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.
Hours of Operation:
Mon - Friday 11.30am - 11pm, Sat 11.30am - 11.00pm,
Sun 12pm - 10.00pm
£41 and over
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020 3005 8555
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
Chris Shaill - Head Chef
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Wine
Barbecoa Ratings and Reviews
Spectacular anniversary meal
We visited Barbecoa for our 5 year anniversary, and it was amazing. The staff went above and beyond to make our evening special, congratulating us on our anniversary with complimentary bubbly and macaroons! The food was delicious, best steak I've had in a long time! Atmosphere was great, such a brilliant location with stunning views of St Pauls.
A 30th bday bash!
Having checked out various places I could take my Fiancée. I decided on Barbecoa due to good reviews on google, jamie Oliver's affiliation and a really interesting view. The menu looks good. Plenty of tasty combos! Only complaint is the lack of decent description. My Fiancée ordered steak not really knowing what would turn up with it. Yes its pricey! It's London. It's Jamie Oliver. The experience is worth it. St Paul's looks great with the lights on it. Overall, go. It's good. Complaints, food didn't stay hot long, more description on the menu and a mention of a service charge? Everyone was great, but its not the USA. It's not compulsory where I'm from!!
Another special occasion!
This is the second time I have had the privilege to experience superb food, dynamic cocktails and an amazing view overlooking St. Paul's Cathedral. It is a must to view the outstanding kitchen through the cleverly positioned glass panel. The staff are friendly and receptive. I would recommend this restaurant especially for a special occasion.
Great food, well cooked steak. Service is excellent.
Nice atmosphere and lovely food will cer...
Nice atmosphere and lovely food will certainly go back
Excellent food, knowledgeable service, good vibe
Primarily a venue for business lunches, has never failed to impress. The food is good and wholesome with no tinges of nouvelle cuisine. Staff are informative and affable. Really enjoyable without hint of artifice.
Looking forward top visiting here for months, but was wholly let down by the experience. Started with very average and only just warm 'hot' chicken wings with some cheap tasting sauce poured over, and a couple of random peanuts (?) at £8.50, which ironically sounds cheap compared to the £13 for THREE tiny little prawns, which were lost within the most predictable sauce combo on earth. Both rib dishes we sent back, as could not even get a fork in the beef short-rib. If you can't even serve edible ribs at a grill like this, what's the point?! £5 for a small cup of fries, which they then rudely cleared off our table early anyway with some still left in. And £5 for a single sweet potato with a bit of salt on. 'Deconstructed' cheesecake for dessert was actually just a cheesecake upside down in a glass. Overall, extremely poor. Overpriced, poorly served tosh, yet it still managed to cost us over £115 for two people. Never again.
Good for business lunch
Booked Barbecoa for my MD who has just relocated from New York - his feedback was "the food and service were good but very little vegetarian choice"
Far from expectation
Asked a recommendation from the staff. He said steak so irdered fillet steak. Steak was OK but bad presentation-wise. Sauce was placed as if it was mistakenly spatted on the meat, oils all over the plate. Salad was mediocre Paid £40 for that and a mocktail Not recommended
Had the chateaubriand to share amount ot...
Had the chateaubriand to share amount other things all were fantastic great celebration of fire based cooking good win and cocktails and the snickers style ice cream was fantastic with views over St. Paul's! Pricey but you get what you pay for, worth every penny!
Siloin steak was off the menu.
Sirloin steak off the menu in a steak restaurant! Not the first time this comment has appeared in the Reviews. Great location, helpful staff, but over-the-top pricing. For £220 for 3 with 2 courses, the food has to be very very good and whilst nice, it wasn't that good. I wanted to try it and knew it would be expensive, but I can get this quality much cheaper elsewhere. I have eaten in a lot of JO restaurants in the UK and they are very variable. Pity, some are excellent, but consistency is an issue. This is preying on the wealth of the locality, without delivering value for money. Cheap or expensive, the client can choose, but quality must always match the investment and this was more hype than value for money in my view.
Definitely Worth a Visit
Food delicious, full of flavour and well-presented; staff friendly, attentive and efficient; overall a great experience that I wanted to repeat as soon as it had finished!
Barbecoa London visit
We were given the best seat in the house with majestic views to Saint Paul's Cathedral for my daughter's 18th birthday celebration on our first visit to London. While the restaurant was very busy and loud, we had a beautiful dinner...it was a bit pricey but worth the view.
Booked a Saturday evening for a friends birthday and had a wonderful time. I asked to be sat somewhere with a great view of St. Pauls and thats exactly what we got. The ribs three ways tasted fantastic and were cooked beautifully, portion size was great. Neither of us could fit in dessert, but our waitress still bought out a "Happy birthday" slate with a macaron on which was a lovely gesture. The restaurant was packed, but staff were very attentive. I haven't stopped talking about it since the weekend, so would definitely recommend. Oh the cocktails are great also ;)
Good produce, poor service
Expectations were high , upon entry all seemed well, good ambiance and very stylish modern setting aswell as the majestic view of St. Paul's . We chose our starters and mains however I was stunned to hear my choice to be declined which was sirloin with tomatoes due to running out . I had to have t-bone instead which was beautifully cooked and seasoned but not to have the sirloin available at a grill restaurant has got be very poor and disappointing . We did enjoy the dishes but yet again there was disappointment , we had to eventually ask for the dessert menu but by that point 15-20 minutes had elapsed, we had no time left now to order as we had arranged to meet friends later in the evening . Overall plenty of promise but a real shame that the service towards the end of our meal prevented it from being even better. Must maintain service levels to all tables.
Quite simply excellent!
This was my sons 30th birthday meal and the restaurant were brilliant. I informed them that it was a special occasion and we had great seats, great service and a fabulous meal. The waiter was knowledgeable and great fun. He answered all our questions allowing us to make choices that delighted everyone. Every course was a delight - the crab cakes had just enough kick to make you sit up without being overpowering. The ribs as a starter were a main course in themselves and so laden with meat. The tuna and scallop delicate and full of flavour. For main course everyone either had the fillet steak and the pulled pork. All the steaks were requested to be cooked differently and everyone was perfect. The pork was amazing as well. We were so full that we almost missed the 5 for 5 dessert which I would recommend if you can't (like us) manage a full dessert. 5 small portions of 5 classic with a twist desserts. Oh if only I had more room! The customer service from everyone we encountered was exceptional. It didn't matter whether it was front desk, waiting staff or chefs - the customer came first - and with a smile! What a delight. In addition at the end of the meal a slate plate with 'Happy Birthday' in white chocolate and a chocolate macaroon was brought to the table. I understand it was gorgeous as I didn't see a crumb of it! AS it was also Barbecoa's birthday we all got goodie bags which was a lovely touch. We will definitely be returning and I have already recommended to friends and colleagues.
The Best Place I could choose for special occasion
Outstanding service quality, management looked after us unbelievably well as it was a special occasion. ..hardly any waiting time, we were wowed by the food taste and quality. Romantic ambiance and view ,perfect for dinner for two. We were also gifted by manager with welcome drinks and staff made sure we were looked after and made us feel very welcome. Food portions were great and despite price which some could think was high we think is 100% worth it. Definitely strongly recommend to others. And sure we will be back. Thank you Barbecoa xxx Marlena and Ryan
Fabulous atmosphere, great service, very good food, amazing whisky selection with many special items I have never seen before in one restaurant... Despite the restaurant being super busy, everything was top notch. Well done, Jamie...
TBone was terrible. Price for dinner to high. Other food was very good.
If you are a meat eater this is the best restaurant to visit in London. They serve the best meat, particularly steaks that you can get - anywhere. I am in the food industry so I visit all sorts of places and nothing compares. And the service is second to none. The waiters all know the products very well, and can also advise on for example the best wines to drink with you meal. And a view over St Pauls Cathedral in the greatest city in the world - perfect. Good for any occasion. Impress your clients, friends, have a great romantic meal - and a meal you won't forget. That is why I keep going back and take my best clients and visitors there.
Jamie Oliver's Barbecoa boasts a prestigious location overlooking St Paul's cathedral in the City of London and has a businesslike ambiance whilst welcoming more casual weekend diners with their children. Dishes on the Sunday menu are around £27 per main course are accompanied by side vegetables. During our visit there were promotional cocktails and desserts at £5. Portions are generous, such that some might serve two instead of one. Service was attentive and informative, the server described dishes in detail before ordering. The kids' menu at £12 has variants on favourites like bangers and mash or fish and chips but served in a sophisticated fashion. The main menu has around 8 starters and twice this number as main courses. It's mostly meat with a couple of fish options but little for vegetarians. Their specialities are steaks and pulled meat dishes. It's upmarket American steak house food served for the Michelin-loving market. The interior design with picture windows, dark wood and leather seating echoes Jason Atherton's City Social at Tower42. Whereas some restaurants at this price point might leave you wanting more after a series of miniature mouthfuls of foams and cheffy set pieces, a meal at Barbecoa is undeniably a substantial dinner in the traditional meat and vegetables sense. So whereas it's ambitiously priced, you won't go hungry and will feel you have eaten extremely well. There's a huge variance in what you might pay per head at Barbecoa, you might get one course plus one drink for around £30-35 or you might pay £80+ per head for multiple courses with 2-3 drinks. Optional service charge of 12.5% is automatically added to the bill. I would highly recommend this restaurant for its food and ambiance. It's spot on for a special treat or occasion but less suitable for parties including vegetarians, dieters or anyone on a budget. If you're none of those three things, it's fabulous.
Steak quality has gone down hill!!! Seri...
Steak quality has gone down hill!!! Seriously down hill
Arrived at Barbecoa not knowing much about it apart from it being a Jamie Oliver restaurant. We had a drink at the bar as there was a delay with our table, bar staff attentive even though very busy, front of house could not do enough for us even though we only had to wait 25 minutes. We had a selection of starters that were amazing and on the house, which I must add they did not need to do, but was a nice touch. my T Bone was cooked to perfection, never felt rushed, great ambiance and a fantastic setting overlooking St Paul's, would definitely go back again.
Barbecoa is one of my favourite restaura...
Barbecoa is one of my favourite restaurants. The only two pieces of criticism I have are: (1) The Calamari Starter was forgettable and a little bland. This was mainly due to the flavourless sauce. (2) The chateaubriand was ordered medium rare, but it was prepared with more of a bias to the rare side. Other than that - the food here is a MUST. Try the Mocavero red over the Barolo at the top of the wine list. Its sweeter and compliments their Chateaubriand/truffle butter combination far better.
A dissapointing experience. The food was average.
I've been before, but honestly I left feeling like I just wasted money. The chateaubriand arrived cold and wasn't even that good. The sweet potato was cold too, along with the sauce. Chips were ok. The best part was the corn bread starter, by a long way! I can't even remember what else we had, but none of the 4 of us were very complimentary.
Excellent food as normal
Both food & service excellent, meat cooked to perfection.
Average-poor at a high price
The food was so-so; steak a bit tough but OK. Service was OK. Overall about the level of an Angus Steak house, in a slightly nicer environment, with food at 2-3x the price. Not good value. Had mentioned a gluten free requirement when booking but no-one was aware of this when we arrived.
First time Barbecoa
Maybe our expectations were to high... I'll start with the positive things: 1. Our view on St Pauls was great... 2. The coctail we drank was great (spicey, the way i like) 3. the meat (chateaubriand for 2) was also very good. What bothered me (a little bit): - it was pretty noisy inside - our service was a little bit 'pushy'... she looked disappointed when you didn't order some things (like wine and dessert). - price/quality not what i expected. But maybe i'm to spoiled in Belgium. We're in the centre of London in a restaurant of a famous (television) chef so it's normal we pay more. Sio i guess when you're in London you can eat better, cheaper and in a more cosy restaurant than in Barbecoa...
This is the perfect place where you can ...
This is the perfect place where you can get very good food and service as well as a good view to St Paul.
Reasonable ambience although a bit noisy/echoey. staff were attentive and helpful value for money reasonable. Floor to ceiling windows which afford a great view of St Pauls cathedral day or night as it is illuminated at night.
One of the best steakhouses I have tried, bit expensive.
high praise, medium experience, great food
I got steered to this place by a food critic who said this is a great place to be. to make a long story short, the food was fantastic and kept its promise. Unfortunately the rest didn't. Service was mediocre (besides reception), to many waiters, no connection, no recommendation, no explanation, no follow up (left a full portion of the nibbles, because it wasn't my taste) not even a reaction. Cold and superficial. Drink service (we ordered champagne) was inattentive. All in all, a great place to be - liked the ambience of it, I would recommend to go but most likely not go there again myself, which is very sad, given all the effort which went into the place.
Barbecoa is a great place to eat but it's a bit expensive. It's perfect if you have something to celebrate and the view on St Paul's is amazing. Cocktails are great especially the Bloody Mary!
Lives up to the hype
After hearing many good things about Barbecoa, I decided to take some clients for a celebration meal. Whenever reviews have been 'rave', it's with an equal measure of trepedation and excitement to finally go yourself. The steaks were delicious; the quality definitely rivalled Gaucho's and Hawksmoor. Starters and desserts were very good, and the wine list decent. The atmosphere is slightly more pedestrain than expected-but I would go again.
Food as good as always but service lacking
The food was very good as the previous times we´ve been to this restaurant, but it was quite apparent that the service was more hurried than before (almost watching you take the last bite and then quickly remove the dish) and not very knowlegeable (serving a cask strength whisky with strongly chlorinated tap water and not understanding why I did not like this - I was quite upset that a restaurant which prides itself on its large selection of whisk(e)ys could allow such a blunder. Music as always too loud so that it becomes difficult to understand each other even across a small table. After all very pricey - starters, mains & drinks for 3 persons for close to 200 pounds. We concluded that we´d have to think hard if we would like to come again next time we´re in London.
Try every side order, it will make your experience that much better!!!
Disappointing experience when I took a f...
Disappointing experience when I took a friend for dinner. Having been to the restaurant on a number of occasions this was a somewhat chaotic experience that left me embarrassed that I'd taken my friend. Whilst I understand a view of St Paul's cannot be booked or guaranteed on request, I was surprised that we were given the exact opposite by being placed at the back of the curtained section which is as far away from a window as possible. The one saving grace was that the food was good.
Great food, but loud
Barbecoa remains for me the best Jamie Oliver related restaurant. The service is attentive and quick, the food is exquisite, great ingredients, skill and lovely presentation guaranteed. The wine menu is good and the sommelier has great recommendations. You even get a decent value for your money. There is only one thing I don't like about Barbecoa and that is the noise. I don't know why, maybe it's the naked concrete or the glass everywhere but the place has an incredible noise level. It is simply not the place for a relaxed, quiet, romantic dinner - the buzz is too much for this. I'll be back though, the food is simply too good, not too.
To eat at Barbecoa is a great experience...
To eat at Barbecoa is a great experience. We enjoyed the excellent food and can recommend the Carpaccio as well as the Chateaubriand. The service was fabulous too. So I will definitely come again and can recommend this great restaurant to all.
This is definitely a meat-lover's place… as you way in you are greeting by 4 hanging carcasses in reception! The food was delicious, with my only complaint being there was too much of it and I had to leave an embarrassing amount!