Benito's Hat

Restaurants, Mexican Fitzrovia
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Benito's Hat

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
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Avatar for Jen W

My friend assured me Benito's Hat had the best burritos in London.. Now, Ive had my fair share of em so I was a bit dubious but, to be honest, he wasn’t far off. I had the veggie option and I have to say... it was delicious. The tortilla was soft, the veggies were well cooked, the rice and black beans were flavoursome and the guac, while extra, was super fresh.The complimentary chips were a nice touch as well. There was a bit of a queue in front of us which wasn't a problem because this is a slick operation; The staff had people in and out swiftly and all done with a smile on their face. Overall, this is a really good option if you’re in the area, don’t want to spend a fortune but want something filling and tasty.

Avatar for Gabrielle K

I’m a fan of the burritos here (plus the free chips with every order) and recently tried their new evening menu. The quesadillas were really good, crispy outside and lots of good stuff inside (chorizo & cheese I went for). This plus the margaritas make it a great place to spend some hours after work!

Avatar for Sheens86

There’s a solid chance I have had a burrito from 80% of all the places you can get one in London. Benito’s Hat is definitely in the top 10.

They have a standard menu and a monthly addition, my regular is half the braised chicken and grilled steak because if you’re going to do it, do it right … that and I’m greedy.

The chicken is tender and flavourful and the steak is always cooked to a nice medium rare which is perfect. They also chuck in a handful of tortilla chips, something to nibble on until you get back to your desk, hide behind your screen and devour your tortilla wrapped delight with animal ferocity.

Avatar for Kirsty E

Benitos Hat is truly one of my favourite Mexican chain restaurants in London. At all locations you can guarantee the same great food and enthusiastic, lively service. Burritos are the focus, but their nachos are amazing too. No frills meals at reasonable prices are accompanied by scrumptious mojitos and margaritas. Yum!

Avatar for Lauren P

Probably one of my least favourite burrito places, but their margaritas make up for it. Especially the Tommy's margaritas. I do like the fact they give you chips with every purchase, that is probably their identifier and pretty neat.

Avatar for Wain L

One of the best places on Charlotte street for burritos at lunch, there's usually a queue from 12.45 but it goes down pretty quick. I recommend the naked burrito with grilled veg and one other meat plus guac, costs a bit more but is a super tasty, fairly healthy salad. :P

The only negative are the slowly rising costs and inconsistent servings depending on who you get. 

Avatar for Lise M

My friends and I went to Benito's Hat for a quick dinner last week. We were quite disappointed by the food which was cold and tasteless. The staff seemed very unhappy and was rude with most of the customers. We had some mojitos with our burritos which was watery and as tasteless as the food. A big disappointment! 

Avatar for rich b

the only burrito joint who gives you what you want every time. such intense flavours too

Avatar for Naomi

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.

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

Avatar for Mary

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

Avatar for Lucy

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!