Goya Pimlico
Goya Pimlico

Goya Pimlico

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.goyarestaurant.co.uk/
  • Phone: 02079765309
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Sunday: 12pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar

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A word from Goya Pimlico
Very popular Spanish restaurant in Pimlico. Extremely pretty with friendly staff, jolly atmosphere and lots of delicious tapas. Attracts politicos and business types for lunch and more locals at the weekend. Also good for groups and you can sit outside in the summer. What's cooking? Squid in ink sauce.
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Goya Pimlico reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since 26 May 2014
Average Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambience3.5
    Value3.6
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
group bookings (14)good vegetarian options (10)outdoor eating (9)special occasions (8)fit for foodies (7)outstanding value (7)romance (7)pre/post theatre (6)business meals (5)sunday lunch (4)child friendly (3)brunch (1)Show More
  • Mixed Tapas
    HEVS01VIP
    Dined on 26/8/2014
    We had the tapas. Some of it (the Meatballs, the chorizo in red wine) was excellent; some of it ( the croquettes) was good, some (the quail) was not so good. But the wine was excellent. Overall I would visit here again - the service was impeccable and the downstairs restaurant is fairly cosy, though it was a quiet night and on a busier night I imagine it's quite lively.
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  • Great food value and service
    Simeywimey
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Packed with happy diners and a steady flow of quality tapas. Definitely worth a visit
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    group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance
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  • Goya Pimlico
    Yasmeen
    Dined on 21/6/2014
    Goya in Pimlico never fails to hit the mark. Lovely Spanish tapas, great wine list and friendly service. A firm favourite which never fails to deliver.
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    brunch, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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  • Tip added to bill NO WARNING!
    Lani14
    Dined on 19/4/2014
    I rate the service as it was difficult to understand the waiter and we had to repeat any questions we had regarding food and wine. also, I did not like at all that a 10 percent tip for service was manually writen on bill. The waiter actually crossed out the word 'not' on the bill in the phrae ''service is not included on bill'. Did not like this at all and as result will not be back. I asked waiter about this and he said I did not have to pay but I feel it is very poor service to add this to bill when it is to stated on menu gratuity is automatically added. I paid the tip. Also, we were only a party of two people. I could maybe understand if a large party. Overall, I thought this was completely inappropriate and VERY tacky service.
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  • Distinctly uninspiring
    Kouneli
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Nonchalant service, unseasoned food; a very bland and uninspiring experience overall. The only surprise was just how much the bill came too. Doubt we'll ever return.
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  • Nice food
    JSMartin
    Dined on 27/3/2014
    We had a lovely evening at Goya last week, the food was awesome and the value for money is great. atmosphere wise, not the greatest as no music is herd and lighting is not so good, but the food they give and being well accompanied would soon make you forget about those small details. will definitely be coming back soon!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good traditional Spanish Restaurant
    Cloudskimmer
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We used to eat here 18 years ago when we lived nearby and I had just studied Spanish. It hasn't changed! Good traditional food and wine offering.
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    group bookings, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Goya has been my favourite
    Martina
    Dined on 25/1/2014
    Goya has been my favourite local restaurant for the past 25 years and it is still going strong! Thank you!
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    romance, special occasions, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Goya, Pimlico
    Elnlnbnd
    Dined on 13/1/2014
    Fantastic restaurant. Friendly staff, attentive service, great menu with food living up to your expectations.
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Goya
    Sooty
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    The standards are being maintained at Goya - excellent food and service. Well worth visiting.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor experience
    NesFin
    Dined on 16/11/2013
    I was expecting quite a lot based on the previous reviews but this restaurant really let me down. I went there on a Saturday night and the place was half empty, service was poor and did not come with a smile. Food varied - tortilla con salmon turned out to be an omelette (!), chorizo and the meatballs were almost like "inflated" (very watery) and tasteless. Having said that the prawns and stuffed aubergines were delicious. Weirdest thing was though the bill - the staff had manually entered a 10% service charge - is it even legal to do so? Would not recommend this place - poor service and the food was not even close to authentic or taste particularly good
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  • Went to Goya for Sunday lunch
    MLYAU
    Dined on 3/11/2013
    Went to Goya for Sunday lunch having passed by it many times and it always being busy. Ordered a selection of tapas to share - food was ok - nothing outstanding, decent sized portions and served fairly quickly (although could be partly as they were not dishes which were freshly prepared per order)
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  • Spanish Tapas
    Food
    Dined on 28/10/2013
    We enjoyed a fantastic authentic Tapas meal. Portions were generous and staff attentive and friendly throughout. Would highly recommend
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    outstanding value, fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    dht09VIP
    Dined on 17/10/2013
    It's a local favourite and never fails to please. For a more informal dining experience, go to the tapas bar upstairs, but there's a large restaurants in the vaults too.
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    good vegetarian options, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lively, great tapas, good value
    RLandPT
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    We sat in the basement restaurant which was buzzing with cheery diners. Despite the crowd though our food came promptly and was excellent. Among the generous-sized plates, some of the freshest and tenderest octopus I have had. This is old-school tapas done very well by a staff that obviously cares.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since 26 May 2014
    • Average Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambience3.4
    • Service3.8
    • Value3.6
  • The following 233 reviews are from the Goya Pimlico reviews archive.
  • GROUP VISIT
    Lmvpottedp1
    Dined on 18/9/2013
    The staff at Goya were welcoming and attentive but not overwhelmingly so. The service was prompt. The portions are large, well cooked and presented and very good value.
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    business meals, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Late summer evening tapas
    RORDH
    Dined on 23/8/2013
    We had a lovely dinner, sitting outside in the late August warmth. We over ordered as usual, but every dish was delicious. The Spanish rice in particular. The wine was lovely and service good. Even with coffee and extras, the meal was great value.
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    outdoor eating
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  • Tapas in Pimlico
    kevinoVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2013
    A good selection of Tapas and a lovely jug of Sangria, Efficient friendly service and reasonable prices. Ideal Sunday lunch before a visit to Tate Britain.
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  • A very pleasent experience
    EsseMVIP
    Dined on 21/7/2013
    A very pleasent experience was enjoyed at the Goya, Pimlico when dining as a group of four. We received a warm welcome and received very good service throughout. We all enjoyed sharing our tasty tapas and we were mostly pleased with our choices. A word of warning: a lot of plates arrived accompanied by 'patatas'. We also ordered 'patatas' seperately! Check with your server before ordering 'patatas'. They may not be necessary! Bottle of red, 9 plates, bread, desserts and coffee about £25 a head inc tip.
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    child friendly, outstanding value
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  • Neighborhood Gem
    foodie44
    Dined on 5/7/2013
    Really enjoyed the food - great casual Friday night meal! They were packed, but the staff was friendly and accommodating. We will definitely go back to Goya.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty authentic tapas in pimlico
    EddL
    Dined on 5/7/2013
    This is the second time we have been to Goya and it didn't disappoint. Good value, authentic and tasty tapas. The atmosphere is great too, always full and buzzy. Friendly service. Will go back.
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    group bookings, outstanding value, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Late lunch
    Katties
    Dined on 3/7/2013
    I thought we would have a table in the dining room when I booked, instead we were at a bar table which was fine. The tapas were very good and 5 was more than enough for 2 people.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Return visit to Goya
    acbm
    Dined on 27/6/2013
    Went for lunch. Didn't think the food was quite as well prepared as my last visit but would give them another go.
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  • Authentic tapas and friendly atmos
    EddL
    Dined on 5/6/2013
    Can't believe we've lived in Pimlico for nearly 5 years and never been to Goya. It's well regarded and I can see why. It servers very authentic and tasty tapas for a good price and the portion sizes are not disappointing as with many tapas restaurants around town. The atmosphere is very firendly and again authentic to that of the bustling tapas bars in Spain. Some good wines on the menu too. Will definitely go back.
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    outdoor eating
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  • Good but not great
    Wads
    Dined on 23/5/2013
    We booked on a Wednesday evening and by 9:30pm the place was mainly empty so it was quiet. The service was very fast and friendly. The starters were large so don't allow yourself to over order!.... I had a wild mushroom and octapus starter while my wife had cold quail..... my dish was very tasty but the mushrooms were soaked in oil so a bit too filling and greasy to finish.... the octapus was very well cooked as were the handful of king prawns that came with it. The quail was also a tad on the oily side but my wife enjoyed it. Main courses were paella which was really good with a nice selection of seafood (clams, squid, mussels, prawns, langustine, and white fish) and chicken. Overall a nice filling meal but a bit heavy on the oil.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, brunch, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great value in Pimlico
    ladieswholunch
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    We have been here many times before. Always great food with a good choice range.The food is freshly cooked and speedily delivered to the table. The atmosphere is perfect for lunch or dinner with friends. A great wine choice too
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    good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, Sunday lunch, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had fun
    miha
    Dined on 5/5/2013
    We sometime go and eat this restaurant . As usual every foods are fab. Especially this seaseon a many people enjoy Sangria so did I.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating
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  • Tasty Tapas with Good Service
    HungryLaura
    Dined on 3/5/2013
    Whilst the room in the basement lacks something in charm the great food and attentive staff made for a relaxing Friday evening dinner. We ordered our tapas in batches of two and were not rushed or pushed into ordering more food. All the dishes we ordered both tasted and looked good and were served in quite generous portions. The waiter was helpful with choosing wine. A food value dinner option.
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    romance, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value
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  • A neighbourhood gem
    wilwVIP
    Dined on 3/5/2013
    We dined al fresco facing a busy road but surounded by regulars. It was like being in the Costa del Sol - Local flavour with warm loquacious Brits drinking, eating and celebrating. We had a man celebrating his 90th serenading us with Frank Sinatra tunes after dinner and regaling us with his stories. The food was uniformly excellent and service prompt and friendly. I like it. You are made to feel like a regular by the regulars and by the staff. it was busy without the need to vacate your table. My second visit and it won't be my last.
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    romance, child friendly, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, brunch, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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  • Good wine, decent tapas.
    BillB
    Dined on 28/4/2013
    Reserved a table in the restaurant but when we found it was in the basement, we decided to eat upstairs in the wine bar. Had an excellent bottle of Rioja Reserva and half a dozen tapas dishes. All pretty good except for artichoke and serrano ham dish which was dry and pretty tasteless.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing!
    CavyVIP
    Dined on 22/4/2013
    I have been here one evening before and had a delightful meal. This time I met two friends for lunch,the service was slow and not friendly,food bland and we left some and to crown it all we were charged £1.50 each for the bread basket...£4.50 for 6 half slices of bread? I did not make a fuss as we were having a good catch up, but sadly I will not be going there again. Please take note whoever runs this place.
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  • OK
    JiggsyboyVIP
    Dined on 13/4/2013
    Popped into Goya for a quick tapas on the way home. The food was pretty average although nothing was very expensive, so I wasn't too taken aback.
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  • Lunchtime visit to Goya
    acbm
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    This was my first visit and in comparision to other tapas places I have been to, all the dishes we had were good and served in generous portions. It was reasonably priced and I'd certainly visit again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was outstanding!
    Meri
    Dined on 28/3/2013
    The food was outstanding! I loved their chicken croquettes and manchega cheese (starters). The steak was delicious too! I'm definitely going back there!
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  • Goya Pimlico
    DaveH
    Dined on 24/3/2013
    After the sad demise of the New King's Road and Wigmore Street branches of La Rueda, I was delighted to find their menu alive and well at Goya. We enjoyed a leisurely 4 hour lunch without being rushed. Great lamb cutlets and the large praws were excellent.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, brunch, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice restaurant
    archie
    Dined on 1/3/2013
    a nice pleasant place to eat.good service with a smile and tasty food, sangria was good too.
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    business meals, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tapas, but a little
    BryJoVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2013
    Great tapas, but a little hectic! Felt more like eating in a bar than a restaurant
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  • Consistently good food
    Lovebigfood
    Dined on 1/2/2013
    Have eaten here a few times, and food is always good and given in good size portions.
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  • Not thrilled
    EttiVIP
    Dined on 16/12/2012
    This was the second time I visited the restaurant. This time with a Spanish couple, so we ordered a selection of tapas to share. Some of the dishes were decent (meatballs and cheese croquets - and I really enjoyed the chorizo), but most of them were not to my taste, like the gazpacho, which had more vinegar than tomatoes, the fried squid that had no taste and a chicken dish with more bone than chicken. The bill came to £15 per person, so value-wise I suppose I can't complain. The atmosphere was quite 'mediterranean' with some loud tables, which usually wouldn't be my top choice but this time we had a baby on the table so we fit right in.
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  • Saturday afternoon in Pimlico
    Pete
    Dined on 15/12/2012
    My two girlfriends and I enjoyed a delicious meal of a selection of tapas on a quiet Saturday afternoon. We felt that the food was very good value and beautifully prepared. The wine was not expensive about £15 for a bottle of Argentinian Malbec and very tasty. We were served by a very friendly Spanish waiter and the whole atmosphere in the restaurant was relaxed. We were also able to chat easily without having to compete with background music.
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    romance, fit for foodies
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