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“Wonderful restaurant, fantastic service and such amazing restauranteurs! What a find!!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Esquina

La Esquina
40 Oxford Street, Southampton SO14 3DP, England
02380225227
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Ranked #65 of 644 Restaurants in Southampton
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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“Wonderful restaurant, fantastic service and such amazing restauranteurs! What a find!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013 via mobile

We came across this amazing tapas place following a few google searches- we couldn't have been luckier!! The owner is knowledgable and so interested in his menu! The food is the best tapas I have ever had and I live in London with plentiful tapas bars- this surpasses them all!!! It is so fresh, seasonal, tasty and delicious!!
Thank you for a really lovely evening, food was far better than we expected, excellent quality in a fun environment full of personality and charm- please visit this gem as they are a real highlight to any Southampton visit! Thank you!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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GILL S, Owner at La Esquina, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
Thanks for writing us this lovely review after your visit. It certainly is great to hear that you loved our restaurant and our food. We are truly flattered to know that our tapas is better than some you've tried in London, we strive to offer traditional and authentic home cooked tapas so it's nice to get this positive feedback from you.
Thanks again and we would love to see you again if you come to Southampton in the future.
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  • English first
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  • Spanish first
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English first
Christchurch, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Relaxed style and friendly service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013 via mobile

We booked this last minute on a Friday evening before the rush. Of course it was quiet as a result so atmosphere when busy is difficult to assess. It was good to be able to talk to the owner and waiter was also chatty which was nice. Food was good value and very tasty, garlic mushrooms, scallop / chorizo fab closely followed by crevettes and paella, kebab a little dry otherwise fab. Atmosphere relaxed bar/restaurant format works well and nice authentic style. We will definitely return, thanks!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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GILL S, Owner at La Esquina, responded to this review, June 16, 2013
Thank you for your great review. So glad you found our service friendly and helpful and that you enjoyed the food, it's always good to get feedback on what dishes are popular and where we can improve. Friday and Saturday nights are always busy for us so had you come later I'm sure you would have found the atmosphere to be 'buzzing'.
Thanks again and hope to see you soon.
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North Somerset
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Aaaaaamzing food and service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

We were visiting Southampton just for the evening and booked a table here after such good reviews on Trip advisor and we were not disappointed :) There were a few rowdy tables of blokes so it was a little hard to each other but regardless the staff were great, friendly and couldnt have tried harder to make us feel welcome.. Great draft beer and the food was simple but delicious ! We saw a review recommending the black pudding and i can easily say it was the BEST black pudding we have eaten and we have eaten a lot !! We had it with the scallops and it was melt in the mouth.. Over all we had a great evening and would recommend if your in the area.. Oh one thing !! It would have been nice to see some traditional Spanish deserts and cocktails (not just sangria)..

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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GILL S, Owner at La Esquina, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
Many thanks for your great review of La Esquina. Great that you liked our food and beer. The black pudding and scallops has been well received since we put it on the menu. We only offer Sangria generally because that is what most people request, but we do have a full bar so if there are any other Spanish cocktails that you would like, please ask when you visit and we will do our best to oblige!
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Southampton
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29 reviews 29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Cute restaurant, amazing food.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013 via mobile

Met here with a few of my girlfriends for some dinner and were really impressed. Would definitely come back. The food is great and so is the service. Were advised how much to order instead of being pushed into buying tons of food which was refreshing seeing as most restaurants are constantly trying to up-sell crap you wouldn't eat. We would recommend the chorizo and scallops, which were Devine. A few things which would have made our experience better would have been a bigger range of cocktails and student discount! A bit too pricey for us to eat there every month like we would want too!!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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GILL S, Owner at La Esquina, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to review our restaurant and glad you enjoyed your visit. The chorizo with scallops have certainly been popular since we introduced the dish. We have only recently started doing cocktails so who knows, we may introduce more later. Our lunchtime deal is good value if you were able to visit more during the day £12 for 3 tapas and a drink. Thanks again and hope to see you soon.
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Fantastic food and attitude.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

We were going to be eating in the White Star across the road. It had been raining heavily all morning but the sun was just starting to come through. What prompted us to go to La Esquina was the attitude of the owner who was outside wiping down his tables outside and taking a keen interest in the appearance of his restaurant and appealing it to his passing trade.That sold it for me and was willing to spend my money here rather than the place across the road who couldnt care less if the tables and chairs stayed wet! The food was fantasic, Serrano ham, deep fried squid and Paella was
excellent. In fact, it was all really good, and as said before the attitude of the owner was just as good as the food. I would return here without a doubt and could not have had a better afternoon. See you again!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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GILL S, Owner at La Esquina, responded to this review, June 10, 2013
Thank you for your kind words, it means a lot ,we do take pride in our presentation, both on how the restaurant looks and the food and it proved it today, if I had not been making it look right you would not have come in and tried as you did some of our great food, thats what we believe is part of our customer service and positive outlook for La Esquina. We are very happy that you found everything to your liking and I was very glad that you were able to try some of our most popular dishes.
We look forward to welcoming you again when you are in the city again, thanks from all the team.
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