Permanently Closed - Barbecoa

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8161 reviews
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£41 and over
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Steak
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Founded by Jamie Oliver, Barbecoa is much more than a steak restaurant – it’s a celebration of fire-based cooking and incredible, quality ingredients.

Our in-house butchers handpick and prepare the very best meat from farms around Britain, then our chefs use it to create beautiful, modern dishes making the most of Texas pit smokers, tandoors, fire pits, robata grills and wood-fired ovens.

You’ll feel the heat, see the flames lick and the smoke drift upwards from our open kitchen as you indulge in one of our beautiful cocktails or a glass of whisky from our impressive selection.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steak, Barbecue
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Hours of Operation
Mon - Friday 11.30am - 11pm, Sat 11.30am - 11.00pm,
Sun 12pm - 10.00pm
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Phone number
020 3005 8555
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Chris Shaill - Head Chef
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Cross Street
Overlooking St Paul's Cathedral
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Public Transit
The nearest Underground station is St Paul's on the Central Line (2 minute walk). Mansion House, Cannon Street and Bank stations on the District and Circle Lines are also within walking distance
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wine
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4.3
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1.0Dined on 2 May 2018

You just tell me it’s closed permanently when it isn’t. I wasn’t able to cancel the booking

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3.0Dined on 21 April 2018

Was really looking forward to this for months but was left disappointed by the food. Crab dish looked fabulous but that's about as far as it went. Dry and tasteless starter. Asked for a very well done burger which came out pink! Now even I can cremate a burger. Husbands dishes on the other hand were ok. Lovely ribs and nice steak if a little chewy. View was outstanding. Service was great. Would go elsewhere if it's the view you want.

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5.0Dined on 12 April 2018

It was phenomenal! Loved it!

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3.0Dined on 26 March 2018

Distinctly average - service was lacking attentiveness. Drinks missing, slow service, sides missing. The restaurant seems to have gone downhill since my last time there and I’d say there are better places to host clients nearby. Won’t be going back until I’ve ears they’re back on their game.

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5.0Dined on 18 March 2018

The perfect Sunday afternoon

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4.0Dined on 16 March 2018

Appetiser and entres were excellent and well prepared, and staff were very attentive without hovering. Ordered the cheesecake for dessert and was expecting cheesecake. Misnamed: it was mousse with a biscuit. The flavours were good but I don't like mousse and would not have ordered that dessert.

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5.0Dined on 10 March 2018

One of my favourite places for dining. Delicious Chateaubriand, nice although expensive wine collection, excellent service and, .... of course... outstanding cathedral view!
Jan

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1.0Dined on 8 March 2018

Awful. Awful. Awful. Lady at the front desk didn’t even look me in the eye or smile. Went upstairs, had a quick cocktail and got sent to our table. Which was RIGHT at the back of the restaurant. So far away from anything that resembled atmosphere. Waiter David was polite enough. Starters of ribs arrived, they were fridge stone cold, got sent back. Steak was OK. One cocktail, Two courses, wine and water was £120 EACH! No mention or apology or reduction in price for disgusting starter. £54 tip for 4 people eating. Terrible service. Avoid. Avoid. Avoid.

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5.0Dined on 6 March 2018

We asked for quick service because we were in a rush and the staff was excellent at accommodating this request without compromising on the quality of the food.

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5.0Dined on 3 March 2018

Best service ever. Waitress was Louise. Great knowledge and very friendly and helpful l.

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4.0Dined on 2 March 2018

Always a very nice experience at this restaurant

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1.0Dined on 28 February 2018

We are mostly disappointed because this location was our favourite spot when we visited back in Nov 2016. Based on the exprience this evening, absolutely every aspect of our exprience - except for the view - had gone backwards.
To start, in our booking we had mentioned we are celebrating our anniversary at this restaurant this evening. The front door hostess checked our booking but completely overlooked this piece of information and the same goes for the service staff - same treatment as if we were walk-in traffic. There was no time taken by the service staff to explain any aspect of the menu or house specialities. Selection of wine by the glass was very ordinary - a 2017 rose, a cheap Zin more suitable to be served as table wine - but with extraordinary prices. I asked for a Flank or Skirt steak to get a tastier piece of meat and also see how well the chef prepares this meat. Server recommended a flat iron steak and An absolute Failure! I received a piece of meat that was not seared - no scoring on the outside - chewy and rare with silver skin running through the centre. The steak was cut into six pieces of about 2cm thick - still, I needed to cut into much smaller parts to be able to chew through the meat... Bad. Another surprise was that server didn't check with us until we were done eating. Out of courtesy to my wife I didn't make a fuss to send the food back. By the time server checked with us it had been 30min since our food was served. I had two pieces of meat left on my plate I pointed out the problem; he came back 15min later offering me a free dessert without acknowledging anything about what was on my plate.

My daughter had a burger which was average and the fish served to my wife was properly cooked.

I travel for nearly 200 days per year and eat at restaurant more times than I care to admit. The Exprience, this evening at Barbecoa, is worst in quality of food and service than street corner diners.

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5.0Dined on 24 February 2018

As usual, everything was fabulous. The only thing that was missing was a birthday acknowledgement as it was booked as a birthday celebration

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2.0Dined on 23 February 2018

Despite being specialized in meat, especially steaks, we were highly disappointed with our dishes: the flat iron was so hard and gummy that it was difficult to cut and nearly impossible to chew. My very fatty ribs were difficult to eat due to the aweful bbq sauce they were covered in.
Nice atmosphere though.

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5.0Dined on 23 February 2018

Great food from the £30/£35 menu. Prices are expensive, so that menu was great for us and the food was so good! Delicious rump steak indeed. Would pay the normal prices on a special occasion for sure. Service was perfect too!

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4.0Dined on 23 February 2018

I hosted a business meeting over lunch. Food and service was very good so I'll be back!

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5.0Dined on 21 February 2018

Great for start to finish

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5.0Dined on 18 February 2018

Great food, great location and great service!

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4.0Dined on 16 February 2018

Great food to celebrate. It’s not cheap but good venue and steak is great. Only gripe was that I booked the table for 8:30 and we eventually got onto the table gone 9 and there was no apology for the delay.

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5.0Dined on 14 February 2018

❤️❤️🤗 everything was lovely, I would love to go back!

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3.0Dined on 14 February 2018

My girlfriend and I visited on Valentine's Day 2018. The food was great but the occasion was a little spoiled by the number of tables that had been packed in to capitalise on the occasion. We were seated right on top of the couple next to us with barely enough space for the waitress to squeeze through, and when I asked to be moved to a different table which I had seen in a more spacious part of the restaurant, I was told it wasn't possible despite the fact that the other table remained empty for the duration of our visit which was disappointing.

That said, we loved the food - the chateaubriand was perfect - and would definitely return, just not on Valentine's Day.

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5.0Dined on 13 February 2018

outstanding service from Alex; friendly warm but not pushy ort overpowering. caravan wine list allows affordable indulgence in expensive wines, meat was great and the view of St Pauls, don't get stuck at the other end of the restaurant, is magnificent

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5.0Dined on 13 February 2018

Had a wonderful 3 course meal - really enjoyed the Seabass ceviche and calamari followed by Fillet Steaks and the apple crumble and pannacota. Everything tasted delicious and the service and atmosphere was perfect!

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5.0Dined on 11 February 2018

Three Texans are a tough test for a steak restaurant in London and we all thought the food was spectacular. The quality of the meat was impressive.....I even heard the comment, "the best ribeye I have every eaten." Didn't really matter, however, as sitting right on top of St. Paul's and watching a rare London snowstorm was special enough.

The Sommelier was very knowledgeable and selected the perfect bottle, which was also well priced. Finally, the local craft beer selection (draft and bottle) was excellent....fun for Americans to try some of the great beer coming out of the UK. Still prefer my Fullers ESB out of a hand pump, but good to try new things.

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2.0Dined on 10 February 2018

I must stay I was not overly impressed with this restaurant. My family had been a few years back and raved about it but since the arrival the service was not great.

In the booking I had asked for a table near a window but they gave us one in a corridor saying we had to wait 40 minutes for a table one. At the entrance the lady asking the coats was not very kind and took our coats quickly as I believe she was alone.

The steak I got was quite chewy and the spinach salty. However, my parents ate the most expensive steak and it was tender.

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5.0Dined on 9 February 2018

The wait staff are professional and courteous, able and friendly. The food is simply fantastic, with beef done as it should be, and sourced from a seemingly magical place that your supermarket does not know of, which is arguably as it should be for a specialist eatery. Simply enjoyable eating that runs as a thread through an enjoyable night out.

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2.0Dined on 8 February 2018

very slow service from the bar, to be fair they compensated with a glass of bubbly but waiting 45 mins for a drink isn't acceptable, the food when it did turn up was good quality though

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3.0Dined on 3 February 2018

If you don’t have the view it doesn’t worth it.

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3.0Dined on 3 February 2018

The occasion for our visit on the 3rd Feb was my husband’s birthday and we’d traveled over from Dublin so that our daughter could join us for lunch. Given that this is a steak restaurant, my rump steak was unbelievably tough. My husband’s steak was ok but not great. The rest of the food was good. The overall quality of this meal should have been superb given the provenance and the cost for the meal and drinks. It was by no means superb and I will not be recommending the restaurant. The service from the staff was very good.
Sheila Marshall

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3.0Dined on 2 February 2018

Staff were amazing absolutely 5 star but the food wasn't warm and the calamari was so salty which isn't like calamari. Ribs were cold too, not mych sauce. Just wasn't great.

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4.0Dined on 1 February 2018

We had a very good lunch and the service was very good and we were not hurried even though we had finished and had much to discuss.
Our only gripe was the wine which apart from being over priced for what it was - we had ordered a 2015 and when we pointed out it was a 2016, the sommelier didn't appear to think it mattered. For example, on the menu was a 2013 at a much higher price point.
A bit like ordering a 10oz steak and being told you have an 8oz as they've run out of 10, but still charge for a 10! I'd have expected better especially as we were lunching with an ex CMO of a major drinks company.
It didn't spoil our lunch of course.

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5.0Dined on 30 January 2018

Another beautiful restaurant next to St Paul’s. The view from the restaurant is outstanding and is such a nice backdrop to enjoy such delicious food.

The staff are professional and very welcoming. The food was brilliant, reasonably priced for the quality and portion size. Can’t wait to go back!!

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4.0Dined on 26 January 2018

Great service from David, food was very good too.
Good view from our table too

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3.0Dined on 26 January 2018

Service was very good but the wines were disappointing especially for the prices. My husbands fillet was good but nothing special. My chicken was underwhelming in taste and presentation but the salted caramel dessert was quite fabulous.

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5.0Dined on 24 January 2018

Amazing - birthday treatment too!

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5.0Dined on 21 January 2018

The food, the service, the view to St. Pauls Cathedral ...The restaurant is amazing!!

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4.0Dined on 20 January 2018

Very o overpriced for the quality of the food. Steak very expensive and not that good. Deserts saved the meal - really good the snickeresphere, would recomend it.

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5.0Dined on 20 January 2018

My favourite resteraunt in london. Great; food ambiance, service and views.

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2.0Dined on 19 January 2018

Would have been a much better review but for two issues. Firstly, both the steak and the beef croquettes were clearly overflavoured with liquid smoke. Each had a regrettable acrid aftertaste of burnt plastic that ruined an otherwise perfectly cooked medium sirloin. Secondly, the béarnaise was rock hard, as if it was prepared for service earlier in the day. Given the price point, you’d be better off to stay with Hawksmoor for an expertly prepared steak, but in the event you have a last minute craving and Hawksmoor is booked out, Barbecoa will sometimes just have to do.

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5.0Dined on 18 January 2018

A very enjoyable meal with excellent service, a bit pricey but worth it! Amazing view of St Pauls.

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