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5.1 /6 Excellent 285 Reviews


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About Cigala

Cigala is a small neighbourhood Spanish restaurant found at 54 Lamb's Conduit Street in London’s Bloomsbury area. At such a location, Cigala is frequented by legal and publishing professionals. Celebrities are (not) spotted there having incognito drinks and tapas. Virginia Woolf and E. M. Forster would go there if they weren’t otherwise occupied. But why? Cigala isn’t flashy. And that’s it – Cigala discreetly offers some of the most authentic Spanish food around, made using the best ingredients, often imported directly from Spain. Then there’s the wine.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 22:45
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 22:45
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 22:45
  • Thursday 12:00 - 22:45
  • Friday 12:00 - 22:45
  • Saturday 12:30 - 22:45
  • Sunday 12:30 - 21:45
Cigala, 54 Lamb's Conduit Street, WC1N 3LW London

Further Information

Cigala’s owner is also Cigala’s chef. Jake Hodges, formerly of Moro in Clerkenwell, has created a haven for lovers of authentic Spanish food and wine that is modest in manner. An unostentatious oasis in the heart of busy Bloomsbury, Cigala is a haven for the media types (and, yes, celebrities) who frequent the area. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that Cigala is exclusively for London’s elite. Far from it, Cigala’s affordable prices means that at 54 Lamb's Conduit Street, infamous tapas, paella and more are well within reach.

The incredibly well-researched, informative wine list is a strong contender for being the most extensive Spanish selection around Bloomsbury or indeed in London. At Cigala’a 54 Lamb's Conduit Street premises, lesser-known Spanish whites are lined up against the reds you’d expect – plus a handful you wouldn’t – and the list runs through to cava, sherries, rosado, brandies and liqueurs. Deserving of our thanks, Cigala has also efficiently whiled away the years developing an in-house list of Spanish cocktails, should the wine selection prove just too intimidating.


285 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 285 Reviews
Quality/Price: cheap
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Noise: quiet
Service: friendly
Atmosphere: entertaining
Food: heavenly
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1 review so far 4
22.10.2016 11:49

Cosy, authentic-looking restaurant, nice atmosphere, good service, no Spanish waiters though to bring out the real authentic feeling!! Good wine, reasonably priced (bottle of Red £22), the food was ok, overpriced though as small portions, everything was nice but I wouldn't want to pay what we did for that again. 2 people are 6 tapas plates and a bottle of wine for £71 - my other half was still hungry...! Overall nice evening but wouldn't hurry back.

1 review so far 6
02.08.2015 07:43

As ever, we had a lovely evening at Cigala. A really comfortable, relaxed environment, with excellent, attentive (but not overbearing) service and consistently great food.

2 reviews so far 6
29.09.2016 09:30

Excellent food as always, good list of interesting Spanish wines, and friendly service. Cigala remains on my "must dine" list every time I visit London.

2 reviews so far 6
30.01.2016 14:38

The starters are generous and very delicious. You could almost just order a selection of them and feel full but then you would be missing the astounding paella. On this occasion we were too full for pudding which was a shame but there is always next time! Lovely service too.

1 review so far 6
10.03.2017 09:43

Cigala is a lovely relaxed place - friendly staff, excellent tapas and sherry, and great value. This may be my new favourite restaurant. Definitely recommend.

1 review so far 6
26.04.2015 11:50

Cigala is a lovely neighbourhood restaurant where service is relaxed yet assured, and the food is always good. I only wish it was my neighbourhood!

1 review so far 5
17.01.2017 16:14

I hadn't been to Cigala since I worked in the area over 5 years ago. If anything the food is better than I remembered. Fresh, authentic and tasty. Highly recommended.

1 review so far 6
27.03.2017 09:10

We visited for Mother's Day lunch. They had a delightful set menu £18 for 3 courses, including paella, as well as the a la carte. We'd particularly recommend the lamb meatballs and the chocolate cake. The food was very nice, the staff friendly and helpful. We'll happily visit again.

1 review so far 3
05.02.2017 18:35

Disappointing experience. Despite going on a very quiet evening (only 5 other tables), the waitress forgot our order of wine and water, then we waited 1 hour to have our food order taken (not even offered an olive). We ordered tapas which was nice enough but again the waitress forgot one of our dishes. This level of service when very busy is understandable (although not good), but they really were not at all busy on this week night in Feb. The positive was the the staff were polite and friendly and the food was nice and well cooked.

1 review so far 5
19.06.2015 14:29

The tapas was fresh, interesting and presented well. There was also a good selection of desserts. In summary it was a very enjoyable meal. I would certainly recommend Cigala.

2 reviews so far 5
02.11.2016 11:37

The service was great - knowledgeable and pleasant. The food was really terrific. Two things stopping it getting a 6, were the high cost of a small carafe of wine, and it was small, and the general lack of evening atmosphere. Great place to eat when you are visiting the Curzon Bloomsbury. I shall definitely go back.

1 review so far 4
18.07.2017 10:26

Service + atmosphere were fine, wine choice was good. Food was well balanced and pleasant in taste, but chicken livers were overdone, quail was overdone, both seafood and meat paella were overdone. Seafood was wood-dry, and there were two or three mussels in the paella that I wanted to be sent back to kitchen had I not have my guests with me. Perhaps the chef had their day off on Monday.

1 review so far 6
26.07.2015 14:13

Our party of 4 enjoyed all the tapas that we ordered. It was well cooked, hot and well seasoned. The service was good although a bit slow at times but the restaurant was busy. I would certainly go back again to try the set menu. JB

1 review so far 5
17.03.2017 08:39

Mildly upset to find my reserved table had been taken by another group claiming to be me! Not the restaurant's fault. Had tapas this time to sample more dishes. The food and wine (unpronounceable Basque white) was excellent as ever. The place continues to have that happy buzz that's missing for so many other restaurants.

1 review so far 4
11.08.2015 13:30

Food was good. Not brilliant like some other tapas places I've been to. The ambience was ok too. Couldn't sit outside as there was scaffolding on the outside area and was about 25 degrees. However, would go back for a business lunch. I do think that the prices were a little OTT for the size of the dishes especially comparing to some places in and around Charlotte St.

2 reviews so far 5
13.12.2016 08:13

There was a good selection of food, all that we sampled was very tasty and fresh. The vegetarian in our party was happy with the selection available to him as well. We were a bit squished in a corner, but they were extremely busy, which is usually a good sign of a fab restaurant.

1 review so far 5
16.09.2016 09:18

lovely place, good food, amazing Fideua in London !!! very happy for the evening !!! croquetas y tortilla en su punto, very Spanish !! well done Cigala..

1 review so far 6
05.06.2017 10:22

Enjoyed our first visit there on Friday afternoon. The wine which they recommend was never tried but nice fitting foods. For that occasion, we didn't have main dishes preferring more tapas which was fantastic and difficult to leave. Will visit there shortly (actually today!)

1 review so far 6
27.07.2015 07:51

Delicious meal at Cigala. It was my third visit there and I definitely recommend it. Now I'd like to go to Spain!

1 review so far 5
26.04.2016 10:52

Great food and wine, especially at reasonable prices. We had the tapas from an extensive menu featuring both the 'traditional' options you usually get in the UK plus plenty of other dishes to try - all were excellent. A little noisy, but then was a busy Friday evening so not entirely unexpected.

2 reviews so far 3
24.06.2015 19:11

I've enjoyed eating at Cigala in the past but this time it was below par. The low point was anchovies from the tapas menu which looked suspiciously like tinned anchovy fillets transferred without culinary intervention to the table. I expect better than this.

1 review so far 5
20.04.2015 23:08

Pleasant, helpful service. Main course of Paella with mussels and other fishy bits highly rated, but some way from the best Paella I have tasted (on a beach Costa de Sol). My dining partner and I thought the Restaurant well chosen and we would certainly be happy to repeat the experience.

1 review so far 6
30.04.2016 14:07

Wonderful neighborhood spot offering a large selection of tapas. Highly recommend the salt cod fritters, lamb meatballs and squid ink paella. I'm a visitor from the states, coming often for business, and make a point to come here each time. Never disappoints.

1 review so far 5
14.02.2016 23:51

Cigala offered fresh authentic tapas in a lovely setting with a good choice of seafood - the service was very friendly. Overall, a lovely time!

3 reviews so far 5
14.02.2015 09:19

Excellent as always, only better - new expanded menu. Can't wait to come again. Looks like people have cottoned on, very busy evening. I'd prefer it to stay a hidden gem that few know about, but I do accept that the restaurateur has to earn money :)

1 review so far 6
10.03.2016 07:50

Great food with s broad selection of dishes. Wine was good and we chose a 500 ml carafe of Rioja. The service was friendly and relaxed . Has the atmosphere and bustle of a backstreet local restaurant in Valencia.

1 review so far 5
12.02.2015 08:17

The food was excellent and the service quick and efficient, which we needed for a speedy lunch. Two guests eat off the set menu which was great value while I mixed and matched. All in all a nice meal with good service in great location.

1 review so far 5
26.02.2017 09:05

Lovely food - as always. The paella was a particular favourite. Our table was a little bit cosy for three people - and the waitresses were rushed off their feet at times. But these are small points and did not detract from a great evening.

2 reviews so far 6
05.10.2015 08:39

Friendly, efficient, EXCELLENT food. Great atmosphere. The restaurant was unexpectedly short staffed, but the service remained very good, very friendly. All diners were cared for and very happy, despite a busy Sunday lunch. We will certainly return.

1 review so far 6
16.04.2015 17:46

Wonderful food and drink. I can't say if it was typically Spanish, but I can say that it was delicious (kidneys followed by sea bream), and cooked with skill and passion. A very friendly place. Highly recommended.

1 review so far 4
13.02.2017 09:56

The food was really nice and there was plenty of it although this isn't the cheapest place for Tapas. . The wine was also lovely. The restaurant was very empty, there were only 4 of us in there so it did lack atmosphere. Maybe some background music would have been nice. Will definitely be returning.

1 review so far 5
15.12.2015 08:24

Lovely restaurant with tasty tapas and great Rioja. My one complaint would be that there were too many tables packed into the tiny upstairs restaurant.....The chap at the next table didn't realise he was using my head as a resting place for his coat.

1 review so far 6
13.05.2015 16:41

Lovely decor, friendly staff, laid back atmosphere and absolutely DELICIOUS food!! I brought a recent business connection as a treat and we both gobbled up our lunch with mucho gusto! I will most certainly be back!!

1 review so far 6
08.07.2016 07:42

Excellent. Back to its best. Fantastic food and great service. Lambs Conduit Street always a great place to eat - central but without the sheen of the City and the madness of the West End

1 review so far 6
07.12.2016 07:29

This is a wonderful Spanish restaurant with fabulous tapas as well as main meals. The wine and sherry is well priced and selected. Good value in a smallish restaurant with friendly staff and good atmosphere.

3 reviews so far 4
18.04.2017 07:52

The chicken and chorizo paella at Cigala was good but missing the burnt crust which I particularly like. The service was nice if a bit clumsy

1 review so far 6
19.04.2015 20:53

We had the weekend set lunch, a selection of delicious tapas, followed by a shared seafood paella between the four of us washed down with sangria. Excellent and friendly service, a thoroughly enjoyable lunch

1 review so far 4
27.05.2017 08:17

The food was excellent, but the service just vanished at a certain point. We were given menus for dessert but no-one came near thereafter. After half an hour, we left, with those menus still on the table, found our way to the cashier, paid, and left. Would I go again? Perhaps.

1 review so far 5
06.04.2017 09:44

We booked for early evening on a Saturday and this proved a great time to visit, as we had the restaurant to ourselves! Beautiful food as ever and friendly staff. One of the best places in London for authentic tapas.

1 review so far 6
01.03.2015 16:38

An excellent menu, original, authentic and well cooked. The lunch deal was exceptional value and delicious. Good service and an excellent, and well priced, wine list made for a memorable lunch. Highly recommended.

1 review so far 6
23.11.2015 08:19

Great atmosphere ... Lovely food .....good value . My partner and had to change our booking and the restaurant was so helpful . It was a thurs night and the restaurant was full.

1 review so far 6
15.07.2016 08:04

The food was delicious - subtle combinations of flavours; and the staff were right on the nose with recommendations. It came quickly and we never felt rushed during the course of our meal.

1 review so far 6
29.01.2015 07:58

The food was great. The service was good and generally everything was good. I hadn't been for a while but was pleased to meet an important client there and I was not disappointed.

1 review so far 6
03.04.2016 00:47

Had a great lunch this Saturday. Great food, very tasting tapas as a starter followed by a nice paella. Good service by the staff. Try this out when you are I. The neighbourhood!

1 review so far 5
13.03.2016 20:10

Excellent tapas & amazing desserts, with great sherry accompaniment but really expensive... The service however was really good ... Sunday seems to be a bit of a quiet day, no need to book - so best day to go!

2 reviews so far 5
04.08.2017 07:57

Good food , with range of dishes. Seafood paella was delicious. Competitive prices and one person in group had set menu which was very good value. Interesting wine list. Service was very good. Perhaps a little lacking in atmosphere.

1 review so far 6
13.08.2015 09:27

The tapas was excellent, as was the paella. Would thouroughly recommend the Tarta Whisky for dessert. Waiting staff were very attentive and pleasant and the restaurant has a nice atmosphere. Would recommend.

3 reviews so far 6
12.05.2016 10:17

Unpretentious Spanish tapas restaurant. Well cooked, tasty food with staff who listen to your needs. Menu varied with something for everyone. Would certainly recommend. Have been a few times and never disappointed.

3 reviews so far 5
07.10.2016 07:21

Very good as usual, go for tapas: Chicken liver, black pudding, quail, gambas, bacalao fritters, revueltos..all excellent. And then there's flan de naranja..now that is more than good, it is divine! Plus very jolly staff and good atmosphere.

1 review so far 5
20.04.2017 17:57

The restaurant has a good range of tapas and other dishes. The lunch special menu is served into the early evening which gives a wider choice. The service is friendly. There are tables outside for warm summer evenings.