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5.1 /6 Excellent 239 Reviews


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.


239 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 239 Reviews
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Quality/Price: cheap
Service: friendly
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: entertaining
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1 review so far 6
24.11.2016 22:24

Fabulous, authentic tapas restaurant with great vibe. Octopus with mojo is to die for, and even the basics (bread and olive oil) are a cut well above the average.

1 review so far 6
06.04.2015 17:37

We chose the Tapas menu, with a carafe of house wine. There's a wide choice of tapas, all very tastey and attractively presented. The service was quick and friendly.

1 review so far 6
12.02.2017 10:19

A relaxed and friendly venue. Great food reasonably priced. Felt like a corner of Spain. First visit for me but it felt as though it was full of regulars

3 reviews so far 6
18.09.2016 08:02

Fab tapas, excellent wine, v hot padron peppers - oh, and a little Pedro Ximinex thrown in for good measure - all adding up to a great night out!

1 review so far 6
23.01.2016 10:33

Fast and efficient service, upmarket spanish food, good wine list, own baker; some tapas are a must to try; good atmosphere, busy with doctors from nearby hospitals and institutes.

1 review so far 3
02.05.2016 19:27

Given reviews we read about the restaurant, we were disappointed by the food which was average. Dishes we liked: gambas, iberico ham, patatas bravas, baked crab. Dishes we weren't too crazy about: scallops (slightly overcooked), tortilla, paella (rather salty) and razor clams (picked-interesting but didn't bring out the flavour of clams). Manager was friendly and staff helpful.

2 reviews so far 5
13.05.2016 07:52

Lovely restaurant on Lambs Conduit St. Great food, good vegetarian selection and courteous efficient service. Outdoor tables are perfect for a summer evening. Recommended for business lunch as well as friends and family gatherings.

1 review so far 5
03.11.2015 07:16

Great food and friendly service. The tapas menu always good and then bigger dishes if that is your thing. Can get full and noisy but if the weather is good there is always outside!

1 review so far 5
28.07.2016 07:32

Wonderful food and wine, tapas is fresh, there's a good variety of tapas dishes to choose from. It's not cheap, but the quality of food and the ambiance more than make up for that.

2 reviews so far 4
30.01.2017 07:55

Good to find somewhere open on Sunday evening. Food of reasonable quality, nothing special, but priced rather high. Wine more sensibly priced with a good selection available by the glass or in 500ml carafes. Quiet, but may be different during the week.

1 review so far 6
18.04.2016 10:29

Very good,varied dishes. Despite the restaurant being full, service was prompt and friendly. House wine was very drinkable. An excellent evening in a good atmosphere. Will be back.

1 review so far 6
02.03.2015 18:07

Great food and service - not rushed at all - and a good atmosphere. We had a mixture of main courses and tapas dishes which were all excellent.

1 review so far 6
23.04.2015 13:44

Booked a table for two for our wedding anniversary, the food and drink was great, as was the service. We were well looked after, definitely recommend this restaurant.

1 review so far 6
22.09.2016 15:48

Excellent location for a client lunch, service was relaxed so don't go there if you're in a hurry. Set lunch is good value for the quality of food.

1 review so far 6
04.04.2016 08:44

Great location, food and service. This restaurant had been recommended to us due to its authentic Spanish taps so we were not disappointed at all. Well done Jake!

1 review so far 6
12.10.2015 11:33

Great food and service in charming street. The seafood paella is unbeatable and the tapas on offer for the £19 Sunday lunch are excellent as were the desserts.

2 reviews so far 5
08.02.2015 18:58

Empty at 7pm when we first arrived but slowly filled up - good ambience. Lovely wine, fantastic squid - just sliced straight through, unbelievable bread to start and phenomenal chocolate tart to finish.

1 review so far 4
08.01.2016 12:53

Bit disappointed when compared with other visits. I was a little bit late arriving (20:40) but several of the main course dishes were already off the menu. I ended up with my third choice. None of the wonderful homemade bread either

1 review so far 6
21.09.2015 08:40

Great food, nice ambience for catching up with friends. Good Spanish wine selection and reasonable price. Located in a nice street away from the hustle and bustle

1 review so far 6
03.08.2016 08:47

Wonderful relaxed lunch - good quality and delicious food. Excellent value lunch menu with good choices to select from and a huge paella as a main course.

2 reviews so far 6
12.07.2016 23:05

Delicious tapas, authentic and tasty. The sangria is a must. Went as a table of 4 and ordered 3 dishes each which was enough for us. Thanks!

1 review so far 6
17.06.2016 07:59

The food was delicious. Loved the fried anchovies and the chicken livers were superb as was ther rest of the meal. Great atmosphere. Highly recommend this restaurant.

1 review so far 6
17.02.2016 08:39

Food was great, service was just right. The arroz negro was amazing, as was the sea bream. Vermouth was very good. A great find, I'll be returning.

1 review so far 6
29.01.2016 17:25

Great venue and location for a business lunch. The staff were friendly. The food was reasonably priced and our party left extremely satisfied. I would definitely recommend.

4 reviews so far 6
21.01.2016 08:32

As ever, a really good meal and atmosphere! We come here quite often and have always enjoyed the innovative food and excellent service. We will be back!

2 reviews so far 6
02.05.2015 11:26

This was really great - the food was terrific, the service efficient and friendly, the atmosphere buzzy but too loud. The desserts were especially indulgent and special.

1 review so far 6
20.04.2015 22:41

High quality food, cooked to perfection. Tasty and great value for money - will definitely be visiting again for more. Great wine selection too and quick service.

1 review so far 5
03.07.2016 07:08

Great food in a relaxed atmosphere. The service is very friendly and unobtrusive and it's a great place to watch the world go by as you eat. A bit like Spain really!

1 review so far 5
13.01.2016 08:00

Relaxed atmosphere was perfect for a lunchtime catch up with a friend. Enjoyed the set menu, and ease of choosing and price. Love that you offer carafe's of wine. Food was delicious.

1 review so far 5
16.05.2016 12:06

I have visited this restaurant a number of times and it never disappoints! Great food and service. Lovely atmosphere and staff. House wine is delightful too! I will be visiting again soon!

1 review so far 6
16.05.2016 11:03

Excellent value set menu, classic Spanish dishes, friendly and efficient service, pleasant decor, relaxing atmosphere, great for watching the world go by along Lambs Conduit Street

1 review so far 6
08.12.2016 13:57

Excellent food, service and environment as ever. We had a selection of tapas, which were very delicious especially the calamari and the black pudding. Highly recommended.

1 review so far 6
29.04.2015 11:24

Amazing restaurant, we have been several times. Friendly service, lovely food and a robust wine list. We are still talking about our dinner 3-4 days later.

2 reviews so far 6
09.03.2015 19:08

We arrived early and we were well received.Food and wine delicious and attentive but not intrusive waiter. Will return to this all day serving restaurant .

1 review so far 6
12.03.2016 18:34

The starter is ok. The main course is too large. we asked one person's portion. But they gave two person's portion. Easy booking, and comfortable environment!

1 review so far 6
23.10.2015 10:39

A very relaxed well run restaurant, a good venue for simple lunch or big night out. Very good food, top wine and nice service, a rarity!

1 review so far 6
20.01.2015 15:16

Splendid place - I've been going there for years and they've never put a foot wrong. Friendly service, excellent food. I cannot recommend it too highly.

1 review so far 6
28.08.2016 08:56

Delicious meal and friendly service. The varied tapas contrasted with and complemented one another well. s The pudding we had was excellent as was the wine

1 review so far 6
08.09.2015 08:13

Great food, service and ambience. Nice menu that features both tapas and good range of main courses. Perfectly cooked superb ingredients. Seating both inside and out.

1 review so far 6
13.06.2015 19:35

Great fresh food, in season. friendly and efficient waiters. Good value for money on the set dinner choices Cake slices could be a little more generous

1 review so far 5
13.02.2016 22:48

This place has great wine and food, both the set menu and the long list of tapas are great. lovely location with table at the window. Would highly recommend this place.

4 reviews so far 5
07.10.2015 09:59

Very nice Spanish restaurant, with an amazing seafood paella. We shared 6 tapas in 4 people before having the main, and they were all good. Also the sangria jug was interesting.

1 review so far 5
06.12.2015 13:29

Quite a romantic setting for supper - the mixed meat platter was nothing to write home about and we were expecting more for the price, but the arroz negro was delicious!

1 review so far 5
11.06.2016 23:11

Very good restaurant, a bit inattentive on service side, but food and ambience trump it. The paella is fantastic, the deserts are nicely more than the usual and prices are fair

1 review so far 5
16.06.2015 15:00

Authentic Spanish food with and extensive wine list to match. This restaurant is built on knowledge and true passion for quality, which comes across from all members of their team

1 review so far 6
02.07.2016 18:30

Lovely relaxed atmosphere, friendly and attentive staff. Bright and airy decorations. Excellent tapas menu with a good selection. I would definitely go back. Highly recommended

2 reviews so far 6
25.06.2015 11:07

The food and wine is very good and reasonably priced. The restaurant is located in an interesting and pleasant area and service is always excellent.

1 review so far 6
28.02.2017 10:05

We had a lovely evening really lovely food relaxed atmosphere and the service was good too. I recommend this restaurant and will definitely return again

1 review so far 6
15.12.2015 10:00

The best quality Spanish food and service this side of the Channel. My favourite "local" restaurant on one of the coolest side streets of London

1 review so far 6
23.12.2015 10:26

Excellent service, attentive, good recommendations. Have the whiskey cake, it is superb. Great food, good range of veggie and non veggie. Very good cheese plate.