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La Esquina

40 Oxford Street, Southampton SO14 3DP, England
02380225227
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Ranked #59 of 621 Restaurants in Southampton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $17 - $33
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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  • Spanish first
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English first
Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Can't rate them highly enough. Excellent Gluten Free range of food - knew exactly what Coeliacs was. Food was excellent. Been there twice now and will be back again.

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

It's lovely to read your review and to know that you have found somewhere that you can confidently eat as a coeliac. It has certainly been worth our while to educate ourselves and to cater for coeliacs and those with a gluten intolerance as it has brought us extra business. Thanks again for taking the time to write us a... More

Winchester, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Birthday dinner here, staff are really friendly and welcoming. Food is really good proper spanish tapas. They are also really good with children here,my 4yr old had a great time! Great evening, will be coming here again!

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

Thanks so much for taking the time to write us a review. Glad that you enjoyed your birthday meal with us. It's really great to see people introducing their children to different tastes and flavours like our tapas dishes so it's good to hear that your daughter enjoyed it too!! Thanks . More

Southampton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Reluctant to even give this the one star. A very disappointing evening. The food was overcooked, squid rubbery, pork very chewy, fried fish platter awful. Even the request for iced water arrived without any ice. One of the worst meals we have ever had. After the waitress asked if we had "ever had Spanish food before" when we complained (!!),... More

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

As you rightly say in your review, the owner did talk with you on Saturday and apologise that our food was not to your liking. It was a very busy weekend and of all our customers you were the only one to complain about the food. Had you called a member of staff to your table during the meal then... More

Southampton
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64 reviews 64 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Just enjoyed another fantastic evening at this tapas bar; they have achieved the perfect combination of a very relaxed and friendly restaurant without detracting from excellent service. We loved all the dishes that we tried and only wished that we had had room for more. The calamari , prawns pils pils and homemade meatballs were among our favorite dishes but... More

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

Thanks very much for your lovely review and for visiting us again. It's always nice to hear that our customers like the 'authentic' taste of our food as we strive to bring across the true tastes of Spain. We hope you will visit again soon and maybe try some of our delicious home made desserts!! Thanks again. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Good service, nice tapas. I've seen some criticism of the dessert menu, but we liked the options - chocolate orange mousse, Bailey's cheesecake and tiramisu were all enjoyed by our group. Recommended.

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

Thanks for taking the time to write us a review and for recommending us. So pleased that you had a good meal and especially enjoyed our desserts!! We do pride ourselves in the fact that all of our desserts are made here at La Esquina so it's lovely to hear your positive feedback. More

Southampton, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Great atmosphere; if you want a "feel good" dining experience in Oxford Street this summer head for this restaurant. Everything about it is a pleasure.

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

Thanks for your review. It's great that our customers can enjoy all the ambience and tastes of Spain whilst sitting on our terrace in this lovely weather. Glad to hear you had a good time and hope you will visit again. More

Southampton, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We dined here as a group of four and having been here on many occasions found the service ,food and ambience to be perfect as it always has been . We chose a number of hot tapas dishes including the scallops and chorizo from the specials board which is a must if you like scallops . Even though there was... More

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

Thank you for writing us a lovely review. We're so glad that even on a busy Saturday we were able to offer you and your friends the level of service that you expected. Great to hear that you enjoyed your selection of tapas, the chorizo and scallops is actually now one of our most popular dishes! We would love to... More

Norwich, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

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

Thank you so much for your review and recommendations. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your visit and found our menu to offer a good selection of dishes at a good value price. Also lovely to hear that you were able to take advantage of some 'alfresco' dining on our terrace! We hope to see you again soon. More

Norwich, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

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

Thanks for your lovely review. It's great to hear that we have become a 'favourite' place for you and your daughter. Also it's really good to hear that you find our food authentic to Spain and tasty! Thanks again and we hope to welcome you and your family again soon. More

Southampton, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

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

Many thanks for your positive and detailed review. It's great to hear from customers who really appreciate what we do at La Esquina - as you rightly say, we have tried to re create the authentic feel of a Spanish tapas bar here in Southampton. We truly value your comments and feedback and hope we will see you again soon. More

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