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Meson Don Felipe

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 19/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 19/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#2,247 of 17,239 Restaurants in London

Food and ambience

Opened in 1987, Meson Don Felipe is London's original Tapas Bar. Still family run we offer a wide range of delicious dishes and an extensive list of well-priced Spanish wines and sherries. All in a buzzy, friendly atmosphere. A little bit of Spain in Waterloo. We have now re-opened and are looking forward to welcoming back our amazing customers for some festive cheer! We have an outside, heated terrace for tables of up to 6.
US$21 - US$41
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
European, Spanish, Catalan, Mediterranean
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Outdoor Seating, Wine and Beer
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I used to visit regularly in the late 1980s and hadn’t been here in many years. Discussing somewhere to go pre-theatre it came up so we thought we’d give it a go. As far as we could tell the menu was virtually identical to the...one we remember, a true case of ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’. I don’t recall any tables outside in those days, this time we sat outside and so didn’t see the interior. The service was friendly and fast, we all enjoyed the very authentic tapas menu and left happy. The only thing to watch out for is the garlic - a good idea to make sure everybody in the party likes it as they use a lot. We do so no problem. I’m sure there are many other excellent tapas restaurants in London these days but it’s lovely to see that Meson Don Filipe still delivers. We will be back soon!More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a fabulous find! Great atmosphere, wonderful staff and finally the food was absolutely fantastic. We had lots of different tapas dishes all of which were incredibly tasty. Great value for money, just wish we lived closer!

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Oh no! What happened here? Meson Don Felipe has always been a "go to" for quick takeaway lunches as it is 5 mins from my office - they did the most brilliant and generous chicken paella. Nice big chunks of chicken breast and great value....Haven't been there since Covid started but now back in the office, I thought I would go and give it a try. Still doing the takeaway boxes for £5 but to my horror, they have taken the worst decision and replaced the decent chicken breast with low quality chicken off cuts. Very small, mainly dark meat with a fair amount of sinew on them. Such a waste!! Please go back to using proper chicken!More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for a weekday evening meal. We had booked which was fortunate as it was busy at about 8pm. The manager who welcomed us and took our initial order was lovely and friendly and made a good impression. Service throughout generally was pleasant but...not overly so. The place was incredibly loud, it was difficult to hold a conversation. Also, some of the seats are high and my mum struggled with this. So, it wasn't quite the relaxing meal we had hoped for! We left incredibly full - the portions are very large for tapas and we struggled to eat it all! But the food tasted home made and was tasty. I'd recommend a maximum of 4 dishes between 2 people. When we had finished we were not offered any more drinks or coffee which was a shame. Overall, the food was great and it has a buzzy atmosphere - but it wasn't the relaxing evening we were looking for!More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 4 August 2021 via mobile

Me and my daughter popped in as we were looking for food, we had a seafood paella, meatballs, fries and fried calamari, it was all very nice and generous portions, I would definitely go again and recommend it anyone else

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 30 July 2021

Our first time back since the first lockdown..........and just as good as ever. It was a great delight to return. They now have outdoor seating, though we chose to be indoors this time in view of the possible torrents. There seems to be limited bar...seating in addition. The Ensalada especial was just as especial as always - we can't have a meal here without ordering this sizeable offering. Escalivada hot (though it is also offered cold), boquerones, Higaditos al Jerez, Berenjena rellena were all excellent, and the Habas con jamón better than I even rmembered them. This is a restaurant of very long-standing, and one of the most reliable we go to.....long may then continue.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 13 July 2021

Met up with friends here on a Saturday evening. The place was busy but not oppressively so. The waitress was very friendly although maybe a little too much in a rush to take our order but when the food arrived it was perfectly cooked and...very tasty. A most enjoyably meal in very pleasant surroundings. My only mistake was not to check the bill before paying as I noticed afterwards that a service charge is included and I added a tip on top. Something to remember for the future as I believe this is what most restaurants in London do now.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 22 May 2021

We had a great mid-afternoon lunch on the first Saturday post-lockdown 2021. It was busy but the staff managed well - delicious food, very good service and reasonable price. We'll definitely be back!

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 2 October 2020 via mobile

Been dining here for over 30 years and the food was exemplary. Sardines to die for..they were huge and so full of flavour. Chicken livers were a delight, topped off with squid in ink sauce..yummy. Already booked for next week!

Date of visit: October 2020
PHILIPD2098, Owner at Meson Don Felipe, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2020

Thank you Dan P for your comments and support. See you again soon!

Reviewed 30 September 2020

Fabulous to have this great Spanish tapas bar back open - we went with friends to re-kindle some great memories here from years gone by. Fantastic food as always - the tuna croquettes and calamari were especially delicious; the cava, wine, beer and sherry all...top notch!More

Date of visit: September 2020
PHILIPD2098, Owner at Meson Don Felipe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2020

Thank you for your lovely comments. It's great to be open again and have the team back in action. We hope to see you again soon. Don Felipe

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17 October 2018|
Response from 17debbies | Reviewed this property |
Sorry not sure but we were there quite early so robably best to check with the restaurant. Sorry I couldn’t be more helful☹️ Enjoy the meal though
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Yes, Meson Don Felipe is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Meson Don Felipe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4