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Restaurants, Spanish Clapham
5 out of 5 stars
(14user reviews)

Time Out says

This tiny neighbourhood tapas bar captures the feel of its counterparts in Spain perfectly; informal with welcoming staff, and a simple menu to complement the wines by the glass. Hams hang from the ceiling, diners eat at the bar counter; drinkers mingle in.

The food preparation area wedged behind the bar makes a caravan's galley look spacious. We sat and watched as the busy chef reheated some of the dishes in the microwave, in between blowtorching some desserts and freshly preparing others.

From a brief blackboard menu of daily specials, we enjoyed the pig cheek cooked in PX sherry, and ham croquetas which were a cut above the norm. The Spanish cheese platter contained two types of Manchego (one with thyme on the outside, the other not) and Cabrales (a great version of the blue cheese), served with membrillo and bread that’s a lot better than you get in Spain. For a proper touch of authenticity, the cheese platter was served with those tiny little breadsticks you normally only get in Spain.

The wines were good too – modern, Spanish, and not expensive. Our only caveat is that Barsito is more of a place for a snack and drink than a leisurely dining destination, as the seating and elbow room are cramped. But it's a perfect pitstop opposite Clapham Picturehouse, even though that man in the kitchen must secretly have eight arms.


Barsito says
Barsito is Clapham's best-kept secret, bringing delicious and authentic Spanish tapas and wines direct from Andalucia to south London. Barsito can be found on Venn Street which is moments from Clapham Common tube, and not far from Clapham Picturehouse.



Address: 57 Venn Street
Transport: Tube: Clapham Common
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5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.6 / 5

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This is my favourite place in Clapham, better than any other bar or restaurant by far - no braying Claphamites stuffing the rafters with large groups of loud 20-something friends, this tiny tapas bar/wine bar is calm, cool and exclusive;  somewhere for an intimate and gentle date, perhaps.  Set a perfect distance away from Clapham Common tube and High Street, along the semi-pedestrianised Venn Street (which houses a couple of other good bars, restaurants and the brilliant Clapham Picture House (and bar) too), Barsito has moody soft lighting, perfectly formed tortillas, beautifully chilled wines and smiling, warm and accommodating staff.  Deliciously romantic and authentic and small, and perfectly formed.  SJP


The wine selection here is solid and I think that Barsito does well as a little wine bar. 

What we had: 

* Garlic prawns

* Pimientos De Padron

* Patatas Bravas

* Mixed Tapas Board: 4 ham croquettes, chorizo, tortilla, spicy chorizo, manchego cheese served with bread & fresh tomato sauce

The food, however, needs a bit of work as the prawns didn’t taste fresh and were a bit mushy in texture, which is a big no-no. Pardon peppers are a favourite of mine and although there was good charring, and nice and hot, it was drenched in oil. The mixed tapas board is a massive solid serving for two people and the Manchego cheese was tasty. The croquettes weren’t bad and came out piping hot and the chorizo quite salty - nice with a large glass of wine or a cold beer in the sun. The Spanish omelette was a little under seasoned but the texture was springy without it being too dry or overcooked. I’d recommend this place for wine and maybe a few cheese and meat nibbles here but I wouldn’t do a substantial meal here. Service here is fairly good and relaxed and it’s not a bad spot to have a quick drink and snack before a movie across the road.

Tip: the mixed tapas board is perfect portion size for two people

Good For: casual drinks, cheap and cheerful, wine bar, catch up with friends


There is nowhere better to be on a rainy afternoon in South London than Barsito. Just a minute's walk from Clapham Common tube, this tiny little tapas bar is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the High Street. Once inside, you really can pretend that you are sat in a tapas bar on Las Ramblas, or somewhere quaint in Alicante. Pull up a stool at the bar, sip on one of the speciality sherries, and slip into the Spanish way of life. Everything is created from a tiny little galley kitchen at the end of the bar, so every seat is quite literally at the chef's table. 

Highly recommended is the appropriately named 'Heaven on a Plate' - pig's cheeks in sherry and orange sauce - as is the Tapas Board. Add to that a little Gypsy Kings on the stereo and the lovely Spanish staff, and you have a truly authentic tapas experience. It's just a shame when you leave and have to realise that yes, you are still in South London. Sorry. 

Nice and cosy bar with great food, friendly staff and amazing wine!! 'Hic' I love this place.

Lovely cosy bar, very lively at the weekends. Food is always cooked to perfection and so very tasty, full of flavour...true tapas! Staff very to bring my friends here for food and good wine!

Great little spot for tapas, Cava, glass of PX sherry and a nice clientele.

Charming service, delicious tapas, excellent value vino and all in a great location. What more could you want? Think this is my new local!

Lovely place. Always a warm welcome. The pig cheeks mentioned were divine as are the Spanish ham/meat and cheese platters and the rabbit dish we had. The range of sherries is wonderful - honestly, try a chilled sherry instead of wine one of those hot muggy Clapham evenings (incongruous but it works). Best cocktails made from scratch in London.

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