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5.5 /6 Wonderful 153 Reviews

Tapeo Cafe & Tapas

Beckenham Spanish, Tapas £££ +100
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About Tapeo Cafe & Tapas

What’s that I hear tap, tap, tapping at my door down in Beckenham? It’s Tapeo Cafe & Tapas, that’s what, a Spanish tapas bar to rival any that central London might be touting. At Tapeo’s premises up on the bustling High Street, minutes from Beckenham Junction station and many landmarks, what’s on offer is, as the proprietor’s simply state, ‘magic on a plate’. Conjuring up a mix of traditional and contemporary tapas from a careful balance of imported Spanish ingredients and locally-sourced British produce, head chef Enric Castello and dynamic trio Jose Luis Gil, Carlos David, and Marcos Machado Mora – all highly-acclaimed – are set to wow the discerning palates of gourmets from Barcelona to Beckenham.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 09:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 09:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 09:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 09:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 09:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 09:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 09:00 - 22:00
Tapeo Cafe & Tapas, 142 High Street Beckenham, BR3 1EA Kent

Further Information

If you’re looking for exciting, creative Spanish food off the beaten track in London, then you’ve come to the right place! Tapeo Cafe & Tapas is the perfect neighbourhood eatery located on Beckenham’s High Street. With a full tapas menu crafted carefully by Tapeo’s talented chefs, be sure to try some of their signature Spanish dishes like the almond soup with garlic, flamed salmon and roasted coconut chips or the pan-fried scallops with chorizo, red onion purée and cured manchego foam for something a little bit different, and decadent.

Their extensive menus also covers all your tapas favourites - with everything from charcuterie to cheese and meat, plus the obligatory (and delicious!) patatas bravas doused in garlic aioli. Vegetarians or kids in your group? Both are covered with their own menus too. If you fancy a tipple to accompany your Tapeo’s tapas you simply must try their Strawberry Rose Sangria for a refreshing take on the Spanish classic. Tapas in London really don’t get much better than this!


153 Reviews

5.5 /6 Wonderful 153 Reviews
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: cheap
Atmosphere: excellent
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Noise: quiet
Service: extraordinary
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1 review so far 6
24.09.2017 20:44

Friendly and helpful service, good quality tapas - some really good - and very reasonably priced (I've certainly paid a lot more elsewhere for something as good as this). A real asset for Beckenham.

2 reviews so far 6
19.09.2017 17:14

The food is always good at Tapeo and the staff are lovely - especially friendly to children. I would recommend the octopus and the lamb.

1 review so far 6
18.09.2017 09:31

A warm welcome by friendly and attentive staff. Authentic, interesting menu with plenty of choice for all. Well presented fresh tasting food, will definitely return and can highly recommend.

1 review so far 6
16.09.2017 12:42

The staff is really nice and the food is good. We spent a nice moment in a great atmosphere. We will definitely go there again!

1 review so far 4
30.04.2017 10:16

Great food. Lamb, pork, paella and patatas bravas tapas dishes were delicious. The staff were very friendly. On the downside we were offered either a bench table in the window or the high table near the coats. I had booked online a few days in advance so feel I should have been told that those would be the only tables available. We took the bench table in the window but I do think this affected the service as we were out of the way and not in the main part of the restaurant so a little forgotten at times. Also we ordered scallops and they didn't come so we had to ask again. They were very small scallops for the price of the scallop dish. I ordered coffee and chocolate soufflé for dessert. Whilst it was very nice it was not a soufflé it was a molten chocolate cake. The liquer coffee was exceptional. Whilst we had a good meal, attention to the small details above distinguish my review of this being a good place to eat as opposed to a great place to eat.

2 reviews so far 6
11.09.2017 10:49

This is the second time we've been to Tapeo and it was just as good, if not better, than the first. The food is superb, this is the best tapas I have had anywhere in this country. The dishes are not only delicious and full of great flavours, but everything is beautifully presented on the plate, without being overly fussy or relying on the cheap tricks of quirky replacements for plates. No, just fantastic tapas, presented well, in a restaurant with great service, and a lovely ambiance which brought a bit of Spanish warmth to a rainy, Beckenham Sunday night.

1 review so far 6
29.08.2016 09:17

Consistently good food and great service. It's a step above a standard tapas bar with tratitional tapas and Spanish staples, many with a modern twist. I particularly recommend the pulpo frito which is so tender and their tortilla espanola is freshly made and also delicious. Their take on an ajo blanco is also delicious. The staff are very friendly and are very tolerant of our 14 month old who is very messy!

1 review so far 5
15.12.2016 10:34

Very nice little dining room, and extremely friendly and attentive staff. Nearly all the tapas dishes were spot on -- good portion sizes and flavours. The only error was some albondigas that were not hot in the centre -- they took them back and made some fresh ones from scratch (rather than just shoving them in a microwave like some places do!). Overall a great little place with a huge choice on the menu that should feature something for everyone. Highly recommended.

1 review so far 6
12.02.2017 08:41

Food was amazing, both presentation and taste-wise. Staff were really friendly and helpful and child-friendly. Took advantage of the 2-for-1 daytime tapas offer. Highly recommend the arroz negro though all other dishes were delicious as well. We had 5 adults so sampled most of the vegetarian and seafood tapas menus. Superb! Planning to go back to work our way down the meat tapas now.

1 review so far 4
18.09.2016 08:11

We have known this restaurant pretty much since it opened. Both food and service are usually exquisite. Whilst the food is still good, for the first time, we found that something was n't quite the same. I wonder if they have had some changes with kitchen staff. Some of the dishes ordered did not have the same edge as they normally do Presentation and portion size of the black ink risotto, octopus and paths bravas in particular. Do not get me wrong, this is this worth a visit but owners must not let the standards slip.

1 review so far 6
13.06.2017 09:44

Fantastic restaurant. Second time I have been here now, and the food, the service, the atmosphere and the staff are all among the best I have experienced in Beckenham. Could not rate more highly. The restaurant is not quiet, but I would not expect, nor want a tapas restaurant to be silent.

1 review so far 6
24.05.2016 13:37

Very nice place, good food and staff is very attentive. There were two of us pregnant in the group and the waitress warned us about there being raw egg in the aioli sauce, which was very thoughtful as we never enquired. Will definitely return, had a fantastic time!

1 review so far 4
15.02.2017 14:22

Tapeo is a nice place, and the staff are very friendly, but the food was hit and miss. Some bits like the pork belly and lamb were amazing, and other simple dishes like fig panna cotta and even the olives they serve were not good. I'd certainly go back, it just needs a bit more attention to detail and focus on food quality to make it great

4 reviews so far 6
14.06.2017 09:20

Fantastic Saturday night here, great lively atmosphere, very good friendly service, great menu choice and excellent very tasty food. Almost a cross between a tasting menu and a Tapas bar. Also the best glasses of Sangria either of us have ever tasted! Highly recommended!

1 review so far 6
10.05.2017 07:47

A great little restaurant, A great mix of food and really goods portions, service was brilliant. We had just returned from Barcelona and both agreed some of the dishes were better than the Tapas we had in Spain ! We will defiantly be back.

3 reviews so far 6
24.03.2017 10:10

Once again, on my fifth visit, it was excellent. Lots of choice on the menu so have been able to try new things each time. Friendly. If going on Friday or Saturday I would advise booking ahead as it is a popular place.

1 review so far 6
11.01.2017 14:18

Great new restaurant serving lovely tapas. This is my second visit and the food was lovely maybe a little heavy with the garlic mayo but the meatballs are to do die for. Fab choice of vino and the cocktails are lovely too.

1 review so far 6
14.06.2017 16:47

Friendly staff and lovely food in a nice relaxed atmosphere. We were lucky enough to get 2 for 1 on the tapas on a Saturday lunchtime, which meant we tried dishes we may not have previously ordered. I will definitely return.

1 review so far 5
07.02.2017 08:50

Great food, could not recommend more highly, a lovely evening, great for bigger groups or for 2. Only complaint was our table for 2 was very close to the door, i had booked so expected a better table to have been reserved. We will return though.

1 review so far 6
20.05.2017 07:50

Great evening out. Really nice and attentive staff. Service just right, not intrusive, but always there when you need it. Will be going again. Also not just the usual tapas, but some quite different (and really appetising) alternatives