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5.1 /6 Excellent 275 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.


275 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 275 Reviews
Service: friendly
Quality/Price: cheap
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: entertaining
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Food: heavenly
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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
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.

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 5
04.04.2017 15:18

Excellent - as ever. Professional and reliable. We would be very upset if they ever took the Mulhacen jelly off the dessert menu. Very good quality ingredients.

1 review so far 5
07.07.2017 07:27

Food great and atmosphere too. Just a bit of a wait to order. Its not the cheapest place to eat but worth it. Lovely to sit outside.

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
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.

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.

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.

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 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
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

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
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.

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.

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.

2 reviews 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
05.06.2017 18:12

Good good and lovely if somewhat noisy atmosphere. Great tapas with excellent wine choice. Lovely almonds olives and Fino to start.Service a bit slow but friendly.

1 review so far 5
15.04.2017 10:27

Good value for money lunch with attentive service and excellent good value wine list. The tapas selection is also extremely good. The mains are competitively priced

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.

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.

4 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
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.

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
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 5
04.07.2017 09:04

Quiet Sunday, very friendy staff, well cooked bream and piri chicken some nice wine all for a reasonable price (for central London). Would go again

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
24.06.2017 08:57

Superb Tapas (salt cod fritters snd creamy croquettes) and seafood paella. And cool Spanish beer on tap on a very hot day. Will certainly return.

1 review so far 5
03.05.2017 10:03

Delicious food and great atmosphere! Informal yet attentive service. Set menu very good value for money. Recommend the skate wing! We will be back again...

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
07.07.2017 07:17

Good service - food good but chicken kebab tough and not very edible. Sitting outside was very pleasant but disrupted by pavement musicians who were too close and loud.

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.

3 reviews so far 4
04.02.2015 07:28

Good and enjoyable as always. Food pleasant as were waiting staff. Not outstanding cooking but very acceptable. Atmosphere welcoming and relaxed. Overall, a good place to be.

3 reviews so far 4
03.03.2016 17:57

Fun and very good food. Lively atmosphere; pleasant service ; excellent value set lunch. On the down side: very noisy and the ginger ice cream was disappointing.

1 review so far 4
22.02.2016 09:55

Really nice food and the atmosphere was good but getting served initially was slow. I would go back again and hopefully there will be more staff !

1 review so far 4
02.06.2015 15:24

Good for lunch - decent menu. Service could have been quicker considering not busy. Would recommend to anyone in the area that likes Tapas. Outdoor tables available.

5 reviews so far 4
02.05.2017 18:32

Always reliable, authentic tapas - the tortilla was particularly outstanding on this occasion - and are perfect for lunch. A good choice with a light, airy room.

1 review so far 3
01.03.2015 08:45

This was our third visit and the most disapointing. number and size of prawns in one dish. Mussels tasted strange and wife had to spit one out. Left most of them after that. Service was ok

1 review so far 4
17.01.2016 08:44

Good, friendly service and great food. Would definitely recommend it to others. The paella was great but next time might opt for several tapas plates instead.

1 review so far 1
01.03.2016 07:28

I think Cigala is a great restaurant, but on this occasuion it failed. Service was unattentive, waiting staff avoided all eye contact, and miss-recorded orders. We had to wait 55 mins for a paella (30 mins on the menu), it was burnt and for two people, we ordered one. No apology offered.

2 reviews so far 4
09.06.2016 08:22

Realky excellent food, efficient service, excellent wine list plus opportunities to sit outside in this elegant area of Central London. What's not to like like?

1 review so far 4
21.02.2016 12:00

Excellent service. Saturday lunchtime. A bit quiet. Generous portions, wish I'd gone for the sea bass rather than the paella as it was huge .

1 review so far 4
05.07.2017 08:35

Wholesome, comfortable food and good service in a nice setting, in a interesting street scene. Always consistent. A good vibe ! We will be back.

1 review so far 4
02.12.2016 08:24

Nice and tasty food with very good wine. The prices were rather high and the place was noisy, full of people but with no music.

1 review so far 2
24.09.2015 08:33

We chose tapas as starters which was ok. For mains my guest had bream which looked fine but I had a truly awful seared tuna - copmpletely tasteless with what might well have been a tin of french onion soup poured over it - horrible.

3 reviews so far 5
03.05.2015 10:01

Service and food were great. The paella was very flavoursome and they also have an extensive tapas list.

6 reviews so far 6
22.05.2015 08:18

Excellent food, service and atmosphere!! Would highly recommend to anyone wanting a good night out!