Brawn

4.8
659 reviews
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Brawn is located on Columbia Road in Bethnal Green. A neighborhood restaurant and bar cooking food that is within the season and sourced through as many local suppliers and producers within our community. As of January 2019 in the interest of work life balance for our dedicated team, we will be closing Sundays.

Brawn opened in late 2010 to great critical acclaim receiving 5 stars from Fay Maschler in the Evening Standard, and a Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2011.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.5

Brawn in Shoreditch might be one of the city’s best neighbourhood restaurants. One that might even make you want to change neighbourhoods.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 659 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely evening with great food and very good wine list, mostly organic, natural and orange. Will come again.

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London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really loved the ambiance and a little magical Hide-away. I can’t wait to return there to try more of the menu

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N
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Back again after 1+ years and still as lovely as I remember it to be. Staff were helpful & professional, ambience was lovely & we had a nice view of the open kitchen, and the food was excellent — especially the turbot, simply spectacular! Also, can I get some of that butter to take away the next time please?

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BA
London
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our dining experience was top notch. From the restaurant taking our booking request (I had asked for a table out of the way as I was with my elderly mother) to the service, ambience and food. Outstanding all round. I shall most definitely be back.

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y
London
344 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal in this great restaurant. Sat in full view of the kitchen which was fun for a change. Excellent chicory and blue cheese salad and fresh asparagus. Mains of pork and lamb tender and beautifully presented. Good cheese selection and excellent wine wine complemented the company

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H
London
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

The venue can get very busy at weekends, very noisy, had to wait 20mins to be seated, almost an hour to order, the food came fast enough, it tasted great but the overall experience and lack of customer care doesn't justify the cost

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London
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was so delicious and such a cute romantic restaurant will definitely be back

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London
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

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MH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible! The service was excellent!

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PF
London
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, the ambiance and the staff were all top notch. Consistently, one of the best spots in London.

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London
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It appears simple but it is masterfully complicated to create.

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J
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food and corkage is a reasonable 20 quid, service was somewhat lack luster until we announced we fancied pudding but were approaching the end of our 2 hour slot - at which point the service took a shot in the arm and was incredibly fast

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FD
Manchester
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely Delicious food! Perfect atmosphere and the best staff!

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R
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've eaten at Brawn three times now and am yet to be disappointed by a dish. The service and drinks were also very good. The deserts though would have been much better at half the size and half the price.

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SC
London
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an awesome dinner at Brawn. The food is delicious, the service was great and they had a large wine selection.

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SB
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was beyond delicious. The service was very attentive, everything was cooked perfectly

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Berlin
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure. Freshest of ingredients and wholesome, delicate execution. Each dish is perfect. The staff is welcoming and professional, and the ambience intimate.

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KK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Had been here once before and unfortunately my second visit didn't at all live up to the first. For such an interesting menu (especially wine menu) the service really should be improved. The staff was completely unhelpful in pointing us towards drinks/answering our questions about food. And the dishes also were a bit off... we came away saying how it was the best smoked eel we'd had in our lives but unfortunately the accompanying salad was so bad that we forgot how good the food was. Decent place, but the food really is not what it should be.

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London
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was out of this world. Service was wonderful, happy and helpful.
The only down side was, an obnoxiously load table of to ladies behind us, but this is not the restaurant fault. All way love coming here and is my number one place I tell people to go in London.

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N
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just generally good

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AC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brawn is hands down my favorite restaurant in London. And I’ll always visit. Best food best wine best staff

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L
London
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food and service. Can’t wait to go back.

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London
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

A little disappointed in food. High expectation but not met certainly with the pasta dishes.

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LP
London
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. A fine dining experience without the pretentious atmosphere. Staff were extremely friendly and willing to talk through the finer points of the menu. Will be returning

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l
Melbourne / VIC
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff squeezed us in when we ended up being about 2 hours early! We had their house champagne, oysters, anchovies, pappardelle and onglet. It was all great!!

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BP
London
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is very good. Objectively creative and interesting combination of excellent ingredients that are a genuine pleasure to consume. The ambience is a fun bustle of fellow diners enjoying themselves and the food. The occasional calls and clatters from the open kitchen are part of the entertainment and don't detract from your ability to have a conversation.
It might be that my palette isn't ready for the natural end of the spectrum of wines offered but we still enjoyed the ability to try some produce that we would not normally and all under the excellent supervision of the super friendly and brilliantly capable wait staff.
Thanks and see you again

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such great food, brilliant service and a really lovely Saturday lunchtime atmosphere. One of the best restaurants in London!

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J
London
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific quality local restaurant that seems to get better and better

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London
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wine list is unreal - well worth exploring

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f
London
39 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a modern, beautifully designed, cozy restaurant. Interesting delicious food and knowledgable and friendly service. I would go back happily and recommend to my friends.

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MD
London
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We have been visiting Brawn every year for the past 4 years, this year for the first time there is noticeable change for the worse. There is a different crew in the kitchen, the quality of food went down. The starters (duck liver) were as usual - quality was there, however the main dishes (turbot and steak ) were not up to par. Both servings of turbot (the most expensive dish on the menu ) were the tail pieces with lots of bones, the flank steak's temperature was too low, it sat in the kitchen too long before served being served. This place was impeccable, unfortunately not any more

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y
London
344 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great visit to Brawn started with radishes smoked cods roe and moved onto crab starter then the succulent pork chop and the steak. Had some cheese to go with the rest of our bottle of wine. Served at the right temperature for a change. Wine list tremendous and knowledgeable staff but pricey.

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London
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best meals I've had in a long time. The onglet with greens and hassleback potatoes was superb. Really enjoyed the baked custard and rhubarb dessert too. Lovely friendly service as well which made for a really enjoyable evening

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i
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great food, however not so suitable for vegetarians and vegans (there was only 1 main fro vegetarians)

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The most amazing delicious food in a relaxed homy bohème ambiance, I always recommend it and come back each time I’m in London.

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AF
London
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food. Amazing service, very welcoming.
Maybe too noisy... but the overall experience is 5 stars

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CG
London
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, super helpful & knowledgeable staff. Definitely be returning soon!

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M
London
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite. Recommended by a sommelier of another good restaurant in London. Invited my friends for dinner at Brawn and they loved it too. The food is outstanding, and the overall vibe is amazing!

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Kent
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice relaxed but busy atmosphere with big tables and plenty of space. Waiter was knowledgeable and helpful. Food was delicious, we had hake and ricotta and mushroom ravioli. Only complaint is I would’ve liked a bit more of it!

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London
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning meal everything cooked to perfection and great service

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