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Barlata Tapas

Barlata Tapas Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "We enjoyed Barlata so much the first time we tried it again and we were blown away a second time. Excellent food, service and a fun atmosphere."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Our group of 4 enjoyed a great dinner at B44 in San Francisco a couple of years ago. We were excited to hear that the chef had moved to Austin and opened Barlata. And it lived up to our expectations! The wine and beer lists contain several fabulous selections. We had a hard time deciding on dishes, eventually choosing the evening's special (tomatoes and figs with balsamic), the smoked salmon, fabada, brandada de bacalao, and mussels for our tapas. Every one of them was outstanding, but my favorite was the special. We couldn't resisit the lobster paella and it was delish. The rice was infused with a beautiful seafood stock (even though we think a bit more rice in the paella would have been welcome). The Torta Santiago was the only miss."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Really good dining experience with excellent and informed server. Well-prepared tapas provided a fun evening of sampling things that the less adventerous cook would not attempt at home (at least not all at once). Certainly recommended and a great addition to Austin food scene."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "We usually go out looking for a unique dining experience and Barlata is exactly that. Tastefully appointed, international music, fun and delicious menue and great cocktails."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "There were 6 of us and we had a great time. We tried 12 Tapas and 2 Paellas. All were excellent. This restaurant has gone to the top of my "go to" list. The waitress, Bethany was outstanding. She helped us through the menu and helped us select a white wine - the wine list consists of all Spanish wines - I was good with the reds, but had no clue with respect to the whites. I described what we were looking for and she hit a home run. We will return."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Everything here is tasty, well prepared and beautifully presented. Service is exceptional and the minute you have an empty plate, it is whisked away. Wait staff are very helpful in making recommendations. Love the tapas; have not yet tried the paella, which I hear is very good. Great place for vegetarians as as many options. This place is not inexpensive but well worth it given the high quality. Expect that 2 will spend close to $100 if you add adult beverages. Recommend the dark chocolate ice cream made on site for desert. Only downside is that the restaurant is a bit noisy and you sit very close to other diners. Otherwise, perfection!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Just returned to one of my favorite new spots. I wanted to try the brunch and was not disappointed. The mimosa was great as well as the poached egg and beet salad. Just a lovely preparation and plenty of food without too much."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "We waited for about 20 minutes for our table, despite having a reservation. The place was certainly bustling!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The service was great, and the server was very helpful and knowledgeable about the menu."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Our waitress Linda was superb. Charming, knowledgeable and attentive without ever being intrusive. She (and her two-man support team) provided one of the best wait-staff experiences we've ever had in Austin - and we've lived here for two years, and eat out at least 3x/week. Every dish was unique and tasty and the portions are very generous for a "tapas" format. This was our fifth time to go to Barlata, and we'll be back again."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Food was great....innovative tapas. Service by our wait person Linda was outstanding. Our party of four really enjoyed everything. Overall economical as well."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We were a party of seven and our waitress was awesome. We ordered 27 different items and everything was fantastic. The chef came out thinking we were a table of food critics.Very nice man and was so pleasant. Can't wait to go back"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Parking has never been a problem. That's a plus for any restaurant in Austin. Love being able to make reservations too. Our table was ready on time. The service was plentiful and accommodating. Our waiter made a suggestion of wine based on our description of what we liked. It was a great choice. We went back specifically for the squid paella. It is divine. Next time I will order it without the butter."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Barlata offers a selection of traditional and inventive spanish style tapas. Servers are always prompt and courteous; food never disappoints."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Came here for a late dinner with colleagues. Nice menu selection. The food was good. The service was OK, but sensed a feeling that we were somehow hassling the server. Perhaps it was because it was past 8:15, only two tables were filled, and the server wanted to go home early? All the food came out at once - even the paella. Even if the food is good, these kinds of things put a damper on the overall experience."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We sat in the bar section. It was a quiet Sunday afternoon. We ordered from the Happy Hour menu. Everything was delish! A great spot to enjoy a casual meal and conversation."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The food here is really good. You can tell they have great chefs working in the kitchen. The place got a little noisy, but it was a Saturday night in an open area restaurant. I would recommend this place for a nice date night."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Made me feel like being in Barcelona again. Absolutely excellent food and knowledgeable staff."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The service was excellent. Our waiter knew the menu and made good recommendations for the food and wine. Highly recommend! This was the second time we had introduced a couple to this restaurant and it didn't disappoint."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The food was quite good, the menu was very diverse. Nice wine list, although since this is a Spanish style tapas place an affordable jarra of red table wine would not have been out of place. The calamares could have used a little less heat but they were perfectly cooked and the aoli cut the heat nicely. The oxtails were excellent and my husband raved about the lamb brochette. My only complaint was the noise level."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Always great!! Real good Spanish food, in a great modern setting with a great vibe and city feel. Love the place, the friendly service and the cosmo feeling in Austin. Definitively recommended!!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Loved this place. Our server was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and make point on recommendations. We had grilled octopus, ceviche, the smoked quail, and the ox tail plates. All was memorable but the ox tail was off the hook. The flan for dessert was tabbed as "the best I've ever had". Can't go wrong here. Prices are a bit high but the quality of the food makes it well worth it."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Great service! Mussels in escabeche: sweetness from the caramelized onions complimented the escabeche sauce. Bacalao: Vinegary and salty, beats the heat. Octopus: tender, great flavor Boquerones: If you like white anchovies you'll love this Seared Iberico tenderloin: Wow. best thing we had Morcilla sausage: Best blood sausage I've ever had. Period Quail: cooked to perfection. Arroz Negre: fantastic. Rich and delicious. If you don't like squid ink, try it again Dark Chocolate icecream: we paired this with the a port. YUMZ Crema Catalana: it's like a creme brûlée, but better. We paired this with the Lustau. OMG MeilyMato: goat cheese cheese cake. paired this with an oloroso, made the dessert taste a little like pecan pie."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We enjoyed a leisurely brunch sampling several dishes. The bravas and pulpo are fab!The restaurant wasn't very crowded, but I bet that will change as word of this unique brunch gets around. A wonderful experience."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Food seemed authentic Spanish with a twist. I was surprised at the items that were my favorites! Salmon crudo a must! Goat cheese mousse dessert also a favorite. Loud, but cheery and cool modern vibe. Waitress was great. Appreciated the attempt to keep it all regional to Spain and Portugal instead of varying too much..."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Barlata on South Lamar is a wonderful place! The wide selection and types of tapas are wonderful and the waitress was super helpful. Not being too familiar with Spanish wines she also guided us to an fantastic selection. Overall our variety of tapas and wine were fantastic. We topped off the night with some amazing desserts and enjoyed every bite! Looking forward to visiting again. This could become a regular location for us!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Barlata is new on the scene and has uniquely delicious and quality plates to offer...the real thing. The waitstaff is very attentive and the selection is refreshing. Bar drinks are a treat alongside the tasty treats. Great to go with a small group and share the Tapas and try new tastes. Crema Catalana and ice cream for dessert!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We were a party of six and had a wonderful time trying a wide variety of dishes. It's a great sharing place and the cocktails are delicious. Very trendy and good people watching. The only slight downside is that it's pretty loud."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "What a lovely space in our amazing city of fabulous places to dine. From the time we entered we felt cared for. The owner checked on us throughout the meal and every dish was perfection. The squid is a must as well as the lamb. LOVED them!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great service. Happening place. Easy parking. We had reservations, and our table was ready immediately. Food and wine were outstanding. The noise level—a bit too much."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Was really excited about trying this restaurant, especially the Paella. Disappointed...was just ok. Ordered several other tapas and nothing really stood out. May try again, perhaps it was just an off night?"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Barlata is a fun place to visit with friends and share food that many may not have experienced."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The hostess was welcoming and sweet. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu, and took good care of us throughout the meal. We started with a pear, cheese and anchovy salad which we found delectable (doesn't appear on the online menu.) The Gambas Ajillo (shrimp with garlic) was excellent. The Grilled Baby Lamb Chops were delicious with a really nice char. The Lobster paella was good, but the lobster was in the shell, a bit difficult/messy to get out, and bit tough to chew. We tried two of the desserts and didn't care for either one. The strawberry ice cream was dry and lacked creaminess. It sort of broke apart in your mouth and didn't melt on the tongue. The Mel I Mato looked pretty, but had a strange flavor."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Welll worth a visit!! Great food. Great wine . Fun ambiance. Outstanding service."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Third visit to this spot. Excellent food, but often too salty. Excellent server, and setting. Our table was overrun with ants, interestingly, but that was a minor blip but it cost ambience one star."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Barlata is a great place for a special celebration. Great food, great service, wonderful setting. Only complaint is that it is very loud."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We went for the flamenco dancing. But were equally impressed with the food and cocktails. I was highly recommend coming here for a nice dinner out."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We were there on Flamenco dancer night so it was VERY noisy. I would not have gone there that night if I had been aware of the entertainment. I made the reservation on Open Table. Is there a way to warn people about these events via Open Table?"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The owner/chef was very rude, we were not not pleased with our food and ask the waitress of we can order something else and the chef came back to our table with the food and was very rude and did not give us another choice. None of the food was authentic and did not taste like food from Spain."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Barlata is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is always good. We love the Paella, the tortilla de papas, las gambas, papas bravas, etc..."
    Dined on 6/15/2014