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Barceloneta, Santa Cruz, CA

Barceloneta

4.8
4.8
9 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 18 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 9 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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  1. DD

    DimitriosD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    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!
  2. SM

    SueM

    San Francisco

    76 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    76 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    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
  3. DD

    DimitriosD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.
  4. KE

    KimE

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

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

    JulieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delish!! Second visit. Just as great as the first.
  6. 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!!
  7. SM

    SueM

    San Francisco

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our only complaint is you haven’t put gambas back on menu
  8. 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!
  9. 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 4.8 stars by 9 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 18 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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