Tapas Brindisa London Bridge

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Tapas Brindisa London Bridge
Venue says Nothing beats sharing some tapas and ice cold cerveza with friends or workmates at our terrace in the heart of Borough Market 🍻

The upsurge in Spanish food quality in London since the 1990s can in part be dated from the arrival in Borough Market of food importers Brindisa, bringing first-rate Iberian hams, cheeses and other essentials to the city almost for the first time. The firm’s showcase tapas restaurants are equally a benchmark. In early 2011, star chef José Pizarro left to start José, but we haven’t noticed any drop in standards, so you’ll still find an ideal blend of superb ingredients and refined cooking (the latter normally confined to larger dishes).

At the original Brindisa in Borough Market, ‘black rice’ (cooked with squid in its ink, with unusually fragrant aïoli) had a superbly smooth flavour, without any acridity; ham croquettes gained extra depth from the quality of the meat. Padrón peppers (Galician peppers simply fried and salted) exemplified wonderful produce being allowed to shine. The style is easy going, prices very reasonable – though inescapably higher for delicacies such as the finest Ibérico meats. Wines are sophisticated and priced accordingly.

The only drawback is that it’s often impossible to get a seat at the Borough and Soho branches, as there’s no booking; fortunately, South Ken’s Casa Brindisa does now take reservations.

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Tapas Brindisa London Bridge says
In the 90s, we set our roots in Borough Market, London’s greatest foodie destination, opening our original warehouse and shop. Then in 2004 we moved from the warehouse to the plate when we opened the doors of our first restaurant: Tapas Brindisa London Bridge.

Our traditional tapas bar was one of the first of its kind introducing the culture of tapas to the UK and it has since become the home of authentic Spanish food in London.

Our cuisine is based on traditional recipes using the finest market ingredients to create a menu that showcases the true food of Spain. From tempting picoteos (nibbles), to classic and seasonal tapas (small plates), to sharing plates of artisan charcuterie and farmhouse cheeses we strive to showcase the incredible produce of Spain that we love. We recommend our “arroz negro”, a tapa of silky squid ink rice with crispy squid and alioli.

Our drinks menu is a celebration of the impeccable wines, sherries and beers of Spain – we’re constantly curating our list to feature beloved traditional tipples and upcoming bodegas and producers.

Take a seat on our terrace and watch the world of Borough Market go by, caña in hand, or enjoy the bustle of our open kitchen and dining room. We serve a Spanish breakfast all week, our Brindisa Breakfast, a sharing plate of chorizo, eggs, fried potato and other goodies, is a thing of Borough Market legend.

We do not take bookings at London Bridge.
Breakfast Lunch & Dinner.
Private hire: hola@brindisakitchens.com
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Venue name: Tapas Brindisa London Bridge
Address: 18-20 Southwark Street
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-11.30pm (breakfast 10-11am; cold tapas only 11am-noon & 4-5.30pm). Sat 9am-11.30pm (breakfast 9-11am; cold tapas only 11am-noon & 4-5.30pm). Sun 10am-10pm (breakfast 10-11.30am; hot tapas from noon).
Transport: Tube: London Bridge tube/rail
Price: Tapas £4-£12.90
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Chesca R
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I have eaten at both the original Borough site and at the South ken restaurant and it is hard to believe that they are part of the same team. At the borough site you feel like you are getting food made with authentically sourced ingredients, whereas the south ken site feels more a kin to a tapas chain restaurant, the food is nice enough just not in the same league. So in conclusion if you are going to eat at Tapas Brindisa make it at Borough.

maya torres
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i was visiting before two nights magnificant tapas recomended jmaon the corcetas and chilli prawns great friendly stuff end with dream almond cake make me feel in barcelona for aminutes. highly recomended:)

Jacqui Carter
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Have never eaten at the restaurant, and would be wary after these dreadful reviews, but the chorizo/rocket roll, from the stall in the market, is nothing short of sublime.

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Love this place, great food and great setting 5/5

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Excellent, their modern take on tapas is unlike anything else I have sampled in the city

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I thought the food was fantastic! Typically the spanish are known for their love of meat and typically you would not see much vegetarian food on the menu in most resaurants in spain, so I think to mark the restaurant down for this single critisism is a little unfair.

Dr. Peter Dickens
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I went to this restaurant on good recommendation. A pleasant meal was spoilt by the following- Mussels dish. Four out of twelve mussels were completely closed. We ate the eight good ones and asked the waitress about the other four. She said she would replace them. After a long wait nothing happened and when asked again she said she had spoken to the kitchen who didn't feel they needed to provide four mussels as we had eaten the other eight! I didnt want to make further fuss and embarrass my guests. I settled the £90 bill for a very light meal for three and left feeling that their lack of grace was not becoming for a restaurant in your guide. I have used your guide to locate some fantastic restaurants in London and Rome. Apart from tonight it has been spot on. Kind regards Dr. Peter Dickens

Antonio G
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Spanish food is all about the raw materials. Bridisa isn't. 

If you can't tell the difference between green beans and Judiones, you just might have a pleasant experience.

If you want Spanish food in London and you are ready to pay up, ditch Brindisa and go to Hispania.

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While the quality of the food is generally good (Chorizo on toast, Gambas etc) the bill can get eyewateringly obese if you add in a decent bottle of wine. Their charcuterie plate is odiously expensive. Sorry but £95 for 6 assorted snacks and a few glasses of wine does not cut it anymore with lacklustre service and an extended wait for a table. Will not be going back.

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Still great Brindisa food but appaling service from every single member of staff and I'm a pretty easygoing diner. Disappointed to be taking it off my list of places to eat.


Nothing special for vegetarians here. Better to buy some food st their sister store and cook it at home for a fraction of the price.

Sarah B

There's arguably nothing better than dining alfresco in one of the loveliest spots in central London, soaking up the first of the fast-approaching Summer sun. With Borough Market still buzzing just around the corner from this branch of Tapas Brindisa it isn't half up against stiff foodie competition but after a long old day of touring the relatives around London's best bits it was about time for a hard-earned seat and a bottle of bubbly. 

I generally void eating tapas out as I have almost always found it to be totally sub-standard to my Spanish experiences and incredibly overpriced. I will admit that I was pleasantly surprised by the authentic flavours and combinations that found their way to our table dish by dish and although the bill of course began to add up that was due in part to our ordering seconds of all of our favourite plates. I cannot recommend the Arroz Negro enough, nor the Croquetas de Jamon, nor the current seasonal special which was our surprise favourite - chickpeas with spinach & black pudding. The Albondigas were fantastic and Gambas al Ajillo arrived sizzling and left the most divine dipping dish for our leftover bread. 

I'll admit that I'm impressed that a chain restaurant could pull it out of the bag and go some way toward changing my opinion about tapas outside of Spain, or the family kitchen for that matter. It's definitely worth a trip!


 I guess I am lucky living in a place where I can walk to my favourite places to eat in 7 minutes. This lunch at Tapas Brindisa was a spontaneous one. A friend visiting from The Netherlands found himself free  for lunch until just before his flight back and asked where I would like to go for a little catch up. I gave him three options, the one he initially chose was closed on the day and he put his head into Brindisa and voila, they have a table for two. JUST. LIKE. THAT. With no reservations!

We ordered the perennial favourites - the Iberian Jamons and Padrone peppers, grilled with just salt and pepper and some Tapas Brindisa specialties. We were still talking about the scallops and the wild mushroom and duck egg pouche three days after the lunch.

Tapas Brindisa is nto a place where you go for a quiet evening or lunch. It is vivid, alive, social and buzzing with people who love food and ideas and are often seduced and entertained by the staff who know their food and booze. I especially adore Alex, who was waiting on us.He spotted that the sherry glass was broken when he cleared our first round and immediately arranged to take the round off the bill without us asking.

The food is delicious and when they first opened in Borough Market a few years back, groundbreaking. Fresh, cooked with precise attention to details - the scallops were brown and crisp on the outside and yet juicy and bouncy on the inside - and very tantalising to the palate.

The only reason I am not giving it a 5 star is they don't take bookings and I don't always get a place - not even for just me and that is a reason to pout. Because other than that the food is delicious, the service warm and the location is buzzing


The #iberico fillets #alapancha with green and red pepper came well done instead of medium rare as per ordered but was still delicious. 

Joss B

Quite frankly one of the finest places for Spanish food in London, always packed in peak hours, but thankfully they have a well stocked sherry bar you can wait at before having a table. Pretty much everything on the menu is great, though keep a look out/ask for the specials, one of the best things I've had there is the large sharing Spanish steak, it wasn't cheap but the flavor was outstanding. And of course a great bonus is that just down the road you can buy their goods for the home

Katharine F

Great food - rustic and delicious - nice staff - great atmosphere - eating here is like being on a very good holiday

NakedPRGirl Claire

This place is pretty cool. It's low maintenance London at its best. Wooden decor, tapas-y dishes, nice wine in basic glasses. It also has an enviable position being on the corner of Southwark street and basically on the doorstep of Borough Market. I've been there for breakfast - eggs on toast with a friend from uni and an evening meal - a date with an investor (of course he was) where we shared tapas. Special shout out to the meat platter which was big enough for about twenty people - just the way I like it! Nice food, nice wine, and not overly pricey. Head round Borough Market afterwards or continue your evening with drinks in the Shard which is practically next door.

Basil S

Can't go wrong here. A place to sample amazing tapas and people watch. Other branches but this is my fave given the market.


Great buzzy atmosphere and ideal for a quick bite once you've made it to the front of the queue. Excellent wine list. 

Masumi S

When you realize how busy Borough market is, you also realise its the same for Brindisa, and just like Borough you cannot book ahead, so don't make the rookie mistake of arriving late! Great stop for breakfast before shopping in Borough, I love their broken eggs breakfast, just don't be in a rush, relax, then you can enjoy!

sergio s
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Brindisa South Ken - Expensive that will ruin your experience: 2 beers (2 canhas) and a small bowl with 8 olives (cheap supermarket style) , 10 pounds, awful , and this included 1.11 tip to ensure the 10 pounds were indeed used up - either the barmen are crooks or they think customers are idiots. not going back.

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Very expensive given the poor quality of the food and recipes. Patatas Bravas similar to McDonalds potatoes with ketchup Tortilla and fish overcooked