BARcelona Tapas Restaurant

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680 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Contemporary European
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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!
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Phone number
(314) 863-9909
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Peio Aramburu
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Catering
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!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Maryland and Forsyth
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Parking details
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.
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Entertainment
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.
Additional
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
What 680 People Are Saying
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4.2
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

I really enjoyed the meal my brother and nephews had at Barcelona the other night. The food was great. I am ready to return. I think I will bring my granddaughter next. thank you.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I LOVED this restaurant!!! Nice atmosphere, great staff and wonderful food. I would recommend this to anyone. And their sangria was amazing!!!

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Great tapas at a great price. Very accommodating to make gluten free options.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Fun! Portions could have been a bit larger or less expensive but overall a good time!

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

We have been to Barcelona in the past and found it excellent. However, this time some of the food was not good. The empanadas were overcooked and/or stale. The steak was tough. What happened to the usually good tapas?

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

I love BARcelona. I always have a difficult time choosing which items I want to order from the menu, because they all are delicious. On this occasion, we ordered pitchers of both white and red sangria, and both were quite tasty.

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4.0Dined on May 29, 2018

First off, they never got our reservation. Food was great. Service wasn’t. Our waiter forgot about us halfway through the meal and we had to hound other wait staff for service.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Barcelona is my favorite restaurant in St. Louis. Food is always great, and you can’t beat the atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Went for birthday lunch date. Tried many different tapas...our favorites were the crispy codfish & potato cakes, chicken & chorizo skewer, baked goat cheese & garlic bread. Garlic shrimp, asparagus and beef tenderloin were just okay...not as flavorful as I would’ve liked. Tres leches cake was very very sweet but paired with coffee, it was perfect! Great service & lovely atmosphere.

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Very poor service

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We love the atmosphere here and it used to be our go to. The last couple times we have been there the food has been just ok. The service has been awful. This visit the restaurant did take care of one of our meals and brought us a dessert on the house for the trouble. Not sure I will be in any hurry to go back.

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Food was mediocre. Service could have definitely been much better. It took a while for our server to get to our table once we were seated, and it took even longer for our drinks to arrive. We had already gotten most of our food by the time the pitcher of sangria was brought to our table. Also, every single one of the tapas was delivered around the same time, so our table was bombarded with food all at once. Maybe other people like to get their food all together, but we actually did want the slower paced experience that Barcelona is supposed to be.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Food as always was good- we sat outside which was really nice but the waitress literally forgot about us for way too long

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Ambiance and menu was great but we couldn’t find our server for at least 15 minutes which changed our minds about ordering more. The staple foods were great but calamari was over cooked and sangria watery.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Our waitress was a little spacey and forgot some of our food.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

I enjoyed being able to get Spanish-styled tapas and loved the food on offer. The food was warm and tasty once I got it with a great selection of wines. The sangria looked great although I didn't order it in the end.

My only complaint is that the price per tapa was more expensive than what I think it should be for the smaller portions. I ordered a meat option which was $14 and I had to order two other tapas (for an additionally $11) to be able to feel full at the end. It would probably be best to share amongst a table to get the best variety at a lower cost due to that.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food has gotten worse and the sangria is so watered down. But enjoy the ambiance.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Barcelona is a gem! The food is delicious. We loved everything from the mushroom toast to fresh tuna. Plus the atmosphere is so fun and the cocktails are fantastic.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Very efficient and courteous service. Food and drink quality was excellent. Tapas menu was very traditional.

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1.0Dined on April 6, 2018

I took clients for lunch and food was delicious and service at beginning was ok but then the lunch rush hit and there was only one server for entire restaurant so she didn't come back to our table until we went to get her which felt like 30 minutes and who I assume was the manager seemed to be ignoring us when we would try to get his attention. Also there were lots of little fruit flies around our table. I was very embarrassed for taking clients there and will not take any more there again.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The service was excellent. Our first small plates came soon after we ordered and were delicious. We had a nice table right by the window and enjoyed ourselves immensely. All the food we ordered was wonderful. We especially liked the queso de cabra al horno, the lamb chops, and the salmon. We will be back soon.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Our server started off strong but wavered throughout the evening. The food was very good, and the beer was cold. I'd recommend this place for Happy Hour.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Always s a great time with good food and
friendly service.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Food was excellent!

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Great value and excellent food. They have a great patio and a good wine list. All of the small plates were wonderful.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Went with 3 other people and we all ordered 2 plates each and got one of each dessert. The variety and flavorful nature of the food had us all "wowed", full, and definitely wanting to come back for more. We split a pitcher of sangria as well which was superb. Overall would highly recommend this restaurant, especially on a summer evening when the front is opened up. Great atmosphere and authentic.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Sorority big little reveal

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

IF you want authentic, real tapas in the STL area this is the place to go. The vibe inside is what you want for a tapas place. It is great for a business meal, group meal or dinner for two. All the dishes are made with fresh ingredients and taste amazing. Service is top notch. Not a bad thing I have ever had on their menu.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Very good evening with group of friends. Great service, food and drinks

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

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!

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The food was not as good as expected.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Enjoyed the experience, great food and great atmosphere. Very friendly staff and very helpful in ordering tapas. Enjoyed the Sangria and the goat cheese.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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...

We ordered;

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..

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

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!!!!

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Clayton Food Week

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Service and food is always amazing!

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

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..! ❤️

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2.0Dined on January 11, 2018

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.

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