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Barrafina

#101 of 17,858 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Soho
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26-27 Dean Street | Soho, London W1D 3LL, England
+44 20 7813 8016
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Today
13:00 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:00
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Hours:
Sun 13:00 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
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Boston, Massachusetts
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229 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I would give this lovely experience 5 stars if it were not for the fact that I had to stand for an hour before being seated. Otherwise the tapas and drinks were lovely. In the end it is about good food and good people. I recommend starting with an Estrella beer with coquetas de jamon, bread and olive oil, and... More 

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Thank Eduardo G
London, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The queue to get in this restaurant in the evening is considerable. But they do allow you to wait inside too(they have a small pool around the place where they can serve you drinks and some tapas while you wait to a space at the bar) It is not big, only has places at the bar. The menu is diverse,... More 

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Thank Cat M
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went here with high expectations but they were short lived. The we had the Octopus, Iberico ham, croquettes, chips and bravas sauce and chipperones. The Iberico ham and Octopus were both tough. Simply cooking the Octopus longer would have addressed this, but it was chaos on in there and dishes came out 1 by 1. 3 of us were eating,... More 

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Thank Marcus G
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife an I had read about this tapas bar the night before and debated whether we should try to dine here that night but although the reviews were good on trip advisor the picture of the dishes did not look appealing. We decided to give it a miss. Walking around China town today we found ourselves walking into Dean... More 

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Thank Mario C
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic food and great service- we waited for almost two hours on a Saturday night but once inside you can order a bottle of wine and some tasty nibbles- in good company who cares a bit of a wait! Highlights were the squid croquettes, gambas, courgette flowers and the warm and personalised service- we loved it and can't wait to... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived at Barrafina after reading lots of reviews on trip advisor. The wait outside was about an hour and then another 20 minutes inside, as we opted for an outside table (we weren't cold, the heaters are great and it's a perfect spot for people watching). Whilst waiting in the inside queue we got some drinks and a couple... More 

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Thank Stepha85
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A very buzzy demanding restaurant which just had to be tried from all the talk about it. arriving at 7pm the queue had around 5-6 people in front. The stool at bar layout expected to be waits however on asking the waiter had mentioned it could be around 1 and 3/4 of an hour wait! the queue seemed very small... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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141 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I thought the food at Barrafina was very good, but didn't quite hit that exceptional mark. Dishes were beautifully plated but some of the flavors were a bit muddy. I had the chorizo, potato and watercress, the morcilla iberica and quail eggs, the olives and a glass of nuviana - the total came to 30.50 pounds. I thought the price... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was it worth a two hour wait? Absolutely not. Queued for an hour outside in the cold only to wait long enough to join another queue inside. All the seats are bar like, and everything inside is quite cramped... Atmosphere very loud and nothing had an expensive feel. Between two of us we ordered the tuna tartare, fried baby squid,... More 

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Thank 26zahrai
New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Without a doubt the best tapas in London. Inventive, fresh, fun and reasonably priced. I love this restaurant. Look for the blackboard specials and order out of your comfort zone for the best experience. A warning, it gets crowded and its small. Waits can be upwards of an hour but it's totally worth it. Have a drink and talk to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$72 - US$72
Cuisine
Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Open Hours
Sunday
13:00 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:00
Monday
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
Thursday
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
Friday
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
Saturday
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 26-27 Dean Street | Soho, London W1D 3LL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Soho
  • Neighbourhood: Soho
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7813 8016
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Soho
The go-to district for a good time in London, Soho hosts a wealth of world-class theatres and a compelling lineup of cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, and clubs. At Soho's core is London's original Red Light District and the epicenter of the LGBT scene – and thus the city's hottest nightlife. For shopping enthusiasts, Soho is not only the home of London's greatest concentration of boutique shops, but also the most strategic place to set off on a tour of the world's most celebrated department stores. In the southern part of the neighbourhood lies Chinatown, with its multitude of delicious and affordable restaurants. Closer to the Thames, Chinatown's narrow and teeming lantern-lit lanes spill onto the expansive hub of glitzy Leicester Square.
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