Best places to eat at Heathrow Terminal 5

Kick-start your holiday as soon as you hit Heathrow buy dining out in one of Terminal 5’s great restaurants. 

With everything from quick bites to fancy fare on offer; there are eateries to suit every taste at T5.

Restaurants and cafes at Heathrow Airport Terminal 5

Plan your trip from Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 with our guide to restaurants and cafes before and after security.

Name Opening times Type of food Before/After security
Caffe Nero 05:30-last departing flight Coffee Before/Arrivals
Carluccio’s 05:30-22:30 Italian Before
Caviar House Seafood Bar 05:00-21:30 Seafood After
Costa 24 hours Coffee Arrivals
Fortnum & Mason 05:30-last departing flight Champagne After
Giraffe 05:15-last departing flight Global After
Giraffe Stop 05:00-21:00 Quick eats Arrivals
Gordon Ramsey Plane Food 05:00-21:30 Express dining After
Huxley’s 05:30-last departing flight Gastropub After
Itsu 04:30-last departing flight Far East After
Pilots Bar & Kitchen 06:00-last departing flight Brasserie After
Pret A Manger 05:00-last departing flight Sandwiches After
Starbucks 05:30-last departing flight Coffee After
The Crown Rivers Bar 04:30 to last departing flight Pub grub After Security
The George 05:00-22:00 Gastropub Before
Wagamama 05:30-last departing flight Japanese After
Wetherspoon Express 05:30-22:00 Pub grub After

Gluten-free? Find our list of Heathrow restaurants that offer gluten-free menus here

Add some luxury to your trip through Heathrow by booking an airport lounge here

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Where to eat at Terminal 5

Before or after security?

places to eat at heathrow terminal 5

Head through security sharpish, to enjoy the huge range of shops and restaurants in the departure lounge at a more leisurely pace…

Don’t be tempted to indulge before you get to the departure gate; save yourself from watching the clock while you eat, and get through security sharpish! Queues at security can be a thing of nightmares, so heading airside as soon as you have checked in will not only allow you to enjoy a more leisurely lunch, it’ll also guarantee you the best picks!

Best for family favourites 


Bustling Giraffe’s varied menu offers something for even the pickiest eaters; this vibrant and lively family friendly restaurant serves up fresh food from around the globe! Choose from the likes of fiery quesadillas, favourites like fish and chips or go for a burger from their huge range. Breakfasting on their Mexican Huevos Rancheros will set you up for a busy day, or enjoy something simple and delicious like smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. The giant children’s menu will result in happy faces all round; and the kids will love dining in the fun and colourful atmosphere!

Location: After security

Opening hours: 5:15am to last departing flight daily

Contact: 020 3117 5500

Best for exotic eats 


A high street favourite; this Japanese influenced chain specialises in fresh ingredients and quick service! Feeling adventurous? Try out some of their latest offerings like grilled pork bulgogi wraps or the delicious lobster super salad; or opt for a tried and tested favourite like Chicken Katsu or Yaki Soba which won’t disappoint. Opening at 5:30am daily with a fabulous breakfast menu; Wagamama’s offers exotic eating all day long.

Location: After security

Opening hours: 5:30am to last departing flight daily

Contact: 020 8283 6186

Best for something a little fancy 

Gordon Ramsay Plane Food

The décor may be swish and the food on the fancy side, but with two courses from the express menu costing just £17.95 you won’t be in for a shock when your waiter drops the bill into your lap. Delight your taste buds with dishes like roasted beef Carpaccion followed up nicely with crispy-fried fishcakes. If you’re short on time but don’t want to miss out on a slice of VIP, pack yourself a posh picnic; choose from three courses for just £12.95 and enjoy proper food on the plane!

Location: After security

Opening hours: 5:30am to 09:30pm

Contact: 020 8897 4545

Best for fuss-free food

Huxleys Restaurant & Bar

Elegantly designed but with its feet firmly on the ground; this informal and relaxed brassiere has a fuss-free menu that all the family will approve of. With everything from British classics like roast beef and yorkshires, to toasted sarnies, pies and salads on offer; there’s bound to be something to please. For the perfect start to your day, anytime, check out the all-day breakfast menu, and there’s no worry if you’re in a hurry, as everything is delivered to your table within 15 minutes!

Location: After security

Opening hours: 5.30am to last departing flight daily

Contact: 020 8283 6191

Reduce your stress-factor!

places to eat at heathrow terminal 5

Allowing yourself plenty of time at the airport will make the start of your trip much less stressful; pre-booking your Heathrow Terminal 5 parking through APH can really take the hassle out of getting to the airport, plus as a bonus you’ll save yourself a packet thanks to APH’s pre-booking discounts!

For a little added extra why not book a Heathrow hotel and parking package so you can wake up minutes from the airport rather than sitting in traffic queues with everybody else!

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3 comments for “Best places to eat at Heathrow Terminal 5

  1. Toothfairy says:

    Why do restaurants not open before 5.30am? We fly at 6.15 this time so don’t have time to eat a breakfast – this is always a part of our holiday!!

  2. Janet says:

    I see the sense of your advice to eat after passing through security. However, when family or friends are seeing you off, they often want to spend a couple of hours enjoying a relaxed meal before going through security, as it could be a year or more before everyone can meet again. Actually, I don’t know why your website came up on my search, as I specified T5 BEFORE security.

    • Pete Barden says:

      This is a good point Janet and we will look to produce content that will help those in this situation. Thanks for taking the time to post.

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