La Isla Bonita

3.8
23 reviews
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£25 and under
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Latin American
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We are a new Latin American cantina and cocktail bar in Battersea, where Hollywood meets Cuba ! An exciting venue serving the latest Food Trends from pulled pork carnitas, homemade burgers, sizzling fresh steaks and fajitas to south island king prawns, homemade calamari and shredded chicken Tostadas. You can visit for a full a la carte meal or just sharing plates with your friends.Our venue has a separate cocktail bar decorated with artwork in homage to havana and vintage poster girls. Our cocktail menu has over 70 different choices from strawberry mojito to melon martini and cosmos- all served tall with crushed ice and very generous.In summer we have al fresco windows which can be booked.Our bar opens late till 2am on the weekends, having a very friendly vibe with Latin and pop music (smart dress) no entry fee.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Latin American, Mexican, Brazilian
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Phone number
020 7924 2772
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Carlos Medina
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Parking Details
Parking on all side streets- free after 4.30pm.
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Public Transit
Clapham junction station Battersea park station Queenstown road Bus - 319, 345, 19 , 49, 44, 344
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8based on all time ratings
3.7
food
4.0
service
4.0
ambience
3.8
value
76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Considering it was extremely busy due to being Fireworks Night, the service,food and staff were amazing..as usual :)

CC
London
158 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Pleasantly surprised by Isla Bonita. The food was excellent, the service was great, and it was a really fun evening. Not one for a romantic first date - the emphasis is on party atmosphere and bright cocktails.
The food is surprisingly good - very fresh and huge servings. Everyone had a great night, and we all have some good photos with sombreros!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Funky Mexican/Latin restaurant. Good food big portions. Good value for money. Great for after work dinner/drinks for groups or couples.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and cocktails were excellent

l
London
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2015
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

My experience in this restaurant wasn't that good. First of all the deals they hava for group, like sharing plates, is good but you can only ask for one time. If you ask for another sharing plate they would no because is to much work for thw chefs. The food is not the best and the customer needs to get improved. They look like they doing us a favor. We didn't feel comfortable.
I have one advice for the drinks: don't order sangria. it tastes nothing.

FM
London
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2015
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, fun and friendly atmosphere and terrific value!!

DD
London
10 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2015
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Finally tried this neighbourhood spot and was pleasantly surprised. The cocktails were made with care and yummy. I'm not sure how 'authentic' any of it is (from cocktails to decor to menu), but it's fun in a crazy-kitchy kind of way. I found the appetizers a bit 'hit and miss' but the fajitas were fresh and tasty. The place was a little empty on a Thursday evening but (perhaps as a result) the service was great. I will have the steak fajitas again at some point in the near future.

p
London
7 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great evening all round

l
London
6 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2015
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

This wasn't my first visit to the restaurant and the last time I came everything went smoothly so I'm guessing they were just having a very bad night and were short staffed.
It wouldn't put me off going again but I would hesitate to recommend it until I've seen them operate with a full team.
Sadly on the night it took us 25 minutes to get our 1st round of drinks and this meant we were served the starters before the drinks arrived.
The food was plentiful and tasty so no complaints there but I'm hoping they can resolve their staff issues. One diner was very rude to the waiter which I really didn't feel he deserved. It wasn't his fault they were down some key team members.

T
London
124 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2015
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

The service was very good , they deliberately turned down the music as requested and the waitress was attentive but not intrusive. The food was average but the portion was big

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2015
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place that is very reasonably priced. Have had a few great evenings here full of good food, drink and surroundings. Great for a big group!

P
London
23 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2014
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The place was easy to find, though parking in the streets around it is limited amongst the 'Chelsea Tractors' that sit for the majority of their lives unmoving. Inside the place has been done out in burlesque meets latina judging by the unusual pictures on some of the walls. It was not very warm in the restaurant, though to give them their due they did turn up the heat when asked [Though seeing customers still wearing their coats must have been a hint?]. Starters (calamari and a barbecued corn and avocado salad) were good. The lamb steak had been asked for 'well done' but was on the edge of too well, and the medium rare steak was heading for medium. My wife thought her meal flavoursome if overdone and mine was full of flavour, with decent accompaniments. The sweet potato chips were particularly tasty. We did not have desserts but did have non-alcoholic cocktails that were very good. Nice to see (at last) some interesting non-alcoholic drinks! The two courses and cocktails came to £50 and a few pence, which did not seem too bad.

M
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2014
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The waiters were too busy with the large groups that were booked that evening and didn't get any attention from them at all.

I
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

The food was great and the portions were good. However, I wasn't overly thrilled with the ambience. But the staff was very helpful and made up for the rest.

h
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2014
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Fun restaurant with good atmosphere but needs a bit of a revamp to modernise it. The food was quite stodgy. Big portions but not great quality. Overall a good night out if you're going in a Group

H
London
10 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2014
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Was a little confused to start as this used to be Margarita Loca and still has the same web address... It wasn't great before (kind of greasy Mexican food) but both starters and both mains were fresh and delicious. They have also sorted out the decor - still purposely kitsch but just feels a little more luxurious.

KB
London
26 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2014
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We were well looked after - food & drinks were good.

I
London
8 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2014
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good and service was pleasant; good value for money.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2014
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and cocktails, friendly staff, good value and ... sombreros! What more can you ask for?!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was great, very tasty and packed with flavour. We went for my husband's birthday and had a really good time, the mexican theme made a really cool vibe to the evening. However the food did take a long time to arrive if we hadn't ordered starters we would have been starving, the restaurant was 40% full so not sure why it took too long. But overall it was a good night.

m
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

met a friend there for a Friday night dinner and it was great. we had a cocktail, starters and mains and it was just over £20 each. Really fab value with the deal. The staff were great. Service was a little slow but it was very busy. Great ambience as well. Would fully recommend.

P
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2014
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

The wait staff was really attentive and made the experience. The food actually was a bit worse since renaming the restaurant - a bit bland, seemed like cole slaw and nachos came straight from a packet and margarita pitcher barely had any alcohol. Really liked the potato skins.

y
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and beautiful decorate... have a high quality food and the tea is wonderful!!! I Will recomend