Brawn

4.8
715 reviews
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£25 and under
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European
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
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 715 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the third time I have eaten in Brawn and each time it has been a delight! The space is light and airy, the food is delicious and the staff go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. There was a bit of a delay between our starters and main courses, but as we were sitting, drinking wine and chatting away it wasn't a problem. Perfect spot for a relaxed evening with family and friends. I will be back!

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F
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite restaurant <3
Been here a couple of times and loved it every time.

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WL
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Such a great vibe. Food was fantastic. They even remixed my Negroni for me when I said it was too heavy on the Campari.

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DL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The squid, cod and anchovies were delicious - the rest was ok. They ran out of half of the main menu but we kind of forgave as we were a late table (8:45pm).....although they continued to sit several tables after us? I could see it was super busy and there was a drive to turn tables over quickly but what Brawn may have gained on sales they lost on impression. I've left thinking lovely anchovies but not the best customer experience (except the guy who greeted us was very friendly).

p.s. Nice loos.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best in East London.

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

About as good as it gets. Never had a bite of food at Brawn that wasn't delicious, a glass of wine that wasn't excellent or service that wasn't charming and friendly. I work as a restaurant manager and go here when I need to remind myself why I do what I do.

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

Very good! The food is amazing! And we enjoy the cozy environment as well

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Miami
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was our last meal in London and my best meal of my vacation. Incredible.

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AR
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favourite restaurant, which is saying something with the choice available in Hackney & Shoreditch. Always come on our anniversary. Amazing again thank you!

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MN
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My only comment would be that it was my third time having the burrata and I have much preferred the combinations on the previous two occasions - but - always a pleasure in this restaurant!

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JC
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambiance and food, with a great team!
Highly recommend for a great time out

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner and I went for lunch and it was delicious as always! The food was amazing and the wine fantastic! The staff is always very friendly and helpful with the food and wine selection! It is definitely our favourite restaurant for a special occasion!

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OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best neighbourhood restaurants in London. Don’t miss it.

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G
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun restaurant good food on a frequently changing menu.
Staff attentive open kitchen so nowhere to hide
Particularly good fish but disappointing cheese plate not worthy of the price

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Brawn is a lovely space, and we dined on a nice sunny day which was perfect, as the restaurant is nice and airy. I found some of the dishes nice and others underwhelming, and all quite expensive for what they were. Service attentive but lacking some warmth, I just seemed to get the sense we were a real bother the whole time, for some reason I’m not clear on.

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AL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic. Wine list epic but pricey. Food quality is close to perfect.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, wines and atmosphere as always! One of my favorite restaurants in London!

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r
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My lamb entree was great, my dining partner’s pork was tough. It was a good experience and overall I liked it very much.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely service!

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H
London
14 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was very sceptical booking this restaurant. The reviews were generally good but also some were bad, particularly about service. For me, they couldn't be more wrong. The service was excellent from start to finish. We were at the table for over three hours and were never rushed. Always people available to help and our main server was friendly, knowledgeable and made us feel special. The food options are all excellent and it was a case of choosing what not to have. Sharing small plates to start is definitely good advice. Wine list is long but there are plenty of options under £40 which is great. The dining room is loud an buzzing. we were in the area overlooking the kitchen which for me is the best part to be in. Can't recommend this restaurant enough and to top it off, the prices are entirely reasonable.

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GO
London
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Brawn. Great food, great service, unpretentious, always a treat.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Triple A
Delicious food
Amazing wines
You see that all the crew is committed to give you a great experience!

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O
London
8 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Friendly, helpful staff. Yummy food (my only suggestion is that the cod dish needed a bit more flavour), great service, lovely ambience, buzzy vibe. Would definitely go again!

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EK
Mexico City
10 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fav in the neighbourhood. Love the food, service and ambience. We try to avoid dinners (cause very noisy) but launches are great!

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BT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hits all the high notes. Great location, lovely staff, and fantastic food. What more could you want.

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AK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A very nice restaurant with a lot of different dishes. Mostly very locally produced. Good pricing.

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k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, wine and service. It was perfectly paced and we'll definitely be back!

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DM
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food on offer was thoughtful, nicely presented and great tasting. Watching the team work in the kitchen as we ate was a treat too.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about Brawn. Ultimate favourite.

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BK
London
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Almost everythinv was super good, especially the Cod. Only dishes that were so-so were the deserts. And their wines are a bit particular, but that’s of course really dependant on your taste. Overall great place with nice decor, friendly service and delicious food

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D
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant, it never disappoints food wise and the staff are brilliant. The wine list is extensive but the staff are happy to help with great recommendations. I've only ever eaten in the back room but the atmosphere throughout the entire restaurant is spot on, buzzy without being too loud.

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m
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super Fantastic!
Food, Wine, lighting, music
Allllways an amazing time

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SM
London
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food a pleasure. Our waiter was a wonderful woman from Canada. Good vibes all around. Thank you

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely restaurant interior. Food is priced appropriately given how high quality it was - really good Italian leaning menu. The service we received was great. Would recommend and certainly return.

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AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and excellent wine. The menu rotates but not overly so, which is important because we have many favorite dishes. The staff, whom we've gotten to recognize and know, are consistently wonderful. They can inform equally well on the plethora of lovely wines as on the menu. It's one of our absolute favorite local spots.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Traveling from the states, I felt well taken care of. The staff are amazing and made me feel at home after coming off a ten hour flight. Killer vinyl collection and great natural wine list. Food was fantastic as well.

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KA
London
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great overall experience. We chose 7 dishes to share and they were all super tasty, beautifully plated, fresh and fun. Service was also spot on. Any questions were answered confidently and with charm. I’ll be back soon.

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CP
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely couldn’t fault the experience. Perfect food, service and pace. First time here and can’t wait to come back.

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AC
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely lunch celebrating my partner's 30th birthday, the staff were friendly, knowledge and attentive without being overbearing and the food was delicious. I consistently recommend Brawn to friends as a fantastic restaurant

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OS
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely brilliant food, great wine list and fantastic service - helpful, friendly and knowledgable staff.

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