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5.3 /6 Excellent 456 Reviews

La Fabrica

Finsbury Park Spanish, Tapas £££ +100
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About La Fabrica

Finding itself between Finsbury Park station and Crouch Hill on Stroud Green Road, La Fabrica has all the markings of a generic NW London eatery – the classy (accurately spelt) foreign name, the upmarket location and handy commuter links for a quick mid-week dinner. To taint La Fabrica with this stereotype is to do it an injustice, however. After a decade’s gestation, La Fabrica is ready to take on London’s dining scene with its superior quality Spanish food and wine.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 18:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 18:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 18:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 18:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 18:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 23:00
La Fabrica, 45 Stroud Green Road, N4 3EF London

Further Information

There is no doubt that La Fabrica, with its stripped-back-to-the-brick walls, low light and dark wood, is a dining room for grown-ups. David, the Finsbury Park restaurant’s founder, envisaged La Fabrica as a community-orientated restaurant, a place for Stroud Road locals to grab a glass of wine and a plate or two of tapas after work. Five years on from its inception, his vision has borne fruit. With a wine list that demonstrates David’s peerless knowledge of grapes and vintages from around the world, and an uncompromisingly-Spanish food menu, guests at La Fabrica are invited to sample a little of the Spanish lifestyle in NW London.

For London diners with a strong sense of Iberian flavours, the dishes at La Fabrica are a balm for a city which struggles with sloppy paella and phony tapas. Instead, the team at this Finsbury Park’s Stroud Road serve delicately balanced dishes which offer classic Spanish dishes with a thoroughly modern twist. Guests are invited to ask the wait staff for help pairing their dishes with the perfect wine to complement the food’s flavours – the Spanish take eating and drinking very seriously indeed, after all.

CHEF'S CHOICE

456 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 456 Reviews
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: cheap
Service: friendly
Atmosphere: excellent
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Noise: average
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1 review so far 6
26.03.2017 23:04

One of my very favourite restaurants. Lovely meal as ever. Excellent quality produce expertly blended with great flavour combinations. The beef with pineapple and mint is always a winner.

1 review so far 6
26.03.2017 21:58

Fino, Barrafina, Salt Yard....I've visited them all and can honestly say that La Fabrica is comfortably in the same league. Fabrica's wine list is especially worthy of praise, featuring a huge range chosen by someone who really knows their sh"t. I will drink Navazos Niepoort 2014 for £28 and 7 fuentes for £33 all day long. An absolute privilege to have this restaurant in our neighbourhood.

1 review so far 6
23.03.2017 00:04

Lovely ambience, delicious food, attentive staff and fabulous alcohol! As traditional Spanish as you could get in London, with fairly decent prices and no prentiousness. Beautiful and delectable!

8 reviews so far 6
19.03.2017 20:13

Very tasty food, the prawns inn chilli and garlic excellent. New dishes on the menu which were delicious, tuna and beetroot particularly good. The place was packed out even at 7.00 in the evening

1 review so far 6
10.03.2016 13:35

This was our fourth time at La Fabrica, and as usual we loved it! We were a group of 5 people, including two mums who were taken out for Mother's Day, and from the efficient and friendly staff to the delicious food, served quickly, everything was perfect. The dishes at La Fabrica are tasty, varied, nicely presented, and always served with a smile. The wine was reasonably priced, and the atmosphere - always buzzy but never too loud or annoying - was adding to the overall positive experience.

1 review so far 6
10.09.2016 09:52

No nonsense, fast service and excellent tapas. With the benefit of having lived in Spain, with Spanish relations, I am very happy to confirm that these Spanish tapas are the genuine article, with the added benefit of creative presentation of dishes and a special range of La Fabrica tapas, which add depth to an already extensive menu. There is also an extensive wine list, sangria and Spanish beers (eg Alhambra) on draft.

1 review so far 6
13.03.2016 19:32

A little worried when we walked past and there was nobody in there but it was only 5pm on a Saturday. We needn't have worried though as it soon filled up with people waiting for tables and being turned away. Food was superb, a few different tapas dishes we had never tried and certainly did not disappoint. The beetroot salad was lovely, a real inspiration and so tasty. The lamb chops were melt in the mouth. No complaints about any of it. Yes the wine was a little pricey but again not your normal run of the mill wines and definitely worth the price. Staff were attentive but not pushy and were always looking to make sure that you had what you needed, were very quick to respond to any requests. All in all a lovely place that we will be returning to.

1 review so far 6
04.08.2015 09:31

Walk into La Fabrica and you could be in that cool tapas bar you were looking for Barcelona. Great thing is it's in Stroud Green Road and blends in with the long-term cafe diversity of the area while raising the game. Fabulous fresh food, exotic tastes and rich wines. Who needs to go on holiday - which is why you should book.

2 reviews so far 6
15.05.2015 07:16

We arrived early to have a drink at the bar and our table was ready 45 minutes early so we sat down straight away. The food was excellent and brought to the table quickly. We ordered 9 dishes between 4 of us which was plenty. The staff was lovely and very hospitable. La Fabrica is a great addition to the local area.

2 reviews so far 5
25.10.2015 20:16

Our first visit to La Fabrica was great the food was very tasty and well presented. The decor and furnishing is modern and of good quality. We were a bit surprised at some of the wine prices but went for a £20 bottle that was very nice although it was French not Spanish as you would expect in a tapas restaurant. Overall a very nice experience likely to be repeated soon.

1 review so far 6
13.01.2016 08:06

This restaurant serves up fantastic tapas (both classic and some very original creations) presented beautifully. Dishes like the tortilla and the squid ink rice came out later because they are clearly cooked to order and it was great having our food staggered, we were never rushed and had plenty of time to enjoy our meal. Great selection of wines too. Highlights food wise (it's all fantastic) would definitely be the grilled octopus, garlic prawns and the chicken livers. I am very lucky to have this place 3 mins from my front door but I would gladly travel across London to eat anywhere like this.

1 review so far 6
07.02.2016 18:39

Third time at La Fabrica - excellent menu, food immaculately prepared, presented and so very delicious, Couldn't recommend highly enough. Restaurant itself has a wonderful atmosphere and service is friendly and helpful. Some of the best and most reasonably priced tapas you can get in North London.

1 review so far 5
28.03.2015 10:49

La Fabrica means the factory & this place has a real industrial design feel, beautifully styled with delicious dishes & wine. Delivery of a large order of plates could perhaps be spread out a bit more rather than coming all at once but that is a personal preference not a criticism. Good value all round.

1 review so far 5
28.10.2016 08:52

Food is really, really good and on a par or better than a number of more expensive, central London equivalents. General atmosphere is lively and having the bar seating helps with that. Service isn't 100% brilliant especially in terms of getting drinks (at 7.30pm as well) but is friendly. Main criticism is that in the back area there are a few too many tables which makes sitting down a sometimes interesting assault course. This combines with the modern fit-out to mean that you are not just sharing food with your partner but also sharing a number of conversations from your neighbours, who are closer than they could be.

1 review so far 5
02.06.2016 08:25

Another great evening at La Fabrica in Stroud Green. Wonderful variety of foods (including excellent vegetarian options - very unusual for a Spanish tapas restaurant), delicious braised lamb, octopus, fresh asparagus, beetroot salad etc. Staff were incredibly relaxed and accommodating and the restaurant was packed as usual. We shall be back again soon!

8 reviews so far 6
15.02.2017 09:19

Once again a lovely evening out. Many places lose their way somewhat on Valentine's Day but not La Fabrica. Used to being busy, busy there was no difference in the quality of the food or the service. Excellent - thanks. Will be back again.

1 review so far 5
08.03.2015 11:19

We really enjoyed our evening at this tapas bar last night. Lovely servers and had a nice chat with one of the owners. The tapas is good honest food and the atmosphere is warm and friendly. We are so glad to wish this restaurant well in our community - long may it stay. The only thing stopping me from rating it a 6 is that by about 9pm, when it started to really get busy, the service suffered as I think they were a bit overwhelmed by the numbers. We'll recommend it to our friends and we'll definitely come back!

3 reviews so far 6
05.04.2015 16:06

La Fabbrica is probably the best restaurant in the area. I believe it's only been open a few months. We have introduced a number of our friends to it, everyone has been impressed and have then recommended it to theIr friends. Extremely tasty freshly cooked tapas, reasonably priced vino and fabulous staff. The only problem I see in the future is not being able to get a table. Booking is must, unles you're prepared to squeeze in at the bar. J&C

1 review so far 5
15.01.2017 11:11

A lovely restaurant. A very ta Crianza 2008 to start with. We didn't know if we'd have food but after the delicious almost sweet, tangy olives we ordered a few tapas. The stuffed courgette were lovely. If I had to identify anything to improve it would be that not enough wine options were available by the glass and only small glass sizes were available. Also, all the waiters/waitresses asked us if we needed anything. Very attentive and certainly not forgotten but not sure why we didn't just have one waiter for our table. Very friendly anyway.

1 review so far 6
30.07.2015 07:12

I had a lovely meal at La Fabrica. The service was excellent, although the waitress mixed up our coffees. The food was consistenly good, and I particularly liked the idea of introducing the special dishes alongside the main tapas menu.

4 reviews so far 4
28.02.2015 13:54

We had a really nice time at La Fabrica last night. It was pretty busy and the staff was a bit overwhelmed but it's understandable. The food was great, our waitresses were very nice and made sure to keep us happy. I would like to go back to try more items on the menu! I really recommend this place.

1 review so far 6
12.10.2016 18:19

It is the fourth time that I go to La Fabrica and I will happily go again. The atmosphere is cosy. The food is authentic, yet creative, and the service is attentive, but not over-powering. Very good!

1 review so far 5
16.04.2015 14:05

Celebrated a birthday here which was really great. It look a little while for the server to come over and get us some drinks but after that we were well taken care of. The Alicante red wine is really good value and all the tapes were really enjoyed by all my friends. Some favourites were the garlic prawns, Piementos de Padrón, and the meatballs. A great place for a relaxed date or a few drinks and tapas at the bar. Will definitely for a fourth visit !

1 review so far 6
16.08.2015 11:14

It was our first visit to La Fabrica and it didn't disappoint. The food was fresh and well cooked - truly felt we were in Spain! Exceptionally good service and prices reasonable. Will definitely go again.

1 review so far 6
21.04.2015 11:50

The food here was delicious, varied and excellent for sharing, as well as being very good value for the quality. The atmosphere was great. We had an excellent evening and can recommend La Fabrica very highly.

2 reviews so far 6
19.10.2015 11:38

La Fabrica has excellent food, good service and a very attractive interior. I always very much enjoy my evening there. Though the food is Spanish, it does give an original twist to standard Spanish fare. Maggie

1 review so far 5
02.09.2016 10:08

The food was delicious. The portions were a good size and the service was good too. Attentive staff and the food came in good time and was staggered nicely. The only downside for me was that I actually felt that we spent a lot of money on our carafe of wine. We bought the cheapest carafe and it was £17 for 500ml. That's £8.50 each for a large glass of wine, which is a lot of money. Otherwise our experience was great. Thank you!

4 reviews so far 6
09.02.2017 09:03

Our experience at La Fabrica was very good. This place has a charming and welcoming atmosphere, food is great as well as the attitude of people working here. My colleagues were extremely satisfied. Thanks!

4 reviews so far 6
26.01.2017 10:56

Great experience as always! This place always offers a lovely service and food is amazing. I love visiting La Fabrica with my friends and family and I do that, at least, twice a month!

1 review so far 6
15.12.2016 23:46

Dinner with friends at La Fabrica was extremely enjoyable. The food delicious, the service attentive, efficient and friendly, the surroundings pleasant and welcoming and the overall experience thoroughly satisfying! A winner in every respect.

2 reviews so far 5
03.09.2016 11:20

Second visit to this great little tapas bar. Great atmosphere, friendly staff, good food and wine! One of the dishes we ordered was missed (probably a good thing as we we were so full anyway!). When we flagged this the waiter was so apologetic and really wanted us to try the dish anyway, but we just couldn't eat any more. The lovely staff gave us free drinks and coffee (and took the dish of the bill obviously). We will be back!

1 review so far 6
28.06.2016 09:06

I've been to La Fabrica many times and it is consistently good. Great wine list and I really like the specials and the Fabrica tapas - but the traditional dishes are great too.

2 reviews so far 6
08.07.2015 09:35

La Fabrica is a trusted place that never fails to offer great food and super friendly staff. I am always amazed by the quality of ingredients they use for their tasty spanish tapas.

2 reviews so far 6
26.08.2015 16:02

We had a very enjoyable evening. The restaurant is prettily decorated and the staff were friendly. The tapas were superb and arrived promptly. I have no hesitation in recommending La Fabrica. Maggie Torres

3 reviews so far 6
10.06.2016 13:50

What a fantastic evening. We were greeted with a glass of bubbly as it was my husband's birthday. We then proceeded to graze our way through a variety of dishes, from seafood carpaccio to Jamon, patatas bravas, croquetas and more. All were delicious, as I've come to expect from this restaurant. The staff were great, really friendly and attentive. I'll definitely be back again soon.

2 reviews so far 4
20.09.2015 19:04

The service wasn't great which was unusual for this place. We waited 10 minutes in the doorway to be seated even though we had booked a table. We were then sat down at an undressed table. The two guys who were sat after us got seen to before us. It didn't seem like the waiting staff were communicating with eachother that well. That said, the food was excellent. We had three dishes from the specials as well as some dishes from the normal tapas menu. The fillet steak with blue cheese sauce and orange slices was incredible.

2 reviews so far 3
22.05.2015 11:54

We went to La Fabrica at lunchtime on a Sunday - it is clearly meant to be an evening restaurant as there was only one other table occupied, so we didn't get a true sense of what I expect would be a lovely ambience. Welcome and service was great and the tapas was good but I have had better in other tapas restaurants recently.

1 review so far 5
04.03.2015 10:05

Really good tapas - mixture of classic tapas dishes and some interesting different takes on dishes. All at very affordable prices. Interiors of restaurant are lovely, as are the staff. One waiter dropped a dish, spilling some food on my boyfriends jacket. They compensated us with a free jug of (delicious) sangria, free pudding which included delicious ginger ice cream and also picked up his dry cleaning bill for his jacket. Overall impressed with this place!

4 reviews so far 6
03.05.2015 09:46

The quality of the food was excellent as was the service. The food was better cooked than many such places.The ambience was such that on a Wednesday evening the tables were fullish but the long bar was full of customers having a glass and perhaps two plates of tapas before moving on. The atmosphere was therefore buzzing and comfortable. I shall go back.

1 review so far 6
02.09.2015 10:36

Exceptionally good tapas and very good value for money. The atmosphere is 'vibey' without being overwhelming and the staff are friendly, competent and attentive. The red peppers stuffed with Spanish black pudding were outstanding, but to be honest it's hard to go wrong with any of the dishes. Good, reasonably priced wine list, I'd recommed the Trago Largo, Alicante. We'll definitely be back.

3 reviews so far 5
09.05.2015 23:03

Most of the food was as good as the first visit, however, a few dishes was over salted (potatoes that were with the grilled octopus and parts the Secreto Iberica). Last time when visited was quite early on so service was very good. Now that it's a lot busier, service slacking a bit, took a while to place order, receiving dessert menu and pay for the bill. Other than timing, staff were polite and cheerful.

1 review so far 6
04.01.2016 20:58

I have been to La Fabrica 3 times now, and I must say it is one of my favourites. Very friendly staff and the fantastic food take me back to Barcelona.

1 review so far 4
22.06.2016 18:05

Have visited the restaurant several times and always enjoyed the food. The service has been lacking on my previous visits but this time the service was great, very friendly and attentive staff. The food is lovely, but the prices are too high in my opinion. The scallops were disappointing for the price, as was the asparagus, extremely small portions. The cheeks and cutlets were lovely, as were the goats cheese salad and tomato bread. The decor is good. I think the portion sizes should be increased by a third to justify the prices.

1 review so far 5
26.02.2017 15:35

Great food and wine list. The perfect spot in an otherwise limited culinary landscape. Think squid ink rice, seasonal carpaccio & biodynamic Pinot noir. The veggie offering is broad & delicious but for those with a more carnivorous appetite the boar cheek is melt in mouth. Gin lovers are also well looked after as one would hope from an authentic Spanish joint. While the decor is snug, reputation is well earned & booking vital.

1 review so far 6
23.05.2016 07:29

I am so delighted to find a natural wine and tapas bar in North London! David and the team have created a haven of amazing food with a stunning wine list that I am excited to work my way through! On my last visit I particularly enjoyed the Baglio Bianco orange wine from Sicily. I have found my new favourite restaurant!

1 review so far 5
14.03.2016 10:01

Lovely time, as usual, at La Fabrica. great food and service and wonderful atmosphere. We enjoyed leisurely tapas and supped the house wine, which is great value and goes down very well with the tapas selection.

1 review so far 4
16.11.2015 16:02

The food and drinks are delicious - I can't complain about that at all.....however...the service is appalling. It's a shame as it really let's it down. I would go again due to the great food but honestly, having to ask and ask for water, wine, drinks, courses etc...was a bit draining. The staff clearly couldn't be bothered with the second sitting of the evening....I've been twice now and the first time the service wasn't great. The second time, totally pathetic....sorry but sort out the service - you could be amazing!

1 review so far 4
14.11.2016 10:47

THe food was good (if slightly on the expensive side) the problem was that the heating system was broken and so the restaurant was cold - I would have thought that the owner could have invested in a couple of fan heaters for an emergency such as that!! The staf were excellent and provided very good service. However, because of the prices it is not a place to go to for an ordinary night-out as there are many as good (and some even better) places in the immediate vicinity.

1 review so far 6
06.11.2016 10:16

Pleasant welcome from staff. Cosy seating, attentive and friendly staff. good range of tapas with some modern twists! Everything we had was exceptionally cooked and tasted delicious. We were already picking new dishes for our next visit before we even left. Recommend for any occasion! Probably requires booking as i can see how easy this place fills up!

2 reviews so far 5
20.02.2016 17:44

The food was very good, packed with lots of flavour, and pretty good value compared to other tapas bars. The wine list, however, is bit on the pricey side, with very little below 25 quid. The restaurant was busy on a Friday night and the staff did appear a bit overwhelmed at times. They were friendly, though, even if not totally attentive. Don't miss the prawns with garlic.