Meson Don Felipe

4.6
78 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 & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer 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
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 78 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Energetic
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
AB
AnnaB
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice evening! Definitely recommend an evening here

SH
vipStuartH
London
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff & high quality food

Meson Don Felipe
Responded 6 hours ago

Gracias!

Report
JW
vipJW12
London
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food as always. Bin end wine is a great idea. It was a perfect place for a post lockdown meetup for 6!

Meson Don Felipe
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for the 5 star review and glad you enjoyed our great value bin ends! Hasta pronto Don Felipe

Report
MP
MikPat
London
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Table was not ready at our booking time (same for many restaurants reopening after lockdown) We had arrived 10 mins early but were kept waiting in the rain for 25 mins for a table.
Thankfully the rain stopped but half our table was in the edge of a covering so we had drops of rain falling on us and the heaters were too far from us to adequately provide warmth. Luckily I brought some blankets for our party.

Food and wine were excellent and extremely good value. Would definitely go back but only if they improved their outdoor seating management and environment.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for the kind words about the food and wine and our sincere apologies for the delay in seating you. The rain makes it even harder to manage an outside space as you would imagine and despite the heaters and umbrellas we've got in place, it's impossible to cover and heat the whole street. Thank you for braving the elements and please come again soon, when we are open inside or hopefully once the sun starts shining again!

Report
JC
JuliaC
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner of this restaurant was unbelievably good, friendly and vey helpful and his staff were fantastic! Food delicious.... we will definitely be back !

Meson Don Felipe
Responded 4 days ago

It was our pleasure to look after you and thank you for the kind review. We'll see you again soon! Best wishes Don Felipe

Report
OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We specifically booked a table under a heater and apparently in this restaurant only tables of 4 are able to be close to a heater. We were informed that the only available tables for 2 are without heating when we were there 5 min before our reservation so we couldn't go anywhere else as it was last minute and the old lady in charge was very unprofessional and not helpful as she didn't provide any help for us and even tho she claimed that the tables for 4 were all booked, we saw 15 min later a couple that was sitted in the table that had 2 heaters next to it and was a 4people table. There was obviously some changes she could have made but didn't choose to do. Our experience was really not good as we didn't get what we wanted even tho we specifically ask for it and the restaurants food was mediocre same as their drinks choices. Wouldn't recommend or go back.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on April 28, 2021

We're so sorry we couldn't sit you closer to a heater. It's very difficult to heat every table and we try hard to accommodate all the requests we get. With a limited number of tables outside we're constantly juggling the space to ensure we give everyone a great place, but sadly we obviously didn't manage it this time for you. We hope you'll give us another chance when we re-open inside.

Report
A
Alexander
London
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Poor food, poor service, vastly overpriced and not a great atmosphere (but difficult as it’s outside we understand that). The food was clearly just heated up and really quite tasteless and rubbery, not impressed. Service was poor - I got a bad look when I knocked on the front door to sit at my table, clearly the manager (it seemed) had more important things to worry about. Felt like I’d stepped into someone’s house uninvited. Service during meal was fair. Cost was shocking - £75 for a bottle of wine, 4 heated up tapas and some rock hard bread - whilst sat out on a road near the drains, was expecting better. Definitely not returning, bad choice for dinner, but ok if you want to get on the beers with your work colleagues and eat some grub with no regard for service, style or taste.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded 6 days ago

We're very disappointed to hear about your experience. As a family run, independent restaurant we've been working hard with the new rules to make the outdoor space as inviting as possible. As you can see from our other reviews we usually succeed but clearly we fell below our high standards for your visit and for that I apologise. I have taken up the issues you raised with the team and we will continually learn and improve.

Report
OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food, great taste and value

p
paulr
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great little spot for an impromptu business lunch. Wish could’ve stayed for the second bottle in the sunshine.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on April 27, 2021

Thanks Paul. Hopefully you'll make time for that second bottle on your next visit! Don Felipe

Report
Y
vipYasin
London
7 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic portion sizes for a good price, and attentive service. Such a lovely time dining on their patio!

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on April 27, 2021

We're so pleased you enjoyed your special occasion at Meson Don Felipe. We look forward to seeing you again very soon. Hasta Pronto! Don Felipe

Report
S
Sarika
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience1

Terrible wait staff, rude and abrasive. Manager slipped out before I could say anything but as a restaurant manager myself, although the food was good the service absolutely ruined experience and would def not waste another 80 pound there again.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on April 27, 2021

I'm so sorry to hear you had a bad experience at Meson Don Felipe. As you can see from the amount of positive reviews we receive, we work hard to give everyone great service and as a family run, independent business, we care about every customer. If you would like to give me further details I will certainly follow up with the team and ensure we address any issues you raise. You can send me an email at the contact email on the website (apologies Opentable won't let me publish it here).

Report
TC
TheColonel
London
26 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food (as always) bit it was a bit disappointing to be handed the bill without warning just before 11pm. Appreciate that the restaurant probably has to close at 11 but would have been nice to have been given a heads up beforehand and the option to order desserts / coffees

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on April 27, 2021

Thank you the feedback and kind words about the food. Yes, sadly we have to clear outside at 11pm but we should have given you some notice and will make sure we improve on this. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Don Felipe

Report
OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly faces! Helpful staff, efficient and good portions!
Very tasty!

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on April 27, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful feedback and 5 stars. We hope to see you again soon Don Felipe

Report
IE
IanE
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

really excellent food, ambience, service.
lovley to sit outside in the sunshine.
a wonderful feeling of Spain in Waterloo

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on April 27, 2021

We aim to create a little bit of Spain in Waterloo, so it's great to hear you say that. Thank you for the 5 stars and the kind words. We genuinely appreciate it. Don Felipe

Report
OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meson Don Felipe is great. Good food. Good service. Good sangria. The outdoor dining is great.

NM
NigelM
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food, nice people. Outdoor seating was mandatory due to the pandemic lockdown so I can't comment on the usual ambience.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks Nigel. We look forward to seeing you again soon once we open inside! Don Felipe

Report
LA
LauraA
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The food was not good, the pollo al ajillo and gambas al ajillo didnt have a good gaste (the garlic was raw), the omelette needed salt, the portion of bread was really small. The price is ok for London. The menu is just tapas and in my opinion, not enough options. The dessert menu doesnt have many real Spanish options.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on April 27, 2021

Thank you for the feedback and I'm sorry to hear you were unhappy with the menu. As a tapas bar, we concentrate on trying to provide an authentic and extensive range of tapas, with 37 different meat, fish, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. As you can see, we usually get rave reviews for our food so we hope you give us another chance to impress you

Report
L
Lucinda
London
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had such a beautiful meal here with my partner - great value for money and delicious dishes. A great array! Sad there wasn’t churros on the menu and more heaters outside, but still a very pleasant dining experience.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on April 27, 2021

Thanks for the kind words. Keep an eye out for Churros...they may be making an appearance on the menu soon!

Report
OT
OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Gorgeous. Would visit again. Rest glad I found this restaurant. The sun was out and the food was really great !

Meson Don Felipe
Responded 4 days ago

Gracias! We appreciate the lovely feedback Don Felipe

Report
OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience and food, great atmosphere and staff, a little bit of Spain in Waterloo!

P
Philippa
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was really nice to be out and extended area on pavement felt bustling but safe and heaters made it less freezing! Great food, swift and friendly service.

SL
StevenL
London
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic - best tapas in London - great food, great service, great atmosphere

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on April 27, 2021

Gracias!

Report
TC
TomC
London
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff amazingly helpful
Ate al fresco and heaters were just right

EW
EmWB
London
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall tasty food, some dishes better than others.

MB
MayaB
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice food, friendly staff :)

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on April 27, 2021

Gracias!

Report
OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time back to this tapas restaurant since lockdown. Great meal on the pavement outside- the sunshine helped! Staff were very helpful, we had some excellent Cava - and the paella was just the best. We’ll be back!

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on April 23, 2021

Gracias! We're delighted you enjoyed your experience at Meson Don Felipe We look forward to seeing you again soon Hasta Pronto Don Felipe

Report
RM
vipRMCl
London
13 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Thank you for making us feel safe and welcome - it was lovely to be able to visit again!

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on April 23, 2021

Great to see all our wonderful customers back again. Thank you for the review Hasta Pronto Don Felipe

Report
SG
SpanishGuy
London
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

All the food was reheated. There are just two heaters.
Spanish food for British people.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on April 21, 2021

I'm sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your experience. We're trying hard to adapt to the new rules and provide as much outside seating and heaters as possible. We've had some great feedback so far but it's always disappointing to hear we failed to live up to your expectations on this occasion. Don Felipe

Report
MP
vipMarkP
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Reasonably priced and excellent food, particularly the chicken livers!

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on April 21, 2021

Thanks Mark. The chicken livers are our favourite too. Hopefully see you again soon, Don Felipe

Report
HS
HannahS
London
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love this restaurant, one of my favourites in London

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on April 21, 2021

Ole y Gracias! Don Felipe

Report
AW
AmeliaW
London
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice food - owner was lovely . Great vibes outside

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on April 21, 2021

Thank you for the kind words Amelia. We look forward to seeing you again soon Hasta Pronto Don Felipe

Report
OT
OpenTable Diner
County Durham
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were lovely!
The plates come with quite a good amount of food, so It’s perfect to share lots of nice options!
One of the waitresses was very friendly and supportive looking for vegan options for my friend!
Would consider going back!

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on April 21, 2021

Thank you for the great review and feedback. It's wonderful to hear. Hasta Pronto Don Felipe

Report
J
Josie
London
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Was lovely to sit outside on a sunny day, with delicious and well priced food in Central London. Would definitely go back

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on April 21, 2021

Gracias Josie. We look forward to seeing you again soon Don Felipe

Report
LP
LindaP
London
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Authentic Spanish tapas and plenty of it. With present COVID restrictions the tables are set out on the pavement. Luckily for us the weather was good. With so many good dishes to chose from we ended up ordering far too much food, but it was so good we ate all of it.
The bill for 10 dishes, a bottle of wine and a few beers (we were a party of 4) the bill was £107 including service.
The pavement setting detracted a little from the ambience but, all in all, it was an excellent experience. We look forward to returning soon.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on April 21, 2021

Thank you for the kind feedback. We're delighted you enjoyed the food and the price! Come back and see us soon Don Felipe

Report
HL
HelenL
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It's nice to experience the cafe culture in London. I hope it continues.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on April 21, 2021

Thanks Helen. It's great to have such a good outside space. Long may the weather continue to allow us to do it justice! Come again soon Gracias Don Felipe

Report
MT
MegT
London
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and a great location. Good service and heaters helped us stay warm!

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on April 21, 2021

Gracias Meg. Always wonderful to get good feedback Don Felipe

Report
MO
MaeveO
London
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Such a lovely atmosphere and really friendly service. Great outdoor area with lots of heaters, feels a bit like eating in Barcelona! Will definitely be visiting again.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on April 21, 2021

Thank you for the feedback. We're delighted you enjoyed it and come back and see us soon. Hasta Pronto Don Felipe

Report
PB
PatrickB
London
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food, and staff were fantastic and friendly. April outside perhaps wasn’t but hey great to be fed!

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on April 16, 2021

Gracias Patrick for the 5 star review and kind words. See you again soon. Don Felipe

Report
OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Great customer service but not the best food

S
Sarah
London
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Meson don Felipe provides a friendly service and serves delicious tapas food.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on April 21, 2021

Gracias for the feedback. Looking forward to seeing you again soon. Don Felipe

Report

FAQs

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 takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7928 3237.

Meson Don Felipe is rated 4.6 stars by 78 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 reservations at the moment.