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“Delicious tapas - buzzy atmosphere” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Barrafina

Barrafina
54 Frith Street | Soho, London W1D 4SL, England
+44 20 7813 8016
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Ranked #68 of 17,931 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
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9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Delicious tapas - buzzy atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Packed with people all eager for a seat at the bar or the few tables on Frith St. The wait was not too trying, allowing for our lovely waitress who ensured we had cold beers and titbits until seats became free. As always with the Hart brothers, the produce was of the best quality, cooked with real understanding and love. The staff were lovely, despite being rushed off their feet in the busy, small space - always a smile - which counts for a lot when there is a lengthy wait involved. If you have a theatre date planned, make sure you are there early enough to find a seat and enjoy your food in a leisurely manner - AND inform the staff, they will or advise which dishes cook times fall within your time frame. Ox tongue and aoili was delicious as was the octopus. The croquetta balls were melting and creamy. The quality of the sliced meat platter was excellent - all washed down with cold beer served in chilled glasses - a lovely touch.
A good place for authentic Spanish tapas, and another winner for the Hart bros.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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“Always satisfied”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

The restaurant is very busy always. As for the food, it was good bordering on very good, but nothing spectacular. Be ready for a long wait.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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“Delicious - but get there quick!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

delicious specials, you have to get in earlier than a normal dinner time so that you don't miss the specials and the handsome chefs ;)
but the queue is endless but totally worth it.
Razor clams and the lobster are always scrumptious.
Favourite seafood eatery definitely, considering we don't have many of those fresh, good ones around London.
Also, not for the romantic, but more for business I found.
It's a shame they don't accept reservations or they'd be fully booked every night!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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“Sooooo Good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

First, the bad:

Have to queue
Not cheap
Some dishes are a rather small portion
Fairly limited alcohol selection
Can't really go with more than 2 other people

The good:

Truly delicious food
Good service once you actually get a seat
Not too bad value for the quality of the food

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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“One of the Best Tapas in London”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

One of the best Tapas bars I've being in London...very fresh and good portion size.As I have to watch my weight eating through all these nice little dishes!

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