Rico Libre

4.5
196 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.

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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 196 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
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4.4
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.4
Value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very friendly service from the young staff.
Tremendous tapas, range & quality.
Great value too

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SheilaB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Average food, expensive for what you get. I'm not a fan of sangria, but it was really good (have to give them that). Some descriptions in menu are misleading (churros sharing pot, it's really not for sharing for example, just a normal portion). The waiter was really good and attentive.

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SahilS
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff was very sweet and made you feel welcome. We got the classica paella. Chicken Paella was good but the starter could have been better as the bread was a bit hard. Overall a good experience I would say. Oh and the sangria is definitely worth a try. That was really good.

OJ
OJfaok
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really great food as always, highly recommend it if you’ve not been

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malcolmm
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good friendly welcome, very helpful staff excellent menu choice backed up by good service

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Jessica
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent Food - super quick service and the staff were really accommodating. This is a little gem of a find in Digbeth and I would highly recommend to all! I'd be surprised if this wasnt the best Tapas in all of Birmingham!
I cant wait to visit again!

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KatieE
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything looked wonderful. The variety of flavours was amazing. Most of our party were vegetarian and the choice was fantastic. Two stand out dishes were the mushroom croquettes and the honey glazed aubergines.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We visited Rico Libre for our delayed wedding anniversary meal due to having to isolate. I mentioned it in my booking and wow thank you so much for looking after us! When we arrived there was a lovely bottle of Prosecco on the table.

We went for the Paella night and it was brilliant, the food was excellent - the homemade sangria was awesome. The restaurant is lovely and the atmosphere is great. Our waiter and waitresses were very helpful and made our dinner very special

I would 100% recommend going to this restaurant

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ClaireH
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

Enjoyed our evening, service was fantastic, music good sound selection but a little too loud. Food - good selection felt some items were over priced and not the quality to match. Would recommend the patatas bravas, patatas alioli, Camembert starter, belly pork.

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Jemma
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Great food, service was a little slow due to it getting busy very quickly.

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Char
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great as always and so was the service. I'm not usually a tapas fan but this was my third time here's!

The waitress Seren is a credit to the place. She's been my waitress the last two times I've been and she's so friendly and lovely. In fact, all the staff are great here. It's such a relaxed, chilled out and welcoming venue.

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AdamR
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Some great specials and some really good dishes. Mushroom croquettes were fab and the mussels were delicious.
Great location, good food would definitely recommend

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Thanks
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Lovely setting, good food and atmosphere. Could do with being a bit more Covid secure. Friendly staff seemed overstretched as service was slow at times.

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Allie
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Amazingly good tapas, all of which I could eat again.. only sad couldn't fit anymore in.

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nichola
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tommy was amusing and served all the Tapas with the right attitude.

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Pippa
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

Absolutely fantastic food for a great price, made even more good value with BYOB. Service was a little shaky, we were served desserts before paella and then served starters a second time, as the paella is freshly made it takes 20 minutes so the confusion led to quite a wait - but it was very worth it and the staff more than made up for it so we were in no way disappointed

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Phil
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Food was excellent and beautifully presented. Two things could be improved. The first is allergy labelling on the menus, which was non-existent. The second is the background music - they had two rival sets of music playing, and they conflicted with each other, which was really annoying.

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Clare
London
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent paella – I hope to come again soon. Thank you.

SM
SamanthaM
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Amazing food and lots of choice, lovely vibe and very good value

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colin
London
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Lovely food,friendly relaxed service and a cool environment

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Lydia
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tapas was amazing! Staff were very friendly and acommodating

JN
JoeN
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Awesome little place, great food and service was fantastic

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Yogi
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and menu in place! The desserts were amazing and place is a vibe

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vipBathsheba13
Brighton
29 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Friendly, casual atmosphere. Staff are professional, welcoming and polite.
Enjoyed the variety of tapas available, recommend the cod filled peppers. Each dish came out hot, jus ta little time between each tapas, dependant on what you order.
I like the new venue in the Custard Factory, but still miss the quirky pub.
See you soon.

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Angie2020
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience2

Obviously they have a good marketing manager…. The food and service were not up to expectations and definitely not to what they say on their website. The waiters did not have any experience….. I think I would not go back again.

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ThomasD
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food chilled atmosphere service was excellent and staff friendly and welcoming can't wait for next visit

MB
MichaellaB
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a perfect meal. 2nd time we have been and its my favourite tapas ever

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Apples
Warwickshire
6 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Absolutely delicious! Couldn't fault any of the food, it was all amazing.

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JuliaR
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was fresh, well cooked and absolutely delicious. Although we were there on paella night, we stuck to the tapas on this occasion. As recommended, we had 3 dishes each which was perfect for our healthy appetites. The albondigas (meatballs) were a really good texture, not too dense or heavy and the tomato sauce - yum! We also had garlic chilli prawns - perfectly cooked, just the right texture and not overwhelmed by the garlic or chilli. Chicken thighs in a garlic sauce - lovely. The batter on the hake was as light as a feather and the fish still succulent. The crispy aubergines fritters with seed and honey were very different but we really enjoyed them. The pastas alioli were crispy and delicious and very garlicky. The staff were really pleasant, very helpful and friendly. We took our own wine and corkage was charged per head. Still great value, but we might also try their sangria next time! We will definitely be going back and would highly recommend.

Rico Libre
Responded on 25 June 2021

Gracias for the five stars, JuliaR! We're so pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit to Rico Libre! We look forward to welcoming you back soon for another fiesta where we'll be sure to have our Homemade Sangria waiting 💃

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KirstieF
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing. Best Tapas I've ever had! Really authentic, excellent service, good value for money. Would highly recommend and will definitely be back.

Rico Libre
Responded on 25 June 2021

Gracias, KirstieF for choosing to spend your evening at Rico Libre. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit - especially the Tapas! From all the team at Rico Libre, we look forward to welcoming you back soon 💃

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Charis
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Lovely food, with a good choice of dishes. Great location in the Custard Factory.

Rico Libre
Responded on 25 June 2021

Gracias for choosing to spend your evening at Rico Libre, Charis! We’re so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience and hope to welcome you back soon 💃

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LukeP
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food at reasonable prices, great service and a comfortable atmosphere.

Rico Libre
Responded on 25 June 2021

Gracias, LukeP for choosing to spend your evening at Rico Libre. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit! From all the team at Rico Libre, we look forward to welcoming you back soon 💃

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PhilipR
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

Food just not very good. Way better tapas in brum.

Rico Libre
Responded on 25 June 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments, PhillipR. We're sorry you didn't quite have the fiesta you were hoping for, but would love to welcome you back as we're hopeful that we can change your mind!

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MelodiM
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Our favourite tapas were the piquillo pepper & goat’s cheese, the aubergine and the pulpo. Quite small for the price to be honest. Avoid the pan amb tomaquet and calamari

Rico Libre
Responded on 25 June 2021

Thank you, MelodiM for taking the time to review Rico Libre. We truly value your comments and have contacted you to discuss your experience further.

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Knansmsns
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience. I’ve been here twice now and it gets better every-time food was amazing. beautiful

Rico Libre
Responded on 25 June 2021

Gracias, Knansmsns for choosing to spend your evening at Rico Libre. We're so glad to hear that you had yet another great fiesta with us! From all the team at Rico Libre, we look forward to welcoming you back soon 💃

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SimonD
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent evening all-round. Will definitely be going back.

Rico Libre
Responded on 25 June 2021

Gracias for the five stars, SimonD! We're so pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit + look forward to welcoming you back soon 💃

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A fabulous Saturday evening great food and excellent service

Rico Libre
Responded on 14 June 2021

Gracias for the five stars! We’re so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the food and service + hope to welcome you back soon 💃

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Francisco
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Food was fantastic and really authentic being spanish myself however the service let the meal down as it seemed very inexperienced and was very slow waiting 45 minutes for food when it wasn't even busy.

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Hugh
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Food excellent, recommended.

Rico Libre
Responded on 14 June 2021

Gracias for the four stars, Hugh! We’re so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the food and your visit. From all the team at Rico Libre, we look forward to welcoming you back soon 💃

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LeeF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was really tasty, but some plates were only just about warm enough. We ordered 8 small plates, 7 came pretty much at the same time but we had to ask for the 8th quite a bit after we finished the others.

Rico Libre
Responded on 25 June 2021

Gracias for the four stars, LeeF! We’re so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit + hope to welcome you back soon 💃

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FAQs

Rico Libre is rated 4.5 stars by 196 OpenTable diners.

Rico Libre does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://squareup.com/gift/MLHA2K57QJ2NM/order.

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.