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“Great early evening meal” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tapas Brindisa London Bridge

Tapas Brindisa London Bridge
18-20 Southwark St., London, England (Southwark)
020 7357 8880
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Ranked #2,350 of 17,879 Restaurants in London
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Romantic, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Neighborhood: Southwark
London, UK
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155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
“Great early evening meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

Whenever I've walked past this restaurant in the evening, it's always jam packed with people queuing just inside the door for a table (sadly, no reservations). Finally got to try it out this week and turned up at 5.30pm when there were still a number of tables free. By the time we left 2 hours later, the bar area was packed and there were around 6 people waiting by the door.

The tapas were delicious. We tried the wild mushrooms on toast with manchego and truffle oil, mature sheep's milk cheese with quince jam, the croquettes and a platter of chorizo which was a daily special (two kinds of snack size sausages, one being blood sausage, and then two kinds of thickly sliced chorizo, one made using red wine so it was very succulent). I had a glass of the Sila 2009, which was wonderful. Everything made me want to go to their Borough Market shop and buy an armful of their products to take home :)

Service was prompt, efficient and smiling. There's no strict turnaround time for tables, though as soon as we let the waitress know that we weren't going to be ordering any dessert or coffee, she cleared the table in the twinkling of an eye.

A few quibbles:
- It would be nice to be able to reserve at least some of the tables, but failing that turn up as early as you can unless you're prepared to wait
- The tables are quite close together, so it was a bit of a squeeze to get out afterwards without knocking anything over on the neighbouring table
- The music was a little on the loud side, but not so much that we had to shout at each other
- The ladies' toilet doubled as a storage space for some furniture. The items weren't in the way, but I thought they could have been stored somewhere else

Our "light" meal ended up being around £60 for two, so not cheap but would definitely return.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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“Great ambiance, nice tapas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

The restaurant is right next to an exit of London Bridge tube station on the edge of the very busy Borough Market.We arrived at noon and it was already full.We decided to have a couple of glasses of Manzanila sherry and a plate of charcuterie with several different meats.It was great value for quality and quantity at £12.50. The tapas being served were freshly cooked and looked tasty.Service was good and the buzz of the place nice.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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“Tapas for lunch anybody?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Had a great lunch here nice with Manzanilla sherry and toasted almonds as a 'warm up'. Followed up with charcuterie selection, tortilla, sardines, chicken livers. Finished with coffee and Tresviso blue cheese. With 2 sherries and 3 glasses of red came to about £75 incl service. Not cheap but great quality and buzzy atmosphere. Added bonus of fabulous Borough 'foodie' Market round the corner incl a Brindisa deli.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great Tapas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

Not next level stuff like barafina, but still pretty good. Bit oily, and occasionally inconsistant, but has some killer gambas, pan de coca, and pimentos. For cheese people the deep fried monte enebro is great as are the huevos rotos. Exceptional bellota.

Visited November 2012
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Warminster, United Kingdom
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“Expect a wait. But worth it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Eat here as often as I can and to date, I have not had better tapas anywhere in London.

Yes you will wait for a table in the evening but arrive half an hour before, put your name on the list and have a drink in the bar or wander around the myriad of sights and sounds of Borough market next door. The food, service and ambience (what a real tapas bar is all about) are second to none.

Make sure you try the squid and the croquettes.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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