RestaurantsLondonSouthwarkSE1

survey result

Summary

£62
  £££
5
Exceptional
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“For maybe a decade now, José has been London’s most reliable and enjoyable restaurant”, assert fans of the tiny tapas bar José Pizarro opened on Bermondsey Street in 2011, now the spiritual home of a growing culinary empire. “Whether it’s a quick lunch or hours spent at the bar, it simply never misses”. “Always incredibly fun, always worth the queue, always get the croquetas”.

Summary

£61
  £££
4
Very Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“No wonder it remains popular after all these years” – José Pizarro’s “tiny” Bermondsey bar “is always packed with a good vibe” thanks to its “short, perfectly executed tapas menu”. It didn’t score quite as highly this year, not because of harsh critiques, but just a sense that “while great and truly buzzing, it’s not the old standard it once was”.

Summary

£56
   ££
5
Exceptional
3
Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A couple of glasses of sherry in hand, perched at the bar, eating super-tasty tapas: wonderful!” – José Pizarro’s tiny Bermondsey haunt is “the absolute exemplar of a Spanish tapas bar in London” (“better than Barrafina!”). “The classics are spot-on: just order a pan con tomate, then marvel at how something so simple can be done so well”. It helps that it’s such a “friendly and bustling” place too, winning it some recommendations as a good venue for a date.

Summary

£53
   ££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“There’s no finer tapas outside Spain” than at José Pizarro’s “outstanding, if authentically tiny” Bermondsey bar: “very buzzy and busy, as a tapas bar should be” providing “absolute classic dishes, prepared with attention to detail and with perfect produce”. “It looks chaotic when you turn up and you have to queue outside with your wine. However the system they have works because you’re soon seated and ready to enjoy some of London’s best tapas”; “highly recommended”.

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104 Bermondsey St, London, SE1 3UB

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José Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of José Restaurant in SE1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of José restaurant.
David W
Just about edges Barrafina...
Reviewed 6 months, 30 days ago

"Just about edges Barrafina"

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Charlotte L
smoked sardine salad with frise was delicio...
Reviewed 8 months, 10 days ago

"smoked sardine salad with frise was delicious, as was fried goat's cheese with honey. Great lunch spot"

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£19.80 £11.50 £0.00 £6.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £32.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 10.00%
104 Bermondsey St, London, SE1 3UB
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑10:30 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑10:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑10:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑10:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑10:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑10:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑10 pm

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