Salt Yard

Restaurants, Spanish Fitzrovia
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Salt Yard (Heloise Bergman / Time Out)
Heloise Bergman / Time Out
Salt Yard (Heloise Bergman / Time Out)
Heloise Bergman / Time Out
Salt Yard (Heloise Bergman / Time Out)
Heloise Bergman / Time Out
Salt Yard (Heloise Bergman / Time Out)
Heloise Bergman / Time Out
Salt Yard (Heloise Bergman / Time Out)
Heloise Bergman / Time Out

Over the past couple of years, London has seen countless tapas joints open, but Salt Yard – one of the pioneers of the capital’s new Spanish scene, and forefather of Dehesa and Opera Tavern – remains among the best. This understatedly handsome, rather small venue was full for our weekend visit (including the counter seats towards the front window and along the bar), and maintained a pleasant hubbub all night.

Although there are always notable Italian touches on the regularly changing menu, among them minor variations on stuffed courgette flowers or a fine affogato, the kitchen’s skill and attention to sourcing really come to the fore in pitch-perfect Spanish tapas. Sample, for instance, the justly named ‘classic’ tortilla (which maintained its structure despite being oozingly moist) or the simple selection of three types of manchego. Adventures into more unusual flavour combinations – perhaps a warm potato and beetroot salad with nettle pesto, say, or a scallop carpaccio – rarely disappoint.

For wine, a faintly sparkling Basque txakoli rosé was an intriguing if not entirely successful recommendation, partly undermined by a barely functional aerating pouring spout. And our waitress, clearly new to the job, was struggling a little, but some discreet steering by a senior colleague kept the occasion good-humoured.


Venue name: Salt Yard
Address: 54 Goodge Street
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Fri; 5-11pm Sat. Tapas served noon-3pm, 5.30-11pm Mon-Thur; 5-11pm Fri, Sat; noon-10pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Goodge Street tube
Price: Tapas £4.75-£9
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There are so many good reviews about this place, I had to try it to see for myself. The restaurant itself is quite small and narrow. There is a huge step to get in and although the restaurant has a ramp to help wheelchair users, the gradient is still too steep to attempt it without any assistance. As mentioned, it's quite narrow so staff kept tripping over my wheels, one staff went flying and would have ended up on the floor if the wall was not there to catch him. There are a few steps to the toilets so overall not accessible for a wheelchair user at all.

Food wise, the dishes which were good were very good, but the others were average. The octopus, pork belly and truffle macaroni cheese were of the better dishes. They were quite rich too so the small portions were perfect. You know what they say about too much of a good thing... Then ending the meal with the tiramisu was just right for me.

Overall, I felt this place was a bit overrated. We were also rushed as they needed the table back. I can't remember the last time this happened, even in places where I queued for hours, I had never been rushed and kicked off my table. It wasn't bad, but then it wasn't cheap either.

I have no idea why this restaurant gets such consistently high reviews. At most it's mediocre, but genuinely I question how people are having such a wildly different experience than myself. 

The restaurant itself is bland and cheaply decorated. The staff are not very welcoming or responsive. It's saving grace is it's one of the few places you can find zucchini flowers, which you HAVE to try as they're super yummy, especially when filled with cheese and drizzled with honey as you can see from the photo above. If it wasn't for that I'd probably give it 1 star...

Delicious tapas all with a modern twist. The chorizo is mind blowing – in fact, all of their signature dishes are winners.… The service & wine selection is excellent and the atmosphere is cool and buzzy. But beware, the cost can very quickly add up, so maybe don’t go there if you’re built like a rugby player and ravenous…. But definitely worth it for a special night out.


I've been to the Sakt Yard a few times & I really love it.

This visit was less good than my others though. I am increasingly fed up with the arrogance of restaurants 2hr turn around policy that we seem to have to accept more and more. In places that are at the budget end I can see why but with the more expensive ones I am getting fed up.

To be fair my friends were nearly a half hour late & we took some time to organise our order, the food came quickly & we were offered dessert & a third bottle of wine. However we were then pretty forcibly ejected, with a half bottle of wine still to drink. It felt like the maximum amount of money was being sucked from us (£42 a head) with little care or concern. My friends who were visiting certainly wouldn't return & I felt embarrassed as the restaurant was my recommendation. The staff should have been clear that there wasn't time for a dessert or more drinks rather than serving them then rushing us.

All that said the food was really interesting & delicious & the service before the end really friendly and efficient.

So delicious - maybe a little over priced, but definitely worth going to. Service is excellent and the cocktails are delicious

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There's tapas and there's tapas. This wonderful restaurant elevates this humble cuisine to another level. Simple dishes like tortilla or chorizo become culinary works of art. The courgette flowers stuffed with goats cheese and drizzled in honey will transport you. They also have a fine wine list. I'd recommend the table downstairs right next to the kitchen so you can watch the talented hardworking chefs create these ridiculously tasty small plates. Lovely waiters and waitresses as well with a genuine passion for the menu and a nice relaxed manner. It's all truly scrumptious.

I am not a big tapas fan.. as I like to have my own food. However I really enjoyed this place as there was great choice... I have been a few times and would go again. Cocktails are yummy too.


Everything was great in the restaurant. Starting in the location, the ambient and all the tapas were a delight to the senses. The service was amazing. We were served by Danniela, and we felt at home seeing her smile and professionalism. I must return!!!

Not as good as I was hoping. It was quite a squashed table for a group of 8, even though the table next to us was empty. The food was okay (the meat eaters seemed to like it), but not as amazing as places like Morito in Exmouth Market or La Farola in Islington. The stairs were lit up blue - which was a bit night club like. The chickpea dip wasn't vegetarian - they kindly told us it had chicken stock in it. But did change the set menu to give us more veggie options when we got there which was nice.

Oh my - some of the best tapas I think I've ever had! Took my husband here for his birthday and it was a perfect evening. The waiter was really knowledgeable and made some good wine recommendations. The food was perfect, all done incredibly well and absolutely delicious - do not leaving without trying the lamb! I liked as well it had a unique take on traditional tapas. Slightly higher in price than some other places but well worth and makes a great romantic spot as well.

Excellent meal. Food was perfect and a good wine list. Buzzy atmosphere in the downstairs dining area - don't think I would have enjoyed meal so much upstairs, it seemed terribly noisy and crowded. Service was spot on. As previous poster we had the stuffed courgette flowers and they were delicious. Will definitely be back.

Amazing food, excellent service. We will definitely be going back to this restaurant.

My favourite tapas restaurant in London! the courgette flowers stuffed with cheese and drizzled with honey are to die for! Great service (the waitress let us try three different reds which were open at the bar in order to find one we truly liked), not overly expensive and I really couldn't fault it in any way. Can't wait to return!