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The Best Spanish Restaurants in Soho, London

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Updated: 17 July 2017
Whether you want a few classic tapas dishes with a glass of sherry, a modern spin on Spanish staples or simply some of the finest ham money can buy, Soho should be your port of call. Here’s our pick of the best Spanish restaurants in the neighbourhood.

Barrafina

Restaurant, Spanish, Tapas, $$$
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As well as two sites in neighbouring Covent Garden, there’s also a Barrafina on Dean Street on the ground floor of Quo Vadis (having moved from its original Frith Street site in 2016). Nothing has changed but the address; you still sit up at the counter and the food is still excellent. This Barrafina has a more condensed menu than the others but all the classics, from croquetas to tortillas to morcilla with red peppers, are there

Spanish dishes!

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Sun:
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Sun:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat:
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Open Kitchen, Gourmet

Tapas Brindisa Soho

Restaurant, Spanish, Tapas, $$$
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Brindisa has locations across London yet you never feel like your eating in a chain restaurant, largely due to the consistently high quality of the cooking. At Tapas Brindisa Soho, the focus is modern versions of Spanish comfort food – cured meats, cheese and tapas classics as well as larger meat dishes like Basque rib-eye and Iberico pork shoulder. And if you just want to snack whilst you drink, Tapas Brindisa has plenty of Spanish sherries and wines for you to sample.

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Sun:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Relaxed, Gourmet

Enrique Tomas

Deli, Spanish, $$$
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Enrique Tomas is more of a deli (a jamóneria to be precise) rather than a restaurant but if you’re not out shopping for a full leg of Iberico ham, you can try a few of their wares inside. There are olives, cheeses and salads on offer but the real star is the jamón so focus your attention on this.

Goin ham in London !! #jamón #london #soho #snacking

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Mon - Sun:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Gourmet

Aqua Nueva

Restaurant, Spanish, $$$
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As you’d expect from the Aqua Group, who also have Aqua Kyoto and Aqua Spirit next door as well as a place in The Shard, Aqua Nueva is very slick and stylish. The food is a mixture of classic tapas and contemporary small plates like glazed red tuna with almond emulsion, grilled white asparagus with manchego custard and coconut churros with confit pineapple. If you’re out for a special occasion, be sure to have a cocktail up on the roof terrace too.

Black seafood ali-oli, seaweed #food #lunch #aqua #nueva #aquanueva #datewithmum

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Sun:
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat:
12:00 pm - 1:00 am

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Modern

Dehesa

Restaurant, Spanish, Italian, $$$
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Part of the Spanish-Italian restaurant group Salt Yard, Dehesa is a tapas and charcuterie bar that serves up the best produce from those two countries. It’s named after the Dehesa woodland area of Spain, which is renowned for its Iberico pigs, so you can be sure of top quality jamon here. The tapas is more inventive you’d expect with plates including octopus a la plancha with chorizo ketchup and Serrano wrapped roasted rabbit leg with asparagus purée.

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Sun:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 11:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Relaxed

Mas Q Menos

Restaurant, Spanish, Tapas, $$$
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Mas Q Menos is a popular chain across Spain and has four sites in London, including one on Wardour Street. The name translates as ‘more for less’ and generosity is at the heart of this place, both on the plate and in the service. They specialise in jamon but their cocas (traditional flat breads from Barcelona) and salads are worth a look if you’re after a lighter meal. Whatever you eat, pair it with one of their carefully chosen Spanish wines.

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Sun:
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Thu:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Relaxed

Ember Yard

Restaurant, Spanish, Italian, $$$
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Sister restaurant to Dehesa, Ember Yard again mixes Spanish and Italian flavours but here they also celebrate cooking over fire with a bespoke, Basque-style grill on the ground floor. Everything from Iberico pork ribs to Cornish cod gets cooked over the flames, which definitely sets Ember Yard’s tapas apart. Like the food menu, the long wine list contains bottles from across Spain and Italy, including some rare varieties for when you want to splash the cash.

Average lunch today…. 😍#emberyard #london

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Sun:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Wed:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thu - Fri:
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat:
11:00 am - 12:00 am

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Relaxed