Brilliant Battersea has managed to fly under the radar for years despite being just across the river from chic Chelsea, but with the opening of the Northern Line in 2020 and the new US Embassy arriving soon, there's never been a better time to settle here.
Along with pretty parks and great shops, Battersea boasts a selection of excellent restaurants with a range of cuisines on offer and plenty of Parisian-style brasseries as a result of the local francophone community. From snails to locally-sourced steaks, every palate is sure to be pleased with the dining options in Battersea.
Like what you see? For more recommendations on what to see and do in beautiful Battersea check out our comprehensive guide to Battersea, as well as our pick of the best restaurants in nearby Clapham Junction too.
The clue is in the name at this relaxed, chic British brasserie on the Ransomes Dock. All the dishes are seasonal and made from locally sourced ingredients, with the intention of showcasing amazing British food. The menu is packed full of mouth-watering options such as sweet potato gnocchi, smoked mackerel pate and pigs head croquettes, while the desserts are certainly worth saving room for.
Address: Ransomes Dock Restaurant, 35-37 Parkgate Rd, London SW11 4NP
Phone: 020 7350 0555
Belleville meets Battersea at this charming French bistro featuring a rustic menu filled with foie gras, les moules marinières, terrines, charcuterie and plenty of cheese. The interior is classically Gallic with red brick walls and wooden tables, and on a sunny day the pretty outdoor terrace is hard to beat.
Address: Chatfield Road, London SW11 3UY
Phone: 020 7223 0999
We’ve already recommended Quecumbar as a great bar in Battersea, but we reckon their food menu deserves a proper mention too. This cool Parisian-style spot recalls the pre-war days of the Lost Generation with jazz, gypsy swing and oodles of food and drink. Come at dinner-time for a warming bowl of French onion soup and a juicy beef bourguignon, and we reckon you’ll end up staying all evening!
Address: 42-44 Battersea High Street, London SW11 3HX
Phone: 020 7787 2227
Another French restaurant in Battersea (there is large francophone community here), Soif stands out from the crowd with their excellent wine list and simple daily menu. Visit on a Tuesday for a brilliant bargain dinner of mussels, chips and a glass of wine for just £10!
Address: 27 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1HG
Phone: 020 7223 1112
Searching for an authentic Italian trattoria with perfect pasta dishes and awesome antipasti? Look no further - this cute Italian restaurant on Northcote Road is exactly what you've been looking for. With a rustic, wood panelled interior and a menu packed full of focaccia, fish fillets and fresh pappardelle, you could easily be on a side street in Florence.
Address: 23 Northcote Road, London SW11 1NG
Phone: 020 7978 4771
A casual little restaurant on Battersea Park Road, Bangkok Bay specialises in tasty, traditional Thai food at affordable prices. The king prawn hot pot and Penang curry are particularly recommended, while the classic Pad Thai is just £6.50 - perfect for a delicious dinner on a budget!
Address: 246 Battersea Park Road, London SW11 3BP
Phone: 020 7223 5924
Top chef and fearsome kitchen visitor Gordon Ramsay has done it again with this upmarket restaurant in Battersea serving Modern European food. The menu is suitably posh with dishes such as confit duck leg, roasted cannon of lamb and nougatine parfait, although the prices put it firmly in the 'special occasion' category!
Address: 7-9 Battersea Square, London SW11 3RA
Phone: 020 7592 8545
Franco Manca is one of our top cheap eats in London, and the Battersea outpost of this brilliant pizza chain is no exception to the rule, serving up large, high-quality sourdough pizzas covered in seasonal ingredients for bargain basement prices. What's more, their organic wine starts at just £13.95 a bottle, so stay a while and make a night of it!
Address: 76 Northcote Road, London SW11 6QL
Phone: 020 7924 3110
Originally a cool, eclectic cocktail bar with a Victorian Gin Palace vibe, The Lost Angel added a British Steakhouse in the form of the Gaslight Grill in 2012 to great acclaim. Feast upon a range of steak cuts, a juicy burger or a Sunday roast followed by a cheeky cocktail in the bar - we love the Orchid and Elderflower Martini.
Address: 339 Battersea Park Road, London SW11 4LS
Phone: 020 7622 2112
Planning a romantic dinner with your beloved? This candle-lit restaurant specialising in cuisine from the Evian region of the French Alps could be just the ticket. With a simple decor all the focus is on the stunning food, which includes lobster bisque, reblechon tart and coq au vin.
Address: 63 Battersea Bridge Road, London SW11 3AU
Phone: 020 7978 7085
Just across Battersea Bridge on Chelsea Embankment, Cheyne Walk is a bright little brasserie with a Provençal atmosphere, serving a range of dishes from the South of France such as snails, salmon tartare and grilled seafood. The upstairs has a beautiful view over the Thames too, so try squeezing yourself onto a table up here if you can!
Address: 50 Cheyne Walk, London SW3 5LR
Phone: 020 7376 8787
A few doors down from Cheyne Walk, the award-winning Painted Heron serves sophisticated Indian food in a sumptuous setting, and has even been called 'the best Indian restaurant in London'! The extensive menu is filled with curries, kulfi and spiced chutneys, and there's also a tasting menu option with paired wines for a curated selection of what they offer.
Address: 112 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London SW10 0DJ
Phone: 020 7351 5232
Summery Sundays spent dining on the terrace of a great gastropub is without a doubt one of the best things about the warmer months in London, and Battersea residents can enjoy just that at The Bolingbroke on Northcote Road. Watch the world go by as you tuck into a luxurious brunch of eggs Benedict or blueberry pancakes with maple syrup.
Address: 174 Northcote Road, London SW11 6RE
Phone: 020 7228 4040
If you prefer your dinner to come with a beautiful view on the side, check out the stylish River Quarter Kitchen on Plantain Wharf. This cafe-bar-restaurant is the ideal spot for catching up with friends over relaxed Mediterranean sharing dishes, while the view over the Thames at sunset is pretty unbeatable.
Address: Unit C, Molasses House, Plantation Wharf, London SW11 3TN
Phone: 020 7978 5055
We already mentioned the Butcher and Grill in our guide to Battersea, but it wouldn't be fair to leave them out of our list of the best restaurants in Battersea too. Combing a butchers shop, deli and restaurant all under one roof, you can pick a prime piece of meat before having it cooked exactly as you'd like.
Address: 39-41 Parkgate Rd, London SW11 4NP
Phone: 020 7924 3999