About The Little Taperia
Dear diners, please be aware that tables booked online are available for 1.5 hours only.
For bookings of six or more people, please contact the restaurant as a small deposit will be required.
This Spanish tapas bar in Tooting is just too modest. Cosy, sure, The Little Taperia has a room at the rear that can accommodate ten to fifteen people enjoying a private party and a heated garden area in addition to the main dining room, flanked by a long white marble bar backed by ranks Spanish and international wines and premium spirits. An award-winning restaurant that’s attracting a lot of attention in London foodie circles, it’s the consistently excellent food that’s the real star of the show, with menus covering drinks, tapas, and lunch. Just a short walk along Tooting High Street from Tooting Broadway tube, The Little Taperia is easily accessed with reservation in hand.
- Monday 12:00 - 23:00
- Tuesday 12:00 - 23:00
- Wednesday 12:00 - 23:00
- Thursday 12:00 - 23:00
- Friday 12:00 - 00:00
- Saturday 12:00 - 00:00
- Sunday 12:00 - 22:30
Dear diners, to reserve for groups of more than 6 people, please contact the restaurant directly. Please also be aware that credit or debit card details must be provided to secure bookings of this size.
The Little Taperia occupies the former premises of a pet shop along Tooting High Street, but it’s now a bar and Spanish tapas restaurant with the kind of pedigree that eschews doggy-bag takeaway – though the proprietors are happy to pack any excess ordering up for overambitious diners. Established in in May 2015 by South London hospitality pioneers Hikmat Antippa (Meza) and Madeleine Lim (The Little Bar), it sits next door to one of Nick Jones’ eateries (Soho House, Chicken Shop) and has quickly become an emblem for the local Tooting restaurant renaissance. And it looks as good as it promises and as good as the food tastes – bentwood stools are serried against a bar decorated with Middle Eastern tiles, the front dining room features weathered wood panels scavenged from the 1940s-era Bush House, and if you’re waiting for a table – not that you’ll have to with a Quandoo reservation – you can take cover under a corrugated iron roof.
Reserve a table for rustic tapas and settle in with The Little Taperia’s considered pre-dinner drinks recommendations – the SW17 Cava (brandy de Jerez, angostura bitters and a lump of sugar), the Cava Royale (crème de cassis, cava), or the classic Aperol Spritz (Aperol, cava, and a slice of orange) – while you decide between morcilla-stuffed Scotch eggs with piquillo pepper chutney, spinach Catalana with pine nuts and raisins, the escalivada (Catalan-style grilled vegetables on toasted sourdough), platters of Iberian meats and Spanish cheese, and much, much more. Never forget to round your small plate session off with traditional churros. Pick a time for lunch, Monday to Friday between noon and 4pm, and you can choose any two tapas for a great price, adding on a dessert if you wish (you must). The Little Taperia represents some of the best tapas in Tooting and, if we concede to the critical acclaim, London – reservations are essential.
Really amazing service and the food were the best tapas I have had. I also recommend the Rioja wine. I will be returning again soon!
Brilliant service with an amazing atmosphere. The food wasn't even better highly recommend the croquetas absolutely delicious can't wait to go back as we are very local! Fairly priced as well, 2/3 dishes pp more than enough
Really delicious food and great atmosphere - would highly recommend. Even after we were full the food was so good we kept on eating! Great service too.
Every tapas dish was freshly prepared and delicious. The Cava Rose and Pharo white Rioja were excellent, the waiter was delightful and helpful and the bill was very reasonable. A perfect lunch!
Lovely tapas bar. Highly recommend the octopus and pigs cheek!!! Very reasonable for quality tapas food. Only disappointing dish was the patatas bravas (they weren't bad, but just not excellent like the rest of the dishes), but everything else made up for it! The waiters could have been a little more aware, as our drinks were served mid way through our first course, but in all a lovely evening out.
As always lovely food- I recommend the pigs cheeks especially, service attentive. We highly recommend The Little Taperia and we will be back in the New Year!
Nice food with separate menu marking gluten free and vegetarian options. Good lighting and friendly, helpful staff. Very busy on a Friday night so quite noisy. Food arrived quickly. Small room at the back down the side by the open kitchen and larger room in the front by the bar. Probably prefer the room at the front due to the lighting.
This was our second visit and you always wonder if it will be as good. We needn't have worried......it was exceptional again! The food is the star....the best tapas we have eaten outside of Spain. The service is excellent too....friendly & relaxed. It has quickly become our favourite restaurant.
Staff were welcoming, and friendly and attentive throughout our time. The food was delicious, all 6 people enjoyed the food; the variety, the quantity and quality, not to mention the very reasonable price, we left feeling very happy. We are looking forward to our next meal there.
Lovely tapas that are great value and a nice authentic feel to the restaurant. Friendly and efficient service too. The only downside was that the heating hadn't kicked in when we arrive - 1.30pm on New Year's Eve - so we almost wanted to keep our coats on for the first 15 minutes.
Fab restaurant with good service. Waiters left you alone and the food was great! Definitely would recommend to anyone visiting Tooting. The restaurant is also a lot larger than you first think but was still fairly busy on a weekday so suggest you book.
Great atmosphere in thisbusy place. Food was totally excellent and delicious. The service was very good almost too quick though the waitress could have been better informed about the menu. Suprising bottle of sherry to finish, real experience.
Great atmosphere food was tasty plenty for vegetarians too. Felt A little bit rushed to be in and out for the next setting but all handled smoothly. A mistake was made with order but server took responsibility and gave item to us for free. ;-)
Fantastic food and great service. Loved every dish that we had especially the chorizo and patata brava. Got put at the front table which was great for people watching. Definitely recommend and will definitely be back!
The service was excellent, as usual. The octopus was amazing as well as the all of the other dishes we had. The ambiance in the restaurant was nice and we weren't rushed to order our dishes. The food has never failed us.
Great food, and the service was great. Had to wait for our table as only a small place, but we waited in a little court yard at the back which was nice and they provided blankets if you were cold.
the food was great and the atmosphere was relaxing. The staff were very attentive and is definitely recommend it. The plates were small but we had 5 between 2 and it was plenty
Great atmosphere and delicious food. We arrived with 5 people having only booked for 4 and staff were really accommodating despite being a very busy night for them. Excellent value for money and have already booked our next visit.
The dishes change slightly but have the same name so when I ordered this time it wasn't what I expected it to be but, that said, was delicious nonetheless. Never change the scotch eggs they're unbelievable
Beautiful restaurant, very intimate and cosy. Food was really delicious! Would definitely return and would recommend to friends. Great to have such wonderful restaurants popping up around Tooting/Colliers Wood
Amazing food, fantastic service. We all loved it! Will definitely be back again soon. Thanks to the team and thanks for being so accommodating with our booking. Jade x
Great food and great atmosphere and the sangria was lovely, but definitely book beforehand as it's always busy and you won't get a table if you just turn up.
Delicious tapas and lovely atmosphere, will definitely be back. Try the chorizo, croquettes and the salt cod! Cocktail menu looked brilliant but did not try any on this occasion.
Excellent tasty food accompanied with excellent service by attentive staff. Would definitely recommend and will no doubt be returning again soon. If I could give 10/10 I would
Great service and excellent food and wine! Particularly recommend the salt cod fritters and the malbec. Looking forward to coming back soon and trying more of the menu
Great new find for us. Delicious food and great service. Good wine by the glass. We will return very soon and will also recommend to other local friends.
Great food, some traditional and some modern takes. Buzzy atmosphere. The one and a half hour time slot is more than enough, even if you want to sneak in a bottle of sherry.
Lovely food in a nice space with good service and a really pleasant atmosphere. We will definitely be going again to try the rest of the menu.
Authentic, yummy food, bustling atmosphere, great drinks menu. Friendly service. Took a while for a few dishes to come to the table, but a thoroughly fabulous experience. Highly recommended. Definitely going back!
Had an absolutely fantastic time at this wonderful little place. Great atmosphere, amazing food and friendly service. So glad we found it! 100% recommended! Thank you!
Excellent restaurant. Delicious, interesting food. Charming staff. Initimate atmosphere. Reasonably priced. Just 5 mins walk from Tooting Broadway tube station. Highly recommended. Will be back soon!
Food was amazing, really delicious and where we sat you could see the food being prepared which was nice. The service was a slow, and some of the order did not arrive. I would definitely go back again though
The food here is always great, as is the atmosphere. A busy place. I suggest booking. It can almost get so busy it is to the detriment of the whole experience.
Great selection of a tapas and wines that are well placed. Very friendly welcome. Highly reccomend the mixed cheese & meat board. Great selection of cheese and meats for good price
Have been recommended the little taperia by several friends and was not disappointed! Delicious food!! Lovely cosy restaurant with great atmosphere ! Only small criticism was we felt a little rushed,
A restaurant with a character and busy on the Friday night we went, which meant it was quite loud in the area we were seating in at the front of restaurant. The food was delicious and wine good.
Very good food and atmosphere. The only dish we didn't like was the grilled octopus - too much garlic and we like garlic! Otherwise very good tapas and reasonable price.
Went for lunch with some work colleagues. It is such a lovely little restaurant with fabulously tasty food and great service. What's not to love!
Great food and great atmosphere, we will go back for sure, especially to have some more of their famous scotch eggs and black rice, yum.
Food was delicious with the good variety you would expect from a tapas restaurant. Also a good selection of gluten free options. Atmosphere also great.
Would highly reccommend. Really lovely intimate setting, very very good service and exceptional food. Can't wait to come back and try everything in the menu!
Very tasty food for a very reasonable price. Attentive service and quick food delivery! The dessert was amazing. Lovely ambiance throughout, we felt very comfortable.
Great evening as ever, highly recommended. All dishes hit the mark and the waiting staff were great. Looking forward to our next visit very soon
We were recommended by a number of friends and weren't disappointed. Great food, service and atmosphere. We will definitely be back in the new year.
This was Fantastic authentic spanish tapas served here, nice atmosphere and great service. Saturday evening was really busy so make sure you book in advance.
Fantastic and exciting new buzzy place in tooting, with very good service, and some top notch authentic Spanish food. Make sure to book for weekends!
The food and the environment were really nice. Just in my opinion it was a bit expensive. The staff was friendly. Nice flavors. I would like to go again.
Great food and fabulous gin. Some of the usual tapas faves but cooked and presented to a very high quality and some new and interesting alternatives. Will be back
The tables are too small and close together. They argued about the fact they didn't cook the chorizo. They're busy and forgot about the hard work that it took to get busy and have forgotten about their customer service. Slid hard downhill fromantic when it first opened.
Great food, good service and a lovely setting. I would recommend the scotch eggs and the pig cheeks. We had a nice Rioja too. I'd definitely go back.