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The Little Taperia

Tooting · Spanish, Tapas · ££££
197 Reviews

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.

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The Little Taperia
143 Tooting High Street, Tooting
London SW17 0SY

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 12:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Chef's Choice



Spinach Catalana with pine nuts and raisins


Ensalada verde with Spanish blue cheese, walnuts and apple


Chilli garlic prawns



Jamon Iberico pata negra


Spanish cheese plate: Manchego, Cabra Albarracin & La Fueya


Tabla Mixta (meat & cheese served on a wooden board)



Santiago tart with ice-cream


Churros with chocolate

Having a party?

Organising a party? Want to stay longer? Have a special request?

Further Information

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.

197 The Little Taperia Reviews

Jacqueline T.3 days ago · 1 review

Great staff, service, food and ambience. Much larger than it looks with a series of small, intimate, interconnecting rooms. Will be back thank you :)

caroline l.8 days ago · 1 review

Delicious food and wine. I have been a few times and always found it a fun atmosphere, friendly staff and the food very tasty. Love the range of wines available and cocktails! Looking forward to my next visit already

Rhea M.8 days ago · 1 review

Food was amazing - the scotch eggs, chorizo and salt cod fritters! Will be visiting again.

Stephen H.12 days ago · 2 reviews

Brilliant value lunch at an authentic tapas restaurant. The lunch deal is two tapas dishes for £7. The food was delicious and just the right amount. What's not to like.

imgSara S.5 months ago · 9 reviews

Fantastic, authentic Spanish tapas and great service at The Little Taperia. We went for lunch today, and did a mix of their special lunch deal (two tapas for £7) and a couple of dishes from their main menu. The food was great as ever - we had the patatas bravas, croquetas, salt cod fritters, chorizo on sour dough toast, octopus salad and the lamb cutlets. Everything was great, and really authentic tasting - particularly enjoyed the octopus which was cooked perfectly. We also had a very nice bottle of wine from Galicia (the wine list is very good, and reasonably priced). The Little Taperia is becoming a local for us! Thoroughly recommended!

imgSara S.3 months ago · 9 reviews

We regularly go to The Little Taperia, and are never disappointed! Great food, good wine list, fab cocktails and friendly service. The lunch deal they do on week days is a very good deal with dejected tapas two for £7. I can definitely recommend the octopus and the scotch eggs from the main menu too!

imgSara S.2 months ago · 9 reviews

Great lunch at The Little Taperia! We did some dishes from their lunch menu, which is great value at two plates for £7, and a couple from the main menu. Portion sizes were generous (especially the arroz negro) and the food authentic and tasty. Excellent bottle of wine for £20 too.

imgSara S.4 months ago · 9 reviews

Fabulous, authentic tapas at The Little Taperia. We had four dishes from their lunch special menu, two from the main menu, and a dessert each. Highlights were the octopus, the lamb cutlets and the cod frittas.

Mairi-Claire T.9 months ago · 6 reviews

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.

Katy J.10 months ago · 1 review

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!

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