Just like UNO is the #1 game in Spain, The Best Spanish Restaurants In London (as recommended by us) are exactly as they suggest: –
The Best Spanish Restaurants In London…
Barrafina | Central London, King’s Cross
Arguably London’s most prodigious, wild, atmospheric, jovial Spanish tapas restaurant. If you want to argue with us. READ MORE
Details: Covent Garden, Soho, Covent Garden (again), King’s Cross | Opening times vary
Jose | Bermondsey
If you were to walk down a cobbled and narrow San Sebastián side street and unsuspectingly find a hidden gem of simple, authentic and perfectly executed tapas with a range of local Spanish wines… well you’d probably be reminded of Jose, in London.
Details: 104 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UB | Open Mon-Sat 12-10.30pm and Sun 12-9.45pm
Sabor | Mayfair
Mucho ruido y pocas nueces: “Lots of noise, very few nuts”. – Spanish proverb.
Luckily, the hype around Sabor’s opening – seeing as it’s founded by a former Barrafina chef and GM – was entirely justified. Behind the two sprawling open kitchens, Nieves Barragan Mohacho and her team put together asador (grill) dishes and regional specialities so exceptional, the place won its first Michelin star within a year of opening. What’s more, some dishes contain actual nuts. READ MORE
Details: 35-37 Heddon Street, W1B 4BR | Open Mon-Sat 12-2.30pm and 5.30-10.30pm, Sun 1-6pm
Ametsa with Arzak Instruction | Belgravia
Not only does AWAI hold the title for ‘Most Rigorously Descriptive Restaurant in London’, it’s also one of the best Spanish restaurants. It’s the first international outpost of the triple Michelin starred Ametsa in Basque country – where the Arzak family are still cooking, hence the ‘instruction’ here. Needless to say, it’s still excellent. READ MORE
Details: COMO The Halkin, Halkin Street, SW1X 7DJ | Open for dinner Mon-Sat, 6.30-9.30pm, and lunch Tues-Sat 12-2pm (from 12.30pm Sat).
Boqueria | Clapham, Battersea
An upbeat, Michelin recommended, no-bookings Spanish restaurant and bar with a fresh, modern menu filled with a combination of traditional and contemporary Spanish tapas dishes. READ MORE
Details: 192 Acre Lane, SW2 5UL | Open weekdays 5-11.30pm, Sat 12.30pm-12am, Sun 12.30-10.30pm
Pizarro | Bermondsey
Combine NYC’s Lower East Side – the exposed brickwork, the intimate glow emanating from industrial light fittings, the dark wood and the naked concrete – with the warm buzz of large communal tables, sharing plates and the best in seasonal Spanish fare. El resultado: Pizarro. READ MORE
Details: 194 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3TQ | Open daily 12-10.45pm (9.45pm Sundays)
Copita | Soho
A relaxed, chic, unconventional tapas bar in the heart of Soho with low-lighting, white subway tiles and dark wood seating. READ MORE
Details: 26 D’Arblay Street, W1F 8EL | Open weekdays 12-4.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm and Saturdays 12-10.30pm
Capote Y Toros | Chelsea
You will: sip manzanillas, amontillados and moscatels (or any of the other 100 sherries on the drinks menu) while listening to Spanish guitar from the singing chef, sampling tapas and watching waiters break into impromptu dance. Enjoy.
Details: 157 Old Brompton Road, SW5 0LJ | Open Tues-Sat, 6-11.30pm
Brindisa Shoreditch | Shoreditch
Focussed on rice and pasta from the Catalan and Levantine Coasts, with daily “arroces” featuring a medley of vegetables, fish and meat from the region. In addition there’s also a main tapas menu, an array of cured meats, and an impressive collection of Spanish cheeses. READ MORE
Details: 152 Curtain Road, EC2A 3AT | Open daily 12pm-12.30am (11pm Sundays)
NOTE: Tapas Brindisa have four additional and distinctly different restaurants: Tapas Brindisa in London Bridge, Battersea and Soho, and Casa Brindisa in South Kensington.
Morito | Clerkenwell, Hackney
A laid-back Spanish restaurant in the heart of Exmouth Market combining a buzzing atmosphere, personable waitstaff, tapas, cocktails, sherries and an all-Spanish wine and beer menu.
Details: 32 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QE | Open daily for lunch 12-4pm (11-4pm weekends) and dinner 5-11pm
Parrillan | King’s Cross
Sibling to the Barrafina restaurants, and perched above their newest offshoot in King’s Cross, Parrillan is a Spanish restaurant with a difference. Because alongside the shady al fresco seating, fine sherries and cocktails by the jug-load, they also have a chef who knows exactly, without even a whisper of discussion, how you like your food cooked – you. READ MORE
Details: Coal Drops Yard, Bagley Walk, N1C 4AB | Open daily 12-10pm
Moro | Clerkenwell
Morito’s big brother, neighbour, and London’s original (and still best) British / Iberian / North-African / Mediterranean cooking spot with post industrial decor… READ MORE
Details: 34-36 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QE | Open daily for lunch 12-2.30pm (3.30pm Sun) and dinner 5.15-10.45pm (5-10.30pm Sun). Tapas is served at the bar all day Mon-Sat.
Ember Yard | Soho
The 4th restaurant for Ben Tish and Simon Mullins, Ember Yard boasts an open plan kitchen with a custom-built charcoal grill; ensuring that the whole menu is in line with traditional Basque grilling and smoking techniques. Including the cocktails. READ MORE
Details: 60-61 Berwick Street, W1F 88X | Open daily 12-11pm (10pm Sundays)
Donostia | Marylebone
Authenticity. In both the food (thanks to head chef Tomasz Baranski), and in the drinks list. Because alongside the carefully sourced wine list is the local Basque cider speciality, which requires an unusual pouring method (from above head height) in order to increase “aeration”. Wear something splash-proof. READ MORE
Details: 10 Seymour Place, W1H 7ND | Open for lunch Tues-Sat (12.30-3pm), dinner Mon-Sat 6-10.30pm and Sundays 5-9pm
Miss Tapas | Peckham
A cosy, neighbourhood gem, Miss Tapas serves some of the most authentic Spanish dishes in London thanks to the top-shelf produce the owners import themselves. Feast on tortilla, pan con tomate and chorizo with quail eggs, before heading to their next door bar for sherries and barrel-aged negronis. READ MORE
Details: 46 Choumert Road, SE15 4SE | Open Tues-Sun, 12-3pm and 6-11pm
Salt Yard | Fitzrovia
An award-winning bar and restaurant where you can 1) Enjoy a full spread of tapas, 2) Enjoy a glass of red wine, a coffee and a perfect martini with a handful of Marcona almonds, or 3) Enjoy it all. READ MORE
Details: 54 Goodge Street, W1T 4NA | Open daily 12-11pm (10pm Sundays)
Last Updated: 4th July 2019 | Main image: Pizarro
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