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Barlata Tapas

Barlata Tapas Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.barlataaustin.com
  • Email: reservations@barlataaustin.com
  • Phone: (512) 473-2211
  • Hours of Operation: DINNER
    Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
    Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

    Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

    Saturday - Sunday 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Daniel Olivella
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking - 3 hour limit
A word from Barlata Tapas
Husband and wife team chef Daniel Olivella and Vanessa Jerez bring northern Spain to South Lamar. Specializing in tapas, or shared appetizers, Barlata celebrates a culture that’s reflected in its cuisine.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "What a great way to catch up, while sampling great food and enjoying a selection of lovely Spanish wine. Calamares fritos, braised oxtail, and paella--sabroso! Toby made us feel he had awaited our arrival and was there for us alone!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The roasted duck leg with prunes and pine nuts was outstanding! Some of the best duck I have ever had! Prunes and pine nuts were a delightful compliment."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "This new restaurant in Austin -- I've now been there three times within two weeks -- is very very welcome to Austin residents, of which I am one. The Spanish (-style) food is excellent -- a nouvelle cuisine verson of a tapas bar and restaurant. The bar is terrific!, as are the opportunities to sit at "community tables" (what a great idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!), at bar stools, as well as at tables reserved in advance. I've done all three formats, and they work very well. The concepts of the tapas is excellent--you can eat a little, or a lot, you can share different plates with your friends. The Catalunyan and Mallorca wines were very very good. The noise level is very high near the bar and community tables; if noise bothers you, sit at tables."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The ones that we got were great. I wanted to try others but that would have been too much food. I will return."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Disappointed. No dish was "wow" in taste,... The prices make me say wow. 2 tiny picillo for $10?? I have been in real tapas place and this is nowhere need the quality of food expected. This Is a very expensive Californian knock off that left their prices too a Californian levels. This is Austin, we demand better quality and Texas prices."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Really liked the Wine selection and the food that was served."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Great service from a knowledgeable efficient friendly waiter. Food hit and miss"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The food was excellent. It reminded us of our trip to Spain, specially Barcelona (Catalugna Region)."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We ordered three hot tapas and a wonderful beat salad. The salad was to die for! All of our food, including the crowning gem of black paella, was very salty. Our reservation was taken right on time and the server was very helpful, knowledgeable and gave us great suggestions. The wine was outstanding!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Took an out of town guest with me for my first visit. Crab stuffed peppers and brisket cannelloni were fabulous! Traditional paella was a bit overdone but still a good flavor. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We took our niece, who was visiting Austin and had spent a year living in Spain. She enjoyed it, from the recognizable tapas to the tasty Rioja wine. We've been there before, and will gladly go again."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "If you haven't been there, go. Food is very good and very authentic, the place is cool and there is usually a crowd, which makes it nice and lively. Brunch on the weekends is the best. I wish that it would open for lunch, as Spanish food is great for a late, slow, enjoyable lunch with some nice wine... Very recommended...."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We came here for our 18th anniversary. Sat in a booth on the sidelines watching the younger crowd. Lots of communal sitting make for friendly talk and meeting new people. Our waitress, Veronica, lent a Spanish country flair to the modern atmosphere, giving us ideas for tapas choices that would work with what we wanted to try anyway. Also, she made an excellent wine choice for us; Prima. We started with Boquerones with pears and Idiazabal cheese, a delightful light combo with fresh, white anchovies to round out the flavors. Our next two tapas were the Gambas Ajillo (crunchy shrimp crusted with a red chile and garlic, and mussels with sofrito, peas and pancetta. The shrimp were fantastic! Finished with Paella Barlata, also very good."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Good food, great service, awful acoustics. I'm all for a vibrant lively ambiance but the acoustics turned the sounds of happy conversation and laughter into a cacophony."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Though by-the-glass menu has changed, our server was happy to offer tastes of new wines. All (2 reds, one white) were very good. Bringing food out when it's ready makes the meal informal - a good thing when the vegetarian has something to eat too. The owner stopped by after an hour or so to see how things were. (Very good.) A happy experience every time we go - either just the 2 of us, or a place to bring out of town guests. Reservations work here, I don't want it to get TOO popular, but I understand why it would be high on any list."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The food was incredible and the service as well. Very lively environment. Although its a small plate restaurant the portions were generous for tapas. Loved it. Would definitely return."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We ate here before going on to The Long Center for the ballet. All of us had traveled to Spain and enjoyed tapas there. It was like being there again with out the flight! Great food, service.we will be back.."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Despite some of the hype, we found Barlata's food to be somewhat underwhelming. The presentation was generally weak (quail plopped on top of chopped lettuce in almost exactly the same way the lamp was presented. The gambas however, came on a sizzling pan which was excellent and tasty. Over-all, the tapas were uninteresting and poorly presented."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Great atmosphere and great authentic food/tapas - made me feel like I was back in Spain. The owner is a friendly guy and the vibe managed to be both trendy and relaxed at the same time. It's a great place to have lunch or to go for a beer (they have Estrella on tap) while watching a soccer game. We went for the Barcelona/Madrid Clasico and there were lots of international fans which was cool too."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The menu of tapas can be daunting at first, but be rest-assured everything on there is a unique and delicious choice. Highly recommend getting at least one pan of paella to split -- the traditional varieties as well as the more off-beat gamey recipes are all good. The only knock was that the two-person tables are cramped and a little precarious, creating an air of nervousness when there's an open bottle of wine sitting on them."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "Barlatas is still on top of their game! Savory food with great seasoning. Patatas are crispy outside & hot & soft inside. Excellent combination! Gambas ajillo are a favorite selection as well. And you can't go wrong with any paella b/c they will customize the ingredients. Can get loud but it's a vibrant energy so all is good. Service is attentive w/o being intrusive. Love to introduce friends to the place."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Great wine, great service...food was just ok. Very salty squid ink paella. Prices were steep for quality of what you got. I don't think I'll be back. Super loud in the restaurant!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Delicious and certainly unique menu. A varied and interesting spread of tasty dishes ranging from the exotic to the so, so coupled with an extensive wine and liquor list made for an enjoyable evening. Waiting staff were attentive and knowledgeable with a fun ambience one would expect from a popular tapas bar later in late evening Madrid. Make sure one's credit card is primed and up to date because while taste options are flavorful and delectable, portions usually run to a couple of mouthfuls.So, as one's dining companions savor the chef's morsels, remember that at around $3 a tasty spoonful and with wine flowing freely, the bill can reach Michelin 3 star dimensions!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Each dish is medium to small and close to perfect."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "It was not our first time at Barlata and it will not be our last. Everything we order, we love. Service is so friendly. Love it."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I tried Barlata when it first opened and wasn't impressed at all but thought I'd try them again after 9 months assuming they got it together. Still not impressed. Not only is it expensive for what you get, it's not that great. Want tapas, there are much better places in Austin."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I invited a group friends to celebrate my wife's birthday. It was great. Excellent drinks and food. Emily, our waitress, was amazing!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Food was amazing, really amazing. Authentic, rustic Spanish food. I've been several times and I continue to go back because you can't get food like this any where else. Try the bacaloa, octopus, iberico ham, arroz negre."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "my husband and I had a date night here on Saturday. We met the owner Daniel (a true Spaniard from Barcelona) who made great menu recommendations (Seared Iberico Tenderloin and the Gambas Ajillo were delicious). One of our favorite Austin restaurants!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We went to Barlata Tapas on a Friday night around 7 pm. Granted, it was the beginning of SXSW, so maybe it was busier than normal, but dang...it was crazy and LOUD. Hubs and I could barely hear each other. Plus we were seated at a 2 top table that was in a row of 2 tops, all close to each other. We spent the first 20 minutes being quiet because the two ladies next to us were talking so loudly, and there was zero privacy. After they left, we felt a lot freer to talk. The food was fantastic! We had 3 tapas, some Paella, dessert and 2 glasses of Sangria, and the bill was a reasonable $70. Our waitress was super knowledgeable and helpful on picking tapas. Overall, we really enjoyed the place! I think we will definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The black paella is superb, I also enjoyed the beets and arugula salad as well as the gambas al ajillo. The piglet cocktail is awesome!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We were excited about Barleta, having read a glowing review, and so it took a while to tumble to how truly bad this place was. Our waitress seemed knowledgeable, and we followed her recommendations -- octopus with fennel, garlic shrimp, anchovies with pear and sharp cheese, plus lamb kebobs and pigs feet. As I said, we wanted to believe, but literally nothing tasted good. The shrimp was drowning in oil and despite a pile of garlic slices had no discernible garlic flavor. Octopus, anchovies, lamb, same: no flavor. The pigs feet tasted subtly of star anise, but the texture was alarming. Meanwhile, our waitress had disappeared, and no one else seemed to want to take our money, so we had to walk up to the hostess to check out."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Spanish only wine list, absolutely awesome food. everything is prepared well. I love the food in a can."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "6pm reservation was perfect for an early saturday night. Had 3 cold plates and 3 warm plates - not a bad one in the bunch. We were adventuresome and tried all new items - Octopus warm and cold was fabulous. Waiter was very helpful in suggesting what order to eat our selections. Pigs feet was the perfect way to end the evening! Would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The food was wonderful, with a very different take on what you would normally find. Much too salty, though. The bar is very well stocked, and the staff are knowledgeable about almost everything they have. The waitstaff are very patient, explaining any item on the menu you inquire about, how it's made, and if they have tried it."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Great place. Just like the tapas bars we found in Barcelona. You have to go. Truly a great place. Great service too."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Service was excellent, food was great, good scene, definitely going back."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Have been before several times for dinner and love the place. This time we decided to try brunch, and it was the best in town to date!! There are still no crowds for brunch, and that is great.. Service was very good, and the meal was amazing. The table had the eggs and chorizo, which are powerful, Spanish and amazing, also the poached eggs, which were perfect... Pancakes fluffy as air, perfect torrijas.... You got to try it!!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The second visit confirmed the first. This is a spectacular tapas bar. Amazers food. Tasty sangria. Super staff. The tapas plates were every bit as good as the real deal in Spain. The energy and crowd of the place was exciting and fairly loud, but clearly there were lots of people enjoying this place a LOT."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Only been once. Great wine, drinks and meat dishes. Seafood dishes vary in the quality of the execution. Good service and cool atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/14/2014