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Dehesa

25 Ganton Street, London, United Kingdom, W1F 9BP
Critics Review 12/20
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Opening Information

Tapas
Mon - Fri
12 - 3pm / 5 - 11pm

Sat
12 - 11pm

Sun
12 - 5pm
Charcuterie, Cheese and Bar Snacks are served all day.

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Families and Children Welcome
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About Dehesa

Dehesa is a charcuterie and tapas bar inspired by the cuisine of Spain and Italy. It opened in January 2008 and is the sister restaurant to Salt Yard in Fitzrovia and Opera Tavern in Covent Garden, offering sharing dishes served in a relaxed environment. The restaurant is named after the Dehesa- a unique woodland area in Spain which is home to the black-footed Ibérico pigs – said to produce the best ham in the world. This reflects our commitment to quality and provenance and our dedication to carefully sourced products. Pop in to share a board of the finest Jamón Ibérico carved to order along with a plate of manchegos with quince – accompanied with a glass of cold Fino.

Try some courgette flowers stuffed with goats’ cheese and drizzled with honey or some chargrilled tiger prawns with smoked garlic butter and rosemary- washed down with a glass of crisp Albariño. Or how about chargrilled lamb chops with fresh peas, broad beans and mint and a glass of Pinot Nero. Bookings taken for lunch and dinner Monday to Friday as well as Saturday evenings and Sunday lunch. Our Private Dining Room is available to book lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday and Sunday lunch.

Cuisine: Italian, Spanish
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Price point: $ $
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Critics Review
Review by Andy Hayler
12/20
The new, slightly more casual, offspring of Salt Yard offers a similar formula to its parent, but with the unwelcome twist of a no-booking policy. While I am sure this makes life easier for the restaurant it certainly does not for anyone who is hoping to plan their evening. Moreover, my experience waiting this evening was rather like one of those flight delay situations at airports, where they initially tell you the flight is going to be a bit late, then gradually eke out the delay in instalments to stop you switching to another airline. Having arrived around seven I was told that we would be seated “ within 20 – 40 minutes” but we did not sit down for well over an hour. You can at least have a drink (standing in the narrow gap between one set of tables and the stairs) but it was a frustrating experience. The best dish sampled was some excellent chorizo (14/20) which avoided the chewiness that so often afflicts this sausage in London restaurants. Pata negra (£13) was good, but not at all as good as the perfect version from Joselito I had at Cambio de Tercio recently. My dining companion, who is sufficiently well versed in pata negra to have a whole leg sitting in his kitchen right now, felt the main problem in this case was that the ham was sliced too thin. I find a plate of ham, however good, very hard to mark, so I am not going to attempt to; it was certainly of good provenance and was enjoyable, but as I say it can be even better than this. Slices of duck breast were pleasant and correctly cooked (12/20). Sourdough bread with aioli has been mocked elsewhere for its cost (after all, this is just a bit of toast) but used good bread and, which is perhaps the point, came with a really excellent aioli (13/20). Salt cod croquettes were crisp and tasty, served with a not very spicy (13/20) Romesco sauce. Mackerel with a quince, apple and pear aioli was a couple of flavours too many for me (11/20). A similar issue for me happened with wild chicory with grilled blood orange and salsa verde. Most of the tapa dishes are £3.25 - £7 each. The wine list is quite pricey, though it does have a couple of cheap options; we had the excellent Fagus at £45 (which retails at about £16). There is a long selection of fine wines from Spain and Italy for those wishing to splash out. Service was friendly at all times despite the bustle, but the no reservation policy means Dehesa is probably best tried for lunch unless you don’t mind waiting an indeterminate time for a table.
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Visited On Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Really good food and wine!

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Visited On Saturday, 14 October 2017

Staff really professional. You make them work very hard by serving 1 dish at a time. High points - cod, beef and the brilliantly seasoned beetroot gnocchi. The flat bread was delicious. Too much mayo on the octopus slider and the pork belly bean base needed more seasoning. Finally the music was way too loud and we couldn't hear each other most of the time;

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Visited On Saturday, 14 October 2017

Great food and excellent location. Staff is not attentive, we have to keep them to come over to the table.

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Visited On Friday, 13 October 2017

Great night with friends sharing lovely inventive plates in a buzzy atmosphere.

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Visited On Saturday, 07 October 2017

Lovely food, efficient service, nice drinks. No complaints! Thank you.

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Visited On Saturday, 07 October 2017

Our server on Saturday was Fantastic! Very warm, welcoming, fun and calm. Really appreciated it! Food was fantastic too, the private dining place it a great place for a gathering.

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 October 2017

A little pricier than some tapas places I frequent, but the food was excellent. Service was also very good and timely.

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Visited On Friday, 29 September 2017

Excellent food and wine, nice ambiance. Noisy (but it was a Friday night)

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Visited On Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Top service and amazing food in a very nice setting - every dish we had was delightful but shame you ran out of the squid which we craved, next time!

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Visited On Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Great food and lovely atmosphere

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Visited On Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Very enjoyable meal in the private function room downstairs, with good food and excellent service.

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Visited On Monday, 25 September 2017

I love Dehesa. I'm a bit dead and it can be noisy in there but the staff always manage to find me a seating arrangement which works for me. They are all so lovely. The food on my most recent visit was fabulous as I have come to expect, the wine delicious and the service friendly and impeccable. A great experience.

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Visited On Saturday, 23 September 2017

Nice buzzy tapas bar in the heart of the West End by Carnaby St. We had a table inside which was perfect at this time of year (late September). The service was good. We had fishbowls of gin & tonic, followed by 6 mixed plates and a nice bottle of red and 2 desserts. All very tasty and reasonably priced for the quality and location. Bueno!!

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Visited On Friday, 22 September 2017

Dehesa has become one of my favorite restaurants anywhere in the world. The food is always exceptional, a great wine list and excellent service on an incredibly consistent basis.

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Visited On Friday, 15 September 2017

Very tasty food and good service in a relaxed atmosphere.

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Visited On Tuesday, 19 September 2017

beautiful evening, beautiful food and beautiful wine :)

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Visited On Saturday, 16 September 2017

Favourites are the chorizo, courgette flowers, pork belly, and it is compulsory to have a plate of the meats with delicious flatbread. Never disappointed :-)

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Visited On Thursday, 14 September 2017

Amazing food and wine, great service, friendly and professional staff 👍🏻

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Visited On Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Enjoyed the bar seats

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Visited On Saturday, 09 September 2017

Went to Dehesa with a voucher following a previous feedback I left about the slow service we experienced the last time we came to the restaurant. What an improvement!! The meal was fantastic, every single dish we tried was delicious. And the service was excellent! Ed made us feel very welcome and was so attentive. All in all, a lovely relaxing meal! What an improvement to the last time we came! Would definitely recommend to a friend now!

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Visited On Tuesday, 05 September 2017

Food was amazing and very good service. We had the private area downstairs for a party of 10.

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Visited On Friday, 08 September 2017

Most of our tapas came within 5 min but fries took 45 mins! Also, it was very loud and I found it hard to listen to my friend across the table. The food was good.

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Visited On Tuesday, 05 September 2017

Small portions, slow service

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Visited On Sunday, 03 September 2017

Its a nice restaurant and the food was ok, but just ok. Some of the dishes were luke warm. We ordered 2 x meat, 2 x fish and then patatas bravas/tortilla to accompany them. the fish were brought our first and then when finished the two meat dishes were brought out. Then finally at the end after we had finished the meat dishes the patatas bravas and tortilla were brought out so we were basically left with a portion of chips (which is what the patats bravas was) and a dry tortilla which didnt feel like a satisfying way to end the meal. This may sound petty but it's the small things when you are trying to be a premium restaurant.

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Visited On Friday, 01 September 2017

We had a great time. And my communication with Ivan leading up to the day was really helpful and friendly. Thank you for making my engagement party so special :)

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