Brawn

4.8
640 reviews
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£25 and under
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Top tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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 640 People Are Saying
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N
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just generally good

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AC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 13 March 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 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 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 8 March 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 7 March 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 2 March 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 2 March 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
2 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific quality local restaurant that seems to get better and better

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

The wine list is unreal - well worth exploring

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f
London
39 reviews
Dined on 26 February 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
2 reviews
Dined on 20 February 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
342 reviews
Dined on 20 February 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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 February 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 19 February 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 18 February 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 16 February 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 16 February 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 12 February 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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O
Kent
1 review
Dined on 12 February 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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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning meal everything cooked to perfection and great service

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we walked through the door we were greeted like old friends, although this was our first visit. The staff were very welcoming and we were given excellent advice on choosing a wine to pair our main courses of turbot and rabbit and veal ragu. All the food was exceptionally good and presented well; my crab, calçots and almond starter looked stunning.

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

This is an absolutely sensational restaurant, who knew that Columbia Rd hid such a gem. My new favourite “go to” for nights out.

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KG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic meal, ordered almost everything on the menu and everything was superb.
We’ll be back!

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K
London
18 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, lovely staff, fab food and fun atmosphere!

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

mind blowing. every course is lingering in my mind.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The waiter was very kind and well organised. The atmosphere is relaxed and romantic. The food is an occasion to taste new flavours.

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C
London
11 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best independent restaurants in London. I can't praise it enough.
An eclectic wine list where you can find new favourites.
It is a tremendously enjoyable place to eat with friends or family.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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DH
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great simple food. Lovely atmosphere and beautiful restaurant

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DJ
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, lovely staff and great wine selection

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VG
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful space. seasonal ingredients used in a wonderful way.

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AC
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is an absolute gem! Our waitress was amazing. Talking us through the menu then suggesting wines to accompany each dish. Having little experience with natural wines we were slightly apprehensive. But each glass was a delight! The food is exceptional. Each plate was perfect for sharing.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was very delicious and we absolutely loved it; however it took so long to a) get asked for what we wanted to order and b) for the food to arrive. Between starters and mains we waited a good 40-50 minutes :( I had the turbot main and it was out of this world delicious, however there was nothing on the menu for a carby or more consistent side (something as simple as new potatoes would have worked a treat) and the fish still had some smaller bones left in there which was very unpleasant. However, my partner had the lamb neck and to quote 'it was worth the wait'.

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C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good food although some dishes were a bit salty. Outstanding service and great wine recommendations.

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TH
London
14 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Quirky..... eclectic menu, natural wine list + great, knowledgeable service (by Jo!)

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really tasty food. Far simpler and more delicious than the menu sometimes implies.

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S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great — the service, food and surroundings. Best meal in a long time. We will be back...

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K
London
6 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and our server was lovely, friendly and attentive. It's a really cosy place - great for a long lunch.

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KM
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Really fab first trip to Brawn. Will definitely go again. The only thing I would say is that I wouldn’t have the tiramisu again, personal preference though.

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