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40 Oxford Street, Southampton SO14 3DP, England
02380225227
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Ranked #67 of 630 Restaurants in Southampton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $16 - $31
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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southampton
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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Southampton
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 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
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79 reviews 79 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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

Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 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
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41 reviews 41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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

Southampton, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Great food, good service and reasonably priced, La Esquina satisfies on many levels. There's a good selection of meat and seafood tapas, the Sangria goes down very well and the staff are attentive and friendly. Well worth a visit.

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

Thanks for your review. Glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and liked our tapas and sangria! Hope you will visit again. More

Southampton, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 via mobile

What a great unique Spanish tapas within oxford street. First visit and our first impressions where good. We was greeted by the owner, which I must say is lovely as well as the staff. Couldn't do enough to help. Relaxed and calm atmosphere. This then pays of on the food quality and taste. Portion size was good, two of us... More

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

Thanks for your review and for giving us a try. It's great to hear that you had such a good dining experience and found our restaurant to be relaxing and good value. We look forward to seeing you again next time. More

Hastings, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

A small restaurant on Oxford street, La Esquina has never disappointed. The tapas dishes are tasty (especially the chorizo borracho!) and the service is very friendly. It's not expensive at all, the portions are reasonable for the price. I would recommend it for anyone looking for a nice, relaxed dinner!

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

Thanks for your review and recommendation. Glad that you enjoyed your meal with us and found it to be great value for money. Our Chorizo Borracho is certainly one of our most popular dishes!! Thanks again and it would be great to see you when you are next in town. More

York, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Arriving in Southampton for a couple of hours, after I had just been eating rice and curries all throughout Bestival, I was pleasantly surprised at how fresh and tasty the food was here. Prawns cooked to perfection, and the white fish made me almost cry. There were two of us, and my friend wasn't too keen on tapas.I insisted saying... More

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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 and for recommending us. It's lovely to hear such positive feedback about our food and service. Great that your friend was able to enjoy some of our vegetarian options. Hope you have recovered from your festival visit and we hope to see you again next time you are... 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
Average Prices: USD 16 - 31
Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas, Vegetarian, Bar

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