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Overlooking the Thames in the South Bank Arts Centre, this new Gallician-inspired tapas spot from Jack, Harry and Matthew Applebee has a strong focus on fish – as expected from a family whose fish stall has developed over the past 25 years into a prominent Borough Market fixture.

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Need a bite near the Southbank Centre? This new Galician-inspired tapas spot at the foot of the centre itself, complete with outside terrace, opened in February 2023. It is run by Jack, Harry and Matthew Applebee, who run the Applebee’s at Borough Market (see also). Stylewise, the appeal is far from cutting edge, with almost-retro decor and with Spanish cuisine that’s not designed to wow the fooderati. But amidst the anonymity of the area, our early reports say it creates good vibes: “very new...very good... family welcome absolutely perfect... tapas are fresh and plentiful... a great addition to the South Bank!” (And The Observer’s Jay Rayner is a fan too. In a June 2023 review he blessed its “extremely solid and pleasing take on the Spanish repertoire” and he too notes its “personal” style: “You do not sense the dead hand of head office, as you might in the surrounding places”).

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Unit 3, Royal Festival Hall,, London, SE1 8XX

La Gamba Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of La Gamba Restaurant in SE1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of La Gamba restaurant.
Steven K
Food quality really stand out by comparison...
Reviewed 1 months, 2 days ago

"Food quality really stand out by comparison with what else is on offer in and immediately around the Festival Hall. Tapas not quite up to the best in London but offers a good range of choice - and everything clearly fresh and home made so no reason why it could not get there! Portion sizes were a bit unpredictable (some a bit small - and not entirely in line with their L, M and S menu indicators) but we did not leave hungry! I'd happily go again."

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Jane W
Good addition to the Southbank which mainly...
Reviewed 5 months, 25 days ago

"Good addition to the Southbank which mainly has chain restaurants. Went with a vegetarian friend so mostly focused on the vegetarian offerings but the octopus was my favourite. Best patatas bravas ever! And the mushroom croquettes were excellent too. Service started off very well but tailed off later."

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Carlos D
Went early, but at least three dishes not a...
Reviewed 6 months, 18 days ago

"Went early, but at least three dishes not available. Service slow and rather confused—server did not understand when we ordered in properly-accented Spanish dishes listed in Spanish on the menu! Food decent but not inspiring. Wine list would be improved by including some carafes."

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David B
A step above the chains that proliferate on...
Reviewed 7 months, 4 days ago

"A step above the chains that proliferate on the South Bank, a nice tapas bar with a splendid view and some unusual dishes (not all of which work, it has to be said)"

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £19.95  

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£9.30 £20.80 £9.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £25.00
Filter Coffee £3.50
Extras  
Service 12.50%
Unit 3, Royal Festival Hall,, London, SE1 8XX
Opening hours
Monday11 am‑11 pm
Tuesday11 am‑11 pm
Wednesday11 am‑11 pm
Thursday11 am‑11 pm
Friday11 am‑11 pm
Saturday11 am‑11 pm
Sunday11 am‑11 pm

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