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The Barbary

#215 of 18,947 Restaurants in London
€€ - €€€Mediterranean, Middle Eastern,
16 Neal's Yard, London WC2H 9DP, England
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good19%
  • Average3%
  • 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 2 days ago via mobile

I really need to keep going here and work my way through the whole menu. It’s brilliant. The fashion for small plates can be annoying but given what’s on offer here and the quality of favour I think small plates works perfectly - I simply...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I rarely write bad reviews, but I had the most unpleasant experience at this restaurant! My place was given to someone else who arrived way after me under the pretext of rules not allowing to accommodate the guests whose party has not arrived yet. Then...More

Thank MarineGirl2017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely delightful evening with some of the best food ever tasted. Extremely attentive and kind service added to the marvelous meals served in small portions, allowing for a journey through the menu. We’ll be back.

Thank Christian M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are vegetarians and surprisingly had enough options. The food is freshly prepared. We tried several dishes and almost everything was good. The Cauliflower Jaffa Style was quit oily. We felt the Bay leaf Ice cream with Dates was below expectation. The Barbary has a...More

Thank PuneMehtas
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good food from the Middle East . Very tasty food , very welcoming stuff and great service , setting by the bar and see the sheaf working !

Thank Eli1952
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The space is a horseshoe shaped bar which you sit around and have drinks and small plates. We were a group of 4 and found it comfortable, but it's hard have a conversation with everyone unless you are seated perfectly at the curve or switch...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My partner and I shared 6 small plates. The pata negra pork dish was delicious. The balance of the spice rub and the date syrup made it the best meat dish, I have ever had. The chick peas, breads and dips were scrummie. The octopus...More

Thank Sandrea1981
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We popped by on the off chance that we could be squeezed in and squeezed in we were. After a 30-ish minute wait we were shown to the bar counter and taken on a tour of the menu by the waiter who provided some great...More

Thank Stowetraveller
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been hearing about this Restaurant a lot lately and read so many nice reviews so finally found the opportunity to visit it ! The Atmosphere in the restaurant is very nice and the team very enthusiastic! The Dining Bar and music compliments the...More

Thank ErmiCK
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Mediocre service with an air to misplaced pretense. It isn't an embassy folks. The bar is overcrowded, overheated (be prepared for your shirt and hair to smell like food). They clearly relish the "crowd waiting outside" scene. The tapas are average for anyone who knows...More

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Jennie S
2 September 2018|
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Response from Jack M | Reviewed this property |
I don't think there is a children's menu and would echo the sentiments above - it is predominantly bar seating so I am not sure it is somewhere i would take young children.
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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