The Wet Fish Cafe

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


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.

Customer reviews for The Wet Fish Cafe
(based on 246 reviews)

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Recommended for

  • afternoon tea (11)
  • al fresco (12)
  • breakfast (56)
  • business (9)
  • child friendly (8)
  • dinner (208)
  • entertainment (26)
  • large parties (7)
  • lunch (93)
  • luxury (7)
  • private dining (29)
  • romantic (110)
  • trendy (63)
  • value (68)
  • views (1)
  • 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).

  • By Gary C from London
    20 February 2020

    The 2/3 course evening menu is great value for money! Staff all super welcoming and knowledgable

  • By Jenny A from London
    17 February 2020

    Table wasn’t ready- left standing - had to find own menus- service poor- food was tepid- steak overcooked -generally a very disappointing evening and I hadn’t wanted it to be like that!!!

  • By Marcus S from London
    17 February 2020

    The Wet Fish has a different atmosphere at night to during the day, similar to Paris cafés. Sympathetic lighting, popular, and very buzzy with friendly staff who are very patient with my various dietary requirements! Fried fish is crispy and delicious. It was extremely busy last night but the staff handled it well with good humour.

  • By Sean S from London
    16 February 2020

    Beautiful food and atmosphere

  • By Paul R from London
    15 February 2020

    We had a lovely time, the food was out of this world. I would definately go back and most definately recommend to anyone.

  • By Christine C from London
    14 February 2020

    We have been to Wet Fish quite a few times, never had a bad meal. Love the atmosphere, the food, staff, a really lovely local restaurant, we are very lucky to have a restaurant so close to home.

  • By Peter M from London
    24 January 2020

    Consistently Excellent

  • By Marcus S from London
    22 January 2020

    Excellent meal, friendly and efficient staff Wet Fish Martini was much enjoyed

  • By Janine W from London
    21 January 2020

    The food is delicious and service excellent in this ambient restaurant

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

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