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Bravas Tapas

4.5
4.5
1285 Reviews
£26 to £40
Spanish
Welcome to Bravas Tapas!
Here at Bravas Tapas we want to offer our guests Spanish style tapas with a bit of twist.
Weather-permitting, we also have Al Fresco seating available.
We look forward to serving you!

With the current conditions we will do our best to accommodate all our guests. We have limited our seating availability online to make sure that we can seat our guests comfortably, so do feel free to contact us with any queries. With limited seating, the reservation timings are very strict, so please be aware of this when booking with us.

We do not take bookings for our outdoor tables.

We unfortunately do not take reservations for just drinks.

Tables of 2 - 3 have 1hr 30mins
Tables of 4 or more have 2hrs

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Spanish

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Sun 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    020 7481 1464

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Tower Hill

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Tower Hill Underground Stop

  • Additional

    Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,285 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • London

    Spanish

  • East London

    Scenic View

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  1. m

    mary

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best tapas I have eaten. Lamb chops succulent, pork belly scrumptious, delicious potato bravas, and to start exquisite pickles. The food was a just brilliant. Well worth a visit...
  2. GB

    GuyB

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Great food in good location. Service a little slow is only small comment, could have been offered a drink order earlier than having it taken with food order.
  3. S

    Sofia

    London

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Food was great but I think they’re understaffed so the service was pretty slow especially on getting drinks - it was a super hot day and we waited over half an hour for water
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    Our waitress was extremely rude and the service was poor. I booked this as our last family meal before flying home today and it was very disappointing. Won’t be returning.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my favourite place to dine in London. Seafood is always fantastically cooked. The octopus and gambas are always highlights. Also the pan con tomate is the unsung hero. So simple and full of flavour. Beautiful setting and great service, can’t fault it!
  6. MB

    MichaelB

    Cambridge

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice evening with wine and boats
  7. KL

    KarenL

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a really lovely meal at Bravas Tapas last night. We didn’t feel rushed even though it was very busy. Service was great and once I’d chosen a wine the waitress told us a bit about the grape. She also had some good recommendations of the food. The menu wasn’t extensive but there’s enough to select a variety of dishes to share. Would definitely recommend and will certainly return on another occasion.
  8. RK

    RosaK

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was spectacular and the view/set up was amazing. The food came out quick so the service was good but I felt extremely rushed and on edge as they wanted us gone by 9 pm as their outdoor area closes then.
  9. CW

    ConradW

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am American and travel to the UK every couple months on business for the past 15 years. I love coming to Tapas Bravas because the food is fresh, and always well executed…it’s consistent. This makes it the ideal spot to book for business guests for a casual dinner/drinking session with a great view of the docks. When I have hosted Catalan guests, I have heard comments that the menu is not super authentic…but I also spend a lot of time in Barcelona and it is close enough IMO. The Iberico and cheese tapas are legit. The Pan Catalan /Pan de Tomate is not a traditional make your own at the table, but it is still delicious…could eat all day. The patatas bravas are good, but the star of the dish is the salsa brava as the potato cubes are not as large/crispy as I would like. The protein tapas that I have had are all excellent and executed beautifully: Pork Belly, lamb chops, and Octopus. My female guest last night is somewhat picky but loves salmon. The salmon tapas that were ordered were amazing and they looked beautiful, almost like a decorative sashimi appetizer that you could find in a Japanese restaurant.
  10. E

    Erina

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    Amazing food, poor service, as always. After the first round of drink/food service, it’s so difficult to order the second round of food/drink as it’s so difficult to gain attention. You’d better order as much as you wish at the first round of order. We always come back for their food, but service was NEVER been great over years, so we will not bring our guests here nor we recommend to.
  11. SG

    SharonG

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate later on a Sunday afternoon, Al fresco. Service was prompt and friendly, food delicious.
  12. GL

    GlennL

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    Food was delicious, and atmosphere was lovely. Service was poor, with repeated attempts to overcharge.
  13. TN

    TonyN

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Great setting in st. Katharine’s dock. Food is incredible highly recommended the salmon.
  14. JP

    JPValdez

    Palm Springs

    27 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Nasty dried out inedible food on an extremely limited menu. Not tethered to anything Spanish. The staff barely speaks English. The wine comes in a bottle, is imported, and safe to drink. Sorry, won’t be back.
  15. C

    Carrie

    London

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food in a lovely setting. Good selection of wines.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    The host was
  17. LB

    LukeB

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Wasn’t expecting each tapas dish to be served in turn, but very enjoyable food in lovely location
  18. OM

    OliviaM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely, relaxed vibe in a great location with brilliant food!
  19. SB

    SueB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was superb, everything we chose was of the highest quality and tasted sublime! The staff were very friendly, extremely helpful and really could not have been better. We will be back and we recommended as often as we can!
  20. KF

    KevinF

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was tasty - we started w artisanal pickles and the assortment of cheese - loved the blue cheese! Spinach croquettas and the ribs were other notables. The desserts we had were on point as well; finished w a nice dessert wine. The crushed ice machine was broken so some cocktails were not an option. There was a fair amount of seating available when we were there from 9-10:30pm on a Saturday. Setting by St Katherine’s was pretty.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience4
    Amazing food, shame service was terrible. One woman was super helpful, everyone else clueless. Had to ask for water 4 times before receiving, never offered a 2nd drink. Sad.
  22. LC

    LaurenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Food is always excellent 👌 as good as it was when we first went
  23. DB

    DonnaB

    Hertfordshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Loved it and the food was great and hope to come back if I’m ever in the area. The only thing I would say that the sangria was lovely and refreshing but needs more flavour! I’ve had many sangrias but this did not taste like a real sangria!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    A nice restaurant in a lovely setting at St Katherine's dock but inflated price because of said lovely location. You could definitely find nicer food for cheaper elsewhere in London but a nice enough indulgence every once in a while.
  25. ZY

    ZoeY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fantastic food and great wine with lovely ambience
  26. JS

    JacobS

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Food was good, service was ok. It’s hot in London right now and it was very hot in the restaurant so it was a bit uncomfortable. Oh
  27. BP

    BibiPJ

    London

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Independent, waterside restaurant. Amazing food. Great quality ingredients & so delicious. Cava was fab too. Thanks for having us!
  28. TB

    TimB

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Location, great service and great food, what more could you want
  29. m

    millie

    Indiana

    46 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Lovely food. Like so many places seemed understaffed or overbooked. Food was lovely but service was very mixed - asked 4 times for water and finally arrived as we finished our mains.
  30. AK

    AnnaK

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food as always! Will be back! Highly recommended.
  31. DS

    DeborahSteed

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food as always, the pulpo is amazing and the Bravas delicious
  32. CJ

    CarolineJ

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal - beautiful food and although the staff were clearly under pressure with staff shortages, the service level was top notch. Would 100% recommend and will be back again.
  33. JM

    JanineM

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    squid was very good as was the salmon The food and the sangria was excellent
  34. A

    Alex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Some confusion over reserving an outdoor table otherwise all fine.
  35. EM

    EwMi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I just love it more every time, food seems to be getting better and better❤️
  36. K

    Kathy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great service. I will be sure to return
  37. SN

    SamanthaN

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience1
    Was so disappointed the food came out sporadically and was not that impressive Bruschetta was a tomatoe paste mess on toast Have been to better independent tapas places It was my daughters 21st birthday meal and it was not memorable for the right reasons You need to do better
  38. G

    Giornalista

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    The food here is very good, but each time I go, the service is so slow. If you're looking to be in and out in under an hour, find somewhere else.
  39. JG

    JohnG

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bravas Tapas NEVER fails to impress, food and staff are fantastic!!!!!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Food was great. Obviously very small portions so order a good amount. The oysters and the lamb were our favorites.

FAQs

Bravas Tapas is rated 4.5 stars by 1285 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today
Google Map for Bravas Tapas

SAINT KATHARINE DOCKS EAST SMITHFIELD, London, E1W 1AT

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Tower Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Sun 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Spanish

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Tower Hill Underground Stop

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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