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Barrafina

#103 of 17,345 Restaurants in London
#109 of 18,269 Places to Eat in London
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54 Frith Street | Soho, London W1D 4SL, England
+44 20 7813 8016
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Today
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night
Description: Barrafina is an authentic Spanish tapas bar located in London's Soho. It...
Barrafina is an authentic Spanish tapas bar located in London's Soho. It serves a traditional but contemporary, regional a la carte menu and there is a daily blackboard of specials, created by Executive Head Chef, Barragan Mohacho. Barrafina operates a first come first serve queuing system, and does not take reservations for their 23 stools. However, part of the fun of dining there is eating little bites and sipping on something delicious while making the line. The kitchen is open and guests are close to all the action and drama while their food is prepared.
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  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Amazing fresh tapas. Lovely buzz, staff fantastic. Razor clams and the Spanish omelette highly recommended. Nice to sit at the bar and watch the chefs at work. Been a few times now, consistently excellent. My favourite restaurant in London.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Manchester
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I've heard and read plenty of reviews of this "hidden gem" amongst the streets of Soho London. But never have I experienced a restaurant that has quite as atrocious service as this. Not even in Chinatown where the wait staff can barely comprehend English, have I encountered a restaurant who's staff are perfectly fluent in English and perfectly capable of... More 

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Constance C, Public Relations Manager at Barrafina, responded to this review

Dear AmyGn, We are very sorry you were not happy with your experience at Barrafina Frith Street. We take any feedback about service very seriously and will look into this. Please can you get in touch with Jose Etura, the General Manager (jose@barrafina.co.uk), as he would like to discuss further. Thanks, Connie Cooper PR & Marketing More 

Manchester
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Amazing fresh tapas. Lovely buzz, staff fantastic. Razor clams and the Spanish omelette highly recommended. Nice to sit at the bar and watch the chefs at work. Been a few times now, consistently excellent. My favourite restaurant in London.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We were waited 45 minutes for a table which we never do but the energy and the food looked too good to pass and I'm really glad we waited. I came here with my hubby for a fast and fun birthday dinner and we had just that. The staff are friendly and helpful considering I don't understand the menu and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

One of the better dinner options in London. Be prepared to come hungry and be willing to wait. They take no reservations and it's counter seats only. Not for families and not if you have plans after. You snake with the queue so order drinks and enjoy the energy and buzz. Finally when seated at the counter, go to town.... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Another great visit to one of my favourite places. The food is amazing and the staff great. Its pretty pricey but you still walk out thinking "yum" and thats all that really matters.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Took the last two stools just after 5pm on a Friday night - finally get to eat at Barrafina! I've been lucky enough to eat in about a dozen top end Spanish places in London and used to live in Palma, so whilst no expert I think I can determine a great tapas bar. Barrafina is very close to being... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Came here before it was "michelined" .. and just loved it. This time, I was a little disappointed. I don't think it was simply that my expectations were too high. The fried elements (eg things like the fried potatoes) tasted "tainted" by burnt oil, and left a greasy, bitter aftertaste that I simply couldn't get rid of. Don't know ...... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Solid traditional tapas. We chose sole, baked shrimp and razor clams. The sole was quite excellent. I always enjoy razor clams. The shrimp were good. Arrive prior to opening or maybe try to time the second sitting at 7:40. Reservations are not possible and it it popular. Our wait was about an hour.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Whilst the octopus was cooked perfectly, the poor lobster which was killed and prepared in front of us, was overcooked and the taste destroyed by a huge amount of tarragon paste. Service is bipolar. Some staff were very efficient and friendly, others appeared jaded and disinterested. Half of a small lobster for £20 is a bit of a disappointment.

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Constance C, Public Relations Manager at Barrafina, responded to this review

Dear Albert V, We are very sorry you did not enjoy your experience at Barrafina, Frith Street. We are currently training staff at that site for our new restaurant on Drury Lane which may explain the inconsistency in the quality of service, but we completely understand your frustrations. Please do get in touch with Jose Etura, the General Manager, who... More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

You know when you still think about a place months later? This is that place. You will have to wait a while to get a spot in this tiny place but it is worth it. I'm not a huge fish lover but the mackerel in this restaurant has changed my mind--it was phenomenal. Enjoy!

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Additional Information about Barrafina

Address: 54 Frith Street | Soho, London W1D 4SL, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7813 8016
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Soho
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm  5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 72 - 72
Cuisine: Seafood, Spanish

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 54 Frith Street | Soho, London W1D 4SL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Soho
  • Neighborhood: Soho
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7813 8016

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 72 - 72
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Spanish

Description

Barrafina is an authentic Spanish tapas bar located in London's Soho. It serves a traditional but contemporary, regional a la carte menu and there is a daily blackboard of specials, created by Executive Head Chef, Barragan Mohacho. Barrafina operates a first come first serve queuing system, and does not take reservations for their 23 stools. However, part of the fun of dining there is eating little bites and sipping on something delicious while making the line. The kitchen is open and guests are close to all the action and drama while their food is prepared.
Open Hours
Sunday
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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Soho
The go-to district for a good time in London, Soho hosts a wealth of world-class theatres and a compelling lineup of cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, and clubs. At Soho's core is London's original Red Light District and the epicenter of the LGBT scene – and thus the city's hottest nightlife. For shopping enthusiasts, Soho is not only the home of London's greatest concentration of boutique shops, but also the most strategic place to set off on a tour of the world's most celebrated department stores. In the southern part of the neighborhood lies Chinatown, with its multitude of delicious and affordable restaurants. Closer to the Thames, Chinatown's narrow and teeming lantern-lit lanes spill onto the expansive hub of glitzy Leicester Square.
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