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Spanish powerhouse Ibérica has moved tapas on from a tick list of ordinary nibbles to specialities worth toasting with a glass of vintage cava. The group’s executive chef Nacho Manzano (winner of three Michelin stars) directs the kitchen, reprising his own signature dishes and putting them alongside some new-century tapas. Current Ibérica classics range from a gazpacho of red berries, beetroot and anchovy to spring onion tempura with lemon aïoli and soy, an oxtail ‘sandwich’ with potato cream, and near-legendary chorizo lollipops with pear aïoli, while the selection of cheeses, cured meats and preserved fish honours Spain’s centuries-old gastronomic traditions. Meanwhile, set menus and sharing dishes (including various paellas) provide another way in to the experience. Drinks cover the spectrum of Spanish booze from beer, cider and sangria to bespoke G&Ts, vermouths, countless sherries and sparklers by the glass.

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Ibérica Marylebone

195 Great Portland Street ,London W1W 5PS

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by   platinum reviewer (85)

Jul 2015

We have eaten here many times over the past few years and always had an enjoyable experience. However, recently I arranged a dinner for 10 people on a Tuesday night (well in advance, inc, pre-ordering and paying for most of the food) for my nieces graduation celebration dinner. I was unable to give an exact time of arrival as graduation ceremonies go on for a number of hours, but said that we would most likely be arriving at around 7pm, as it was half of us arrived at 6.15pm, and I asked if the...

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Joanna G.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 8

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195 Great Portland Street ,London W1W 5PS

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For great tapas head to Iberica Marylebone

by   bronze reviewer (7)

Jun 2015

We used to live around the corner from Iberica and were one of its early customers when it opened in 2008. It brings back memories of having a baby at home and sneaking out to meet my similarly sleep deprived girl friends for a glass of wine and a semblance of a conversation that didn’t involve weaning and the merits of local playgrounds and schools! I had not been there for a while but recently enjoyed a lovely Sunday lunch with the family. When you walk into the refurbished Marylebone restaurant...

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Nuzy S.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 7

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Ibérica Marylebone

195 Great Portland Street ,London W1W 5PS

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Good tapas (not quite in Marylebone)!

by   platinum reviewer (85)

Apr 2015

This is one of our regular favourites - their selection of hams are always wonderful, the croquetas and chorizo lollipops are always a crowd pleaser. We rarely stray far from our favourite little dishes, but it is a great restaurant to watch the world go by over a leisurely weekend lunch. We have also been lucky enough to attend a few of their special "tasting" evenings, which are usually free of charge. We have learned about Cava, Sherry and tapas at their informal evenings upstairs,...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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195 Great Portland Street ,London W1W 5PS

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by   gold reviewer (40)

Jul 2014

It is a pleasant venue, good for catching up with friends. Food is really good and the restaurant offers gluten free menu which is a rarity. Be aware that they do paellas, but you need to order 12 hrs in advance, unfortunately we only learned that when we got to the restaurant. Food was really tasty and imaginative. Service was good apart from one incident – the waiter managed to spill a bright coloured drink on my friend's white dress, needless to say it wasnt how we wanted the evening to start....

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 6

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195 Great Portland Street ,London W1W 5PS

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by   (1)

Mar 2014

went on a wednesday night, real positive first impressions, nice room, good atmosphere and lovely table over looking the street. So far so good. Service polite and knowledgeable, but slow! Food arrived and was very variable, cured meat selection to start very nice, stew of the day was rich and well cooked if a little cool and very salty, burgers were good, but the other dishes including a tortilla were under seasoned, or poorly executed. for this much money should have paid a bit extra and gone to...

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 4

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195 Great Portland Street ,London W1W 5PS

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by   (1)

Feb 2014

We went for lunch with quick and efficient service; the food – 4 tapas plates with all judged as good, the squid was particularly lovely. One of the plates came out quite late, so barely got touched. The service staff were friendly and professional. Our table request was honoured. The décor of the restaurant is lovely, it was relatively full and the noise was not overwhelming. A good eat, if slightly expensive for tapas.

Clive R.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 6

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195 Great Portland Street ,London W1W 5PS

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Inflexible Service but still a nice place to go

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Aug 2013

Not the first time I have been there and I never left disappointed; apart from my last visit. The reason being that we (party of 5) were refused to move to a much nicer round table on the first floor, so were offered a square table opposite to the counter. The reason I was given was that unfortunately the first floor was not serviced, which I had difficulties to understand, but which was confirmed by the manager. However, food and wine were delicious.

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 8

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Olé

by   platinum reviewer (215)

Jul 2013

Editor's pick London diners in search of top-quality tapas are arguably spoilt for choice, but a journey to Iberica (somewhat euphemistically referred to as being located in Marylebone, but in fact at the unfashionable Euston Road end of Great Portland Street) is well worth it. The restaurant scored on all counts: lovely atmosphere and service, tasty and innovative tapas and reasonable pricing. It is always a reassuring pleasure to be greeted and served by bona fide Spanish staff in a London tapas place, and the...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 9

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Good but not great tapas

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Jul 2013

Mediocre tapas at best and decent service. From our order, the best dish was the burger (by far) and 10 yr old ham. the rest were 3/5 at best so definitely not the best tapas in london. Donostia (tapas restaurant near Marble Arch) does much better tapas overall including pork (suckling here vs amazing pork shoulder there), spanish tortilla and coquettes along with other cooked dishes.

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 5

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    Nuzy Sayani's reviews :: Love Tapas then you will love Iberica

    We used to live around the corner from Iberica and were one of its early customers, when it opened in 2008.

    It brings back memories of having a baby at home and sneaking out to meet my similarly sleep deprived girl friends for a glass of wine and a semblance of a conversation that didn’t involve weaning and the merits of local playgrounds and schools!

    I had not been there for a while but recently enjoyed a lovely Sunday lunch with the family. When you walk into the refurbished Marylebone restaurant (there are now branches in Canary Wharf and Farringdon) you are immediately struck by how bright and...
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