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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

236 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 236 Reviews
Noise: quiet
Service: friendly
Atmosphere: entertaining
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Quality/Price: cheap
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1 review so far 5
13.10.2016 13:44

Lovely food . Pleasant staff and really like this area .. Red lion st and Lambs conduit . The house wine good value and it feels like good value .

1 review so far 5
18.03.2015 17:30

Nice atmosphere, we went early so easy to chat..it does get quite noisy later in the evening. Food good tho not if your after fine dinning.. nice mid week supper!

2 reviews so far 5
18.02.2016 08:07

Nice people, good atmosphere, delicious food. We spent a very good time there. I strongly recommend to book a table in advance. I would like to go there again soon.

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.

1 review so far 4
07.02.2016 16:46

The food was amazing but we had a rather moody waitress. She spilled wine twice while pouring it and didn't even think of apologising. I'd give top marks to everything except the service of this particular waitress.

2 reviews so far 4
22.07.2015 16:12

Both tapas and main menu and food quality was good - nice location on a corner of a pedestrian area which seemed a friendly area with lots of locals chatting - service could have been more attentive

1 review so far 5
09.11.2016 10:26

A very enjoyable corner of Spain on uber cool Lamb's Conduit St - a terrific range of tapas, delicious mains and a convivial atmosphere. What more could you want?!

1 review so far 5
11.03.2016 08:26

Really delicious food and lovely, relaxed atmosphere. Friendly staff and just around the corner from work, so will definitely be visiting again! Highly recommended as offer something for everyone.

1 review so far 5
24.11.2016 15:24

I went for a mid-week business lunch and there was a nice atmosphere. Fantastic food, and great place. Slightly sloppy service, but quick and friendly, so overall great lunch.

2 reviews so far 5
08.10.2015 12:46

Always reliable food and service. Wine choices are excellent. Restaurant has great local atmosphere with a good buzz of conversation. Always try to eat here on trips to London.

1 review so far 4
12.10.2016 18:26

Always like coming here: pleasant staff and generally very good food. Three of us had the set lunch which didn't reach great heights on this occasion but was just OK. It won't stop us coming again.

1 review so far 5
23.10.2016 18:54

Love this place, the staff are great, the food really good and you can hear each other speak. You must try the chicken livers and the cauliflower dish.

1 review so far 5
27.03.2016 17:41

Great food and lovely staff - really made us feel welcome on a cold wet March night.Also the restaurant is good value for money. Will certainly visit again

1 review so far 4
16.03.2017 17:51

Food nice. Portion size pretty stingy - about 15 padron peppers for £7! Service ok. And there was a bit of a draught around my back (I was sitting by the window) which wasn't ideal.

4 reviews so far 5
20.06.2016 12:01

Good food, "humble ambiance", good, friendly service , great quail, very good skate, have eaten here several times, lots of outdoor seating, interesting neighbourhood, lunch particularly good value

1 review so far 5
21.08.2015 11:44

Lovely tapas - just wish it were my local. Great, traditional food and delicious selection of sherries! Also very pleasant and attentive service = perfect evening with friends.

1 review so far 5
08.10.2016 08:51

Excellent Spanish food, I had the Iberico pork chop which was cooked with just the merest hint of pink on the bone. Extensive wine list and good service.

1 review so far 5
21.10.2016 09:46

Excellent and always interesting Iberian cooking - a bit of a undiscovered gem. Would thoroughly recommend it for business lunches or the more personal stuff in the evening.

1 review so far 5
19.01.2017 07:30

Good food, pleasant service, chatty atmosphere. Not too much loud music , could have been a few more experimental dishes but the traditional Spanish tapas dishes were delicious.

1 review so far 6
04.06.2016 01:00

Great tapas in Central London, try the mushroom croquetas and the cheese plate... All dishes were great! Albariño wine is a good choice!

1 review so far 4
16.11.2016 23:19

Food and wine were great (paella marisco and albarino) but it was rather noisy and our table felt like it was in a corridor. Very off putting and I'm not sure we'll go again

2 reviews so far 5
03.03.2015 04:05

Good food, very busy, service could have been more attentive. Small plates seem to work better than regular dishes but 3 course special was high value. 4

1 review so far 5
15.03.2017 17:27

Great food, pleasant staff and atmosphere. I would love to return and have a boozy extended lunch! Will definitely return and sample the rest of the menu

1 review so far 5
12.10.2016 21:03

very good tapas; very friendly and helpful staff.;the gambas and serrano were excellent;if you like quail, it was first rate.overall, an excellent meal which we have repeated.

1 review so far 5
18.07.2015 12:26

Really fun place, nice people, great atmosphere. Food a little behind some if the very excellent spanish offerings available in London but all round a lively restaurant!

1 review so far 5
20.01.2017 11:59

Excellent food and good service. I was meeting a friend who I seldom see and it was a good place for a slow meal and much conversation.

1 review so far 5
16.07.2016 12:03

Food was delicious, as ever, and prices seem fair. Staff were friendly and obliging. When the restaurant begins to fill up the noise becomes hard to bear.

1 review so far 5
10.09.2015 07:53

Great, friendly, laid back but prompt service. Food was delicious. Situated on a beautiful quiet street. Chicken and chorizo Paella was amazing. Busy for a Wednesday evening.

1 review so far 5
18.09.2015 10:00

Very pleasant atmosphere. Excellent service and very competent kitchen. Wines very acceptable (Godello from Monterrei is excellent value). Overall, a very pleasant experience, and will return soon.

1 review so far 5
06.11.2016 11:36

Excellent range of tapas. We particularly enjoyed the prawns in garlic, the chorizo and the patatas bravas. Good range of Rioja wines. Friendly service. Modern bright ambience.

2 reviews so far 5
19.04.2015 20:03

The food was good and so was the service. The restaurant is a relaxed, pleasant place in an interesting part of town and its prices are reasonable.

2 reviews so far 5
30.04.2016 07:17

Great food, good selection of wine and excellent, friendly service. The large selection of tapas is particularly good and authentic. All in all a very satisfactory experience.

1 review so far 6
09.02.2015 21:39

It's a comfortable Spanish dinner with one of my most important friends. Foods are nice, friendly atmosphere. I will come back again.

1 review so far 5
04.08.2015 17:59

this destination has a great lively and informal atmosphere serving you up with classic Spanish dishes to savour. the service is attentive but discreet in nature.

1 review so far 5
09.09.2016 09:02

Best tapas in Bloomsbury - we've been coming back for 2 years and this visit was best ever. Highlights are the chipirones land the orange tart.

2 reviews so far 5
06.06.2016 08:02

very good as always, The food, ambience and wine make for a very relaxing evening. I would not hesitate to go back there again and again.

1 review so far 5
06.12.2016 15:14

excellent food, service a bit hit and miss but the Tapas came quick and was really good , nice friendly staff nothing fussy just good food

1 review so far 5
07.11.2016 11:15

Food very good, inventive, not heavy and reasonable wine list as well definitely recommend. Service a bit slow but staff is friendly and accommodating. Will return

1 review so far 5
14.10.2016 18:04

Great food in this atmospheric local Spanish restaurant. Be careful not to order too many tapas to leave room for a paella. Efficient and friendly service.

2 reviews so far 6
08.03.2015 09:09

Another excellent meal - some interesting new tapas dishes (pigeon and rabbit empanada) on the menu too. Great service as well.

1 review so far 3
09.04.2016 23:22

Paella was chargrilled and boney. Wouldnt order it again. We were also asked to pay the optional service charge even though we had added a tip to our total. We explained we werent adding any extra service charge due to the above.

3 reviews so far 5
04.10.2015 09:40

Reliable as ever and very pleasant. Excellent fish. Admirable sherry and red wine by the glass. Friendly service and nice ambiance so everything was good.

1 review so far 5
19.02.2017 10:38

Food was interesting, well served and in pleasant surroundings. The menu provided a good selection of tapas and main courses including some things for vegetarians.

3 reviews so far 5
19.04.2015 08:35

Fantastic food, beautiful scallops and beef, delightful dessert and delicious wine, served by helpful friendly and authentically Spanish waitress from Valencia. Never fails to disappoint.

1 review so far 5
21.11.2015 15:11

Great variety of tapas. Good wine. Pleasant ambience. Fish dishes particularly good & calves liver superb. Would thoroughly recommend and will Definitely eat there again.

1 review so far 5
07.02.2017 07:09

Excellent lunch in a comfortable airy room. The food is top notch and the Spanish wine list comprehensive. Very good and prompt service. Highly recommended.

1 review so far 5
07.09.2016 08:37

Good food, drinks came regularly and bill was decent (35 pounds a head for 7 people) - but perhaps needed one extra waiter or waitress

1 review so far 6
10.02.2015 07:17

Cigala as always great food and service at reasonable prices.

1 review so far 4
08.03.2016 09:40

The staff shoud watch customers more carefully whether they need some help or not. When I would like to order something, I had to walk to around the kitchen.

1 review so far 4
04.02.2017 19:37

Great tapas items and good service but I would recommend avoiding the paella with chicken. It tasted good but boy, is it way overpriced for what you get.