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“Tasty authentic spanish tapas” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Barrafina

Barrafina
54 Frith Street | Soho, London W1D 4SL, England
+44 20 7813 8016
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Ranked #60 of 17,231 Restaurants in London
Price range: $72 - $72
Cuisines: Spanish
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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.
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Tasty authentic spanish tapas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

A bit crowded but the food is really good especially the seafood! The house bread is a must-have! It tasted really soft inside and crisppy outside!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Amazing tapas!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Went with my parents just last week, and had an amazing meal. We loved most of the specials that were available that day - the squid with squid ink was phenomenal, as was the gambas, iberico pork with potato confit, razor clams and the crispy chicken thigh. Service was great, and our glasses were always topped up promptly. I would return to London just for this!

Visited August 2013
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“Maybe not quite life changing but stunning way to spend sunday lunch!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Been wanting to go here for ages but because of the booking policy (no booking and only 18 seats) hadn't braved it with time away from 2 kids at a premium. Anyway they have recently opened for sunday lunch. Got there at 12.30 for 1pm opening was 7th and 8th in the queue.

Had pigs ears, razor clams (stunning), chiperones, fried baby asparagus, jamon and spinach tortilla (beautifully runny in the middle), caribinero (sp?) langoustine and lots of other bits and pieces. Couple of glasses of sherry and white wine.
We raced through the first few plates and then life just slowed down! Must have been the wine! Fab atmosphere on a sunday, lots of people discussing with strangers what they were having and then ordering it....tapas is so civilized! Not cheap but the quality and attention to detail was out of this world. If only there were more like this (ie. small restaurants with no reservations) people wouldn't be so annoyed by the concept.....

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“flippin' amazing, i love barrafina”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

this place is so good, definitely deserves it's place in the rankings. best tapas I've ever eaten and that includes everywhere I went in Barcelona. The only downside is that it's so small and you can't book. Unless you're happy to wait for a while you have to turn up either early or late to get a table.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Amazing explosions of flavors”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

What a delicious restaurant! We were lucky our wait was only 20 minutes (we were warned in advance to go early). Of course one had tuna tartare before, but Barrafina's was super delicious.
Every dish was superb and we tried a lot of them. The only uncomfortable part was that people were right behind you (on line, narrow aisle) while eating and sometimes you get bumped, but for the food, you can sacrifice. A little expensive but will go again.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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