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“wrong side of the tracks”

La Vina Tapas Bar & Restaurant
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Ranked #6,689 of 23,697 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $55 - $55
Cuisines: Spanish
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: La Vina is a fine traditional Spanish dining experience. Servicing London since 1998. We offer a romantic atmosphere and elegant setting. Reservations are recommended as seating is very limited in our exclusive restaurant.
Reviewed September 18, 2012

This is one of the most unlikely locations in London for a Spanish Tapa Bar!
On the corner of the unremarkable rat-run that is Wightman Road and Station Approach (for Harringay Railway Station) sits this little gem, La Vina.
Huge windows and a modest timber terrace from the outside, dim candle lights and split levels of seating on the interior... all quite pleasent but kinda wasted on such a drab street.
We were given a nice window seat, pleasent attentive service and chose a range of tapas which we both enjoyed - Chorizo was in abundance, lovely Spanish omlette and none of it expensive enough to make you reluctant to experiment... just get a plate of what takes you fancy!
If this were on the Hornsey side of the tracks, I'm sure the 'Crouch End set' would be raving about this place ...as it is, it'll just remain a wee secret!

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Thank wayoutsider
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

Was staying at a terrible, shabby 'hotel' across the road (The London Shelton - avoid). But things perked up when we went into La Vina for an early evening meal. An impressive menu and delightful staff. Service was a little slow and confused (waited for too long to be told there was no Octopus and were served one Tapas short). Nevertheless we enjoyed the atmosphere, the food and the wine.

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Thank Chris S
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Reviewed July 7, 2012

La Vina is without doubt one of our favourite local restaurants and living in North London, we have quite a few to choose from! We always go for the Tapas, of which our obligatory picks are Patatas Bravas, Crab Claws and Chorizo in RedWine. The atmosphere is always nice and cosy, with fairly good service if not great. Spanish music playing in the background (usually Gypsy Kings!) played at just the right volume.
I read with interest the two most recent reviews, I do hope the service/quality has not slipped recently.
Value for money is great considering the cost of the more flashy tapas restaurants appearing the West End of late.

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Thank Stephen S
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Reviewed February 24, 2012

This stuff gives Spanish food a bad name

We love about 50 metres away so I desperately wanted to like this place but it was rubbish.

Food was really quite bland and tasted like it was reheated. One of the waitresses literally looked like she wanted to kill herself. My wife and I both had hairs in our tortilla. We told the waitress and she didn't know what to do. She took them away and brought us a new one and nothing more of it was mentioned in terms of apology or anything.

At the end of the meal I took the bill back to her and said I wasn't going to pay for the tortilla (which was included on it). She agreed but again no apology or anything. We left knowing that we wouldn't be troubling them again with our custom. They missed out as if it had of been halfway decent we would be regulars!

Recanted this story to other friends who live on the Ladder and they laughed because they had a very similar experience. Oh dear.........

If you want good tapas go to El Parador in Mornington Crescent!

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Thank Anuj D
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Reviewed January 14, 2012

Usually love this place, went recently and it wasn't great. We ordered 6 tapas, 5 arrived together but they forgot the patatas bravas which came at the end...the other dishes weren't as good as usual.

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Thank Missy2828
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