Costa Dorada

Spanish Restaurant in Bloomsbury
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6 / 10 from 8 reviews
47-55 Hanway Street
020 7631 5117
Nearest Station
Tottenham Court Road
0.06 miles
Opening Summary
Mon-Thu 12:30-Late
Fri 12:30-03:00
Sat 17:00-03:00
Sun Closed
Restaurant Facilities

Big Screen TV

Children Welcome

Credit Cards Accepted

Music Played

Live Music Played

Outdoor Area

*Now under new management* Costa Dorada offers authentic Spanish cuisine, traditional live entertainment and delicious drinks all under one roof. Dubbed as London‚s home of live Flamenco, it‚s the only place where you can enjoy the classic „Tablao‰, as well as many other exciting shows. Catch up with friends over some tasty tapas or delicious paella and unwind with a glass of rioja or, choose from our wide range of cocktails, beers and wines.

At Costa Dorada you can experience a wide range of dance music, Spanish & commercial with a Latin twist. For fantastic music, mouth-watering food and brilliant DJs head to Costa Dorada- the perfect venue for partying, relaxing and experiencing Spanish Culture in the heart of London.

All In London Review

Enjoyable Flamenco, but eat elsewhere first

Stumbling upon Costa Dorada quite by chance, we are enticed to enter due to the blackboard outside advertising sangria. We end up not ordering sangria at all, but a gin and tonic and a tasty glass of Rioja, which isn’t bad at £4.95 a pop.

We sit near the bar and contemplate the scattering of British diners and Spanish customers chatting to the bar staff. There is also a large dining area which is mostly empty, however we soon notice a stage being pulled out and microphones being arranged.

A lady swoops in past us with a bun in her hair and a long flowing skirt under her coat. “She’s going to dance Flamenco” Friend chuckles jokingly, however within minutes a couple of guitarists and a singer have taken to the makeshift stage.

After the music starts a couple of dancers appear. They dance together and then individually, their passionate stamping of feet and twists and turns a beautiful spectacle for all those watching.

After this thoroughly enjoyable experience - which is all too short - the music switches to Shakira and commercial reggaeton. Feeling peckish, we decide to try some of the restaurant’s tapas.

The Manchego cheese does not taste like Manchego at all. Soft in texture, I ponder whether it may be the ‘tierno’ or mild variety, however Friend is adamant this is Cheddar, which at £5.75 for a few slices is a farce. The tortilla (£5) has been re-heated and is dry. I’m glad we decided against ordering any more.

We leave after a few enthusiastic punters get up to dance, remarking we must return for the Flamenco, but only after having eaten elsewhere.

Reviewed by Leila
Published on Jun 23, 2010

User Reviews


Jan 3, 2010

me and my friend where there food is very bad expensive,the taste is not autentic managers are very rude ,unpolite ,and fake in the top of that dont expect spanish music or culture there is salsa and southamerican stile avoid this place!!!

Jul 9, 2009

I think some of these reviews may have been written by friends of management. the food is bad, very greasy and expensive. However, the dancing is good and it has a good astmosphere. Basically eat somewhere else and come her for the party!

Mar 30, 2009

me and my boyfriend really enjoyed this restaurant. The food was the best Spanish food I've had in a while. We got a bunch of tapas plus a very nice champangne cocktails and a good botle of red wine the value was ok we will go back !!!

Mar 22, 2009

well i dont follow the coments or reviews i was in costa dorada on friday 20 of march and i dont think is expensive at all plus friendly service plus true spanish food we have a set menu plus we added a paella value was ok food delicious plus the sangria was so nice we will back to this place no more plus :)

Feb 10, 2009

Unfortunately I feel compelled to review this restaurant, only to serve as a warning to other unsuspecting customers. The was the worst meal myself and my group of friends have ever had. We tried to complain about the food, but were met with an aggressive and intimidating response from the management. As a group of six girls this was quite upsetting to say the least. We ended up paying the full bill of £100 for what amounted to about 3 or 4 pieces of tapas each. We left within an hour.

Oct 6, 2008

im a usual customer in this tipical and true spanish restaurant the food is just amazing seafood paella serrano ham are my favorites and the cocktails at the bar they are soo nice i always ask to the barman to surprise me and he does totaly great also they are so frienly well flamenco show is good as well totally 10 / 10 as they sayd welcome to the flamenco house

Jun 24, 2005

I'm a regular at this restaurant cum nightclub and haven't yet found another place that opens to 3am, where you can have a drink and tapas or a proper sit-down meal which isn't horrendously priced or the patrons aren't horrendously
pushy. Its fun, its friendly and an excellent venue for a visit after the theatre that doesn't break the bank despite a full flamenco show at weekends and Spanish holiday music (which is brilliant for all generations). Don't take the car though, there's nowhere to park. Their Paella is highly recommended, only one of three places in London that I would order it. The others are Don Pepe in Frampton St and La Rueda in Clapham high Road.
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