ABOUT LAS IGUANAS

We live for food, and to bring food alive – with an irresistible bolt of Latin American energy.

We rise at the crack of dawn to unload boxes of top-quality, fresh British produce.

Then our chefs add carefully sourced ingredients from around the world, to conjure delicious, authentic South American food, made with passion, love and lots of Latin magic.

Our food pulses with its exotic 16th Century roots – a mouth-watering confusion of native Latin American Indian, Spanish, Portuguese and African influences.

Las Iguanas is an adventure. You’ll discover new tastes, and fall in love with new favourites – and feel the warmth and welcome of South America.

OUR HISTORY

"We wanted to create something special, something alive, that made people feel good about themselves and feel good about life in general." – Eren, Las Iguanas Founder

We started small in a quiet Bristol street in 1991 and became something of a local institution.

Bringing a tasty blend of the traditional and the new to the city, with fresh ingredients, mouth-watering regional food and drink, and service from passionate people. We added intoxicating Latin rhythms and the rich colour palette of the southern hemisphere to the mix and our diners seemed to enjoy every Latin minute and every Latin mouthful.

We may now be nationwide but we're still independent-spirited, with familiar faces still running the show because we love what we do. And we could be bringing more of that Latin love to a town near you soon!

LOOKING LATIN

Open our doors, and you open yourself to the colour, chaos and charm of Latin America.

Every restaurant is unique.

Because each is filled with different treasures from our many visits to our favourite continent, from a piece of artisan furniture to a special dish on the menu. We can’t promise the hazy sun of Copacabana beach – but you’ll find the iconic swirls of the black and white pavement in one restaurant, and the Ipanema pavement in another. And some life-sized Latinos in some others, if you know where to look.

THE TREASURES AND TASTES OF OUR TRAVELS

We love South America. And living the Latin life for real. Learning native recipes and authentic cooking techniques, absorbing design inspiration.

Our travels have taken us to some of the most exciting kitchens and markets in South America to see delicious dishes cooked at the table from the freshest ingredients and that's what we endeavour to bring back with us to the UK.

At Las Iguanas we insist on using fresh ingredients in our kitchens. We make over 30 salsas and sauces by hand each day and our chefs create your food with love and care just like the cooks we've met on our travels.

ETHOS

Our ethos is refreshingly simple.

We want to bring authentic South America to every table, every day – in a place that lives and breathes Latin.

We use the freshest food, and the highest quality ingredients. We source from the best possible places – and try to be GM free. We’ve been with some of our suppliers for many years, and proudly support native South American businesses, like our coffee supplier, Daterra (who are Rainforest Alliance certified), and our cachaça partners, Magnifica, who grow our very own organic sugar cane – mixed only with local spring water during distillation.

Of course we take the same care of our people – our most important ingredient. Our outstanding training and development is way above the industry standard and backed up by our Investors in People Gold Award.

We work hard to ensure our menu is fully inclusive with a choice of halal and non-halal dishes, gluten free dishes and a separate vegetarian and vegan menu. Our chicken (excluding kids Chicken bites), lamb & duck are halal in all of our branches, other meats are not halal including beef and chorizo. All halal poultry and meat is pre-stunned in line with EU guidelines and our commitment to animal welfare. We are always pleased to answer any queries you may have about the menu.

The sustainable sourcing of our food is hugely important to us as part of the Casual Dining Group and a key criteria in developing menus across the portfolio of restaurants.

We require all suppliers to source fish products from sustainable fisheries, and some have already started the process of having these products independently certified. Our aim is for all fish products to be sustainably certified as soon as operationally possible. Our suppliers can provide evidence of sourcing from well managed sustainable fisheries and any relevant certification at any given time to support this commitment. In addition to this, we do not use or will accept any red-rated endangered fish species in any of our dishes.

We are working on a plan to ensure that the work done to date and our future commitments are clearly communicated to our customers. As part of this, we hope to work with the Marine Stewardship Council to better understand what needs to be done to ensure we can use the MSC label in our communications in a proper and accurate way. We are committed to ensuring that information about how and where our fish is sourced from is readily available through menus, websites and through our restaurant teams. 

 

 

SCORES ON THE DOORS

Our restaurants are our home.

So we do all we can to keep them clean, safe and welcoming for you, and our team.

We're star performers on the new Local Council Scores on the Doors scheme, which gives an ‘up front food hygiene rating’ – take a look at www.scoresonthedoors.org.uk

The scheme lets you make informed choices about eating out. The scores relate to the overall food safety rating from the last inspection by the Local Authority. Awards given vary from council to council and not all councils are taking part yet.

See how we’ve done recently (out of 5, or equivalent)

Aberdeen *****
Bath ****
Birmingham *****
Birmingham Resorts World *****
Blackpool ****
Brighton *****
Bristol Clifton *****
Bristol Cribbs Causeway *****
Bristol Harbourside *****
Cambridge *****
Cardiff Mermaid Quay *****
Cardiff Mill Lane *****
Cheshire Oaks *****
Chester *****
Coventry *****
Derby *****
Edinburgh *****
Exeter *****
Glasgow *****
Kingston *****
Lakeside *****
Leamington Spa *****
Leeds *****
Leicester ****
London Royal... *****
London Spitalfields *****
London Stratford... *****
London Wembley *****
Manchester Deansgate *****
Manchester Trafford *****
Milton Keynes *****
Newcastle *****
Newport *****
Norwich *****
Nottingham *****
Plymouth *****
Portsmouth *****
Reading ****
Sheffield *****
Sheffield Meadowhall *****
Swansea *****
Torquay *****
Woking *****

Tips and service charges – our policy

All customer tips and service charges are kept by restaurant employees in full.  This includes credit card tips and service charges paid via a bank or debit card, which are distributed in full to our employees.  We do not make any deductions for administering tips.  Tips and service charges are paid in full in addition to the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage.   

Any tips paid in cash are retained by the individual waiter.  They may or may not have arrangements in place to share these tips with other employees in the restaurant and staff in the restaurant kitchen.  It is the responsibility of those receiving cash tips to declare the income for tax purposes to HM Revenue & Customs.  The company does not participate in any aspect of cash tips.

Casual Dining Group and all of its restaurant businesses fully support the British Hospitality Association (BHA) voluntary code of best practice on service charges and tips.  More details of this code can be found on the BHA website at www.bha.org.uk