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Balham’s got no shortage of grand Victorian pubs, but cosy neighbourhood bars are still at a premium. This Mexican-themed bar is tiny, and popular with the area’s many thirtysomethings who come here to sip on well-made margaritas and other Latin American cocktails (perfect caipirinhas, for instance).

The wine list is limited, with house wines starting at £3.60. Service is relaxed rather than professional, but hey, it’s a Mexican bar. The dinner menu’s ambitious, and although it can take an age for the food to materialise from the small kitchen, it’s worth the wait. Enough for two to share, Tacuba platters contain perfectly crisp tostadas, soft tacos, bean-filled quesadillas and piquant fillings that complement the drinks.

On busier evenings, the more spacious basement is also deployed for bigger parties.

Venue name: Tacuba
Address: 10 Bedford Hill
SW12 9RG
Opening hours: Open 5.30-11pm Mon-Wed; 5.30-11.30pm Thur; 5.30-12.30am Fri; 4pm-12.30am Sat; 4-11pm Sun. Food served 5.30-10pm Mon-Fri; 4-10pm Sat, Sun
Transport: Tube: Balham tube/rail

Average User Rating

3.2 / 5

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I had my birthday party at the function room in Tacuba.Is a small room but it was cosi.We even had our personal bar.Great cocktails and lovely nibbles.Thanks George


Agree with previous poster - waited an age for food to appear, and when it did parts of our meals were variously cold, undercooked or microwaved - all of it was bland. Portions were very small and fiddly. When we complained, the waitress made a face and told us that they were the 'signature' dishes and did we want to order something else to replace them? Hadn't the heart to point out that if they were the supposed signature dishes we wouldn't hold out much hope for the rest of the menu! Sent it all back without paying and left.


I went to Tacuba with a few friends and we love it specially because you have many options with tacos so u can try different stuff,then the cocktails were amazing and service very good. We back again... Thanks tacuba


underwhelmed - expensive, TINY portions, one main turned up cold and they forgot the other main course - and didnt seem to care!!!!!!!!!!! Waitress could not speak English and was completely uninterested in her job or my food. So really pleased they forgot it meant we could leave early and get away not looking to go back - also music too loud and too clubby for time of day etc - had a delicious kebab from the Kebab Kid as a consolation ....


A cute little neighbourhood joint. Delicious food. Reasonably priced. Friendly service.