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.
- 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’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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's a comfortable Spanish dinner with one of my most important friends. Foods are nice, friendly atmosphere. I will come back again.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Another excellent meal - some interesting new tapas dishes (pigeon and rabbit empanada) on the menu too. Great service as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Good food, drinks came regularly and bill was decent (35 pounds a head for 7 people) - but perhaps needed one extra waiter or waitress
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
Great variety of tapas. Good wine. Pleasant ambience. Fish dishes particularly good & calves liver superb. Would thoroughly recommend and will Definitely eat there again.
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.
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...
Cigala as always great food and service at reasonable prices.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 !
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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?
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 .
Wholesome, comfortable food and good service in a nice setting, in a interesting street scene. Always consistent. A good vibe ! We will be back.
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.
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.
Service and food were great. The paella was very flavoursome and they also have an extensive tapas list.
Excellent food, service and atmosphere!! Would highly recommend to anyone wanting a good night out!