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3.9 /6 Very Good 155 Reviews

805 Restaurant - Peckham

Peckham African £££ +100
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About 805 Restaurant - Peckham

Dear diners, please be aware that reserved tables will be held for 15 minutes only.

Peckham’s 805 Restaurant is the place to if you’re looking for upscale West African cuisine south of the river. This is, in fact, the London flagship and extension of 805’s successful restaurant in Abuja, Nigeria, where most of the culinary action in this Old Kent Road kitchen hails from. This family-run business has gone from strength to strength, expanding its capacities from 50 to 150 covers – locals know it, and so should you, especially if you’ve never sampled African and Nigerian food before.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 00:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 00:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 00:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 00:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 00:30
  • Saturday 12:00 - 00:30
  • Sunday 13:00 - 00:00
805 Restaurant - Peckham, 805 Old Kent Road, SE15 1NX London

Further Information

When we talk West African cuisine, and Nigerian cuisine in particular (805’s big brother is headquartered in Abuja), we’re talking deeply delicious soups and sauces building from a base of palm and groundnut oils, indigenous herbs and spices, and quite often a whole heap of chilli heat. Social and sumptuous, a banquet at London’s best ambassador for this kind of food is sure to exceed aficionados’ expectations, and surprise curious foodies. You’ll definitely want to sample 805 Restaurant’s chef’s specials when you dine at this one-of-a-kind restaurant down Peckham’s Old Kent Road.

Meat and pepper soup with okra and pounded yam, tiger prawns with ogbono (just ask the friendly, knowledgeable staff!) and vegetable soup – just a couple of the dishes with which you might want kickstart a meal at Peckham’s 805 Restaurant. These are drawn from the list of chef’s specials, that while presenting a picture of what this unique, upscale West African restaurant can do, by no means exhaust the extensive offering of (predominantly) Nigerian dishes on offer. Moving into the main event, tuck into spicy whole grilled fish with croaker, tilapia, and traditional jollof rice on the side, or go for the authentic eforiro chopped traditional vegetables in a spicy tomato sauce with your choice of fish, beef or chicken. Booking a table at this spacious, airy, but all-too-often packed out London gem down Old Kent Road is a must.


155 Reviews

3.9 /6 Very Good 155 Reviews
Quality/Price: reasonable
Food: delicious
Atmosphere: entertaining
Waiting Time: average
Service: pleasant
Noise: average
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25 1
1 review so far 6
13.08.2017 11:03

Great atmosphere. Nice serene environment for day out catering for family and group outings.the food was tasty and drinks well served. The staff courteous and polite

1 review so far 6
26.05.2017 07:40

Staff are friendly and polite. The waiter was really attentive and was quick to help if required. The food was amazing, we thoroughly enjoyed it. I was a bit disappointed as they didn't have any tiger prawns, but there were plenty of alternative options to choose from. The food is nice and spicy, full of flavours.

1 review so far 6
24.05.2017 09:49

It was a very nice experience. The staff is nice and welcoming. Service ... prompt. Food is very good. Along the years the standard goes from good to excellent

1 review so far 6
15.05.2017 10:39

The food and the staffs were amazing..the environment was very welcoming and i will be more than happy to visit again because it was a beautiful experience

1 review so far 4
10.12.2016 08:25

First Tina at 805 in Peckham . I went with my son ... booked a table for 2 the table was a tight squeeze to get in and out off , no space to even put your plate and glass.😒waiters were attentive.👍🏿orderd grilled fish this was delicious😋😋 but scales not taken off properly so couldn't eat the skin😞hated the salad that came with fish so I asked for cucumber and onion slices to go with my fish not given onion slices given 2 slices of cucumber !!! Expected at least half a cucumber not 2 slices as the was meant to be my salad ??!😒😒😒my son didn't like his mixed grilled meats I had a few bites of the pieces they were dry ☹️But nice restaurant good atmosphere... lighting outside not on dark entrance and hard to see it from across the street at night...would definitely go again for the fish and hopefully I will get half a cucumber next time instead of 2 slices ...

1 review so far 5
16.04.2016 20:36

I would have given a full rating of 6. Why,we had to go and look for somewhere else to park,before we booked what attracted me to restaurant was parking, it should be removed from the website that there is no parking at toys ur rus. The second point is that there are far too many waiters standing around so close to where the customers are seated, it's okay to have a few around but not a lot at the same time on the floor. We travelled from outside London to get to the restaurant but it was worth it,we were a large group,from the oldest to the youngest, we had a blast.

1 review so far 6
18.03.2016 22:45

It was a great atmosphere ,lovely waitresses and waiters helpful and cheerful.. But one thing they need to always check the money paid because the waiter didn't check to see if we gave the right money or if we gave a tip to even say thank you.. But overall everything else was fine. Thank you !! I would recommend a friend there .N.B. The cow foot or was it cow tail was too soft .

1 review so far 5
06.04.2016 15:58

Went with a group of 14. The waiter assigned to our table wasn't 100% up to speed on the menu, but once our order was taken, food was delivered quickly , and tasted great. Some in the group thought the food was a little pricey for what was on offer, but otherwise not much to complain about. We would have benefitted from 2 waiters assigned to our party, and the desserts menu needs looking at, but I'll be back.

1 review so far 2
06.01.2017 16:25

Nice and ambience and the it was good that restaurant was easy to find. However, it was a lousy experience and not worth the expense both in terms of quality of the food and the price. I booked a reservation and called to confirm it. I was answered by someone who claimed he was to busy taking orders to confirm whether or not I had made a reservation. He also told me that they did not accept reservations after a certain time, even though I had been given a reservation number confirming my booking. At the restaurant, the waiters took an awful amount of time taking our order, serving the food and then giving us our bill. They also looked extremely unhappy and disinterested in their work. The okro soup was bland, the moi moi and the pounded yam tasted like something out of a plastic bag. In terms of taste and quality of the food, I think tasty in Woolich is better despite the simple environment.

1 review so far 4
26.05.2016 10:15

The appetizers were quite expensive for what you received. They had only just opened, but were out of ice. The woman that appeared to be the owner was a bit rude when I got up after waiting a while for ice that the waiter said he had gone to get. Our waiter was friendly but appeared to be a bit nervous. The quality of the food is what takes the rating from a 3 to a 4,

1 review so far 3
27.11.2016 13:12

I always like the food at 802 but their service has still not improved. One waiter trying to served more than 3 tables at a time therefore you get ignored for longer than acceptable. Plates took a lot longer on our table after eating, we wanted more drinks after food but no waiter atound until we got up to get one. Even after we received our bill about 15 mons after requesting one, the Waiter did not come back to get payment until we went to the Bar complain that if payment is not taken we will leave. Nice food, poor service.

1 review so far 6
06.06.2016 10:51

Great tasting food, wide variety to choose from and we were so lost for choice. Friendly, polite and very attentive service in a welcoming atmosphere! A taste of home for me and my english husband who loved the variety and intensity of the food. Thank you. Titi and Peter

1 review so far 6
03.11.2016 13:55

Fantastic service and sumptuous food, makes one feel boisterous after consumption. The aroma and taste of the food makes the wait for the delivery/arrival of your order worthwhile, one can tell its was made from scratch with the best quality and freshest of choice produce. Absolutely delightful.

1 review so far 6
29.02.2016 18:38

Excellent service. The food was great and the service excellent. Recommend it to anyone, really a great fine dining experience. We came in a hit early but they were kind enough to let us in and attended to us as soon as they were opened for service.

1 review so far 6
08.08.2016 00:52

Great restaurant, wide variety of beautifully cooked Afro-caribean and English foods..., beautifully served. Hardworking, cheerful staff, though quite busy in peak times. I just had dinner with 19 other people including children, in 805, and we all dont have any regrets about our choice of restaurants

1 review so far 3
03.07.2017 09:22

The food was okay. The grilled fish is always good but the rubbery fried yam and oiled soaked plantain that accompanied it brought down the standard. Also ordered gizzard and nkwobi as a starter. 20 mins after ordering the waitress remembered to tell us that there was no nkwobi! And the gizzard was so tough it gave the jaw a good workout. Having to wait close to an hour for food is bad enough, but for sub-standard food at those exuberant prices?? Nigerians, we can do better than this!

1 review so far 2
01.09.2016 08:00

Service was incredibly bad. We entered the restaurant and there was no on to show you to our table or check our reservation, we had to grab a waiter who was running pass to seat us then when it came to food service, the waitress was at least attending to 6 tables at one time so when food was coming out she was not available to let the other waiter know who the meals belonged to. Music was also a tad loud so the restaurant became noisy with people trying to talk over it. Meals were on the expensive side but the portion were a good size and extremely delicious. I would say if you want to go here expect slow service but good food.

1 review so far 5
01.02.2016 07:31

Good service, food and ambience. Though it appeared that no table was reserved for us. we were seated on a table of 4 at first and had to be shifted to a table of two when the table of four was needed after we had already started eating, though apologetic.

1 review so far 4
01.09.2015 17:36

Food was plentiful and had good flavour. Service was certainly not with a smile, although a slight mistake on the bill was immediately fixed without problem. An interesting menu for those not familiar with this cuisine, however I didn't feel comfortable asking for clarification on terms I didn't understand or advice on what to order. Very clean and a busy, chatty atmosphere.

1 review so far 6
07.01.2017 08:22

I got worried when I read some reviews before going about bad customer service and lateness of food. I got the best experience of my life together with my wife. Very great place to dine. Good food and great customer service.

1 review so far 5
24.02.2016 08:49

A restaurant I'm always hppy to visit. They are accommodating. As always great food, generous portions. However the service though friendly can be a little chaotic. I'll be back and always introducing new people either because I talk about the 805 or bringing people along. Well worth a visit.

1 review so far 4
07.08.2017 09:03

Would have scored higher but the waiting for someone to attend to us was a WAIT. the food was great, the ambiance was superb. I went with other nationalities and they were impressed by the ambiance of the restaurant. They also really enjoyed the meal whether the jollof rice, plantain and fish dish or the eba and efo riro dish.

1 review so far 4
10.04.2017 00:04

The food is really nice but they charge you for a takeaway container for leftover food. And considering how much the food is in the first place, it just seems like your being bled for extra money, when the restaurant does takeaway in general so it is not as if giving out a plastic container is breaking the bank.

1 review so far 6
17.06.2016 07:32

We were instantly seated upon arrival. The timing was perfect which gave us enough time to choose our dishes. The food arrived promtly and was cooked perfectly. The service very good from a very beautiful waitrees from Madagascar. 10/10

1 review so far 5
15.03.2016 15:13

Lovely food and a really nice atmosphere, The staff were great and were on hand to help with all our requirements. It was my dad's 70th Birthday and we were given a free bottle of wine so we could celebrate. This was a really nice touch.

1 review so far 3
30.08.2016 04:32

The service was very poor, staffs were not organised. Little things like salt was not on the table and requested for it and we never got it till we left. most restaurants have waiters appointed to a number of tables but this was not so @ 805 I staff can be serving across 3 rooms it was bad. Due to lack of organisation staffs looked really busy when then restaurant was not.

1 review so far 2
29.03.2016 01:20

We made a reservation for easter Monday one week ahead of time for ten people but when we got there we still had to wait 20 minutes to be seated. Our table wasn't set. we had to help ourselves to the menus, we had to ask for napkins and cutlers, drinks took half an hour to arrive and the food arrived at random times waiting from 20mins to one hour 15min for our party. The restaurant lacks leadership, staff training, management organisation. this restaurant is the worst for customer service that I have ever had the displeasure of dining in i will never dine there again.

1 review so far 6
19.05.2016 12:50

Amazing food and amazing service! Definitely a repeat for me. all the dishes were full of flavour and very well presented. The service was excellent despite it being quite full! Can't wait to go back

1 review so far 6
12.02.2017 12:40

Excellent service and the menu shown on the Web does not do the presentation and the taste of the food justice. My food tasted far better than I have ever tasted. Mmmmmmmm more please

1 review so far 3
09.01.2016 23:55

Didn't have my booking on file and sat us next to the front door,so whenever anyone came in, which was about every other minute, gale force winds descended on us. We were very cold. Food is good but the restaurant could do more to improve the customer experience - there were queues of people waiting to be seated in the aisles hovering over tables of customers eating.

1 review so far 4
25.11.2015 07:54

Food was good as expected. It did take a while before order was taken after sitting down. It was busy peak time, but I had to put my hands up a few times in desperation for my order to be taken. However food arrived pretty quickly after order was made.

2 reviews so far 6
06.12.2016 08:02

Great atmosphere and food, the tiger prawns and fish are excellent, good size portions one starter was enough for the two of us, go with the flow and except the relaxed African service.

1 review so far 6
20.08.2016 11:43

Excellent food. Portion way too small, noticeable decrease in portion control from my last visit. Food quality and service fantastic Speed of service fantastic. Noticeable improvement, please not at the detriment of portion

1 review so far 5
07.12.2016 09:56

Absolutely fantastic food and environment! The only issue was that the service was a bit slow and we ended up having to go up to the waiter to pay. But it was worth it, we will definitely come back!

1 review so far 6
16.01.2016 16:04

I rate it a 6 simply because of the delicious and beautifully presented food. And the staff there are amazing. Catered to every need of my 3 year old daughter. Thank you

1 review so far 6
03.04.2016 19:47

Very tasty and well presented food. Was a recommendation and it surely didn't disappoint. The only thing I can think of as constructive feedback is to have more space on the tables.

1 review so far 5
24.09.2016 07:53

Good food Slow service Good ambience Table for 4, long wait between starters and main Busy night and the waiter/waitress got a bit lost with orders, lack of good coordination. Food was good and the staff were pleasant

1 review so far 4
28.03.2016 09:54

Food is great. Massive wait times for seating, ordering and even checking out. Don't be in a rush if you plan on coming here. Lovely food and variety to order from. Hope things can smoothen out with the services at some point. Waiters hardly smiled at all

1 review so far 6
08.01.2017 09:59

Amazing food, the drinks were fab too: great service, fast, friendly and polite waiters, overall very happy with 805! Would absolutely visit again perhaps in a larger group booking next time.

1 review so far 6
09.05.2016 06:34

Delicious, the vibe and the atmosphere welcoming, food good the drink is good, my favourite. Is chapman, if you like spice this the place for you. Staff are funny. Dress professional

1 review so far 6
27.12.2015 23:33

Great food, really nice environment, the portions are generous. I wish they warned about the amount of spice though! I would definitely recommend it if you want authentic West African cuisine.

1 review so far 6
16.07.2016 19:37

Excellent quality food and big portion size. Pricier than standard take always but definitely value for money. Service was a little slow but expected as it was a busy Friday night

1 review so far 6
11.03.2017 08:24

The food was excellent and the service was fantastic! You could tell the food was not just popped in the microwave but rather cooked from fresh with a succulent rich taste.

1 review so far 4
27.10.2016 16:12

Great menu and ambience but service was a little slow. This was more obvious at the end of the main course with dishes piled up to be collected. Also waitresses can do with smiling a little and show that they are happy to be of service.

1 review so far 2
13.09.2016 13:47

I booked a table for 3, got to the restaurant we got seated... This was past about 9pm. We sat down for over 15minutes, no one came to ask us for our order, until I got up and spoke to one of the waitresses who then after 3 minutes came to take our orders. What surprises me was that same lady had been standing close to our table beside the computer and she looked on whiles we sat there unattended. A very poor customer service I must say.

1 review so far 5
18.11.2015 08:32

It was good food. Good ambience where we were seated. Our server paid attention to us and helped us even when we were being 'extra'. It was good overall and customer service was fantastic too.

1 review so far 6
31.01.2016 22:34

Staff were polite and friendly. Service was fast and food was tasty. I've been many times but was taking some friends for the first time. They all loved it!

1 review so far 5
23.09.2015 08:43

The food was great and I would recommend the restaurant to a friend! Most of the staff were welcoming and kind, but not all. But overall, its a good place to enjoy Nigerian cuisine

1 review so far 5
28.11.2016 10:55

Great atmosphere and fairly easy to get to location, only draw back was parking. The meals were great. Would recommend for any group of friends looking for a venue to have a reunion :)

1 review so far 6
01.03.2016 08:29

It was amazing and I will like to go there again pure class. The food and staff were just what I needed for me and my friendsister. 6/6