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El Mono, Romford, Greater London

El Mono

4.2
4.2
52 Reviews
£26 to £40
Tapas / Small Plates
Our menu combines modern and traditional Spanish flavours and techniques, offering seasonally-influenced dishes based on quality Spanish ingredients. Signature small plates are served alongside some of Spain’s best wines.

We are located In the heart of Collier Row with both indoor and outdoor seating.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Traditional Spanish

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Thu–Sun 4:00 pm–12:00 am Dinner Thu–Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    07862 045200

  • Payment options

    Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

What 52 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • East London

    Outdoor Dining

  • East London

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. C

    Chris

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Staff were wonderful making the evening. Food very nice, we like this place a lot
  2. CN

    ChrisN

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! Really friendly and accommodating staff. Great atmosphere, especially with the DJ on Saturday nights!
  3. c

    chettina

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Nice place to have a drink, nice ambience. A tasting platter would be a good idea, food and drinks were over priced, also food portions were small.
  4. BW

    BluW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed the cocktails on our girls night, small plates which were perfect for sharing between us. Good music and lovely staff
  5. JH

    JoeH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, lovely drinks especially the cocktails!!
  6. LA

    LauraA

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent food, drinks & service. DJ was a tad loud so we had to shout to be heard once he got started but nice surprise to see the DJ. Prawns were a little disappointing - very expensive for some tiny prawns but everything else was fantastic. Amazing. Customer service exemplary.
  7. JW

    JamesW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went as a family and quite a large group. The staff couldn’t have been more accommodating with kids in our party. Food was great and lovely cocktails!
  8. D

    Drew

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Lovely food, lovely atmosphere will definitely be back. Amazing staff was made to feel really welcome. Good choice of food and drink, we really liked the music too!
  9. PJ

    PJBear

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    My friend ordered the El Mono burger, it arrived without any bacon, the restaurant had run out of bacon, but thought they could get away with it. The burger was dry and inedible. I ordered 3 Tapas plates, first the brocoli arrived, 10 minutes later the potato bravas, I had to ask for the final plate, prawns - ridiculous, they tried to tell me, that is the traditional way to serve Tapas, one plate at a time. We had waited to try this restaurant for a long time, so disappointing and never again. It was my friends birthday and the waitress offered complimentary prosecco, she bought just the one glass for him, what sort of customer service is that, there was only two of us. Anyway, needless to say, we won't be going back.
  10. EE

    EmmaE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was amazing an great value.. Dj was fantastic and the atmosphere was friendly and vibrant.. Can't wait for the next night out.
  11. GT

    GaynorT

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Would have been good if they hadn’t phoned 2 hrs before booking to say that they didn’t have any food, delivery never arrived! Has been good in the past.
  12. LD

    LesleyD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Very disappointed that I had a booking for 2 people at 7pm and was notified at 6pm that they hadn't received their food delivery..I was offered a free drink which I declined as we wanted to eat so I cancelled the booking and went elsewhere.
  13. N

    Nikki

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great friendly staff and service loverly food but still no paella which is a shame
  14. SM

    SueM

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Second time here at ElMono. This time there was only one lady running around, taking orders, serving drinks, and taking the bill. She was run off her feet, but did try to accommodate us. Sadly the one thing we wanted was off the menu, paella. Which was disapointing. Aslo the bar man wasnt there so had quite a wait for drinks, as mentioned above she was on her own. I guess its hard to know how many staff to have in, but one was not enough. Food was ok. We sat outside which was lovely on a summers evening. Will probably go back but will check that the paella is on the menu!.
  15. W

    Wobblymummy

    London

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Was nice lunch - everyone’s favourite Tapas - tasty but nothing special. It’s a shame about the traffic noise but inside it’s ok. Nothing irritating than a wonky table though and the back table near the toilets is really wonky!! Wasn’t busy but had to ask twice about bill, once to get it and again to pay it. Staff friendly enough. I guess it’s more of a place to go on a summer evening for a stroll up to have a glass of wine. I would go back.
  16. DS

    DemiSmith

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing! Could not fault this place in any way. The staff, Gemma and Lisa, are so friendly and welcoming. They went above and beyond for my friend and I. 100% would recommend and can’t wait to go back!
  17. D

    Dean

    Brighton

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our first time here, everything was lovely and great to have this on our doorstep. Only disappointment was the potatoes weren't cooked to crisp, and very garlicky so I felt a but sick after a few mouthfuls. The prawns and chicken however were gorgeous! Please work on having crispy patatas bravas and ill be back!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and staff. Cocktails to die for, especially the pink pina colada!
  19. e

    evemarie

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Had a great time and loved the food and evening. But the dj was soooo loud from too earlier we had a table at 730pm and was hard to talk as music loud. Loved havi g the music but just needs to not so loud at the start of the evening and more when people are just drinki g say from 930/10pm.....
  20. R

    Robc

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    Nice place as a bar, food was bar food should not be advertised as a tapas restaurant, the young lady that served us was excellent couldn't have done more for us. Not authentic spanish tapas at all !!
  21. DD

    DianeD

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely staff, a great evening with friends
  22. E

    Emma

    London

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    We had high hopes for this local restaurant as it has an outside area and music at the weekend. I wouldn’t go back for food and I’d only go back if I couldn’t get a table at RM5 lounge across the road. No paella. No coconut cream for pina colada. Cocktails served without ice. Crispy chicken wasn’t crispy. Bar staff didn’t seem bothered. Very unimpressed
  23. MG

    MargaretG

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    9 dishes not available and all Main. Chicken, two dishes, prawns three dishes, chorizo, fish tacos, paella, and tortilla Not mentioned for give minutes and did not recurve a call or e mail to let us know. Walked out disgusted. Was told there would be a delivery next day!!!!!!!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    The cutlery and glasses weren't very clean. Half of the menu wasn't even available. The food was too expensive for the small portions given, even if it were nice.
  25. CL

    CarlyLee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great nite on saturday nite great food and ambience and the staff was so lovely would defo recomend be back soon
  26. a

    angelaw

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I went to El mono to celebrate my birthday with family. The lovely ladies could not do enough for us, the service was excellent. Loved the decor and the music vibe in there. Cocktails were very nice. My only negative comment would be that I think the menu needs a few more meat choices. I would definitely recommend this place for a great night out with friends.
  27. SG

    SteffG

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We were a party of 5 booked in on Saturday night and we were told after we’d had our 1st drink that there was no chicken, which we all wanted. So we left and went across the road.
  28. e

    evemarie

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and astmosphere. Perfevt girls night out venue
  29. M

    Mari

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    The ambience was good, the food was tasty but the service was diabolical
  30. JP

    JulieP

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brilliant service lovely vibe, we only went for drinks it’s not a restaurant as such, more picky bits. Even better when the dj is in but such a nice mixture of people, young and old. Love it here- back in June
  31. TD

    TerrieD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Tryed the restaurant with friends the staff were very friendly and attentive The food was delicious and the sangria was lovely maybe a little expensive for the size of jug but we all agreed we would love to rebook congratulations for something new in our area
  32. T

    Tonyw

    London

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Gemma and the staff made our visit all that much better. They went out their way to ensure our visit was very enjoyable, from the recommendations to the advice with drinks, all with a freindly personal touch. El Mono is a great addition to the local area and by far one of the best restaurants locally.
  33. TM

    TonyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have passed by El Mono a few times and liked the look of the place and so on Thursday evening we came in originally just to have a drink and a little food before going home. We really appreciated the warm friendly staff who gave us a demonstration of their new Flavour blaster for cocktails which was so much fun to see the flavoured bubble bust to release a Smokey citrus/fruit cloud. We had such a great time talking with Gemma and leyla and meeting the staff and ordering many more drinks and food than we originally intended because we felt so relaxed and welcome and the food was lovely. We had cocktails, beer and shots and all were excellent. I make my own cocktails at home and so was interested in their ingredients and having tasted a fair share of cocktails in my time El Mono does not disappoint at all! We want to thank everyone for turning what was a working day evening into an extra special night. We will definitely be coming back again soon. Well done! We are so glad you are here. X
  34. AH

    AshH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great little restaurant with authentic fresh tapas and a really nice vibe. Will defo be returning.
  35. CO

    ClareO

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You must visit this restaurant, the food was fantastic, the service was excellent. The cocktails were gorgeous. We had such a fantastic night. It’s great that this restaurant is in our local area. Will definitely be visiting again!
  36. LC

    LaurenC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    I had a pleasant evening with my friend. The atmosphere is more if a bar than a restaurant. I feel the menu is quite limited but what we ordered was nice. The young girl that served us was excellent, there when we needed her but didn’t hover. She was very friendly and had a lovely nature ideal girl waitressing. I would return
  37. N

    Nikki

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great food but they had run out of olives and churros
  38. DH

    DanielleH

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely evening for my birthday. Our waitress was very well informed and friendly. The food was nice and the atmosphere comfortable and cosy. Nice to have a new bar locally. We will definitely be back! Thanks
  39. C

    Chris

    Oxford

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very attentive staff, even asked our names and made us feel welcome. Food delicious and very nice ambiance. It was a last minute Valentine booking for us but we were well pleased
  40. CM

    ChrisM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Food was lovely, however service was poor. The restaurant was not overly busy but over 2.5 hours for 2 courses. Ordered dessert but paid the bill & left after 35 minutes of waiting. Was hugely disappointed as the paella was outstanding.

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El Mono does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

El Mono is rated 4.2 stars by 52 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

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Google Map for El Mono

322 Collier Row Ln, Romford, Greater London RM5 3NL

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Romford

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Thu–Sun 4:00 pm–12:00 am Dinner Thu–Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Traditional Spanish

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Wine

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