Town Quay, Southampton, SO14 2AR
Conveniently located on Town Quay and next to Southampton’s waterfront, this traditional restaurant offers an enticing and authentic taste of Spanish cuisine. Established for 23 years, La Regata is well known in the area; the wide range of tapas and main menu selections are popular with locals and regulars. New guests are tempted in by a range of delicious food and a regularly changing specials board. The typically Spanish atmosphere is enhanced by a charming interior, and guests are always guaranteed a warm welcome. We chose a medley of tapas from an extensive selection – it was almost too hard to choose, but the friendly and attentive staff were on-hand with recommendations, and to explain the more unusual menu items. Next, we selected from the specials board, plumping for the pollo chiclana, a chicken dish with king prawns and chorizo in tomato and chilli sauce, plus the fresh sea bass – a whole fish served with garlic butter and herb sauce. Both dishes were excellent. Other main course dishes that are sure to delight the palate include the vegetarian paella, and the iberico lamb in a red wine and apple jus served with crispy capers and potatoes. We couldn’t resist rounding off our delicious feast with dessert and plumped for the mouth-watering churros served with warm chocolate, followed by a selection of Spanish cheeses served with membrillo and toast, both of which were exceptionally tasty. The kitchen team has a well-honed range of skills – evidenced through high-quality flavour and presentation. Portions are plentiful – you won’t go hungry here. Served by a team of attentive staff and with an extensive drinks menu at the bar, La Regata brings a taste of Spain to the heart of Southampton. Spacious and upbeat, there’s even the chance to watch the world go by outside, with al fresco dining available for the warmer months. Whenever you choose to visit, you’re sure to be impressed by the outstanding food and drink at La Regata.