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The Wet Fish Cafe

242 West End Lane, London, NW6 1LG +44 2081662553

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Main course: £13
Food spend: £35
Opening hours
Open from 09:45 to 23:00, Tuesday to Sunday.

Great food and service

Louise Woodward 30 July 2017
from London

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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.

The Wet Fish Cafe

242 West End Lane, London, NW6 1LG

Contact +44 2074439222
Reservations +44 2081662553

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  • ((((* 14 August 2017 by Carole Fairbrother from West Hampstead

    food great, ambience lovely and staff super a tad loud and your speaker system is tinny.
    Still the best restaurant in the area.

  • ((((( 13 August 2017 by Olivia from READING

    Lovely food and the Early Bird menu was very good value

  • ((((( 13 August 2017 by Vino Vinodrai from Brampton Canada

    Excellent we were visitors from Canada. Saw restaurant from a bus 139. We decide to give a try.

  • ((((( 8 August 2017 by Helen & Tony from Harpenden

    Having been keen for some time to dine at the Wet Fish Cafe we finally made it when visiting Arundel Castle, and were so glad we did. It met our expectations as an upmarket sea-front Cafe-cum-Restaurant in every way. The interior design was quirky, clean and fresh and, in a strange sort of way, quite elegant. The food was delightful, although for us the size of the fish portions were a little on the small side. There was a reasonable choice of food and wine given the size of the establishment, excellent and charming service by very willing and able young people, who were chatty & friendly. And then of course the fantastic sea view. It was really windy so the sea was quite spectacular and some wind-surfers were having a great time. In fact everything from the quirky architecture to the loos and easy parking made for a very enjoyable visit. There was a nice relaxed atmosphere being enjoyed by a wide age-range of diners including solos, a family with incredibly well behaved young children, to a 70th birthday party. We would certainly visit again if in the area.

  • ((((( 8 August 2017 by Jody Thompson from London

    Had SUCH an amazing meal here last night - the food was delicious (perfect fat squeaky fresh prawns in the deconstructed prawn cocktail, scallops perfect with the mango puree and apple relish a brilliant balance), stone bass a revelation, and you MUST have the black beluga lentils with tomato), the service totally charming, the decor lovely (there were some works of art on display that I was really tempted to buy). Also, worth bearing in mind that their Early Bird deal is all evening on Mondays - so all cocktails are £6 (campari spritz and classic martinis were bang on), and the meal works out incredibly reasonable. We'll be back soon!

  • ((((* 5 August 2017 by Gil Williams from London

    More entertainment nights please

  • ((((* 3 August 2017 by Georges from London

    Service and food excellent

  • ((((( 3 August 2017 by Dasa Schindler from London

    The food is always fantastic at The Wet Fish café and so are the drinks. I love having a Sunday breakfast there but last night we went to the Wednesday music night and it was magical! The owner really puts a lot of thought into hiring the loveliest people and exhibiting interesting artists.
    The venue feels small and intimate and yet I've seen them accomodate a family with little children as well.

  • ((((* 30 July 2017 by Alex Stevenson from London

    Lovely food in a lovely environment

  • (((** 30 July 2017 by Carole Fairbrother from West Hampstead

    The food is delicious, the service is friendly and efficient, the decor is great, unfortunately, the only reason I don't come too often is that the acoustics make it far too noisy, with the clattering at the bar, and the noise coming from the wood floor and tiled walls, it unfortunately makes it impossible for me to have a normal level conversation.
    Best wishes

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