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La Bodega Negra – Café

4.0
4
104 Reviews
£25 and under
Mexican
The health and safety of our guests and employees is our top priority. In light of the rapidly evolving situation regarding COVID-19, we will be temporarily ceasing operations in La Bodega Negra Café, Mon-Fri until further notice. We are continuing to stay open Saturday & Sunday and for dinner at La Bodega Negra Restaurant at 9 Old Compton Street. We would be delighted to make a reservation for you there should that be of interest. We thank you for your patience, understanding and support, and hope to welcome you back soon.
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La Bodega Negra Cafe serves Mexican street food and cafe bites at 16 Moor Street in Soho. The cafe is open for delicious tacos and coffees, and dishes such as Al Pastor Pork, Pancita Burracho and other Mexican specialities and for take-away all day. The day-time sister of La Bodega Negra restaurant is all about fast, delicious, healthy Mexican food, with a kick-ass bar serving cocktails til late.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, South American

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon, Tue, Sun 12:00–23:00 Wed 12:00–00:00 Thu–Sat 12:00–01:00

  • Phone number

    020 7758 4100

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Leicester Square

  • Parking Details

    The closest public car park is: 20 Newport Place, London WC2H 7PU 020 7287 5951

  • Public Transit

    The closest stations to La Bodega Negra are Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Piccadilly.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 104 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.0
4 based on all time ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.6Value

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  1. MC

    MayC

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 March 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    A rather limited menu. My grandson disappointed that they didn’t serve fajitas. Bill quite expensive for what we had. Wouldn’t choose to go there again
  2. L

    Livschief

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 March 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Cool little place with tasty food, cocktails and good music. Hip ambience and decent value for ££.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 March 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food - definitely stepped up their game recently. Staff lovely!
  4. EG

    EmilyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great food, an extensive tequila list which is always a plus.
  5. KR

    KarenR

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 February 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really good service and food was lovely...! prompt service and good help with Gluten Free option.... : 0 )
  6. K

    Ksenia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Unfortunately we came to the cafe at a very busy time, we were given a table in the middle and due to no space in the cafe whatsoever our table and chairs were bumped into by guests and waiters every fifteen seconds. We decided to leave as we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the experience and food. Feeling very sad as we were super excited to visit the place before.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    We arrived on time and had to wait for our reservation and then they ran out of frozen margaritas. There was live music which was a good surprise. Tacos were awesome. Service was hit and miss though everyone was kind.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 January 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really tasty food and drinks. Pre-dinner theatre menu is really good value for money
  9. MS

    MonikaS

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2020

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Thought I have booked the restaurant instead of the cafe. Regardless of me making a mistake I did put in the comment that I have a code app therefore I believe someone dealing with the bookings should have called me and let me know that the cafe does not do code app etc. I find it really strange that the restaurant/cafe don't check they bookings/requests in advance. Luckily it wasn't a special dietary requirement or anything else as according to the manager they do not check their bookings in advance or do not check the requests until the booking actually arrives. We did end up dining in the cafe but I don't think I would ever come back as the food was same quality as Chipotle just way pricier.
  10. SL

    SallyL

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 24 January 2020

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Good food but terrible service. We were sitting down for 20 mins, had ordered our drinks but they hadn’t arrived when the waitress grabbed our menus and said ‘have you ordered? You know there’s a booking on this table after you?’ We said ‘no’ and she threw the menu back onto the table. The food was good but felt they were hovering around us all night.
  11. SL

    StephanieL

    London

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great for a casual catch up with friends. Good value for money and great service.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami - Dade

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 January 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice - and cosy - with good prices and value for the money
  13. TY

    TomY

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 January 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice place, great location, food was good as well as the service!
  14. SO

    SabrinaO

    Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 January 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Friendly staff, lovely atmosphere and great food. We're vegan and the staff were really helpful in adapting our dishes to exclude animal products. We'll be back. :-)
  15. SB

    SarahB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service, great for vegetarians, fantastic central location, very good value. Fresh & exciting flavours.
  16. DW

    DW2016

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience with amazingly delicious food and great service from Bruno and Jesus! A must when in London!
  17. LB

    LaraB

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 December 2019

    overall3food1service5ambience4
    Food was poor value, particularly the veggie fajitas.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 December 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good vibes and great food! We shared the guac and chips for starter and I had the chicken fajitas for mains which was extremely tasty! Everyone was happy with their food and cocktails! Would definitely return.
  19. F

    Firenze

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food! The red snapper ceviche was outstanding. Staff were very friendly too.
  20. HP

    HarrietP

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 December 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Delicious food, staff were very friendly and accommodating to my friend's birthday (they brought a shot with a candle in it!) however the music was a little too loud and the service was a little too slow. I would still recommend this restaurant to anyone!!
  21. AW

    AnthonyW

    Berkshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 December 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Excellent proper authentic Mexican food with friendly lively atmosphere. Service a bit slow but overall definitely worth going and we loved the food. We'll be back and also want to try the big Sister venue behind called La Bodega Negra which you have to book well in advance!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 November 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely evening- staff very friendly, ticks all boxes for a tasty, fun evening celebration!
  23. GD

    GiuliaD

    London

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 November 2019

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Nice place and very nice staff. The food is ridiculously overpriced and the portions are tiny. Drinks are very small and very overpriced too. Spent £45 and left feeling hungry...
  24. DP

    DavidP

    London

    39 reviews

    3.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on 26 November 2019

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Have been to the Cafe a number of times now and whilst we have always really enjoyed it and therefore returned we were disappointed with our experience this time. Service was poor due to the staff being intent of socialising with friends at the bar and not looking after the other customers and the food was not as good as usual. Whilst flank steak is not an expensive cut of beef, the flank steak served with the fajitas was over cooked and very tough. Perhaps it is time for us to try somewhere else and maybe if a few people do that it will up its game .. ?
  25. R

    Rosa

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 November 2019

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    The food was ok but very expensive for what it is. The environment is 'cool' but the music is too loud
  26. EM

    EmelineM

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 November 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Was my 2nd London anniversary. My friend had a nice time. For young customers. Good place to eat for a dinner special or not. Not advise for a date.
  27. P

    Poppybird

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 November 2019

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    The food was great but the service was awful. I made my booking on a Tuesday because there was a Taco Tuesday offer but when I arrived I was told by the manager the offer wasn't on anymore and they could only offer me a free drink as compensation. Then when I received the bill, a free drink wasn't offered and we were charged £6.25 for extra sauces which were tiny pots of cheese, sour cream, salsa and guacamole. It was £4 alone for the extra guacamole which was the size of a tablespoon! The restaurant was very busy yet throughout the night we were barely attended to and had to flag staff down regularly to get any orders. Extremely disappointed as I have visited this place twice before and always received good customer service.
  28. P

    Peter

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 November 2019

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Service was extremely slow, waited 40 minutes to order a drink and look at the dessert menu. Our server was difficult to understand as he had a very quiet voice and didn’t articulate his words well. The food was flavourless. This restaurant is not as good as it was when I first went 3 years ago.
  29. LR

    LeleR

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 October 2019

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Thought we booked at la Bodega Negra downstairs but no, we were in the cafe. There was no indications saying the different between both. In addition, a lot of mistakes were made for our orders and it was pretty slow, even thought the servers were really nice.
  30. TO

    TaraO

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 October 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and overall experience. Would recommend to a friend and will return. Thank you!
  31. A

    Annica

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 October 2019

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    I had high hopes the café would be as good as the Bodega Negra restaurant which I have visited several times. I am sure it was nothing wrong with the food, but in my opinion, none of the dishes the three of us had tasted good at all and we could not even finish any of our meals. The service was great though and interior nice so there is potential.
  32. JH

    JuttaH

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 October 2019

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Great food but quite loud and hectic (not a bad restaurant just aimed at someone younger than me)
  33. KB

    KamranB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 October 2019

    overall2food5service1ambience2
    Service was awful. Staff are very good at walking around and staring into space and basically ignoring customers. It was painful trying to get some attention for some service. Food was ok. Thought it would be better. We were actually asked to leave an hour and 35 into the meal as they said the next booking was there. They then asked us again even though we were waiting for change. The only time they noticed us and served us fast was in asking to leave.
  34. RM

    RichardM

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 October 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great for quick bite with friends to catch up and drink
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 September 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience2
    Good food, great service
  36. K

    Karen

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 September 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great Mexican! Not many places in London have really good Mexican - we ate at the Cafe side.
  37. N

    Nickyp1978

    London

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 25 September 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    A busy and noisy place. Table turnover is quick, they don't want you to stick around. Food is okay. Happy hour was good.
  38. IB

    IlianaB

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 15 September 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my son to Harry Potter as a birthday treat and we ate here in between performances. We loved the food, the service was great and they put candles in his churros for his birthday - he was thrilled! Thank you!
  39. CM

    CarlosM

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 September 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Bodega Negra is a Mexican restaurant with tasty food, a nice environment and a great selection of tequilas and mezcales.
  40. FF

    FrolikingFoodie

    London

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on 6 September 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Tasty but small portions, we went as a group and shared out plates which worked well. Cocktails were very easy to drink. Service slowed down towards the end of the meal particularly when we ordered soft drinks, the restaurant was just as busy as when we arrived.

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La Bodega Negra – Café is rated 4 stars by 104 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Area

    Leicester Square

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon, Tue, Sun 12:00–23:00 Wed 12:00–00:00 Thu–Sat 12:00–01:00

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, South American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    The closest public car park is: 20 Newport Place, London WC2H 7PU 020 7287 5951

  • Public Transit

    The closest stations to La Bodega Negra are Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Piccadilly.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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