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Barbecoa St Paul's - CLOSED

Restaurants, American St Paul’s
4 out of 5 stars
(27user reviews)

Time Out says

Jamie Oliver's meat-focused restaurant at One New Change

Get the right seat and the views from this Jamie Oliver restaurant at One New Change can be belters: most of the tables here boast St Paul's Cathedral as their backdrop. Inside, the finish should suit the City sorts this place seems to be aimed at. 

The menu is meat-heavy. That means dishes ranging from short-rib croquettes and pork scratchings to spare ribs in a smoky barbecue sauce, chicken wings with a blue cheese sauce, fillet steak served with bone marrow, venison with a spiced coffee rub and racks of ribs with New York 'slaw and jalapeno pickles. Burrata salad and wood-roasted celeriac with goat's curd, pearl barley, wild mushrooms and black truffle are just about the only veggie options.

There's a roast on offer on Sundays, and lighter options available to take away from the in-house butchery downstairs on Watling Street – think tuna and chickpea salads, smoked meat lunchboxes and sandwiches filled with marinated burnt ends, 'slaw, gem lettuce, mayo and coriander.



Address: 20 New Change Passage

Transport: Tube: St Paul's tube
Price: Main courses £19-£39.
Opening hours: Meals served 11.30am-10.45pm Mon-Fri; noon-10.45pm Sat; noon-9.45pm Sun.
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.7 / 5

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Lovely space and incredible views! The menu is very meaty but a good option if you want a decent steak. Quite pricey but worth it for a quality meal with the views of St Paul's Cathedral.


I was in London on holidays and decided to go to this restaurant. The space is nice with a good view to St. Paul cathedral.The staff is very friendly and efficient. The food was very tasty. The rib-eye was divine! The salad dressing was excellent. I strongly advise.


I am originally from down under, where Jamie Oliver is a big deal and Jamie’s restaurants are far and few. Now living in London, the charm was about to wear off until I went for lunch at this little gem. Located inside the centrally located One New Change building, Barbecoa is a great place to spice up your lunch, without breaking the bank. I had a starter of trout, followed by steak and then the perfect combination of two of my favourite desserts – Crème Brule panna cotta! My love for Jamie has been revived!


Nice restaurant with great views. Menu was a little limited for me but was a nice evening


Great find In a great location overlooking St PAuls. Great for a date night or a meet up With the girls or a business meeting. Staff are friendly and the restaurant is always busy. Book ahead, as it can be difficult to turn up and expect a table. Top Tip- order the ribs, so tender and fall Off the bone, I'm salivating as I write this.


I was so looking forward to going to Barbecoa after reading some great reviews. It was a busy Friday night in December and understandable the place was rammed.  The crowd was mainly bigger City groups, I assumed the start of Christmas Party Season. Whilst I waited for the rest of my group to arrive I was offered a space at the bar.  I ordered a cocktail that tasted like soap (unintentionally) and then when everyone arrived we were taken to our table right in the corner, a little out of the way (definitely a positive).  The service was attentive, however our waitress felt the need to upsell everything which got a bit tiresome and seemed a bit cheap/chainy.  We ordered a selection of starters/nibbles to share and then a main each.  The starters were pleasant, the star being the cornbread, the let down being the pork scratchings (how can you mess up pork scratchings!!!).  I had ordered the Ribs and was thoroughly let down, they were dry and difficult to eat.  Ribs should be so soft and succulent then fall off the bone....These were far from that!  We didn't order any desserts so there are no comments there....The wine was decent. A real mixed bag and I am not sure I would want to go back and try again! 


Barbecoa really impressed and is definitely somewhere to bear in mind for a nice dinner out. As soon as we arrived our coats and bags were taken and we were shown to a table by the huge windows with a beautiful view of St Paul's lit up. The service, although not what I would describe as friendly, was professional and attentive, definitely making us feel well taken care of. We had a few bar snacks (which were OK but nothing special) and then just shared some starters and nibbles, which filled us up. Along with 2 cocktails and a beer the bill came to £50 and we hadn't even ordered mains! The mains looked amazing and we were definitely tempted so would love to come back for a birthday treat or similar. Highlights from the meal were definitely the devils cornbread and the burrata, although the short rib croquette and sticky ribs were also very good. Overall the food and service were very good and I can't wait to go back to try the mains and desserts.


With stunning views of St Paul's, a buzzing fun atmosphere and steaks cooked to perfection, Barbecoa is a must for any meat lover, but watch out for the carnivorous City Boys.

Now, there are many places you can get a good steak in London, and many places for a hell of a lot cheaper, but what makes Barbecoa different is the combinations of its flavours in the dishes as a whole. The rump is juicy and tender, but what makes this dish is the creamy smoked aubergine it sits upon and the peppery rocket which adds a welcome kick. The brisket fell apart just as it should and was super rich and indulgent. The chefs here know their meat so prepare yourself for some seriously good meat sweats.

Also, preapre yourself for the somewhat irritating clientele; packs of young men in suits, loudly laughing and shoving Cabernet down their necks, boasting about their latest Lloyds feat, but the beautiful views of St Paul's and the attentive and friendly service makes up for it. Not a cheap meal, but definitely worth a visit for a special occasion.


The food here is great, and nearly makes up for the atmosphere. It feels a bit like an airport hanger, and your nice dinner tucking into juicy ribs can quickly be soured by the bellows and shrieks of tables to either side of you. It's a bit too dark in the evenings (maybe to make up for the dreadful clientele), but the location is amazing and the food delights and surprises.

I was pleasantly surprised with the service as well as with food. The menu is quite limited but everything what I ordered tasted great. It wasn't the most impressive food experience I've had but definitely one of the best restaurants I've been. Lovely place for a dinner - although I was excited for the wonderful view and unfortunately was squeezed in a corner with no windows. Just bad luck. Nevermind - I would go back.


I reeeeallly liked this restaurant. First of all, we didn't have a reservation but they still accommodated us for dinner. Secondly, the staff were all friendly and attentive. Thirdly, the food, OMG, the food. I had Ribs 3 Ways and it was amazing. So tender, tasty and none of this tiny portion rubbish you get in some pricey restaurants! The dessert was nice but nowhere near as good as the main. Though Barbecoa is a bit pricey (think £20-30 for a main) it is definitely worth the price, in fact, I would say it's very good value. The overall experience is brilliant and I will most certainly be going back.


This is an expensive restaurant but I can tell you that I will go back.

The quality, the location and the ambiance is very good.

I particularly enjoyed the baby ribs and I'm salivating myself just for thinking about them. :)

Had a work lunch here last Friday and it was immense! The steak was to die for- I went for the Sirloin- and the starters all really good. The view of St Paul's makes it that little bit more special! I would highly recommend it! 

went for a meal here, the food was out of this world!! never tasted anything like it!! and the service was amazing!! cant fault it!!

Great lunchtime meal at Barbecoa. The restaurant is in a beautiful setting overlooking the high-street near St Pauls, with a great stylish decor, a buzzing atmosphere and very friendly helpful staff. The ribeye steak for two was absolutely delicious, perfectly cooked and succulent with great flavour. The chicken wings and shrimp for starter were delightful with some lovely garnishes and sauces. The restaurant also has a great selection of drinks and we had a superb glass of port to round off the meal.

The food here is pretty good and the view (especially at the near windows) is fantastic. It's kind of hit and  miss on the atmosphere of the place. I've been here a couple of times and sometimes I absolutely love it and others I question whether I'd come back.

Overall worth a shot, especially if your in the city area. However avoid the amaretto sours they are bad!

On Monday, 20 April 2015, my partner and I attended a celebratory dinner at Barbecoa. My partner was really looking forward to visiting Barbecoa as he had passed by on a recent visit to The City and was intrigued by it, and firmly added it to his list of "To Visit" places. The restaurant had been informed that it was my partners birthday and I had requested that the table be ready for 20:00. I was emailed a confirmation that informed me that the table would only be available for 2 hours.

Upon arrival at Barbecoa, we were told that the table was not ready and we would have to wait in the bar, no apology. We were escorted to the extremely full bar and simply left to our own devices. There was nowhere to sit and we weren't even offered a drinks menu. The lone barman did not even acknowledge us for a full 15 minutes. When we eventually got his attention and asked for a menu, the lighting was so poor it was very difficult to read.

After half an hour we were told that our table was ready and were seated at a table alongside the window with a fabulous view of St Paul's Cathedral. Still no apology for the wait. This, as per your seating policy, left us 90 minutes to enjoy our dining experience.

Our waitress came to our table and did not introduce herself to us. The receipt identifies her as 26 - Abi. She also did not send over the Sommelier as promised.

We placed an order for some of the "Nibbles" which was Sour Dough Bread with Chicken butter while we reviewed the menu. We then ordered our self-chosen wine and some starters, which were recommended by our waitress - baby back ribs and Tandoori Prawns.The wine, a Chenin Blanc was warm. Still no sign of the Nibbles. After 15 minutes, we enquired as to the whereabouts of the Nibbles, as blank look came across her face as she had clearly forgotten to place the order and then said - they should be here any minute. She scurried off to collect the Nibbles, which arrived roughly 30 seconds before our starters. Had she said she had forgotten, we would simply have cancelled the order instead of having Nibbles and Starters at the same time.

The baby back ribs were extremely dry and cold and all in all, very disappointing. The prawns had a pleasant flavour, although the yoghurt flavour certainly overpowered the spice. The waitress did not top up the wine and unfortunately as the wine bucket is on the other side of the restaurant, we could not do it for her.

I had mentioned upon ordering our food that I would like to order red wine to accompany my main course, Abi promised to return with but she clearly forgot.

Our main course was a Rib Eye for 2 with chips, mushrooms and truffle butter. The truffle butter tasted more like garlic butter and was seriously overpowering with no hint of truffle. The mushrooms were very tasty albeit a very small portion for the price. The meat was extremely fatty and I found that the chef could have reduced this by caramelising the fat over the open flame, which would have reduced the amount of fat and improved its unsightly appearance. I was extremely disappointed in a £70 piece of meat. Moreover, £4 for Truffle Butter with no truffle, £5 for a small pot of pieces of chips (not real chips in my view), I can hand cut a chip that look like chips, and £5 for garlic mushrooms on top of £70 for a steak feels a lot like daylight robbery.

There was a management table inspection (settings not service) going on while we were dining which seemed odd as one would think this is a post dinner activity. The manager however, never came over to find out if we had enjoyed our experience, in fact, no one did.

As the restaurant knew it was my partner's birthday, they undertook a very annoying, American diner style "Happy birthday" as every member of the waiting staff passed by. This is hugely out of place in a restaurant of Barbecoa's purported standard.

All in all, this is possibly the worst dining experience for the price that I have ever had, anywhere in the world. The total bill was £199.68. Maybe your team should visit Elbow Lane in Cork, Ireland for a lesson in experience, steak and service - all of which would cost less than 80 Euros.

Also, I have written to them twice and they have completely ignored me. I have to say, I think they have THE WORST customer service I have ever experienced in my life and I am thoroughly disappointed that they trade on the Jamie Oliver name but do not in ANY way, shape or form live up to his service and quality ethic. AVOID, AVOID, AVOID. I gave them one star as I couldn't give them zero.

A really lovely meal and great evening for my friends birthday last weekend. Good atmosphere in the restaurant and excellent choice of meats with generous portions! Would definitely go again!

Can only echo other's views. Very average food considering the price. Pretty disappointing. Certainly wouldn't return.

If this was a simply a bar it would be great! Fantastic views, nice ambience. However it is not. The food is actually extremely mediocre bodering on awful. The prices are just over the top, £35 for a steak is ridiculous. I had a disgusting pig cheek starter at £9 followed by a £16 burnt chicken, all potatoes, chips, vegetables etc are extra. Our food bill for 5 came to £222 without booze! Jamie Oliver claims so much and this restaurant fails on so many levels, just lucky it is in a good location!

We ate at Barbecoa last night to celebrate two birthdays. Our party of 11 people arrive for the later sitting to be informed that our table was not ready and we were asked to sit in the overflow bar, the entrance. Eventually we were asked if we would like a pre dinner drink but this arrived after we were eventually seated. On arrival in the restaurant room the staff seemed surprised to see us, obviously no communication between reception and restaurant. The views of St Paul's from the table were amazing and the best feature of the restaurant. The quality of the food was ok, not what you would expect from a restaurant run by a celebrity chef. The front of house staff friendly but the service poor. we had to wait 90 mins between our starter and main course. Waiters did know who had ordered which dish and called the dishes names, very canteen style. We had a good time but not because of the restaurant. Over priced, average menu. Poor service. Would not recommend to dine, worth going for the view of St Paul's but you can have the same view from the shop across the way.

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