Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to main content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. San Francisco Bay Area
  4. Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
  5. Santa Cruz
Barceloneta, Santa Cruz, CA

Barceloneta

4.6
4.6
168 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Private party facilities
    We host private events for 35 - 95 guests. Our favorite events involve passed tapas, custom cocktails, enormous paellas and platters of chocolate and churros. We work with your budget and offer support every step of the way to make your special events memorable.
  • 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 168 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
  • 4.4Service
  • 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

    Good for business meals

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Innovative

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Good for groups

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Hot spot

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Lively

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Most Booked

168 Reviews
  1. CourtneyN

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious tapas, excellent service and warm & inviting decor. We will return!

    Is this helpful?

  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    58 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    I was so excited to dine here and I have to say it was beyond disappointing. First, our waitress was awful. Seriously, she should not have a job. She was rude, non attentive and just overall bizarre. If I was the owner, I would let her go or move her to a non Custer service oriented position. We contemplated the chef’s tasting menu for our table of three and she told us that the chef would not appreciate it since it was 815 and they want to start closing up. She said it would be agitating to him if we ordered that. Then we asked for a wine recommendation and she said it’s on the menu. She proceeded to leave dirty dishes at our table without picking them up, never refilled our water bottle, got annoyed every time we asked for anything like salt and pepper. Her entire vibe and attitude really ruined our evening. When you go out and pay $200 of your hard earned money to be treated unwelcome is beyond not ok! The food was ok but thrown together as if they were rushing. Super disappointing.

    Is this helpful?

  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredibile good, never disappoints. The paella is top notch

    Is this helpful?

  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Restaurant was busy, food is great, bar service is beyond slow, we finished 2 dishes before our drinks came & had to cancel second round b/c we were done eating & they still hadn’t arrived. I’d still go back, but maybe preemptively order drinks. Fried chicken was outstanding

    Is this helpful?

  5. JohnH

    Las Vegas

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I had the 7 course tapas experience and the wine accompaniment. Overall the food, wine, and service were excellent. The food was creatively prepared and tasty. The ribs were the only course that came up a little short in preparation although they were still good. Definitely a restaurant worth visiting. We look forward to going back soon.

    Is this helpful?

  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    The waitress who surved us was very attentive and nice. Drinks were good. The food was nothing to write home about. Small portions and nothing that wowed us. My husbands a chef, we frequently go out. I wouldn’t return.

    Is this helpful?

  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food experience each and every time. Brett and Elan are proprietors who care about their customers and food in every way. We’ll be back soon!

    Is this helpful?

  8. JenniferG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Super loud, but once you adjust to having to say “what?!” every time someone speaks it’s a good time. Wonderful calamari with squid ink rice - shrimp in garlic butter was awesome, too. Our waitress, Indigo, was adorable, friendly, and helpful. Will return to try more delicious plates.

    Is this helpful?

  9. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Setting aside the tough reality of being shortstaffed, the food just was not good. And certainly not worth the price. Once our gambas ajillo came out cold, then they microwaved them, we asked for the check. Alas.

    Is this helpful?

  10. Jamruiz91

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We took some friends for a special anniversary dinner. We decided to do the experience. We loved all the dishes. The only one that was ok was the potato chorizo ball, it was cold on the inside. My favorite dish was the squid ink paella, it had really good flavor. Service was nice and will be back again! We felt the experience was a good value for all the dishes we got to try. We recommend it!

    Is this helpful?

FAQs

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

Barceloneta is rated 4.6 stars by 168 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 21 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (831) 900-5222
  • Private party facilities
    We host private events for 35 - 95 guests. Our favorite events involve passed tapas, custom cocktails, enormous paellas and platters of chocolate and churros. We work with your budget and offer support every step of the way to make your special events memorable.
OpenTable
  • About Us
  • Blog
  • Careers
  • Press
More
Businesses
  • Restaurant reservation software
  • Industry insights
  • Hospitality resources
  • Marketing resources
  • Operation resources
  • How to open a restaurant
  • For restaurants
  • For restaurant groups
Join us on
  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Cookies and Interest-Based Ads
  • Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information
  • Cookie Preferences
Copyright © 2024 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 500, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking Logo
Priceline Logo
KAYAK Logo
Agoda Logo
OpenTable Logo