Barrafina

Price guide: Mid-range

54 Frith Street, London, W1D 4SL

Price guide: Mid-range

Barrafina tapas bar

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#11 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:4.8 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.8
4.8
Ambience:
4.5
4.5
Service:
4.3
4.3
Location:
4.3
4.3
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Singles, Nightlife, People watching, Trendiness

Expert review of Barrafina

Londoners happily queue for a seat at this slimline Soho tapas bar (but I’d just arrive early).

This chic, lively tapas joint, based on Barcelona’s famous Cal Pep, has been embraced by locals since opening. It’s tiny, but great fun sitting at the bar watching the chefs at work.

Food and drink: 

The menu’s divided into cured meats, tortilla, vegetables and salads, seafood and meat – choose dishes from across these categories and you’ll have a well-balanced meal. Having said that, I’d check what specials are available and focus on the seafood. The morcilla, chips and bravas sauce and dessert of Santiago tart are among my other must-haves. Barrafina’s sherries are a real treat, too – and the wines if you’re interested in Spain’s new wave producers.

Ambience: 

A slice of fashionable Barcelona. You’ll probably be sitting (and queuing) shoulder-to-shoulder with a flash Soho media crowd.

Service: 

Professional and knowledgeable, yet informal.

Location: 

On one of Soho’s best restaurant streets, just off Soho Square.

Price advice: 

Bar snacks start at £2; most of the tapas fall in the £6-£9 bracket but the Jubago ham is £18 a plate.

Other useful branches: 

The same owners run a more formal Spanish restaurant called Fino in Fitzrovia – see website for details.

More information on Barrafina:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Tapas bar
Food:
Spanish, Tapas
Address:
54 Frith Street, London, W1D 4SL
Telephone:
020 7440 1463
Website:
http://www.barrafina.co.uk
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 5-11pm; Sun 1-3.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not possible
Free tags / Keywords:
Hart, Fino

Have you been to Barrafina? Would you recommended it?