GinTonica at The Distillery

4.4
49 reviews
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Spanish
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  • Tapas
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
After spending much time enjoying and researching the tapas bars and restaurants in Spain, particularly the Basque region, head chef Greg Lewis now serves his own fresh take on some of his favourite dishes. We use the finest imported Spanish produce married with the best seasonal ingredients to produce a modern British twist on traditional Spanish recipes.

We’ve also curated a list of 100 gins from around the world and matched them with complementary mixers and garnishes allowing the character of each to flourish. Alongside this sits a collection of simple, flavourful cocktails with a Spanish twist, created by our resident cocktail gurus, using traditional ingredients, flavours & methods from the region.
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FF
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious tapas, excellent service, relaxed, friendly and open vibe. Will definitely be visiting again.

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EJ
London
15 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

GinTonica is in a lovely old building at the heart of Portobello Market, and it has one of the best gin lists I have ever seen, BUT in some ways it relies too much on being cool and having good location. The staff were all larking about, ignoring customers, slow service, we had to beg them for a 2nd drink. They should be all over it. So, all in all, I would come back and I would recommend, but I hope the service picks up soon (at these prices, it really should!)

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DH
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a really great place to go with friends or on date night. It is not too noisy and overall I felt it wasn't too expensive. I had a great night here!

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RC
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great gin and tonics and good taps. Reasonably priced and attentive service. Very pleasant.

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IM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

the food is out of this world! It's so good. We went to Gordon Ramsey in London as well and it was so midiocre and expensive compared to this place. Go! It's so worth it!

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E
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was very slow and didn’t care about anything at all. Didn’t explain about the gin or about the food. We waited a long time for someone to come and show us to our table and then waited a long time again to order food.

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ME
London
9 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely setting, really nice wine. Cocktails were delicious. Service was charming and really efficient. Tables are a little too close together so makes it hard if you are tall! Otherwise great.

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BS
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was quite limited from a choice perspective but when it turned up it was good. The service throughout wasn't particularly impressive and certainly not up to the standard I was expecting.

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JR
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

My reservation was scheduled at 21:30 we arrive at that hour, but the staff told us that in that day they will close at 11 and the food service will be suspended at 22:00, i think they must tell you before the reservation

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s
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

I will definitely not be going back nor recommending to friends. I was fully expecting the drinks to be pricey but then I was expecting a totally different experience the food was ok the service on the other hand was nothing but useless, on arrival we were left waiting I had requested to sit at the bar on booking which is an option when booking this however depends weather the staff give your tables away as they don’t bother to look at any bookings request. We had to constantly ask to be served all the staff kept doing was chatting to one another this included the manager. The music kept going off throughout the evening couldn’t wait to get out of there

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KP
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tapas, and of course delicious gin cocktails, knowledgeably prepared. The service was immaculate and the setting gorgeous – a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

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

A great, sociable tapas meal in quaint surroundings. Beautiful food at reasonable London price.

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L
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The upstairs dining room is lovely, and although they were out of a few things on the menu (olives and Iberico pork) every dish that came was delicious. The dishes did come out quite quick quickly however, and it would have been better if there was a little more pace to the meal.

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P
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a great place. Its a shame we had to go elsewhere as we would have loved to stay longer.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The staff were all lovely,very welcoming and enthusiastic, especially the spanish waitress ,unfortunately i didn't get her name.

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M
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were greeted with a warm welcome and seated immediately. The gin selection was extensive and while the G&Ts are by default served filled to the brim with tonic, the staff will happily serve the tonic on the side if asked.

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TB
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice pub for a get together with friends and listening to Jazz music. Relaxed and chilled vibe.

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JK
London
16 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The highlight of GinTonica are the cocktails. They are made with the utmost care and taste fantastic. The tapas menu is interesting, unique, but doesn't make you go wow. I was actually hoping for the wow you get from chefs with a unique offering. Nevertheless, for great drinks with some Tapas on the side, its a good stop.

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KS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love The Distillery

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

Great find, great gin, great staff and great olives :-)

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R
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We chose a 5pm table, splendiferous gin & tonics and cocktails, a bit trolled by the time the tapas came out but it certainly tasted good. We were the only table there which is to do with our timing - a few cocktails, few tapas and we were at £390 for three - so cheap it ain’t but this is the epicentre of gin-fizzery and general gin-ness.

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EF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Found this gem in Ladbroke Grove in the Portobello Road ... booked in advance and the place was buzzing! Great Gin selection. This bar serves tapas with drinks rather than British or European.

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JP
London
31 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We gathered for some tapas prior to our Ginstitute booking downstairs but would gladly have gone back afterwards for more had it been open!

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AS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit to Gintonica! Love the place. Absolutely friendly staff - especially Delphine- bubbly and charming. It’s a quiet place to enjoy with a friend when you just want to chill and chat. 💕💕

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ML
N. Ireland
3 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful evening at Gintonica. Sampled lovely tapas - the mackerel & the bonqerones were exceptional! Delish cocktails to accompany & the guys serving were great 😄! Thank you

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AS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked this place as my cousin was visiting from Kenya! We loved the place and the staff were so caring. We explained we wanted the gin experience and we were shown and explained about the various gins they had and given a taste of few before we made our choice of gin and mixers. The food was great, special attention was given by all the staff and we will definitely visit again. In fact we’ve already planned a visit in October and were thinking of making this our regular monthly place to get together! Loved the atmosphere, and we could actually have a conversation!

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AI
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very quiet when we went. G&Ts are awesome - so much choice. The tapas menu was small but everything we had was cooked to perfection. The tortilla and chorizo were both amazing. Had lovely window seat overlooking bustling Portobello Road market. More people came in after us making the atmosphere better. Lovely place to have a gin (or 2) and some really well cooked food. Will certainly come again.

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BG
London
15 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for a friend’s birthday and the food was great. Service was also very good. I will go back!

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BM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic! Phenomenal selection of gin and cocktails with friendly, personal, efficient service. We return time and time again.

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JG
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Wonderful little tapas place with excellent cocktails. We enjoyed getting a few plates, a few drinks and the atmosphere of the place is pretty cool. Small, laid back and easy going. Appreciated the attentive service, but not overbearing.

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JK
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Thank you for helping us celebrate my mom's 80th bday - we had a great time - food & drink were terrific!! The service was AMAZING!

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DB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had lovely tapas lunch. Would have given 5 stars if booking had been dealt with correctly. Arrived early and said had reservation, was shown to table upstairs but asked on arrival if could sit in window area.... only 1 other table taken at this point. Told no, as that was also reserved. Half way through meal, received email from OpenTable saying we hadn't arrived. On checking with our very helpful waitiress, she investigated and learnt that waiter from downstairs hadn't heard me correctly and didn't take us to our booked table ... in the window!..(hence restaurant listing us as a no show!)... such a shame as you can see all fun in Portobello Market ... something we went along to experience. That being said our waitress tried to recompense and offered a scrumptious free chocolote mousse as an extra for dessert.

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AD
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed a handful of tapas dishes, which were fresh, authentic and tasty. Our server was very friendly and helpful.
Well worth a visit to Gintonica, if you happen to be in Portobello Road.

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BM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous cocktail menu! The best G&Ts we have ever had.

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KV
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Gintonica is one of my favourite places. A long list of gins to work your way through, the ambiance is nice a chilled and staff are very attentative. Highly recommend!

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JA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was expensive but quick to be served to us and every dish was amazing. A large selection of gin. Katy was very helpful with the gin selections and took time to explain some of the gin to us. Glad we didn't move to the downstairs bar in the end as we had a great table. Would recommend to any gin fan, but for a romantic meal i wouldn't suggest a Sat night as it was quite loud.
Will definitely go back - would love to try out the hotel next time.

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NR
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Nice place, but smaller than I though, I could hear everyone else’s conversation!
Our waitress was great and also the manager.
Food was amazing and drinks were nice.
Overall would recommend!

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FG
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely amazing. Perfect for gin lovers. Fantastic service. Will return !

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S
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Distillery was a lovely venue. The tapas menu at Gintonica was varied and the food was excellent and the cheesecake was sublime! The range of gins on offer was extensive with lots that we had not come across before. The staff were welcoming and friendly and were happy to share their knowledge of the gins should you want it. We had a lovely evening and will definitely visit again.

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J
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was fantastic BUT they advertise as a tapas bar so we ordered 6 between 2 of us - the portions were too big! They were main course sized. Either we should have been warned that 6 dishes would be too, much, or they could have suggested we order a couple and the order more. But the pot of tapas is that you try different dishes - I used to live in Spain and have never seen anything like it. Consequently a lot was wasted which is not good (and that was despite me trying to finish as much as I could)!

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