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From the people behind Barrica, an authentic taste of modern Spain in the heart of Soho - and a sherry-lover's paradise.

For an authentic taste of modern Spain, you can’t go far wrong with Copita. Like sister restaurant Barrica, this is a place where you get properly tapa-sized dishes so you can really get stuck into the menu. Avoiding the standards of patatas bravas and ensalada rusa, Copita ventures admirably off the well-trodden tapas path. Sherry-braised pig cheeks were meltingly sweet in a rich gravy; feather-light empanadillas de carne were far removed from the traditional heavy and often cloying pastries; a sweet and smoky aubergine stew with tahini and mint showed how well the tapas concept translates across cuisines.

Desserts were equally enticing: apricot crumble with delicate rosemary ice-cream, and lightly scented rosewater ice-cream with stewed strawberries were both triumphs. Puddings are also diminutive, so you don’t feel like you need to be winched out post-meal. As the restaurant’s name suggests, you’re encouraged to have several little glasses (copitas) with each tapa from a well-informed list of Spanish wines and sherries.

With its central location, long shared tables and bar stools, Copita is popular with a post-work crowd and can get fairly cacophonous. Yet service is fast and friendly, even when busy, making this a valuable find in the heart of Soho.


Venue name: Copita
Address: 26 D'Arblay Street
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm Mon-Fri; noon-11pm Sat. Tapas served noon-4pm, 5.30-10.30pm Mon-Fri; 1-10.30pm Sat
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus tube
Price: Tapas £2.95-£6.95. Meal for two with wine and service: around £60

Average User Rating

4.1 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:8
  • 4 star:4
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:2
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Tamsin V

I love this place, there's always a buzzing atmosphere here and the tapas is wonderful - they put a lot of thought into fusing together some interesting flavours, for example the truffled goat’s cheese, almond & honey, which was out of this world. All wines are served by the glass too. I'll be back again!

john a


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Stumbled across this after a busy days shopping on Oxford Street. Staff were really welcoming and the food was delicious. I honestly couldn't fault it, i've been back twice!


Went for a Friday lunch with a large group and it worked really well: good selection, quality and atmosphere and friendly staff.


Fantastic place = two diners giving it a single star. Ignore them - service is super, great wine list, and the tapas is fantastic. Yes it is pricey but we've all seen what bargain-basement prices leads to - beef that's not really beef. If you like super cheap food stick fast food. Tapas are super, they are fresh (clearly one diner has no idea what scallops actually taste like).


Great vibe on a quiet street in otherwise busy Soho - amazing to find a joint in this neighbourhood that doesn't find the need to play hideous beats at 500dBs. I came for the ajo blanco, and was not dissappointed... an amazingly tasty dish, well worthy of a mention in the TimeOut list of top dishes. Served with good, crusty bread, rare in a Spanish tapas bar (well, in Spain at least!). The rest of the dishes also impressed, but were admittedly a little bit on the expensive side. Only dissappointment was the beef onglet - beef was amazing (all four slices of it), but the "homemade over baked potatoes" were crisps. Homemade, and tasty, but jesus - doesn't really justify a £6.50 price. But yes, overall, an awesome joint. I'll definitely be back soon.


Although this bar has great food it is abominably managed. Bills are always bumped up with extra drinks and dishes which have not been purchased. It happens regularly, and I have often had to ask for the bill to be amended. These additions are never hapless mistakes, they are drinks which none of the group ordered, and expensive dishes which, after a few drinks they hope you wont notice. Go here at your own expense!!!! Disgusting behaviour from what could be a great restaurant, but too much passing trade for them ever to get caught out.


I have to say that I and my companion were doubtful at first, and I was also mourning the passing of Bar Chocolate which had stood on this site for as long as I can remember. But it was lovely. Yes, the prices are a little high - as mentioned above, the tiny cheese board was £11, which is certainly too much, but we almost forgave them as the selection was excellent. Lovely atmostphere (and no music meant although it was loud with talking, we could hear ourselves, somewhat of a novelty these days!), excellent helpful service. I'll definitely be back... although with some savings!

John Michael

I am sorry but I am very disappointed once. It's unbelievable to see this place rate very well by time out , the tapas are so expensive and not really good. The quality is cheap ! Even the tapas restaurant on columbia road is better and so much cheaper. I try the turbot with fries it was skinny and burn fries with a little shitty fillet of turbot. then the scallops just a fake fresh see food from the frozen fridge !!!! No No and no this place must to be closed !!!


Perhaps the best tapas in London...little bites of flavour explosions with a great yet concise wine and sherry list...informal just the way I like it...give me more please


Love this place - great selection of wine, simple but delicious dishes, attentive service and really authentic tapas bar feel. I can see copita being a great success!


I love this place. Every single dish was expertly thought out and crafted. An amazing array of unusual and innovative (and very successful!) flavour combinations - more like a tasting menu than tapas really... I salute the chefs!

Adam Ackland

What a fantastic find! This place is sensational. Great atmosphere, superb food (at a great price!), the wine list is really tight - we had the house white which was delicious and a G & T to start that was served in a huge goblet. Highly recommended!