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“The best” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Barrafina

Barrafina
Ranked #69 of 20,784 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.
Hong Kong, China
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109 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“The best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Outright one of the best if not THE best tapa restaurant in London. The daily specials are often better than the regular menu so I highly recommend them. No reservations are taken so be there early and limit your waiting time to less than half hour. Show up later than 7:30pm and expect a long wait. Once I was in the queue for 80 minutes but it was all worth it. Try some ham while you are waiting. You would actually pay less for them, in particular the lomo, than you would in Madrid. Some would consider this restaurant pricy but you get what you pay for, and much, much more. Absolutely my favorite, not just Spanish, but of all restaurants in London. They have a sister restaurant called Fina that takes reservation. Don’t bother. It’s not as good. You have to queue for the best.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“what a find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Couldn't decide to go to this restaurant or The Ivy. We chose Barrafina and boy were we glad we did. It was amazing. The staff were great and the food fabulous. The Spanish omelette was yummy but the lamb was even better. Had prawns, pan con tomato, chorizo, squid and other tasty food. The only disappointing was that they had run out of crema catalana. Most disappointing. However, the young lady behind the bar had a word with someone and the made me one 'specially for me'! Just when you think you will never eat again then they put a crema catalana in front of you. How wrong I was. It was delicious. Service great. Food fab and will definitely be going again and again and again. 10 out of 10

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Pricey but good”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

For a tapas restaurant, Barrafine can cause some damage to your wallet but the food is very well prepared and the seafood is always fresh. It always has a long queue. We waited for 45min for 2 seats at the bar. They're so busy but they still ensure every customer is attended to. Overall a good experience.

Visited July 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
“Best meal ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

I have visited Barrafina many times since the location is very convenient for me and the food just delicious. Lovely sea food, always fresh and cooked right in front of you. Definitely my favorite restaurant in London.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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“As Always Superb”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

I am a regular customer at Barrafina, so its about time I think I put a review on it. Every time I come, the food and atmosphere is amazing. This place is my favourite for real Spanish food in London and I have been to nearly all of them. I do not think you will get a better place where you are able to see your food being prepped and cooked in front of you. If you love good quality food you must visit. Little advise you may have to wait in line as Barrafina is always packed.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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