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.
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!
The tapas here is excellent, best I've had. The restaurant has a great atmosphere, and it was definitely worthwhile booking on a Saturday night as it was full. Every one of the 6 tapas dishes we had was excellent, though the stand-out was the ham croquettes which were superb. Good wines, and very helpful and friendly service. I've had brunch here too, and that is also excellent, with an interesting and delicious Spanish spin on brunch favourites.
Always a great experience. The new additions to the menu and the specials were excellent. The only restaurant in London that we repeatedly return to.
As ever had a fantastic time. Excellent food - the menu changes fairly frequently. Great atmosphere, and top notch service.
As ever, it was brilliant. Great food - and the menu does change fairly frequently - and a great atmosphere, as well as top notch service.
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.
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.
Lovely restaurant, nice decor and the food was amazing. Got there at 7 on a Saturday and it was a little quiet but soon became busy, testament to how nice it is. Tapas was incredible, well cooked and visually delightful, slightly different presentation to Website pictures as you would expect and full of flavour. Only slight negative was one wrong plate was delivered to that ordered. This mistake we pointed out and was quickly rectified on the bill with a discount, so it did in no way spoil our experience. Would heartily recommend if in the Beckenham area and enjoy good, Spanish cuisine
Went for dinner last night on the back of reading good reviews and we were not disappointed. The food, the service the decor and ambiance were all fantastic! The staff were helpful with recommendations. Their dessert menu is slightly incorrect-they call a chocolate fondant a soufflé and the New York cheesecake is not baked as a NY cheesecake should be but both were really good nonetheless. Would we go back-yes,100%! Would we recommend-yes, 100%.
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!
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.