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Barbaracca

Godalming Italian, Sicilian £££ +100
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About Barbaracca

An outpost of Italian charm in the centre of Godalming, Barbaracca offer up an authentic insight into the cuisine of the bel paese, particularly the cuisine of Sicily. You can find them on Wharf Street in the town centre, and when you make your arrival, you’ll be met by a huge menu of Italian favourites and daily specials: we recommend heading straight to the home-cooked Sicilian dishes, which are very much the house specialities. Book a table at Barbaracca and take a trip to Wharf Street, just off the High Street, and bring your biggest appetite with you.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 18:00 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 18:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday 18:00 - 22:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:30 - 22:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:30 - 22:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 14:30
Barbaracca, 10 - 14 Wharf Street, GU7 1NN Godalming

Further Information

Serving something up Sicilian style might mean something altogether more sinister to most people, but in the deep dark depths of Surrey, they know a little better. Barbaracca on Wharf Street in the town centre of Godalming is an Italian restaurant that specialises in the cuisine of Sicily, the football at the end of the Italian boot, and home to some of the finest food that the nation has to offer. Expect French, Arab and Spanish influences, as well as plenty of seafood and citrus – when you dine at Barbaracca, you’re for as authentic a Sicilian experience as you can have without ending up with a horse’s head in your bed.

The menu that they offer down on Wharf Street in Godalming town centre is so filled with Italian classics that we struggle to fit it all in. Barbaracca offer chicceti, small sharing plates, and platters of Sicilian antipasti to start with, and then back them up with a huge range of mains and ever-changing daily specials, chosen based on the freshest market vegetables available. We’d plump for the hake fillet with lemon and caper sauce, served up with a side of rainbow chard. Bellissimo!

CHEF'S CHOICE

174 Reviews

5.6 /6 Wonderful 174 Reviews
Atmosphere: excellent
Service: extraordinary
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: great value
Noise: quiet
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1 review so far 6
16.09.2017 21:44

Great food, brilliant service...lovely experience all round.Relaxed style restaurant serving delicious Italian/Sicilian food ( as a great Montalbano fan I loved the opportunity to eat arrancini etc!) Will be back!

1 review so far 6
10.09.2017 09:51

We had a really delicious meal. Will definitely be going back again. Nothing to fault - good food, lovely atmosphere and very attentive staff. Perfect!

1 review so far 6
04.09.2017 08:43

Excellent service and food. Have returned a number of times now and it has been consistently excellent. The staff are friendly and welcoming. A delightful experience!!!

2 reviews so far 6
03.09.2017 12:52

Excellent cooking and an interesting menu with enough choices and variety; sensible prices; very good wines and charming service. I'd recommend and will go again.

1 review so far 3
03.11.2016 12:05

We are not so keen on the newish menu offered by Barbaracca after its rebirth from the former La Luna. Part of the problem is the very Italian menu card - we should have asked for more info on what the items were, as we ordered a starter of what turned out to be a selection of tempura-coated things, with the emphasis on the batter. Much too fatty for a starter. My sea bass was utterly delicious, I have to say and the pear sorbet as heavenly as ever. My companion's salmon salad was very ordinary, however, just salad and salmon, not what you expect for a bill of over £100 for three. Sorry to have to say this, as the staff are as efficient and charming as ever and the attempt to offer real Sicilian food praiseworthy, but it didn't quite work this time for us.

3 reviews so far 6
28.05.2016 10:54

From the warm welcome as we arrived the whole evening was wonderful.We had a gorgeous meal in a lovely family friendly atmosphere. Great service with Daniele making all his customers feel special as he went around the restaurant chatting to them all. He especially made the children enjoy their meals. We will definitely be returning to enjoy another tasty meal. Well done all at Barbaracca you have got it just right.

1 review so far 6
17.03.2017 20:33

We've tried to eat at Barbaraca many times, and they've always been fully booked. Tonight we tried again on the off chance and we were lucky to get a table at the time we requested. Wow!! What a gem of a place. The service was outstanding. The staff are super friendly to everyone and what was a really nice touch was they gave you a choice of several tables in different locations to pick from, so you can have the view or setting that you wish. The food was beyond amazing..it was delicious and cooked to perfection. Our daughter started to feel unwell and without hesitation they boxed up her food so we could take it home. The only issue we have is, when can we get another booking so we can eat more of this delicious food!

2 reviews so far 5
13.05.2017 17:21

I still feel pangs about the switch of format from La Luna which was very special. This new Barbaracca style is very much in the modern mode but doesn't quite make it. The food is still good and the staff warm and friendly but the pricing seems uncomfortably trapped between the upmarket cost of La Luna and the midmarket pricing of the new and threatening arrival of Cote round the corner. A re-think is probably needed.

3 reviews so far 6
29.06.2016 08:28

Another great meal in the friendly atmosphere at Barbaracca. We had the Seafood risotto, Lamb with peppers, and spaghetti bolognese sicillian style, all delicious. I thought I would not be able to manage a dessert but the Tiramasu was as light as anything and soon disappeared. Thank you Danielle and your staff.

1 review so far 6
04.05.2016 08:20

The food was excellent and the service matched it. It was my wife's birthday and Barbaracca very much made the day for her. A very friendly restaurant with highly professional staff. A pleasure to eat there, and will go back.

1 review so far 3
21.07.2016 08:30

Went for the special Sunday lunch menu; booked well in advance. Arrived to find that only the normal dinner menu was on offer because, to boot, the chef was on holiday. Asked about the catch of the day which was on the menu but was told that was not on offer. Expressed disappointment on both counts, noting that the website gave no indications of disruption and no one contacted us once we'd made our booking. Observed that it was not what I had planned for our wedding anniversary lunchtime celebration treat, away from the kids. Basic apology given by the waitress but no other gesture made (eg manager apologising; complementary coffee;...) Not sure who was cooking but they did a good job. Core Italian food with good ingredients and decent composition. Will go back at some point but will not rush as there are other places out there.

1 review so far 3
15.12.2016 10:49

Very welcoming and friendly ambiance, staff were very helpful and attentive without being intrusive. Varied menu including vegetarian options, salads, pasta and other main dishes. Starters and main courses to share or individual portions and a good choice of dessert. Disappointed in the food but maybe our choice: starter of calamari was delicious but the sauce to accompany the tempura courgette and spinach & potato croquettes was a very watery, flavourless tomato sauce - all in need of more seasoning and depth of flavour. Perhaps some cheese in the croquettes? Main course salad was delicious but accompanied by very hard, ring-shaped, tasteless breadsticks. Sharing pasta with venison ragu was very boring and rather dry, mixed salad had seen better days. Choc ice-cream and pannacotta with fruit were all delicious. Mid-range prices for below average food, such a shame.

1 review so far 6
28.04.2016 08:12

Normally I avoid Italian restaurants as the food can be pretty variable and often is below what you could have cooked at home. In case, I couldn't have been more wrong The octopus and potato salad was lovely with the octopus cooked perfectly. I asked for the rump steak to be rare and it came as promised. Overall, one of the nicest restaurant meals, I've had this year

1 review so far 6
01.07.2016 20:48

Great food and great service. Can't wait to come back. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. We came earlier in the year and it was very busy so it took a bit longer than normal to get served. We didn't complain and didn't consider it excessive, but got an email later in the evening apologising and offering us a free bottle of wine, which we have just had.

1 review so far 5
03.07.2016 08:23

Lovely warm welcome and we were seated quickly. The hot starters were fantastic. My main course was fantastic (Hake) and my wife's pasta was tasty but lacked much aubergine which when it is called an aubergine & tomato pasta was a shame. The decadent sundaes are great to share and are delicious. We had a nice bottle of wine and a couple of dessert drinks and the bill was around £75.00, not cheap but hardly extortionate for the quality of food.

2 reviews so far 6
21.05.2016 16:57

Food was so delicious and amazing value for money, we went at lunch time. The atmosphere and decor attention to detail was quirky and amazing. Staff were friendly, accommodating and helpful. My friend had looked at the dinner menus on line and they were able to accommodate her request for it at lunchtime. Our friend is Scilian and she loved her food too. Definitely will go again.

1 review so far 4
22.04.2016 22:18

The main part of the restaurant is very noisy - you end up hearing the mundane nonsense of those with time to watch the Jeremy Kyle show..it's more for the riotous... However, there is a quiet little room to the side and it is a sanctuary that allows the more peaceful clientele to really taste the delights of Sicily - my partner - Sicilian, was thrilled with the food, and once we had decamped to the quieter room I could begin to focus my senses on the taste and not the sound! Something for everyone and quite a favourite. :-)

1 review so far 6
18.03.2017 07:27

Barbaracca never disappoints. The food is always excellent - interesting Sicilian menu, wonderful flavours, good quality ingredients, cooked to perfection, friendly staff who are attentive but not over-bearing as in some restaurants.

1 review so far 6
10.11.2016 16:24

Fantastic pasta and calamari for lunch - Barbaracca is a great place to go to eat in Godalming. Highly recommended, good value, would definitely go again, perhaps for dinner next time.

1 review so far 6
15.09.2016 15:14

Great Italian food with many sicilian dishes with both an informal and formal menu choice. Nice wine selection. Super, personal service. Relaxed buzzy atmosphere. 100% sure we will go again. For our main course we chose pink rump of South Down Lamb, rosemary jus, breaded peppers (room temperature), hand cut chips which was served exactly as described - perfectly cooked.