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The Little Taperia

Tooting Spanish, Tapas £££ +100
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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.

Opening Hours

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

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.

CHEF'S CHOICE

104 Reviews

5.4 /6 Excellent 104 Reviews
Atmosphere: excellent
Quality/Price: cheap
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Food: heavenly
Service: extraordinary
Noise: quiet
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1 review so far 6
28.05.2017 08:41

Fabulous food. Brilliant service. It's our 4th visit and we'll definitely be back. Never had a bad dish. recommend the padron peppers, lamb, prawns, octopus, tortilla....

1 review so far 6
19.05.2017 13:35

A warm welcome, friendly service and incredible food. Perfect and understated. Plus a fabulous slice of delicious cake for my husbands birthday: a real treat.

1 review so far 6
15.05.2017 09:10

Great food and great service, couldn't ask for better. This was our second visit and we were not disappointed. We will be back perfect for both friends and family.

1 review so far 6
14.05.2017 15:51

Fantastic place, food and staff above all! Totally recommended! Javi was a fantastic and thoughtful waiter and the good is real Spanish! A completely new and refreshing Spanish place in Balham-Tooting.

3 reviews so far 6
12.05.2017 14:59

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!

4 reviews so far 5
06.02.2017 08:16

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.

1 review so far 6
24.12.2016 08:37

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!

2 reviews so far 5
26.02.2017 19:38

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.

3 reviews so far 6
31.12.2016 12:46

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.

1 review so far 6
02.01.2017 17:52

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.

2 reviews so far 5
04.01.2017 08:02

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.

1 review so far 6
11.04.2017 12:18

Great food with a lively atmosphere. Always very busy but attentive service and the drinks and food kept coming. And the food is very special with all the usual Tapas favourites plus some interesting additions. Well worth checking out and very reasonably priced too.

1 review so far 6
26.02.2017 16:39

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.

3 reviews so far 6
21.04.2017 16:34

Our 4th visit and the food is as good as ever. The best Tapas we have tasted outside of Spain. There was a wedding party in the font restaurant area so we sat in the back room. Excellent service.

1 review so far 6
07.01.2017 21:30

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.

1 review so far 5
14.01.2017 09:51

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. ;-)

1 review so far 6
21.03.2017 16:55

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

1 review so far 4
04.04.2017 08:01

The food was amazing and the service was good. The venue was really hard to hear in and really hot temperature wise making it a struggle to stay in very long. I've had amazing cocktails here previously but the new bartender was pretty terrible. The food, however, is stand out. Worth tolerating the rest for.

1 review so far 6
27.12.2016 13:49

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!

1 review so far 5
23.01.2017 22:17

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.

1 review so far 5
21.02.2017 09:28

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.

1 review so far 6
15.03.2017 21:11

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

1 review so far 6
07.05.2017 09:38

Lovely little place with bags of character. It's food served exactly as it is would be in Spain. Perfect. Also didn't realise that there is a courtyard at the rear for dining outside

1 review so far 5
15.02.2017 13:25

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.

1 review so far 6
17.03.2017 08:55

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!

1 review so far 6
07.05.2017 10:27

Great tapas dishes, really well cooked. Nice restaurant, there's even a covered outside seating area in the back which would be nice in the summer. Will definitely be going back.

1 review so far 5
11.03.2017 10:16

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

1 review so far 6
20.04.2017 07:55

Wonderful Spanish food set in an intimate setting. Great wines on the menu too! Don't miss the scotch eggs or the black rice - absolutely stunning! Will be back soon!

1 review so far 6
18.04.2017 12:00

We had a lovely evening. The food was really good and we tried a lot of it, our waitress was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. We will be back very soon.

1 review so far 6
18.04.2017 08:15

Thanks for making my birthday dinner such a lovely experience. This place offers amazing food and the staff is so friendly! Will definitely come back next time I'm in Tooting.

1 review so far 6
30.03.2017 07:44

Excellent food and really great service. Particularly liked the gambas al ajillo and the arroz negro. Padron peppers are also a must. Book a table because they fill up quickly.

1 review so far 5
20.05.2017 11:27

Very busy and buzzy, as you would expect on a Friday evening. Table was tight and a little cramped as is the whole restaurant. However, the food was very good and service good too. Recommended.

1 review so far 6
01.03.2017 19:18

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

3 reviews so far 6
03.04.2017 20:56

The food and atmosphere is wonderful. We would recommend the Little Taperia for a romantic date or a night out with friends. We look forward to going back soon.

1 review so far 6
08.02.2017 21:09

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

2 reviews so far 6
24.12.2016 09:22

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.

1 review so far 6
01.04.2017 14:55

Simple, elegant, wonderful food! We absolutely loved it and will definitely return. The food is delicious, well presented and very fresh. The restaurant is cosy and the staff attentative.

1 review so far 6
06.04.2017 11:27

Best tapas restaurant ever. The food is great and staff so friendly Love the environment and price is good for the quality of food. For sure will go again!

1 review so far 6
09.12.2016 08:54

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.

1 review so far 6
30.03.2017 09:12

Great food, service & atmosphere. We haven't been in a long time but were not disappointed. The food is always so very very good making you want more.

1 review so far 6
03.12.2016 10:03

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

1 review so far 6
16.02.2017 10:57

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.

1 review so far 6
26.03.2017 14:20

Excellent food, service and a surprise free cocktail for mothers as it is Mother's Day! So great to have such a high quality place so close to home.

1 review so far 6
27.02.2017 15:26

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

1 review so far 5
13.02.2017 07:41

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.

1 review so far 6
23.12.2016 21:10

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.

1 review so far 3
14.04.2017 02:30

It was ok but lacked any kind of Spanish feel , also a bit expensive ? It was a Sunday night so we weren't expecting a buzzing atmosphere but we felt more could have been done to create an experience , our bill was £103 for a decent bottle of Rioja and 5 tapas

1 review so far 6
21.03.2017 09:12

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.

2 reviews so far 6
22.04.2017 07:48

Amazingly delicious and unique tapas dishes, good wine and cocktail list and great staff, will always go back. Best dishes are the prom, octopus, croquetas and tortilla

1 review so far 5
13.12.2016 11:17

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!