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5.5 /6 Wonderful 88 Reviews

Bar 61

Streatham Spanish, Tapas £££ +100
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About Bar 61

The award-winning, Spanish-influenced Bar 61 Restaurant is a household name in London’s Lambeth. Located on Streatham Hill, this is a charming spot to indulge in famously good tapas and Spanish delicacies (the menu here is dominated by Iberian cuisine), Italian, and French, too. While the genuinely epic selection is for most the star attraction here, you can’t overlook the effort that Bar 61 puts in when it comes to service. Bar 61 is a father-and-son-run outfit, and the duo and their team pride themselves on bringing a personal touch to their business. Its paid off – most guests come to Bar 61 recommended by friends. Please allow us to add our vote.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 14:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 14:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 14:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 14:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 14:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 14:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 14:00 - 22:30
Bar 61, 61a Streatham Hill, SW2 4TX London

Further Information

Lambeth’s Bar 61 is chiefly known for its Spanish tapas menu. It’s a list unbelievably long, with small plates lovingly prepared using a huge range of quality ingredients. The tapas alone are suitable for a main meal shared between friends, and people flock here from all over London just for that, but the full offering doesn’t end there. Starters, soups, pasta dishes, chicken specialties, meet a fish menu prepared with fresh fish delivered daily to Bar 61’s Streatham Hill premises; and that isn’t even the middle. Bar 61 are also known for their veal specialities, such as the mouth-watering, Italian-style escalope Milanese – fried veal escalope with spaghetti – a popular contender.

Alla griglia (grills) are another Bar 61 specialty, and all the dishes here are prepared using prime Scotch beef: sirloin, fillet, T-bone. Then there’s the Italian carni (meats), again prepared using Scotland’s and a variety of traditional methods. And while Bar 61 is one of Lambeth’s most popular restaurants – the bustling, convivial atmosphere itself is enough to recommend it – many treat Bar 61 like a gelateria and can’t resist stopping by for a cone of classic chocolate or lemon sorbet when they’re up Streatham Hill. Bar 61 garners rave reviews from all parts of London, and they’re proud to be able to say that their casual canvassing of unfamiliar faces reveals that it’s their reputation that gets first time customers through the door. Let us recommend you book a table now.

CHEF'S CHOICE

88 Reviews

5.5 /6 Wonderful 88 Reviews
Atmosphere: excellent
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: great value
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: extraordinary
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1 review so far 6
01.10.2017 11:32

Super friendly and very welcoming waiters. Food was superb. Nothing was too much trouble. Even got a plate of free fruits to finish. Would definitely recommend.

1 review so far 6
19.09.2017 15:10

Absolutely loved it. Great tasty food. Good portion. Staff was very friendly and it looks like they know lots of regular customers. Atmosphere was great too.

1 review so far 6
13.09.2017 08:06

I will write in Italian to explane my top rate ......una osteria, un piccolo ristorante, un posto simile ad una casa di amici che ti accolgono......vino buono accompagnato da gustose tapas hanno trasformato un compleanno in un momento intimo e gioioso.... costo con una buona bottiglia e tante tapas circa 30 pound a persona.....grazie ai proprietari e chi ci ha servito facendoci sentire a casa! Non uno deo soliti ristoranti inglesi senza anima.....qui ne hanno...top

1 review so far 6
12.08.2017 08:50

Friendly and charming service in an authentic Tapas bar. The octopus and and garlic prawns were particularly good. Good selection of wine. It cost around £35pp for a large selection of tapas and plenty of wine.

1 review so far 5
04.01.2017 15:17

We were brilliantly well looked after but a generous and hospitable waiter. He gave us sound advice about the number of dishes for Tapas to prevent us from ordering too many and spending too much. He reassured us that if the wine was not to our liking he'd change it. And we were given complimentary fruit and liquor at the end. The décor is old school. I'd change that. The food was solid without being spectacular, though the calamari rings were superb. It was great value for money and a wonderful experience. We'd definitely go back. And this time we might take the kids.

1 review so far 5
25.11.2016 07:44

Fantastic service with the friendliest staff I think i have ever met. Very sociable and the food- oh it was soooo good! Dont be fooled by the small tapas meals seriously it fed 6 people well enough with a veriety of dishes. Tapas not your cup of tea? Theres always main pasta courses and a lovely surprise if its your birthday on that day too! All in all a fantastic experience and I would definitely recommend Bar 61 to someone who wants to try something different for a change.

1 review so far 6
25.02.2016 19:54

the owner and his team were incredible, giving me and my girlfriend the best service in London I've ever had. They organized a surprise birthday for her swiftly upon my mention of it. Simple and cosy atmosphere, which I recommend to all! The prices are very honest and the food is deli shoots. Have a go at the impressive variety of tapas, the local dish :) I will very certainly go back.

1 review so far 6
20.11.2016 08:39

The TripAdvisor reviews for this restaurant are all you need to see to know what you're in for. Lovely decor and atmosphere, very friendly staff, and absolutely fantastic food. Large portions, and every dish just tasted fantastic. We shared 8 tapas dishes between 4 people which was a perfect amount. The home made sangria was the best I've ever tasted too! Will be going back very soon.

1 review so far 6
28.09.2015 12:07

A very pleasant visit. The food was cooked to a very high standard, ambience was excellent and the staff were so attentive and pleasant. I enjoyed my visit and will continue to dine there. I have recommended to friends and family who have also visited and found it to be just as nice as I said. Really, really good. Sylvia G

1 review so far 5
07.03.2016 17:18

We had an excellent experience at Bar 61. Great food, atmosphere and staff really helpful,friendly and welcoming. Had to wait quite a while for our food (tapas which was all delicious and we had a Spaniard with us so she was a good judge) but we were given some olives to keep us going without having to ask. Liqueurs on the house as well.All in all a brilliant evening.

1 review so far 6
21.12.2016 16:35

Love going to this restaurant, the food and the service are amazing. "Al" always makes you feel very welcome and nothing is too much trouble. Really like the lovely touch with the fruit and liqueur at the end of your meal, on the house. One of my fave places to eat in Streatham

1 review so far 6
02.02.2017 07:42

My friend and I found this place after searching for local tapas places after watching a movie in Streatham. This was an exceptional find. We were planning to attend again and who we'd bring with us before we'd even finished eating! Excellent customer service. Warm friendly staff. Beautiful ambience. EXCELLENT FOOD!

1 review so far 6
29.12.2016 10:12

Bar 61 just became my new favourite restaurant! The tapas was the best I've had in London, and the staff were so friendly and fun, and made me feel really special on my birthday. It's a little gem and I'm so glad I've found it, will definitely be coming back.

3 reviews so far 2
14.07.2017 07:27

What saves this from being one star is that they recognised how bad their own food was and removed three dishes from the bill. It is a travesty that this is Number 2 in TripAdvisor, while the Dairy, where we are going for a really special meal tomorrow night, languishes in a lowly position. Mussels, supposedly in white wine, but actually swimming in oil, were frozen mussels from New Zealand, serrano ham was prepackaged, whilst scampi meuniere were in some thick white sauce that tasted of wine and nothing else instead of being cooked in butter with parsley and lemon, the chipirones (baby squid) were rather too grown up instead. Service was charming and friendly, and a glass of white Rioja was excellent. Please people, get real and stop rating this restaurant so highly or at least learn what constitutes good food.

1 review so far 6
02.08.2015 20:01

Wow, the most friendly restaurant that I have ever been to. My two year old grandson was made welcome and included. The whole family enjoyed our Sunday lunch and I intend to go again next month the celebrate my birthday. We all enjoyed the food.

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28.05.2017 14:05

Huge portions of food and a great choice of a la carte dishes which includes tapas. However the best is the service, the staff go above and beyond to look after you. I would recommended that they invest in a/c though as was rather hot!

1 review so far 6
15.05.2016 09:25

We last came to Bar 61 about nine years ago when I lived round the corner. It's great to see that it's still going and still serving delicious tapas in a friendly, relaxed environment. We won't leave another nine years before we go back!

1 review so far 6
02.09.2016 08:33

Awesome place. Food was amazing with a great selection, the staff were friendly, personable, helpful and really made our night that much better. Honestly if you're in two minds - just try the place. We loved it and will be back again very soon.

1 review so far 6
07.11.2016 09:00

Superb service, food and general atmosphere! Could not be faulted and certainly the best tapas we've ever had - anywhere! The restaurant was quiet as it was mid-week, but I am confident that this standard would be maintained any day of the week.

1 review so far 6
13.07.2016 09:06

Very pleasant atmosphere, friendly and amusing staff, extensive menu, five star food. Nothing not to like. It would make a great venue for a special meal although we just wanted a nice supper. I thought it was also good value for the money.