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Barrica, with its canary-yellow walls, rich wood and marble, brings Fitzrovia's new media crowd a little taste of laidback Spain in the non-stop West End. But as sunny and playful the decor may be, the drinks menu is nothing but serious: there are 16 sherries on offer, all served by the glass, ranging from the intensely sweet to the bone-dry and salty. And if you can't choose between that lot, there's the wine list: around 30 Spanish vinos have been picked by the bar's oenophile owner.

Despite its extensive alcoholic offerings, Barrica is not a place to get legless – it's a smart bar on Goodge Street, not a nightclub in Magalluf. Be sure to pick a few dishes off the brilliant tapas menu to keep things civilised.

Venue name: Barrica
Address: 62 Goodge Street
Opening hours: Tapas served noon-10.30pm Mon-Fri; 1-10.30pm Sat
Transport: Tube: Goodge Street or Tottenham Court Road
Price: Tapas £2-£8

Average User Rating

4.2 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:3
  • 4 star:1
  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:0
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Anthony J

Genuinely one of the happiest finds in recent times for me. The food is truly excellent, the choice if wine substantial and plenty of help on tap from the fun and enthusiastic staff. Smoked Duck Breast on Red Currant Buttered Toast & Grilled Line Caught Wild Bass with a Broad Bean, Lemon & Fino Salad were insanely good.

Just go, you will not be disappointed.


Stepping into Berrica feels as as though you have wondered cross boards into a small restaurant in Madrid, cured meat hanging from the ceiling, checkered floors, and the atmosphere is truly authentic and provides a great active and lively experience. The wait staff were very friendly and helpful in recommending dishes and wine. The food is exceptional, and changes frequently with a few amazing staples. The wine selection was also very impressive and very resonably priced. A large spread of tapas for two with wine will run you about 70. Definitely worth it.


Enjoyable meal. Food delicious, especially the veal cheeks and Pyrennean lamb. Service good but slightly inattentive. Ambience, good at times I would imagine but spoilt on my visit by noisy birthday party. Could also be with a little bit more elbow room.


Good food, poor service. Very decent selection of daily tapas and a few standards. We were informed before hand that the table seating period was for 2 hours. However there is an unpleasant paradox in encouraging diners to have more wine and food only to bluntly tell them with tapas still on the table that the seating period was over and you would now need to leave. Given price its a bit much, but then again it seems that the way of the world today. Whilst the interior is simple and elegant, a number of attendees were more interested in coming in for a drink than the food which means that unless you are seated at the back at proper tables the din of noise and crowd pushing onto you as you eat to the side is rather unpleasant. Again the food is quite good, if unexceptional for the prices demanded and those seeking a more pleasant atmosphere are better served to attend the Salt Yard next door (though the service is also fairly if not very poor).


Brilliant - Barrica was the second restaurant my friend and I visited on a four restaurant tapas tour of London and it was definitely the best. The menu was both imaginative, with spectacular combinations such as the divine scallops with marrow and girolles, and classic, the huge prawns with garlic and chilli were the best I've tasted outside Spain. Fantastic range of wine by the glass and all very reasonable priced as well.

Mr P

Food was great, as was the service and prices were good value but the atmosphere was a soulless and tables were wedged too close together. Food 4, Ambience 2, Service 4