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About BARcelona Tapas Restaurant
COME SAVOUR THE BOUNTIES OF SPAIN! In the heart of Clayton, this Spanish translation of "a neighborhood bar", an Authentic Spanish Tapas Bar is always busy with people at the bustling Bar, the church pew lined dining room, outside on the back deck or on the Central Avenue Sidewalk. The walls are bright saffron and crimson with teal accents and just like in Spain, the whole original Serrano Hams, dried salt fish and strings of red peppers frame the busy open kitchen. Bring your friends in for a glass of Sangria to share the gossip of the day. As the Sangria gets the juices flowing, you will want to enjoy some of the many small plates (Tapas) Here you get the true Spanish Fried Artichokes with Romesco sauce, baked Goat cheese melted in tomato sauce, grilled Beef tenderloin Pinchos with Cabrales cheese, peppered Tuna in a red wine and balsamic reduction or plate of Serrano Ham, Mahon Cheese and Spanish Olives. This intimate Tapas Bar can be quite rambunctious on crowded weekend night
Clayton, MO 63105
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Contemporary European
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm Bar Open until 1:30 AM; OPEN 7 DAYS FROM 11-11.
Tapas all day and Sangria all night. Come and watch the La Liga on our screens. We show every Barcelona Game. Viva Barca!
Maryland and Forsyth
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
This Original Spanish Tapas Bar is THE PLACE TO BE on Wednesday nights for outdoor live music, streetside dining and fun. Three Latin Trios take turns on performing on Wednesdays from 8-11 PM. It has been rumored that the dancing has moved onto the street at times. The combination of small plates, great sangria, live music and people watching is well worth the visit here. BARcelona's Taps Bar is open until 1:30 AM every night but Sundays, when the bar closes down for the law at midnight.
Want to cater to your friends with true Spanish Tapas? Want the true Spanish Sangria at your home or office Party? This little Bar will even provide the Music ( I-pod or cd's) to ensure your function is FUN and a well remembered success. Go to the website at www.Barcelonatapas.com and click on the link to send a message to the managers desk directly. Here's to a successful Tapas Party!
Plenty of parking available on either side of the Street or in the parking lot at the back, though the little alley on the south side of the block. VALET service is available every night from 5 PM on. The friendly guys from VIP Valet will charge you a merely $3 BUCKS to take care of your car. Sorry, no Hummers....just kidding.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
BARcelona Tapas Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
I support local business and consider disappointing experiences to be opportunities for constructive criticism rather than a green light to rant or leave scathing reviews. I dont know whether Barcelona or OpenTable is on the hook here, but since i receieved an email asking for a review, I will oblige the request.
I made reservations for two at 8pm on Thursday, Jan 11 through the OpenTable app. I receieved email confirmation of the reservation and update/reminders sent to my phone. I was impressed by the restaurant’s reputation and eager to try the famous paella especially (in fact, I still am - hence the 4 stars for food). When my dinner date and I arrived after a 60 minute drive to Clayton, we were brusquely informed that the restaurant was closing early due to reports of inclement weather and rather brusquely turned away. While it was a slow night, several individuals were seated at tables and the bar. A very simple courtesy would have been to pick up the phone or email and contact the holder of the reservation and advise that the reservation must be cancelled, and save us an hour of wasted travel to Clayton, or even take a moment or two to be personable when turning away a confirmed reservation. You never know who you might be turning away; perhaps staff should be encouraged to treat everyone who walks through the door like a valued customer- especially those who extended the courtesy of making a reservation. Why else would I bother with Opentable? I took the time to confirm the reservation I understand that stuff happens unexpectedly, but those moments are also opportunties to showcase superior hospitality, simply by taking ownership of the moment and making an effort to be hospitable. While it is admittedly a small sample size, I found Barcelona to be lacking in this regard. I have no doubt that the food and service is generally execellent at Barcelona, but based on my first aborted experience there, i suspect there is room for improvement.
I showed up at 7:30 for a 7:30 reservation. I had to wait for over 5 minutes for the hostess to come to the desk. When she finally did, she said it would be about 10 minutes for a table. I showed up at 7:30 for a reservation that I had made for 7:30 and was now being told that I would not be getting a table until 7:45, 15 minutes after I had booked for. My boyfriend and I had a drink at the barwhile we waited for our table. When our table was finally available, the hostess came over and told us that she would save the table for us while we paid for our drinks, as if she was doing us a favor. As we were walking back to the hostess' desk, she spotted us and walked off without so much as a "follow me" or "right this way." I was unsure if I should have followed her or if she was running off to take care of something else (she was bringing out food to tables, so I'm guessing they were understaffed). It wasn't until she pulled out a chair at an empty that I realized that she was in fact showing us to our table. I was completely taken aback at her behavior.
Had it not been for our waitress I would have given BARcelona 1 star in terms of service. The food was okay and the prices are okay. But until I hear of some improvements with service I will not be going back.
mediocre food, same service. I made reservations based on tripadvisor but was disappointed. the lights in the restaurant flickered all the time, the light was dim, the restaurant seemed grimy and not well-maintained. we sat next to the bathroom and the door to the basement - once the waitress opened the door to the basement I got a glimpse of the dirty wall. ugh..
the shrimps were undercooked, the beef was tough, the churros overly sweet. the olives were good. white sangria ($5) did not have almost any alcohol but the whole glass was full of ice.
overall, it was a big disappointment and will be more careful next time when selecting recommendations from tripadvisor.
Barcelona is our go to Tapas restaurant in St Louis. We love the bar / restaurant for its trendy ambiance and good food and drinks. On this visit stand out dishes were Bacallao, salmon and mushrooms. They were spot on. We didn't care for the Spanish sausages, croquettes - which seem to be missing ham, and the mojito which tasted of tonic water. Shouldn't a mojito be muddled sugar, lime, and mint with rum? Perhaps it was a different take on the classic mojito because they remade the drink and it came back tasting the same.
Even though we were disappointed with some offerings there were others that were good. Overall the full experience was a slight disappointment as we've always been happy in the past and expected the same .
First time here...and I will be back!
Thoroughly enjoyed the variety of small plates we ordered at this friendly casual spot. Excellent assortment of Spanish style tapas. Also had the paella, which may have been short on seafood but still had an excellent taste.
Definitely worth a try.
I was part of a group of 6. One couple (there were 4 of us singles) generally prefers to order for themselves; the rest of us were open to sharing. Our waitress helped greatly with determining how much to order for ourselves and for the table. All our food was very good with the exception of the beef tenderloin. Only mine was cooked as ordered: rare. The medium and medium-well orders were under-done. One was sent back. Although mine was cooked as ordered, it was tough. Tenderloin should never be tough if not overdone. We all look forward to returning.
Two friends got their food and finished it before we had to ask for l where my food was. They did have a large party come in but it was a little strange that I sat there hungry while others were able to eat and completely finish their meals. We did get dessert comped and it really wasn't the server's fault. It was just a rather frustrating experience for a first time there.
Disappointing experience. Brought friends from out of town and was a bit embarrassed. Service was terrible. Waitress repeatedly asked which tapas we had ordered. Drink orders had to be made three times with different people before the (watered down) drink arrived. One of our plates came out much later than the rest. Tuna was not fresh. Waitress spilled water on the table and my son's leg. Used his napkin to wipe it up and then asked if he wanted a new napkin rather than just bring one. We had two large 20 year olds with us and they stuck us in a table against the wall rather than a table with open sides (which was available). Unlikely to return.
I've been here several times in the past. We had an early reservation. The food was very good as expected. Atmosphere is always fun and lively. For whatever reason, the servers were not very interested in serving--like when they act as if it's an inconvenience to be pleasant and courteous. Maybe it was an "off" night.
This is one of my favorite restaurants in St. Louis. I will never hesitate to go here for a bite to eat or a drink with friends. It works great for meat-eaters and vegetarians. So many tapas options that you can always try something new, and so far, everything I have tried has tasted great. They're all a decent size as well! Honestly, it's a fantastic restaurant with a great vibe, and it feels so authentic and fun! Definitely check this place out.
Hadn't been in a couple of years and it wasn't as good as it was the last time I went. The food came out quick but the fried foods were cold in the middle and looked as though the grease was dirty. We didn't like the last plate and the waitress was nice enough to take it off the bill. We appreciated that but the food wasn't worth the money.
My friends and I went to BARcelona for the Clayton restaurant week promotion and it was fairly lackluster. Service was good and the place was energetic, but the food was not anything to get excited about. The appetizers (salad and bean soup) were pleasant, but the beef tenderloin was chewy and didn't taste fresh and the paella was a bit watery and mushy. The churros that we ordered for dessert were also slightly undercooked in the center. All in all, this place is ok, but not particularly impressive.
We were huge fans of the now defunct Modesto and have always considered giving Barcelona a try for tapas. They did not disappoint. The restaurant is vibrant, the food was excellent - probably one of the best mushroom dishes ever - the wait staff was wonderful. It is very loud so maybe not the place for an 'intimate' dinner, but fantastic none the less. We will be returning.
We had a wonderful time! We went for my birthday. I had asked for a quiet spot, but there was live music. We ended up outside, but it was perfect. It wasn't too loud and the weather was nice that night. Our waitress, Julie, was helpful and polite. We tried the watermelon salad ( special) and loved it. We loved the unique options on the menu. Everything was delicious. It was exactly what I was looking for on my birthday. Finally, a restaurant where I could sit and enjoy. No rushing. The food didn't come to fast or too slow. It was perfect.
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