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.
- 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’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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
lovely place, good food, amazing Fideua in London !!! very happy for the evening !!! croquetas y tortilla en su punto, very Spanish !! well done Cigala..
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.
Delicious meal at Cigala. It was my third visit there and I definitely recommend it. Now I'd like to go to Spain!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cigala offered fresh authentic tapas in a lovely setting with a good choice of seafood - the service was very friendly. Overall, a lovely time!
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 :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
My wife, Liz and I had an excellent lunch and were delighted with the very attentive service. The food well- presented and delicious. The tapas starters were tasty and the paella unctious. We will be back again soon.
Tapas very nice . Seafood paella had a generous amount of fish and seafood but the rice was mixed with a tomato sauce and was not tasty . We spend half our time living in Spain and this didn't taste like an authentic paella to us .
Brilliant evening which consisted of fresh ingredients expertly prepared in a bustling, but not overly loud setting. The staff were knowledgeable and attentive which helped with the enjoyment of our evening.
Great friendly attentive service on a very busy Friday evening, which takes some doing. G re Great food and distinctive wine list - nice to have several new choices of wine
great food and great location thank you would recommend for business and social and I am looking forward to going back again soon food and service were both top class thanks
Food good, a bit noisy and crowded but the service was reasonably good. I would have liked more engagement between serving staff and us, as the restaurant has a lot of specialist dishes and guidance would have been good. But all in all a good dinner.
This is not my first time here and I love this restaurant. This time, the paella was very salty. I don't think I have had it before so I was surprised. The wine delicious. Very good atmosphere but noisy. Waiting staff were jolly and helpful.
The food was really excellent and on the pavement outside they cook what looks like a good Paella to take away. The tables are a little close together if you're looking to have a private conversation.
a very good tapas menu. having been in Granada week ago, this surpassed what we experienced there. a welcoming busy restaurant. consistently good over many years, with a loyal dollowing
This is a fantastic restaurant - really wonderful, authentic Spanish food. On the night we went, there was a staff shortage and the service was a bit slow - but the overall experience was still great.