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“flippin' amazing, i love barrafina”
Review of Barrafina

Barrafina
Ranked #162 of 22,564 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $72 - $72
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, 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.
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“flippin' amazing, i love barrafina”
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
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Douglaston, New York
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“Amazing explosions of flavors”
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
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Windermere, Florida
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“Love everything about Barrafina”
Reviewed August 29, 2013 via mobile

We have been to Barrafina twice in the last month. We stumbled over it as a couple prior to going to the Borderline club one evening and thought we would give it a try. We had arrived at 5.30pm, it was already busy but we managed to get two seats at the bar. There are only just over twenty places; within a few minutes the place was packed, with people waiting for seats. We soon realised that this is the norm; when the food arrived we realised why.

The food is fantastic; great ingredients, delicious flavours and imaginative recepies, all cooked in front of you and served as they are ready. The staff are really friendly and helpful and go out of their way to explain enything on the menu that is unclear. The atmosphere is really good.

We went back on a Sunday evening a couple of weeks later with our family. This time, we queued from 5.15pm and only just got in when it opened. Again, the staff were fantastic, and the food was just as delicious. There were a few different specials on the menu. The tuna tartare and the stuffed courgette flower are particular favourites but everything we had was fantastic; this tapas bar fully deserves its reputation and I really don't know why we have missed it up to now.

A definite tip though; go early, really early, if you want to avoid having to queue (although it is possible to stand and have drinks while waiting) and choose a less busy time of the week. But if you like great tapas, go!

Visited August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Excellent Tapas”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

This restaurant is very busy, we arrived just after 12:00 and managed to get some of the last remaining seats around the bar. The staff were friendly and helpful, explaining the menu in great detail. The atmosphere was lively and fun.

All of the food was excellent with the tortilla being a highlight. It's not cheap but well worth the price.

Would definitely go again!

  • Visited August 2013
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london
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“Very good”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

The best Spanish tapas I have been trying in London. The food is almost perfect and It is probably worth the wait , also, the atmosphere and service is great.However I think some of the dishes are overpriced.

  • Visited November 2012
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