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Established in 1987, this raucous tapas restaurant is a weathered institution that still manages to pack them in every evening, with regular full houses come the end of the week. Its location near Waterloo’s theatres may be part of the draw, but most reckon Don Felipe’s success is down to its irrepressible vibe & laissez-faire attitude. The food has its ups & downs, & service isn’t always tip-top, but reasonable prices more than make up for any shortcomings. Pull up at the bar if you’re tight on time, order a glass of chilled Spanish white & nibble your way through some hot, fried bacalao with aïoli, patatas riojanas with chorizo, tuna croquetas or chicken livers in sherry sauce. If you’re lucky, dinner may come with a side of live flamenco music.

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Meson Don Felipe

53 The Cut ,London SE1 8LF

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Great pre-theatre tapas

by   bronze reviewer (5)

Aug 2013

Editor's pick On Wednesday 7th August we had matinee tickets to see Kim Cattrall in Sweet Bird of Youth at the Old Vic and so decided to try Meson Don Felipe in The Cut, SE1 as we love tapas and it’s only a couple of minutes walk from the theatre. I'm surprised by the bad reviews on here, but maybe that was in the evening and we were there at lunchtime so it was quite quiet, although not empty. We don’t like to rush a meal so we made a reservation for 2 hours before the show started. Arriving 15 minutes before...

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Laura H.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 8

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Meson Don Felipe

53 The Cut ,London SE1 8LF

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by   gold reviewer (36)

Sep 2010

We often go to the old and young vic, so this is a very convenient post theatre location. We hadn't been for a long time – having been regulars many years ago – due to a not great experience, but thought we should give it another shot a few months ago. The tapas was just very poor quality. And the atmosphere was no longer great. Compares very badly with the quality of tapas now available around London. We won't be back unless something major changes.

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  • Food & Drink: 2
  • Service: 3
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 3

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Meson Don Felipe

53 The Cut ,London SE1 8LF

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Dec 2009

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This tapas bar is pretty low on the scale of tapas bars in London. It is very popular because of its location near theatres but the service is poor and the food is also not great. When I asked the barman for a glass of wine he told me to relax. The judias verdes dish is good as are the calamares, but beware the pimientos padron. I nearly choked on the hottest chilli I have ever had – and the peppers in this dish are not supposed to be hot at all. Also it was outrageously expensive and you cannot...

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UJay's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 2
  • Value: 2

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Meson Don Felipe

53 The Cut ,London SE1 8LF

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Dec 2009

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

The reason why I've added such an awful rating is because it was. The food was the most appalling attempt at Spanish cooking I have ever seen. Even the waiter was embarrassed. We ordered Pan Catalan – it came served as 3 sliced pieces of Sunblest bread (or Pan Bimbo if you are Spanish) and a pot of tinned tomato. I complained and was told that barra bread was only available if you bought Jamon Serrano! I then ordered Higaditos de pollo – chicken livers in sherry. Have you seen the size of a chicken...

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Myles R.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 1
  • Value: 1

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  • Address: 53 The Cut, London SE1 8LF
  • Telephone: 020 7928 3237
  • Opening Times: Mon-Sat 12N-11pm

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