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    Barrafina

    54 Frith St. (Soho)

    London

    (44) 020-7813-8016 | www.barrafina.co.uk

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    • CUISINE

      Tapas
    • HOURS

      Mon.-Sat.: 12:00pm-3:00pm, 5:00pm-11:00pm; Sun.: 1:00pm-3:30pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm
    • BEST FOR

      Lunch; dinner
    • RESERVATIONS

      Not accepted; expect to wait
    • BAR

      No
    • YEAR OPENED

      2007
    • PRICE (SMALL PLATES)

      ~GBP 5+ per plate
    • NOISE

      Medium
    • FAMOUS PLATES

      Gambas al ajillo; chorizo; tortilla; daily specials
    • DRINKS AND WINE

      Good Spanish wine selection (most available by the glass)
    • # OF SEATS

      23 stools
    • OUTDOOR DINING?

      No
    • PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?

      No
    • TUBE

      Tottenham Court Road; Leicester Square; Piccadilly Circus
    Barrafina

    VIBE

    This diminutive Soho tapas bar, with ultra fresh fare that is allegedly the most authentic in town, has been a mega-hit from day one. The tiny space holds only a handful of stools, a gleaming stainless steel bar, and an open kitchen; customers brave long lines to perch at the counter and watch their fresh-from-market ingredients be transformed into the signature stellar small plates. The cultured, casual vibe is buzzing, and an egalitarian no-reservations policy means that the nibbles-and-drinks waiting area is always hopping, too.

    CROWD

    Devoted Soho locals who know it’s worth the wait mix with foodies and hipsters.

    WHAT WE WOULD WEAR

    It’s polished casual–a chic v-neck, label jeans, and boots would work.

    GO HERE WITH

    A date; friends

    WHY WE LIKE IT

    The super tiny space paired with the open kitchen gives a happening yet intimate vibe–very cool. And, the tapas really are taste-like-Spain good. It’s definitely worth the wait. Perfect spot for a relaxed yet sophisticated tête-à-tête with friends or a date.

    WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE

    Definitely needs more seating!

    GOOD TO KNOW

    Unsurprisingly, the wait is usually realllly long. You can (try to) avoid it by getting there before 5:30pm…but no promises. A late weekday lunch is your best bet. Also, definitely not a good place to take a large group.

    OTHER LOCATIONS

    Fino (West End, London); Quo Vadis (Soho, London); Hart’s (Nottingham); Hambleton Hall (Oakam)

    CLOSEST COMPS

    Tapas Brindisa (London)

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