Rico Libre

4.4
284 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.

Offers

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    Sun 12:00 PM - 5:30 PM, Thu 5:00 PM - 9:15 PM, Fri 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer 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
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 284 people are saying
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FionaU
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our waitress was very helpful. The food was excellent. It is recommended to have three plates each. This was adequate for me, very filling. We didn’t bring our own wine but chose to drink the beers on offer. These added to the meal making it more authentic.

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SCHOW
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Can’t fault the service and atmosphere, just can’t believe we paid about £6.50 a dish for patatas bravas and some stir fried mushroom and artichoke and a simple omelette with melted cheese on top.

I guess come here if value for money isn’t that important. The goat curry was really nice though so I guess if you’re getting veggie dishes you will feel a bit cheated.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service!

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MandySig
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great atmosphere. Felt very welcome and looked after by the staff, especially our server Byron - a lovely young chap who was attentive and very professional. Lovely food..and sangria, I would readily recommend Rico Libre.

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PYYM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Cozy place in a chill environment with street arts. Food is good with reasonable price. I’ll go again for the paella next time

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MichelleR
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was beautiful and fresh. Excellent service.. thk you highly recommended we will be back!

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JenL
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was delish and the waiter was very charming, just a shame it was a bit empty.

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ZoeT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was fabulous, service was excellent, Byron the waiter was very helpful explaining the menu as first time visit. cant wait to go again

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Nicoleg
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I had booked a table months before for my partners birthday. We turned up and the place wasn't even open, place was in darkness, chairs on the tables. We were very disappointed.

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kateQ
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as usual. Never disappoints. First time in their new space and food was just as I remembered.

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SophieS
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Live this restaurant, best tapas I've ever had. Great service and atmosphere. Will definitely be going back.

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Guest76
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We booked months in advance and we’re give a table for 4 with 6 chairs around it which was a shame.

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CharlotteM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food. Will definitely be going back

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KathrynS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food and staff great. A little slow to bring special menus over but otherwise very enjoyable.

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JaneD
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food! Impressed by the lovely new venue.

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KatieP
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty food! Portions great sizes. Definitely recommend and go back again. Even better you can take your own drinks for a small corkage fee. Very accommodating

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great. Service very quick and friendly.

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JacquelineC
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, excellent service.
Will go again!
On the downside : the venue is cold and noisy.

JD
JamesD
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and super helpful staff well worth visiting

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TamaraH
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab evening, great service and lovely food, highly recommend.

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Clare
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 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 November 13, 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 November 12, 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 November 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Friendly and efficient service, good food and fantastic value

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 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 November 6, 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 November 5, 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 October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A Birthday celebration

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Vodkaa23
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 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.

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CarolG
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 30, 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 October 30, 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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GB123
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 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 October 29, 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 October 28, 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 October 23, 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 October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food for a reasonable price. Would recommend!

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Sigita
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, amazing food and fabulous service! Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and great service, thankyou!

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BSL867
1 review
Dined on October 16, 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.

IP
InderP
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

FAQs

Rico Libre is rated 4.4 stars by 284 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 reservations at the moment.