Boqueria - Clapham

4.6
316 reviews
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Spanish
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  • Tapas
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
London’s Boqueria is an exciting tapas restaurant located on Brixton’s Acre Lane. Unique in its pedigree, Boqueria is entirely inspired by Barcelona’s iconic El Mercat de San Josep de la Boqueria, a famed market synonymous with Spain’s food and wine. With this in mind the Boqueria team seek to introduce diners to the most traditional flavours of Spain in a setting that really wouldn’t look out of place along the streets of Barca. Forget everything you might have learned in the conveyor belt tapas joints of London and settle in to enjoy the authentic recipes of true tapas bars - dishes made using fresh ingredients, specialty Spanish ingredients and just a sprinkling of creativity to capture the real essence of Espana. As important to the Boqueria experience as food is drink. On the wine list is a small selection of only high quality Spanish wines while a specialty menu of sherries and cavas complements the menu and brings a fresh perspective to dinner time drinks.
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RP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Based on the reviews, we were really looking forward to our evening at Boqueria. I was very disappointed. The food was far from authentic. Generally lacked taste and the overall quality was poor. Service was hit and miss. I wouldn’t go again.

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good paella

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D
London
11 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a local gem. The food was delicious, the tacos specifically and the octopus was one of the best I’ve ever had. Service was attentive and drinks weren’t too pricey either. Will definitely return.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Took my parents along as they were visiting. Such a great range of delicious food! Everyone very happy and they have quite disparate tastes.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was great

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GC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent . Best tapas In town.

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LB
London
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were warmly welcomed to this stylish tapas bar where we enjoyed great service a very good food. Great value. Hope to return in the near future.

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LD
London
23 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely place friendly and attentive staff , yummy food and busy for a rainy Tuesday

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SH
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

It was great as always however it would have been good to get the waiters/waitresses to come back and check more often if we needed something else. I understand it gets busy but service needs to be more proactive. We will still come back and we liked our waitress but a little more attention to detail would be great from the team.

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RM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had always wanted to go and it didn't disappoint. Food was delicious. Service was a little slow towards the end as they started to get busy, however would go again!

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was wonderful. Lovely venue for a catch up with family

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DR
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It has been a really nice experience as usual when we are going there as a frequent customers. I would only point out that it is understandable we will need to leave the table within 2 hours but since we have been ordering more than expected and the food has been taking a while to be served, I have found a bit disrespectful to have been asked to leave the table with still food on our plates, I genuinely think for this very uncomfortable situation the 6 of us were, I don't think I would come back again which is a shame as overall we have always enjoyed our time and we have introduced this restaurant to very wide range of people on my business, friendship, family etc.

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p
London
9 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We took our best friends to this restaurant and had a great experience. The food was lovely, the atmosphere was relaxed and we had a genuinely lovely evening. The small plates were a decent size so we could all try a bit of everything. I particularly loved the pulled pork taco.
The meal was also very good value. We will be back for sure.

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AQ
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved the food and the service, a proper Spanish restaurant finally in London! Very lively, as it was Saturday night, but the waiting staff were attentive and fast. I will definitely come back!

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CT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Over the years I have been going to La Boqueria the menu has been an enticing mix of perennial favourites and delicious new additions. The staff are friendly, knowledgable and polite; food is well prepared and presented and the bill is refreshingly reasonable. Worth a good tip!

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JW
London
16 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good local restaurant (even if I'm not local, but hopefully you get the idea). I had high expectations from looking at the menu on line and it didn't disappoint. The service waa quick and friendly, our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and cuisine. The food was really good and very reasonably priced. Definitely recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Divine food, friendly service

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GF
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good tapas food with a great atmosphere! There is a large selection of bites and a daily menu which means there is always something different. Will definitely be going back to Boqueria

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always brilliant

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BD
London
7 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always good. Food is interesting, tasty. They always have different specials which helps for variety as I go there a lot. Nice atmosphere and good service. They are quite laid back but friendly. Try the tuna tartare and the suckling pig. Both delish

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JR
London
8 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Our second visit and our last. Food arrived virtually all together and wasn't terribly hot even then. By the time some could get round to other dishes they were cold, including the beef tenderloin which needs to be eaten hot. Octopus very thin and tasteless. Chorizo overwhelmed by the cider sauce (at least they didn't charge us for this). Desserts better and good cheeseboard. Service was pleasant and helpful but could not compensate for the disappointing food. Too noisy and packed into too small a table.

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HA
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. I’ve never had a bad experience there. One of my favourite restaurants. Highly recommended

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N
London
7 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Visited last Saturday, two of us plus sister and her family. Pleasantly surprised by the experience . The place was packed and buzzy, service pretty good considering how full they were. We shared lots of tapas, almost all pretty good or very good, washed down with a good Rioja. A good find - we’ll certainly go back!

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FF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Very good food! Highly recommended. The downstairs room is a little bit noisy.

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RP
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, attentive service. Very loud table next to us and noise levels are high. Staff managed it well though. Throroughly recommend.

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K
London
8 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic. We have been coming here for years and it never fails.

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SJ
London
8 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, great range of dishes to keep everyone happy and lovely vibe

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WF
London
58 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a fantastic meal. A great variety of dishes all very tasty and well cooked. The service was good and friendly. The whole mean for 4 people can to less than you pay for 2 people at many London restaurants. Will go back again, and again and again!

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A
London
8 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Pleasantly surprised with the ambience and daily specials! Will be back again for sure.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very good vegetarian selection

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B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good in general service , food,presentation,clean, ambience!! I love it !!

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k
London
7 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had the best date night here. We sat at the bar and ate to our hearts content. The wine was very drinkable and complimented each tapas dish perfectly. We finished off with espresso martinis and stumbled home after a fab evening. Highlights were the huevos rotos, the pork belly, and the cheesy corquetas. My advice, choose everything at lease once - you won’t regret a choice😋

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MM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My third visit in a matter of months. Great, tasty and authentic tapas with some more inventive options on the specials board. Nice atmosphere and friendly service :-)

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AK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Boqueria is a fab Tapas. The food is outstanding - really inventive dishes and good portions to share. The service was terrible to start with although there was one waitress who helped us in the end. We ordered a lovely bottle of Reserve Cava (very well priced) and some Anchovies and Olives to start with. The anchovies and olives never came - we had to ask 4 times! We got them eventually. After that the service improved somewhat and we got what we asked for - the tapas was bought out perfectly with time between dishes to really enjoy. They gave us a nice liquor shot on the house which was very welcome. I would go back despite the service as it's a great place and food superb.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been here many times and we never leave disappointed, the food is amazing and the service great. Will definitely will back again soon.

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Munich
13 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second visit to Boqueria and the food was again very good indeed. Service was great too. Only gripes were that the lighting was very dim, making it very hard to read the menu, and it really was exceptionally noisy in there. Will definitely be going again though!

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D
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The food’s quality was very low, I have been there two years ago and it was way much better. The steak (solomillo) was not spanish watsoever, tasted like the value steaks from tesco!! I couldn’t even cut it! Very disappointed. The meatballs weren’t great either. Seems that they are buying cheap products from UK and not spanish products!! I wouldn’t go again there are so many better spanish restaurants in London. Also I had to wait 25 min for my dessert a few pieces of levhe frita. Never again

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DO
Berkshire
16 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

I had high hopes after reading the previous reviews, and perhaps we just found it in a bad night, but this was not a memorable dining experience. The bartender, although very friendly, was unfamiliar with a few simple cocktail suggestions and it got worse. The room was stiflingly hot and we were told the AC units were not working well. The wait staff was grossly under-informed about the menu and repeatedly brought us the wrong food. At one point the wrong plate was delivered and described by the waiter as something we ordered, only to discover after our first bite, it was a dish the next table had ordered. We offered to buy them a replacement but then they were given the wrong dish as well. The excuse was that the wait staff was all new and still learning. I would prefer they were trained better. There are better options not far away...

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JA
London
11 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always excellent!!! Look forward to going back again and again....

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OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very nice thanks

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