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The Barbary

#222 of 18,239 Restaurants in London
€€ - €€€Mediterranean, Middle Eastern,
16 Neal's Yard, London WC2H 9DP, England
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good20%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
16 Neal's Yard, London WC2H 9DP, England
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Reviewed today via mobile

Myself and my wife went here for lunch. Luckily we were early (12am) and got seated immediately. I suspect it would be a long wait closer to lunchtime as there is not many seats which I guess adds to the charm. Once seated we were...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank jn720
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic food and service, even waiting for a couple of seats was a pleasure as you have nibbles and drinks and watch the world go by. We will definitely be going back.

Date of visit: April 2018
1  Thank slanket99
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Were in London with friends ,wanted to complete our experience with a meal out.Read a review of this restaurant and booked.Wonderful food in a different setting.You sit on high stools looking into the bar and food preparation space.Freddie and Guy were so attentive.I love Middle...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Sarah209
Reviewed 1 week ago

My friend and I were fortunate to be seated immediately in this busy, atmospheric venue. The staff are super friendly and take pains to explain all the ingredients in the dishes. The range of flavours and textures is wonderful; my only criticism is slightly overuse...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank SuzanneNorthLondon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the moment you walk in, you are made to feel like the restaurant , despite it being packed even at 6pm on a Wednesday night, really wants you there. We were greeted at the door and offered a standing place for a drink and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank elleseats
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I found myself on my own a couple of days this trip and stumbled across a review of The Barbary which is a counter-service only restaurant with great customer feedback. I arrived just before 5 and there was no line, but a few minutes later...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Orange-Grapefruit
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived at 6pm on a Saturday evening as a group of 4 after reading other tripadvisor reviews. We had to wait for 1.5hours for a table and the only reason I haven’t given 5 stars is because the wait was so long and cramped...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank hollies666
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food: Good flavours Decor: Very small bar kithcen Service: Slow Value: Expensive Favorite: Octopus Location: in Neals Yard Overall: Good food uncomfortable setting

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Dorismayw
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Slightly cramped for the foot-fall. it has. That is my only reservation. Otherwise, the food is marvellous. Now believe me when I say that I HATE cauliflower but their chargrilled cauliflower dish just changed my perspective. The Naan-e-barbari is a must try. Suprisingly I remember...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Sakshi L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What I find! I was a guest of two friends and taken to the Barbary which I had vaguely heard of but now I’m a fan. Yes Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden is the location and I was surprised at how small the place is....More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank DSA402621
Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude
of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or
simply to be among the multitude of people who pass
through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking
up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around
Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the
opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters
here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated
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Questions & Answers
Jennie S
2 September 2018|
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Response from T4291WPpaulb | Reviewed this property |
Not a place for small kids ... they could not balance on the stools ! Adults romantic place.. ideal for eye contact and a first date ;)
7 August 2017|
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Response from ECK71 | Reviewed this property |
You need to wait in the 'queue' but it's less of a queue, more of a bar area at the side where you can get delicious starters and drinks.
25 March 2017|
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Response from Jayne D | Reviewed this property |
No it depends, best to get there very early. Wait for a table it will be worth it
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
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17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16 Neal's Yard, London WC2H 9DP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighbourhood: Covent Garden
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