It won’t come as a surprise to learn that Islington has some of the best restaurants in the capital. After all, it is one of North London’s most sought-after postcodes. But where are the best restaurants in Islington for you to enjoy some seriously good food?

From brunches to five-star meals, we’ve put together 12 of the best restaurants in Islington that you need to try.

So read on and find out which ones made the cut. Then get booking and sample some of the best dishes around!

1) Compton Arms

Pub grub has never tasted as good as it does at Compton Arms, a tucked-away pub on Compton Avenue.

The cheeseburger is a particular favourite with its chargrill patty made from Dexter beef and melted cheese that evaporates in your mouth.

There’s also a great range of salads on offer, plus plenty of other items that feature fresh and seasonal produce.

Address: Compton Arms, 4 Compton Ave, London N1 2XD
Phone: 020 7354 8473
Email: [email protected]
Follow @comptonarmsn1

2) Bababoom Islington

Other than having an awesome name, Bababoom Islington also serves up a range of mouth-watering dishes.

It’s a classy kebab joint with authentic Middle Eastern bites. Start with the za’atar bread and sticky sumac wings before moving onto the kebabs.

We recommend the beef brisket or the crispy halloumi.

Address: 189 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 1RQ
Phone: 07715 525203
Email: [email protected]
Follow @bababoomlondon

3) 12:51

Named after a famous song by indie band The Strokes, 12:51 is brought to you by chef James Cochran (winner of the BBC's Great British Menu).

Tuck into some exemplary seafood dishes while you're surrounded by vinyl sleeves on the walls and welcoming staff ready to serve up a treat or two.

Address: 107 Upper Street, The Angel, London N1 1QN
Phone: 07934 202269
Email: [email protected]
Follow @1251_twelve_fifty_one

4) Bellanger

If you're after some of the best French cuisine in town then head to Bellanger.

There's everything available, from a light snack to a three-course meal, and the interiors will have you thinking you're sitting right in the heart of a Paris eatery.

From veal schnitzel and sausages to cakes and tarts, there's something here to meet all tastes.

Address: 9 Islington Green, The Angel, London N1 2XH
Phone: 020 7499 6776
Email: [email protected]
Follow @bellanger_n1

5) Trullo

Maybe French cuisine doesn't take your fancy, or you're looking for something else? In that case, head on over to Trullo, an Italian restaurant steeped in fine traditions and with some of the best pasta around.

As far as Italian spots go, Trullo is one of the best restaurants in Islington and offers a light, bright and relaxing setting for you to enjoy your meal.

Address: 300-302 St Paul's Road, Highbury East, London N1 2LH
Phone: 020 7226 2733
Email: [email protected]
Follow @trullo_restaurant

6) Afghan Kitchen

One of the best things about Islington is the sheer depth of restaurants and different types of cuisines available.

You really can get just about everything, and nowhere is that more apparent than at Afghan Kitchen.

The restaurant overlooks Islington Green and is set over two floors.

A real staple of the community, there's nothing but top-notch home cooking here, from hearty stews to delicious pieces of bread and more.

Address: 35 Islington Green, Islington, London N1 8DU
Phone: 020 7359 8019

7) Radici

Located opposite the Almeida Theatre, Radici is another Italian gem in the heart of Islington.

It's a large yet intimate space where you can enjoy a quiet meal on a date or with a larger group of friends.

There are Italian classics like Margherita, meatballs and lasagna bolognese on the menu.

Plus, you can opt for slightly leftfield dishes, such as the fried cuttles and chilli jam or the spicy tuna tartare.

Address: 30 Almeida St, Islington, London N1 1AD
Phone: 020 7354 4777
Follow @radici_n1

8) Comedor Grill and Bar

With some of the most succulent cuts in N1, it’s easy to see why Comedor Grill and Bar is one of the best restaurants in Islington for steak.

The steakhouse serves up a range of cuts from Argentina, and the staff are friendly and always ready to stop for a quick chat.

You’ll find yourself coming back for more at Comedor Grill and Bar. The steaks really are that good!

Address: 34 Drayton Park, Highbury East, London N5 1PB
Phone: 020 7700 3700
Follow @westernslaundry

10) The Gate

The Gate is a plant-based restaurant with modern and monochrome interiors that always go down well with visitors.

The food goes down even better, with an open kitchen serving up some real delights in the form of marinated tofu with a quinoa or shiitake ginger gyoza with crispy kale.

The Gate is one of the best plant-based spots around.

Address: 370 St John St, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4NN
Phone: 020 7833 0401
Follow @gaterestaurant

11) Sushi Show

A humble spot on Camden Passage, Sushi Show is ideal whether you’re looking for a quick takeaway or want to dine in and enjoy the cosy settings.

Sample sashimi or go for the donburi bowls if you’re looking for a sushi alternative.

There’s also a downstairs area which is great if you’re looking to book a meal out with a handful of friends.

Address: 28 Camden Passage, The Angel, London N1 8ED
Phone: 020 7354 1329
Email: [email protected]
Follow @sushi_show_london


Located on Upper Street, Oldroyd is an internationally inspired restaurant with seasonal dishes and a range of cocktails.

This small-plates space is from chef Tom Oldroyd and is a great neighbourhood restaurant that has caught everyone’s attention.

Dishes are for sharing, so make sure you go with someone else to experience Oldroyd at its best.

Address: 344 Upper St, The Angel, London N1 0PD
Follow @oldroydlondon

The best restaurants in Islington

Whether you’re looking for some seafood, small bites or a juicy steak, there’s an option for your dining needs.

People flock from all over London to enjoy cuisine in Islington. So if you’re a local, you really are spoilt for choice with the best restaurants in Islington.

Mark Flint


Mark is a regular contributor to the Essential Living blog and shares all the latest news and sourcing the very best content for our customers.