Searching for some enticing Spanish restaurants in London? From tapas to more traditional Spanish food, here are the best restaurants in London offering authentic Spanish cuisine. Do you agree with our choices? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.
Venue says: We are a humble retreat to in which to leisurely sip, taste, experience and absorb the Spanish culture of creative cooking and hospitality.
South London hipsters continue to pack out this buzzing, bijou restaurant, making booking essential. The menu combines Spanish classics with more imaginative creations, so dishes such as scallops, ginger oloroso and ibérico ham share space with gambas al ajillo and traditional tortilla....Read more
Any preconceptions about tapas bars being pleasant but unmemorable places with routine menus are dispelled by this slick offshoot of Fitzrovia’s Fino. The tapas, supplemented by larger specials, are truly exceptional. Careful sourcing of impeccable ingredients, especially seafood and Spanish cold meats, is the key to quality here...Read more
The traditional and the contemporary combine to fine effect at this newbie Brixton tapas joint. The menu offers modern twists on tapas such as enjoyably slimy aubergine cannelloni, and a parsnip crisp-topped roast pork dish rendered stunningly refreshing by a little ball of lemon sorbet melting into a pool of apple sauce....Read more
Tucked away in Regent Quarter, you’ll encounter the sprawling Spanish hotspot that is Camino. The menu provides various options – tapas, platters, a tasting menu and at weekends, tempting brunches with a Spanish twist. The informal, fun atmosphere makes Camino a great place to come with a group for a lively night out...Read more
The downside of this diminutive tapas bar, little sister of Moro next door, is its unceasing popularity. You can’t book for dinner (though you can for lunch), which, unless you have the timing of Eric Morecambe, almost always means a wait – though staff are happy for you to decamp elsewhere and will phone as soon as space becomes free. The upside is that the food is fantastic, the staff delightful and the atmosphere properly buzzing, as everyone is so pleased to be there. Do sample as many dishes as you can from the 40-strong list...Read more
Venue says: Heading to the theatre this week? We are situated in the heart of London's theatre land so are perfect for your pre-theatre meal!
Centre stage is an open grill producing smoky-tasting chorizo, burgers of ibérico pork and foie gras, and succulent little lamb cutlets. Upstairs is a cosy yet glamorous restaurant serving the mix of Spanish- and Italian-inspired tapas for which the group is rightly regarded...Read more
Over the past couple of years, London has seen countless tapas joints open, but Salt Yard – one of the pioneers of the capital’s new Spanish scene, and forefather of Dehesa and Opera Tavern – remains among the best. Although there are always notable Italian touches on the regularly changing menu, among them minor variations on stuffed courgette flowers or a fine affogato...Read more
It’s easy to see why this little tapas bar has become a local cause célèbre. Located just off Newington Green, this one-time social club was given a makeover by four Stoke Newington residents, and has reopened as a hybrid venue: a tapas restaurant on the ground floor, and performance space and bar in the tiny basement...Read more
Twist at Crawford
Venue says: Octopus carpaccio, homemade Toulouse sausage, warm duck salad quinoa, fried courgette flowers filled with ricotta.... and more tapas!
Ordering dishes was simpler in the old days. Proper menus had starters, main courses, then desserts. Only children, the infirm and johnny foreigner ate small portions. But now, every restaurant in London has a ‘small plates’ menu. Urban sophisticates no longer go out for a slap-up three-course meal; they head to filament-bulb-lit hangouts to graze as they text, tweet and take selfies. How did this happen? As the British of the pallid hinterlands supersize themselves with ready-meals eaten in front of ‘MasterChef’, Londoners are going to the other extreme, nibbling and foraging and table-hopping like rabid bunnies. The small plates menu is, however, nothing new. The Spanish call it tapas; the Turks call it mezze; we all call it yummy. It’s not often you see an Italian chef embrace small portions, but that’s exactly what Neapolitan Eduardo Tuccillo has done at this charming little Marylebone restaurant. Rather than stick to southern-Italian dishes, he’s mixed it up a bit with Spanish and other Mediterranean influences. The freshly-made pasta was perfect – firm and unevenly shaped fettuccine perfectly slathered with a creamy mushroom sauce heady with truffle. Seafood is a strength, with fat and juicy prawns cooked the Spanish way, a la plancha, with chilli and garlic, then served on a purée of jerusalem artichoke – an inspired combination. Squid was char-grilled but still pert, a dash of its ink painted on the plate. There are also Spanish and Italian cheeses and charcuterie