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“The best in London”
Review of Barrafina

Barrafina
Ranked #166 of 22,853 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $72 - $72
Cuisines: Spanish
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch
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.
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“The best in London”
Reviewed June 27, 2013

Went here quite a few times, and every time it's just amazing, making this my favorite restaurant in London. The octopus and the quail are my favorite off the menu. Atmosphere incendiary (but difficult to get tables for 4 people or more, so would keep it to 3 visitors max), service amazing, and the food is great (beating a lot of restaurants in Spain we have been to).

  • Visited June 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“An accidental treat”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

Lately, so many of the restaurants I've been to have been dissappointing even though supposedly well reviewed. So Barrrafina was a real surprise. We didn't know of it before stopping by, thought it looked interesting so simply got in line just thinking we'd stop in and have some drinks. The service and interest of the staff while we were in line was crisp but at the same time friendly - very professional. We waited for about an hour, but being with friends having drinks and nibbles, the time passed pretty quickly. The worst part was looking at the plates being eaten by the diners already seated. The food looked and smelled wonderful! We were a party of three and seated on a corner so it was nice for conversation. Our server recommended a nice wine as well as some plates. The food was simply amazing. We probably spent too much, but it was worth it. We recommend it highly and would absolutely go back. When we left at 1030 (on a Wednesday night) there was still a line out the door. Be patient. It's worth the wait.

  • Visited June 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“If in London..”
Reviewed June 25, 2013 via mobile

We were taken here by our chef nephew so expecting good food and were not disappointed. Excellent food and atmoshere even the short wait to sit and eat was made tolerable by drinks,nuts and olives.

  • Visited June 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Amazing food and good wine with friendly staff”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

I love this tapas restaurant. Tuna tartar is a must and so the prawn tortilla! Service is good there is always a cue so prepare yourself to wait with a glass of wine or two wile you get seated.

  • Visited June 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Excellent”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

My husband and I always go here when in London, good atmosphere, excellent food, specials are very good, staff are friendly and polite, we were served by Alex yesterday who was helpful and efficient, a place that is consistently good. Look forward to our next visit

  • Visited June 2013
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