Inside or Outside?
Enjoy Latin American cuisine indoors or outdoors
We have four distinct dining areas at Paladar. This page gives you an insight into each area, to help you decide what is best for you. Please select the relevant area when booking. Occasionally we may have to close the garden for operational reasons and seat you indoors. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call or email us. There are also some FAQs at the bottom of this page, which may help.
Main Dining Room
The main seating area at Paladar offers airy and spacious accommodation for indoor dining. We offer a variety of table sizes and shapes, with our two circular tables (one for four and one for five/six guests) being particularly popular. There is also a soft-seating area in the entrance, which can be converted into a dining table for up to eight guests.
The typical seating capacity of the main restaurant is around 36-40 guests, depending on the configuration. We can also seat a few guests on the long, sleek copper bar counter, which is the focal point of the dining room.
We typically accommodate parties of more than eight guests on long tables in the rear portion of the restaurant – for example, we can accommodate 20 guests on two parallel tables of ten.
We can also offer an exclusive hire of the main dining room for parties of 30-40 guests. A minimum spend applies and a deposit is required to secure the entire space.
Chef's Table in the Bodega
The Bodega is a semi-private area right in front of the kitchen pass, where guests can watch the action in the theatrical open kitchen at first hand.
The Chef’s Table is ideal for intimate parties of between 8-10 guests. Seating is on comfortable padded stools with backs and the table is higher than than typical tables.
We recommend the Tasting Menu (with or without wine pairings) for the Chef’s Table, although this is not mandatory. We have a £500 minimum spend policy on this table in the evening (irrespective of the number of guests in your party) although we are prepared to be flexible with this minimum spend at lunchtime.
To secure the Chef’s Table, we require a credit card guarantee of £200. We will not charge anything to your card unless you fail to honour the reservation without giving us at least 48 hours prior notice of cancellation, in which case there would be a £200 charge on the card.
Our delightful courtyard garden, hidden away behind the main restaurant, has become one of our most popular dining areas, offering “al fresco” tables all year round.
The courtyard is very protected, with high walls and a temporary roof to keep you dry in case of rain! During the summer, our sun shades and fans prevent it from becoming too hot and during winter the four powerful infra-red heaters keep the chill at bay.
We normally have just nine tables in the garden, and a maximum capacity of about 32 guests.
We are able to cater to a group of up to 20 guests on a single table. For parties of more than 20 guests, we would generally offer exclusive hire of the garden for special functions. There is a minimum spend for exclusive hire, and we would need to take a deposit upfront to secure the space.
The front terrace comes into its own on sunny summer afternoons and balmy evenings. We generally do not use this area in the winter.
It is not the same experience as dining in the Courtyard Garden: you will be seated at the front of the restaurant on London Road and currently we do not have heaters on the terrace. We do have umbrellas to ward off light rain but in the event of heavy rain or wind, we reserve the right to close the terrace at short notice.
We therefore generally keep the Front Terrace for walk-in guests or for last minute bookings if the other areas are full.
The maximum capacity for the front terrace is 18 (three tables of six) but we are quite happy for couples of a party of four to occupy one table.
The Front Terrace is the only area in the restaurant where smoking is permitted.
Frequently Asked Questions
Probably, yes, but it depends on how full the rest of the restaurant is. The Garden is moderately weather-proof, but in the event of strong wind or rain we will do our best to accommodate you indoors. We would normally know about this the day before if the forecast looks bad.
Please also note that occasionally we may need to close the garden for operational reasons, in which case we will reallocate your table indoors.
Normally we only offer the Chef’s Table for parties of between six and ten guests. However, if the Chef’s Table is not in use for a party, we can split it into two tables and then we can seat parties of two, three or four on these tables. Feel free to request the Chef’s Table if you are interested in being seated in this area – although there is no guarantee we will be able to fulfil the request.
For a special occasion we would recommend the Tasting Menu (with or without the wine pairings) when booking the Chef’s Table. However, if you prefer to order from the daily menu that is absolutely fine.
Please note, however, that if you want to book the Chef’s Table there is a minimum spend (including food, drinks and discretionary service charge) of £500, irrespective of the number of guests on the table.