You would think that getting a decent meal on a Sunday night would be pretty easy in London, but it so often turns out that the one restaurant you really wanted to go to is closed on a Sunday night. Once you realize this, you’ll find yourself spending the next 20 to 30 minutes trying to work out which restaurant is close enough, decent enough, and open enough to make sure that your Sunday night dinner isn’t an utter disappointment. To help out with that, here’s a guide to all the best restaurants in London that are open on Sunday nights.
We aren’t here to dictate how you live your life, but for a successful Sunday night dinner, the rule is make sure you are sat down or have booked your table for 7.30pm, because most places close by 9pm. This is London, after all.
The Palomar keeps on serving their party vibes and excellent menu of Israeli small plates until a respectable 9pm on Sunday nights. As always, show up in a small group and sit at the bar.
J Sheekey is always one of our top spots to recommend to people wanting to experience a classic London restaurant - it’s in the heart of theatre land and the crowd is older, wiser, and full with stories of life before Myspace. The seafood menu is excellent and comforting. It’s a great place for a chilled Sunday night dinner.
Bocca di Lupo is one of the best Italian restaurants in London. Packed most nights during the week, this is the move to make when you so happen to need to to eat a Sunday night celebratory pasta.
You’re probably not going to get a reservation at Chiltern Firehouse on a Saturday night, unless you ‘know someone’, and you probably don’t ‘know anyone’. It’s cool - neither do we. If you do want to get into this restaurant, have some fun, and maybe see a celebrity, Sunday is the night to do it.
Xi’an Impression makes fantastic, cheap, spicy food right next to Emirates Stadium. The fact that it’s open on a Sunday evening for dinner is brilliant. The fact that most of us live at least an Uber drive away makes us jealous and annoyed.
You’ve just rolled off a train at Kings Cross after nice enough weekend of walking up some hills, spotting aggressive animals called sheep, and eating at some average country pub serving generic average pub food. Just before you get on the tube home, you might as well stop off at Dishoom and grab a decent pint and a small curry to wake up your taste buds again. Thanks god you’re back in London eh?
Yes this is the dodgiest looking restaurant on the block, but it’s also great. And it happens to be open late enough on a Sunday to help you get your Sunday night noodle fix. You can take it away if your home has a classier dining set up.
Straight outta Naples, the folks behind Quartieri naturally decided that their first international restaurant outside Italy should be in Kilburn. Whatever you may think of Kilburn, you’ll be pleased to know that Quarteri serve their fantastic pizza to the masses on Sunday nights.
Sager and Wilde is all about doing great food in a casual setting. Rock up for a great plate of pasta and a glass of wine after you’ve had a hard day foraging at some random antiques market in East London.
The Camel is a great local pub that really comes into its own in the winter. That’s because they have a ridiculously long pie list, covering every type of meat and a few great veggie options too. They’re all served with peas, mash, and glorious gravy.
The best Vietnamese restaurant on Kingsland road, Song Que is your spot for a Sunday night pho fix. We recommend adding on the grilled quail and the cha la lot (minced pork in betel leaf).
When you can’t be bothered to actually cook dinner, but also want something that could at least debatably be described as healthy, and you’d also like all that to not be too boring, head to Andina. This modern Peruvian restaurant is the kind of place you could easily eat every week.
You’ve had a brilliant day ‘Sundaying’ in East London. You’ve been to Columbia Road, you’ve had a roast, and now you’re ready for dinner. Morito Hackney Road, which does Mediterranean/North African small plates, is a civilized, highly enjoyable place to head next. Don’t miss the seafood rice when it’s on.
My Old Place should be your go-to for classic Sichuan food on a Sunday in Spitalfields. It’s a great choice for a group that wants to eat a bunch of spicy food without spending too much. Get the mapo tofu and the cumin lamb skewers.
Martello Hall is a spacious Hackney pizza spot that keeps serving great pizzas and negronis up to midnight, even on Sundays.
The lines at this affordable pasta spot in London Bridge are shorter on Sundays, but it’s still worth coming early to make sure you get a spot. The last seating is at 8, so at least get here before then. Eat some pasta and drink some wine, and you’ll have a hard time spending much more than 20 quid.
If, for some reason, you have a guys’ night out or a business meeting planned for a Sunday night, do it at Hawksmoor. They also do great Sunday roasts, if you’re making plans earlier in the day.
The original and the best version of this mini-chain will do you a burger and rosemary fries right up to 10pm on a Sunday.
The Begging Bowl is one of the better Thai restaurants in London, and it’s definitely one of the best Thai restaurants open on a Sunday night. This isn’t a place for pad thai and green curry, but what you’ll get here is much better: excellent Northern Thai dishes like whole salt-crusted bream with spicy dipping sauce.
Rocco is the place for a consistently decent, no nonsense Italian meal, and it’s perfect for a cheap low-key Sunday night dinner. Swing by for their carbonara before calling it a night.
Yashin are doing some of the most inventive sushi in London and yes, this is a fancy Sunday night dinner move. But you’ve had a hard weekend of drinking artisanal coffee and stroking puppies in the park, so you definitely deserve to eat some sushi topped with truffles.
For something moderately healthy but which still feels like a fun dinner out, go to Granger and Co. The bowls and sandwiches are great for lunch, but at dinner we like to order a mix of salads and small plates. And a shrimp burger.
Popular with students during the week, and also at the weekends, Dozo serves decent-enough sushi. Eating here is a fairly healthy life choice that’ll put you on the path to continue making such great choices well into the week. Or at least into Tuesday morning, maybe.