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The menu at Barrafina is reassuringly familiar and supplemented by an appealing little blackboard menu of the day’s best produce – from which it’s well...
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One MICHELIN Star: High quality cooking, worth a stop!
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had some starters and they were awful. So being hungry we played safe and ordered the pulpo, surely they can't mess that up.. and got served this for £22 plus sc. Shoddy.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Chef Theil and the team create the most wonderful casual dining experience. Our first time back in London for 3 years and we headed straight for Barrafinna. We think it has gone to the next level. The attention to detail on plate presentation, the wonderful...flavours and the warm and efficient service make dining here an absolute joy. The bacalao and the scallops were our favourites.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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CS, General Manager at Barrafina, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Sing09!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent tapas, warm& helpful service. Love the atmosphere. The chicken was perfectly done. Octopus and dish-of-the-day trout are must tries.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 23 April 2022

Went for lunch and had an amazing service, food and experience from the moment we arrived. As a group of 4 we were placed on a corner of the bar so we could talk to each other easily - a small touch but really made...the experience so much more enjoyable. We had several small and larger plates - our daughters particularly enjoyed the ham croquettes and the special sausage croquettes. We also really enjoyed the Chiparones. The Plumas were very good. All of the dishes were excellent cooked and seasoned very well. The house wine wend down perfectly with the tapas. It's between us our 5th time in Barrafina and we have always had an excellent experience there! What a great place to eat in LondonMore

Date of visit: April 2022
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CS, General Manager at Barrafina, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2022

Thanks Tgarcez!

Reviewed 27 March 2022 via mobile

Wednesday evening before a show the Squeeze and I thought not too heavy Spanish tapas would be idea. Restaurant opened at 5pm and when we got there about 5.40 all circa 25 seats were occupied by animated diners who appeared to be having a good...time. We were seated by 6pm (had drinks while we waited) and the staff- plenty of them - were friendly, informative and seemed in control. We shared four dishes - baby gem + anchovies, Monkfish, prawn & piquillo tortilla, and chorizo, potato with watercress - plus bread, a Negroni cocktail and two glasses of wine (alcohol was £33 before service) and food bill was £56. So total was £87 + 12.5% service making a grand total of £97.88. It would have been easy to spend more. The place had a lively buzz and we found the food and service excellent so absolutely nothing to complain about but obviously it all came at a price which many will consider high when compared to other top tapas places.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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CS, General Manager at Barrafina, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2022

Dear Paul, Thank you for your feedback. I am very pleased you enjoyed your time with us. We do make a big effort to source the best and most ethical produce from across the UK and Spain, which sometimes mean we are a bit more...More

Reviewed 20 March 2022

This is actually for Barrafina at Coal Drop Yard, Kings Cross, but looking at the reviews, I don’t think that matters .. the issues with this chain are systemic. I accept that I will pay more for this location and in London in general and...I am happy to pay the 30% more for the same quality …what I can’t accept is paying extra and getting less. £19 for 5 limp and sorry looking excuses for Gambas covered in some tasteless orange oil and that burnt garlic others have mentioned. garlic & salt on everything in attempt to cover up poor cooking skills and more likely ingredients- I was so thirsty afterwards I was drinking water for days. The best and only slightly generous thing was the four slices of fresh tasty sour dough - actually matched our number unlike every other sharing plate which had odd number of items thus requiring wrangling amongst us either trying to split it or debating who should get the last one. Just terrible. DONT GO!!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 8 March 2022 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyable lunch, today Tuesday 8th March. Food and staff both excellent, as was quality and selection of food.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 19 February 2022

The food is good, but the service is absolutely abysmal. The waiter had forgotten to put our order through to the kitchen - so of course 30 minutes later, we enquired about our food (as they should come out fast, tapas style). Got a half-hearted...apology from another member of staff. Who then put the order through properly. But no offer of a free drink. The original waiter, while serving our dishes later and also bringing us the bill, did not offer any apologies. Nor offered to take the service charge off the bill. When I mentioned I'd like the service charge taken off, he just agreed - again, no apologies offered at that point. Another staff member did come by to ask how our food was. And we mentioned it was good, but the waiter forgot to put the order through and there was a long wait. Again, a half hearted apology, and an excuse "oh we have new staff". This on a Saturday evening, where they should definitely not be deploying any new staff. While the food is good, there's no shortage of good Spanish small plates in London, with better service, for the same price point (which is not cheap by the way, I'd say mid to upper range). So why come here?More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 13 February 2022 via mobile

Awful experience. Overpriced, overcrowded, bad service. Cannot imagine this having a Michelin star. Trouble being seated, no service during the wait, food with burned garlic literatelly leaving one with a bad taste in their mouth. 'Forgot' to write down a part of the order trying...to blame it on the customer. Never ever again and not recommended.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 4 January 2022

Saw this recommended on a Youtube video so decided to try it. Did not disappoint. Very friendly staff and although we had to wait a while to get a seat we were well looked after by the host who was great. Food was amazing and...it's a great opportunity to sit and see what's going on. It's what I would call an expensive meal (with wine) but well worth the money for the experience. Looking forward to going agin.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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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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Barrafina is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5