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“Excellent Isnt High Enough”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Barrafina

Barrafina
Ranked #153 of 22,373 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $72 - $72
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Soho
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.
cheshire
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“Excellent Isnt High Enough”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013

What a stunning restaurant this is.

Authentic Spanish Tapas cooked superbly and a wonderful atmosphere. You can't book, queue outside before opening, sit shoulder to shoulder with other diners and watch the chefs go about their business. There are 23 seats at the bar which I imagine are generally always full but the Manager is excellent at "managing" your wait and you can have a drink whilst you do. He is always aware of who is finishing eating and who is next for a seat.

Once seated the menu is varied and interesting with many standard dishes and a selection of specials. The food is clearly freshly prepared by top class staff.

It is pointless describing what we had because it was varied but all fantastic. We were in London for 2 days and we enjoyed our first lunch so much we revisited on our second day-testimony enough.

It isnt cheap but the old saying "you get what you pay for" springs to mind. It will be first on our schedule when we next visit the Capital.

  • Visited April 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

Would never have known about this place were it not for TA.
Lack of reservations would be a deterrent but as you can order drinks and a limited range of eats while queuing, it makes a great place to go for a pre theatre drink. Wonderful atmosphere and great service - will definitely come back to enjoy the full experience soon.

  • Visited March 2013
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Prague, Czech Republic
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Worth queuing for”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

Trendy tapas bar in Soho, London with delicious dishes. You can't book but don't worry you queue inside at the shelf behind the guests who have a place at the bar (there are no tables). We queued for an hour, drank a bottle of wine, met and spoke to loads of people - great fun. Can't wait to return. Go for the smoked black pudding with quail eggs - superb.

  • Visited April 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

Lovely meal, and I love the eat-at-the-bar format, it was very pleasant. Food all delicious, brilliant staff. Only thing that disappointed me was that they had run out of quite a few things. Will definitely go back to try them though. No point going with more than one other person however!

  • Visited April 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful Tapas”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

My friend and I ate there last week. I arrived at 5.50 and only had to wait 25 minutes for two seats to become available.
I had rioja and padron peppers while i was waiting both were delicious and set the tone for the whole evening.
Everything is cooked fresh in front of the customers seated at the bar. the langoustines were very overpricesd £8 each but that would be my only criticism. Croquetas, tortilla, morcilla, chips with bravas sauce were all wonderful. I would highly recommend and cannot wait to go back

  • Visited April 2013
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