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“Exquisite every time” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Barrafina

Barrafina
Ranked #130 of 22,204 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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23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Exquisite every time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2014

At this point the word is out on Barrafina. Out that you're going to have a spectacular meal, and out that you'd better get there before it opens if you want to avoid a potentially hellacious wait to get seated. So if you're in Soho and up for an early dinner or a spot of tapas in the evening, or if you're in no hurry at all and want to enjoy some good Spanish wine while waiting to be seated, do not hesitate. If you're looking for anything else - a quiet meal at a 'normal' dinner hour, a business dinner at which you'll get served quickly and get your bill on the double, etc. - think twice.
Every night there's a new selection of fresh, often uncommon seafood, and the staff know the menu and drink list inside and out as they both cook and serve from behind the bar. I've been four times and every one has been an utter delight.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Go early!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2014

Great tapas place. Best in London? Maybe. I love the food and atmosphere. Sit at the bar and enjoy the view of the Chef giving his final touches in every dish.

Visited March 2014
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1 Thank beia
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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Worth the wait?”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2014

We went to Barrafina pre dinner arriving a 5:30 in an attempt to avoid the queues that are a feature of this restaurant. We did, just taking the last two seats at the bar when my wife arrived in the nick of time ( I couldn't be seated until she came). I understand the queues can be quite long so that was a relief.
Once past the barrier to entry however, things got quickly better. The staff is friendly and knowledgable giving good advice on what to order. Better still, the food was excellent. I had mussels and razor clams while my wife had a lovely spinach tortilla. Sitting at the bar is a definitel must as you can enjoy watching the food being prepared and plated while you also watch the other diners.
I'd go again with a relaxed friend maybe towards the very beginning or end of their hours e.g. 2:30 for a 3 pm close lunch.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank John G
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London, United Kingdom
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“Our favorite, London restaurant!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

This amazing spot never fails to impress! The food, wine, atmosphere & of course, fabulous staff all make Barafina the best place for a fabulous night out! The 40min-1hr wait is half the fun and WELL worth it! The cookbook is also fab!
Thanks for a wonderful birthday dinner Jon! X

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kbusch07
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Service so slow, poorly organised...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2014

There is always a queue for this restaurant (expect an hour queue on weekday evenings!) and I'm sure this is partly because of the slow service here... People were asking for the bill multiple times before it came despite the queue of waiting patrons. Also, they had run out of simple things like vanilla ice-cream and apple juice! It doesn't seem very well organised.

Food, as always, is delicious. Carabineros are to die for.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank poppy l
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