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The Wet Fish Cafe

#1,752 of 17,833 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
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242 West End Lane | West Hampstead, London NW6 1LG, England
+44 20 7443 9222
10:00 - 23:00
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Mon 12:00 - 23:00
Tue - Sun 10:00 - 23:00
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Came here for the Valentine's Day menu. Food was excellent, and although it was very busy the service was efficient and the waitresses were pleasant. My glass of prosecco was a bit flat but they brought out a fresh one without a fuss. The only issue I had was that the tables were very close together and it felt a... More 

Thank Claire O
London, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a fantastic evening the food was excellent the service was out of this world and the toilets were superb couldn't want it funny pronounce for a lovely Monday night out reasonably priced and excellent atmosphere would recommend it for couples

Thank John K
County Cork, Ireland
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I dined here for dinner with my family in November 2016. I had never been out of central London as far as West Hampstead before, but the Wet Fish was recommended to us by one of my family members who will soon be living out there. I had no perceptions about what eating here would be like; not sure do... More 

Thank Mjjos
Brisbane, Australia
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502 reviews
312 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

beautiful little cafe with good vegetarian choices. we had just come from a yoga class where they gave us complimentary tea so we walked into the wet fish and the lady at the counter said to us 'I hope you're not walking into my cafe with coffee from outside'. there was no branding on the cups and we tried to... More 

Thank kristyrebecca
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I have been meaning to go here for 6 months as we are local to the area but it is often impossible to get a table... now I see why. The Wet Fish is a small and intimate bistro-esk restaurant with a romantic atmosphere. My fish was exceptional and the staff were charming and attentive. I wouldn't... More 

Thank Abigail C
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180 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place for brunch. There are plenty of options and food and staff are good. Its reasonably priced. Theres also good smoothy options as well. It can also get quite busy so Id recommend going early or being prepared to wait. Definietly recommended.

Thank mdfer3
London, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

I visit the Wet Fish Cafe fairly regularly and the food is usually very good. On this occasion the specials were particularly good and the service was excellent - friendly welcome, and being understanding when food not to our liking.

Thank LordParsnip
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69 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

I was recommended to come here for brunch and we were not disappointed! Good value, delicious food and coffee and friendly, attentive service.

Thank misshkwilson
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

I've been coming here for years but forgot to review it until now. The staff are really friendly and it has a very nice atmosphere. The menu is interesting and changes frequently. I have brought many fussy friends here and they all love it too! It's rare these days to find somewhere that's individual without being faddy, and reliable without... More 

Thank sarcasticbun
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

I don't even live in London... I don't know why or how I ended up at The Wet Fish restaurant but I will definitely drop in again when next in London. I had one of the day's special... Monkey Fish... presentation and flavour was celebrity chef standard but service was down to eath and friendly... just like I like it.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 25 - USD 62
British, Seafood, European, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 242 West End Lane | West Hampstead, London NW6 1LG, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7443 9222
Cafe by day and brasserie by night, The Wet Fish Cafe is perfect for cosy, romantic meals or lazy weekend brunches. Set in one of London's historic 'wet fish' shops in West Hampstead, the original Art Deco wall tiles and eclectic interior create a warm, neighbourly atmosphere. Good music, serious cocktails and the Wet Fish Cafe's own brand of "modern comfort food", the seasonally changing menu is short and offers freshly cooked fish, meat and veggie dishes. The Early Bird menus offer excellent value (on tables returned by 8pm and all evening every Monday).

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?