From spending big bucks at high-end steakhouses to spending medium-bucks dining al-fresco at Italian restaurants, perusing mega food markets and overdoing it at bottomless brunch, Canary Wharf really does have it all, so we’ve gone ahead and done what we know you’d have wanted us to do and whittled it all down to a solid group of ten.
Behold the very best restaurants in Canary Wharf…
Goodman, Canary Wharf
If you’ve got a hankering for high-grade slabs of steak in Canary Wharf with a side of power lunch Manhattan energy, Goodman is a cut above. Like its counterparts in City and Mayfair, this comes with the typical New York-style steakhouse trimmings – low lighting and an abundance of dark wood and brown leather decor. They source their USDA-approved, grass and corn-fed beef from the British Isles and Nebraska, and then mature the meat onsite in their ageing room to achieve maximum tenderness. Partner it with sides in the vein of truffle fries and creamed spinach – plus a pricey drop of red – and you’re good to go.
Details: 3 South Quay Discovery Dock East, E14 9RU | Open hours: daily 12-10.30 pm, closed on Sun | Book here
Roka, Canary Wharf
The Roka-verse has four restaurants around town (plus more internationally) and its rampant popularity is pretty easy to explain. They specialise in ‘robatayaki’ (a Japanese method of fireside cooking) which is performed just as much as it’s prepared, as chef’s show off their sashimi slicing skills and grilling gusto from an open-kitchen. This waterside digs has two trump cards up its sleeve: a leafy outdoor terrace overlooking the bright lights of Canary Wharf and a boozy bottomless brunch that begins with a welcome Bellini and ends with you slumped over seat thanks to the non-stop wines.
Details: 4 Park Pavilion, 40 Canada Square, E14 5FW | Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11.45am-11pm (service break 3-5.30pm), Sat 11.30am-11pm (break 4-5.40pm), Sun 11.30am-8.30pm | Book here
Hawksmoor, Canary Wharf
Part suave steakhouse chain and part eco-friendly floating restaurant, Hawksmoor’s Canary Wharf restaurant has really pushed the boat out for a slap-up steak dinner in Central London. Attached to the docks via a connecting bridge, it’s set over three glossy timber-hued floors and offers the full monty of British-bred beef cuts – ribeye, rump, sirloin and so on – all to be cleaned up together with beef dripping or triple-cooked chips. They score top marks in the drinking department too, the downstairs bar mixes up memorable libations like a double melon daiquiri or their eponymous cocktail, The Lowback – a modified gimlet of yuzu, coconut and lime.
Details: 1 Water Street, E14 5GX | Opening hours: Mon 5-11pm, Tue-Sat 12-11pm (break 2.30-5pm), Sun 12-6pm | Book here
Pizza Pilgrims, West India Quay
One of London’s best pizza restaurants, Pizza Pilgrims is the genius idea of two brothers, James and Thom Elliot, who after a tour of Italy, correctly assessed that slaying charred-edged Neapolitan-style pizzas and your pals at foosball could turn out to be a rather good time. The pizzas themselves are well worth writing home about – like the mushroom and truffle or double pepperoni and spiced honey – but it’s the dessert pies that’ll hog your thoughts for the days after – the nutella pizza rings are must-try stuff. Once you’re fuelled up, get your game face on in the ‘pizza playground’ kitted out with a football table and Mario Kart on the Nintendo Switch. Or, if you’d prefer to chill over classic Italian cocktails, this Canary Wharf restaurant has an alfresco terrace ripe for that as well.
Details: 12 Hertsmere Road, E14 4AE | Opening hours: daily 11.30am-10.30pm, Sun 12-9.30pm | Book here
Pergola on the Wharf
Dine within the vines at this flora-filled rooftop restaurant from the Pergola people, accessed by wandering through Crossrail Place Gardens. King in the kitchen is Mac & Wild’s old Executive Chef Nick Wyborn who’s doing what he does best with a worldly menu that divides its time between the earth (plant burgers and crispy fried aubergine), land (open-aged steak sandwiches and Peruvian chilli skewers) and sea (salmon fish cakes and salt and pepper squid). On weekends, proceedings get a little looser through bottomless brunches, plus their ‘Pergola Lates’ which, on Friday’s, see live DJs takeover from the evening until the early hours.
Terrace watch: The one here wraps around the entire venue with views overlooking Canary Wharf, and although it can squeeze in around 200 punters, know that you’ll still face stiff competition for seat. Bookings are a necessary evil.
Details: Garden Level, Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf, E14 5AR | Opening hours: daily 12pm-late | Book here
With over 1000 stores worldwide, it’s safe to say this Japanese thick noodle powerhouse has quite the pull… Fortunately therefore the Canary Wharf restaurant follows the franchise’s same tried and tested formula of fresh soul-soothing bowls of udon, which the chef’s handmake before your eyes at lighting speed. Flavours that you can slurp up a storm on include all-timers like curry and pork tonkotsu. Or, if you’re in the frame of mind for a more solid meal, there’s tons of tempura and a bunch of rice bowls to choose from. Also of great importance and not to be forgotten is the unlimited vanilla or vegan cherry soft-serve at just £3.45 a pop.
Details: Upper Floor, The Atrium Kitchen, Cabot Place, E14 4QT | Opening times: daily 11.30am-10pm | Book here
Caravan, Canary Wharf
Caravans are pitching up here, there and everywhere in the capital these days. The restaurants we mean… with the Canary Wharf site being their sixth installation. People love it for its small plates (the jalapeño cornbread is a thing of legend); accessible brunch food; in-house roasted brews; and (critically) the fact that it’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its placement, smack dab in Reuters Plaza, is primed for a slow-paced catch up with friends while people-watching the throngs go about their daily business.
Details: Unit 2, Reuters Plaza, E14 5AJ | Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7am-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 9am-10.30pm | Book here
Emilia’s Crafted Pizza
Good honest pasta, made fresh first thing every morning (tasting even better with a glass of crisp Italian wine) is the order of the day at Emilia’s. The Canary Wharf location is fitted in form of typical trattoria, and the one-page menu draws inspiration from the owner’s pasta quest around the Emilia Romagna region, with fan favourites including the handmade lamb and herb ravioli, truffled cacio e pepe and four-hour slow-cooked pappardelle al ragù. Do as the Romans do before you leave and cap off the experience with a digestif – like the double-shot limoncello. Or two.
Details: 12 George St, Wood Wharf, E14 9QG | Opening hours: Mon-Fri 4-10pm, Wed-Thu 12-10pm, Fri-Sat 12-10pm, Sun 12-9pm | Book here
Market Halls Cargo
The masterminds behind Market Hall’s Victoria and Oxford Street seem to swear by the more the merrier mantra when it comes to giant halls of gastronomy, opening their third site here in Canary Wharf (well fourth, if you’re counting Fulham which is sadly now closed). Take a second to survey the scene (20,000 sq ft of food, glorious food), and then let your hunger run wild on hawkers including the likes of Black Bear Burgers, Le Bab, Gopal’s, Df Tacos, Pasta Evangelists and more – all set to a sweet backdrop of the CW’s canals.
Details: 25 North Colonnade, E14 5AB | Opening hours: Mon-Tue 11am-10pm, Wed 11am-11pm, Thu-Fri 11am-12am, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-10pm | Book here
Kerb on the Quay
Ok so it’s not a restaurant, but every Wednesday and Thursday street food savants KERB pull in a rotating roster of vendors (always a varied mob of around seven) along West India Quay. Whether you’re feeling artisanal pizzas from The Yeast Brothers, Sri Lankan street fare from Ceylon Kothu or can’t resist the lure of one of Twerk ‘N Jerk’s jerk chicken and pulled jackfruit burritos, they’re there to take your lunch game to the next level.
Details: 20 Hertsmere Rd E14 4AZ | Opening hours: Wed-Thu 12-2pm | No bookings
Words: Rupert Hohwieler
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