Islington

Average Rating: 
3.41 / 5

Staff: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Speed: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Decoration: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Food: 
Average: 3 (2 votes)
324 Upper Street
London
N1 2XQ
020 7288 0254
Halal: 
No
Nearby: 
A ten minute walk from either Angel tube station or Essex Road train station.
Parking: 
There's plenty of parking around, especially on-street bays, but it is very expensive during the day - scandalous infact, so would avoid parking in the day. In the evening though, from 6:30pm-8am all on-street bays are free to park in, or you can pay £1.30/hr (6pm-8am) in the Business Design Centre car park.
Photos submitted by: Elliott
Photos submitted by: Ryan
Photos submitted by: Pompey Ranger
Full Reviews:
Anonymous's picture
How Helpful?: 
No votes yet
Author: 
Anonymous (not verified)
Number of Visits: 
5-10
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
4.38 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
5 (Wow, I feel incredibly welcome! Recognised if a frequent visitor)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
4.5 (Great - Very tender, piping hot, not at all burnt, dripping in sauce)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
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I was greeted by a lovely lady at the door (I'm sorry but I didn't get her name) and served on the counter by a Christian sister called Blessing. She was very welcoming, friendly and quick with taking my order - making nice conversation along the way. She also didn't push me to review, simply handed me a card - but I was very impressed and that made me want to review.

Harry David Tabik's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Number of Visits: 
2-5
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
3 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
2 (15 - 25 mins - Where's the food? Might have asked a staff member)
Quality of Food: 
4 (Above average - noticeably tastier than normal)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
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My double pitta pouch was a little bit soggy, but my fresh salad made up for it!

The drinks station down stairs doesn't have an ice machine and he cutlery was quite hard to see at first.

The exposed brick was a reasonable addition but almost felt like I was trying to hard to fit in with its surroundings.

Not the worst!

Anonymous's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Author: 
Anonymous (not verified)
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
5 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
5 (Wow, I feel incredibly welcome! Recognised if a frequent visitor)
Speed of Service: 
5 (Under 5 mins - I had only just got back with my cutlery and sauce)
Quality of Food: 
5 (Nando's fit for a King - The very best (Please tell us why)!
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
5 (An exceptional Nando's! (Please tell us why) )
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What a great Nandos!

The staff were really friendly and welcoming and the restaurant was great! It was all very clean including the toilets and there were plenty of sauces available.

The food arrived quickly and I can honestly say that it was the best veggie pitta I think I've ever had in Nandos (and I've had a lot!) it was very moist and tasty with a good amount of salad in the pitta.

1st visit to this Nandos and I would definitely go back - very impressed!

Andrew Symonds's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Monday, March 2, 2015
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
4.88 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
5 (Wow, I feel incredibly welcome! Recognised if a frequent visitor)
Speed of Service: 
5 (Under 5 mins - I had only just got back with my cutlery and sauce)
Quality of Food: 
4.5 (Great - Very tender, piping hot, not at all burnt, dripping in sauce)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
5 (An exceptional Nando's! (Please tell us why) )
Comments - Stand out in our weekly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

Great Nando's. I ordered a half chicken (medium) with creamy mash and garlic bread. Arrived within five minutes of ordering, staff very polite and attentive. The restaurant itself had a cool warehouse themed decor. Quality of food was very good.

Elliott's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (4 votes)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Monday, March 2, 2015
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
3.63 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
3.5 (Average but with lots of peri-spice)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
Comments - Stand out in our weekly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

My fourth reviewer dinner, Islington was to be the location, and after a short bus journey, I arrived Islington, and quickly scouted out the Nando's amongst the other eateries on the road.

Blaynos's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 2.5 (4 votes)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
2-5
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Monday, March 2, 2015
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
4.75 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
5 (Wow, I feel incredibly welcome! Recognised if a frequent visitor)
Speed of Service: 
5 (Under 5 mins - I had only just got back with my cutlery and sauce)
Quality of Food: 
5 (Nando's fit for a King - The very best (Please tell us why)!
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
Comments - Stand out in our weekly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

Quick review on RYN20 before I forget about it...

Gerry Louis's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (2 votes)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
2-5
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Monday, March 2, 2015
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
3.75 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
4 (Above average - noticeably tastier than normal)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
Comments - Stand out in our weekly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

From Twickenham to islington is a long journey... But I left RYN 20 with £50 gift vouchers and spent .72p on my meal so it was definitely worth the visit.

Gerry Louis's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
2 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
2 (Quite rude, ignored me as they walked past)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
1 (Inedible - Is that blood?! Send it back!)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
2 (An old Nando's, needs some investment)
Comments - Stand out in our weekly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

I've never had to return chicken before and i hope this is the first and last time. I'll get back to that in a minute though.

Got out at highbury and islington station and if I'd known how far the walk was i would have taken the bus down there. As a pointer turn right out of the station and follow the road down for ten to fifteen mins. I had to use google maps becaise the numbers just didn't make sense but it's probably better to exit from Angel which I had trouble getting to.

Blaynos's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Friday, November 14, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekend Dinner (Inc Friday)
Rating: 
2.5 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
2 (Quite rude, ignored me as they walked past)
Speed of Service: 
2 (15 - 25 mins - Where's the food? Might have asked a staff member)
Quality of Food: 
3 (Average - just as you would expect)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
Comments - Stand out in our weekly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

As the dates show, did the Nando's double - lunch and dinner - and thanks to a mixture of a red reward and an RYN gift card, barely cost me anything for both meals.

Ryan's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Up to 10 minute wait
Date of Last Visit: 
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
2.25 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
2 (Quite rude, ignored me as they walked past)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
2 (Quite disappointing - seems rushed, may have some parts burnt)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
2 (An old Nando's, needs some investment)
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Onto my second Nando's of the night and this took me to Islington, which was a bustling place even at 10pm. It's about a ten minute walk up from Angel tube station or from Essex Road train station. There's plenty of parking around, especially on-street bays, but it is very expensive during the day - scandalous infact, but from 6:30pm-8am all on-street bays are free to park in, or £1.30/hr (6pm-8am) in the Business Design Centre car park.

Pompey Ranger's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Time of Day: 
Mid-afternoon or late evening
Rating: 
3.75 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
3 (Average - just as you would expect)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
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This store in well heeled Islington is close to Islington Green bus stops and also the Everyman art house cinema. The store didn't look much from outside and had a few tables on the pavement and two potted trees either side of the entrance. The store was much more welcoming on the inside with a small upper area with mix of tables and benches lots of art work on the walls and a white tiled serving area.

Anonymous's picture
How Helpful?: 
No votes yet
Author: 
Anonymous (not verified)
Number of Visits: 
5-10
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Time of Day: 
Weekend Lunch
Rating: 
2.13 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
1 (Rude. Where is the Nando's spirit?)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
1.5 (Very disappointing - cold, flavourless, burnt)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
2 (An old Nando's, needs some investment)
Comments - Stand out in our weekly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

Went for lunch today, had chicken avocado salad and it was rotten. Vinegary dressing and a tiny chicken breast that was dry and flavourless despite choosing a medium peri peri sauce. I had to finish my two year old daughter's meal because I was still so hungry. What made me particularly angry was the waitress walking off and ignoring me when I complained. There is HUGE competition in Islington, so don't treat your customers like that.

Christopher Poole's picture
How Helpful?: 
No votes yet
Number of Visits: 
2-5
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Friday, March 15, 2013
Time of Day: 
Weekend Dinner (Inc Friday)
Rating: 
3.75 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
5 (Wow, I feel incredibly welcome! Recognised if a frequent visitor)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
3 (Average - just as you would expect)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
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Beanie Wrap Extra Hot
Cheese
Pineapple
1/2 Chicken Extra Hot (FREE)
Soft drink
£10.50

Archive's picture
How Helpful?: 
No votes yet
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
10-50
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Monday, January 9, 2012
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
3.38 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
4.5 (Great - Very tender, piping hot, not at all burnt, dripping in sauce)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
Comments - Stand out in our weekly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

Other than the lack of forks and sauces this place is awesome. Located very near to the cinema Vue it is a great place to head to after a film, especially when you just spent nearly a tenner at Vue. Their loyalty programs show they are caring and want their customers back. Very easy to get to from Angel station or the bus 4, 19, 30 and 43 which conveniently stops very near the Nandos anyway.

Adam9154's picture
How Helpful?: 
No votes yet
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Time of Day: 
Weekend Dinner (Inc Friday)
Rating: 
3.25 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
3 (Average - just as you would expect)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
Comments - Stand out in our weekly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

This branch was interesting, I went about 7 on a Saturday night, Northern line via bank was closed so I had to go to. Highbury and Islington and walk, it's quite a walk about 15 minutes, it wasn’t that busy so we got seated immediately which is surprising for a Saturday evening .

Jonny Grunwald's picture
How Helpful?: 
No votes yet
Number of Visits: 
2-5
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Time of Day: 
Weekend Lunch
Rating: 
3.5 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
3 (Average - just as you would expect)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
Comments - Stand out in our weekly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

Came in hoping for a very quick lunch and wasn't disappointed. The service was quick, and the staff helpful. The food was nothing spectacular, though, and sadly there was no extra-extra-hot sauce available, which was a let-down, although a member of staff was on hand to bring me some from the fridge, which unfortunately meant it was cold and didn't go so well with my meal.

Damien's picture
How Helpful?: 
No votes yet
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
2.88 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
1 (>25 mins - Asked repeatedly. I need my Nando's)
Quality of Food: 
3.5 (Average but with lots of peri-spice)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
Comments - Stand out in our weekly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

Back in London, Islington wNando's was the 34th to open in the UK.
About a 15 minute walk from Angel station, the restaurant itself looked a bit different from some of the quite samey Nando's out there, split over three small levels.
I went in a group of ten, and were tucked up in the cellar where they could fit all of us.

Marc Joss's picture
How Helpful?: 
No votes yet
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
3.75 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
4 (Above average - noticeably tastier than normal)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
Comments - Stand out in our weekly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

Although it took a few minutes before we were seen to on arriving at the Islington branch, the 5 of us did not have to wait for a table on a lively Thursday evening.
The branch is a 5 minute walk from Angel tube and ideally situated if you happen to be going to a concert at the O2 academy after (which we were doing) as the walk is long enough to digest but not too long to be a strain (7-8 minutes).

Archive's picture
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Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
Date of Last Visit: 
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Rating: 
2.38 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
1 (>25 mins - Asked repeatedly. I need my Nando's)
Quality of Food: 
1.5 (Very disappointing - cold, flavourless, burnt)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
Comments - Stand out in our weekly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

Oh God, this was such a disappointment! I had my usual 1/4 chicken, creamy mash & macho peas, but waited 35 minutes for it to come and the restaurant wasn't even overly busy.

The chicken was the skinniest leg of meat I've ever had - I struggled to find much meat on there and it was overcooked which disintergrated whatever there was.

So disappointed as I'd been looking forward to it all day, I was made to wait a long time and it wasn't nice once I got it.

Lozzy's picture
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Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
Date of Last Visit: 
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Rating: 
3.38 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
3.5 (Average but with lots of peri-spice)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
Comments - Stand out in our weekly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

Went in lunch hour, service was quick.