Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to Main Content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United Kingdom
  3. London
  4. South West London
  5. Brixton

Nanban Brixton

4.0
4
436 Reviews
£26 to £40
Japanese
Nanban serves Japanese soul food with roots in the southern island of Kyushu, where bold flavours and foreign influences reign supreme.

Inspiration is taken from culinary cues in Brixton Market, with its incredible selection of global ingredients and fresh produce.

Nanban's also offers a full range of Classics and Signature cocktails complementing there extensive range of Sake and Shochu.

Not available on OpenTable

Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

If you like, we'll notify you by email if this restaurant joins.


Is this your restaurant?
Claim this listing

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–1:00 am Sat 12:00 pm–1:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    020 7346 0098

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Tim Anderson

  • Neighborhood

    Brixton

  • Cross street

    Electric Lane

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Brixton Tube Station is 5 minutes walk.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 436 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.0
4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Sort by

Filters

  1. PH

    PaulH

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Reviewed on January 17, 2019

    overall4foodserviceambience
    A lovely Japanese restaurant serving some really great food. I can't recommend the "Third best Scotch Egg in London" enough. Staff were great, atmosphere was vibrant. All in all a good experience, would happily go again.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waiter was great at providing recommendations and sitting at the counter was a great experience!
  3. B

    Blinky

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2018

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    The menu looks great and like it would be delicious but the actual food isn’t very nice. Neither were any of the cocktails and even the gin and tonic I had wasn’t very nice - surely hard to get wrong!? I figured it must be cheap gin or flat tonic. V. Disappointing.
  4. s

    sp007

    London

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great goat curry, lively jam packed & fun - looking forward to returning
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Tables way too close together, felt I was on 3 other couples dates. Overall the food is just very salty and there's not enough variety. Ramen all tasted very similar - just not the best place I've ever been.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2018

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Hi, I came with a high expectation of food. I had a soup of the day and I ask the waitress (who was really kind) to change the soup because the fish was not fresh. I think I will try to come one more time but it is definitely not the best experience I had in London. The staff is really nice and I will thank them for it! Best, Giovanna
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2018

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Delightful
  8. BD

    BarbaraD

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2018

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    I've been to Nanban before and loved it but this meal was marred by poor service and one very rude waitress. Everything was fine until we were brought the menu for a second time to look at desserts and then no-one came to take our order. We were sat in a corner at the front and another couple were also waiting to order their mains. I had to wave to get the waitress's attention for both tables in the end. It was pretty irritating. A different waitress then brought us the green teas we had ordered and announced that usually, customers were only allowed to stay at a table for two hours but she wanted to let us know that she'd checked with her manager and it was ok for us to stay and finish our drinks. When I tried to point out to her that the only reason we'd taken so long was because no-one came to serve us, she spoke over me and kept saying: 'I'm telling you that it's ok to stay' as if she was doing us a favour. I asked to speak to the manager - who is a lovely guy - but I don't think anyone really understood why the situation was so annoying. If you want to get customers through your restaurant in a couple of hours then try serving them faster.
  9. P

    Peskyfoodie

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2018

    overall3food1service3ambience4
    Main courses disappointing although the small plates were good.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2018

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Was a lovely restaurant, however we felt a bit rushed ie ordering food and finishing off dessert.
  11. KA

    KirstyA

    Bath

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2018

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Drinks didn’t arrive until we’d already started our food and and the lady who took us to our seats didn’t crack a smile once. However it was a really busy, buzzy night and the food was really tasty. Glad we went but wouldn’t rush back.
  12. R

    Rory

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2018

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Very nice evening. Good food as usual but found starters to be more interesting and better than the mains. Wine list not very extensive but good wines
  13. AG

    AlexG

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Food was beyond average and tasteless. Service was appalling. Manager should be fired.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2018

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Very average mostly fried food. Not hot. Preprared not fresh made. Cold food is not good. Not what we expected from a Masterchef winner. Very dissapointed. Will not be back.
  15. TO

    TomO

    London

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2018

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Hate to say this but my last experience at Nanban wasn't great. I'd been 3-4 times before and it always felt a bit special - a cut above the offerings in Brixton Village and Market Row. The service is usually great. This time not so good. We were sat at our table and not offered drinks, I had to chase someone up. The food took ages to come, when it did it wasn't hot enough, and the staff looks generally disinterested and unengaged. It is SUCH a shame as I loved coming here, but yet again, as is the case with many restaurants in London, service is letting it down.
  16. R

    Rhys

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2018

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    The food was nice, although the table was a little cramped and the service slightly lacking.
  17. CL

    ChrisL

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2018

    overall3food2service4ambience1
    Sadly it’s gone badly downhill since the summer. Specials were gone at 6 pm and it’s expensive now for Chelsea let all be Brixton
  18. AC

    AC10

    London

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2018

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Have been a good few times but this was the first time since June last year. Sadly the two wonderful dishes - the eel and mushrooms in ponzu butter - which made us go back time and time again, are no longer served. We were seated upstairs but there was only one person serving and it was difficult at times to attract her attention. Drinks were slow arriving, as the water glasses are small and filled by the waitress, for most of my main course I had neither a drink or water. Really rather underwhelming compared to previous visits.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2018

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Great chicken wings!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my third visit and it never disappoints. The food is amazing the restaurant design is very cool and that staff are lovely. Highly recommend a visit.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2017

    overall1food3service2ambience2
    My last visit was disappointed. We were there for Christmas Eve. We had a table booked for 9pm. They called us asking if we could make it earlier, but we couldn't. They wanted to close early, so we had to rush to finish our course and despite we asked for dessert earlier we couldn't get it. It was too late. We would appreciate not to take our booking and we could have better evening home, raher than eating fast and not enjoy the food which I must say was very good. Very bad management
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2017

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    Above all, the service was just awful. Told we would get a jug of water soon after we sat down. After asking twice again we received 2 small glass of tepid tap water. Received the wrong drinks, and the food, well, it was ok, but not what was expected of 'the best restaurant in Brixton' as some feedback had implied. In fact if that was s the case then the rest of Brixton must be very average indeed. It was not that I was expecting fine dining, but just that I expected the food to have something a little special. It did not, and since the service was so poor, it took so long to get anything, and yet they still added automatically 12.5%, I thought the whole package very unimpressive; not terrible, but nothing to recommend at all.
  23. TL

    TimL

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2017

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Second visit for me to Namban and second time the booking was messed up - shouldn't be rocket science! Once seated we relaxed and were made welcome by the staff delivering overall good service. The Angry Birds remain a favorite but the outstanding dish we had was the Goat Ramen - rich warming and comforting but spiked with fabulous scotch bonnet poached bamboo shoots to assure a gentle prickling of scalp sweat. We went the beer route for drinks and the Nanban Kanpai was the clear winner. We'll be back,
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    I surprised my girlfriend by taking her on a trip to London for her birthday. We come from the netherlands. I got the golden tip of My Brother to reserve a table at Nanban for diner. In my reservation I mentioned the 25th birthday of my girlfriend. Luckily we got one of the best tables on the 2nd floor next to the window. The view was very Nice! Also the food was really good. We had a great night.
  25. B

    Birthdaygal

    London

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2017

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Really great food & very friendly service! We had lots of small dishes. Bit pricier than a regular night out but for something a bit special we will be back!
  26. R

    Rowena

    Surrey

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2017

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Place was really cram and the ramen was too salty. Service was good though.
  27. a

    ashtronaut

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We went to Nanban for a quick pre-gig bite to eat and were pleasantly surprised. It’s much nicer than your average ramen spot – really good food (and not just ramen!) fun atmosphere and yummy cocktails too. Would definitely visit again.
  28. EH

    EmilyH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our meal at Nanban - we tried as much as we could squeeze in and all was delicious. We also enjoyed cocktails and the shochu tasting flight. Highly recommend it and worth a visit to Brixton on it's own.
  29. LB

    LadyBee

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2017

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    The food here is really excellent. Even your basic bowl of ramen is really outstanding. I like the fact the menu encompasses basics like ramen as well as much more adventurous and unusual options, which makes it a great place for group dining. They also do dishes of the day with whatever is fresh and seasonal from Brixton market. Desserts are also superb: creative, unusual and delicious. Will definitely return.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2017

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Friendly, lively place with interesting food: Japanese recipes, using ingredients from Brixton market.
  31. w

    willp

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Lovely food and great service. Went for a casual get together with friends, Would definitely return again
  32. V

    Vicks

    London

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2017

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Very nice food, especially the starters! Service a bit hit and miss, could do better.
  33. JO

    JosO

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice marinated meat slices entree, followed by a wonderfull tempura fishbbowl with kale and a Korean spicy sauce, tasted hot at first but did not overpower, very nice balanced dish. Finished with 2 very inventive dessert, tasting heavinly. top food and pleassant easy going service. Will go back.
  34. G

    Gary

    London

    190 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    190 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2017

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Went before a gig and was somewhat disappointed. We were a table of 4 and nobody came away feeling that they had particularly enjoyed their meal. While I understand that the point is not to create authentic Japanese food, this seemed to be of the standard where you would try your hand at making Japanese food at home. Certain dishes were better than others but all in all not that good.
  35. v

    veggie

    London

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food. We were seated downstairs, which is a little cosy. If I was going again I would ask for a table in the upstairs dining room.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2017

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Service was slow to start with. Starter was quite small. Ramen was great, if slightly expensive. The place is very friendly just needs a few tweaks for exceptional
  37. M

    Matt

    Surrey

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2017

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Great food and good atmosphere. Other than delivering the order, there was absolutely no effort made by the waitress.
  38. E

    Elisabeth

    London

    30 reviews

    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2017

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The food was great and served quickly. The service is ok.
  39. HP

    HaPP

    London

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had the 2 pork and the goat ramen and were all great. Chicken karage was also very well made. Drinks took a but long but other than that everything was great
  40. IU

    IkeU

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Glad to have eaten here. Shame ran out signed copies of japaneasy.

FAQs

Nanban Brixton is rated 4 stars by 436 OpenTable diners.

Not available on OpenTable

Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

If you like, we'll notify you by email if this restaurant joins.


Is this your restaurant?
Claim this listing

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Electric Lane

  • Neighborhood

    Brixton

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–1:00 am Sat 12:00 pm–1:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Brixton Tube Station is 5 minutes walk.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Tim Anderson

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Copyright © 2022 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 700, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking LogoPriceline LogoKAYAK LogoAgoda LogoRentalcars LogoOpenTable Logo