Restaurants, Mexican Waterloo
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A chain restaurant that invests in distinctive design, this basement restaurant is refreshingly modern and brightly decorated inside, but discreetly located on the corner sit where The Cut and Waterloo Road meet. As such, it's the perfect spot for a drop-in, no-fuss quick meal en route to or from a performance at the Vics (Young or Old). The Mexican dishes are better than you might expect at this affordable price point, and the service on our visit was sunny and swift.


Venue name: Wahaca
Address: 119 Waterloo Road
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Waterloo
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Richard N

This is a pretty decent outlet of Wahaca that's bigger on the inside than it looks on the outside. It's a great place to head to when you've got that Mexican craving, especially since there're so many outlets around London. More recently, they've been introducing some exciting deals as well, such as Taco Tuesdays where you can get a taco for just a pound, giving you more bang for your buck. If you're looking for a premium Mexican place, Wahaca isn't it, but it does help you satisfy your cravings if you do go, and is more than satisfactory. 

Soso T

Rarely do I eat at a restaurant chain, just because there is so much more choice out there. But I needed a guacamole fix and this place was in the right place at the right time. We ordered from the street food section which were full of little bites packed with lots of ingredients. They were ok, but I think I would have been happier with just a bucket of guacamole and chips to satisfy my craving.

Wheelchair access: the branch in Waterloo is great. There is a step to get in, but they have a ramp and then a lift to take you down to the dining area, complete with an accessible toilet. Couldn't ask for more really.

Sarah G

The first time I ever went to Wahaca I was really excited and intrigued. It's a great place to go with friends who like to share food and when you have plenty of time. This is now one of the closest places to my new place of work. It's a pretty big restaurant so you can rely on getting table.

I've been twice recently and have been struck that the 'main meal' menu is not that exciting and the service is a bit lack lustre - both times we have run out of time and had to rush the staff about the bill. I think places serving lunch where a  big part of their clientele are 'business customers' should be better at the swift service. Or they could check it out with you.

I've had the burrito and enchilda - absolutely nothing to criticise but also nothing to rave about. Best I can say is it's all functional - but I wouldn't choose to go if there were other options!

Lexi D

Fun decorations and the atmosphere is always buzzing. Doesn't serve your typical messy Mexican style food, but rather puts a neater London twist on dishes.

The plates are small but great for sharing and the cocktails aren't too badly priced so are a great accompaniment.

I wouldn't suggest this if you're looking for a serious Mexican dish to dive into, but rather a cool spot to grab a light dinner at before you head out for the night.

Also, you can never go wrong with churros and chocolate!

Samantha H

Wahaca isn't ever going to serve you 'authentic' Mexican food.  It is going to serve tasty, reasonably priced food is a busy, buzzy atmosphere.  I would compare Wahaca to Nando's in terms of style, quality and service (just to clarify, I love Nando's this is a positive thing!).  The small dishes are tasty and great to share, the bigger dishes are plenty big enough for a main meal.  Manage your expectations and you won't be disappointed. 


Fast, delicious, affordable and a bit different from other restaurant chains in the city, Wahaca takes the best aspects of Mexican cuisine and adopts is to the Western taste (I was a lot less lucky ordering food in Mexico!). Their range of tortillas, takos and quesadillas are perfect for sharing, making it an ideal place for a light dinner with friends. They do excellent guacamole, although michelada they serve could easily be improved!

Alanna S

There are so many wonderful Mexican restaurants in London and Wahaca is just not one of them. If you're looking for Mexican fast food, try one of the many street food vendors or even Chipotle. If you're looking for a Mexican feast then try Machete (North East) or Casa Morita (South) or ‎La Bodegra Negra (Central) or one of the many other local London greats. Wahaca is always an easy and relatively cheap option - especially when you're with a big crowd, but don't go thinking it's authentic Mexican food, when you really can do so much better. 

Ian Mann

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.