Croydon Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Croydon

April 7, 2018 Oliva Fomby

Croydon is a large town in the south of Greater London, England, 9.5 miles (15.3 km) south of Charing Cross. The principal settlement in the London Borough of Croydon, it is one of the largest commercial districts outside Central London, with an extensive shopping district and night-time economy. Its population of 52,104 at the 2011 census includes the wards of Addiscombe, Broad Green, and Fairfield.
Things to do in Croydon

1. Little Bay Restaurant

32 Selsdon Road, Croydon CR2 6PB, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar French, European, British, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$102 - HK$204 +44 20 8649 9544
Excellent
56%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 892 reviews

Little Bay Restaurant

Little Bay Restaurants have been offering high-quality Modern-European cuisine for very reasonable prices since its creation in 1992. With a selection of starters, mains and desserts, as well as a comprehensive wine menu, Little Bay has everything for everyone. Their opulent décor, professional service and sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere provides the perfect dining experience. Their flexibility and professionalism will allow you to choose how you want to enjoy that experience.

Reviewed By Scholefieldschoice - Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom

We went there last Saturday to celebrate my son and his beautiful fiancées engagement. What a treat. It's decorated like a theatre, with boxes around the main part of the restaurant which you can book. They have entertainers who come round to each table singing, opera etc. We had an early reservation so unfortunately missed it. The food was exceptional. I had the chicken stuffed with spinach and cottage cheese and poached pear with a panna cotta...(I wasn't going to have one - says it all).

2. Bagattis

56-58 South End, Croydon CR0 1DP, England Takeout, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$220 - HK$330 +44 20 8686 9649
Excellent
62%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 481 reviews

Bagattis

Independent family run Italian restaurant

Reviewed By Stewart C - Chatham, United Kingdom

I visited Bagatti’s restaurant in Croydon on a weekday lunchtime for a gathering with some friends
The restaurant is easy to access by public transport with South Croydon railway station being the closest and Croydon itself is served by both busses and the efficient Croydon Tramlink system. Pay and Display car parks are located in the town, though the restaurant is a fair walk from the East Croydon public transport hub area.
On entering the restaurant, it looks surprisingly spacious and this is because one wall is completely covered by mirrors. That said there is enough room inside to accommodate a good number of diners and the interior was well decorated and clean. The combination of the walls of mirrors and the windows to the front of the restaurant onto the street gave the interior a light and airy ambience.
Our group comprised about 10 people and we were sat on a long table together near to the windows, the staff were very attentive adjusting the table setup to accommodate our party and helpful and friendly when taking our orders and serving the courses.
The food was good, there were no complaints from our party, and the portion sizes would likely satisfy most lunchtime appetites with some of those who had ordered Pizza making use of a takeaway box for the food they could not eat at the time.
The restaurant was not busy, apart from our party at the time of our visit.
If you are in Croydon and are looking for an Italian restaurant then Bagatti’s is certainly worth considering.

3. McDermott's

Featherbed Lane | Featherbed Lane, Croydon CR0 9AS, England Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Seafood, British Lunch, Dinner +44 20 8651 1440
Excellent
81%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 535 reviews

McDermott's

Reviewed By dwrs2015 - Croydon, United Kingdom

Went for a change to McDermott's as came highly recommended, it did not disappoint
us the chips were excellent fish on batter very light fish slightly to moist for my taste.
The service was very good friendly staff and plenty of room because of the bad weather as I was advised Friday can be very busy.

4. Cadillac Diner

147 Wickham Road, Croydon CR0 8TE, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Diner Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$55 - HK$251 +44 20 8656 9898
Excellent
66%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 468 reviews

Cadillac Diner

"Best American Style Food in Town!" Come and try our famous hamburgers, BBQ ribs and delicious milkshakes.

Reviewed By janpaul1983 - London, United Kingdom

Have been here several times with my grandaughters age 14 & 13 and they love it staff are friendly and food is great . Big helpings and the milkshakes are delicious. They have good entertainment on the last Friday of the month which you normally have to book for as it gets busy . A lovely little diner in Shirley.

5. Nineteen at Farleigh

Old Farleigh Road | Warlingham, Croydon CR6 9PE, England Television, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, British, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 1883 627711
Excellent
72%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 329 reviews

Nineteen at Farleigh

Consistently praised as one of Croydon's top restaurants by TripAdvisor reviewers, Nineteen at Farleigh Golf Club is a relaxed bar and restaurant set amongst 350 acres in the North Surrey Downs. With a casual bar menu available for those seeking a relaxed meal, the bar provides high tables or coffee tables for you to settle in and watch sport on the HD TVs. On a sunny day, enjoy the outdoors with a meal on the Terrace overlooking the putting green. For a true gourmet experience, pull up a seat in the restaurant area with sweeping views of the golf course and surrounding areas including Canary Wharf and South-East London. Farleigh's menu provides seasonal dishes with a twist, as well as a delicious afternoon tea. We passionately source local produce including working with local butchers for the best bacon rolls in Surrey, plus bakers and dairies to incorporate the finest ingredients in our menu.

Reviewed By Patrick H - Croydon, United Kingdom

Farleigh organised our 40th wedding anniversary party which was a great success!
Adam & the catering team were very attentive and the hot buffet was superb. The DJ,Dean, recommended by Farleigh did a great job and kept the party going to the end.
Everything ran smoothly without a hitch.
Thanks to all the team at Farleigh for enabling us to enjoy an occasion that we'll long remember

6. Thanh's Bistro

56 Lower Addiscombe Road, Croydon CR0 6AA, England Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Asian, Vietnamese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner +44 20 8405 4308
Excellent
76%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 150 reviews

Thanh's Bistro

Reviewed By FlyByGum F - Cambridge, United Kingdom

The food was nicely presented, looked great and tasted fresh. The crushed peanuts added an interesting twist to the stir fried king prawns. The outside doesn't look great but don't just walk by it's definitely worth trying. I'm not sure how authentic this Vietnamese bistro is but the food is definitely worth trying.

7. Cote d'Azur

18 Selsdon Road, Croydon CR2 6PA, England Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Highchairs Available French, Seafood, Grill, Fusion, Gastropub, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night HK$118 - HK$463 +44 20 8633 1818
Excellent
62%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 342 reviews

Cote d'Azur

Reviewed By runningfast24 - Surrey, UK

I called to pre-book a table for a Friday night as I have a Taste Card and this requires pre-booking. I didn't mention the card on the booking as my friend had also called and left a message and I'd assumed she had mentioned the Taste Card. Simple assumption to make but ended up with embarrassment when we showed up. There was a larger party eating in the restaurant and us and that was it so I'm surprised by the fact that the restaurant wouldn't honour the offer, especially seeing as though we'd picked it on a Taste Card recommendation. I found the main waitress lady to be challenging and abrupt with us, despite the fact we were clearly disappointed that they clearly advertise 2-for-1 across all courses every day of the week with the proviso of a pre-booking on the phone.
Needless to say, after the problems we had, we left and went elsewhere for dinner. Such a shame as the waiters were very pleasant and were more than happy to try and sort out a Taste Card discount for us.
My advice to the restaurant would be to get the Taste Card website updated and facts correct.
If you're thinking of booking here on Taste, make sure you mention it first.

8. Karnavar Restaurant

62 South End, Croydon CR0 1DP, England Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$220 - HK$824 +44 20 8686 2436
Excellent
78%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 596 reviews

Karnavar Restaurant

Our Head Chef Manoj Karnavar created the Karnavar fine dining restaurant menu with his 18 years of culinary experience in five star hotels like Fairmont Dubai, Marriott in Mumbai, Renaissance in Goa, Savoy, Claridges and Mandarin Oriental in London. <br><br>Our Chef has opened Karnavar with the concept of creative twist in traditional Indian cuisine. Get ready for the treat with your family and friends for a remarkable dining experience. <br><br>Since opening April 2014, Karnavar received couple of awards and achievements,<br><br>SHORTLISTED MENU OF THE YEAR IN THE WHOLE OF UK<br> (CATEY AWARDS -CATERER MAGAZINE)<br><br>BEST NEW COMER OF THE YEAR 2014 IN BRITAIN<br>(BIBA AWARDS)<br><br>LISTED UNDER TOP 10 INDIAN RESTAURANT 2014 IN UK<br>(POLLS BY TRIP ADVISOR)<br><br>NEW COMER OF THE YEAR 2014 – BRITISH CURRY AWARDS<br>(SHORT-LISTED FOR THE FINALIST IN NEW COMER CATEGORY)<br><br>LISTED NUMBER 1 UNDER TOP 10 BEST INDIAN RESTAURANTS IN LONDON<br>(DINERS CHOICE WINNER BY OPEN TABLE FROM OCT 2014 TO APRIL 2015)<br><br>LISTED UNDER TOP 3 RESTAURANTS IN Croydon <br>(BY TRIP ADVISOR RATINGS BASED ON 287 RESTAURANTS – APRIL 2015)<br><br>LISTED UNDER TOP 10 RESTAURANTS IN GREATER LONDON<br>(BY TRIP ADVISOR RATINGS BASED ON 3104 RESTAURANTS – APRIL 2014)

Reviewed By Esteban B - London, United Kingdom

After going mostly into central London for fine dining tasting menus, with most of them in French cuisine, I was curious to see what this would be like.
The 5 course tasting menu was interesting and impressive, as well as very well priced. If you want a little bit of class in Croydon, this is ideal. However, not actually a Michelin starred restaurant even though there are mentions of it. Does it have a star? Did it use to have a start?
In any case, I will definitely recommend.

9. Anabella's Kitchen

299 High Street | Croydon, Croydon CR0 1QL, England Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, European, Turkish, Grill, Greek, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$55 - HK$385 +44 20 8681 6924
Excellent
76%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 184 reviews

Anabella's Kitchen

Reviewed By ldimage1 - Bournemouth, United Kingdom

Ate here whilst in Croydon for work. Read reviews and thought it worth a go. Had very nice feta parcels to start followed by Seabass, which was well cooked and tasty. My fellow diner had some Turkish dishes, which he enjoyed, which is high praise...MoreDear Idimage1, Thank you very much for such lovely feedback and nice comments about the food and service! Whenever you will be araound in Croydon, please visit us again and we will be glad to look after you! Thank you!

10. KK's Texan Grill House

300 High Street, Croydon CR0 1NG, England Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards American, Mexican, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks +44 20 8680 2211
Excellent
81%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 199 reviews

KK's Texan Grill House

Freshly Prepared Texan Mexican Feel Good Food

Reviewed By 79Jo - Croydon

My son and I visited here this evening, we walk past daily and hadn’t thought to come until Reading reviews. We weren’t disappointed with our choice. The chipotle kings prawns were outstanding, big, juicy, nice level of spice. Home made guacamole and salsa were superb. Ribs absolutely melt in the mouth, tender and flavoursome wings. I had over indulged on birthday cake at work so just had chipotle chicken street tacos (starter) as a main, also very tasty. My son enjoyed a pina colada mocktail and I opted for modelo. Friendly attentive service, it’s a small venue and was busy even early evening, so book to avoid disappointment. Lots of take away leaving while we were there so that is also clearly a roaring trade. Definitely worth a visit if you’re local, reasonable prices for very good food. We will be back.

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