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Barceloneta, Santa Cruz, CA

Barceloneta

4.6
4.6
29 Reviews
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Barceloneta in Downtown Santa Cruz features expertly made paellas, tapas, cocktails, sangria and churros. We pride ourselves on working with local farmers and sourcing specialty foods directly from Spain. Most popular dishes include seafood paella, patatas bravas, jamon croquetas, ibiza hippie salad and harissa ribs. Locals know we have the best vegan and vegetarian options. We are known for freshly juiced cocktails, sangria pitchers, an extensive list of Spanish wines, sherries, vermouths and gins. Diners love our cheery, bright space, open kitchen and bustling bar scene.
Owners Brett and Elan Emerson are husband and wife team who previously owned Contigo, San Francisco. They are known for hospitality, authentic service and delicious, memorable dishes.
*Winner Best New Restaurant, Best Small Plates, Best Tapas Bar, Best Spanish Restaurant North America*
Chef Brett Emerson has been featured in Wall Street Journal, Bon Appetite, Time Out, Financial Times, Via, Plate Magazine and more.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (831) 900-5222

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Cruz

  • Cross street

    We are on Pacific Avenue at Plaza Lane, directly across from Verve Coffee.

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 29 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Tapas / Small Plates

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Overall

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Food

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Service

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Value

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Innovative

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Good for groups

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Healthy

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Neighborhood gem

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Great for fine wines

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Romantic

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Good for special occasions

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Lively

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Most Booked

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  1. D

    Donna

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The paella shared with friends made for a pleasant evening.
  2. SM

    SueM

    San Francisco

    78 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    78 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Cocktail service was super slow and our guest said her margarita seemed watered down.
  3. SZ

    SueZ

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food2service3ambience1
    The size of the medium plate was the size of an appetizer. The prices of their menu items was way overpriced for the quantity of food received. The restaurant itself was overly bright with uncomfortable benches as seating.
  4. TL

    TamarL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food, warm service, fair pricing, cute atmosphere.
  5. L

    Laura

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Pleasant dining area Small plates are the draw to eat here Limited wine list but good enough choices by glass or bottle Service is friendly
  6. c

    carrjen

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    We enjoyed our meal and the service was very good. The only negative I would call out is that the portions are small. That is good as you can try many different things without eating too much, but just be prepared to order more dishes if you are hungry.
  7. B

    Bubba

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent bar/drinks and food, inconsistent service
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! Food was delicious, service was warm and attentive! Paella was full of flavor! Thank you!
  9. SC

    SmallChange

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Second time eating at Barceloneta. I was amazed and delighted yet again by the freshness, creativity, overall presentation, and exciting flavors and textures. The first time here I had Patatas Brava, Spanish Tortilla and Sangria. Incredibly delicious... And this time, I had Smoked Salmon Montaditos, Ibiza Hippie Salad, Roasted Honeynut Squash, and Socks & Sandals. This dining establishment has totally outdone themselves. Oh no! Now I can't stop thinking about the meal I had last night. We had arrived at 5:15 PM on a Thursday night and found a parking place right near front of restaurant. That hardly ever happens for me in downtown Santa Cruz. We were first ones there and got a corner booth near the front and we just lost track of time, enjoying every bite. Very comfortable vibe and the staff were super attentive and welcoming. It was packed when we finally left. A truly special place that is one of the best restaurants in Santa Cruz County.
  10. RA

    RobinA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was insanely delicious and fresh. It came so fast and our server was attentive.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    excellent spanish food - paella was incredible and appetizers were top notch will definitely be coming again!
  12. IA

    IreneA

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, not pretentious, cozy, pleasant, tasty, very friendly service. Better than expected experience. Thank you!
  13. R

    Randy

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Food wasn’t great, and overpriced. The presentation of the tapas was non existent. Was very disappointed.
  14. RG

    RebeccaG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great service, loved that there were people in the restaurant but it didn’t feel loud or cramped.
  15. SB

    StashaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my parents here and they loved the food. We tried different tapas, medium plates, and shared a paella. To top it off we had basque cheese cake that's to die for.
  16. BP

    BarryP

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner was superb. "Craft level Margarita's,' silky lovely Gazpacho, grand potatoes and a Seafood Paella exquisita! We are retaurateurs and will be back again soon. Thank youy for a lovely dinner.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience2
    The dishes we ordered were unnecessarily complex with little to no continuity in the flavor profile.
  18. KE

    KimE

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Barceloneta is such a treat and great experience! It's a traditional Spanish tapas bar, but in a restaurant setting, updated, with a great ambiance, wonderful service, in downtown Santa Cruz. What's not to love? It's so great to order several little plates, some sangria or mixed drinks, and just start chatting! They are always lovely to our disabled daughter too, so they hold a special place for us!
  19. BM

    BobM

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent and friendly service.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was phenomenal and fun. Food was epic and drinks were tasty. We'll be back!
  21. DD

    DimitriosD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our fourth time dinning at Barceloneta ... because it is FABULOUS! The drinks are great, The service is above and beyond. The food is great; we had the pork ribs - the meat fell off the bone - and a vegetable paella with some sausage added; great! Barceloneta is really a hidden gem in downtown Santa Cruz!
  22. SM

    SueM

    San Francisco

    79 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    We were very disappointed last night. They had no bread. Although Compaanion was having problems just go to the store and get some bread. You cannot have tapas without bread. Inexcusable
  23. DD

    DimitriosD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Barceloneta is a SPECTACULAR place! If formally reviewed it would rank up there at 4 Michelin stars or more! Can't say enough good things about the place. Additionally, I am celiac and require a gluten-free diet and Barceloneta is most accommodating place in term of meeting my dietary restriction.
  24. KE

    KimE

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun and delicious tapas and mixed drinks. We just love this place! Great service too!
  25. JM

    JulieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delish!! Second visit. Just as great as the first.
  26. JB

    JillB

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we ordered was excellent! We can’t wait to go back and try more new things! Service and food were super great!!
  27. SM

    SueM

    San Francisco

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our only complaint is you haven’t put gambas back on menu
  28. RM

    RhondaM

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Really nice to have a great tapas place in Santa Cruz. The paella is excellent and my husband adores the patatas bravas. We all enjoy the cocktails and the small but well chosen wine list. Terrific place to gather with friends and/or family for wonderful food and drink!
  29. B

    Beatriz

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good paella, excellent service. Would return anytime to try more.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Barceloneta offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 900-5222.

Barceloneta is rated 4.6 stars by 29 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for Barceloneta

1541 Ste B. Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3948

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    We are on Pacific Avenue at Plaza Lane, directly across from Verve Coffee.

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Cruz

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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