Alquimia Spanish Restaurant & Tapas Bar

4.1
134 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Spanish
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  • Outdoor Eating
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance

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About

¡Bienvenido! We are very happy to welcome you to our Spanish restaurant in Putney. Serving the very best tapas, cured meats, fish and classic Iberian dishes, we cook in a bold modern style. Opened in 2013, after working together in several restaurant kitchens, our classical training has forged our passion for exceptional Spanish cooking. Our beautiful restaurant is on the Thames embankment in Putney Wharf. With a large alfresco space our customers are treated to a wide selection of wines from many of Spain’s famous growing regions, all with Denominación de Origen. We hope the warm and traditional décor will give you a taste of true Spanish hospitality and that the food will fill leave you dreaming of the Boqueria in Barcelona or picturesque fishing villages in Andalucía. We are happy to help you organise large parties or functions. We have hosted weddings and private functions and can provide individual menus for any occasion. We hope you will enjoy your time at Alquimia.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 11:30pm
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Phone number
020 8785 0508
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Private Party Contact
Adolfo: 020 8785 0508
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Underground: Putney Bridge (District Line) Rail: Putney Buses: 14, 22, 39, 74, 85, 93, 220, 265, 270, 424, 430, 485, N22, N74 Complete pleasure Boats and cruises
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alquimia never fails to deliver great food, great service and a buzzing atmosphere.

Gavin Jones

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2016
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Service very slow throughout. Waiting staff were lovely but just didn't seem to be chasing up our order... even the bread took forever. And to finish it all off the bill had several mistakes.

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MG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food as always. There is something special about Alqumia.

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VC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could not fault any part of our experience! Fantastic!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, friendly staff and excellent value for money! Will definitely be back!

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d
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2016
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

This is undoubtedly the WORST restaurant that I've ever dined at in London.

I was seated and waited 15 minutes before a menu was placed in front of me. I waited a further 10 minutes before a drinks order was taken. Most of the beers had run out/finished (by 7:30pm!) and the glass of red wine had been spilt all the down the stem of the glass.

Food was fine.

We then waited a further 30 minutes for a second drinks order, but one of the drinks was not brought to our table and I had to ask the waiter to bring over the ordered drink. Once the food was finished, the plates remained on our table when we decided enough was enough.

We politely pointed out the poor service to the owner, when we went to the front desk to pay. The owner rudely decided to tell us 'NEVER come back to this restaurant again!'. Not the best customer service ever...

Unless this restaurant drastically improves, I would highly recommend that you DO NOT go here.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and service, good drinks and desserts. Can become expensive with the small plates, but is worth it once in a while

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J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2016
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We had dinner with a couple of friends. Decor is cold and place is loud, no soundproofing. I did not receive a menu when seated and we generally had to attract attention to get service. That said, we had a nice evening and the food was very good. The wine matched the food really well.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic and authentic Spanish food. You really can't get better Spanish food in the U.K..

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PF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was very good but the service felt a little rushed

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2016
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

good afternoon, it was way to expensive for what it was
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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2016
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

Good food with average service, that was overpriced. Lack of atmosphere and ambience. Overall, an ok experience.

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L
London
8 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We visited Alquimia as a group of friends and felt welcome. The food was good (we had tapas) and the staff were friendly. Quite a relaxed atmosphere but lively as well. We stayed at our table ages after we'd finished dinner and were almost the last to leave but nobody hurried us. A decent place for a night out as a group - plenty of choice and an easy place to be. Would go again

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was very friendly and personal which made it a great experience

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food always good - especially the garlic prawns - however service is very slow.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2016
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

This is a lovely restaurant with great staff and the food was really good. They

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VA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2016
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Slow and abrupt service. Dishes were left empty in the table for about 20 minutes despite the restaurant not being busy or understaffed. Food was very average with a mediocre mixed paella and a very dry tasteless and not well executed roasted cod. Only the croquetas and the crema Catalana were fine. Expensive for that food and service standards

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OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable atmosphere, friendly, not the cheapest restaurant

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G
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Food was excellent although let down slightly by the small menu. Website states there should be a specials board but we weren't made aware of one. Ambience could be better as it seemed very bright inside... almost cafeteria-like. Plus the room off to the right of the entrance is a bit echoey and noisy even when only a few tables occupied. Could be excellent and maybe better as a lunch venue perhaps.

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HH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2016
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Like many river-side restaurants, gorgeous view, mediocre food, great service.

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M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2016
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Food was great.
Service terrible.

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AS
London
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant specially their paellas. We went to celebrate a birthday and service an food were amazing. Jose the owner took care of us really well.
100% recommended

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OT
Wales
3 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Authentic , good quality tapas.

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H
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Staff were very friendly. The ham croquettes were yum!

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SO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2016
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Good was distinctly average. Served fairly Luke-warm.
Service was relatively slow and the wine by glass menu needs a look at.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we have been here a few times and it is always excellent in all areas and the food is really
as good as it gets outside of Spain

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CU
London
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am Spanish. I went to Alquimia (not for the first time) with my wife to celebrate our anniversary. We pre-ordered the Paella with Lobster with a starter of "gambones". It was simply amazing. The service was also very good. And the value is quite reasonable for London. I will be back.

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C
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A little noisy (an office outing was well lubricated) but otherwise a superb meal. Great service, some of the freshest King prawns we've ever eaten, Jamon Iberico that melts in the mouth and a wonderful salad. A great place for a date, or just a fun night out.

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XX
Tokyo
114 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A steady go-to option. Menu maybe needs refreshing. Helpful friendly staff. Decent wine choice requires you to pay up, the cheaper wines are a bit poor

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L
London
17 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2016
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

wasn't as great as we've experienced before. Paella was nice but the rest of the starters didnt impress as much as usual. Day's special king prawns were mushy and rather average.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2016
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 1

We were slightly disappointed having tried Alquimia for the first time, as we are Tapas lovers.
The atmosphere inside the restaurant is very bare and cold, and feels distinctly like a chain restaurant. The staff are friendly but once it gets busy the place has too many tables and not enough staff to provide attentive service, so you have to try and catch the waiters' attention most of the time. The food is very disappointing, there is nothing authentic about their tapas unfortunately, the dishes are plain and luke warm interpretations of the classics, and although perfectly edible, this is not the place to go if you want to experience a true taste of Spain.
The wine list however is impressive and we had a great reasonably priced bottle of Spanish red, so if you want a nice glass of red with a perfectly acceptable snack by the river on a sunny day Alquimia will do.

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XX
Tokyo
114 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

High quality food, efficient but a bit brusque service, boxy room makes for a loud environment

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CB
London
45 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Service was prompt, though it's nice to be given a menu even if you're still waiting for fellow diners to arrive - that didn't happen. The food arrived pretty quickly, and was good (especially the tuna tartare) but portions even by tapas standards at the price were a bit measly. I'm used to paying around £4 - £6 and this was mainly £7 upwards. £14 for 4 large garlic prawns! Wine was also pricey (though the one we had was excellent) - nothing around the £20 mark or less. It's not a restaurant with a luxury vibe and it lacked atmosphere (though it was early evening). I'd recommend for the quality of food and wine to someone with deep pockets - per head it worked out at £29 each with 3 sharing a bottle of wine and just 5 dishes

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C
London
15 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second visit here 6 months apart. Service was great, food gorgeous, delicious wine! A lovely evening!

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BH
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2016
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Frankly we were disappointed. The ambience was flat, with no candles on the table even though it was Valentine's Day. The service was lacklustre, the waitresses not friendly or welcoming enough. The tapas were decent but nothing special. I wouldn't recommend it and I wouldn't go back there. They need to work a lot harder.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2016
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Visited with a friend and must say food is of a very high quality, the best paella I have eaten in London! We ordered a selection of tapas and Red King Prawn Paella and must say it was just outstanding. The ambience of the restaurant is just fantastic and would recommend it to everyone. I am spanish and love good food and must say you have all the brands and products you would expect t have in a good restaurant in Spain. Jose was the perfect host, could not be happier and will return shortly!

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b
London
19 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really outstanding Spanish food. Would come back here repeatedly (and have!)

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

First time visiting and had a wonderful experience. Food and wine selection was set up to meet a wide variety of tastes and price points.

Standard tapas offering with some twists (aubergine with rosemary honey was a new one for me) plus some house creations like tuna tartare with guacamole. All very good.

Staff was attentive. It did get a bit loud at times but not to the detriment of the evening.

Would recommend and visit again, especially when things warm up to sit outside along the Thames.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Being half Spanish I'm quite fussy about my tapas and when my favourite Tapas restaurant closed I couldn't find anywhere that I liked. But after discovering this lovely restaurant, I am happy to report you cannot get a more authentic flavour of Spain than here. Food is delicious and although a little more expensive than I'm use to paying, its an ideal place for special occasions or for Spanish Foodies. I definitely recommend this place.

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LL
London
9 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Visited Alquimia for Sunday lunch with a friend. I had been wanting to try it for some time, based on published reviews from some demanding food critics. It lived up its reputation. The food was very good and the service was welcoming and efficient. It would have been nice to see a chicken dish or one more vegetarian option, but overall, it was a terrific dining experience. The starters, in particular, were amazing. I can't wait to return in the warmer weather to grab a seat with a view of the river and sip some Sangria! Ole!

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