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Barrafina

Spanish Restaurant and Tapas Restaurant££££
Charing Cross, London
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9.2/10
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  • minnie m.
    "Get the tortillas and razor clams!"(3 Tips)
    Cenker K.
    "Ask for daily special dishes and must order halloumi croquettes!"(6 Tips)
    Ieva L.
    "Feels like a bit of Spain in London"(2 Tips)
    James H.
    "Graze on classic tortilla, ibérico short ribs, with a bottle of..."(2 Tips)
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  • Jean-Marc B.
    Excellent tapas. The food is more rich than your ordinary tapas, so be prepared and order a couple lighter dishes. The queue system they have is a joke however. Please fix! Photo: Rabbit shoulder
  • Mela M.
    Mela MelOctober 29, 2014
    Best food and best service ever, you'll feel like at home. Have a carabinero prawn and the croquettes, not to talk about the jamon iberico de bellota. It's my fav in London. And watch out for celebs!!
  • S P.
    S PDecember 5, 2016
    Super tasty tapas; fresh ingredients simply prepared but just right. As you would find in the best tapas restaurants in Madrid, Barcelona or Santander. Classic tortilla, croquetas de Crab & carabinero
  • Emre K.
    Emre KaragozluSeptember 2, 2015
    Everything out of sea is delicious. And the tortillas and milhojas. Staff so friendly. Fun to watch them cooking in front of you.
  • Joyce C.
    Joyce ChengDecember 20, 2014
    Only had to wait for 15 mins at the covent garden branch on a sat night. Everything on the menu was delightful; my faves on the night were the mussels.Will definitely come back to try everything!
  • S P.
    S PNovember 11, 2017
    Simply good no fuss food. Razor clams, crab croquettes, scallops, chipirones, sea urchin, prawns... All very good and worth the wait (no reservations).
  • Gartzena
    GartzenaJanuary 23, 2015
    Efficient and friendly staff. Superb pinchos morunos & chipirones. Not impressed with patatas aliñadas & doughnuts though. Overall it's a good place. Bear in mind the only place to eat it's @ the bar
  • Matt T.
    Matt Ta-MinJanuary 6, 2016
    Amazing amazing food here. Calves liver on cauliflower puree (specials menu) was excellent. All complimented by excellent sherries.
  • Genevieve H.
    Genevieve HoJuly 24, 2016
    Extremely fresh mackerel. Simple preparation but great fresh flavors. Go for scotch egg too!
  • Peter M.
    Peter McGillSeptember 29, 2017
    The tortilla is amazing! No reservations, so prepare yourself for a 45 - 1 hour wait, however, it adds to the personality of the restaurant. There staff are friendly and helpful.
  • Ronald D.
    Ronald DLApril 30, 2016
    Very busy place but worth the wait. Delicious tapas prepared with passion. Try the braised tongue or tasty cockles
  • Eric H.
    Eric HAugust 22, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Great staff - all passionate and knowledgable. Tapas is delightfully tasty. A taste of Spain at its best
  • The Times and Sunday Times
    The anemone was breathtaking. It was served as five little deep-fried nuggets in a paper cone and had the consistency, texture and even flavour of lamb’s brains... Read more
  • Matt T.
    Matt Ta-MinAugust 24, 2015
    Exceptional cooking here. Such simple but amazing dishes. Highly recommend the crab croquettes, lambs kidneys, skewers and the brain. Sherries are also superb here.
  • M A.
    M AmourSeptember 14, 2017
    No reservations...first come first serve...once in, you can't go wrong with anything on the menu! That said seafood paella is a must!
  • DRAZ
    DRAZApril 11, 2015
    The pork ribs are above the rest but anything with gambas was deliscious avoid the most expensive wine on the menu as the cheaper options are actually better. Service is exceptional!
  • James H.
    James HSeptember 14, 2014
    Graze on classic tortilla, ibérico short ribs, with a bottle of Priorat wine, and watch the show.
  • Kiwi W.
    Kiwi WangOctober 4, 2016
    Really like a little slice of Spain in London! Can't go wrong with anything, but definitely get the boudin noir and the octopus
  • Cenker K.
    Cenker KöseApril 5, 2016
    You can easily find a place during lunch time on Saturdays. Ask for daily special dishes and must order halloumi croquettes!
  • Emma M.
    Emma McNivenAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    This branch has a charcoal grill, so expect delicious meat, fish & seafood. Melt-in-your-mouth lamb's kidneys and succulent suckling pig.
  • Utku T.
    Utku TopuzNovember 4, 2016
    My best in London. Brill and wine were fantastic. Friendly stuff and chance to chat to your neighbours is also marvelous...
  • Danyah I.
    Danyah IsmailMay 1, 2015
    Every dish in this restaurant is worth trying. So mouthwatering and satisfying!
  • Alberto M.
    Alberto MenegazziJune 4, 2017
    Loved the tapas, great idea that the menu is different in each of the three locations in London
  • Jason Tse
    Jason TseDecember 4, 2014
    No reservation policy so do arrive early or enjoy some cold meats and cava while you wait. It's worth the wait.
  • Merten W.
    Merten WulfertAugust 12, 2014
    All-round amazing place. Great seafood and tapas, fresh Estrella de Galicia cañas, awesome service.
  • Ozle
    OzleFebruary 14, 2017
    One of the best tapas I've had in London. Amazing food and fabulous staff. I'll definitely go again!
  • Julia S.
    Julia SandlerJuly 30, 2015
    Absolutely amazing. I especially loved the crab on toast and the pork ribs. Sensational!
  • Tommy K.
    Tommy KMay 9, 2016
    Simply fantastic range of dishes. One special with herb encrusted rabbit was divine!
  • S P.
    S PNovember 15, 2017
    Sardines, crab cakes, red mullet, and chipirones; à light simple meal but oh so yummy...
  • Tom M.
    Tom McLoughlinMarch 6, 2017
    Everything, especially the suckling pig. Although, the herb crusted rabbit shoulder had a bit too much herb.
  • Yuval Z.
    Yuval ZukermanFebruary 16, 2016
    Phenomenal tapas. The suckling pig, fennel/pear/radish and croquette are all to die for.
  • James D.
    James DanielDecember 6, 2015
    Amazing food and service. Make sure you make a reservation. Wine is Excellent too
  • 'Mista Montana C.
    Ask for the italian snowflake shocker . Its delicious with bread and butter and a plate of falcon's thoughts
  • minnie m.
    minnie mJuly 18, 2014
    More space than the soho location. Get the tortillas and razor clams!
  • Lucie Š.
    Fresh and flavoursome food. Great atmosphere and huge choice of tastes.
  • Ieva L.
    Ieva LekaviciuteNovember 18, 2015
    Amazing place, simply loved it!! Feels like a bit of Spain in London, will surely come back.
  • Nostaljik Kedi
    Nostaljik KediMay 27, 2016
    Asparagus was very fresh and tasty
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WhiteJuly 1, 2016
    Every dish was absolutely brilliant. Service fantastic. Prepare to eat too much :)
  • Mike (○_¤) M.
    Tuna in tomato sauce - the best I've ever tasted. Yummmmmmmmmmy...
  • Luica M.
    Luica MakJune 24, 2015
    Excellent chargrilled meats and seafood
  • Rachel R.
    Rachel RothSeptember 30, 2017
    Be prepared to wait but its worth it!
  • Özgür Ö.
    Özgür ÖzganMay 17, 2015
    Be there before 17:30 if you don't wanna wait for 1-2 hours. Great food.
  • Jason D.
    Jason DevennyApril 19, 2015
    Pigs head and arroz de marisco were fantastic
  • Davide
    DavideDecember 6, 2016
    Good, but not for groups or to chat. Sitting at the bar is so 80s...
  • Bonnie W.
    Bonnie WongNovember 13, 2016
    Favourite branch of Barrafina!
  • Lana D.
    Lana DJanuary 6, 2017
    Arroz marisco and tortilla prawn👌🏼
  • A B.
    A BDecember 19, 2015
    The clam on the special menu is amazing !!!
  • Tara P.
    Tara PulgaOctober 7, 2016
    Everything
  • littlebox.me
    littlebox.meOctober 13, 2017
    Very bad service the staff is horrible. I would not recommend this if you do not want to have an uncomfortable dinner because of the waiters. It definitely doesn't deserve this score, it deserves less
  • Jeremy B.
    Jeremy BassinderFebruary 18, 2015
    The pork ribs are absolutely amazing
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