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Cigala

Bloomsbury Spanish £££ +100
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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.

CHEF'S CHOICE

304 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 304 Reviews
Quality/Price: cheap
Service: friendly
Food: heavenly
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: entertaining
Waiting Time: no waiting time
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5 reviews so far 5
24.10.2016 22:11

A very relaxed lunch time. Five tapas between two of us served us very well at lunchtime and they were all as good quality as ever. Cigala is always a good lunchtime choice and has a level of authenticity that makes for a great experience.

2 reviews so far 5
13.12.2015 09:20

It was a very busy Saturday night, and it was clear the staff were struggling to cope. However, we chose from the Xmas special tapas menu, and enjoyed some excellent new dishes. Cigala remains one of our favourite restaurants in the heart of Bloomsbury.

2 reviews so far 6
21.02.2016 09:39

Wonderful food. Delightful services and atmosphere. In reverse order, aromatic coffee, evocative leche fritta, perfect lentils, fragrant stuffed artichokes, toothsome deep-fried fennel ... you get the picture; the kind of Tapas, where every dish is a world to itself. This is one of the great London restaurants. But don't go if you want glitz, glamour, or some kind of pretentious eating experience. This is pure food, and it's like being at home .

1 review so far 5
20.05.2017 21:51

Lovely fish plates, and the wine was good and fairly priced. We have been to Cigala before and we will return. I recommend Cigala as good value For money.

2 reviews so far 6
09.06.2017 07:48

Excellent food - including some creative items you won't see at other tapas restaurants- with fast, friendly service. I make a point to dine at Cigala at least once each time I visit London.

2 reviews so far 5
25.11.2016 10:53

Very lovely evening at Cigala again. Had the tapas selection and enjoyed a great variety of textures and flavours. Only downside was being a bit too close to the door which wasn't great on a freezing evening. Mainly though, lovely.

1 review so far 6
23.11.2016 10:23

Relaxed service, welcoming atmosphere, great food. We were here for a friend's birthday, at the end of a long week, soaked from the rain. The restaurant was warm and busy but yet relaxed. There was no rush, in the service, or in the flow of people. As far as I could tell, all the tables lingered over their food and drinks, generally unwinding. Highly recommended.

1 review so far 2
19.08.2016 08:01

Cigala was for many years one of my favourite restaurants and although the food is still excellent, since the recent change of ownership, the service is utterly shocking. This is my third visit in the past month ; I am obviously a glutton for punishment and the service has got worse each time. It too 2.5 hours to serve us one course and I had to ask for coffee three times before it was served. The manager offered some compensation by not charging for the coffee or bottled water but it was still a very disappointing evening.

1 review so far 5
17.12.2015 18:06

The food was excellent save from a small amount of shell in the crab and scallop dishes. It was a Christmas lunch but drunk guests exacerbated the poor acoustics. My guess is that this level of noise is flying in the face of health and safety for the staff but many restaurants seem to suffer from it. Our host has tinnitus which was difficult. Having said that I'd certainly go back at a quieter time.

1 review so far 6
18.05.2016 16:38

I haven't been to Cigala in over 10 years but have recommended it to colleagues and it continues to delight! Quality food and attentive service makes this establishment worth visiting !

1 review so far 6
29.03.2017 11:07

The food is always good at Cigala, and the restaurant is a lively, buzzy place to eat. We live in the neighbourhood and go there often when we want a treat!

1 review so far 6
15.01.2016 12:57

We went to La Cigala to celebrate our daughter's birthday and all four of us really enjoyed the evening: great and unpretentious atmosphere, fantastic food, friendly and unfussy service. Highly recommended.

1 review so far 5
02.02.2015 09:54

The service was amazing, friendly and warm. The starters were also good but the seafood paella was a bit disappointing (as a Spanish person I have high standards, so I cannot expect the same quality I know). However the weekend menu deal is great! Deserts are amazing, tried Almond cake and Walnut cake and they were both super yummy! Would recommend it and would like to try A la carte dished next time!

1 review so far 5
26.02.2016 21:24

With a pleasant atmosphere and eclectically good Mediterranean Spanish food, this restaurant offers a rustic and provincial Spanish cuisine that few other places provide. Decor is plain and you'll look hard to find any of the usual Iberian kitsch. Combined with a striking wine list that reaches beyond the usual rioja-a-go-go, you're in for a culinary delight. All that keeps it short of perfection is that the service could be a bit sharper.

5 reviews so far 5
27.08.2015 19:44

Cigala is always an excellent place for lunch - the tapas or set lunch is perfectly sized, meaning that you eat well (and very authentically) but emerge well-set for the afternoon. Good, straightforward Spanish cooking.

1 review so far 5
25.06.2017 14:59

We chose Tapas which were excellent and followed with dessert, also very good. Ours was a business lunch, so we did not have a lot of time to linger: we had to chase to get someone to take our order for the dessert and also for the bill, which we paid in the restaurant as there was a delay in the waiter returning with the credit card machine for payment

2 reviews so far 5
10.11.2015 10:43

The food was fresh as it was lunchtime, no feeling of reheated food. Inventive and filling. I strongly recommend Cigala. Also Lamb's Conduit Street which is one of London's best and most secret shopping streets.

1 review so far 5
18.12.2015 08:51

First, full marks as they were v helpful as I booked the wrong week, but they squeezed us in anyway! Have been here on and off for many years, since it opened, being close to my former work. Lots of things for a piscatarian and full vegetarians. We had one of each. We had tapas, which suited. Interesting wines from the Basque region. Not too expensive. A very successful evening.

1 review so far 6
14.09.2017 15:16

Fabulous food and service. This was my first visit to Cigala and I will definitely return. We ordered 10 dishes between 3 of us and this was just perfect.

1 review so far 6
17.09.2015 10:55

We have been to Cigala a few times now, the food excellent as always, the staff are polite very friendly. Would highly recommend. Look forward to our next visit.