The Wet Fish Cafe

(255 Reviews)
242 West End Lane, London, London, NW6 1LG
British, European
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Average

Main course: £13
Food spend: £35

Opening hours

Open from 09:45 to 23:00, Tuesday to Sunday.

Restaurant description

Described as ‘excellent’ by Harden’s, and set in one of London's historic 'wet fish' shops in West Hampstead, Wet Fish Café rediscovered its roots and showcases the Art Deco tiles which lined the walls during its long history. This quirky backdrop lends authenticity to a friendly café by day and lively brasserie by night, the diverse Wet Fish Café menu headed by fresh, ethically caught fish and seafood.

With daily specials straight from the market, Wet Fish Café serve the catch with pride. Start with mackerel paté or crispy squid with sweet chilli mayo, before moving on to organic salmon with leeks and spinach purée or scallops fettucine.

Meaty venison and fillet steak prove it’s not all fish, with vegetarian pasta specials on the menu too. The brunch selection is great for a lazy weekend lunch, where eggs Benedict and French toasted brioche pair up with indulgent hot chocolate, coffees and fruit-packed smoothies.

Regular live soul and jazz lend smooth and funky vibes to Wet Fish brasserie nights, along with a serious cocktail and wine list. Easy to find on West End Lane, Wet Fish Café is an 8-minute walk from West Hampstead Train Station.

Dishes displayed on a la carte menus are representative of the type of food available at the restaurant.

Customer reviews for The Wet Fish Cafe
4.5
(based on 255 reviews)

96%
of diners recommend this restaurant

  • Food
  • Drinks
  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Value
  • Location

Recommended for

  • afternoon tea (11)
  • al fresco (13)
  • breakfast (58)
  • business (10)
  • child friendly (8)
  • dinner (214)
  • entertainment (27)
  • large parties (7)
  • lunch (96)
  • luxury (7)
  • private dining (29)
  • romantic (114)
  • trendy (65)
  • value (69)
  • views (1)
  • By Chris C from london
    7 August 2020

    It was very welcoming, table service efficient. The menu was short, but attractive. Fish, of course, was the star. It was a very hot evening and we could have done with air conditioning, but that did not detract from our enjoyment of the evening.

  • By Christopher S from West Hampstead
    4 August 2020

    Excellent, will be back again

  • By Chryssa T from West Hampstead
    1 August 2020

    Amazing food and atmosphere as always!! Love the new menu and the staff are so helpful and friendly! Will be back again as usual.

  • By Patricia L from London
    30 July 2020

    Lovely post lock down meal with a good friend. Food was really good quality and the staff were friendly and attentive (our waitress was on a trial shift and did brilliantly so I hope she's there again next visit!). Lovely atmosphere, laid back but professional and attentive service, a little gem of a restaurant.

  • By marianka swain S from London
    28 July 2020

    So glad to have the wonderful Wet Fish Cafe open for dining again! This very special neighbourhood spot has lost none of its charm. Sensible social distancing measures are observed, but WFC still has a great atmosphere, fun deco and the best seafood in West Hampstead, beautifully prepared and presented. Post-lockdown, I've had dinner and brunch there - the latter with the added bonus of being serenaded by two excellent violinists. Will definitely be returning again soon.

  • By Julia S from London
    22 July 2020

    Wet Fish Cafe continues to provide excellent food and service during these difficult times. The maple syrup cheesecake as a win with our party!

  • By Katie J from London
    21 July 2020

    Great. Staff helpful. Food always fresh, tasty and interesting

  • By Jerome De Biasi D from LONDON
    12 July 2020

    The WetFish was amazing as always. Great food, kind service, and still the same cute little restaurant. We even asked for a special dairy free dessert few days before, and they delivered !

  • By John H from London
    10 July 2020

    Had an amazing experience at The Wet Fish Cafe . Service and food were first class !

  • By K L from London
    21 February 2020

    Great location, lovely restaurant, and the food was pretty good. I had the hake which was lovely but a touch dry, and my friend swears by the fillet steak. The wine was excellent. The only thing that felt a little off was being rushed out the door without being allowed to order dessert (to be fair, the Early Bird menu does ask you to return your table by 8pm but we thought it was strange because there were a number of other tables free and getting the bill took 20 minutes anyway).

Restaurant Location Map
The Wet Fish Cafe
242 West End Lane, London, London, NW6 1LG

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