Benito's Hat

  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
Critics' choice
7 Love It

London’s Tex-Mex eateries are currently ten a peso, and the branded interior of Benito's Hat looks ripe for replication – no doubt something owner Ben Fordham, a former City lawyer, has considered. Lime and orange walls overlook functional wooden tables, with cactus pots sitting precariously among the condiments.

The fast-moving production line serves some of the best burritos in town. We plumped for one loaded with slow-cooked pork, and loved the soft, floury tortilla, the freshness of the fiery salsa brava (made several times daily) and the black beans, which were authentically flavoured with avocado leaves. Chicken, steak and vegetable options are also available, as are suitably merciless margaritas.

Venue name: Benito's Hat
Address: 56 Goodge Street
Opening hours: Meals served 11.30am-10pm Mon-Wed, Sun; 11.30am-11pm Thur-Sat
Transport: Tube: Goodge Street tube
Price: Main courses £5.50-£6.40

Average User Rating

3.6 / 5

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Without a doubt, Benitos Hat is my favourite place to eat in all of London. Each of the branches I've visited - Kings Cross, Soho, Farringdon and Covent Garden - has had its own unique atmosphere, but each one is just as lively and just as friendly as the last. The staff are always lovely, and as they create your meal in front of you, you can along each of the ingredients and pick every element of your food yourself, they are extremely lenient no matter what your taste meaning there is an infinite amount of possibilities! Personally I always go for a 'naked' burrito, which is an extremely generous portion and excellent value for money. My personal favourite options for this dish include roasted vegetables, refried beans, black beans, cheese, lettuce, seasoned tomatoes, melted cheese, jalepenos, lots of guacamole, the hottest possible sauce and tortilla chips ... which varies between £5 and £6 depending on the branch.

Louise S
Staff Writer

Great place to go if you fancy a quick bite, the burritos are delicious, reasonably priced and the staff are really friendly!


Delicious, and I love that you can get proper (grilled corn) tortillas for the tacos - a rarity in London!


Don't know if it's just me but I really didn't enjoy the chicken burrito I had here. It was bland and reminded me of a soggy nappy (sorry!). I didn't even think that it was that cheap- £6.30 or something. I would much rather go somewhere like Maoz falafel and spend less for something much tastier!