If you're a foodie looking for exciting dining options and cheap eats, Clapham is a great place to be. You'll find a huge range of eateries, bars, and pubs in the local area, and you won't need to dip into your overdraft just to treat yourself to a nice meal. There are various affordable restaurants in Clapham, ranging from casual fast food to authentic global feasts. Discover some low-cost places to eat with our guide to budget-friendly restaurants in Clapham.
Guide to budget-friendly restaurants in Clapham
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Cheap eats in Clapham
- Clapham Kebab House – Casual kebab
- Joe Public – Slices of California
- Sappho Meze Bar – Greek food and hospitality
- Eco – Italian family restaurant
- Butchies – Family-friendly fried chicken
- Cher Thai Eatery – Genuine Thai recipes
- Maharani – Hearty Indian dishes
- Argan – Middle Eastern dining
- Lievito Madre Pizzeria – Authentic Italian food
- Café Sol – Lively Tex-Mex destination
- En Root – Low-key vegan street food
- Kaosarn – In-demand Thai food
- Bird and Tie – Fiery casual food
- Berberè – Contemporary pizza place
- The Pepper Tree – Vibrant Thai dining
- Ritto's – Gourmet burger destination
Cheap eats in Clapham
One great solution when you need a low-cost meal is Clapham Kebab House. This understated local restaurant offers dining-in as well as takeaways. There's a huge choice of wraps and kebabs, hot and cold mezze, burgers, chicken wings, and tasty extras. Portions are generous and the place is ideal for a casual meal.
Slices of California
Joe Public cooks up 20 inch California-style pizzas in Clapham. Get the whole thing for a full-on feast or order a couple of slices for a satisfying meal. The dining space is simple and utilitarian with tiled walls and outdoor picnic tables. Wine, craft beer, and soft drinks are also available here.
Greek food and hospitality
Long-standing restaurant Sappho Meze Bar is a destination for authentic Greek recipes and warm hospitality. The restaurant has a rustic Mediterranean feel and there are plenty of outdoor tables. You'll get filling portions of classic dishes like fava, Greek salad, souvlaki, and moussaka. Authentic desserts are also on the menu.
Italian family restaurant
Named after author and historian Umberto Eco, Eco Restaurant is a style-conscious eatery serving authentic Italian recipes. The interior looks weathered but contemporary. The menu features sourdough pizza with classic and inventive toppings, plus pasta and risotto. There's a menu for children and kids can take part in pizza-making masterclasses here.
Family-friendly fried chicken
When you’re craving fried chicken, the buttermilk-fried good stuff from Butchies is sure to satisfy you. This modern restaurant has a buzzy atmosphere and is family-friendly too. All of the chicken is sustainably-sourced and halal. Chicken pieces, sandwiches, and plant-based dishes are all on the menu – add sides to make it a meal.
Genuine Thai recipes
Spacious restaurant Cher Thai Eatery is a comfortable and relaxed space for an affordable Thai meal. The restaurant is streamlined but still cosy. A set lunch is available on weekdays and the main menu showcases an array of classic recipes including stir-fries, curries, and noodles. Thai beers are available for an authentic experience.
Hearty Indian dishes
Try Maharani for a classic Indian meal that's kind to your bank balance. This spacious venue is down-to-earth and friendly. The menu is broad, with dishes to satisfy every preference. Curries range from the mild to the fiery like a jalfrezi, and there are vegetarian and fish dishes too.
Middle Eastern dining
Argan brings Moroccan and Lebanese flavours to Clapham. The restaurant has a rustic look and an outdoor terrace, plus a cosy atmosphere and live entertainment. The menu includes lots of hot and cold mezze to share, plus tagines and grilled meat and fish dishes that make a filling but affordable meal.
Authentic Italian food
For casual meals as well as special occasions, Lievito Madre Pizzeria is a popular choice in the local area. This local restaurant is full of light and has a style that's rustic yet refined. The menu is accessible and offers something for everyone - pizza and pasta are the main attractions.
Lively Tex-Mex destination
Indulge in Tex-Mex classics in a party atmosphere when you visit Café Sol. There's an energetic feel and DJs play late at weekends. The menu includes options like burritos, tacos, and enchiladas, and the bar does a big choice of tequila and cocktails. Special offers on food and drinks run throughout the week.
Low-key vegan street food
En Root specialises in plant-based Indian street food. Having started in Clapham, there are now branches around the city. This low-key restaurant has a colourful feel and serves up a spice-packed menu of street eats. You can expect wraps, pani puri, and chaat, as well as larger meals. Catering is also available.
In-demand Thai food
Kaosarn is a breezy corner restaurant with plenty of outdoor tables, dishing up sought-after Thai cooking. This family-run business serves authentic recipes like massaman curry, fried rice, and pad Thai noodles. The food here is affordable and the BYOB policy means you can make a meal here even more budget-friendly.
Fiery casual food
Visit Bird and Tie to try Nashville hot chicken - fried chicken loaded with spice. You can customise your spice level and go for sandwiches, wings, or brunch dishes like chicken and waffles. Meat-free chicken is also available at this casual and contemporary eatery. You can get shakes and non-alcoholic cocktails too.
Contemporary pizza place
For budget-conscious pizza, check out Berberè’s Clapham location. The restaurant is bright and contemporary with wall art and exposed brick. The food is ideal for a sociable meal, with pizzas cut into eight slices so you can share lots of flavours. Choices go from a classic margherita to imaginative combos loaded with toppings.
Vibrant Thai dining
Get an affordable and authentic Thai meal at The Pepper Tree. It’s a vibrant and compact spot with indoor and outdoor seating, but you can get a takeaway to enjoy in the park too. The menu features classic Thai recipes with plenty of spice, and there’s a low-cost set lunch option.
Gourmet burger destination
Visit Ritto's when you're craving a decadent burger. You can get a takeaway or enjoy yours in the industrial dining space. Beef, chicken, and veggie burgers are all on the menu, as well as wraps, salads, and loaded cheesy chips. Fruity smoothies and indulgent shakes are also available here.