Barrafina Drury Lane

Spanish, Tapas·
Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of Barrafina Drury Lane

Silver Award

The West End is slowly becoming a Barrafina barrio with this 23-cover site joining Barrafina Soho and Adelaide Street – and as far as we’re concerned that’s no bad thing. Siblings Sam and Eddie Hart have sprinkled Michelin stardust over the former site of Osteria Dell’Opera, replacing Italian with their trademark Spanish tapas, red leather bar stools and marble-topped counters. Choose from new dishes such as piquillo croquetas alongside the Barrafina favourites, and a daily specials selection. Highlights on our last visit included pan de coca generously layered with intense slices of anchovy and sweet roast pepper, soft morcilla topped with golden-yolked pheasants egg and the crab bun – soft brioche stuffed with moist buttery crab meat in a bisque-like sauce; so good you’ll want to order another one straight away. Spanish staples such as chorizo tortilla are flawlessly executed, while a short wine list boasts the Hart brothers’ own brand of manzanilla sherry, as well as a cracking Spanish selection that’s pretty much all available by the glass. As ever, expect to queue for those first-come, first-served seats. The private dining room, with room for 28, is one option for those who hate to wait.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Spanish, Tapas
Cosy, Fun, Lively
Food Occasions
Special Features
Counter dining


Owned by the Harts Group, Barrafina is from the same stable as London’s iconic Quo Vadis as well as counting El Pastor and The Drop amongst its sibling sites. It’s no wonder then that the concept has been a popular one, with a team at the helm who are well used to creating successful hospitality ventures.

Sam, James and Eddie Hart oversee operations at Barrafina – a family trio with significant foodie credentials. The brothers turned business partners were born into the hospitality industry. Their father – Tim Hart – owned and operated Hambleton Hall, a Michelin starred restaurant in Rutland.

The concept at Barrafina is a fairly simple one, with the team dealing in modern tapas plates. Stripping things back and building up dishes of big flavours from a few key ingredients is the modus operandi. Executive head chef Angel Zapata-Martin joined the group in 2017 and has become as much a part of the brand as the Hart brothers. It’s his celebration of humble ingredients that has helped propel the group into many a list of the best restaurants in London. Angel’s experience spans time at three Michelin-starred Catalan restaurant, Can Fabes as well as a stint spent as a private chef in Ibiza.

While there are now four Barrafina restaurants, the Drury Lane site remains a favourite for many with its cosy ambiance and menu of cult classics. The tortilla comes oozing and soft in the centre, while the patatas bravas are crisp and golden with well-balanced spice through the sauce. Familiar favourites like pan con tomate and arroz negro sit alongside some more inventive small plates that range from charred leeks with romesco through to quail escabeche.

The Drury Lane site is compact, with counter dining allowing guests full view of the busy kitchen. Because of the seating setup we think Barrafina is best suited to dates, and we’d recommend booking where possible to guarantee a table.


Does Barrafina have a Michelin star?

Barrafina Drury Lane doesn't hold a Michelin star, but its sibling site Barrafina Dean Street has one Michelin star.

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Can you book Barrafina Drury Lane?

Yes, while traditionally the restaurant only made way for walk-ins, adjustments post-covid has meant bookings are now usually possible.

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What is the menu like at Barrafina Drury Lane?

The menu at Barrafina Drury Lane is centred around Spanish tapas dishes. Expect classic menu mainstays as well as a short daily blackboard with ever-changing specials.

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43 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5AJ

020 7440 1456 020 7440 1456


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue 12:00-15:00
Wed 12:00-15:00
Thu 12:00-15:00
Fri 12:00-15:00
Sat 12:00-15:00
Sun Closed
Mon Closed
Tue 17:00-23:00
Wed 17:00-23:00
Thu 17:00-23:00
Fri 17:00-23:00
Sat 17:00-23:00
Sun Closed


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6 Reviews 

Sean H

31 August 2022  
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 2
Nice night, sad mussels

Barrafina hit some high notes on our recent visit. The atmosphere was buzzing and the food highlights were the ribs, ham croquettes and the tomato bread, washed down with a very acceptable bottle of Catalan red wine.  The one disappointment was the mussels.  I have never seen such a sorry plate of mussels, with barely two out of the whole dish that could be described as (even slightly) plump and the cooking liquor tasted of the gas used to cook them.  Why put mussels on the daily specials' blackboard if all you have to offer are these scrawny creatures? Could do much better on the seafood front. 

adrain G

28 June 2019  
Always a good welcome and well worth choosing something from the specials board. Excellent food and entertainment from the chefs at work right in front of you.

Jacquelyn W

04 February 2018  
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 3
Atmosphere 2.5
Value 3
One of the best tapas spots in town!
It’s safe to say that Barrafina is one of the best tapas spots in town. All the tapas were similar to the ones you would have at any good tapas spots in Spain, in terms of flavours, presentation and cooking style. However, be prepared to wait in long lines to get in - we arrived at 5:30 pm and waited for half an hour to get in, but people who came after 6 pm generally had to wait for 1 to 1.5 hours to get in.

Holly C

09 May 2017  
Very well known but just fantastic! Nice relaxed atmosphere and amazing watching the chefs prepare your food. They are all so knowledgeable, you can have great conversations with them and learn more about the food you are eating!

adrain G

05 May 2017  
Great value for food, wine and spanish beer. Great ambience and very friendly staff. Well worth the wait to get a seat.

Jacquelyn B

13 May 2016  
Food absolutely an explosion of flavour and the kitchen right in front of you.- wonderful experience.
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