12 of the best restaurants in Reading

PUBLISHED: 11:14 19 September 2019 | UPDATED: 11:23 19 September 2019

The intimate steak restaurant (Photo by James French)

The intimate steak restaurant (Photo by James French)


From Reading town centre to the suburbs of Caversham, we round up some of the best places to eat in the county town

From Italian to Nepalese and British to Polish, there is some top notch cuisine on offer in Reading. We round up a few of the best places to eat in the town and surrounding areas.


The Oracle's latest offering is Lemoni, serving authentic Greek food and drink. Set over two floors, enjoy the lively ambience typical of the Mediterranean. Traditional meat mains include moussaka, kebabs, pork steak and Greek lamb chops. We can recommend the signature Lemoni cocktail.

Unit 1, Riverside Level, The Oracle RG1 2AG

London Street Brasserie

Having opened in 2000, London Street Brasserie (or LSB as the locals call it) is a long-standing establishment in the Reading food and drink scene. Starters include quail baked with lemon and salt & pepper squid with mains ranging from roast chicken breast and carved venison steak.

2-4 London Street RG1 4PN


If Italian is your cuisine of choice, then you can't look much further than Quattro who've been running for more than 30 years. They serve up both authentic atmosphere and food. Expect to see classic pasta and pizza dishes at very reasonable prices on the main menu.

14 Prospect Street RG4 8JG


If time isn't on your side, Shed near Reading Station is a must-try. Pop in at lunch time and enjoy a fresh sandwich (the Shed Sandwich includes chicken, humus, pink onions and salad), salads and toasties. They may specialise in quick bites, but Shed do that better than most.

8 Merchants Place, The Old Forge RG1 1DT

Honest Burgers

Sometimes all you need is a stacked burger, chips and a cold drink; in other words, a trip to Honest Burgers in King Street. Whether you fancy chicken, beef (we like the look of the Tribute burger) or a vegan/vegetarian option, the menu has you covered, with a good range of side orders on offer too.

1-5 King Street RG1 2HB

Papa Gee

Another Italian spot, Papa Gee has garnered quite the reputation in Reading for its pizza and pasta, cooked by Naples-born chef Gaetano Abete. The staff and surroundings make this Prospect Street eatery a joy to visit, and then there's the mouth-watering food!

5 Prospect Street RG1 8AY

Momo House

Serving up authentic Nepalese food, Momo House is a popular spot as rave reviews on TripAdvisor prove. Meals are delightfully cooked, presented and priced reasonably. They also do takeaway via delivery and collection.

28 Farnham Drive RG4 6NY

Zest at Lime Square

Not bound by culinary traditions, Zest likes to bring an array of cultures and cuisines together creating a unique menu. The Daily Zest Menu includes starters such as salt and pepper squid with mains ranging from pulled pork tortillas and Thai curry to burgers and sirloin steak.

220 South Oak Way, Greenpark RG2 6UP


Cold beer, well-sized portions and a rustic decor are on offer at this quaint Polish cellar restaurant where you can expect dishes such as stews, pierogi and goulash.

81 London Road RG1 4DX

The Corn Stores

Set across three floors in a Grade II listed building, the Victorian pub − once used for storing corn − has recently been revamped by Rarebreed Dining. The Corn Stores is all about the meat, cooked in a signature style on their Robata Chargrill.

10 Forbury Road RG1 1SB

Coconut Bar & Kitchen

Asian fusion is the order of the day at Coconut with meals such as Japanese katsu curry, Malaysian rice noodles and Korean bibimbap all cooked under one roof. They also double up as one of Reading's top cocktail bars with drinks created by expert mixologists.

62 St Mary's Butts RG1 2LG

The Horns at Crazies Hill

The hamlet of Crazies Hill may be a 20 minute drive out of Reading town centre, but it's worth the trip. Winning Best Family Dining at the Berkshire Life Food & Drink Awards in 2016 and 2017, it makes the perfect venue for a meal out with loved ones. It's a rustic, dog-friendly pub with an extensive food and drink menu to cater for everyone.

Crazies Hill, Reading RG10 8LY


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