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.

1500 South Lamar
Austin, TX 78704
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish

Hours of Operation:
DINNER
Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

HAPPY HOUR
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

WEEKEND BRUNCH
Saturday - Sunday 11:00am -2:30pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(512) 473-2211

Website:
http://www.barlataaustin.com/

Catering:
Barlata does cater. Pintxo Parties Paella and Tapas All inqueries at barlataaustin@gmail.com

Parking Details:
Free parking - 3 hour limit

Executive Chef:
Daniel Olivella

Additional:
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

Private Dining

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

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

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Bar Seating (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Casual (8)
Good for Groups (7)
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Comfort Food (5)
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Tasting Menu (5)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Great food.

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 (Dallas)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food and great service!

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 (Central Texas)·Dined on December 4, 2017

The food was wonderful!

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Tapas, Authentic
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Very disappointed in the meal. The paella was very greasy and basically just fried rice with shrimp on top. Not what I’m used to regarding paella.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Excellent dinner! It was like eating in Cataluña. Chef came to make sure our food was good.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Awesome food! The main course was late as well as the dessert, 30 minute wait.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Tapas, Casual, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

One of the best Spanish restaurants that I have visited in the US

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The restaurant delivered a wonderful evening of shared dining and experimental tastings.
The service was perfect and helpful in selecting new tries for our group.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had an enjoyable evening with extended family. It's fun to order multiple small plates and keep the food coming over the evening. All was delicious and it gave us lots to talk about.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Authentic, Good for a Date, Tapas
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Fantastic! As always. Can't get enough of the shrimp in garlic. And the Lucia, their smoky mescal drink, is a major draw for us. Thanks for a delicious night out to celebrate.

Tags: Tapas, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Staff were friendly and the server was especially helpful with suggestions. He was attentive and efficient without hovering. The ratings on the food are well earned. We enjoyed the meal and will be back.

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We came for happy hour before a show. Enjoyed several tapas at very good prices and the house white wine was quite nice. The service was very good, from the hostess to the server.

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

The food was fantastic and you can't beat half-price wine on Sunday nights. All of it was good but my family judges a tapas place by the patatas bravas. For some reason, if those are good, everything else is. They were excellent at Barlata.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 6, 2017

I always leave Barlata in a good mood. Every dish is delicious, the waitstaff is helpful, and the atmosphere is fun.

Tags: Happy Hour, Tapas
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

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 (Austin)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

I thought the food was very average. Our server was very uprupt and not very helpful. I wouldn't go back.

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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Excellent food and wine. The service was very professional and nice. Probably thes best place in Austin to have have Spanish tapas in all their flavor.

Tags: Tapas
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Everything st Barlata was first rate. I just returned from Barcelona and the food at Barlata was just as good, which is to say, outstanding!

Tags: Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Tapas, Authentic, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

A friend of mine recommended this place, I was impressed for the service and great food, something different to test in Austin.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, Authentic, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

I was craving something I didn't find on the menu. There weren't enough sardines on our tapa, I couldn't really taste them.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Good not great. Would go again. Staff is friendly and nice space.

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 (Austin)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We celebrated a special family birthday and, as usual, enjoyed every moment of our daughter's 21st birthday dinner at Barlata. Melia was an attentive and fun server so her presence was a welcome addition to our delicious food and drink.

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Went for happy hour. Happy hour prices were still fairly steep.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Barlata lives up to its reviews and reputation. I was looking for a great environment with remarkable cuisine to help celebrate a good friend. Neither of us were disappointed. Our server/tapas Sherpa Juliet was knowledgeable, friendly, and treated us with the utmost kindness and hospitality.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fun, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Overall the restaurant and food was great but the only downfall was the waitress. She was not a very friendly or attentive. The bus boy made our night.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great food and service! It's mostly bar seating unless you make a reservation in advance and get a table. The menu is small bites so you need to order 2 to 4 plates depending on how hungry you are so it can get a little pricey. My dirty martinis were excellent! Over all great place!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 18, 2017

We came to Balata on a Sunday evening and met up with a few friends. We had a great time. Great drinks and food! They do a great job with classic tapas dishes such as patatas bravas, stuffed piquillo peppers, pulpo (octopus), etc. Truthfully, everything on their menu is quite delicious. You won't be disappointed. As for service, it was very good. Our waiter was attentive without being persistent. He was also very helpful when it came to the more creative dishes on the menu.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Barlata never disappoints me. This experience brought my husband and two grown children to celebrate my birthday. I always feel we will order too much food, but it is always perfect. Spanish Gin & Tonic was tasty! My only complaint, if I were to offer areas of improvement, we asked that our paella order come after our "little plates". I was even reluctant to order with our little plates order to ensure that we had some time between courses. Our Paella (always amazing) came soon after our "little plates" so we felt a little rushed to eat everything at its proper temperature.

Tags: Organic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Tapas
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Excellent food and even better service. Everything we had here was of high quality and quite tasty. Better potatas bravas than we've ever had in Spain.

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Fun, Authentic, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Went here as a date night and sat outside. Not too much noise except for street traffic but it was rather too loud for my tastes when I went inside to use the restroom. Food excellent though not as many vegetarian options. A little overpriced; great wine list. Waiter was perfunctory and tried to take our plates before we were done. Also, I'd say that even though it says business casual for dress code it's much more casual than that, esp. if you are sitting outside.

Tags: People Watching
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

I have been here before & food was excellent. Was excited to take my husband & niece. I was so dissappointed. The appetizers: ribs good, ceviche good, croquetas not so good. Paella was so bad. It had a bad taste, no seasoning & super oily. Texture of rice was not great, to me overcooked. I am hispanic & I love rice & I make it all the time so I was expecting something amazing. Waiter was nice enough to take off bill & we got pork meatballs which were not good. Sorry but Not worth it. They HAD to have changed the Chef or cook that night was horrible. I won't go back.

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 (Austin)·Dined on August 29, 2017

My Friend and I went for my birthday, she's Spanish and I love real authentic Spanish food. Service was very attentive and efficient, ordered from the very large fabulous selection of small plates on HH menu plus a entrée Paella. Great flavors, nice casual or a bit better atmosphere! I will certainly go again and recommend it!!

Tags: Vegan, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Tapas, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Love the selection of Spanish tapas. All we tried were excellent. Can't wait to try more next time

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

As one of our favorite restaurants in town, we've been to Barlata over a dozen times the last few years. I've raved to friends and even treated a couple for their birthdays there. Sadly, service was inconsistent. Most of the staff was distracted by a large party next to us. That said, our server was apologetic about the delays and missed orders, though they were never remedied. The food was exceptional, as always, but we might hesitate in the future when deciding where to eat.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We asked Eric to bring us a selection from the menu, making our choices for us. Great call! We had a spectacular, we'll-paced meal that was delicious from beginning to end!

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