Restaurants, Mexican Covent Garden
3 out of 5 stars
(28user reviews)
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A branch of the Mexican restaurant in Covent Garden. 


Venue name: Wahaca
Address: 66 Chandos Place
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden or Leicester Square tube
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Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:8
  • 4 star:5
  • 3 star:6
  • 2 star:5
  • 1 star:4
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Chain of mexican food with branches all over London. Nice food and prices but its more of another fast food chain with nothing exceptional to think about.


Wahaca is one of my favorite Mexican restaurants and this branch always delivers as good as the rest. Semi street food, part gourmet dining, the main thing is you are going to get some delicious food!

My favourite dish is the chicken burrito, bursting with tex mex flavour, served with a side of the absolutely scrumptious sweet potato fries. Make sure to leave room for dessert too as the Mexican churros with dipping sauces are divine!!

The only slightly annoying thing is that the food comes out as and when it’s ready, so just don’t expect to necessarily eat your whole meal together!


Cheap and cheerful chain of what is presented as Mexican Street Food, though the authenticity of this may be questionable it sure makes up for it in other ways. Firstly the porces are very reasonable and the portion sizes and finger-food nature of the menu lends itself for you to order a few different bits and bobs, perfect for sociable dining when you're in a group - I'd reccomend getting lots of different bits for the table to share! Combine this with a couple of cocktails to wash it all down and you've got yourself an enjoyable little evening for a steal of a price compared to elsewhere. The atmosphere is fun and laid back, they manage to remain trendy by steering away from the oh too common cheesy Mexican vibe, so don't worry you wont be forced to wear a sombrero here and not a maraca in sight.


Not authentic Mexican food, but it's okay because you don't have many choices in London! Taco Tuesday is the best deal in town!


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Whenever my dad visits me we like to go here for a chilled but delicious meal and of course cocktails!

As a student, I really respect their prices and relaxed atmosphere. I love the trendy warehouse/shipping container vibe, and unlike similar eateries, the music is never too loud to maintain a great level of conversation.

To enjoy at its best, make sure you go with a person who can share food- as it is a serious hub for food envy of the most serious nature!

And if you're that way inclined, I can definitely recommend their tequila.


There are certainly 'better' Mexican places around but Wahaca does what it says on the tin for the most part. Obviously, as it is a chain, there's no real feeling of authenticity but the food is very tasty and there is a wide enough selection on offer too. The place can get very busy and sometimes feels a bit rushed which is fine if that's what you are after, but I definitely wouldn't recommend this place for a cosy and quiet catch up date!

This was my first time at Wahaca. Nice atmosphere and tasty food overall. We ordered the adventure feast for 2- it came with many sharing plates, however only 2 dishes were meat based and the rest were veggie. A bit disappointing if you like a good mix. A few dishes came in three's which made the 'sharing for 2' a tricky negotiation. Although I ordered jasmine tea, I got given mint tea without explanation. I was then told they were out of jasmine tea. I asked for the green tea instead which was much to the irritation of the waitress. The green tea lacked any taste - please change to a supermarket brand and place the tea bag in the hot water rather than serve separately to avoid warm tea that does not brew. Lacks pleasant and happy wait staff or maybe that was due to a busy Friday night?


I'm not the biggest fan of eating Mexican food in a restaurant (I'm kind of a firm believer that this cuisine should reserved for dirty burritos after a night out). Saying that, Wahaca offers the cutest small plates, which don't leave you feeling like you need to arrange a gastric band post visit. These fish tacos aren't too heavy either. My drinks are a bit of a disappointment though so head elsewhere for your fiesta, after eating.

Extremely busy branch, but the service is good and the food is tasty (especially the calamari). A great after-work spot. I would definitely recommend! 

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Once you're in and seated, Wahaca is a great venue for a speedy and excellent meal. Good service and generally a great vibe around the place.

Literally my favourite chain of restaurants there is. All the food is extremely tasty & incredibly reasonable no matter which branch you go in. If you go to the Covent Garden one then prepare to queue at peak time! Luckily their cocktail selection is worth a bash while you wait. From the amazing burritos to the pulled pork everything is incredibly tasty! Even the crunchy salads make your mouth water. Quick, yummy, not pricey & I challenge anyone to not leave satisfied. Mexican food at it's best in the capital.

Ate here for the first time the other day. Queue was long. Bar was packed. Serving time was okay. Food was bland. Overall is was pretty mediocre experience.

The two other tables in the otherwise empty restaurant arrived much later than we did and were finishing their meals by the time our dishes arrived. Not worth the wait. The food was underwhelming and the staff unorganised. Overall a tiring experience.

Mexican street food served in a jazzy restaurant at restaurant prices is an oxymoron. Brixton market is streets ahead...

I too am surprised by the negative reviews. I am continually surprised by the originality and high standard of the seasonal menus. One thing I would say is that a buritto is a buritto! the quality of the individual components are often lost by stuffing them in a tight wrap. And although they are a great on- the- go lunch I feel one must wahaca's renowned street food menu to fully appreciate the restaurants worth

Typed my review, hit 'Submit' and got the message: "Steady on, that's too much text! Please keep it under 3000 characters" OK. I'll edit my text and try and post it later. But I suppose it could be summed up as: "Not one of the greats"

I actually felt that this place was over priced for the quantity of food on the plate. However I enjoyed the ambience of the placed and idea for tapas is fun for big groups! The quality of food was standard to canary wharf; neither bad nor outstanding!

After reading the reviews, I had high hopes for this place, but it was, meh... at best. For starters, the guacamole was obviously, from the color, not made that day, as the menu advertises. It was just mixed with a lot of lime juice to become that kind of tan-green day after stuff with the brown top mixed in with the tan bottom instead of fresh guacamole. Also, the chips were not good at all-- they were really grainy/corn-mealy in texture. I had the huevos rancheros for a main as it was noon on a Saturday. The whole thing was covered with raw red onion bits-- in what part of Mexico do they cover their huevos rancheros with raw red onions? bleh! Also, the chorizo was overrun with a chipotle flavored sauce. Finally, the fried egg was then baked with the beans, salsa verde, chorizo, and tortilla-- giving the egg a baked egg and not a fried egg texture-- which is totally different. Definitely not authentic Mexican food here, but it is the best Fake-xican food I've had in London so far-- hence the second star.

Reasonably priced, excellent range in the menu; perhaps the portions were a bit small. Overall though the staff were amazing, very friendly and fantastic knowledge of the menu. Not many places to sit when waiting for a table and the deserts were a bit if a let down, but overall would recommend.

Ate here Saturday night as a party of 14, which given the popularity was no mean feat in itself. We arrived early, as instructed and the staff promised us they would try to get us a table all together. A short wait/drink in the bar (quite expensive, but not overly so by Covent Garden standards) later and we had a table to seat us all together. Our waiter was enthusiastic and got most things spot on (a couple of drinks failed to materialise, but he made good on that). The food was amazing. I've never been to Mexico, so I don't know if it was truly 'authentic', but it was certainly more so than Americanised "Tex-Mex". But one thing I am sure of was it was very tasty, good value (£19.95 for a two person street food selection - plenty of food for 2 - only one of us could manage a dessert after!) and the atmosphere was great. Mexican beer and Tequilas were good too. All in all a great evening.

Ate here last night for the first time - I had the chicken burrito but it was very hard to find any chicken in it, it was mainly a wrap of green rice. Which was tasty, but got boring. The food is cheap, but I don't think it is reasonably priced. I was disappointed.

The people leaving negative review here quite frankly need to see a doctor. Where else in London can you buy fresh, interesting and exciting Mexican (read real Mexican not American Mexican) food at such value, great staff and great tequila, two can eat your fill for £20. Outstanding.. the only thing pretentious is the negative reviewers here.

I am surprised at the negative reviews about Wahaca. What is wrong with these people. Great street food; excellent staff and good atmosphere. I have lunched their with my family and it is great to try new flavours and I have yet to have a disappointing dish. Did your latest reviewer really expect Thomasina Miers to be at the restaurant and did that detract from the experience.

I feel like I'm missing something with all the negative reviews here. I've always had great meals at Wahaca. It's the 'chain waiting to happen' in my view - price is pretty much on par with the high street chains but something more exciting and I've always found the food pretty delicious. A great place to get a selection of market food to share...

Disappointing. Was sold by Thomasina Miers appearances on TV cooking Spanish/Mexican food. Shame she was not there on the evening to oversee. The flavours were not really special and the salad veggies, chopped up and served with everything tasted like they had been cut the night before and were left sitting around. The salsa had far too much water that had run out of the chopped ingredients and again tasted like it had been sitting around for ages. Fillings were mean, so you can't really say they were value for money. I had to hunt for my pork in the burrito I ordered. And why is everything served with corn chips and salsa. Far too much relied upon the added chillies in everything, which just gave heat but no flavour. I'd rather have a burger from a burger van, that would be closer to the taste and freshness of streetfood.

Terribly disappointed! Being Mexican I was quite excited to take my friends to try some real Mexican food, Wahaca’s food is OK-ish, not the best but equally not the worst, just flat nothing special. The tostadas where tasteless and the esquites tasted like Indian food. The decoration feels cheap and lacks originality. The staff was terrible. I didn’t feel welcome at all. I won’t go back and I wouldn’t recommend it.