Bar 61 Restaurant information

Bar 61 is a popular Spanish tapas restaurant with a relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere. Bar 61 also offer an impressive selection of well priced drinks, served by friendly and attentive staff.

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By S.

Bar 61 has really lovely staff - they go out of their way to give you a smile and say hello which is so refreshing when you're usually met with grunts and eyes looking downward. Other than that, Bar 61 is a nice bar too - definitely worth a visit.

By J.

Muy bien. Bar 61 may have an insipid name which reminds you of certain chain bars but it is great for tapas. Bar 61 is a great restaurant and better yet, it's just round the corner from my house.

By Diana S.

Write a realistic review on this place and usually, they will have it removed! Awful food, completely lacking authenticity. Nothing on the menu is either remotely spanish, nor fresh. Reviews usually focus on a few tapas, but there is nothing spanish about garlic mushrooms or ratatouille! No one ever reviews the italian dishes either!! Give this place a misss!

By Saffron R.

Me and my husband have eaten here countless times and love it. We often take friends and family and my parents always insist on being taken for a meal here when they visit, even if we've been doing the tourist bit on the other side of town. Tasty food, generous portions, great atmosphere and the friendliest staff ever. I also like the fact that the decor is slightly odd, it makes a nice change from the drab interiors a lot of places go for these days. I can only assume the bad reviews happen to have gone on an unusual off night or haven't really got the spirit of the place. We haven't been for a couple of months but are looking forward to great scoff, friendly banter and a free drop of the lovely hazlenut liquor tomorrow night. Would very much recommend and have done to several people who have loved it just as much as us.

By Sophie J.

After looking for a restaurant in streatham and saw the reviews for bar 61,I decided bar 61 is ideal. How wrong I was. I phoned to book but was told to come in. My first disappointment was the appearance and decor.It looked like it has not ben decorated since it opened. I was under the impression the restaurant would be pack, wrong. We went on a Saturday evening and it was empty in both bar and restaurant. The staff are friendly and helpful so we decided to stay. We ordered chicken, sweetcorn and rice. This should not be put on the menu, it looks like dog food. Apologies to dog owners, I am sure dog owners would not serve this to their dogs. There was no presentation, the rice, corn and chicken was all mixed up together and darb on the plate.I searched the rice to find 3 small pieces of chicken. The portion was like a child's portion. I have never had or seen food so bad. My friend was starving and when he is starving, he eats anything. I would not recommend this restaurant.

By A W.

We stumbled across this restaraunt and what a delight. I always order Veal Milanese and in the UK I have never found one that lives up to the standard. This Milanes was out of this world. The veal was a generous portion cooked perfectly and the bolognaise was divine! The service was fantastic and the fruit platter and grappe at the end of the meal just topped it all off. We only ate here on Saturday but we will have to pay another visit this week- its too good to stay away!

By Lee W.

I love this place. Without a doubt, the tapas is the best I have ever had and the wine list is fantastic. The staff are very intent on providing excellent service.

By Amy F.

I love this place, an absolute breath of fresh air among chains and toptable places. The staff greet us like old friends, the food is reasonable - ave £5 per dish, and although perhaps not 100% authentic, is absolutely delicious. Service is perfect - attentive without being overbearing. At the end of the meal we were brought a complimentary fruit plate and shots of limoncello - a lovely touch. Will definitley be returning.

By Karl F.

I am really shocked to hear you have had this experience! I lived in Spain for the best of 5 years and think the food is great, I have never had a meal in which the ingredients tasted out of a tin. I don't really drink wine so I couldn't possibly comment but the service is great, the staff are really friendly and can't do enough for you. I'd recommend it to anyone.

By Janet S.

I have been going here for a few years. The tapas has some great dishes- the lamb cutlets and the ratatouille being among my favourites. But the bit that gives this 5 stars is the service. Probably the most welcoming staff in this part of London. I always come out of here with a smile!

By Jay T.

Wonderful little place with superb hosts, friendly and polite without being overweening. Drinks and tapas are both varied and good value for money, wish they could do draft beer but the bottled beers are ice-cold as thay should be.

By Theresa H.

Really great bar, brilliant ambience and friendly staff. Food is reasonable but you really go here for the atmosphere. A little gem in Streatham Hill.

By Dardana A.

It was an amazing experience. Good generous food, amazing flavour, and the staff where nonetheless but friendly and very welcoming. I have recommended it to a few people now, and will be going back again in two weeks. Excellent place

By Rowan W.

This place is a gem.

I've heard complaints about the food not being 'real Spanish Tapas' which I would disagree with in the main, but it is real fresh food, generously portioned and deliciously cooked.

The tapas is extraordinarily good value. The atmosphere is lively and friendly and the staff are all attentive and good humoured even on the busiest of nights.

I've never had to wait long for food or service and even when I haven't been there in nearly a year they remembered me and treated me to a free drink!

This place is fabulous for groups or quiet dining, drinks or dinner, and having introduced all my friends to it over the last couple of years, they all agree it is an absolute treasure, including those of my friends who are the most foody, fussy and demanding!

I almost regret telling you how great it is in case it gets overly popular and I end up not being able to get a table in my favourite restaurant!

By Bella F.

This place is absolutely awful. Firstly it's not Spanish. The place is run by some Lebanese people and it shows in the cooking. (Why oh why don't they turn it into a decent Lebanese eatery?)

I was there last night for a glass of wine and some tapas. None of the wines come by the glass except for the house white.

Ok so that's not so bad you might say. I agree and I can live with that. But the problem was the food.

I ordered some Spanish tortilla and was expecting a thick chunky slice of real Spanish omelette stuffed with potatoes and onions, and instead got a flat round mini pancake dotted with peppers here and there.

When the manager brought it over I immediately asked what it was. He told it me it was the tortilla.

I said that it wasn't tortilla and he had the cheek to tell me that he had already told the kitchen that, but they didn't listen.

My answer was to tell him to take it away and train his staff. The spicy chicken wings were equally bad.

They were pale grey imitations of what you would normally get in a decent tapas bar.

Somebody had cooked them on their own, probably in a microwave, and then poured a sauce on top that was sitting on top of them like a lump of porridge.

They hadn't even bothered to pretend that they had been cooked in the sauce and made sure they were nicely coated.

The Asturian beef and pork stew was straight out of a tin. And I could only find two bits of pork in there.

The rest was lumps of disgusting fat and a bit of black sausage that crumbled when exposed to the air.

The calamari were frozen but edible and the grilled halloumi cheese (real Spanish bars wouldn't have this on the menu), was only grilled on one side and was served with three chunks of tomato.

Service was ok and they were polite and took things away and off the bill when I complained.

They had some nice to

By Padraig C.

Streatham may still be a little rough around the edges, but the gentrification of south London continues apace. Bar 61 has been providing sustenance to the locale for well over a decade in charming surroundings.

The Venue
The area itself contains a delightful mix of discount stores, greasy spoons and trendy cafes. Occupying a former antiques shop, Bar 61 has retained some fantastic classic fixtures and furnishings, including early 20th century advertising posters. The lighting is superb, with low shades and an array of tiffany lamps. Combined with luxuriously thick table cloths in the restaurant area, a classic dining effect is created.

The Atmosphere
Bar 61 attracts young professional types in their droves, clearly drawn in by the quirky interior and friendly ambience. The service is outstanding, with staff taking real care to provide a relaxed experience for patrons.

The music is delightfully cheesy; rumba blended with Euro-pop, adding a light-hearted touch to the atmosphere.

The Food
The food is somewhat below par in general, with flashes of promise. Lemon sole goujons (£6.75) are heavy on crumb-coating, light on actual fish, and lacking in flavour. The mushrooms in breadcrumbs (£5.90) are also unimpressive.

Happily, the mains are of a higher standard. The fillet Henry VII (£21.50) uses an exceptionally tender cut of beef, and is very well executed. The side dishes of sauté potatoes and seasonal vegetables are over seasoned and over cooked. The bocconcini di pollo (£13.90), while served with the same uninspired set of sides, is nicely accompanied with a piquant tomato sauce infused with peppers and mushrooms.

The Drink
Bar 61 really comes into its own with its fine array of wines, spirits and cocktails. The wine list leans heavily on European varieties, with some outstanding vintages from Rioja including a Coto de Imaz Reserva (£30.50) and a Bordon Crianza (£25.50). For those wishing to splash out, there’s a Bollinger at £70, and even Cristal available (£390). Most popular with patrons appears to be the cocktail selection, with a choice of 22 varieties at the very reasonable price of £5.50.

The Last Word
There are few places in London to match Bar 61 when it comes to quirky décor and bubbly atmosphere. Unfortunately the food does not scale the same heights. It is an excellent destination for drinks, though, in a unique setting.

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