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4.4 /6 Very Good 25 Reviews

El Molino

Holloway Spanish, Tapas ££ +100
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About El Molino

Since the late 80s, Holloway’s El Molino has been ahead of the curve when it comes to the current craze for Spanish tapas that has only recently achieved real prominence in London. Located up Holloway Road, El Molino does everything Spanish, from tapas to mains, always using only the finest and freshest ingredients, and always at prices that suit everybody’s budgets. As veterans, El Molino can afford to quietly offer up some of the best Spanish in London.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 23:30
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 23:30
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 23:30
  • Thursday 12:00 - 23:30
  • Friday 12:00 - 23:30
  • Saturday 12:00 - 23:30
  • Sunday 12:00 - 22:00
El Molino, 379 Holloway Rd, N7 0RN London

Further Information

El Molino has long been a default destination for Holloway locals looking for an after-work drink with a Spanish twist, or with students seeking out good eats at prices that won’t break the bank. El Molino has been on Holloway Road since the 80s, and is one of those restaurants that is simply integral to the local landscape. The fare is unpretentious (a blessing in the current tsunami of trendy tapas bars in London) and authentically Spanish. Rustic meat and fish dishes sit comfortably alongside steaming paella, proper tapas crafted by the head chef, and a standalone vegetarian menu that does Iberian wonders to the freshest produce available.

Besides the wide-ranging regular menus, El Molino’s chef’s specials are of particular note. There’s simple, Spanish-tinged T-bone steaks, grilled seabass, and lamb shanks, plus an extra-special dish called lenguada mar y terra. This last takes fresh Dover sole and submits it to a distinctive Spanish treatment involving mushrooms, garlic, and wine. Proper Spanish cuisine, and tapas, is deceptively simple, and it’s this rustic approach, plus welcoming premises along Holloway Road, that has made El Molino’s name in London’s Spanish dining scene. Something of a Holloway institution by now, El Molino is also a popular spot for private hire, be it for birthdays, weddings, functions, or even a Christmas feast (perfect for injecting a little bit of Spanish sunshine into our annual midwinter proceedings).


25 Reviews

4.4 /6 Very Good 25 Reviews
Atmosphere: entertaining
Waiting Time: short
Service: friendly
Food: delicious
Quality/Price: cheap
Noise: quiet
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1 review so far 6
21.05.2017 20:32

This is a great family-run restaurant! Really good food and friendly service. Great value for the quality of the food. I'd def come back here again!

2 reviews so far 6
21.05.2017 08:34

Excellent service. Decent price on a decent house Cava. We ordered tapas including patata bravas, green peppers, octopus, grilled prawns, sardines and ham croquettes. The prawns and sardines weren't exactly what we were expecting, but everything else was delicious

1 review so far 6
25.04.2017 19:54

The food was delicious, the restaurant is spotlessly clean and simple, with a mellow atmosphere and very attentive staff. It also seems to serve up meals late. Can definitely recommend it.

1 review so far 6
23.11.2016 19:49

As ever, great food in a relaxed atmosphere. The staff were very attentive and food came really quickly. Especially enjoyed the pork special and the squid.

1 review so far 4
18.02.2016 09:08

We visited the restaurant for the first time at 5.30pm on a Sunday evening. It was nicely decorated with a rustic feel. The staff were very friendly. However, there were children running up and down the restaurant making a lot of noise (although this is more the responsibility of the customers I wish the staff would have reminded the parents there were other families there). Food was sered I went for the lamb shank - it was beautifully cooked and came with a huge side dish of vegetables. My partner went for a small selection of tapas which he thoroughly enjoyed. Now I have a very sweet tooth. ...although I could not get through the whole plate of lamb I wanted dessert. This is where the place fell down. We were ignored (the place did have more diners) but we waited over 30 minutes. I tried to catch attention of the staff but they just didn't noticed. To my disappoint my partner pointed out that we no longer had time for dessert. So went to the bar and paid. Although the staff were polite and friendly. I do wish they had been more attentive. Maybe we were supposed to have gone to the bar sooner but having been initially served at the table this seems unlikely. Oh well they missed out on more money for dessert

8 reviews so far 3
05.03.2017 11:05

Atmosphere was nice but unfortunately food was average. The octopus was extremely salty, don't know why they put tons or rock salt on it, none of us could eat it. The chorizo was very good and also the patatas bravas. A bit disappointed with the desserts too, the cheesecake was ok but the Vesuvius ice cream pot had some sort of frozen biscuits inside, as if that wasn't properly thawed before putting it into the ice cream. The ice cream itself was very good though. Service was also not so great, they brought the same dish twice. No one was looking after us properly and after we finished our mains we had empty plates on our table for ages until we asked them to bring us the desserts menu.

1 review so far 5
15.10.2016 19:46

Great tapas and decent house wines by the glass .Brilliant value for money before Arsenal matches. Friendly attentive service. Thoroughly recommend El Molino to anyone

1 review so far 6
21.03.2016 01:44

Excellent food, perfect wine and a friendly staff. Nice and quiet atmosphere with a reasoñable price. I was there many times and always I received a warm welcome and I experienced the same quality. Very good.

1 review so far 5
28.06.2015 05:31

My wife, mother-in-law and I had a wonderful meal the service was very good and we definitely would go again. We are thinking about inviting some of our friends to enjoy the experience with us later in the year.

1 review so far 6
08.12.2015 15:48

It is fantastic resturant . Kindly service and family spirit all over. Food very good and price low. Always nice to be in this resturant in Holloway Road

1 review so far 6
19.03.2016 10:30

Fab place. Highly recommended. Food is excellent as is the service and the atmosphere. Once you have been, you will end up going again. Definitely.

1 review so far 5
18.12.2015 09:13

Informal, welcoming with attentive owner & staff. Reasonable value for money. The tapas choices were better than the mains, but the brochettes madeirenses was a success. Would go again

1 review so far 5
16.12.2015 08:02

Christmas party for 20 people. Good tapas and relaxed, rustic ambiance. Service was excellent on what was a busy Saturday night for the restaurant. Been there many times.

1 review so far 5
31.12.2016 15:20

lovely family run restaurant, always feel welcome, as says rustic, home style cooking, I always have tapas and have my favourites, haven't tried the main menu yet.

1 review so far 5
08.03.2017 07:57

Good food and lovely staff. Slow service at first as very busy, but was a match day & was late arriving so don't hold that against them.

2 reviews so far 5
27.03.2017 11:21

had a great time with my wife and my kids.the staff is very friendly and the food is very tasty i am definitely coming back soon

3 reviews so far 5
11.05.2016 07:54

Good value a tapas for greater London, with a decent house red. Service was very friendly. Great place for groups. We will come back know again.

1 review so far 4
23.01.2016 09:42

Staff friendly & attentive but not sure the person serving understood everything. The food was nice but not that authentic. Some dishes lacked seasoning so were a bit bland.

1 review so far 4
02.05.2016 15:03

The cost of Paella too steep, the waiters at times either too pushy or too distant The decor and overall experience was perfectly fine though

2 reviews so far 3
06.02.2016 17:00

We shared tapas and sangria on a Friday night. We'll be back! Lovely large portions of tasty tapas. V. Friendly staff. Cosy and cute premises

1 review so far 1
02.01.2016 11:19

All the food was frozen, being Spanish I would never recomend this "food "again, please owners, spend some time cooking if you are a restaurant, no homemade at all