Wanted to try somewhere new for my birthday dinner, sad to say I was a little disappointed. I made reservations a couple of days ahead of time but they still tried to sit us in the middle of a walkway in the bar area. I asked for a different table and we were given another one but still a high top in the bar area near the kitchen. I guess I thought by making reservations you'd get one of the nicer tables, I dunno. After we ordered, it took 25-30 minutes just to get iced tea and the two cocktails our table had ordered. The drinks came after the food. The paella was delicious but I doubt I'll go back. If you're looking for a good tapas place, try Sanctuaria in The Grove! I've always had good experiences there!
The food was not as good as expected.
Enjoyed the experience, great food and great atmosphere. Very friendly staff and very helpful in ordering tapas. Enjoyed the Sangria and the goat cheese.
Gal-entines Day. We made reservations for our table of 6. It was ready on time. Service was good and food was good. We shared many meals.
Look I get it, downtown dining rooms usually are a little on the cramped side, but the tables they use at BARcelona are in another level - in a bad way. Ridiculously small and they expect you to eat off plates the size of coffee cup saucers! We came here last Valentines Day too, and the set they served last year was so much better than what they did this year. Lights were way too bright, and someone made the genius (not really) to put scented candles on the tables...it did not pair well with the food...
Calamari - decent but nothing special
Roasted potatoes in a tomato sauce - tasty
Pork loin skewers - very good but SMALL
Garlic shrimp in chili oil - no taste of chili oil and shrimp were swimming in a bland sauce..
Paella for two - finally a decent portion, but FLAVORLESS!
Desert Brownie & churros...meah at best.
Just overall a disappointment and we won’t be back..
We had a wonderful time! Great food, wonderful atmosphere (can be loud), fabulous service, and excellent for something different. My husband and I like to bring out of town family here for an enjoyable evening. The service was outstanding and very prompt. The owners were attentive and saw them walking around the restaurant often. We also felt the place was clean and neat for a review. We thank you for presenting a great experience!!!!
Clayton Food Week
Enjoyed our evening at Barcelona! The pork kebabs were very dry and a lot of the food needed salt but overall I thought it had great flavor. I really liked my garlic shrimp and my Tres Leches cake the best. The staff was very very nice and attentive. No major complaints or problems I would definitely go back!
Service and food is always amazing!
Great neighborhood tapas bar. Always has been a fantastic venue with amazing food variety and impeccable service. A true St. Louis destination venue...! Love it..! ❤️
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.
The restaurant was very cold
Semi-authentic Tapas and decent cocktails marred by loud, ambiance crushing music. Why not go all in with the Spanish vibe and play something more apropos than current pop music?
The food is terrific but the place is loud. The noise is not as bad as many contemporary restaurants and the carpeting does help, but They might consider lowering the music and seeing what else they can do to change the ambiance.
Our meal and service were outstanding. We took friends from Chicago and they loved it. DJsamanthalee was terrific. Wish there was a dance floor to we could do the music justice.