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#932 of 15,049 Restaurants in London
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£58 - £58
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Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Spanish
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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This is the only Barrafina that doesn’t take bookings – but the one that invariably boasts the best atmosphere – and you can order drinks and snacks wh...
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great spot but very ££££££’ I really enjoyed the grilled octopus at the location near the Strand in London but I’m at the location in Soho and got a completely different dish which was very disappointing at £24.50. I am in the catering business and...know the food cost was probably £4.00 on this dish and feel ripped off.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visited the Dean Street branch with my partner for our anniversary and we used a voucher that we had been given as a gift. We had never been before and were looking forward to visiting but we were so disappointed with the experience and...the waitress that served us was unbelievably rude. We were asked about 5 times within 5 minutes of walking in the door what we wanted. It felt like we were in a fast food restaurant and we were an inconvenience because we wanted some time to consider what we wanted to order. The whole experience was impersonal, cold and the dishes were thrown down on the table without explaining what the food was. We used a voucher and it was explained that we had to use it all in one transaction which I didn't realise so we ordered two more glasses of wine and used the balance. Following this, we were approached by staff suggesting that we use the remainder of the bill towards purchasing a bottle of wine to bring home with us. In other words, get out because we need the table so we couldn't enjoy the glass of wine and drank it quickly. We felt we were rushed out the door and they wanted the table clear as people were waiting. We were only in the restaurant for a total of 1 hour 10 minutes so we were hardly overstaying our welcome. Overall, a completely woeful experience, overpriced and horribly unfriendly.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the service was terrible. The waiters were really rude and impatient. They are acting in the most impolite way possible. They were forced to leave our seats because we haven’t eaten enough! Also, waited in the queue for more than an hour. Never recommend this...place!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is usually my favourite restaurant but the staff this time made it so unpleasant. We waited for 40 min for an outside table just for them to tell us 5 min before 9pm that we can’t sit there as it closes at 9pm. Had...we known in advance, we would not have wasted our night waiting here. The staff were rude and completely not understanding about why we were frustrated. Such a shame as the food is amazing, only for it to be spoiled by awful staff.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 5 March 2024

Love it here! The food is great, and the perfect place for tapas in London. Love the peppers, omelette and potatas bravas. Service is always great too.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 24 February 2024

It's rare to find a restaurant this good. We had high expectations but we were blown away by the quality and standard of the food along with the theatrical atmosphere that getting a front row seat to the chefs brings. All of the food was...delicious, great choice of vegetarian dishes. Highlights were the tuna and the classic tortilla. The fennel salad was unusual and not something I would usually order, but was one of the best salads I have had. We picked the Santiago tart for the dessert was which again delicious. Worth noting that seats here are all stool seats only, so may not be suitable for people with mobility/back issues. Do not miss out on a chance to eat here!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 20 January 2024 via mobile

Food OK. But bad service. Some in my party waited over 40 min for their food whilst we had already finished 10/20 minutes before they even started. No apologise was offered.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 9 January 2024 via mobile

If it wasn’t so well known it would be a diamond in the rough. It’s simple layout and bustling vibe probably reflects where their focus is: the food and the service. They nailed it. Some of the dishes I’ll remember when I’m in the nursing...home. We stepped out of the drizzle and snow into a place running at a different speed to the world outside. There was no line, probably due to the looming rail strike and the light snow. The menu boasts a tantalizing array of tapas, the well curated wine list elevates the dining experience, complementing the dishes well, the staff recommended some good wines so if you don’t know what to get, you can ask and are in safe hands. Sitting at the counter is an entertaining and captivating spectacle that risks outshining the theatre show you will go to later in the evening. The skills of the chefs who are moving fast, but creating the delectable delights you will enjoy before your eyes. The waitstaff graciously answered my questions about the restaurant, wine and the dishes. Located conveniently for a pre-theatre feast, Barrafina is a benchmark for tapas, as I ate the dishes I felt I could understand the intent of the food. The balance of flavours had me thinking as I ate: “I get it”, “I dig it” and “that’s what that dish is meant to be like”.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 2 December 2023

Jake was brilliant. Amazing tips and the food was off the charts. Particlularlry reccommend the Pluma Inerica. Thankyou

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 19 November 2023 via mobile

Unbelievable tapas ! Best in london. The service from Jake and Samuel was so good, their attention to detail. They are as good as it gets.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 10 November 2023

Delicious food Can’t say about the way we been treated at the end of ours Denner ( service charge been added to our bill anyway 👎) The waiter forgot to order 1 of our dessert bst we been asked to live anyway ( no apologies)...Will not recommend to anyone £5 off my bill what a laughMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 21 October 2023

Stunning lunch here on Monday at the bar. Lovely albarino and rioja, great, super attentive and friendly service from all, good chat w the chef. Gamabs, chipirones, pollo, salad, bravissimas all terrific, cooked right in front of you - a bit like being in La...Bouqueria Barcelona but cleaner - one of the best overall restaurant experiences of the past decade, we loved it.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 10 September 2023

I've been here multiple times and never got round to writing a review. If you want an authentic tapas experience in London this is the place to go. You could drop this place into Madrid or Barcelona and its would equally be up there with...the best. The menu is simple and ticks every box along with the daily specials you'll want to order everything the Solomillo de Ternera is a must have. The wine list again is spot on and finally the reason we return is the service, Joanna and her team just make everyone feel very welcome. Keep up the brilliant work guys.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Crispin Somerville, General Manager at Barrafina, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2023

Thanks Simon. I agree Joanna is The Best!

Reviewed 26 August 2023 via mobile

Excellent tapas, at the bar on the stools, great atmosphere. Main courses available and looked great. Service was attentive despite being very busy. We will go back.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Crispin Somerville, General Manager at Barrafina, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2023

Cheers John 🙌

Reviewed 22 August 2023

We had dinner there twice in 4 days. This place is fabulous! Great food, wine and service. Highly recommended

Date of visit: August 2023
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Crispin Somerville, General Manager at Barrafina, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2023

Cheers Yannick, see you soon 🤗

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We only visited the Dean Street restaurant, which seemed very good for couples.
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The one we went to had stools inside but had tables outside, we had wine while we waited and nibbles. They initially said might be half hour wait, we did not mind we had done our homework and were pepared to wait. But... More
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