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5.5 /6 Wonderful 136 Reviews

Tapeo Cafe & Tapas

Beckenham Spanish, Tapas £££ +100
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About Tapeo Cafe & Tapas

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.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 09:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 09:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 09:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 09:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 09:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 09:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 09:00 - 22:00
Tapeo Cafe & Tapas, 142 High Street Beckenham, BR3 1EA Kent

Further Information

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!


136 Reviews

5.5 /6 Wonderful 136 Reviews
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Quality/Price: great value
Food: heavenly
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: excellent
Service: extraordinary
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David S.
1 review so far 6
11.08.2017 19:37

Fantastic food! A lovely selection and everything we tried was delicious. Perhaps not the largest tapas portions but the quality was great. Good atmosphere and service as well, i would definitely recommend.

gaynor M.
1 review so far 6
07.08.2017 16:58

Makes a change to have such interesting tapas outside of Spain. Excellent choice of dishes, well cooked Great food and the service to match. Will return.

Nancy O.
1 review so far 6
27.07.2017 18:49

Lovely food, friendly staff, nice restaurant with a good atmosphere. The food is well priced with a good selection of dishes, I will definitely visit again.

Lauren O.
2 reviews so far 6
26.07.2017 00:24

Lovely tapas restaurant with a great selection of authentic dishes and also some with a unique twist. Received friendly and very quick service, nice atmosphere. Also very good value for money.

Andrea H.
1 review so far 4
30.04.2017 19:16

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.

Sonia H.
1 review so far 6
29.08.2016 18:17

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!

Jason S.
1 review so far 5
15.12.2016 21:34

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.

Bee W.
1 review so far 6
12.02.2017 19:41

Food was amazing, both presentation and taste-wise. Staff were really friendly and helpful and child-friendly. Took advantage of the 2-for-1 daytime tapas offer. Highly recommend the arroz negro though all other dishes were delicious as well. We had 5 adults so sampled most of the vegetarian and seafood tapas menus. Superb! Planning to go back to work our way down the meat tapas now.

Carn W.
1 review so far 4
18.09.2016 17:11

We have known this restaurant pretty much since it opened. Both food and service are usually exquisite. Whilst the food is still good, for the first time, we found that something was n't quite the same. I wonder if they have had some changes with kitchen staff. Some of the dishes ordered did not have the same edge as they normally do Presentation and portion size of the black ink risotto, octopus and paths bravas in particular. Do not get me wrong, this is this worth a visit but owners must not let the standards slip.

Tom P.
1 review so far 6
13.06.2017 18:44

Fantastic restaurant. Second time I have been here now, and the food, the service, the atmosphere and the staff are all among the best I have experienced in Beckenham. Could not rate more highly. The restaurant is not quiet, but I would not expect, nor want a tapas restaurant to be silent.

Beata G.
1 review so far 6
24.05.2016 22:37

Very nice place, good food and staff is very attentive. There were two of us pregnant in the group and the waitress warned us about there being raw egg in the aioli sauce, which was very thoughtful as we never enquired. Will definitely return, had a fantastic time!

Mark B.
1 review so far 4
16.02.2017 01:22

Tapeo is a nice place, and the staff are very friendly, but the food was hit and miss. Some bits like the pork belly and lamb were amazing, and other simple dishes like fig panna cotta and even the olives they serve were not good. I'd certainly go back, it just needs a bit more attention to detail and focus on food quality to make it great

Rachael S.
1 review so far 6
10.05.2017 16:47

A great little restaurant, A great mix of food and really goods portions, service was brilliant. We had just returned from Barcelona and both agreed some of the dishes were better than the Tapas we had in Spain ! We will defiantly be back.

John R.
2 reviews so far 6
14.06.2017 18:20

Fantastic Saturday night here, great lively atmosphere, very good friendly service, great menu choice and excellent very tasty food. Almost a cross between a tasting menu and a Tapas bar. Also the best glasses of Sangria either of us have ever tasted! Highly recommended!

Kieran H.
3 reviews so far 6
24.03.2017 21:10

Once again, on my fifth visit, it was excellent. Lots of choice on the menu so have been able to try new things each time. Friendly. If going on Friday or Saturday I would advise booking ahead as it is a popular place.

Jules A.
1 review so far 6
12.01.2017 01:18

Great new restaurant serving lovely tapas. This is my second visit and the food was lovely maybe a little heavy with the garlic mayo but the meatballs are to do die for. Fab choice of vino and the cocktails are lovely too.

Debbie P.
1 review so far 6
15.06.2017 01:47

Friendly staff and lovely food in a nice relaxed atmosphere. We were lucky enough to get 2 for 1 on the tapas on a Saturday lunchtime, which meant we tried dishes we may not have previously ordered. I will definitely return.

Francesca P.
1 review so far 5
07.02.2017 19:50

Great food, could not recommend more highly, a lovely evening, great for bigger groups or for 2. Only complaint was our table for 2 was very close to the door, i had booked so expected a better table to have been reserved. We will return though.

H W.
1 review so far 6
05.06.2017 16:28

Delicious food and attentive staff. We were the only table occupied by the end of the evening but it still felt atmospheric and the staff were not in a rush to get rid of us. Would highly recommend.

Chris N.
1 review so far 6
20.05.2017 16:50

Great evening out. Really nice and attentive staff. Service just right, not intrusive, but always there when you need it. Will be going again. Also not just the usual tapas, but some quite different (and really appetising) alternatives

Andrew P.
1 review so far 5
12.08.2017 09:32

Most of food was fantastic. One or two dishes average, i.e. Octopus (coating too rich), sea bass was a little bland, veggie paella- also a little bland. Would recommend chorizo, belly pork and patatas bravas as they were phenomenal. Great atmosphere. Very busy and buzzing.

Sanni V.
1 review so far 5
17.10.2016 05:17

Had a lovely evening at Tapeo, the food is always amazing and the wine list is good. It's often busy so we booked, it would have been nice to have a normal table (not the tall table with the bar stools) but overall good experience.

Diane T.
1 review so far 6
14.11.2016 20:29

A beutifully decorated place. Excellent service and knowledge of dishes and how many we would require. The food was tasty and well cooked and well presented. Wines reasonably priced and friendly staff. Overall a very pleasurable evening.

Melanie S.
1 review so far 6
25.05.2017 01:57

Amazing food, well presented, friendly staff, quick service and reasonable prices. Place was packed on a Saturday night so obviously an excellent addition to the restaurants of Beckenham. Good night. We'll definitely be going back

Dawn N.
1 review so far 6
29.06.2017 00:17

Lovely atmosphere, great decor and attentive staff. First impression after first visit excellent! Would recommend! Good food on the whole, although their version of the Spanish omlette wasn't to my taste. Loved everything else though!

Ben W.
2 reviews so far 6
30.08.2016 01:37

At Tapeo, you can always expect great service, superb food, lovely ambiance, and a warm welcome. Their dishes are authentic and very tasty, they've got excellent wines, and dining there is always a super-fun experience!

Damon H.
1 review so far 5
28.09.2016 02:02

Really enjoyed my first visit. Staff excellent, friendly and helpful. Food excellent - and ambience fantastic. No real surprises on the menu which cost one rating point but evrything experienced has encouraged me to go back. I look forward to it!

Christina P.
1 review so far 5
18.09.2016 23:07

Friendly staff, lovely food and drink. Good service food came out very quickly. Did take awhile for staff to ask if we wanted another drink after finishing ours but other than that really nice place and will be definitely returning. Thanks.

Eddie C.
1 review so far 6
30.06.2017 17:39

This is an excellent tapas restaurant. We shared 6 dishes and every one was delicious, and a couple were fantastic. Nice decor, good vibe. Not cheap, but you are definitely getting value for money.

Kieran H.
3 reviews so far 6
24.03.2017 03:24

Once again a brilliant time. Had top quality food and good cocktails. Menu choices really varied and great desserts too - which is not that common in a tapas restaurant. Will be going again.

John B.
1 review so far 6
21.12.2016 19:49

Excellent food, great service, nice atmosphere. Our dining choice in Beckenham (although we haven't tried Chai Naasto yet). Went for lunch once mid-week and we were the only one there for a while.

Mark B.
1 review so far 6
03.06.2017 20:10

Authentic Spanish tapas. New menu items. Good wine selection, Cava was great. Staff super attentive and pleasant. This was on a busy Friday evening. Do book. We will return. Even toilets rated highly.

Angela P.
3 reviews so far 6
21.03.2017 20:04

Great food, innovative dishes. Staff friendly and knowledgeable about dishes and helpful too. Great atmosphere, very buzzy. Good value for money. Our only complaint is there was a draft where we were sitting.

Jackie B.
1 review so far 6
09.12.2016 18:57

Delicious tapas, great service, hospitable environment. Couldn't fault it. Three dishes each plus dessert and drinks worked out around £32 each. In the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger (not very Spanish), we'll be back!

Gerri S.
1 review so far 6
05.06.2016 18:56

We had a great evening at Tapeo - delicious tapas, particularly the chorizo, octopus and omelette. The grilled bread and oil was great too. Service was efficient and friendly. We highly recommend Tapeo.

penny r.
1 review so far 5
09.08.2016 21:11

Good was lovely but 1 dish that took longer to cook arrived once we'd finished. They should have planned the other food to come at the same time. Wouldn't stop me returning, I just wouldn't order the tortilla again

1 review so far 6
04.02.2017 19:03

Lovely food wine and friendly service in a busy comfortable restaurant for a reasonable price. Was recommended to me by my father and rarely do I agree with his taste. Very good.

Jo H.
5 reviews so far 4
23.05.2017 17:15

Really lovely food, very small portions though. Food came up quickly. Disappointed to see a microwave in use (rarely) and also where we sat we were too close to the toilet and kitchen exit. I would go back but only if sitting in front part of the restaurant

Alexandra L.
1 review so far 6
12.02.2017 18:25

Amazing food, I will recommend this restaurant to all my friends. We haven't had a great tapas restaurant in Beckenham or Bromley for a long time so this is great. Loved it!

Donna M.
1 review so far 4
27.07.2017 21:17

Service was wonderful, wine and food was lovely. The Calamari let them down from scoring top marks. Frozen and rubbery...plus a very small portion. Please change as this will disappoint more than me im sure. I will be back but will not order the Calamari next time.

James W.
1 review so far 6
07.09.2016 17:20

The food was great, there was a nice atmosphere and the staff were very friendly and keen to help. Would definitely return. One of, if not, the best restaurant in Beckenham

Wayne S.
2 reviews so far 6
07.07.2017 08:27

The food was the star of the show, closely followed by the service and ambience. Loved the aubergine cannelloni and the sea bass was beautifully cooked. Can't wait to book again.

Anthony F.
1 review so far 6
25.09.2016 19:25

Amazing little restaurant would definitely recommend it. Food was sensational and probably the best tapas I've had in south east London. Staff were very attentive without being overbearing great night out

Christopher T.
1 review so far 5
28.07.2017 08:00

One of my favourite restaurant in Beckenham and best tapas bar I know in the area. The dishes are as good as anything in Spain but probably presented better and of a better quality in many cases

mary r.
1 review so far 6
11.12.2016 23:46

Saturday night is buzzing (if a little noisy) but fab menu with excellent quality food. Staff are lovely too. Choc truffles to die for! Looking forward to returning soon 😛

Kim S.
1 review so far 6
09.04.2017 17:46

Food was excellent, as was the staff. A busy night, food came quickly, maybe a little too quickly so it felt a little rushed, but we'll definitely return again .

Jeff sharkey 0.
1 review so far 6
12.09.2016 01:33

Excellent food, the squid ink risotto was amazing along with the black pudding, in fact everything we ate in this restaurant was, in my opinion the best tapas I've eaten.

Joanne L.
2 reviews so far 4
17.10.2016 01:07

Very nice restaurant. I am gluten free & found quite a few dishes to suit me. Tables a little too close together for my liking & it does get a bit too loud in there so you find yourself shouting - not very romantic lol

gordon m.
1 review so far 5
13.12.2016 18:18

Food was of good standard. The ambience of the resturant was superb and the staff friendly and helpful. Will def come again and happy to reommend to friends. Value for money i would say fair.

Elizabeth D.
1 review so far 5
14.01.2017 18:52

Really good vibe in the restaurant. Lovely food and attentive staff. Good value. The restaurant was packed when we went but the staff still managed to serve us quickly and efficiently. Would definitely visit again