Review on Barrafina

Barrafina is a tiny, atmospheric place that has been designed to look and feel like an authentically cheery tapas bar. Customers sit on high stools clustered around the marble-topped counter: the kitchen is open at the back, so you can get up-close-and-personal with the frenetic culinary action. It's as near to Spain as you can get in central London.

Nieves Barragan is the Executive Chef whose impeccably sourced native ingredients provide the scaffolding for the kitchen's work, with seasonal specials and zingy fresh seafood fleshing out the regular menu. There are some wonderful things on offer, including fresh tortillas with brown shrimps, morcilla (Spanish black pudding) on piquillo peppers, cecina (translucent slices of wind-dried beef), pisto (a variant of ratatouille) topped with a fried duck's egg, grilled quail with aoli and much more. If you need something sweet to finish, try classic crema Catalana or Santiago tart.

The wine list is short, simple and carefully chosen, with plenty of sherries and everything available by the glass. Remember that Barrafina runs all day as a fast-turnover, no-bookings venue: there's a 'standing area' within the restaurant where you can enjoy a drink while waiting for a seat at the bar. The restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in the 2015 edition of the Guide.

There are two further branches, one in Adelaide Street, Covent Garden and the other in Drury Lane.

Barrafina is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Hardens, AA Guide

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Spanish / Tapas


Nieves Barragan

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00- 3.00pm (1.00 - 3.30pm Sun)
Dinner: 5.00 - 11.00pm (5.30 - 10.00pm Sun)

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Visa, Master Card, American Express

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Facilities at Barrafina

  • Alfresco dining
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Family Friendly


54 Frith Street
West London

Nearest tube station: Tottenham Court Road

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