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5.2 /6 Excellent 298 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.


298 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 298 Reviews
Quality/Price: cheap
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: friendly
Atmosphere: entertaining
Noise: quiet
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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.

2 reviews 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 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.

1 review so far 5
06.09.2017 14:25

I always find Cigala very reliable. Not flashy, in a very nice street, and delicious food served at a very fair price. I have been coming here for years.

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.