The Wet Fish Cafe

(239 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 239 reviews)

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Recommended for

  • afternoon tea (11)
  • al fresco (12)
  • breakfast (55)
  • business (9)
  • child friendly (8)
  • dinner (203)
  • entertainment (26)
  • large parties (7)
  • lunch (91)
  • luxury (7)
  • private dining (29)
  • romantic (106)
  • trendy (62)
  • value (65)
  • views (1)
  • 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

  • By Charlie G from West Hampstead
    21 January 2020


  • By Christian ? R from London
    18 January 2020

    My favourites are the octopus starter, followed by the catch of the day. This was on Saturday evening a John Dory with lentils and broccoli ... . All ingredients were very freshly picked up, the octopus tasted delicious and it was extremely tenderly ... . The John Dory was a real one as could be seen on its "sideeye", a little bit crispy but tender as well and with its distinctive light taste ... two really great dishes !

  • By Jane B from West Hampstead
    15 January 2020

    Fantastic place. Great ambience. Food delicious.

  • By Robert G from Nottingham
    15 January 2020

    Excellent food, wine and service, although the tempura batter on the cod was thicker than I expected (it should be almost see-through).

  • By Gabe J from London
    16 November 2019

    Very nice experience, cozy comfortable neighborly vibe, delicious well-prepared food, lovely service.

  • By Christian R from London
    9 November 2019

    the next nice experience after some dinners before, always a good choice for a dinner with family and / or friends; there are some new dishes now as main courses on the menue and they all are prepared "with love and expertice"; due to the relative shortness of the menue all ingredients used are really fresh and of great taste;

  • By Chan Y from London
    8 November 2019

    Not great, both main dish we ordered is over cooked and very disappointed on the cheese platter where they serve Parmesan cheese. That’s is for serving with food not for cheese platter.

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

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