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La Bodega Negra

La Bodega Negra

Mexican Restaurant and Caf飣££
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    "ablaze with neon signs screeching ‘sex shop"(11 Tips)
    Jayla P.
    "Stylish, friendly staff and to-die-for frozen margaritas."(19 Tips)
    Patricia Z.
    "Really strong margaritas and really amazing tacos."(28 Tips)
    Anna S.
    "Best thing in menu is the pork belly (crispy skin included)."(6 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon173 Tips and reviews
  • sex shop
  • margaritas
  • trendy
  • pork belly
  • tequila
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  • Kostas S.heart icon on user image
    Kostas StaverisJanuary 16, 2017
    We booked for our anniversary date , the food was great , try definitely tacos, guacamole , pork belly and the lamb, greetings to my waitress Aleksandra who organised the menu for us. We will be back!
  • Stavros A.heart icon on user image
    Stavros AerakisFebruary 16, 2018
    Quesadillas are really good! Try the crab and the beef tacos! Also have some of the ceviches and of course the RIB EYE! Enjoy
  • Shay M.heart icon on user image
    Shay MSeptember 26, 2014
    Pork belly is awesome! Big portion for good price. Rest leaning on expensive. Music is quite loud so hard to have conversations. FYI outside looks like a sex shop on the outside
  • Josh T.heart icon on user image
    Josh TaroliJanuary 28, 2017
    They have two restaurants in the same building. You can enter the 'secret' underground restaurant through the adult shop on the back. Beware that it's more sophisticated / pricier downstairs!
  • Sex Drugs and Bacon Rolls F.
    "La Bodega Negra serves Mexican street food, including hand crafted mezcal and Tequila Cocktails, in a Hacienda style cellar environment. The chilli-hot steak tacos and crab tostaditas are delicious." Read more
  • Shahrzad S.heart icon on user image
    Shahrzad ShamsJuly 14, 2018
    One of my fav drinking/dining spots in Soho, London. A must if you are into cocktails and especially Old Fashion and Margarita. Superb food too!
  • Milos G.heart icon on user image
    Milos GajdosJanuary 30, 2019
    Chef selection of tacos is 👌
  • Ozy O.
    Ozy OzySeptember 24, 2014
    I like this mexican rest..young peoples here...nice music..energetic,beautiful staff...delicious foods..amazing hot sauces:)) different coctails options...luv it
  • Thunder C.
    Thunder CatDecember 16, 2014
    The "secret" entrance through a sex shop facade adds an excellent moment of theatre which is matched by the excellent Mexican cuisine. Hugely enjoyable evening meal.
  • Stylesight
    StylesightSeptember 25, 2012
    Don’t be fooled by the ‘Sex Shop’ sign, La Bodega Negra is well-hidden in a Soho basement and serves some of the best Mexican food in town. The dark and stylish, a perfect place to sample tequila.
  • Portfoleo
    PortfoleoOctober 24, 2012
    Soho's brand new hot-right-now Mexican restaurant serving tacos, steaks and margaritas in a cellar of fun accessed via what appears to be a gaudy, neon-signed sex shop. Take lots of friends.
  • YOUhome
    YOUhomeNovember 4, 2014
    Super atmospheric serving traditional Mexican food with a twist. The decor adds to the excitement and this is a great place to start your evening.
  • Michelle
    MichelleAugust 1, 2013
    La Bodega Negra is one of 52 places selected for inclusion in New Gourmet London. A print guide and iPhone app to the best new restaurants that opened in 2012.
  • W.heart icon on user image
    The ambience is hip and the fit out incredibly cool. Our favourite cocktails were the frozen Margharitas -of course- and the Gringo.
  • Mercy O.heart icon on user image
    Mercy OgoleJanuary 25, 2016
    My favourite by far! In my top 3. Food, music, drinks, atmosphere, service, sex shop shop front. Oui oui oui s'il vous plait
  • Stef G.heart icon on user image
    Stef GOctober 15, 2012
    Incredible tacos al pastor--just like in Mexico. Delicious salsas with great flavor. Fun, vibrant atmosphere. Good service. Looking forward to going back soon.
  • Ministry of Waxing
    Ministry of WaxingAugust 22, 2013
    Beneath a lurid Soho shopfront, ablaze with neon signs screeching ‘sex shop’, you'll find fantastic authentic Mexican food in a cool, urban atmosphere.
  • Roberto B.
    Roberto BuaJune 8, 2014
    Get the pork belly tacos, amazing. Music is a bit too loud, great for a night out with friends, not so great for a date.
  • MinistryofWaxing
    MinistryofWaxingJuly 21, 2013
    Beneath a lurid Soho shopfront, ablaze with neon signs screeching ‘sex shop’, you'll find fantastic authentic Mexican food in a cool, urban atmosphere.
  • Gabi M.heart icon on user image
    Gabi MetzDecember 29, 2016
    Great Mexican food.. good value for money and friendly service .. perfect pre Aladdin show dinner
  • Hmsheart icon on user image
    HmsNovember 26, 2014
    Get the xombie cocktail and mackerel cerviche. The other dishes were soso. Food did come quick and nice atmosphere.
  • BarChick
    BarChickMarch 13, 2012
    Don’t miss the al pastor pork or the pancita burracho from the wood-burning grill, say yesss to the tacos and wash it all down with a few hibiscus Margaritas. Read more
  • Roberta
    RobertaOctober 10, 2014
    Get skinny margarita ( tequila + lime+ salt) daily special flavour, great set of tacos and one more skinny margarita. You will feel great!
  • Roshni B.
    Roshni BajajAugust 17, 2013
    Upstairs: Salsa roja, chorizo and potato tacos, the ancho cocktail, plus tons of the El Yucateco habanero salsas. Will not forget this superhot meal.
  • Mawi London
    Mawi LondonMay 28, 2012
    One of our favourite new restaurants in London - great authentic food and fun atmosphere. Quite hard to find but that was half of the fun of going!
  • Agathaheart icon on user image
    AgathaNovember 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Good ambience, good music, relaxed clientele and very friendly hosts. Not impressed with the Margaritas but espresso martinis are to die for. So, grumpy waitress could be forgiven on that basis.
  • prima f.
    prima filiNovember 20, 2014
    Menu is good to get a taste at lunch. The dessert was pretty big and sweet! Service is attentive and respectful. Nice vibe.
  • Michaela W.heart icon on user image
    Food is SO good. Free wifi. Gets busy so you might get sat with other people, but it was fine :) Tacos are a must.
  • Anand P.
    Anand PanjabiJuly 27, 2013
    Get a late table after 9pm and you won't have to worry about a two hour time restriction. Then chill out and enjoy yourself, in spite of the honest, but slightly chaotic service...
  • Camilla V.
    Camilla VLCSeptember 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best mexican food in London, great music, great cocktails, cool decor.. Try it! Especially the ceviche and sea bass! Yum
  • Lizzie P.
    Lizzie PApril 6, 2016
    Concealed entrance - look out for the neon lights. One to tick off your list!
  • Jessi @.heart icon on user image
    Jessi @2feet1worldOctober 6, 2017
    Amazing Mexican food and cocktails. There's also a walk-in part if you can't get a restaurant booking
  • Olya K.heart icon on user image
    Olya KuznetsovaAugust 7, 2016
    Lamb tacos are too good to be true. Check out the back door entrance to bar/club/restaurant downstairs!
  • Nadya B.
    Nadya BerestovaJanuary 19, 2013
    Grilled sweetcorn is amazing and seafood rice pots are lovely. So not forget about lemonade!
  • Renaissance Hotels
    Renaissance HotelsMay 22, 2012
    A godsend if you're craving real Mexican in London, or want to ogle the city's young, hip and beautiful. For more local tips, follow us on 4sq or check out
  • MinistryofWaxing
    MinistryofWaxingApril 11, 2013
    Choose from a selection of Mexican favourites from tacos and toastaditas to mains such as steaks, grills and a delicious spiced chicken.
  • Kim P.
    Kim PhamSeptember 18, 2014
    Come on an early afternoon, curl up with your laptop and the Aztiki cocktail. Tipsy email never felt so good!
  • Brynne D.heart icon on user image
    Brynne DickieMay 26, 2013
    You have to walk through what appears to be a sex shop, but you'll find the most amazing Mexican restaurant once inside!
  • Wandering B.
    Wandering BaileyNovember 10, 2014
    Had one of my best nights here. Playlist was hella nostalgic, food drinks and staff very pleasant.
  • Wheeler
    WheelerJanuary 9, 2015
    Great quesadillas and super friendly staff but WHY DOES THE MUSIC NEED TO BE QUITE SO LOUD?? Shouting at my dining partner who is less than a metre away just to be heard at barely 8pm. Oh dear...
  • Energya Therapies by Paola Bassanese
    Fantastic atmosphere on a Friday night, very busy so advance booking recommended. The playlist is to die for!
  • Maria P.heart icon on user image
    Maria PanayiotouNovember 6, 2015
    Excellent music and atmosphere! Totally recommend:)
  • Morgans Hotel Group
    Morgans Hotel GroupAugust 7, 2012
    The sex shop entrance on Old Compton St hides Soho's newest and coolest restaurant backed by Will Ricker and the NYC team that brought us La Esquina
  • Timothy S.
    Timothy StampMay 16, 2013
    Great atmosphere - busy and loud. Service was good in a laid back sort of way. The corn on the cob starter was off the hook!
  • Deborah P.
    Deborah PuiggaliMarch 3, 2016
    Bodega Negra ' s bar : the nudge! Secret place. Watermelon cocktail !
  • Sadie H.
    Sadie HardingNovember 22, 2012
    The steak tacos are really spicy so make sure when you order you ask for tap water. Beans and chorizo were delicious, top notch.
  • Sheila T.heart icon on user image
    Sheila ThomsonMarch 17, 2015
    Tasty quesedilla and cocktails but the beef tacos were almost inedible and the wait, for everything, so looooong.
  • Andrew C.heart icon on user image
    Andrew CerdaNovember 8, 2012
    Our waitress from Sainte Fe, Mexico recommended the pork or prawn tacos. The pork was delicious.
  • Donal K.
    Donal KaneSeptember 17, 2013
    Style (decor is great) over substance (food and service at best OK) definitely.. 15% compulsory optional service charge is a little on the cheeky side too
  • Chris R.
    Limited, barely Mexican, menu. Quesadilla is not... Vegetarian Burrito had pickled cabbage - impossible to taste anything else, also had no beans, guacamole, cheese or sour cream - ie the basics :(
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