Barlata Tapas Bar

4.4
930 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates

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.

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Specials

All Day Happy Hour On Monday's

Enjoy $6 Drink Specials, Nightly Paella and Half off our Tapas

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 12, 2019

Ends: February 13, 2118

Availability: Tue-Thu 5:00PM-7:00PM

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d
Austin
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Have easily been here a dozen+ times over the years and am a fan, but things seem to be slipping a little based on this last visit.

Menu: I honestly thought a page was missing at first, as this has basically been boiled down to a couple of salads, paella and 20 meat/fish dishes. I’m an omnivore, but would be nice to have veggie tapas options beyond shishitos and patatas bravas.

Food: The quail was delicious, the cheese board respectable, but the squid a la plancha and 3 skewers we tried (sardine, shrimp & tuna) were all just ok, with almost slapped-together flavors that never quite seemed to gel. We wondered if there had been a recent chef change, because that didn’t used to be the case.

Service: A bit lackadaisical compared to previous visits where servers were passionately knowledgeable about wine list highlights and every dish. We asked for a basic overview of the cheese board, and the woman who dropped it off pointed at the photocopied descriptions tucked under the fig spread. Asked for a few extra slices of toasted bread beyond the 4 tiny ones provided, waited a good 10 minutes, staring at our cheese.

Have had so many great experiences at this place in the past. Hope this was an aberration.

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M
Austin
182 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great Mother's Day family brunch. My wife is from Spain so we come here because of all the Spanish restaurants in the USA, and we have tried many of them in our travels, this is one of the most authentic. The food is always well prepared and the service is excellent. The patatas bravas and gambas al ajillo are wonderful and the paella is first-rate. Also the best mussels I've had in Austin. Great wine list and Estrella Damm beer also. Worth a try if you want real Spanish food here in Austin.

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TM
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mother’s Day

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RA
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is always awesome, hands down best Spanish tapas in town.

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g
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed delicious food 4th time now. Never disappointed. Lots of tables means sitting very close to others. Small plates means more variety.

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VL
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fun place to eat and explore great food. Always reminds of of Spain.

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CW
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in Austin!!! My favorites are the patatas bravas, Barlata Paella, and gambas ajillo. GO, NOW.

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It was loud

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O
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Went there to hopefully get authentic Spanish Paella. Having lived in Europe for 8 years, I have longed for the taste of the saffron rice delight. Much to my disappointment the Paella lacked any saffron, which the waitress remarked, that restaurants cook Paella different ways. Another gentleman said there was saffron in the dish, but after a short discussion capitulated. The dish was dark and salty, instead of a yellow rice infused by saffron. Had Tapas which I should have had more of. They were good.

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M
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a great place for a lively meet up with friends and family. The service was great and the food was very tasty. I think the prices are a bit high. The seating is a bit crammed in, so, this is not the place for a quiet dinner or a 'heart-to-heart' conversationalist's destination.

Keep up the good work!

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OT
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Sunday evening tapas at Barlata was outstanding. We hadn’t been to Barlata for a while, but decided to go on the spur of the moment, and will go back soon. The small plates were sized just right, and great value at happy hour. Our waiter, Erik, was extraordinarily helpful and knowledgeable with the food selections, and steered us to an excellent bottle of wine at a good price. The bar area is the way to go - much more atmosphere than the restaurant side, but perhaps that was just because we were there at an off-peak time.

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MS
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very loud but festive. Food was all very good and service pretty fast. The restaurant was very hot the night we were there-almost uncomfortably so.

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JB
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and drinks were delicious. Our server didn't come around as often as she should have, so our orders took a lot longer to place.

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HW
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great, love it! Just a little noisy and tables a bit close, hard back chairs not comfortable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was absolutely incredible the noise wasn’t too bad but I thoroughly enjoyed myself

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L
Austin
29 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a fabulous happy hour with so many different tapas plates very tasty and enjoyable.

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LA
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time visiting Barlata Tapas Bar. The food was very good, Wish there were a few more Vegan/Vegetarian options available though. The waitstaff was very friendly and helpful. We will probably be visiting again soon.

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OT
Austin
31 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy the Hortelana Paella. The scallops with grapefruit & orange as well as the tortilla española were excellent as well. Good service. Good tunes.

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N
Austin
83 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great hostess, careful waitress, and delicious food here to share. A first time experience with some new foods...it worked out for each of us. It was very nice to dine there.

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C
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted right away - best service and delicious food and wine! Can’t wait to go back!

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R
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was very good to mediocre. The quail was very very good. The Wagyu beef was tough and didn't have the characteristic mouth feel. The paella was okay with some of the ingredients, like the mussels leaving something to be desired.

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LH
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inside was noisy,.Outside that April evening, the air was lovely. We enjoyed the outdoor seating. Luke was our good waiter. We made a meal from the all day Tuesday happy hour menu, so we had a lot of wonderful small dishes.

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NS
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been regulars since the inception and have enjoyed the attributes of Barlata. Food, service, and the scene have always paired well, until last night. While the service and energy of the restaurant have remained unchanged, the menu has started to pull from the roots of the Spanish cultural authenticity which once flowed seamlessly from menu to table.

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JD
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, came out fast, went down even faster.

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience and service! Had the server bring out his recommendations and all were fantastic. Will go back.

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n
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Food for sure wasn’t as good as it use to be, for sure we missed the latas. The paella for four ppl was for sure not even near enough. Unless you consider a 2oz portion enough, we all left hungry after paying over $150.

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AC
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed the paella very much. Your waitress treated us as family. We will be back!

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g
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

While they have a good bar selection and a varied menu, this is all undone by really slow and disorganized service. Delays in getting seated despite having a reservation, items on the order being forgotten, then arriving more than 20 minutes after the rest of the plates (I appreciate that it's Tapas style, but 20 minutes after everything else is finished and been cleared is too much).
Overall, not a great experience, and not great value at nearly $200 for 2 people.

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sunday happy hour specials! Excellent food and waitstaff!

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DL
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about Barlata was terrific. From the ease making an OpenTable reservations to the check presentation was enjoyable and professional. The food was exceptional. We especially liked the Carne Cruda and the Grilled Octopus. The menu prices are reasonable and reflect the quality of the food. One nitpick - we asked for more sauce for the Confit Ribs and waited a long time while our server, who was fantastic, seemed to have to fight with the kitchen to get the sauce. Comon' Chef Olivella, don't put your servers in that no-win situation. Oh, and give the customers what they (reasonably) want. Overall great experience.

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m
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and amazing food - don't pass up the ribs! Had an out of town business guest and he was very impressed with the food. Again, Austin local dining provides a memorable experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was good. Cocktails took a little bit longer. Cocktails were not good. Sever did not acknowledge that we didn’t like our cocktails. Besides that wine and food was good.

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DS
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I used to really like this place. Not sure I would ever return again after this last visit.

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ED
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Exceptional food! We were there during SXSW and the was Flamanco music and dancing so it was very loud.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Great food, poor service and very loud. Tables are about 8 inches apart from one another.

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DD
Dallas
28 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made our 21st birthday celebration memorable for all!

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k
Austin
22 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!

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LW
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I constantly recommend Barlata to friends and colleagues. The food is always tasty and the service is helpful and upbeat.

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic experience!

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T
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent...and the atmosphere great.

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