Meson don Felipe
53a The Cut
London SE1 8LF
020 7928 3237
Opening Hours: 
Monday - Sunday: 12:00-23:00
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Still bringing excellent tapas to Waterloo after 25 years.

The first traditional tapas restaurant in London, Meson don Felipe has been serving piquillos con gambas, berenjena rellena and sardinas fritas to hungry theatregoers and office workers for more than a quarter of a century.

In recent years, owner Philip Diment has branched out into running his own Spanish vineyards, and the fruits of his labour - in the form of a very quaffable Sanfir Crianza - can be sampled in the tapas bar.

The restaurant is also home to a sprightly guitarist, who manages to clamber onto a shelf (or is it a stage) most evenings, and Santiago, a Spanish waiter turned manager who has been with the restaurant right from the start.

You can read more about Philip Diment’s love affair with Spain, tapas and his wife Ana, which inspired Meson don Felipe (and countless imitators), and the restaurant’s 25th anniversary here.

Our little known fact about Meson don Felipe:
Manager Santiago, a veteran of a quarter of a century at Meson don Felipe, met his wife at the restaurant.