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Soho's Barrafina is a stylish Spanish tapas bar from Sam and Eddie Hart. Expect an impressive choice of Spanish dishes complemented by a range of fine wines and sherry.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours

12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:00


13:00 - 15:30, 17:30 - 22:00

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By Andrew M.

Barrafina is fantastic. The crispy squid and ham croquettas are out of this world. I can't stop going there and highly recommend a visit to Barrafina!

By Andrew M.

Barrafina certainly lives up to the hype. We were served by a wonderfully enthusiastic girl. We had a glass of the Hidalgo Pastrana which is a delicious sherry. The clean funky bar is the perfect setting for a quick lunch but the stools are comfy enough to lounge for longer. With the fresh seafood on ice coupled with the spinach tortilla and the Jabugo Ham, be prepared for a feast.

Also, you have to try the Spanish twist on Sashimi which is divine. It is good to see that Sam and Eddie Hart have pulled it out of the bag again after the much applauded and also fabulous, Fino. Barrafina is a welcome addition to London and one which I think sets a dazzling precedent.

By S.

Barrafina is extroadinary! I recently had stunning Spanish tapas at El Faro in the Docklands but this is close to surpassing it. There is the same level of authenticity with sensational presentation and delicacy of flavour.

I don't usually leave comments but was so impressed with Barrafina I wanted to say thank you.

By Josh C.

Brilliant tapas. Very simple, as you would expect, but the ingredients are top class. Well worth waiting to get a table.

If the sun is out sit outside and watch Soho walk past. Cant wait to see what Sam and Eddie Hart do with Quo Vardis

By Sophie S.

I think I'm developing an addiction to this place. I only discovered it a couple of months ago, yet since then I've been back almost every week. The food is delightful, I've tried almost every dish on the menu - and each and every one has been yummy. I highly recommend the seafood dishes, so fresh that you can taste the Med. My only minor gripe is that sometimes the staff can be a little abrupt, but they're so busy dealing with the queues trying to get in through the door that there job is not easy - so you can forgive them. I just wish the prices were maybe 15-20% cheaper, because my credit card is taking a hammering here.

By Peter H.

Astonishingly good! Early December, mid-evening: a 40-minute wait to get inside, but if we cared to sit outside at the four pavement tables (a mild evening) we would be served at once. And we were: some of the best tapas we've eaten anywhere in the world: tiny fried artichokes, reasonable garlic prawns, excellent chick-peas, bacon and spinach: and the best lamb cutlets we've ever encountered at any price, any restaurant, anywhere. All served enthusiatically. Wine maybe a little pricey, but the rest, very good value.

By Lisa E.

Barrafina London Restaurant Review - Restaurant Review of Barrafina London, Tapas Restaurants London

Four out of Five stars

Sam and Eddie Hart have done it again. Their tiny tapas restaurant, Barrafina, may be small on space but it’s big on authentic ingredients.

The Venue
Handily located on Frith Street, Barrafina is already attracting the quintessential mix of Soho-types necessary to create just the right buzz without slipping into braying ostentation. Push open the heavy wooden door and the small space instantly feels inviting. Pull up a chair at the counter surrounding the open kitchen, place your order from the tablemat menus and marvel as the chefs instantly get to work on your order within arms’ reach.

The Atmosphere
From the informal counterside dining to the chefs happily chatting away to customers and topping up your glass at regular intervals, Barrafina is relaxed as only a Spanish restaurant can be. Its no reservations policy ensures it is refreshingly democratic and the Hart brothers are no doubt hoping that thanks to its Soho location it will become a spot Londoners in the know drop by for tapas whatever the time of day or night.

The open kitchen area is centred immediately behind the counter with chefs at work mere millimetres away from diners. Simply styled, mixing marble tiling and stainless steel, the glass fronted display fridges are stuffed full of fresh ingredients whilst seafood is piled high on crushed ice beneath a heap of dried chillies and fresh lemons and limes.

The Food
Following in Fino’s footsteps, the food at Barrafina is nothing short of superb. Six tapas dishes plus dessert are enough to satisfy two diners and the range of options is impressive including daily specials. Dishes start at around £3.00 with daily specials coming in at closer to £8.00 but whilst they aren’t cheap they make up for it in quality. Dishes are served piping hot, a couple of dishes at a time, unlike many tapas restaurants where dishes are piled high only for some of them to have congealed by the time you get round to eating them.

Recommended tapas include prawn and piquillo pepper tortilla, beautifully crisp on the outside with a deliciously creamy consistency inside, grilled chorizo with watercress on crispy bread, and garlic infused patatas bravas chips with tomato dip on the side. Specials are well worth ordering. Squid a la plancha, sauteed in oil and salt, as the Harts admit themselves, shouldn’t work but somehow it does. Desserts include Crema Catalana with a refreshingly tangy taste adding depth to the cream, and an almond based Santiago Tart.

The Drink
Drinks can be ordered by the glass or the bottle and the wine list offers a concise mix of 10 whites, 10 reds and a selection of sherries and cava. Be careful if you’re watching what you drink however, as the staff are scarily eager to top up your glass at every given opportunity and your wallet (and head) may not thank you for it later.

The Last Word
Barrafina is clearly vying for the title of London’s finest tapas restaurant and if it maintains such superb levels of food and service, there’s little doubt that it will succeed. However, quality tapas of this standard does come at a price so it’s worth visiting after pay day if you want to truly indulge.

By J.

Barrafina was fantastic! It is stylish with great food and wines and all are reasonably priced. Go! But don't tell anyone else about Barrafina as it only seats 25!

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