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5.1 /6 Excellent 256 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.


256 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 256 Reviews
Service: friendly
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: entertaining
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: cheap
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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
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
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
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
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

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 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.

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
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...

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.

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
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
07.09.2016 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
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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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 !

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 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

4 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 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.

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 .

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
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.

1 review so far 6
23.11.2016 14:48

Lovely lunch - good food, friendly service. Very accommodating to different needs of our party.

5 reviews so far 6
22.05.2015 08:18

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

1 review so far 6
14.07.2015 11:15

Fabulous food, wine, atmosphere and service. My second visit and certainly won't be my last.

1 review so far 6
30.04.2015 07:11

Excellent tapas and very nice wine. Quiet but not dead on a Sunday evening.

1 review so far 6
18.06.2016 22:21

Soooo good ! Amazing paella with chicken and chorizo ... and awesome deserts !

1 review so far 6
18.07.2015 14:48

Fantastic food, fantastic wine and fantastic service. One of favorites when in London

1 review so far 5
16.03.2015 07:41

Lovely, friendly service, beautiful, deliciously fresh tapas - will definite be going back. Highly recommended

5 reviews so far 3
28.05.2016 23:20

Food was not so delicious and services was not so good. If members of staff wait on a customer with smile atmosphere will be different.

1 review so far 3
01.03.2017 17:08

It was okay. Slightly slow on the service; the food was good and tasty but I wanted it to look, feel and taste fresher somehow...

1 review so far 5
01.03.2015 08:43

It's a bit hard to find but overall very nice Spanish restaurant with good food

1 review so far 6
17.07.2015 07:21

Great food and Great service. Authentic Spanish tapas in a lovely location

3 reviews so far 4
04.04.2015 08:29

Good quality tapas with a decent range for vegetarians. Friendly and attentive service. Maybe slightly overpriced, but recommended.

1 review so far 6
10.05.2015 07:32

Very discreet. Great service. Great food. I would highly recommend the tapas.

1 review so far 5
14.05.2015 08:30

Very good, pleasant experience aged food was high quality and The staff were friendly

3 reviews so far 5
02.04.2015 09:37

Very good value nice staff and tasti food thanks we will see you again

1 review so far 6
03.04.2015 07:10

Great food, superb atmosphere and friendly staff. One of my favourites.

5 reviews so far 6
08.07.2015 07:51

As ever, excellent food and service - great evening with friends.

1 review so far 5
15.02.2015 07:39

Excellent food, attentive staff, lovely ambience and pleasant surroundings. Lived up to expectation.