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40 Oxford Street, Southampton SO14 3DP, England
02380225227
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Ranked #68 of 651 Restaurants in Southampton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $30
Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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
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English first
west sussex
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 via mobile

with great sadness I have to report that this restaurant is now closed what a shame. Ian and Gill worked so hard tand had some great reviews. I wish them all the best for their future. A true taste of Spainwithout the travel.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

In the past have had many fantastic meals at this restaurant but sadly it is no longer a tapas bar so no good trying to book to go there.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

When searching for gluten free places to eat in Southampton this little place kept popping up, my Dietician even recommended it so decided it was time to give it a go. I was soo happy when I got there to see on the blackboard it was advertised as 98% gluten free and even happier when I went inside and opened... More 

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

Thank you so much for your kind review. It's great to hear such positive feedback from our coeliac customers. It has not been difficult to adapt our menus or ways of cooking to accommodate coeliacs or anyone with a gluten intolerance and we appreciate what a problem it can be for you to find somewhere to eat safely. It's great... More 

Southampton UK
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Take the time to find it, take the time to enjoy it, take the time to chill. This great little Tapas restaurant is the ideal place to while away the hours, enjoying good food in good company. Ian and his staff will look after you royally, keeping you topped up with well prepared, tasty tapas of the finest quality, washed... More 

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

It's great to see your lovely review and to hear that you enjoyed your visits to us in the true 'Spanish' way, relaxing and chilling over some tasty tapas and a few drinks! Also great to hear that you found the service good and the food to be great value for money. We look forward to seeing you again soon.... More 

southampton
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014 via mobile

We're made to feel very welcome, great selection of food which was delicious, will def be returning and would recommend a visit.

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

Thanks for your review and for recommending us. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and liked our food and we hope to see you again. More 

Southampton
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Décor looks a little cheap. The food was basic, nothing bad but far batter tapas around for similar price. Beer on tap was good. The service was excellent.

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

Thanks for your review. We have modelled our restaurant on a variety of tapas bars we have encountered in Spain which do tend in some cases to be basic but welcoming. We would rather present honest, basic food with great service and a welcoming atmosphere than try to be pretentious and over priced. More 

Farnborough, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

If you want the authentic Spanish tapa experience there is nowhere else in Southampton. Forget the corporate chain restaurants, this is the real deal, an independent owner-run place that reflects his passion (and a little quirkiness). There are no formal courses, instead there is a wide selection of tapas to choose from, some simple, some elaborate. Order as few or... More 

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

Many thanks for your extensive review. It's lovely to hear that you enjoyed your visit to La Esquina and there was plenty to choose from on our menu including plenty of gluten free options. As you rightly say, we do try to be unpretentious and welcoming, offering good quality with value for money and to a degree this does reflect... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Lovely and bright little restaurant, really great for a nice glass of wine and a few tapas, the friendly owner is always really happy to tell you about the origins of the dishes and ingredients . I particularly like a few glasses of wine and the cheese and iberian ham selections with picked chilies! Its nice sitting outside but the... More 

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

Many thanks for you review. It's great to hear that you love to come and relax at our restaurant with a glass of wine and a few tapas, that's exactly as it should be 'Spanish style'!! Hope to see you again soon. More 

London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014 via mobile

A really nice place amongst the more brash, flash venues in Oxford St. Unassuming but kind and friendly. Perhaps we didn't experience it at its best, the two waiting staff had a bit on serving quite a full restaurant so I'm sure with more support we would have got a better level of service. They were polite, quite attentive and... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We do try to offer something a little different from the norm on Oxford Street so thanks for giving us a try. Apologies that you did not get a better standard of service or cuisine but we have recently taken on a number of new staff who we are... More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We fancied a meal out on the spur of the moment but we couldn't get a table at the nearby Oxfords because it was the last weekend of the Southampton Boat Show and we hadn't booked so we tried this place which fortunately had a table available. We first came here five years ago not long after it opened and... More 

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

Many thanks for your review. It's good to hear that your second visit was just as good as your first! Tapas is indeed a great way to eat because you can choose as many or as few dishes as you want and enjoy all the different tastes and flavours so thanks for explaining this to other potential visitors. Sorry to... More 

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Additional Information about La Esquina

Address: 40 Oxford Street, Southampton SO14 3DP, England
Phone Number: 02380225227
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Southampton
Open Hours:
Monday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Average Prices: USD 15 - 30
Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas, Vegetarian, Bar

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