, best-of menus, yet our absolute fave is their current ‘Trust’ experience menu.
You receive a blank menu before embarking on a 10-course culinary journey expertly curated by the chefs. You write down what you think is in each course before its revealed afterwards by the staff.
Available for just £55, this is seriously great value and a heck of a lot of fun.
Roka Canary Wharf
Famed for contemporary Japanese cuisine right in the heart of Canary Wharf, Roka is definitely more on the expensive side of Canary Wharf restaurants, but boy is it worth it.
The chefs at Roka use the robata grill to cook the vast majority of their dishes. Think grilled meats and perfectly fresh fish.
This method of cooking was originally from the fishermen of the northern coastal waters off japan, who would cook fish on boats using all sorts of charcoal and share it with others using their oars. Pretty cool, huh?
Although you won’t be out at sea in Japan, the food is incredible and the ever-changing menu is a good touch.
Right in the heart of the docklands on the River Thames is this wonderful pub, The Gun. Newly refurbished, the pub serves a fantastic British seasonal menu with daily changing specials.
If you’re heading to the O2, The Gun makes for a great pit-stop beforehand. Enjoy some great views of the Thames and, if the sun comes out on the terrace, there’s genuinely nowhere better.
We highly recommend the whitebait or seared scallops, both are amazing and make our mouths water as we speak (or type).
Goodman Canary Wharf
The best steak in Canary Wharf by a mile, these guys have a big reputation when it comes to their meats.
The motto is simple at Goodman, ‘Great Steak, Great Wine, Great People’… And they certainly live up to it.
The steaks vary from Scottish grass fed fillets, to New York strips and Black Angus’ steaks – and if you have any questions the lovely waiters will certainly help you out.
Oh and the bernaise sauce is dreamy. Get that.
Enjoy a real authentic Italian meal right in the centre of Canary Wharf and don’t break your wallet trying to do it. The bucatini cacio e pepe is a refreshing take on a dish that can all too often become a bland gloop of pasta, while their bruschetta really packs a tomatoey punch.
Also, they hand make their pasta every morning from scratch. Now that is commitment to the cause.
Iberica’s La Terraza
The best place for outdoor drinking and eating, Iberica’s outdoor terrace is genuinely the most stunning oasis away from the noise of the big city, yet still so central.
Just around the corner from Canary Wharf tube station, stepping onto Iberica’s La Terraza is akin to stepping into Spain.
Enjoy a wonderful selection of tapas and pinchos whilst surrounded by beautiful contemporary design. Definitely give the cured meat selection or selection of artisan cheeses a try and ask your waiter for the best wine pairing.
Market Halls Canary Wharf
Although this isn’t just one restaurant, it would be mad not to mention Market Halls Canary Wharf. We love it here as you’ve got such a vast variety of local traders serving some next level street food.
The Market Halls boast some stunning views across the canal in a huge industrial style space, with food from sushi and tacos to burgers and pasta all on offer.
This is the perfect spot to grab a drink and wander around whilst you decide what you want to eat. We love it.
Scoff & Banter
Impressive floor-to-ceiling windows stretch over the river of this swanky restaurant, Scoff & Banter.
The restaurant is all about celebrating exceptional local produce with some amazing European dishes. It’s all about where the ingredients are from in this restaurant and letting them shine in simple yet delicious courses.
It’s a controversial choice, we know, but we’re partial to a French onion soup and Scoff & Banter does not disappoint. Otherwise, their elevated take on fish and chips is equally tasty.
Although a ten minute walk away from the area,Bread Street Kitchen and Bar is still one of the best restaurants near Canary Wharf.
A beautiful spot by the river (again!) Gordon Ramsey has created a fantastic space for some amazing food in this restaurant. There’s no complaining when scallops are paired with rosemary mash and crisp pancetta (seriously yum).
An excellent choice if you’re wondering a little further from Canary Wharf, to Limehouse.
The Sipping Room
The Sipping Room is a gorgeous bar in a grade II listed building with a large al fresco terrace.
We love the atmosphere at this Drake & Morgan bar as it really feels like everyone is there to have a good time. Not only are the drinks great (and strong), but the food is also delicious. We highly recommend the seafood risotto and the aubergine dip to start.
Drink wise, the Lavender and Violet Fizz is a must. Sip away at the Sipping Room!
Another Drake & Morgan offering, The Parlour is the perfect location for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with an accompanying cocktail at all times, of course. The striking bar and large terrace is a great place to drink and eat in Canary Wharf.
The food is delicious (they serve a Chicken Kyiv of dreams, trust us) and the cocktails even better. Another lovely selling factor with this spot is the fact that over 40 wines are by the glass.
Part of the famous Ivy group of restaurants, The Ivy In The Park is in one of Canary Wharf’s most sustainable buildings. Set over two floors, there is a main dining area and bar, and two awesome outdoor terraces which are great for summer evenings.
They cater to every taste, and we love their coconut sweet potato curry served with jasmine rice, yet their steaks are the definite show-stoppers.
The 7oz fillet of beet is wonderful, as is the scorched 12oz rib-eye. Enjoy either doused in red wine sauce to really top off the dish.
With great drinks, and outstanding service as you’d expect from this top-market brand, this is one of the best spots for a lovely evening meal in the Docklands.
Feels Like June
Whatever time of day you choose to visit, whether it’s for an early breakfast to set up a long day ahead, a leisurely weekend brunch, or a decent dinner, Feels Like June has you covered.
Choose from their range of small plates including tuna croquettes and charred octopus, or help yourself to a chipotle beef brisket sticky rice bowl. We also eyed their tacos with envious glances, especially sweet potato and goat cheese one.
If you’re out with mates, and feeling especially carnivorous, grabbing a share of the 800g beef ribeye on the bone and a range of awesome sides might just be the way to go. It’ll set you back a few quid, but you’ll come away feeling enormously satisfied.
This Mexican chain is one of the best for top-drawer food at street food prices and Wahaca in Canary Wharf definitely hits the spot with its spicy range of Mexicana grub.
Grab a textbook margarita, bask in the sweet light surroundings and we dare you not to begin bodypopping to the cool latino soundtrack.
Whether you’re after a lighter bite, or want to go big, you won’t be breaking the bank. We tend to go for their sweet potato burrito that just bursts with flavour, ancho mushroom enchilada, or if we’re not fancying a tortilla wrap, grab a rainbow bowl that tastes as vibrant as it looks.
Pergola on the Wharf
One of the most attractive restaurants in the area, Pergola on the Wharf is a beautifully designed and decorated space that’s far removed from the clinical glassy feel of much of Canary Wharf.
Their range of small plates can quickly add up to a decent little tapas, yet their Quinoa Salad with grilled chicken breast is an absolute delight, especially if you get the skinny fries dripping with cheese fondue on the side.
With a Sunday roast menu from 5pm that absolutely hits the spot, or a Saturday menu that’s full of lovely brunch options, what we love best of all is their Sunday “Gospel” Brunch 3-course menu that includes a sparkly Mimosa on arrival.
Choose your starter, main, and dessert for just £45 per person. Trust us, it’s great value for money, and a real taste party in your mouth!
A relative newcomer to the Canary Wharf culinary collection, Fish Game is a charcoal grill restaurant that has come about as a result of Roberto Costa’s travels throughout the UK, finding the most seasonal ingredients from sustainable sources.
Combining game and fish is a bold move, yet, trust us it works, and all at affordable prices. Choose a starter and main from the set dinner menu for just £26 – we went for the Steak Tartare and the Cuttlefish in a rich tomato sauce – and enjoy one of the more than 200 wines to accompany your food.
The restaurant has its own agave bar and chilli catalogue for those that want to add a little pzazz to their palette on their evening out!