La Bodega Negra - Restaurant

4.3
827 reviews
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Mexican
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  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
La Bodega Negra Restaurant is a complex space of sumptuously decorated rooms, glowing with mystery and exclusivity. The cuisine is high octane Mexican – traditional, authentic, yet with it's own creative twist. The restaurant is a secret cellar, an undiscovered gem – a deconstructed glamorous party scene, with DJ’s and a giant array of superb tequilas. The food on offer is bites of Mexican deliciousness.
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London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Bodega Negra is a quirky, fun place with delicious food and very good service. Upbeat and fun atmosphere, casual, to be recommended.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Really cool decor
Very hipster but still high end
Amazing cocktails - I had a sweet yellow one 4 times

J
Dorset
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

So, was fun to give my date a little "surprise" when we arrived as has to enter though the Adult Store

The food was good, enjoyed it but would not say value for money - you are paying for the location

Being seated was a small fuss but after that the service was spot on!

I think a one time only place

MR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was great in terms of taste, but the quantity could have been a bit more. Overall, I was not disappointed. Great date spot!

OT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food fab, more amazing drinks.... service was unusually odd but it’s always a great night out with a different crowd and a trendy inviting atmosphere. Never fails to please and is one of my favourite places in London on ANY night of the week! Love a taco!!

AA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I am cutting and pasting the complaint email I sent to La Bodega Negra (which I got no reply to):

I had heard the venue was worth a visit from an old Timeout post and decided to check it out with a friend, but I can easily say that the meal and experience I had last night was the worst I’ve had in London.

I found the food to be very restrictive (as a vegetarian) and very poor value for money. I ordered the only vegetarian option for tacos- which I was told were ‘pretty hot’, I was only able to eat half of one and couldn’t finish the rest due to being too hot. I asked for milk twice and the wait staff seemed very unbothered and this took about 10 minutes to arrive at our table, after this my server actually belittled me for it, saying ‘I couldn’t handle it’.

We asked to order more wine during the 20 minutes we had left at our table, our waitress told us we should probably just leave now. We insisted on ordering and drinking it fast and then were told we could finish our drinks at the bar. We were made to get up and leave our table very suddenly, with no assistance in finding a seat at the bar.

Although I can understand the timing restrictions at busy London restaurants, and the need for prices to be a little more- I found my meal last night to fall short on the quality I would have expected. I left last night, still hungry after spending £40.

I’m bitterly disappointed, and embarrassed that I suggested La Bodega Negra as a dinner venue to my friend, who had an equally unpleasant time.

SB
Berlin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food, really attentive and friendly staff and unique locales.

T
London
14 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Not as good as the first time I went 3 years ago. Really disappointing and not many dishes to choose from

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Fabulous venue and atmosphere, the place had a great buzz and me and my girl friends had an amazing night. Didn’t feel rushed and they happily left us to get on with our evening

LH
London
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Would thoroughly recommend this place for drinks prior to dinner however I have been here repeatedly and found the food severely lacking for the price. The corn is one of the best things I have tasted however everything else falls very short of the mark.

MS
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

The server was nice, the place was very nice, the food was really (really) delightful... At least for the starters. The music was SO loud, like in a nightclub, that we could not stay any longer to enjoy the food any more... I will recommand it, but DO NOT expect to have a real tchat with the person you come with.

RN
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The 'secret' entrance was great fun, and certainly added an element of excitement! All the staff were super lovely and attentive, we felt very well catered to! The food was the real star of the show though. Everything we had was absolutely gorgeous! I would probably recommend the Tuna Tostada, but I'm definitely going to go back for tacos here again because they were so good, and could see myself going for drinks here instead of another local bar just so we could get a queso fundido on the side. (a mouthwateringly good cheese and chorizo fondu). Also the drinks were great!

EG
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, food and drinks. We will come back for sure.

A
London
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Different restaurant with great atmosphere although since the music is a bit loud (bar) it makes it a bit hard to chat to more than 1 person. Food was good but a bit expensive for the quantity and quality.
1 taco order is 2 small tacos so would would need to order 2 plates again good but not the best place if you are hungry. Also great choose of tequila but the shot (50ml) is quite expensive £8.5 the cheapest but then you get a full margarita for £9 so not much logic.

M
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cosy atmosphere, great location... lovely food but a small menu, the tequila menu though was stunning

CM
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fun venue, lovely staff and delicious food. The music was a little too loud though!

s
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Super overpriced and small portions but tasty food and drinks

J
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Interesting and fun setting, but nothing else matched up. Over-priced cocktails and a very mediocre food offering. Ceviche which was basically slices of raw fish drizzled with overly sweet mango sauce. Nothing like any ceviche we’ve ever had. Tacos also not great. Expensive for what they were. The pork belly was basically one large piece of gristly fat. Inedible. Waiter was attentive and did take it off the bill. However, we left underwhelmed.

There are much better, and more reasonable, Mexican restaurants in London. Go for drinks and a fun venue, just don’t expect much from the food.

JB
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Heard great things about here and wasn’t disappointed - Food here was incredible, cocktails were great, setting was cool. Would recommend !

a
Glasgow
6 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent (at both the bar and restaurant), food great as always (especially the tacos) and awesome vibe.

OT
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night as always, amazing food and very friendly waiter, good humour added to our evening

k
London
10 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing food!! great fun atmosphere, will definitely be back

IB
London
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great date venue, somewhere a little bit different, but still cosy and lively at the same time!

C
London
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 2ambience 5

Excellent night out. Really cool place with an excellent vibe.

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Really enjoyed the evening.

PW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Bit too noisy but I appreciate that it was a Saturday night and it is that kind of place!

LV
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

I like a good dance and loud music but not the volume we had during our dinner. I lost the will to talk half way through the meal.
Waiter was pleasant but didn’t wait to take my order for a drink - just my boyfriend’s! Did not explain how the menu works and finally when pressed, advised us.
There was no desert menu and to be honest, the food we had was very average and overpriced for what it was. I would say, save £100 and go somewhere else for dinner not here.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Overpriced, the food was okay but not worth the price we payed for it and the place wasn't as nice as it looks online

T
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Great service and cool atmosphere. Tacos are made with quality ingredient and quite tasty. Big downer is that food is way to pricey for what you get. Be ready to spend £100 or more and still feel hungry.

AK
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Portions rather small but tasty food
Worth a visit

JP
London
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food great. Service great. Just unaware that half the place is a bit like a club. Music too loud and impossible to move around as so many people all stood around the bar. The only downside to what was a really cool restaurant

ER
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was delicious however my boyfriend and I arrived at 6pm (we could only get a table at this time) and we were finished by 6:45. The food came out way too quickly and we couldn’t really enjoy it despite the bill being over £90. We also got dip, starter and main course so would of expected longer in there.

IP
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Mexican food best I’ve ever had and great attentive staff.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience

S
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Had 4 vegetarian options. All quite bland and used the same ingredients in 2 of them. Terribly overpriced. Waitress was wonderful and we received a great complementary dessert though. Also wonderful selection of tequila.

DG
London
38 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and fun cocktails

P
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent! Only slight complaint was value for money. As having a Mexican family who own a Mexican restaurant, I know how cheap it is to make/prepare. Although I appreciate it is in central London. Stil, I would highly recommend to anyone.

LA
London
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Un sitio totalmente recomandable pero la musica esta muy alta.

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Y
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Very disappointing. Food was average at best. Service ok. Drinks ok and expensive.

J
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

The atmosphere and the restaurant itself is nice, but food wasn't great and the waitress that was serving us was quite rude and kept saying that we will have to leave the table soon.

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