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194 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ
Latest critic review: August 28, 2012
Critics' score: 7.5 out of 10 Users' score: 10.0 out of 10

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José Pizarro's tapas bar José has received glowing reviews and now he turns his hand to a more traditional dining affair. He's taken over the Bermondsey Kitchen site and as well as offering seasonal Spanish food he's opened London's first Cava bar. Pizarro seats 40 people, with a private dining option and a communal table in front of the bar both available. Expect bigger dishes with an emphasis on sharing.

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Zoe Williams Telegraph
Reviewed on August 28, 2012
" I don't think it's the best restaurant on the street, and I don't even know if it's intending to be. It's a place to gather and make a noise, and if you happen to be hungry, all to the good." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 5
Grace Dent Evening Standard
Reviewed on July 13, 2012
"Pizarro was one of the nicest dining experiences I’ve had in London for a while." READ REVIEW
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Critic's score: 8
Andy Lynes Metro
Reviewed on April 11, 2012
"Pizarro might be something of an overnight sensation but it’s one based on solid foundations: quality ingredients, sound cooking technique and delicious recipes." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 8
Nick Curtis Evening Standard
Reviewed by January 12, 2012
"Although its simplicity sometimes verges on bluntness, Pizarro serves beautifully cooked, evocatively Spanish food." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 6
Guy Dimond Time Out
Reviewed on December 22, 2011
"Among the highlights of our meal were duck livers served with capers and fino sherry, a clever combination of feral flavours cut with acidity." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 8
Kelly Hussey View London
Reviewed on December 22, 2011
"Pizarro gets it all pretty much spot on, showcasing everything that's good about this great culinary nation." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 10
Emma Reynolds Daily Mail
Reviewed on December 15, 2011
"We finished glowing, not least thanks to the beautifully attentive - and frankly beautiful - waiting staff. This is therapy for the most ingrained of sharing issues." READ REVIEW
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Critic's score: 8

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What Jose and maitre d' Herve unfailingly give their customers is a vibrant, warm experience. Firt in Jose up the road, now in Pizarro.

Starts with the interior. Sumptuous in its combo of ancient Spain and modernist Europe, dark buckled cupboards, curved Scandi chairs, a long communal table, secluded booths. Lighting perfectly pitched. You feel at home. Or in the home you'd like to have.

Continues with the welcome. Lovely knowledgeable staff, genuinely pleased to see you.

Delivers a menu short enough to trust. Proven starters. The famed croquetas etc, new stuff every day. Then silence-inducing succulent Iberico lomo. But the salt cod - oh my sweet goodness, the astonishing silvery glistening flakes of it under a crispy skin...

This is a wondrous, warm local restaurant with exceptional produce and production. Of course, as a local I shouldn't be telling you this. No booking means you'll probably steal my place.

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Address194 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ
Telephone number 020 7378 9455
Opening timesMon-Fri Lunch 12-3; Dinner 6-11
Sat 12-11
Sun 12-10
Bar open all day
  • Private Hire available
  • Bar area
• No reservations

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