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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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.