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Restaurants, Spanish Bethnal Green
4 out of 5 stars
(12user reviews)

Time Out says

Contemporary Columbia Road feels like one of those twee, fake streets in a film shoot. Among the chichi little accessories and homeware shops, the art galleries and the restaurants and cafés, Laxeiro fits right in – complete with local artwork, blond wooden furniture, Farrow & Ball paintwork and friendly staff.

A long menu includes authentic Spanish staples such as paella, morcilla, pisto, fabada and meat-free snacks such as tortilla and pimientos de padrón. Pollo al ajillo - garlic chicken - is their speciality dish. Keep an eye out for good-value lunchtime menus and Sunday breakfasts/brunches that prove popular. 



Address: 93 Columbia Road
E2 7RG
Transport: Tube: Hoxton rail
Price: Tapas £4.50-£7.95
Opening hours: Tapas served noon-3pm, 7-11pm Tue-Fri; 11am-4.30pm, 7-11pm Sat; 9am-4.30pm Sun
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.4 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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If I didn’t have enough good reasons to visit Columbia Road on weekends, I now have another one on my list. Laxeiro has always been there, but the permanent crowd every time I visit the area was off-putting and I always end up somewhere else. Not any more. The restaurant serves classic Spanish dishes (thinks patatas bravas, tortilla, calamari). The food is simple, but absolutely satisfying. They have a lunch deal; two dished and a drink for £14, a bargain! Their tortilla was one of the best I’ve had in a while, the aubergine stew, fresh and summery. If you order sardines, make sure you eat them first as they are a bit of work in terms of bones. You don’t want to have that super laid back lunch only to get annoyed at the end.

The service was mixed. The waitress was sweet but the lady that looked like an owner would come and silently almost drop the dishes on the table in a typical Spanish style, a bit of grace wouldn't hurt. 

Went here last night, the quality of food, staff and wine is second to none! The dishes are perfect size and its definitely good value for money.


Came here for breakfast/brunch on Sunday morning just before midday. Got a table easily, got our soy coffees, eggs were runny like it should be but I found the vegetarian Spanish breakfast not very Spanish at all. When we paid we couldn't split the bill on cards as it's minimum spend of £15... Seems rather strict! We were sat by the window which we had to close because of an annoying smoker outside. All in all, should be 4 stars but was kinda underwhelmed... However great location at the end/beginning of Columbia Road Flower Market on Sundays.

The Time Out reviewer is right. This place does not get it. Ate here last weekend and the food was rather disappointing. The tortilla was mainly salt, the sardines not really fresh, the lamb, advertised as tender, was tough and rubbery, the pulpo was tasteless, the pisto bland and the other dishes I can't even remember. Besides that, the double shift in the weekends is really amateurish: reserving at 7PM means you have to get out by 8:45 (although this was not advertised on the website when reserving for the Saturday!) and this applies to everybody so it results in totally empty restaurant by 20:44. It was not one of the highlights of a weekend in London and added to the reputation we have abroad of the Brits suffering from bad cuisine

DO NOT READ THE TIMEOUT REVIEW. ITS Completely WRONG! This little Tapas restaurant is really authentic and its so reasonable. Perfect for a 2-4 people meal. Its also family run which kinda makes it feel a bit more special. Cant think of a reason to not go here. Just what ever you do REVERSE the Timeout review in your head and GO!

Took my friend here recently and I have to say I am so pleased that she found this restaurant randomly online! I could not fault this place one bit. Atmosphere, service and FOOD were all amazing and authentic. Will definitely be recommending this place to all my friends. All I say is, make sure you book a table as it is very popular and I can 100% see why!

Was in there recently and was amazed at the amount Tapas available and the quality of the food was very good too! Our group of 10 was greedy so was amazed they were able to deliver all the items we asked for at the same time. Great venue, great food and great service. Would highly recommend

This reviewer was either singularly unlucky or in a bad mood. We've been going to Laxeiro for years and the permanently-full tables are testament to the quality of the food and the overall experience. Eduardo and Isabel are passionate about feeding people great food and welcoming them back again and again.

what the hell is this reviewer going on about. Obviously someone without a clue or a grudge. Laxeiro always has and still provides some of the best spanish food in London. The food is always outstanding and it always has a really nice buzz. its probably best of you go and eat in a chain restaurant.

have been here several times, and it has always been superb. lovely homely setting and the food tastes wonderfully fresh

Lovely spanish atmosphere, delicious sherry, interesting specials and the pimientos de padrón are perfect.

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