Meson Don Felipe

4.6
135 reviews
£25 and under
Spanish
Established in 1987, Meson Don Felipe was the first Tapas Bar in London and we are still an independent, family-run business. You can expect great tapas and some amazing, well-priced Spanish wines, served in an authentic, relaxed atmosphere. We have an outside, heated terrace and for those unable to eat-in, we offer our famous Paellas for takeaway at lunchtime Monday-Friday and we are now available on Uber Eats.
Thank you for all your support and we look forward to welcoming you soon to this little bit of Spain in Waterloo.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 135 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LeeS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit here and was so amazing the food and service were excellent and the Spanish people sitting around shows it’s a great place for tapas will be returning most probably weekly

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DavidS
London
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great to be back there. We ate outside and had very good meal. Great sardines. Perfect patatas bravas with fresh sauce (not too much). Friendly service. Will be back soon.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for the kind words. Much appreciated and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Don Felipe

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leighb2000
London
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so good to return to this restaurant after the events of 2020 and the start of this year.
I first visited Meson don Felipe back in the 80's when they had converted the old bank in The Cut. Reassuringly, apart form a splendid new coat of paint, little has altered!
Great tapas, great service and still an affordable wine list including some truly delicious sherries.
Thanks to the team for making it such a lovely return - we will be back soon.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for the kind feedback. It's been so lovely to welcome back so many of our loyal customers and see them again after the year we've had. We truly appreciate all the support. Gracias!

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SamF
London
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff, well organised, food as good as always, had a lovely evening

Meson Don Felipe
Responded 2 days ago

Gracias! 🙏

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DianaC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here on the recommendation of a friend for an early dinner. Glad to be have been able to have sat outside. We were not disappointed by the incredible food and service. Very friendly and welcoming atmosphere and not at all rushed.
We look forward to a return visit!

Meson Don Felipe
Responded 2 days ago

We look forward to seeing you again soon too! Always wonderful to get such a great review and we appreciate the time it takes to write them. It means a lot to us so thank you. Hasta la proxima Don Felipe

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ScottS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lucky to have lived in Spain to know and enjoy good tapas
Was like being there again fab!

Meson Don Felipe
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for the wonderful comments. We work hard to create a little bit of Spain in Waterloo and it's always great to hear from those who know Spain that we're well on the way to achieving it. Gracias y Hasta Pronto

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NadiK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Really tasty food, good-size portions, nice atmosphere inside the restaurant.
Only drawback: I had asked for a high chair for my son when I made the booking, I asked them where we arrived, they told me they would check if they had any, but they didn't come back with any feedback on this.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for the great feedback on the food and the atmosphere. Apologies that we don't have any high chairs and that you were left waiting for a response. We'll work harder next time to get your 4 star review to a 5 star. But we appreciate the feedback and hope to see you again soon. Don Felipe

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Generous portions. Very tasty

Meson Don Felipe
Responded 2 days ago

Gracias!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The food was really disappointing. We’d heard great things about this place and it’s a shame it didn’t live up to expectations. The cava was great though!

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Fordy
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great! Felt as much as an authentic Spanish tapas as you can find in London. The ambiance was much better than expected. The pictures online do not really do the place justice. Will come back again for sure. This over Barrafina 100%.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for the great feedback and letting us know how much you enjoyed the food and the ambiance. We hope to see you again soon Don Felipe

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KevinG
Essex
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch , sat outside no problems and attentive service

Meson Don Felipe
Responded 2 days ago

Gracias! Hasta la proxima! Don Felipe

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RicSpanish
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Very nice Spanish bar. The food was so so, in terms of both quality and preparation. This place is better for drinks and aperitivo than for dinner. Prices are really low so it’s really convenient.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on 9 June 2021

Thanks for the feedback and hopefully we'll see you again soon Don Felipe

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Aleksandra
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very authentic tapas place - excellent food and drinks for the price. The staff are also very friendly. Really reminds of the places you can find somewhere in Spain!

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on 9 June 2021

Gracias! We're proud of being an authentic Spanish bar in London. We celebrated 34 years in business a few weeks ago and we're pleased to say we haven't changed much! We hope to see you again soon Don Felipe

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tonyg
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overdue visit to London from the States.

A favorite haunt from before we moved there 25 years ago. We have never been disappointed. Outstanding consistency at this popular restaurant. Where happy memories and good food are made.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on 9 June 2021

"Where happy memories and good food are made". What lovely words. Can we borrow them if we ever do an ad campaign? Gracias Don Felipe

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SueR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite tapas restaurant and it didn’t disappoint

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on 9 June 2021

Gracias!

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RolandB
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

4th time I've been here. Love the vibe, we were stuck on a table round the side outside which is a little noisy and doesn't get you the ambiance but still it was great and my dad and daughter loved it. I expect to come back many times.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on 9 June 2021

Thank you for the 5 stars and we look forward to seeing you back for the 5th time! Hasta Pronto Don Felipe

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Annabel
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really loved this place, brilliantly authentic, lovely people running it and we got to sit outside in sun so really felt like a mini holiday. And food amazing.

Off the beaten track of south bank but very central - defs going back!

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on 9 June 2021

Gracias and we love the thought of being a mini holiday! Hasta Pronto Don Felipe

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EllieW
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant food, such a good find. We came here on the recommendation of a friend who has been coming here for 30 years. The restaurant owner came over to check we were ok. Lovely authentic tapas restaurant. We will be back!

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on 9 June 2021

Thank you for the 5 stars and fantastic feedback. It's wonderful to see so many loyal customers come back since we've reopened but lovely to know that after all this time we are still making new friends as they discover us for the first time. Gracias Don Felipe

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RichardH
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Busy, buzzing, atmospheric, wonderful! The food here is first rate, the wine list is well rounded, and the staff are very very warm and efficient. It's very good value too. We visit whenever we're in London.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on 9 June 2021

Thanks for the kind words and fantastic feedback. We appreciate it and look forward to seeing you again soon Don Felipe

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stever
London
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect food, atmosphere and service -it was so lovely to be back inside one of our favourite London haunts. Never disappoints.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on 9 June 2021

Gracias!

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SimonH
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

All good, apart from the weather so better outdoor heating is needed.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on 9 June 2021

Thanks for the feedback and whilst we can't control the weather, the sun seems to be back so we're looking forward to good times! Don Felipe

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AlisonL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Come to this place often the food is lovely and very good value

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on 9 June 2021

Thanks for the 5 stars. We appreciate it and are delighted you had a great time with us. Come back soon Don Felipe

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PapaB
London
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I sat outside which was lovely. Great food, friendly service and reasonable prices. Can’t ask for more.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on 9 June 2021

Olé!

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DanielH
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is always great and very reasonably priced. Good portion sizes too. Sat on a table outside in the sun. Lovely.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on 9 June 2021

Wonderful feedback. Gracias! Don Felipe

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ChrisG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just the best place to be in the sunshine! Fantastic food, wine and atmosphere.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on 9 June 2021

Gracias! Our new outside space is looking amazing in the sun this week and we're hopefully giving our customers a little taste of Spain, here in Waterloo. Hasta Pronto! Don Felipe

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vipjillc
Edinburgh
39 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Still fabulous after all these years!

Fantastic food and it’s so refreshing not to be ripped off on food and wine prices.
I won’t leave it so long this time to go back

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on 9 June 2021

Thank you the kind feedback. We work hard to ensure our prices are reasonable so great to hear it's appreciated. Come back soon! Don Felipe

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food friendly quick service terrific tapas! Nice friendly atmosphere

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on 2 June 2021

Thank you for the kind words and 5 stars. We hope to see you again soon Don Felipe

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JohnnyZest
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Awesome food, fancied a dessert but weren’t offered a menu, but was probably too full anyway!

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on 2 June 2021

Thanks Johnny. We'll make sure you get offered a pudding next time, we have some lovely things, so make sure you save a space for them! ! Best wishes Don Felipe

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ChristopherB
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed going back to Meson Don Felipe. It serves lovely and authentic Spanish food and wine and has the ambience of a traditional Spanish bar. The staff were polite and knowledgeable and we were given excellent advice on our choice of wine which was very reasonably priced. We will certainly be going again soon.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on 2 June 2021

Muchas Gracias! We really appreciate the feedback and thank you for the glowing review. We look forward to seeing you again soon Don Felipe

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VincenzoZ
London
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and a nice to be. The service was fast and efficient

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on 2 June 2021

Thank you for the 5 stars. It means a lot to us and we hope to see you again soon Don Felipe

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vipAD88
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Really pleasant Tapas place, great outdoor seating. Every dish was delicious, particularly the meatballs and squid. Sangria was well made and chilled to enjoy on hot day. Super reasonable priced, would recommend to anyone in the area.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on 2 June 2021

Thank you for the kind words. Hopefully we're bringing a little bit of Spain to Waterloo, especially now the sunshine is out. See you again soon Don Felipe

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PeterK
London
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food, good service and value for money

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on 2 June 2021

Gracias!

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Ruthie
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really great food - particularly loved the gambas and a fantastic service!

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on 2 June 2021

Gracias!

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RayH
Aberdeen
5 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great atmosphere, food Nd good portion size for Tapas.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on 2 June 2021

Thank you. Much appreciated and always lovely to get another 5 star review Don Felipe

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RogerG
London
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A real plus that lockdown has meant that MdF now have outside tables. Impeccable service. May as well have been in Spain. Perfect.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on 2 June 2021

Olé! Thank you for the 5 stars and we're delighted you enjoyed the terrace. With the good weather it really is a great space. Gracias Don Felipe

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nigl
Surrey
5 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has been serving authentic excellent tasting tapas type food for many years. It was as good as ever and wonderful to see it reopening after the lockdowns.

Long may it continue.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on 2 June 2021

We're delighted to be back and happy to see so many of our loyal customers from over the years as well as new customers who are still discovering us. We celebrated 34 years in business recently and it's been great to reopen our doors again and we're looking forward to the next 34 years! Don Felipe

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a table for 6 for lunch yesterday. We sat outside which was our choice having originally booked inside. The restaurant were happy to change this with no fuss. The service was excellent. The food was good and reasonably hot. Both the red and white Rioja wines were nice. The Estrella beer was too, if a little pricey. Overall, it was a very enjoyable meal, plus good value, and we would recommend a visit.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on 2 June 2021

Thank you the kind words. As a family-run, independent restaurant we work hard to deliver great service, delicious food and keep the prices reasonable. We're delighted you appreciated it. Hasta Pronto! Don Felipe

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KellyB
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really quick and friendly sevice. The food was delicious and the large portions considering the low price. I recommend the paella

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on 2 June 2021

Thanks Kelly. We really appreciate the feedback. Come back for some more Paella soon! Don Felipe

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PAOLAP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, friendly staff and the food was incredible!!

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on 27 May 2021

Gracias! Thanks for the 5 stars!!

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EmmaA
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service - took our order quickly and came quickly whenever we wanted attention. Otherwise left us alone which was perfect.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on 27 May 2021

Perfecto! Thank you for the feedback and the 5 stars!

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You can order delivery directly from Meson Don Felipe using the Order Online button. Meson Don Felipe also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Meson Don Felipe also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7928 3237.

Meson Don Felipe is rated 4.6 stars by 135 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.