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Sharkbait & Swim, London, Greater London

Sharkbait & Swim

4.8
4.8
106 Reviews
£25 and under
Seafood
Ahoy there!

Sharkbait & Swim is an independent seafood centric small plates restaurant based in the heart of Deptford, walking distance from Greenwich! Our restaurant ethos is simple: to serve great quality food and drink in a relaxed and intimate environment. The menu is created with locality, seasonality and sustainability at the forefront and we work closely with our fishmonger to ensure that all of our fish is sustainably sourced where possible from British waters.

Steve (aka, Cockney Chef!) has spent years cooking in award winning seafood restaurants on the south east coast and has worked in multiple Michelin star restaurants across Europe! Inspired by his career and travels around the world, Steve will be bringing a menu full of big punchy flavours to tantalize your taste buds with influence from Asian and European food culture.

Fasten your seatbelts folks, we're going on a foodie adventure!

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2 people

19:00


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Fri, Sat 12:00–17:00 Dinner Tue–Sat 17:00–23:00
  • Phone number
    07444 026123
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual

What 106 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • London

    Best Food

  • London

    Best Value

  • London

    Seafood

  • South East London

    Best Overall

  • South East London

    Best Food

  • South East London

    Best Service

  • South East London

    Best Ambience

  • South East London

    Best Value

  • South East London

    Innovative

  • South East London

    Neighbourhood gem

  • South East London

    Great for outdoor dining

106 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Immaculate food, service and atmosphere. Great value

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  2. Lorraine

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect location for an intimate family birthday gathering. The food was excellent as always; delicious mackerel, whitebait, bass - everything! Highly recommend this little place; it never fails to deliver.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Didn’t go very well unfortunately. The prawns were genuinely nice. Everything else was very salty. I like salt, but this was quite salty. We ordered the side of vegetables, two oysters, fries, prawns, and a sea bass. The vegetables tasted like five spice and salt. The fries were nice and hot but again, well salted. Prawns, very good as mentioned. Oysters, well seasoned, quite pleasant. We only ordered a couple but they were quite tasty. Sea bass, never turned up. I have given a good score for value as the drinks were comped due to the missing sea bass. The waitress was quite genuinely sorry that we did not have a good time. In terms of ambiance, it’s not bad. I like dogs a lot but having a small yappy dog whilst you’re trying to eat isn’t always nice.

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  4. Isabel

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, great service and good value. We had a lovely meal

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  5. JonC

    Bristol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a hidden gem. One of my favourite restaurants in London.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our table was booked for 7:45. We arrived slightly early to see that the people on our reserved table had only just been served their food. We were meeting friends who arrived shortly after us. The waiting staff were apologetic as at 7:45 our table was clearly very much occupied for the foreseeable. Although it was a bit wet outside the staff made a big effort to dry tables, put heaters on and get us comfortable. The waiter came out and offered his apologies explaining it had been an unusually difficult day with staffing issues. We were offered a complimentary drink and all had a delicious margarita cocktail. After about half an hour we were invited inside and those on our table switched places having finished their food and they sat outside for drinks. The rest of our evening was fantastic. The service and food were both outstanding and we even got a free dish added to our order. We will definitely be returning to this hidden gem of a restaurant. Thank you to the incredible staff!

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  7. CurtisG

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’m now a regular here and will be as long as it is there. My favourite restaurant in the area. Absolutely love it. If you haven’t experienced then you must try. 10/10 every time

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  8. FloA

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, service and setting. Well advised by the server and we had four of the sharing dishes plus oysters between two of us. Good local beer to go with it. Faves were the trout ceviche and cauliflower. But it was all great. Will most definitely try this place again.

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  9. peckhamdiner

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fantastic! Incredible food brilliant service and atmosphere can’t wait to go back :)

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  10. KathrinH

    London

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and drinks. Outstanding service. Looking forward to return.

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  11. JamesB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food - nice atmosphere. Talked to the chef while he was preparing the food as it is open plan arrangement,

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  12. MarkR

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, drinks and service - amazing experience and will definitely be back!

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  13. ODCP

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 1 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent place off the beaten track. Well worth it for some excellent seafood and fish. Friendly service and good prices too!

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  14. SL31

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really memorable. Fantastic fish cookery, great service, incredibly good value for London

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  15. Collo25

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 17 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Intimate dining, superb food, great wine. Couldn't ask for more.

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  16. annabelr

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a hidden gem! The food was sensational, the service was fantastic and great buzz about it. Looking forward to another dinner there soon.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went here for a first date and was blown away. Food is amazing and the Irish fellow who runs the place was so delightful. It’s not expensive and just a fun awesome vibe. If you don’t like this you’re probably a Tory.

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  18. Elle84

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Have been wanting to come here for a while and finally made down. The food was amazing, and really friendly staff. 100% recommend!

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  19. marys

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is fabulous. Can’t wait to come back. Been thinking about all the delicious flavours all day, especially the prawns. Thank you guys.

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  20. Hannah

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 4 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing!! Every item we tried was delicious: prawns, ceviche, sardines, halibut, steam. And the Bloody Mary is epic! You can watch the awesome chef at work, and the service is fab.

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  21. Dxcxcxcxcxc

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very enjoyable experience overall. We will definitely return, probably with friends. The food was the star performer.

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  22. Vee7W

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The 2nd visit in 2 weeks. The food was great, friendly service. Well worth a visit

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  23. Vera

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food wonderful. The tastiest mackerel I’ve ever had, really superb. We also had the whitebait, the bream and oysters. All excellent. Don’t know what will happen when it gets cold. Don’t fancy returning to eating in freezing conditions. Apart from that , we thought it was a great local restaurant and look forward yo returning many times.

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  24. Axel

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 23 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great value - highly recommended! Top seafood spot

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible! Thank you so so much. The seabream was to die for.

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  26. RichardH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time I had visited. Food just as good as the first. This was a busy and hot Saturday. Lots of noise and music from adjacent establishments

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  27. JuliaN

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and fantastic service. Can’t wait to come back.

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  28. MargyC

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place, excellent food and lovely staff. They were coming to the end of a very busy day (busiest ever apparently) so the food arrived in a haphazard manner but the wait wasn’t too long. The staff were considerate and hardworking - battling the insane heat. The only issue with this location is the WC which is shared with the other bars/restaurants. Not S&S’s fault but there were long queues. The developer/landlord needs to put more loos in as it’s a very popular destination now.

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  29. KirstyB

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 September 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was amazing and the setting was nice but there is no indoor space and unfortunately the next door venue was blasting out horrendous music with lots of bass.

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  30. GregR

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food. Fantastic place! Best wihitebait ever.

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  31. DJ11

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had an excellent lunch at Sharkbait & Swim. Great ingredients, cooked simply in wonderful sauces. Very relaxed atmosphere, will be back and recommend.

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  32. GeorgiaR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great staff, very friendly. Food was great, the sea bass especially.

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  33. poppp

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just amazing food! Will definatley visit again soon

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  34. SamF

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious food, amazing service. Altogether an amazing place, well worth travelling across London for

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  35. Muirin

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and really reasonably priced! Will definitely be back again!

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  36. GeorgeEliot

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing - we had the ceviche, the whitebait, and the sea bream, and everything was spot on.

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  37. amyg

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun place. Excellent ceviche & prawns. Disappointed with ‘panko’ cauliflower & whitebait- coating was dark, dense, fatty & not as described. Toilets in vicinity awful and could be managed better for diners using it.

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  38. vanbrugh2014

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 12 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really great food from a passionate team both front of house and open kitchen. If you’re looking for quality seafood for great value there’s few better places in London. Make the journey.

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  39. NickB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place. Food and drinks excellent, chef and team brilliant. Nothing not too like

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  40. AtalantaK

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A small friendly, characterful restaurant, we were seated by the kitchen so a good chance to watch the chef in action. The food was fantastic, amazing creamy oysters, a whole fried fish and great cocktails. Our server was so friendly and couldn’t be more helpful. Would definitely recommend. My only downside was the bar stool seating which I’m not a fan of but it was a rainy night so we had to sit indoors. There is other seating available..

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Sharkbait & Swim is rated 4.8 stars by 106 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Sharkbait & Swim

4 Deptford Market Yard, London, Greater London SE8 4BX

Additional information

  • Area
    Deptford
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Fri, Sat 12:00–17:00 Dinner Tue–Sat 17:00–23:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
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