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5.3 /6 Excellent 148 Reviews

Tota Restaurant

Tooting International ££ +100
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About Tota Restaurant

Tota Restaurant in Wandsworth is a sure bet to become an instant classic. Set in a location made up of London chic, the stage is set for head chef Gary Doherty’s exceptional cooking. Having produced food in all four corners of the Earth, and sometimes having to rely on the most basic ingredients, Gary Doherty’s cooking is infused with creativity and an appreciation that simplicity is key. Tota is the culmination of the last 30 years exploring flavours, cooking styles, and ingredients from around the world – come and explore!

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 10:30 - 22:30
  • Wednesday 10:30 - 22:30
  • Thursday 10:30 - 22:30
  • Friday 09:00 - 00:30
  • Saturday 09:00 - 00:30
  • Sunday 09:00 - 18:00
Tota Restaurant, 102 Tooting High Street, SW17 0RR London

Further Information

See, sometimes you come across a place so special you wish you could live there or at least have this place be home to you more often than not. This pretty much defines Tota Restaurant in Wandsworth, right in the heart of Tooting Broadway. The setting is London urban cool blended with vintage overtones, and the ambience is laid back and classy. Whatever time of day or night, TOTA aims to deliver food to soothe the soul with comforting classics, or to tantalise the tastebuds with robust flavours.

After 30 years of cooking around the world, chef Gary Doherty is bringing his eclectic style of cooking to Tooting – forget the word fusion – this is a kaleidoscope of food. By day, Tota is a relaxing retreat from the hustle of the High Street, serving seductive sandwiches, fab brunch and crunchy salads to set your mouth watering, all washed down with tip top coffee, artisan beers and an affordable wine list. And by night bring on the candles and night balm. Food endowed with flavour and balance, quirky specials that take full advantage of seasonality and favourite classics. Better see for yourself.


148 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 148 Reviews
Service: extraordinary
Noise: quiet
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: cheap
Atmosphere: excellent
Waiting Time: short
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2 reviews so far 6
06.08.2017 09:00

Excellent service- great food - lovely design - my second time and I will be back again soon. Host knowledgeable about the menu and super friendly. As we're bar staff.

2 reviews so far 6
05.08.2017 08:19

The service was fantastic , even though the resturant was busy we didn't have to wait long for our food, which was delicious. We'll definitely be back.

1 review so far 6
02.08.2017 08:39

An excellent evening all round. Tota is superb. The food and wine are impeccable but what makes it great are the people and welcoming reception and service. Thank you

1 review so far 6
26.07.2017 15:55

This restaurant has the best food I have ever eaten. Treat yourself to a NEgroni too. The service is great and the front of house manager makes you feel like she is just there for you.

1 review so far 6
14.12.2014 22:50

We had a really lovely brunch at Tota today. My vegetarian breakfast with bubble and squeak was delicious & my husband enjoyed his full English. We then rolled the boat out & shared a stack of pancakes with blueberry compote and creme fraiche which was equally as tasty. We will be returning!

1 review so far 5
31.01.2015 07:55

Food was excellent, best burger I've ever had, hard to find better elsewhere. Service very friendly and competent. Will definitely return. A very well put together plate, perfectly cooked. Only complaint - the music was terrible, sounded like techo, too loud, spolit the ambience. After a day's work something more relaxing was required. However if they want young diners I suppose that's ok but it probably is not what anyone over 45 wants, and it is the older generation who have the most spending power now. I am 65 and my friend is 42. I will give it one more try but if the music is the same I won't be returning unfortunately.

1 review so far 6
24.09.2016 09:30

It was busier than a usual Friday night, however this did not effect our night whatsoever. The food and wine were amazing as usual and the staff are great. We'll continue to come back to Tota.

5 reviews so far 6
14.06.2016 21:09

Had a really enjoyable evening at Tota. Really great, friendly, attentive service. The regular menu & specials are a good mix of unusual, inventive & quirky alongside some standards. All delivered to an excellent standard.

4 reviews so far 4
11.04.2017 19:51

The menu was seasonal and well thought out. The duck dumplings as a starter was the best I've had ! For mains I was tempted by the steak but as it was Friday I went for the Dover Sole and it was delicious . The cocktails were appetising although on the small size compared to other places. Really nice atmosphere and great for meeting up with friends, when is what I'm going to do! With the busy kitchen, I do think the fumes fobtravrl out to the dining area and this is an area to invest in. Definitely best new I've had this year!

1 review so far 6
03.03.2016 19:06

This restaurant is a total gem and a guaranteed good evening. Fantastic food and great value especially on Tuesdays when they have a special half price offer on steak and ribs if you buy a drink with your meal. I have tried both the steak and the ribs and all are utterly delicious. Fresh ingredients, friendly service and outstanding cocktails - I would go there for the mojitos alone.

5 reviews so far 5
18.04.2015 07:31

Tota is one of my favourite local restaurants. Had a truly delicious lamb cutlet special. Service was friendly & a very enjoyable evening. Now need them to send me breakfast to cope with the hangover from the 2 bottles of wine!

2 reviews so far 6
20.12.2014 15:50

This is the best restaurant in Tooting, in fact it is the best restaurant within SW16!! Went there for a celebration, not expecting anything near the standard of cooking AND service.The calamari is to die for any of the meat dishes are exceptional. House wine not entirely to my taste, but that's only me, everybody else loved it. Go experience it for yourself, you will not be disappointed.

2 reviews so far 6
10.06.2015 22:56

Tota is a little jewel in tooting, offering a potent combination of a very friendly service, a particularly nice atmosphere and an excellent choice of well prepared and delicious food. Very good indeed.

1 review so far 6
07.08.2016 02:07

Tota offers fantastic and creative food. The staff are friendly and welcoming as well. Such a great place just for a few cocktails or a full 3 course meal, a must go!

1 review so far 5
06.07.2015 11:45

I've been in this restaurant for dinner some days ago with my parents after a so tiring full Wimbledon day. The place is nice and all the dishes we ordered were really good and well coocked with a special mention to my lamb... absolutely tasty and delicious. We closed the meal with a gorgeous salty chocolate cake with ice cream. All the waitress are extremely kind and friendly. The price is ok. Well done!

1 review so far 5
25.02.2017 12:31

Great atmosphere, Great Food, Fantastic staff. Not many places can combine those three, and its not stupidly expensive. They squeezed eight of us in without a booking a couple of weekends ago, when a lot of places would have turned us away. That was our first time and we went back this weekend (having booked!) and the experience was just the same. So add consistency to the three magic ingredients above. Go Tota!

2 reviews so far 6
22.10.2016 07:24

The food was amazing, me and my partner genuinely believed it was the best we had in a while!! The service too made us feel special yet the atmosphere was lovely and chilled. Can't wait to go back, next time I would need to try one of those espresso martinis another melted camembert starter!! Already planning my visit :)

1 review so far 5
22.03.2015 17:28

The food was absolutely delicious, with only two exceptions - the mash that came on the side was a bit bland with a whopping great piece of roasted garlic on the top. The coleslaw didn't have enough vinegar - it tasted mostly of mayonnaise. Everything else - the ribs, the beef, the creamed spinach, the roasted vegetables were divine. The sticky toffee pudding is a definite must.

1 review so far 5
10.05.2015 19:02

Having also tried dinner in the past, we decided to try the breakfast/brunch menu, which also turned out to be of very good quality (bubble & squeak cake particularly good) - not the cheapest place in Tooting of course, but the quality reflects the price. Service can be a little slow when full, some more waiting staff would be wise, but otherwise a very good experience again!

8 reviews so far 5
08.04.2017 07:59

We had lunch on a Friday at Tota. Food was very good, although we were disappointed on arrival that they did not have their full menu on (their website had given the impression that the dinner menu was available at lunch). The service was excellent, attentive but not pushy. We had a great lunch and will definitely be back to try the main menu!

5 reviews so far 4
20.06.2016 10:37

A great meal, but it could be improved by the service being a bit more proactive e.g. we've ordered steak with chips and two orders of ribs with chips (both excellent). It would be nice to see them bringing out a steak knife, ketchup/ mayo etc BEFORE the food arrives and we then sit waiting for them to go back and forth while the food goes cold. Can't fault the food, but service could step up a notch!

2 reviews so far 6
04.04.2017 07:54

My girlfriend and ibwent to Tota afta staying away frim there fir a while and when we did go back found the atmosphere staff and food absolutely great we had a mixed starter (a small bit if everything) and for main the côte de boeuf a sharing plate this meal qas woundeefull.

2 reviews so far 6
12.04.2016 10:30

Always great food and service at Tota. The steak to share is incredible and such good value for money...we even had to take a doggy bag!

2 reviews so far 6
24.10.2016 15:46

Tota is always fabulous and again we were not disappointed. We shared the cote de boeuf and it was amazing as always. We'llmbe back again soon!

1 review so far 6
20.07.2015 10:21

We had a really lovely evening. Great food, great service and a lovely atmosphere. Would definitely recommend Tota to everyone! Will definitely go back soon!

1 review so far 6
04.05.2016 14:25

The service and food were excellent. A lovely restaurant, I'll be sure to visit again and tell my friends about Tota. Great value for money.

1 review so far 1
16.10.2015 11:53

This is one of the most disappointing restaurant experiences I have ever had. Poor service, rude staff and chewy steak. My boyfriend and I were celebrating our anniversary and were so excited to be going to Tota. We made our reservation online and arrived promptly for our 8pm booking. When we entered, we were ignored for a while (though it was busy so we understand this). We were pointed to a table (not shown to) which was so wobbly that drinks were tipping over. We asked the waitress to wedge it to stop this, which she tried feebly with a tissue to little avail, then gave up and just left us there. We asked to move which was accommodated (later on they sat another couple down there who also asked to move). At the new table, it took 20 minutes for them to offer us the opportunity to order, 45 mins to get a drink and over an hour for the starter to even appear. The starter was very tasty, but when the main eventually showed up the steak was chewy and cheap and certainly not worth the money they charge (even on half price steak night). When we got the bill, a 10% service charge had been added. When my boyfriend asked for it to be removed the staff member was rude about it (clearly in a huff) and demanded an explanation. When she was told that the service had been slow and pretty rude she came up with a barrage of excuses and dismissed the criticism (which she asked for in the first place!). We left disappointed, £65 down and a ruined night. I certainly will never visit there again and wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

2 reviews so far 4
07.09.2016 10:57

Great venue and food however the music was an odd choice for a restaurant and even though we were a group of youngish ladies (circa 35) we found it too loud and had to ask for it to be turned down twice in order that we could have a conversation. Good value for money with the Tuesday 1/2 price steak and ribs offer and also cheap cocktails available from £4.

1 review so far 4
06.04.2015 09:33

Good but not great! Went it with high expectations (perhaps too high!). Food was well cooked but lacked a bit of flavour. Chicken burger which is meant to have Mexican flavours was pretty bland and didn't really do the description on the menu justice! Fresh Carrot juice had too much ginger in which completely overpowered the taste! A bit disappointed for a place in the top brunch places in London

2 reviews so far 5
16.09.2015 10:12

We spent a very nice evening at Tota , it was a pleasant , lively atmosphere and has a good varied menu . Service very good too

1 review so far 5
01.07.2017 08:50

Fantastic food and the service was excellent, couldn't recommend enough! A person in our party couldn't eat dairy so the waitress went through every bit of the menu and even offered to change some ingrediants where possible to make it dairy free. A lovely independent gem of a place. Will definitely go again!!

1 review so far 6
15.04.2015 10:01

Such a great find! The staff were attentive, without being-over-the-top. The Cocktails were amazing and the food was fabulous! A great menu that mixed classics with something, a little more "new world". The ambience was lovely. Warm, a little rustic, with perfect lighting.

2 reviews so far 6
10.06.2017 17:11

Great Staff, great ambience but more over excellent food! My fish was delicately cooked and served with gorgeous samphire, veg and new potatoes. Guests burger and tuna were raved about. We have already booked to go backed there again this month

2 reviews so far 6
20.11.2014 11:00

Duck dumplings starter was AMAZING! Love the atmosphere, staff are friendly but not fussing around you. The music was good too, which is a big plus. I felt like I got my moneys worth and am looking forward to going back.

1 review so far 6
12.09.2015 09:50

Lovely food, and even lovelier staff. The specials menu was a great addition to standard menu. Cocktail selection great. The beer on draft was so good, too. Who we assumed was the manageress or owner made our visit a delight.

1 review so far 5
23.02.2015 09:34

Busy on a Sunday, make sure you book, as some had to be turned away. Went for a full English and a chicken burger. Excellent fries and a very filling burger! Must head back and go for a hamburger or the ribs! Or even the pancakes!

1 review so far 6
03.06.2017 10:00

A really good local joint. Great service and friendly staff. Busy. A decent menu with specials. Kitchen knows what it's doing. Worth the trip out. Tooting Broadway is getting better for food. Keep up the good work

1 review so far 6
30.11.2016 21:24

Had a very tasty filling vegetarian burger. Delcious hot chocolate. Nice and warming on a chilly day. Topped off with great customer service! The lady was very accommdating when I forgot my pin number. Can definately recommend.

1 review so far 6
25.09.2016 12:41

The menu is so good you want one of everything, the service is excellent the lady that owns it has such passion and makes sure you are enjoying yourself, really great atmosphere - they've nailed it.

1 review so far 6
30.11.2016 07:50

One of my favourite places in Tooting. On a Tuesday - their happy hour, coupled with half price steak or ribs, is a winning combination. You'll be well looked after and the food is always outstanding.

1 review so far 6
17.05.2015 18:58

great food and cocktails, lots of specials to choose from. I had excellent asparagus, quail egg and speck starter with Hake, spinach and chorizo main, all very delicious and finished off with an espresso martini :)

1 review so far 5
16.03.2015 10:07

Terrific food and drink, reasonably priced and although there was a hiccup with service staff were apologetic and put things write. All in all, a smart, chic place that balances grown-up appeal with a family-friendly vibe. Tooting is lucky to have Tota.

1 review so far 5
19.04.2016 07:57

Simply love this place. Usually turn up for breakfast but went along for a romantic dinner. Staff were attentive. The arancini was beautiful! Meat was beautifully cooked...and we were the last to leave...no pressure on us getting out. A must go to!!

5 reviews so far 6
06.07.2015 09:55

Love this place. Great food, great staff, great prices. My brother has a dairy allergy and the chef came out and talked through the menu and made some adaptions to dishes which was awesome.

2 reviews so far 6
26.03.2017 08:55

This is the second time I have been to Tota and I think it is probably the best restaurant in Tooting! The food is fabulous - heart warming and delicious, great service & cocktails.

1 review so far 6
01.03.2015 09:23

Tota, Tooting Broadway, is a fantastic local restaurant with a great menu and some lovely daily specials. We went on a Saturday evening and the place was busy and buzzing. Would recommend booking.

1 review so far 6
14.01.2017 08:01

Amazing corn fritters! I'll definitely be going back to try every everything else on their menu. Service was brilliant too! Why have I waited so long to come and check it out?

1 review so far 6
29.03.2015 09:32

We really enjoyed our experience, the Staff were friendly and very helpful, service was very good and the food was excellent, we will certainly look to go back soon, thanks very much

1 review so far 5
23.09.2015 16:24

Great asset to the neighbourhood - a lovely meal last weekend with my family -delicious food and friendly helpful service. Just could have done with the windows shutting, as the September sun went down and the temperature dropped.

1 review so far 6
16.04.2016 21:43

Flavoursome and interesting combinations and in big portions!; smoked hake w chorizo and clams for eg was a new taste. Great local restaurant treat - relaxed vibe. Lovely female Maitre D.