Restaurants, Spanish Covent Garden
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(9user reviews)

It’s always a good sign when the waitress insists you start your night with a sherry. This little tapas joint off Covent Garden has dark wooden tables for two opposite the bar, and larger tables lining the wall at the back. The menu is small but varied. Pick up citrusy pulled pork quesadillas or spicy chicken chipotle bocadillo sandwiches for lunch, or come for dinner specials that change weekly and, of course, a glass of sherry.

Condesa takes its tapas inspiration from across Spain and Latin America, so you might find unexpected dishes on the menu, such as the little pan of grilled provolone cheese – a typical Argentinian tapa. It’s not good for your cholesterol levels, but it spreads so easily over fresh bread, your doctor would surely understand. Pork cheeks were succulent, with strands of meat falling into a puréed carrot sauce; however, seasoning was timidly applied. Mole tacos had a dense, meaty filling wrapped in the softest of corn tortillas.

We loved the half carafes of wine too, as they provide a convivial way to graze across the menu and pair wine accordingly.


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Condesa says
A buzzing tapas bar in Covent Garden, Condesa offers a blend of Spanish and Mexican cuisine. Eclectic ceiling lamps, photographs and the glass facade bring a cosy touch while the bar is constantly abuzz with guests enjoying wines and cocktails.
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Venue name: Condesa
Address: 15 Maiden Lane
Opening hours: Tapas served noon-10pm Mon, Tue, Sun; noon-11pm Wed, Thur; noon-11.30pm Fri, Sat
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden
Price: Tapas £4-£12
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Although the Condesa had a sultry and friendly atmosphere the choice, portion size and quality of Tapas was very disappointing and not good value for money. Will not be making a return visit soon. John

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It makes such a difference when the waiting staff are engaged, friendly and knowledgable. A Condesa they're all of the above. The food is great quality, great combinations and good value. Simple, yet effective and I'll definitely be back. Thank you! M


Authentically Spanish and in the heart of the West End, Condesa is not a restaurant to be missed. I stumbled across this place on a day walking around the area in search of a glass of wine. I was instantly intrigued by the sound of the Gypsy Kings (one of my favorite bands) and as a lover of tapas I thought this would be a good place to stop for that glass of wine. Me and a friend shared a bottle of red Rioja and it was so tasty and full bodied and just perfect for a rainy day. Sitting on high stalls, sipping wine and being surrounded by jamon, wine and olives with the gypsy kings playing over the top felt so comforting and depicted a lovely image of Spain.  I regret not having food here and will certainly be going back for a full meal when I can as the wine and atmosphere were really impressive and pleasing. 

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Finding a venue for a Saturday night for 14 of us I thought might be a challenge in finding somewhere that was lively, fun, welcoming and delivered great food. Well Condesa delivered. Very welcoming staff and engaging. Food was excellent standard and some great little twists on classics. It is a smaller venue, but one that has such a great atmosphere in the heart of Covent Garden. 

The service was chaotic and non-existent. We had to wait a long time for our food to arrive. The seating was uncomfortable (we sat on bar stools with our feet dangling). The "tapas" were nothing like what you would get in Spain. Priced at £8-9 per item, the food came in tiny morsels. For that price, you would expect exquisite food, but exquisite they were certainly not. They were not even particularly tasty. The jamon we ordered came out of a refrigerator wrapped in cling film (you would do better buying them from Tesco). Overall, bad service, below average food at ripoff prices.

Had lunch here on Saturday, and it was really nice ;)  I'd never really had Tapas before, but the waiter was very good.
I had made a reservation, and as I walked in, the waiter remembered my name from the reservation, and used it during our service.
The restaurant is only small, but it had a lovely atmosphere and authenticity to it!

The food was tasty and really well cooked, and my friend thought so too - she really likes Tapas ;)
They do try to upsell a bit, but they were polite, and I wasn't offended by it ;)

I don't think the portions were small - this is Tapas - but perhaps the prices were slightly high.
We had 2 glasses of beer, and 4 Tapas, and it came to about £33.

Another 2 tapas and we'd have been full, but actually we had dessert at Patisserie Valerie around the corner.

Spent a fortune in here, entirely of our own making. Beers are cold and fresh, the sangria has a kick and the food is excellent. Ended up eating the iberico ham, octupus (not what you expect, try it) tortilla, pork cheeks, mixed cheeses. very sexy little place as well, so great for a date.