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About Barlata Tapas Bar
Barlata Tapas Bar in Austin offers an authentic Spanish atmosphere where tapas aren�t just food � they represent a way of life for the chefs and owners. The menu at Barlata Tapas Bar includes latas, served the traditional Spanish way in tin cans, paella and larger plates for a heartier meal. Guests sit around the bar and enjoy watching the tapas� preparation and sharing with other members of their party.
The menu at Barlata Tapas Bar includes ingredients such as octopus, mussels, baby squid and salmon, with plenty of other options for vegetarians or the less adventurous eater. Try the fried potatoes with spicy tomato allioli or the braised oxtail served with a red wine sauce. Beer, wine, house cocktails and a daily punch special complement your meal.
Austin, TX 78704
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Saturday - Sunday 11:00am -2:30pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Barlata does cater. Pintxo Parties Paella and Tapas All inqueries at firstname.lastname@example.org
Free parking - 3 hour limit
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Barlata is equipped with two large communal tables for a fun family style dining experience. Partial close out and full close out available. Preset menus available upon request. For inquiries email us at barlataaustin.com
Barlata Tapas Bar Ratings and Reviews
I was underwhelmed by the food. the paella tasted like it had too much soy sauce. It was overpriced for the amount of food and taste. The waiter recommended the most expensive bottle of wine in the category of wines that we were considering It was very loud
Party of 5 in for the holidays wanting a different dining experience! The wait staff was very helpful and we tried about 10 tapas style dishes, all of which were terrific! My first time to try squid ink and won’t be my last! A very fun place! Not all all snooty! Everyone remarked about the great experience!
All our food was quite good, with the exception of the flan, which was tasteless and disappointing. The caramel had crystallized into a thick impenetrable shell on top (like on a creme brûlée, but so thick it wouldn’t crack).
The kitchen’s timing and/or expo was off however. Twice we watched as servers tried to deliver our dishes to others tables. One salad arrived and but the other two salads arrived 15 minutes later.
We asked for bread three times, to no avail. THEN, as our server was clearing plates (same guy who nodded and said SURE three times when we asked for bread, but never brought any) he asked if we wanted bread to sop up the Romescu sauce left in the plate. Gaaaah! The restaurant wasn’t full.—no one had any excuse for bad timing and sloppy service.
A real disappointment, given the hype. Table spacing was fine, but the noise level frustrated conversation--but, hey, that's Austin! Authenticity? No. We spend time in Spain each year, and those tapas don't measure up to those in good restaurants in small villages. The service was very good: attentive, solicitous. The wine list had some interesting choices, e.g., a white Bierzo. But Barlata won't be on our "go-to" list.
Disappointing sums up the experience. I didn't go into dinner with high expectations but after hearing that Barlata has some of the best paella in Austin, it was a let down. The paella was extremely fishy, there was nothing fresh about it. There were sandy bits. This restaurant seems to be okay with being mediocre. After being asked how my food was, I responded "Okay. " The waiter responded, great! I'm glad you liked it! Honestly, if this is the best Austin has to offer it is worth taking a drive out to Dallas for better food. Barlata is not worth your time, money, and tastebuds.
It was a Friday night at 8, place was packed, noisy, but still we had a great time. As a former restaurant manager, I would have had the manager take a bigger floor presence, our waitress clearly was over-extended with the # of tables she was serving. Either expediters or a manager helping out would be better than just making everyone wait for the server. Still, we will go back again and again for special meals with family and out-of-town guests.
Food was okay, service was very poor. An hour and a half for 3 courses of food, then the waitress disappeared for half an hour. We have been to quite a few tapas restaurants and fully get, and really like, the slower pace of the tapas dining experience. This was not that, it was just poor service. We had planned to order an additional course or two but gave up after two hours and decided to go somewhere else. When the waitress finally reappeared, we explained our dissatisfaction and asked for the check. She did bring the check promptly but never came back to pick up the credit card. Waited another 15 minutes then had to find the manager to pay the bill. Probably was a good case for a dine and dash, not sure if anyone at the restaurant would ever notice. The only plus was the manager did comp a bottle of wine. There are many, many better choices for food in Austin, we won't be back.
Food...very good. Went for brunch and were the only ones there at 11 AM. In my opinion, there should be no excuse in an empty restaurant for two egg dishes and one paella dish to take 40 min. to arrive at our table....one at a time. If you can look past that, then take a shot.
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