The Wet Fish Cafe

(230 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 230 reviews)

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  • afternoon tea (10)
  • al fresco (12)
  • breakfast (53)
  • business (8)
  • child friendly (8)
  • dinner (197)
  • entertainment (25)
  • large parties (7)
  • lunch (89)
  • luxury (7)
  • private dining (28)
  • romantic (104)
  • trendy (61)
  • value (63)
  • views (1)
  • 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 Divya T from London
    30 October 2019

    I am a local and had shockingly never been to The Wet Fish Cafe for dinner. I had the loveliest meal in particular the starter quinoa salad and the warm chocolate pudding. Will be back soon to try the braised cauliflower. So nice as a vegetarian to have more options than just pasta on the menu. Great service and ambience can never go wrong with a room full of candles. Will be back very soon.

  • By Emilie O from London
    22 October 2019

    the food was delicious. i had the sea bream day special and it was very nicely cooked. I like this place because it’s a great atmosphere, the food is delicious, a good wine selection and it is healthy overall

  • By Sara E from London
    17 October 2019

    Excellent service food and atmosphere

  • By Amanda M from London
    13 October 2019

    Fantastic food. Good portions. Great value for money (got the 2 courses for £20 deal!) Lovely atmosphere and vibe. Very friendly staff

  • By Victoria S from London
    11 October 2019

    Really delicious food with good veggie options and good service if a little slow but maybe because the restaurant is always busy

  • By Sian P from London
    28 September 2019

    This is a hidden gem - the food is consistently delicious and the service is great. Feels like a little French bistro. The early bird menu is incredible value - I recommend this place to all my friends!

  • By Christian R from London
    14 September 2019

    very tasty dishes esp. the mixed starter, good wine menue and nice service, so all seems to be in a well working condition at The Wet Fish Cafe ... ... BUT : that was not our 1st visit, it was our 5th or 6th evening over a half year`s period and now I think there should be a change in the menue ... generally speaking perhaps three times during a year of 12 months ... esp. as one of the special meals ( the fresh fish on the hand-written menue ) was finally gone at 20:45 hour when we started our dinner ... may be it is possible to install some cieling pannels to soften the noise of all the guest talking, the clatter of all the plates and glasses ( I am now 62 years old and a little bit sensitive to noise ... thinking I am not the only person wishing a more intimate and private atmosphere ... )

  • By Keith M from London
    9 September 2019

    I have been having brunch, lunch and coffee at the Wet Fish for years, but this was the first time we have had a proper dinner there. We took two friends with us and all four of us were bowled over by how good it was. Charming romantic atmosphere, friendly and efficient service and really excellent food, from our scallop and chorizo starter, through subtly tasty cod and hake main courses, to cheesecake desert. And truffles to round this wonderful meal off. On top of that, it was excellent value for money. We couldn't have enjoyed it more and will back for dinner soon.

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

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