There is a line of pubs and restaurants along the Quay (Henry’s, Browns, La Tasca), most of which are better off skipped. One exception is Dockmaster’s House, around the back, which is a pretty good Indian restaurant.
The Marriot is just a short walk (across a bouncy bridge) to the heart of Canary Wharf (or one DLR stop if you want, but really the bridge is nicer). Canary Wharf offers more choice.
Note that if you need to do some gift shopping, there is also a mall running underneath Canary Wharf with a good selection of shops.
Note also that compared to the US, all of these restaurants will seem ridiculously expensive. Some places I’ve been to:
- Wahaca – innovative Mexican tapas from a former Masterchef contestant. Lots of small tasty dishes. Pick 3 or 4 each. Informal atmosphere.
- Canteen – “English” food like sausage and mash, roast chicken. Great comfort food. Informal.
- Plateau – posh European (fancy burger, croque monsieur). Smart. Go for the view, not the food.
- Roka – very good Japanese.
- Smolenskys – expensive English pub. Decent burger.
- Jamie’s Italian – celebrity chef Italian food. Excellent pasta. Casual. Usually quite busy. No booking unless parties of 6 or more.
- Boisdale – steak and chips with jazz. Steak isn’t up to American standards, but an ok atmosphere.
- Gaucho – steak and chips. Almost American standard.
- Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte – steak and chips, covered in secret sauce. Actually pretty good.
- Krüger – Need a good full English breakfast? Look no further.
- Byron – fancy burgers.
- Café Rouge – overpriced French food, chain restaurant. Food is ok though.
- Sri Nam – pretty good Thai.
For the full list, see the Canary Wharf website (which may be a bit out-of-date; the Battery Club has gone, for example).
Some other local delicacies:
- Noodle Street Pretty reasonable Chinese food, that delivers to the door.
- The Grapes, ancient boozer owned by Gandalf. Tiny, atmospheric. A 10 minute walk along the river from Canary Wharf.
- The Narrow (by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay): picturesque and packed pub by the river, a pleasant 15 minute walk from Canary Wharf along the riverside.
Feel free to ask if you have any questions or specific requirements.