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Tuck into a festival of flavour at Rico Libre! - Rico Libre, Birmingham,

Rico Libre

4.4
4.4
364 Reviews
£26 to £40
Tapas / Small Plates
We are Rico Libre – Birmingham’s #1 Tapas restaurant!

Join us for a fiesta of flavour with fresh, flavourful and fiesta-worthy Tapas and Paella. Come and join us for some Tapas & Cocktails!

Our chef Pedro is a distinguished Tapas restauranteur who has won awards for his unique style of Tapas in Spain!

Visit our website to view menus and get in touch.

See you there!

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2 people

19:00


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Thu, Fri 17:00–22:00 Sat 16:30–22:00

  • Phone number

    0121 296 9994

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Birmingham

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Paella Night

    Multiple dates available
    Tuck into the delicious flavours of Valencia with our set Paella Night menu. Choose between Clásica (£10pp) or Paella+ (£15pp)* and get ready to fiesta! Oh, and if you change your mind, you can switch to the Tapas menu when you visit us — no problem! For more information, visit: www.ricolibre.co.uk/menu *Payment will be taken at the end of your meal.

What 364 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Birmingham/West Midlands

    Outdoor Eating

  • Birmingham

    Good Vegetarian Options

  • Birmingham

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. CE

    ClaudiaE

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food5service3ambience1
    First time visiting the new Rico Libre. Got there on a Saturday evening. They didn’t have many dishes and we were only told after ordering drinks (no patatas bravas, no beef or pork, no cammembert and many more), we decided to stay and made our order which took over an hour to come. A couple sitting next to us left after waiting for an hour and a half. They offered us garlic bread and a jar of sangria on the house because of the wait. The food was really good, but the overall experience was not. A shame as there’s clearly been a downgrade in terms of management since moving to this new building. Staff did all they could so can’t blame them. It’s just basics of management that were clearly missing. How can a restaurant run out of many items on a Saturday evening and still accept bookings? I will not be recommending Rico Libre from now on.
  2. SS

    SamS

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Lots of menu not available. Was told long wait for food but was informed so that we wouldn’t “harass staff”. Service level was poor overall
  3. S

    Seanoduk

    Birmingham

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Our first visit since it’s move from the Barn St location, which we went to a number of times. Unfortunately the menu has changed considerably, gone are the items which made the original venue, well, original! It’s all gone a bit “corporate” no excuse for a bottle of warm wine being served (after all of the red options sold out) Food was ok, Mussels being the best bit. Appreciate mid games which may have pushed them to the limit.
  4. CN

    CarolineN

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Having eaten here before, we were rather disappointed. We arrived at 5.30 and they sold out of red wine. The. music was awful and as we were seated under the speaker it was very irritating. We were told we could not move tables despite there being empty tables during the time we were there. The food was fantastic as ever and the waitress was lovely.
  5. MP

    MidlandsP

    Birmingham

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Good food but let down by small details. Wonky, sticky table that hadn't been cleaned. Food was mostly good to very good. Although meatballs were cold and chicken curry didnt taste of curry at all.
  6. T

    Timtim

    Birmingham

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Went there wouldn't let us use voucher. Rebooked then they cancelled
  7. DM

    DouglasM

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant came highly recommended and the food and the service did not disappoint. Our server was very friendly and helpfully guiding us through our first tapas experience. Looking for forward to visiting Rico Libra the next time we're in Birmingham.
  8. SH

    StephanieH

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous staff, incredible food and all round great night!
  9. DJ

    DanJ

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very enjoyable, food was excellent and drink quality and service very good. Will hopefully be back soon.
  10. LA

    LauraA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very cosy and vibrant place. Food was just amazing, muchas gracias for chef! Sangria was just perfect to our tastes. Muchias gracias and asta luego 😃
  11. ZT

    ZoeT

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, my favourite restaurant of all ❤️ fantastic service from Byron. will definitely return again soon
  12. DG

    DancingGnome

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious tapas and lots to choose from. Can BYOB too, corkage fee £4 each.
  13. FO

    FanOfSpain

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    This is a good restaurant but they can improve in the following ways: 1. Service: All very friendly and fine but: -when approaching a table of guests, you cannot simply but into the conversation. -If the guests buy wine you should really pour it for them not just leave the bottle and walk away. -When clearing plates, do not stack all the plates on top of each other, take them away, one plate in each hand. It takes longer but it's the correct way. 2. The food: The starters/tapas were fine. The paella (chorizo/chicken) needs work. Too stodgy, it needs to be a bit lighter. It sat very heavily. Could be the oil, could be the way the rice was cooked. Experiment and try to find a lighter way to enjoy the flavours. 3. It is a little expensive for the quality of the product. We had a good time but not good enough to go back.
  14. MW

    MatthewW

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food. Great services. Made us very welcome and we will definitely be booking again soon
  15. AJ

    AyyyJayyy

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ordered 12 dishes - all were amazing. Staff were spot on and were stunned on what good value it is. Def going back
  16. D

    Doralillie

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Lovely food,great staff!! Good venue but unfortunately having eaten in the original Rico I was a little disappointed as the atmosphere just wasn’t the same..used to have a candlelit home dining room feel and now it felt quite chain restauranty?
  17. r

    rosieg

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere, would definitely recommend and go again!
  18. T

    Tash

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere. Staff were really attentive and food was lovely.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was stunning! Except the pork belly which was full of rind. But the rest was amazing, particularly the scallops. It’s a real shame these guys don’t have many drinks to serve… they have like 1 beer on straight, sangria, 3 kinds of wine and a few mixers. Not enough choice I ended up getting a drink I didn’t really want! Also ran out of quite a few things! But overall good experience and friendly waiters.
  20. MH

    MimiuH

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Yet another great experience, we had an attentive waitress (with the pony tail). We opted to sit outside due to the lovely ambience, however, the temperature dropped quite suddenly and without hesitation she arranged for a patio heating. We had a fabulous time, my only gripe was my crème brûlée, the chef had experimented infusing it with Tonka beans. Unfortunately, not to my taste, my companion liked it. The waitress immediately arranged to have my dessert removed from the final bill. The rest of my meal was flavoursome and I can’t wait til my next visit.
  21. EJ

    EdwardJ

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, great for a date night, would definitely go again.
  22. B

    Brummie

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was amazing! We were a group of four diners who went on a Saturday night. We ordered 4 tapas dishes each which was more then plenty! There’s a good selection of very tasty vegetarian choices. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about the food and was able to also explain all the specials to us. The restaurant is licensed and has a good selection of cocktails, they also have some beers and a small selection of wines. You can also bring your own drink for a corkage fee. The only one downside is that our table for four people had wooden seating, like benches with low back rests, these are not very comfortable. The smaller tables have leather backed chairs which are better.
  23. RF

    RebeccaF

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    On a positive note, the food was fantastic and the service was great. Such nice people work there. We had asked if the restaurant was accessible. I had also asked for outside seating as two of our party are disabled and clinically vulnerable to covid. Whilst the inside of the restaurant was accessible, the outdoor seating for our party was not. Furthermore, the disabled toilet had a narrow entry way to both the bathroom and the individual stool.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 30 June 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience4
    Amazing food and drinks, let down by mediocre service and very sticky tables.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had a lovely meal at Rico Libre. Only dampened by the uncomfortable seats that we had which they were unable to move us. The food was outstanding and the restaurant has specials which were incredible. Please put the chimmichuri steak onto the main menu!! Generally very good value for money and the food was fantastic
  26. JC

    JaneC

    Warwickshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was very lovely and assisted us with choosing our dishes. The food was delicious and good portion sizes.
  27. CN

    CarolineN

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    No better place to be on a sunny evening. Gorgeous food, chilled atmosphere and fantastic, friendly customer service from Seren.
  28. RS

    RobertS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Food was passable but felt processed rather than made fresh, and given the size of the venue this probably was a necessary evil. Although this restaurant had the Rico Libre name, it’s nothing like the original, which was small, family run, and everything was cooked fresh; so don’t be fooled by the tag!
  29. H

    Hamish

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Decent meal nice staff nice restaurant, music was a bit loud but otherwise was lovely!
  30. C

    Chris

    Exclusive

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food Good value Service very good A good place to eat in a relaxed atmosphere
  31. KR

    KieronR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent food, all very well cooked to perfection! Great drinks too!
  32. S

    Stevenb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    A lovely place with great food which came quickly and were a good size, the cocktails were very refreshing too.
  33. n

    nrioja

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    lovely food, lovely service, lovely vibe..............
  34. PA

    PeteA

    Birmingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The tapas was very good, but some confusion between starters and mains meant it all started arriving together. Additionally, some of the mains were mediocre, but others very good.
  35. GM

    GillM

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    lovely selection of tapas, very friendly staff. Good drinks selection
  36. BP

    BecP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Very slow service, part of the meal was forgotten, servers had little knowledge of the drinks menu, the food was bland and only warmed through, felt like microwaved food, not nearly authentic tapas.
  37. WL

    WendyL

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely meal here and cannot fault the food or the service would definitely go back and highly recommend. Our waitress was Seren and she was extremely helpful and friendly.
  38. SK

    SamanthaK

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious selection of dishes with polite service. Would return.
  39. AH

    AngelaH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Whilst the menu does state that not all dishes may arrive at the same time, we did not expect the long delay between dishes that there was. Given there were only 4 in our group some of us had eaten a number of dishes before anyone else’s arrived. The food in our opinion was reasonable but not worth the wait or the cost of each dish. It was our first visit and after looking at the menu we had high hopes, however we would not want to visit again.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We arrived early, but they seated us straight away. Quick and attentive service, but not intrusive. Every tasted great, will definitely go back ( but will order less haha)

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Rico Libre is rated 4.4 stars by 364 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Rico Libre

The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham, B9 4AA

Additional information

  • Area

    Birmingham

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Thu, Fri 17:00–22:00 Sat 16:30–22:00

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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