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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

150 Reviews

5.5 /6 Wonderful 150 Reviews
Service: extraordinary
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Food: heavenly
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: great value
Atmosphere: excellent
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1 review so far 6
24.06.2017 22:29

Great atmosphere, food and very friendly staff. Not a huge menu but plenty of choice. Always a good experience, the pasta is amazing especially the lamb ragu.

1 review so far 6
12.06.2017 08:12

We had a great meal everybody at our table agreed to return, food was excellent and staff friendly and accommodating. It wasn't crowded but i expect all the chain restaurants give discounts, if that is the case they are missing splendid food.

2 reviews so far 6
07.06.2017 09:21

Great independent restaurant. The food is lovely and the service is friendly. A real Italian family restaurant. We loved it and will use it again.

4 reviews so far 6
03.06.2017 15:44

Excellent food service and wines and really friendly for adults and children. Highly recommended. Really interesting menu and all freshly cooked. A good choice of smaller mains, Rapido or larger mains all very good quality

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
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 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 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.

1 review so far 6
28.04.2016 08:19

We've been coming to this restaurant for years, both in its previous guise of La Luna and now as Barbaracca, and have never been disappointed. Great food and service.

1 review so far 6
04.05.2016 08:38

We were big fans of its forerunner La Luna. Barbaracca provides the same great food and service in a more informal atmosphere. Highly recommended for lunchtime and evening.

1 review so far 6
13.11.2016 11:54

Great restaurant, great food, really interesting wine list. Staff are always friendly and welcoming. Oddly the Quandoo system cancelled our reservation but we rang the restaurant and they reserved us a table with no issues. Highly recommend the restaurant. One of our firm favourites in Godalming Guildford area and has been for many years.

1 review so far 5
26.02.2017 15:35

We hadnt been to this restuarant since it changed from La Luna (which I liked, but my partner didnt) We thought the 'new' restuarant was great, it has Lovely atmosphere, very friendly staff and good food (Loved the courgette starter). My partner thought it was so much better than La Luna, I think we will be going back when we are in Godalming again.

1 review so far 6
11.12.2016 09:45

Best meal out we've had in ages! The service was professional and attentive without being over the top. Food delicious and a reasonably priced. 3 courses with a good wine and coffees under £100. We were happy to give a big tip. Would definately go again and recommend to friends and family.

1 review so far 6
17.02.2017 14:09

We decided to visit for a special birthday treat with friends. We always experience great food and service at Barbaracca - we'll be booking again soon!

1 review so far 6
05.10.2016 08:46

A very friendly place with wonderful food, that's all tone needs to know. But add to this the lovely atmosphere, even early in the evening, attentive staff and the willingness to share recipes, and you really can't go wrong. I took my family there for supper and we had a wonderful evening.

1 review so far 5
29.03.2017 20:07

Family friendly with good children's menu. Not sure the burrata was as good as last time -had it twice before but this was more like ordinary mozzarella... The menu probably could do with being changed or a few 'specials added (if there were any no-one mentioned this). However made to feel welcome and the atmosphere is good so will no doubt return

1 review so far 6
03.10.2016 21:13

Barbaracca is a wonderful Italian restaurant with really good dishes and professional and friendly staff. I am sure I'll be back sooner than later :)

1 review so far 6
08.04.2017 17:56

It was our first visit to Barbaracca, we had a great time. Lovely restaurant, helpful and friendly staff and excellent food. Will definitely come again.

1 review so far 6
06.06.2016 11:56

Great lunch with the kids. They were looked after with well sized portions (not too big or small). Really enjoy Barbaracca when ever I've been.

1 review so far 6
09.02.2017 21:10

Absolutely superb meal. The food was delicious and fairly priced sand the staff were perfectly attentive. Extremely authentic food and atmosphere. The best chips I've had in the UK (don't judge, had actual Sicilian food as well!). 10/10 would 100% recommend to singles, dates, couples and families.

1 review so far 5
08.10.2016 16:05

Very good experience. The staff were very welcoming. The restaurant has a homely atmosphere. Potato and spinach croquettes to start, very nice but the dipping sauce was a little bland to my palette. Lamb for main, pink as advertised, delicious accompaniments. Tiramisu for dessert, excellent. Overall, a great evening, looking forward to our next visit.

2 reviews so far 5
24.07.2016 18:10

We arrived for our dinner reservation and were greeted immediately by the welcoming and friendly staff. The atmosphere was warm and relaxed. We were served some fabulous food made from fresh local produce which tasted great. The waiting staff were friendly and efficient. Would certainly recommend for a relaxed great tasting evening meal.

1 review so far 6
30.01.2017 11:58

We went on a Saturday night and had such a lovely experience: great staff and delicious food (had rib eye steak and the mussel casserole). The place has a nice vibe, easy going with a good buzz. Definitely going back.

1 review so far 6
17.05.2016 13:35

Loved the food, the new deco is fun, happy and creates vibrant atmosphere. The service is excellent, friendly and refreshing to see that waiters know their wines and food. Would definitely go back again and highly recommend to others!

1 review so far 6
29.04.2017 22:05

Excellent food and service. Very friendly staff and really enjoyable environment. They serve outstanding Mediterranean food - i enjoyed everything from zucchini for starter to something (I do not remember the name) for desert. Really outstanding in service

1 review so far 6
12.03.2017 18:19

Very good service and the food was amazing! The atmosphere was just right. My friend and I were running the Surrey Half Marathon the next day and had the lasagna - which just hit the spot! :-)

1 review so far 6
28.01.2017 21:57

The food was full of flavour - thoroughly recommend the risotto; the service was efficient and friendly, the wine and beer - do try the 4 punto beer - helped to make the dinner first class

2 reviews so far 6
31.10.2016 08:33

This is a great informal Restaurant with all the genuine Italian charm and friendliness you would take for granted in Italy. The food is terrific home cooking with an eclectic and interesting selection of Wines.

1 review so far 6
13.10.2016 14:53

Relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff. Authentic cuisine with Scicilian specialities. Perfect place for a quick simple inexpensive meal or for something a bit more special with an excellent choice of wine or craft beers. Highly recommended.

2 reviews so far 6
15.06.2016 07:50

Excellent service, meal and all around great staff. Very authentic and loved the slightly eclectic vibe and decor with hand painted plates and many other fun items. All the staff were upbeat and extremely helpful.

2 reviews so far 6
05.02.2017 17:21

Great local family friendly restaurant. Lovely italian food and good service. Have been here several times and never been disappointed. A variety of meat and fish and pasta dishes. No pizzas except on Wednesday nights.

1 review so far 6
19.02.2017 09:54

Loved it. Would definitely go again. Steak was melt in your mouth. Lovely little place so didn't feel crowded. Was lovely little touches like the chef walking past and asking if everything was all ok.

2 reviews so far 6
24.03.2017 22:53

lovely restaurant, relaxed atmosphere. Faultless and delicious food, with excellent and friendly service. You feel like you're sat, on holiday soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the food and the company. Family friendly too.

1 review so far 6
08.09.2016 09:28

Brilliant restaurant, Best in Godalming by miles. Friendly staff and great food at a decent price. What more could you want? Daniele and his team make sure you have a perfect meal every time.

2 reviews so far 6
09.09.2016 15:10

Fantastic atmosphere! We had the Rapido lunch menu. The food is such good quality and so reasonable. Would definitely recommend it to anybody who wants to try somewhere independent rather than the usual chains!

1 review so far 6
13.05.2016 09:27

Wonderful and unusual Sicilian food, very different to the run-of-the-mill Italian. Lovely staff and reasonable pricing. Pear sorbet is heavenly. A big favourite of ours when it was La Luna - even better now.

1 review so far 5
23.04.2016 11:19

Very relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff. Lunchtime menu was more than adequate; would definitely recommend the Calamari and the Proseco was sublime, as good as some champagnes I have had, light and very drinkable, good choice for a birthday lunch.

1 review so far 5
16.06.2017 10:43

Excellent food and very pleasant staff. The main course was particularly good ie bream and steak. Maybe could do with having a few more wines in the £20-25 region as only saw one. I will definitely revisit though :) Thanks