Meson Don Felipe

4.6
38 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 38 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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PatrickB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 a day ago

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

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Great customer service but not the best food

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Sarah
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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ChrisG
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad that Meson Don Felipe is open again! Fantastic food, fantastic service and amazing value for money. We may have to sit outside at the moment but MDF retains all of the energy and buzz that it has always had. Really love this restaurant and the team that work there. Also love the fact that the owner, Julian, is completely involved and part of your experience as a guest. You can tell that he, and his team, really care about you and what they do. Will be back regularly. Chris

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vipPeterH
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous time - great food, wine and service. So good to be able to come here again!

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vipPaule5
London
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on December 16, 2020

Thank you so much for the great review. We appreciate all feedback and as an independent, family run business, it makes a huge difference to know we gave you a good experience. Have a great Christmas and hopefully see you again soon in the New Year. Best wishes Don Felipe

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Lovely seat outside efficient friendly service

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on December 16, 2020

Thank you for the great review. We genuinely appreciate it Don Felipe

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SouthwarkB
London
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

noisy place, average food, nothing was particularly good, cheap wine. If you’re on a budget it might be OK. Packed of young people that didn’t look like from the same household.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on December 16, 2020

We're sorry to hear your experience wasn't perfect. We aim to deliver, authentic great value Spanish food and wine in a friendly atmosphere. Most of the time we get it right but we appreciate all feedback and will keep working hard to make all our customers happy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A pre-Xmas meet up with friends. We sat outside to comply with the Covid regulations (it was a cold December night) but the restaurant had installed heating and high made a difference.

The food and drink were superb as always. The wine list is excellent.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on December 16, 2020

Thank you for braving the cold and we're delighted to hear you had a great time. We look forward to seeing you again soon Gracias Don Felipe

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Cammy
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really vibrant and good fun. Tasty food & good drinks list

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

During such uncertain times. The staff were fab and the restaurant had such a great atmosphere- which can be hard to find right now.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on December 16, 2020

Gracias! We've been working hard to make sure we continue to deliver a great atmosphere in a safe environment. We're delighted you enjoyed it. Hasta Pronto! Don Felipe

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AnnaS
London
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience, will return! Very friendly and helpful staff.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on December 11, 2020

Gracias Anna. We appreciate the great feedback Hasta Pronto Don Felipe

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TitusN
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Nice ambience and good price. Some of the food was OK, but the fish not at all fresh and we ended up paying for a side dish we didn't order.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on December 11, 2020

Thank you for your feedback and we're sorry if there was a mix-up with the side order. We can assure you we always use fresh fish. We hope to see you again soon Best wishes Don Felipe

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ClaireB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to Don Felipe around 20 times over a number of years and always have a great time. Food is well priced and it’s always full when we’ve been so worth booking especially at the weekend

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on December 7, 2020

Thank you for the 5 stars and great review. We look forward to seeing you again soon Best wishes Don Felipe

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RobB
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Is always, always, always a brilliant enjoyable experience - was so pleased to see it reopen and to be able to meet up again.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on December 7, 2020

Gracias y Hasta Pronto! Don Felipe

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SarahG
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

One of the most authentic tapas bars I’ve found in london - would thoroughly recommend!

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on December 7, 2020

Thank you for the kind words Hasta Pronto! Don Felipe

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super friendly staff who were very accommodating and attentive. Food was delicious, highlight was the octopus - highly recommend!

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on December 7, 2020

Thank you for the great review and we appreciate the feedback. We'll hopefully see you again soon. Best wishes Don Felipe

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AlexanderA
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Very greasy food.
No guitarist so atmosphere was lacking (no sound system).
Very brightly lit restaurant.
Service was good though.
Also recommended some very good wine.
Sensibly priced.
No interest in returning hence low score.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on December 7, 2020

We appreciate the feedback and whilst we are disappointed that we didn't tick all the boxes for you we will continue to strive to live up to a 5 star rating Best wishes Don Felipe

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jessie’s birthday Taoas! 🥰

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on December 7, 2020

Gracias! We're glad you enjoyed it. Best wishes Don Felipe

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SimonE
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our first visit to this family run restaurant, on a friend's recommendation. It was my birthday and the last day before lockdown 2.0. We had a great time. Julian couldn't have been more welcoming and all the staff were terrific. The food was excellent and portion sizes were much bigger than we had expected based on experience of other tapas places.
Even our 13 year old son enjoyed himself, which is very high praise!
we will be going back early in the New Year if/when that's allowed...

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on November 9, 2020

Gracias Simon! It was a pleasure to welcome you to Don Felipe and we're delighted you and the family enjoyed it. We look forward to seeing you again soon Hasta Pronto!

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TimH
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food, excellent staff. Vibrant happy atmosphere. Perhaps a little noisy which made conversation a little 'shouty'.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on November 9, 2020

Thank you for the 5 Stars and kind words. Apologies for the sound levels but we love our noisy customers....it makes it feel more authentically Spanish! We look forward to welcoming you again soon Best wishes Don Felipe

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Bianca
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Brilliant food, especially recommend the octopus and the tuna fritters. Friendly service.

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LindsayB
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing authentic tapas, great atmosphere and lovely friendly staff. Felt very safe (during covid times), hand sanitiser available and shields worn by staff. Would highly recommend.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on November 9, 2020

Thank you for the great review and the recommendation. We really appreciate it. We look forward to seeing you again soon Best wishes Don Felipe

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SharonC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as always - lovely staff

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on November 9, 2020

Gracias! Hasta Pronto! Don Felipe

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been using the tapas for years. I always compare other tapas restaurant this Meson Don Felipe and they are never as good.
The food is always amazing!! I just wish they sold paella in the evenings. As they only sell this between 12 & 3pm.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on November 3, 2020

Thank you for the great review. We'll continue to work hard to justify your feedback. We only have a small kitchen, hence it's difficult to make Paellas in the evenings. You must come and try one at lunchtime soon! Best wishes Don Felipe

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MarikoM
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such amazing restaurant!!!!
Definitely coming back !!!!

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on November 3, 2020

Thanks for the great review. We really appreciate it. We look forward to seeing you again soon Don Felipe

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Carolyn
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so lovely to be back at one of our favourite London restaurant. Service was outstanding; welcoming and smiling. We felt very covid safe but the social distancing didn’t create a flat atmosphere at all. Food was fantastic. Would highly recommend

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on November 3, 2020

We're delighted you enjoyed it so much Thanks for the great review and we look forward to seeing you again soon Best wishes Don Felipe

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SP55
London
13 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Although quiet (isn’t everywhere thanks to Covid?) we had a very enjoyable hour there sampling different sherries and sharing half a dozen tapas. Staff are friendly and efficient and Covid measures clearly in place. Highlights were lentil stew and stuffed aubergines.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on November 3, 2020

Thanks for the great review and we're delighted you had a chance to try some of our sherries and tapas. We look forward to seeing you again soon Best wishes Don Felipe

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SarahW
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice easy place

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on November 3, 2020

Gracias!

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Anett
London
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time in this traditional spanish restaurant. Great food, nice selection of wines and the sangria tasted good! The staff was very friendly and welcoming!
We would definitely come back!

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on November 3, 2020

Gracias! We appreciate the kind words and look forward to seeing you again soon. Hasta Pronto! Don Felipe

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AlexG
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice venue and staff is amazing. The food was amazing.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on November 3, 2020

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

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N8supperclub
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

LOVELY TAPAS REALLY GREAT BAR AND RESTAURANT STAFF. LOVELY PLACE TO VISIT AFTER A WALK TO THE SOUTHBANK.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on November 3, 2020

Thank you for your kind words. We will keep working hard to make sure all our guests get as great an experience We look forward to seeing you again soon Don Felipe

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really nice and the portions were a good size. Staff were really attentive too. Ambient atmosphere with a real relaxing feel to the place.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on November 3, 2020

Thanks for the kind words. We share all these comments with our amazing team who make this all possible Hasta Pronto Don Felipe

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Nicp74
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well managed COVID restrictions. Fabulous food and service as always.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on November 3, 2020

Thanks for the 5 star review We look forward to welcoming you back again soon Hasta Pronto Don Felipe

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Kate
London
11 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service were very good, the chicken livers were excellent. We were the only 2 people there so there was no ambience and it was very sad to see.
My boy real complaint is that the chairs are really uncomfortable.

Meson Don Felipe
Responded on November 3, 2020

We're glad you enjoyed the food and service and apologies for the wooden chairs. We find a glass of Rioja makes them more comfortable! We hope to see you again soon Best wishes Don Felipe

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TERESAO
London
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Everything was perfect kept having to ask for our drinks to be topped up as they insisted it be kept on the bar , which was absolutely fine , but just a little more attention to detail would be perfect

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AdeLord
London
8 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It felt very COVID secure thank you

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a treat to be out! Great food and wine with very friendly service and great atmosphere

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NoelSlane
London
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Place very good food. Staff were friendly and professional

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vipKatieD
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So pleased to see this Gem back open. Great Tapas and amazing value wines. I will be back!!!

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 38 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.