As Fulham emerges from the shadows of Chelsea to become a bright, bustling, and ever-so-slightly sloaney borough in its own right, its residents find themselves increasingly surrounded by an array of great restaurants; often with a culturally authentic take on the classic BBQ. If you want to avoid the Byrons but still have a reliably tasty meal out, check out our list of the best restaurants in Fulham.
Making a name for itself as a London institution, Bodean’s evokes the feeling of a proper American diner. TVs play basketball games all night long, everyone sits in booths, and the muted decor is punctuated by bright neon signs. A great place to chill out and tuck into some pulled pork so tender it practically melts in the mouth. Not a place for vegetarians.
A mangal is a traditional Turkish way of preparing meat over a wooden BBQ. Bringing a relaxed dining atmosphere to Fulham, Best Mangal restores the humble kebab from a late-night snack gobbled down on the drunk walk home, to its rightful place as a delicious main meal. Enjoy a range of meats alongside salads, Middle-Eastern flatbreads and rice.
This classic pub has been given a modern update with the addition of brightly coloured wallpaper and over-the-top chandeliers. Enjoy the old pub vibe whilst tucking into a rib-eye steak, amazing burgers, or the chef’s speciality of Catalan stew. The menu varies depending on what’s in season, but there’s always a range of excellent ales on tap.
Rodizio Lebanonhas created a beautifully simplistic idea: expertly barbecued meats carved in front of you by experienced passadors and served alongside colourful drinks and tasty sides. Vegetarians are easily accommodated for as well, and the friendly Brazilian vibe is sure to win you over.
Fulham seems to be full of BBQ restaurants, and Brasa is probably the best. Nestled on the second floor between private members’ club Broadway House and Broadway Bar & Grill, Brasa has an almost painfully stylish interior with an authentic Asador grill imported from the Basque Country. Meat is sourced from Dorset, and the menu changes with the seasons.
A favourite with Fulham locals, El Metro has been serving traditional Spanish tapas to Fulham foodies for 25 years. With a relaxed atmosphere, decor of terracotta tiles, wooden chairs, and plenty of greenery, El Metro is like a little slice of Spain just off Fulham Broadway’s main road.
In the beautiful area around Parson’s Green lies this little British gem, a far cry from the BBQ joints that are often found in this area, Claude’s Kitchen offers distinctly British fare, which is all locally sourced and seasonal, of course.
The Fulham Wine Rooms is a great spot to unwind after work over a few glasses of wine and a delicately prepared plate of charcuteries. If you can’t get enough of the upmarket tapas and fine wines, book their private room for up to 20 guests and really make a night of it.
With an open-plan kitchen and dining room, incredibly friendly staff, and wholesome Italian food, The River Café feeds the soul as well as the stomach. Enjoy fresh seafood, creamy mozzarella, and wafer-thin prosciutto all washed down with a wine from the restaurant’s carefully selected, Italian-only wine list.
If you really want to treat yourself, pop in to The Harwood Arms, the first London pub to be awarded a Michelin Star. Whilst others have now followed suit, Harwood remains the original and the best. The pub offers a daily lunch menu offer for two courses so a Michelin-star menu doesn’t have to leave you completely out of pocket.