Cristina's

4.6
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358 reviews
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£25 and under
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Steakhouse
Top tags:
  • Lunch
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Casual
Cristina’s is a brand new restaurant located in the vibrant heart of Barking, East London.
With a speciality in serving absolutely delicious steaks paired with an array of wonderful accompanying side dishes and a fantastic match of wines, Cristina’s is allowing Barking to finally have the quality restaurant it deserves, while keeping the prices for locals both fair and affordable.
Cristina’s is run by the ever-friendly and passionate Cristina Bumbuc. When not managing the front-of-house of the restaurant, she works alongside her two fantastic chefs who have over 15 years steak-grilling experience at 4-5 star steak restaurants. Her goal with the restaurant is to serve quality food in a relaxed, calming atmosphere to the locals of Barking at both fair and affordable prices.
Cristina’s will take you by surprise, tingle your tastebuds and leave you eager to return again.
What 358 People Are Saying
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ST
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food but unfortunately my steak was cold. Service polite professional and friendly.

YI
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We ordered the Sunday roast, I ordered chicken and my husband ordered the lamb. The chicken was beautifully cooked and moist, the vegetables were well cooked and delicious.

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was as lovely as always but the volume of noise from a couple of groups spoilt it a little.

GN
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, attentive and friendly staff and extremely good quality for the price.

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice little restaurant. The food was very good value and the service was lovely. Definitely going back - the veal ribs were delicious.

FM
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great tasting food at a reasonable price. Cool open feeling casual restaurant, with friendly people. Very busy; recommend booking ahead during lunch or dinner hours. Accommodating staff, with a great attitude and general positive vibe. Will revisit.

BT
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding meal, steak cooked to perfection and well presented

PD
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food as always. Our waitress was very friendly and the restaurant atmosphere was good. We will definitely be eating at Cristinas again soon.

JR
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food as always. Great service provided. Good ambiance. Highly recommended. Our favourite restaurant by miles

AI
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best food and the best service. I am going there every time when I want to have a steak , as I am confident I will have the best one.

ET
London
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great quality food . Humble host a great experience at an extremely reasonable cost . My favourite place to eat

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating our anniversary. Christina’s is our favourite restaurant in Barking.

LP
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was lovely, except very salty chips. These had so much salt, it was impossible to eat.
Other than that - everything was perfect.
Thank you.

SB
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good value for money l, with delicious steaks and burgers!

KA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was good, staff attentive, very busy on the night.

BC
London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely restaurant with excellent food and wine strongly recommend

JR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. Great staff and the most amazing food. Highly recommend a visit.

Can’t wait to go back again

R
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect steak restaurant in East London, good wine and very nice atmosphere. Waitress was very friendly. Will come back again 100%

LP
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was outstanding best steak I’ve ever eaten. The only downside was that the waitress couldn’t explain what something was on the menu she said she’s not from this country!

K
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Overall was a satisfactory experience. Food is nice and generally priced however the waitress has an attitude problem. Her name was Kay and we had arrived 10 minutes late for our table booking arriving at 6:25 instead of 6:15, this was due to parking. On arrival before seating us she states very abruptly “next time let us know if you want to turn up late” it felt like me and my friends were back at school, there is a method of speaking to your customers and that wasnt it. Our mood had gone off after the attitude and tone she decided to speak to us in and it ruined our evening. In future train staff to speak in a kind manner to customers and not like they are 10 year olds in detention. I dont care about how nice the food or what the price is, but the main thing is you feel comfortable, and after that encounter we definitely didnt.

MZ
London
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing steak! Lovely burgers! Highly recommended!

S
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I used to like Cristina's. The waiting staff in my opinion are very hit and miss, one day they are polite another day they are irritated. I ate there with my friends and the waitress serving us was very abrupt and we were even asked to stop laughing when the table opposite from us were laughing and creating more noise then us. All in all the food is very value for money but the service is very bad.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and service.. would definitely recommend..👌

CC
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Celebrated mums birthday with a meal at Cristina’s. The meals were lovely however, my husband ordered the veal ribs which came with sautéed potatoes, the potatoes were raw and uncooked. Also, the ribs were a little spicy which was not stated on the menu, I believe it was cooked next to other foods that was spicy. Husband really cannot handle spicy food therefore the meal was not enjoyable.

AM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We booked a table for 8 people on Opentable but called and said it was for 11 the day of the booking. I was called by the restaurant yesterday to confirm 11 people but when we arrived there was only seating for 8 so we had to eat all squashed up.

L
London
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Me and my partner love the food here. The service is always good, polite, friendly and attentive. I have recommended this restaurant to many people and they also love it here.

AB
London
7 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The quality of the food is really dependant on what you order. We both had steaks which were nice however, the starters of a bowl of rice with bone marrow and a bowl of crispy potatoes and beef were nice but super random and not normal starter food/portion sizing. We asked for the 'all the sides' option however the waitress literally told us we weren't allowed as it was too much. Definitely advise people that ordering the whole thing would be a lot for 2 people or write on your menu 'minimum 4 people' but to tell a customer they aren't allowed and to only order 1 side each seemed mental. One of the sides I did order was bbq beans, that were so spicy neither of us were even able to eat them!? When booking we were asked if there was any special celebrations and I wrote that it was our anniversary however nothing was mentioned or organised by the restaurant. My boyfriend was injured on the day and was on crutches, which the waitress took and put behind my chair so whenever he needed to get up, i had to lean down and pass the crutch round the table. Completely understand if it was in the way, but not leaving it near him defeats the purpose of him using it. I would return if i was in the area and would probably only order a steak or a burger but I wouldn't travel far to eat here.

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The starter was a little over cooked and dry but other than that a good meal and excellent service.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great customer service. Very spacious between tables so no need to squeeze through chairs. Waitress was super helpful, cheery and funny.

AK
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food tasted delicious. The steaks were cooked to perfection and my hallumi salad and the mess tasted really good. The homemade lemonades are presented in a lovely way. The kids were entertained by the staff overall it was a lovely evening meal out

AH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sirloin steak was amazing. And their brisket burger is a must have!! Also their onion strings were realllllyyy good. Their drinks were a bit of a let down this time but still love their food and would definitely go back!

AS
London
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious. I would now love to try the Sunday roast! Heard good things about it!

AH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food and service.
I ordered the Sunday roast which was around £12.99 which is a bargain for the amount of food you get. Food was very yummy but the roast potatoes could have done with a little longer in the oven. The gravy was thick and very nice but could have done with a bit more flavour. But everything was reallllyyy good and service was on point. Meal was so worth it! Very nice drinks and their Eton mess dessert was great!
Definitely going to go back for steaks next time!!

s
London
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food, great ambiance, and lovely customer service

j
London
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very very good loved it. Very pleasent took my date there had so much fun

SK
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible- we had the steak and burger! We even stayed for desserts....sticky toffee and eton mess! The service was amazing, helpful and attentive! We had a lovely lunch date and would go back again. Book in advance as it was full when we initially tried to go and now we can see why!

k
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My company attends an annual exhibition at Excel and we found Christina's on our first year we attendended this was our 6th visit and it has now become a last night venue for us. food is alwas excellent and staff are first class just seems to get better every visit

AO
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic filet steak that melted in the mouth, served with crispy seasoned fries and a feta salad that was dressed to perfection. Try the homemade lemonade it’s delicious. They serve different beers from around the world we had one from Hawaii that was fruity. The staff were really friendly and made us feel really welcome. Looking forward to coming back for my birthday in July.

S
London
18 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were running a little late but they were very considerate and saved our table for our Father’s Day lunch. We ordered the Sunday roast with was fab - really big portion and very good value! We ordered the chicken and chips child meal for £5 which was also a very good portion. The service was very friendly and a great family ambience in the restaurant. It was our first visit but we will definitely be returning.

JJ
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely lovely food and atmosphere. Friendly staff and clean environment.

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