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Cantina Vinopolis
Cantina Vinopolis

Cantina Vinopolis Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cantinavinopolis.com
  • Phone: 0207 940 8333
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Wednesday 18:00 - 22:15
    Thursday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 22:15
    Friday - Saturday 12:00 - 22:15
    Sunday - 12:00 - 16:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Contemporary European
  • Executive Chef: M. A. Wolde
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: for parties of 2 up to 200

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Clink Street
  • Public Transit: London Bridge Tube (Borough High Street exit)
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Cantina Vinopolis
Cantina Vinopolis is found under the massive Victorian arches by the Thames at Bankside Southwark and close to the world famous Borough Market in London Bridge. It is a public restaurant in the wine attraction "Vinopolis" created by award winning restaurateur Claudio Pulze. The food and service are paramount but with the wonderful opportunity to offer a great wine list from around the world. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerPre/post Theatre
Diner Reviews
  • "I haven't eaten at Vinopolis for many years, but it was nice to see that it hadn't changed in any of the usual negative ways and still retains it's perdect balance of excellent wine, fine food and unobtrusive atmosphere. I was wowed by the wine waiter's recommended wine, and the food was superb. It was also excellent value due to the special offer provided by Opentable."
    dined on 28/08/2014
  • "Came here on a deal which made the meal very good value for money. There were many options for a set menu and the portion sizes were also good. My only gripe is that I came here with a friend for a catch up over a meal and the waiters were overly attentive/ constant. We were asked 2 minutes after we had sat down if we were ready to order, asked 4 times if we wanted coffee and our mains came out as our starters were being cleared - there was no room for breath. We noticed a pair of friends like us who were there to catch up had the same issue. I think this is just the way the restaurant does its service - quick in quick out but it made the meal feel a little rushed and the restaurant near empty by 9.30pm!"
    dined on 19/08/2014
  • "This is a favourite of mine and my partners. We have never had a bad experience here and cant believe the quality of the food for the price everytime we go. The lamb hotpot was incredibly flavoursome and delicate at the same time. I would recomend you get in before the deal ends!"
    dined on 18/08/2014
  • "Ten of us enjoyed the OpenTable special offer set menu. We booked for 6.15pm, plenty of time to leave the Globe after a matinee performance and have a drink first. Given the price we were impressed by the variety of dishes on offer. Between us we sampled quite a few starters and main courses, none were found wanting and the grilled Argentinian beef in particular was judged outstandingly good. The service was exceptional - not only welcoming and friendly but extremely efficient, with each dish served to the correct diner at the right time (a welcome change from the 'so which one's having the medium rare beef?' approach). The house red wine was fine, not cheap but acceptable with that low price menu. We'll go back."
    dined on 16/08/2014
  • "We had the 2 course menu for £14.95, which was very good. the duck meat just fell off the bones. Banana crepes were delicious. Delicious wine. Very enjoyable, would visit again."
    dined on 09/08/2014
  • "We enjoyed our meal at Cantina Vinopolis but were shocked at the wine prices. Not much atmosphere at 6.00 but it was busy by the time we left at 7.30, Should be good for pre theatre."
    dined on 05/08/2014
  • "The set menu is excellent value and imaginatively compiled with some original dishes. The standard of cuisine is generally high. The service is good although there was confusion regarding the aperitifs we ordered. The ambience is excellent."
    dined on 04/08/2014
  • "Beautiful venue for dinner, and the wine was as expected superb. Had the crab and prawn starter and lemon sole main course, absolutely superb food, cooked to perfection. Service was pretty unimpressive, we were kind of abandoned once our main course dishes were taken away and had to find someone to ask for more wine and water, weren't offered dessert menus. Apart from that, a wonderful evening!"
    dined on 01/08/2014
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    dined on 31/07/2014
  • "Great value meal on the special offer. Wined and dined in style and got to the theatre on time. Always enjoy Vinopolis"
    dined on 31/07/2014
  • "Meat had a lot of grissle but was tasty if dry but the leaf salad was drenched with the dressing perhaps this should have been available in a small pot on the side so that it coild be added to personal taste rather to the ideas of the person preparing the dish."
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "Really lovely place - service really good and food amazing such good choice would definitely come here again."
    dined on 18/07/2014
  • "Everything about the lunch was good - we had to ask for extra bread (to wasn't offered) and also ask for both wine and water to be refilled at least 3 times. The food was delicious but over prices considering that the service wasn't great."
    dined on 12/07/2014
  • "Often one assumes that if the food is heavily discounted there must be some reason why and usually not a good one. Never have I been so wrong! The standard of the food that was served was top class on every level. The taste, presentation, combination of flavours on my plate (I has the Thai squid to start, duck for main and passion fruit tart for dessert) was exquisite. In fact, so good was our meal that I have booked a meal for 40 people for my sister's birthday. In terms of value for money, you cannot go wrong. They've definitely got a regular in me!"
    dined on 09/07/2014
  • "From the moment we arrived for our 6pm booking, problem after problem! 3 complaints within 5 minutes and then more! One being a member of staff who walked into me so hard, she practically spun me around but did she stop/apologise - absolutely not, just carried on talking and laughing as she walked along with her colleague as if I were invisible! The duty managers excuse was that it was her first day???!!! This happened in front of 4-5 members of staff who were shocked and apologised not quite believing what they had just witnessed!! Handed menu's with no explainationa and left for so long I had to get up and go find a member of staff (near empty restaurant too!) When I asked what the bread was, response was 'brown'! Shocking!"
    dined on 09/07/2014
  • "We booked a pre-theatre meal at 6.15 (leaving at 7.45) using the special offer of £14.95 for 2 courses - due to travel problems, we ended up not ordering until 7, so fitting in two courses proved impossible. Totally our problem, not the restaurant's, and when our bill arrived charging us for both courses I would have been happy to chalk it up to experience. However, when one of our number pointed this out to our waiter, he immediately offered to serve us our dessert if we were back before 10.30 - not something I felt he needed to do. We did indeed return for dessert and it was as delicious, beautifully presented and courteously served as our main courses. So, many thanks to our waiter and the team at Vinopolis, for their patience!"
    dined on 08/07/2014
  • "Food on the set menu disappointing - very odd cod..... and everything was very oily. It is being left behind the quality of other restaurants in the area."
    dined on 07/07/2014
  • "Had a great lunch. Staff attentive. Food was really fresh and flavoursome."
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "I went to the restaurant after I received a Buyagift meal for 2 as a present. The food was well cooked and reasonably priced but the service was, at best, perfunctory. No waiters smiled or appeared friendly throughout the meal. My wife was offered bread and, when she asked if there was a gluten-free option, she received a blunt one-word answer ("no!") without further explanation. She was offered bread containing wheat again later by the same waitress who ignored my requests for a slice and turned her back on me. Nobody greeted us when we arrived and nobody said goodbye when we left resulting in a rather sombre atmosphere. Overall the experience rated as fair and could have been improved if the staff showed they cared about their customers."
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "The food was beautiful and it was a lovely atmosphere. Would definitely book again. We went on the special offer and it was excellent value for money. My only negative was that the service was a little bit quick."
    dined on 04/07/2014
  • "The food was very good value; extensive wine choices and very good service. It was interesting to be able to seethe food cooked since it was an open iitchen"
    dined on 04/07/2014
  • "On a sunny evening the bar area was an oasis from south bank mayhem. Service and food in the restaurant was very good. Then slow walk home. Good's experience."
    dined on 03/07/2014
  • "Two of us had a delicious meal from the promotional menu; smoked salmon and thai squid were sampled for starters, followed by Argentine steak and duck confit. The wine list was extensive; we found a Chilean red for £23 which went down well. No room for the desserts which offered an appetising selection. We'll visit again."
    dined on 03/07/2014
  • "Hidden away round back of Southwark, past Borough Market, where prices are higher,quality of food very good.Liked pork and duck dishes. Buzzy and lively,with high vaulted ceilings.Staff very attentive and lots of them,no delays in service.Good wines."
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "I've visited Vinopolis on numerous occasions for work and socially. Our recent visit dining with family & friends was good. It was the first time I'd selected the promotional menu and it didn't disappoint despite my husband being of the opinion dishes were smaller; the portions were just right for me. My only criticism is that that we waited a while for our main course; we've never experienced this at Vinopolis before. The wine ordered as one would expect was superb and distracted us a little from the long wait for our mains. We'll not let this deter us from returning as the food on offer is exquisite and our varying diets were catered to."
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "The restaurant looks very nice inside. The choice you have with this offer is good, the food I've tried was all good (except for the duck confit which is quite different from the original french recipe). The value for this offer is good, but for the normal price wouldn't. In addition, at my second time at Vinopolis, I'm again disappointed by the service which is not what you would expect from this classy restaurant. Also (for the second time) the staff serving us didn't look prepared on the wine. Overall good value for this offer but would not recommend in general, don't think I would come back."
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • "It was quite busy around & about as the restaurant is by Southwark cathedral & there were quite a lot of people around. Nice quiet bar for pre dinner drink. In the restaurant, we were seated right on top of another table but we asked to be moved to a quieter one and the staff were more than happy to oblige. Decor fairly plain. Quite rustic looking with cabinets of wine adorning the walls. Let down a bit by what I presume were extractor fans, above the tables. Looked horrible and didint seem too efficient as there was a slight smell of old cooking fat coming from the open kitchen. Food was very good. 3 courses for £20 with a good choice. Total bill for 2 £90 incl bottle of wine and a cocktail each. Would definitely go back."
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • "The food isn't incredible but it's certainly good value. The wine is very good. Steak was a nice main and the starters were tasty if slightly small. Service attentive but very occasionally fussy. Good choice for a reasonably priced meal in a unique setting."
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • "I was meeting a friend for a meal, both coming from very different directions and both late for our reservation but they were very good about that. It was a comfortable restaurant, although not especially busy whilst we were there, they didn't rush us, so perfect for a catch-up lunch, We enjoyed the food a lot. Would definitely eat there again."
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • "We ate off a special fixed price menu and although the choices were limited there was enough to cater for the 4 of us all of whom have different tastes. The service was attentive and polite but not overbearing and tbe food was attractively presented and very tasty.All of the party agreed at the end that we had received excellent value and that we would both recommend it and go again.ū"
    dined on 26/06/2014
  • "You can get the same deals there that you get here, so that was a bit uderwhelmig, but still great value. The space is huge, The wie pairig was excellent, we loved the starters, the main (off the menu deal) were a little less exciting but still quite good options."
    dined on 26/06/2014
  • "A lovely venue for the price - a real surprise when we for there. Food good and as expected for the price, good range of wine and not over priced. Staff were friendly and attenrive. Went and watched the world cup in the bar afterwards having great fun with their bar staff"
    dined on 26/06/2014
  • "The best thing about this restaurant is that the staff were helpful and friendly and they did not rush you. The food, however, was no more than alright. I had the seafood pasta which was slightly undercooked. My friend, on the other hand had the gnocchi and she said it was very good. My choice of pudding was sold out, I was told, but it was only 8 pm! We would go back and can recommend it for people who just want to spend time catching up but it's not up to the standard of a special dining experience. We would also have appreciated some guidance with our choice of wines which did not materialize."
    dined on 26/06/2014
  • "We had a work/birthday lunch here. The food was excellent and the wine pairing superb (as you'd expect from Vinopolis). They even put a candle on the dessert for the birthday boy!"
    dined on 26/06/2014
  • "What a fabulous restaurant, ambience was perfection and the service was excellent, I have never been served food so quick before! The food tasted great and was value for money, i would def return!"
    dined on 22/06/2014
  • "We had a fabulous evening at Cantina Vinopolis. The food was delicious and we both felt it couldn't be improved upon. The service was excellent and overall we will definately go back."
    dined on 21/06/2014
  • "Going for the £15 special offer deal I didn't expect gastronomy, but unfortunately the food fell well below my expectations. Every dish tasted as if it had just been liberated from the freezer and the steak was extremely fatty. The wine was excellent, and the service decent, but I can't recommend the food unfortunately. A shame."
    dined on 21/06/2014
  • "The meal was definitely worth £15 a head. The food was uninspiring but was well presented. I chose the grilled beef which was not great quality but it was worth what we paid for it. The wine we chose was delicious even though it was one of the cheapest on the menu. The service was very good. The restaurant was not busy and that may have contributed to the slight lack of ambiance. We felt that the restaurant was rather too dimly lit. Generally, we had no complaints."
    dined on 21/06/2014
  • "Ate here early one evening and already busy. Shown to a table with plenty of space between us and other diners and watched the restaurant fill up around us, but always seating people with awareness of privacy. Had the special 14.95/19.95 2/3 course menu - lovely choices and for the same money as a chain restaurant, we were spared the normal pizza and pasta options and instead had beautifully presented and tasty food. Service was excellent, loads of waiting staff and being a wine tasting attraction, a good choice of wines by the bottle and glass at reasonable prices. Would definitely visit again."
    dined on 21/06/2014
  • "The food was excellent and the 2 course menu was simply fantastic value. Not to mention the staff were so accommodating, we had 24 for dinner and they managed to have us all sat together, with no delay to food or wine. Would highly recommend."
    dined on 20/06/2014