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La Esquina

40 Oxford Street, Southampton SO14 3DP, England
02380225227
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Ranked #56 of 608 restaurants in Southampton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $17 - $34
Cuisines: Spanish, Tapas, Vegetarian, Bar
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: La Esquina is a small, family run restaurant, serving a wide range of traditional and tasty Spanish tapas. Tapas are small dishes of delicious food, ideal to mix and match to your own preferences. A tapas meal is a very casual and sociable way of eating. Ideal to share and enjoy different tastes and textures. Choose from our comprehensive menu or add dishes from our specials board. Many of our dishes are suitable for vegetarians and almost all of our dishes are gluten free. Apart from our hot and cold tapas selection we also have some delicious home-made desserts. Tapas eating is great to celebrate all kind of occasions in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. We are more than happy to cater for small or large groups and to discuss your individual requirements with you. To accompany your meal we have a great range of Spanish wines as well as Spanish beers and cider. We are open Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. so why not call in for a coffee, (light) lunch, business meeting or dinner with friends or family? Our friendly team look forward to welcoming you soon at La Esquina.
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English first
Norwich, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Started our evening with a glass of Sangria, olives and bread outside enjoying the sunshine. Lovely waiting staff, service had a great pace throughout the evening. Great variety of Tapas, excellent quality and superb value for money. Highly recommended, without reservation! Debbie & Gerry

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Norwich, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Everything about La Esquina is just great. It's unpretentious, welcoming, comfortable, affordable and the food is the best Tapas I have ever eaten in or outside of Spain. Gluten and dairy free requirements are very easily provided and with no reduction in flavour. I loved the atmosphere in this restaurant - and so does my daughter who is a regular... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

If you are looking for a posh dinner, posh table cloths, expensively fine wine and dining, this is probably not the place for you. If you are looking for an authentic recreation of Spanish Tapas in a small restaurant/cafe, then this definitely is. Nothing is rushed, but then neither would it be in Spain, but equally, the staff are as... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

We are here on a busy Saturday night and despite the rush, the staff, especially the chef, went out of their way to be accommodating to our specific food requirements. The food was wonderful and there were empty plates all round! Service was quick and the portion sizes good for a tapas restaurant. Definitely a recommendation to any gluten intolerant/celiacs... More

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GILL S, Owner at La Esquina, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review and recommendations. We're glad that we were able to cater to your specific dietary needs and help you to get the most out of your meal. Once we identified what you needed, it really was very easy to adapt our dishes to your needs and cook them separately. We would be delighted to see... More

London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Its been a long time since I have had such a bad experience at a restaurant, especially with the staff - in this case being the manager. We went to this restaurant based on fairly decent reviews and it being highly ranked. (I'd like to make this point as the manager thought we never wanted to come to the restaurant... More

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4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

With only a few people in the restaurant, the several waitresses had no reason not to be attentive. Despite ordering well before a group of 10, the other group had ordered, eaten and left before we even received our second dish of 15 dishes ordered. Waiting 2 hours for our first tapas dish to come out and then a good... More

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GILL S, Owner at La Esquina, responded to this review

I'm not quite sure exactly when you visited our restaurant so it is quite difficult to respond to your somewhat vague comments. However I do know that no customer would wait 2 hours for their food however busy or quiet we may be, so this is surely a huge exaggeration. As you say, there were several waitresses that you could... More

1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

The food took 1 hour and 20 minutes to arrive. We were originally warned the food would take 20 minutes, which isn't really anything to be concerned about. 40 minutes passed and each time we asked 'how much longer?', we were told 'another 10 minutes'. The food was nothing special and frankly not worth waiting for. When my friend confronted... More

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GILL S, Owner at La Esquina, responded to this review

so lets talk attitude,your friend is possibly the worst person Ive met,not even wanting to listen to anything I had to say,in fact, you people were not the only ones being served since the restaurant and terrace was full as you know. If you think that Im going to move you up in front of others who are waiting patiently... More

Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

My husband and I decided to eat at La Esquina having read the great reviews on Tripadvisor, and for their reputation for great gluten free food. When I phoned to book the table the chap was really friendly and helpful and I had really high hopes for the evening. We arrived and the restaurant was busy with a really lovely... More

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GILL S, Owner at La Esquina, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time for writing us a review. Firstly I would sincerely like to apologise for the lack of service and the long wait for your food and drinks. The evening that you came was exceptionally busy and we were severely lacking in staff both in the kitchen and in the restaurant. We are working hard to resolve... More

Godalming
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Visited here by chance on a Saturday night. Great food, great service and very well priced. I will certainly be back when I'm next in Southampton. I cannot recommend this highly enough. The staff were knowledgeable enough to recommend dishes that I would never have thought to order. All in all a great experience.

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GILL S, Owner at La Esquina, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review and reccomendation. Glad to hear that you had a great experience when you visited and that our staff were helpful and gave you the advice that you needed. It would be lovely to see you again when you are next in town. Thanks again. More

Galway, Ireland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We had a selection of tapas that were tasty and authentic served by a spanish lady. It was extremely busy and the service was excellent.

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GILL S, Owner at La Esquina, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write us a review. It's great to hear that you found our tapas to be both tasty and authentic and that our service and staff were good. Thanks again. More

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