Barlata Tapas

Barlata Tapas

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.barlataaustin.com/
  • Phone: 5124732211x
  • Hours of Operation:
    DINNER
    Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
    Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

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

    WEEKEND BRUNCH
    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
Barlata Tapas reviews from OpenTable diners
143 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (107)hot spot (62)good for groups (59)neighborhood gem (50)special occasion (46)vibrant bar scene (40)notable wine list (37)romantic (26)great for brunch (19)great for lunch (11)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (4)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • excellent tapas, great service
    LonghornLady
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Staff members were friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. Food was excellent with a variety to choose from.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicous, yet inconsistent
    WeDineOutAlotVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I want love this place, but it's so inconsistent. The paella should be a signature dish, but we've had a range from burn flavor, no flavor, salt flavor, and rice ration. The cocktails are good but the pours are stingy. Would only recommend if you're expectations are calibrated, and you're willing to send food back to have it prepared corrected. They are prompt to respond, and want the experience to be good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still on their game!
    evao
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Daniel and his staff deserve high praise for continuing to present traditional tapas in a lively contemporary setting with exemplary service. Erik took great care of us, all of the food (octopus lata, ceviche, pork meatballs, lamb brochette, oxtail stew) was yummy, and we tried a bottle of reasonably priced wine that we will order again - the Garciarevalo Rueda. Cannot wait for a return visit. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The food and the service was great and highly recommend and the paella Taste amazing and being a native of southeast Spain it rare to find such good Spanish food in Texas best paella I ever had while living in Texas
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • absolutely wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    we were a group of six and had a wonderful time. the food was excellent and the service was outstanding. it's a little noisy, but other than that, it was just awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun vibe
    LonghornEaterVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Food was not as great as expected, but the service was outstanding and the happy hour menu was fantastic for both food and drinks!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Deliciosa!
    Elizzle
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Everything we tried was delicious! Great Spanish wines and creative cocktails!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barlata
    EssenTrinken
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My wife and I went right at opening on a Friday evening. Spanish Tapas and Tapas Bars throughout Europe are always a great source of interesting meals, whether in Barcelona, Madrid, Munich, or other places. We were looking forward to the delights of small plates of great stuff - and we were not disappointed. Barlata had many choices and well described by our waiter. Our wine choices complemented the dinner. We look forward to going back with some of our foodie friends for another dinner. It was a pleasure to meet and chat with Daniel and see that he really enjoys bringing some of his Spain to Austin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The waiter
    notafoodie
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Our waiter was terrific; funny, attentive, engaging....just the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner with friends
    OutwithFriends
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We joined friends for dinner and drinks at Barlata and weren't disappointed. The atmosphere is fun, but can be a little loud. The drinks a festive and the kitchen is very quick at turning out the plates. It's a great place to try different things. Our waiter (Eric) remembered us from our last visit and had excellent suggestions to try off the extensive menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful evening
    Gatodave
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    From the moment we entered till we left, it was a great experience. Even te couples surrounding us were great. We loved our dishes and the staff. It just wasn't Spain. Who could help that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fine restaurant
    merlotgirl
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I've had consistently great experiences here. Attentive service, ample space at the bar, and very high quality food (read: the best). I only wish the tables were a bit bigger to accommodate all of our food choices but that's a wonderful problem to have.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food & Service
    AJATX
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We decided to go there as a group & were very impressed by the courteousness of staff & they way they guided us through the menu.We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Tapas and great staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My wife and I have now been every week for the last month because it is our new favorite restaurant. The menu has a wide variety of options. We are making our way through it all. The ceviche is unbelievable with the most tender octopus I have ever had. Many people don't like octopus but give it a try, you won't be disappointed. The Gambas Ajillo is great (ask for extra bread to soak up the "Juice"). I could go on and on but you will have to try things for yourself. Be a little daring - ask for items you might not normally try - that's what you do in a tapas restaurant. I guarantee you that you will find something that you enjoyed that you wouldn't have tried otherwise. The wine list is great - ask for recommendations. Daniel & Vanessa rock.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lmh1VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great server and service, v mediocre food. Disappointing paella.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food, needs larger portions
    jlynn
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Hi. The service was great and i thought the food was good. However, its pretty expensive for how much you get. I paid 11 dollars for 4 meat balls. It should be at least 8 to 10. Especially, if its a big group of people. Everything should be at least twice thw amount in portions. I know that its tapas, but i dont feel i got my money's worth. I will only recommend for VERY specials occasions.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Austin's Top Tapas
    thoughtforfood
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Barlata Tapas is a great addition to Austin's restaurant scene. The food is adventurous (tripe), well-prepared, authentic and most important tasty - I've yet try anything that I'd call a dud. The wine list is decent but the wait staff doesn't seem to know the list except for the by-the-glass stuff so unless you're up on Spanish wines, you're kind of on your own. Also a plus is that they have a small but well-selected sherry list, so you can sip a fino with your tapas. The room is a bit of a barn; it's not an intimate space. the sense is that a good chef set up the kitchen and the menu and left town, as they don't offer specials as far as I could tell, but he or she trained the kitchen staff well, as the food is consistently good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Accommodating and Delicious
    CarolynVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We always enjoy the food at Barlata. This time, we were impressed with Barlata's ability to seat our party of six comfortably, and how efficiently they dealt with the birthday cake we'd brought. There WAS a cutting fee...but the server kept it in the back for us, cut and served it, and packaged up the leftovers, all with a great and helpful attitude.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious tapas & paella!
    Neenz
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was one of my most memorable meals in Austin! A friend of a friend had recommended this joint, and everything we ordered was delicious. The notables were the squid ink paella, garlic shrimp, the brisket with some kind of pasta/cheese, and definitely the service. I also loved the decor and layout of the restaurant. Very beautiful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barlata
    Qwik40
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Tapas (small plates) very tasty. Paella (main reason I was there) was not so good. Got the Barlata Paella which had 2 whole shrimp (great for presentation - hard to eat), 3 clams, 2 mussels and no other seafood. The rice was scorched and stuck to bottom of hot serving dish. Would not recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jenn
    Jenninibbles
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Fabulous experience! Will return soon...very delicious and the place is just plain cool!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Tapas
    GCHMSHVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My wife and I dined here prior to going to a show at the Zach Theater recently. Food & service were both top notch. Thomas was our server and he was attentive without being intrusive, he had execellent selections for both food & wine. Looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Do not book with Open table
    XOPENTABLE
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I recently booked a reservation with Barlata on line and they use open table. I received confirmation for my reservation. I showed up on time but the hostess could not find my reservation. She showed me her screen and my name was not on it. We took a seat at one of the communal tables and had dinner, which met my expectations. I have dined here before. After I arrived back home I received a NO-Show message from open table !! This problem is going to cost Barlata business. Open table sent me a message about some kind of dining credit and thanked me for letting them know I had dined at Barlata. I will not be using open table again. Just wanted a reservation, simple. I will contact Barlata directly next time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Times 2
    Craig
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My new favorite restaurant
    Beth
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spanish food tour
    Budsboy
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice atmosphere
    Ldiningout
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tops in Tapas
    luvsavoryVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food & feast for the eyes
    greatfoodinaustin
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great tapas
    gininVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy and busy
    Humanfoodeater
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We waited for about 20 minutes for our table, despite having a reservation. The place was certainly bustling!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Service
    Bethesp2
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The service was great, and the server was very helpful and knowledgeable about the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb service, excellent food
    cdiamand
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tops in tapas
    AustinlarryVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food was great....innovative tapas. Service by our wait person Linda was outstanding. Our party of four really enjoyed everything. Overall economical as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect
    Ndlepter
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Squid Paella is Divine!
    1PitaPicks
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Delicious
    CarolynVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Barlata offers a selection of traditional and inventive spanish style tapas. Servers are always prompt and courteous; food never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • deekayVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    Audrey
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and busy atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate