Rico Libre

4.4
264 reviews
£25 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
We are Rico Libre – Birmingham’s #1 Tapas restaurant and Birmingham’s 14th best restaurant!

Join us for a fiesta of flavour with fresh, flavourful and fiesta-worthy Tapas and Paella. Oh, and remember to BYOB.

Visit our website to view menus and get in touch.

See you there!

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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
What 264 People Are Saying
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Clare
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here! Lovely staff and food. Very chilled atmosphere and super easy going. We have been a few times and will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is lovely plenty of option available. Fizz was helpful and welcoming even did all he could to accommodate us outside after our meal for drinks.

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Clare
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was excellent and the staff were very friendly, but :
-If you book for outside in November remember to take warm clothing.
-If you order starters be aware your mains and starters will simply arrive as they are ready.
-If you ask for a bottle cooler it may be so full of water that when you put the bottle in there may be a huge mess.
-The jazz was lovely but very understated - more like background music than a live band

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ADiner
Birmingham
26 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Friendly and efficient service, good food and fantastic value

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Food was amazing, service was friendly but not attentive. Was next to impossible to get waiters attention, no check to see if our food was okay, no second drinks order, took 25 mins to clear main courses, didn't clear empty glasses, menus were dirty.

Food was great, and good value at 15pp, for bread, side, paella, dessert! Shame the service did not match!

I'll probably still come back.

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HayleyB
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always been a big fans of Rico libre and love their food. This was our first time at the new premesis and again it didn’t disappoint.
The food is some of the best tapas I have ever had. If you’re a tapas lover, this is the place for you.
Portions are good sizes, so 3 each with starters is plenty. Great value for money !!

The staff were super and the ambiance was perfect for a get together with friends for a catch up.

Will 100% be returning and I always recommend this to anyone asking for a beautiful meal out!

Thanks again 😊

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aliceknoxxy
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a fabulous meal at Rico Libre. Dishes are excellent and reasonably priced, with different specials available each time. Great service.

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PennyB
Manchester
7 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A Birthday celebration

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Vodkaa23
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from Betsy, needed to eat gluten free as my niece is a coeliac and Betsy made sure everything that arrived at the table was suitable.

Octopus, lamb skewers and pork belly were outstanding! Specials of pork cheek and goat curry were amazing!

Great service great night-thanks Rico Libre and Betsy.

CG
CarolG
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience1

Booked for the Halloween spooky tent
Which was a proper let down
Feel totally conned as it was hurst a tent with a band was playing ridiculously loud it was horrendous couldn’t chat with each other as we were drowned out by the singer
Why it was so loud Is beyond me
Food wax a real let down I’ve been before before it moved to this new place and just felt it wasn’t anywhere near as good which is such a shame

Sorry Guys won’t be returning
Just don’t understand the concept of what was advertised with the tent
Really
Let down

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Steph
London
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food at Rico Libre is fantastic. Spicy, garlic flavours that are totally delicious. The price is very reasonable too. Love it.

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gurminderb
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and very flavoursome veggie food! Will be back for sure

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OpenTable Diner
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience1

This is how the “experience” was described:

“experience Rico Libre in another dimension in our Terrifying Tent of Tricks and Treats. Exclusive to our Al Fresco dining area, enjoy our spooktacular live entertainment whilst we stir up the Tapas cauldron and serve up a hauntingly good feast!”

In reality it was the regular menu but served outside in the cold regular tent in what appeared to be a disused water feature. Not remotely “spooktacular” with zero attempt to decorate for the occasion and no live music.

Don’t advertise experiences you have no intention of delivering.

The food was fine but I’d have just booked a normal table indoors had I know there was actually no event.

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OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Plates wouldn’t get cleared before more was brought out so was very tight to get things on the table, the linguine was full of broken shell, the lamb had some sort of hard inorganic material in it. The rest of the food was not great either.

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Rileydates
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was incredible. As someone who has lived in Spain, I found it close to authentic and full of flavor

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Clazaroo
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food for a reasonable price. Would recommend!

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Sigita
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, amazing food and fabulous service! Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and great service, thankyou!

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BSL867
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

First time at Rico Libre following a recommendation. Overall food was good - but chaotic. For example, one of our 6 tapas dishes arrived before our starter, chased the starter. That arrived shortly followed by some of our tapas dishes - one of which wasn’t what ordered (hake). Last tapas dish arrived as we were half way through others.

All this said, the food was really tasty with the exception of the Patatas Bravas which should be renamed Patatas Lavas due to chilli content.

If the service improved it could be a five star.

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InderP
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and great atmosphere. Will be going back again with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly people and great food

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Stan
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, staff was as well, 100% will be going back

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SufiaS
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely service from Fizzy, thank you! Food was greatv

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TobyS
Lancashire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night, staff excellent, highly recommended. BYOB is an excellent option

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Sameena
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was informative and friendly, not over bearing at all. The food came out slowly, allowing us to enjoy the range of tapas fully. Really enjoyed our night here!

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HarrietL
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

After arriving, it took 40 minutes for anyone to come over and take a drink order. After that, food took a while to come. After booking from high recommendations, I was highly disappointed.

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vipKatyR
4 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, laid back atmosphere, excellent value. BYO is a bonus! Will be back.

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Vicky
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really like it here and it is always great. Very good food

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PHILLIPA
London
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue with fabulous food and fantastic service from Betsy.

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NLJ2021
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was delicious. The service was OK but we had to ask for certain drinks that were forgotten after ordering a few times. We also felt we were rushed at the end. We didn't order puddings but had drinks and the bill was brought to early and we were asked to pay before we had really even started our 2nd drinks. We weren't aware that the restaurant needed the table back and I didn't get to finish my 2nd drink

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RebeccaA
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had tapas starters and they were absolutely brilliant! Great choice, amazing food, great service, lovely friendly staff, would 100% recommend and we will definitely be going again!

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SpencerD
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice tapas well made, the black pudding and quail egg is especially good!

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Neil
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience2

We were running late, tried to call the restaurant but kept getting an automated message so couldn’t get through to anyone.
Gave our starters and main tapas order in one go thinking they would bring out the starters first for us to eat before the tapas however it was all brought together which meant the crispy aubergine went really cold and wasn’t tasty once this happened…the Camembert became really thick as it cooled too and wasn’t pleasant. The patatas alioli went cold and hard so that was tasteless. The only decent dish was the artichoke mushrooms and that’s because it was eaten hot.
Just couldn’t enjoy the food as we were trying to eat quickly to make the most of it whilst it was hot which wasn’t possible with 3 dishes along with 2 dipping starters.

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SueW
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent tapas, fab location, friendly service.
Try the sangria.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous paella night and great service as always from Byron and Seren thank you x

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ChrisD
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

The food was great but unfortunately for us they were extremely short staffed on the night. We had to leave the table and go up to staff directly a few times to remind them about us. The staff were very friendly though and apologetic, you could tell they were trying their best to deal with the situation. The toilets (two unisex cubles) weren't great, one was out of order and the other was in an awful state.

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terryc
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don't miss out on the fabulous food and service here, did not want our mael to end!
Look forward to seeing you again soon!

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NashyP
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best tapas in Birmingham! First time visiting Rico Libre since they moved location to the Custard Factory. The food and sangria were absolutely delicious, with loads of tapas to choose from! The staff were pleasant and attentive – Seren in particular was an absolute delight! Will definitely be coming back for more soon 😊

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KristenR
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great experience once again. Will be coming back.

EM
ElizabethM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Large portions and good value for money. Nice atmosphere

FAQs

Rico Libre is rated 4.4 stars by 264 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.