Welcome to Joanna’s - Est. 1978

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have decided to close Joanna’s. Fridays service was our last up here on the Triangle in Crystal Palace.

The restaurant has been a second home to so many of you over the last 45 years. Colleagues and guests celebrating birthdays, engagements, weddings, anniversaries, and more.

Current economic conditions are creating huge difficulties, especially in the hospitality industry and these challenges are unfortunately too much for us as a small business to overcome which has led me to make this difficult decision.

Thank you to the countless team members and suppliers who have supported Joanna’s since inception in 1978, without you it would not have been possible.

Also to all of you, our loyal guests who have celebrated, partied, wined and dined with us over the decades. Thank you because it was your enthusiasm and love that made Joanna’s such a unique and special place.

Will Ellner

Reserve A Table

Babies and toddlers are welcome until 6pm, dogs are welcome on the patio but regrettably not in the restaurant

Private Dining

Over the years our ever popular private table has acquired many nicknames including ‘the train carriage’, ‘the booth’ or for those in the know ‘table 99’.

Harden’s 2022

“Local lively bistro in the heart of Crystal Palace, where if you get the right table you have gorgeous views north over the London skyline. It’s been around since 1978 but there is a reason it’s stayed for so long – it’s always an excellent experience, be it for brunch, lunch or dinner.”


Joanna’s was born in 1978, the concept of husband and wife John and Christina Ellner. The restaurant itself was half the size we see today and the theme was largely American. At the time the menu was one of the first of its kind in South London, showcasing various steaks, burgers and grills…

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56 Westow Hill
Crystal Palace
London SE19 1RX