The Wet Fish Cafe

(270 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 270 reviews)

97%
of diners recommend this restaurant

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

Recommended for

  • afternoon tea (12)
  • al fresco (14)
  • breakfast (61)
  • business (12)
  • child friendly (9)
  • dinner (227)
  • entertainment (29)
  • large parties (7)
  • lunch (104)
  • luxury (9)
  • private dining (30)
  • romantic (122)
  • trendy (71)
  • value (71)
  • views (2)
  • By Alice U from London
    23 October 2020

    Wonderful as always!

  • By Sarah H from London
    17 October 2020

    Excellent service organised and feels safe with numerous things in place for Covid amazing food and lovely atmosphere great to support a local business

  • By Diana R from London
    16 October 2020

    My daughter and I had a very pleasant evening at The Wet Fish Cafe, an early celebration of her birthday before we went into Tier 2 lockdown. The staff were really friendly, keeping to Covid-safe procedures without making it feel intrusive. The food was delicious, ambience really comfortable and relaxing. I've just moved into the area and will definitely be making this a regular venue - even if it does have to be on my own for a while!!

  • By Aleksandra K from London
    14 October 2020

    I love this place, it is cosy and the food is always incredible! Scallops are the best ever!!!

  • By Plinio F from London
    14 October 2020

    The cod with rice and coconut curry was exceptional!

  • By Natasha D from London
    10 October 2020

    Enjoyed it, just felt rushed, understandably due to 10pm Restrictions. As main cleared up, desert menus brought. But food all good.

  • By Harriet H from London
    27 September 2020

    Really good food and service, especially loved the lentil fish dish.

  • By Nick W from London
    26 September 2020

    Great food at reasonable prices and excellent service. Looking forward to a return visit and would highly recommend it to other diners. The best place to eat in West Hampstead.

  • By Sharzad M from London
    11 September 2020

    Excellent food, drinks and service every time. I’ve never been dissatisfied and the silently romantic atmosphere of this establishment, gives it a certain charm....definitely worth visiting!

  • By Tracy C from London
    10 September 2020

    Good value with decent options on the fixed price menu

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

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