La Bodega Negra – Café

3.8
45 reviews
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£25 and under
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Mexican
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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 1am.
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LD
London
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Disappointing. I was a bit underwhelmed - the food was fine and the cafe itself was average and service was dismissive. Marguerita Monday was also a bit of a scam as it's not valid for all margueritas but isn't pointed out anywhere until you get the bill. Wouldn't bother going back.

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AC
London
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nothing special, normal food for a high price but was okay, I like the place. What I didn't like specially was the music level, was really too loud.

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v
London
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal, really tasty. It was the perfect place to go before the cinema. Will definitely come back. I will go to the restaurant next.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 2

Food was not good

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Our service was terrible and our waiter was extremely rude. I will not be going back again

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LR
London
9 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good food. Great value on Taco Tuesdays.

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SG
Essex
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice feel at the cafe with excellent position next to the Palace theatre! Ideal for Voldemoert

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I
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun night. Efficient service great quality food and portion size.

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SB
London
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Fairly average food. We got the £10 lunch plate deal, and the food was fine for this price, but I would've resented paying more for it. Margaritas were good, but £35 for a jug is just too much. Service a little bit slow, but also really lovely staff. Atmosphere is great and quite fun. I'd come here for drinks again, but not the food.

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MV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Booked a table, the table was confirmed, arrived and the restaurant was closed

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t
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Had a very rare opportunity to have a evening out without kids. I looked up best Mexican restaurant in central London and this came up. Checked the menu. Checked the website and settled on this.

Arrived and went downstairs to the restaurant and was told they didn’t have my booking. I asked them to check and they told me I had booked in the cafe. Not once did opentable or the website mention the cafe. When going to the of the booking email and clicking on the link it took me to the main restaurant website

So my wife and I are dressed up having just been for cocktails and then sent to the cafe. We felt over dressed and out of place.

If I wanted cheap street food surrounded by tourists I would have gone to Nando’s.

We then were not found in the booking system asked to wait then scorned at and asked what we were doing. When then shown to a table the waitress stopped to get menus and we waited to only be asked by someone else what were we doing!?!

The menu was basic, the service bad and the setting loud and crass.

We ordered starters and drinks. The starters came and it then took the waitress to come over to realise we had no drinks and then we were brought the wrong drinks. On top of this the margarita was obviously a batch made and smelt of chemicals.

I am not sure which bit of my evening was the biggest let down. Having slept on it and thought it was the fact that my wife and I have 4 nights a year approximately when we don’t have kids and we wasted it on this place!!!

I feel let down, conned and very upset.

The worst thing is I booked this months ago so not even like I scrambled for a table.

On top of this for a restaurant with about 40 tables there were 2 toilets which were shared with both men and women.

A joke.

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

It was great, except halfway through our meal it got soo loud! Good for a few drinks and food with friends as long as you don’t want to have any level of conversation

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M
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I did't think much of it. The food was mediocre and the service was slow.

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P
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Not bad, the cafe was nice and lively on a Friday night but the food was just average, I did expect a little better.
I’d be happy to try the main restaurant as the menu is different, had a couple drinks in the restaurant bar in there which were good, also the entrance is rather interesting ;)

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CF
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambient and really nice service!!food nice but the key is the cool ambient and place!

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Very good ambience, excellent service and great music! But very expensive for the quality of food

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R
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went here for a birthday treat, ate in the cafe as restaurant was booked out. Food was lovely however you do need to order a few plates if going for the smaller dishes. I had the fajitas and they where a really generous portion but my boyfriend ordered 4 of the tacos and he prob could have had more !
Cocktails where really tasty but are small for the price. Service was 10/10 x

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OB
London
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice venue, air con was pumped up to high so everybody in the restaurant had coats on. Food is good - was better the first time around but good, simple menu but good value.

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

Great Soho spot. Not for those who want a quiet dinner out! Vibes aplenty.

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PN
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was okay. Was very overpriced for the serving size, and service was only okay.

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KM
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Got our food before our drinks and it was tiny for the price.

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JV
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Food was good, but the service was very slow. There were only 3 waiters for the whole restaurant and they just couldn’t take care of everybody.
There was live music and the band was good, but it was far too loud - we had to shout to have a conversation.

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DB
London
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 5

The live music was too loud, the male waiter had attitude

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DS
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

A Good place to eat fill your stomach, before a night out.

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NH
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went for late lunch , food was good , quietish time of day

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MM
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was very average and overpriced. Bit disappointed.

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MS
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The guacamole portion in the Guacamole de la Bodega was tasty but very small and bulked out by mostly chips. The sea bass ceviche was very (nearly too) salty. The taquiza was generally nice but the tacos felt quite bready. The tomatoes in the Roma Tomato Salad were very under-ripe. The warm sweetcorn salad was good: the corn had a good bite and was a little but not too (spicy) hot.

The music was good and not too loud to drown out our conversation, and the general ambience was very pleasant. The service was friendly and efficient; our evening meal for two with a drink each was turned around within 75 mins.

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K
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great time, the food was delicious and staff were very attentive and friendly!

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JS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The service was good and I liked the latino music. However, the food was not great and the music was a bit too loud so it was hard to have a conversation.

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SP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just an amazing ambience with wonderful servers.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Sourcing too many ingredients...

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LM
London
35 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always great Mexican food. Reasonably priced in the bar area too.

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BK
London
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was poor and expensive. Also a rather small menu with not too much to choose from.

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R
London
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was great, but service was slow and we found one member of staff to be very rude. Live music was a nice idea, but far far too loud!! Could barely hold a conversation. Would have been perfect if it was acoustic.

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JJ
New England
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Steer clear of this dive. Sneaky server trying to jack up bill bringing pitcher of drinks when we only ordered 2 margaritas. Service is horrible.

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IL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There was a great atmosphere and a fantastic duo playing jazzy covers. The half price January menu was excellent value for money.

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LR
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, friendly staff. Absolutely love this place. We had a booking at the Cafe and they allowed us to take our drinks downstairs after to have a boogie on the dance floor. Thank you guys :)

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NM
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Our meal was good, but due to incorrect orders our starters were served separately as the wrong order was brought for one of us - not ideal as had already waited a long time only to send one back !

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VI
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, live music was an added bonus

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N
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 4

Very expensive place and quality of food is very poor

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