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

83% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Waitress was also the bartender. She wasn’t very attentive but it was busy. Food was good, but not as great as usual

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Excellent tapas. Great wine list. Lovely staff

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great food, incredible service and easy parking.

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The NYE menu was limited and very overpriced. I left hungry.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went for New Year's Eve dinner. Service was quick and efficient for a busy night. Pleased beyond belief by the pulpo, duck, and scallops!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food and service.

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vip
 (Montreal)·Dined on December 28, 2017

we found them online and was very happy with the food and place.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had a couple of our faves, and Eric recommended an octopus dish and a bottle of rose! Delicious Christmas Eve!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We set outside. It was a nice sunny day. Food was great.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Our server, Benji, was excellent. Knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great food, wine & service. The wait staff always remembers us & our wine preferences. Top notch!

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 15, 2017

It was great like usual. They have very authentic Spanish food.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Tapas
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Not too bad, not particularly good either. The paella Barlata was too salty. Service was amicable. Toilets could be cleaner.

Tags: Tapas
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great food.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Great food and great service!

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 (Central Texas)·Dined on December 4, 2017

The food was wonderful!

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vip
 (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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