Galapagos

4.6
178 reviews
£25 and under
Latin American
An exciting new destination restaurant on the Kent and East Sussex border, delivering the height of authentic Latin dining within a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
What 178 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.8
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4.5
Ambience
4.5
Value
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SteveM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We visited here when it was in Tier 2. I expect it would have had more atmosphere without the Covid burden.

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JulesH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

A taste of South America in Sussex - wonderful food, so fresh and very inventive/different menu. Amazing steaks......

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BjornS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food. Lovely owners. Brilliant South American food

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MargaretB
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Overall very good service. I ordered chick pea & chorizo starter & chicken main skewer dish. All arrived well presented and hot. Very Tasty indeed. Would definitely be going back, after lockdown!

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Tywin
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a wonderful evening and 3 course meal here. The cervice starter in particular was exceptional!

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Julianv
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food is outstanding and the whole experience very personalised.

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NicholasF
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Not as good as our last visit. We made everyone aware from the outset that we were time constrained. It was not that busy. It took forever to get a couple of steaks out following our appetizer, so we ate them under duress and against the clock. Appetizers (perfect goat cheese and spinach empanadas) were presented in a lacklustre manner with some haphazard salad greens strewn on the plate, half of them wilted from the heat of the empanada - visually unappealing and disappointing.

The steaks were great, the fries were superb and the chimichurri delicious.But we arrived at 6:20pm, had ordered by 6:30pm, finished our appetizers at 6:45pm but then had to wait until 7:00pm to get our steaks and then, only after we had agitated for their arrival.
We had to make a train at Wadhurst station at 7:29pm - c. 7 minutes away - so we had 15 minutes to bolt down a steak and pay so we had to forego any chance of having a dessert. The staff are so friendly and accommodating and the milieu and ambience are great. The place was nowhere near full so, really - how long does it take to grill a steak medium rare?! All the same, we would not let that hiccup deter us from visiting again.

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JulesH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

It was wonderful to break out of Lockdown 2.0 and enjoy some very yummy steak, empanadas and cerviche. The team have obviously worked so hard to welcome people back; the fire was roaring, only just a bit warmer than the welcome !

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Cleo
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is our new favourite restaurant. A different kind of food which was absolutely delicious. We had three courses which were all lovely. Kids menu is also fantastic- our 5 year old loved it too.

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SamD
Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding service and food was incredible, keep up the great work

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vipSuzieT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

To be honest we were disappointed. Although we have eaten at this restaurant once before and had a nice meal, on this occasion it wasn’t good. My chicken kebab was very much overdone and the Dothan while potatoes was no more than a small puddle on the plate. I didn’t complain but when the waitress asked us afterwards if everything had been okay I did point out that the chicken was overdone and was not good. At this point the owner of the restaurant came over and became very defensive which I didn’t appreciate. She told me that she was not now in a position to do anything about it as she had not been able to see the food for herself. Again I felt she clearly wanted proof and was not prepared to take my word for it. I did point out that I wasn’t asking her or any of her staff to do anything about it I was merely giving her feedback in order that they could notify the chef.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good night out

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Globalgourmet
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Delicious interesting food from Ecuador using interesting food combinations.

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SusanL
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly welcome and excellent service. Delicious food and drink. Shall definitely be back!

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SallyK
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you for a wonderful evening. Everything about it was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The meal was delicious. Fabulous choice of chef cooked food. Whilst it was my first visit there, it certainly won't be my last.

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TOMLEEN
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful experience and cannot find fault with anything!
We have been recommending to everyone, and will definitely be going back.

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RichardS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful meal on Saturday with friends and felt very covid safe. Food was so wonderful and tasty. Nice touch with the chef and owner coming round to chat with you after dinner. Will definitely recommend and return.

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CarolW
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The food is excellent and original in the area we live. Service was efficient and very friendly. We will be returning to sample more of the delights on the menu and will be recommending it to others.

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LesleyM
Kent
17 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Lovely restaurant with friendly staff. The Argentinian beef is beautiful.

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Smee
Kent
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was fantastic. Something for all of us and empty plates at the end. Will return.

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Leon
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

lovely setting and the food and service were excellent - A very attentive team at Galapagos!

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GloriaG
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Hospitality +++ good food great service. We will definitely return.

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LaurenceW
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A lovely restaurant (Ex-pub) specialising in South American food, the quality and preparation of the food was excellent and the service and staff similarly. Would definitely go again to try out different dishes on the menu. There was a very good selection of gluten free meals too.

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SueB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Very friendly service. Delicious food and generous servings. Could perhaps have had more main fish dishes to choose from. Would definitely recommend..

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Duncan
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very friendly and attentive staff, good menu choice and good food. something a little different. Been back twice and would go again.

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IsobelT
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

We enjoyed our meal very much indeed. The food was delicious and a bit different from so many other restaurants. I would recommend it to my friends.

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KevinD
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service and lovely hosts. We will be back!

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NikiT
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, really interesting menu , 3rd time we’ve been there in the past 6 weeks. Love the Ecuadorean vibe

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Nevio
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, it's the only restaurant we keep going back to and finding it's better each time.

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SueW
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was excellent and the wine was very drinkable

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GlynR
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first visit and we will be going back.
The food was delicious and service excellent. Good selection of wines and Timothy Taylor Landlord on draught, what could better.

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SymoneK
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This is our 4th time visited in September. First time just us 2 adults, 2nd, 3rd & 4th the kids joined us.

The food was gorgeous, we had the ecuadorian dish of stewed lamb , slow cooked white fish, steak, pasta dishes and pizzas.

Deserts - the chocolate cake just melts in your mouth. Churros Con Azucar - reminded us of our holidays eating these.

Lovely atmosphere.

Thank you for the welcoming service and the excellent food. We recommend this restaurant to anyone, especially families.

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Janel
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We were visiting Sussex from Devon to tour gardens and wanted to find a restaurant to celebrate my birthday. The reviews were very good and we were not disappointed. The food was delicious, great depth of flavour and presented well. We both had the Slow cooked white fish with coconut, fresh tomatoes, bell pepper and coriander, served with rice and fried plantains typical from the Northern coast of Ecuador. It was lovely to have depth of flavour rather than loaded with chillies. The quantity was just right to feed us but not so much that one feels overfull.

I had the Churros con Azucar for dessert which took me right back to childhood holidays in Andalucia.

The service was friendly and informal but very crisp. The chef Andres came out at the end of the meal to introduce himself and to check that we enjoyed our meal, which was a really lovely touch.

We look forward to our next visit. Thankyou Andres

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very friendly and welcoming. Excellent food.

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vipBrianP
Kent
15 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely place, great paella, great service and sooo friendly

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BobD
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

I was disappointed that, unlike other establishments I have eaten in recently, the staff were not wearing any protective face coverings.

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PamelaW
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We had a very good reasonably priced meal. The steaks were very tender and tasty. The chef really cared that the food was cooked to our liking and he was much in evidence chatting to diners during the evening. We liked that the menu was different and we enjoyed trying the South American cuisine.

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ChristineR
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Friendly and efficient staff. Good to see the chef out of the kitchen engaging with clients.
Lots to choose from on the menu. Will definitely return.

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AmyGlove
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely food and fabulous service! Would definitely recommend a visit!

FAQs

Galapagos offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01892 782271.

Galapagos is rated 4.6 stars by 178 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.