Barcino

4.3
404 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates
Barcino is The Absinthe Group's newest venue serving Catalan-influenced and inspired cuisine. Located walking distance from Civic Center and the performing arts centers, Barcino features specialty cocktails, and Spanish wines and sherries.
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We ordered the chef's selection of tapas, which was easier for our party of 10. The food and waitstaff service were great, but I am giving less than five stars because we waited about 45 minutes for our table. I made a reservation for ten people and called to confirm, but we still ended up loitering in the foyer for about 45 minutes, which was inconvenient for both us, and for the waiters who had to try and move around us. I would recommend that Barcino avoid booking parties too tightly in time to prevent this from happening again.

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B
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We like it because a reservation before the Opera or ballet is possible.

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T
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Location, service, and fairly "quiet!" Worth going back to.

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BL
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We have eaten at Barcino several times hoping for a better experience but it remains mediocre at best food is good but the choppy delivery of it to the table difficult will be a long time before we try it again

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OT
Palm Springs
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great after ballet spot

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MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the small plates selection and the Spanish wines. Our waiter was great at recommending the right amount of food for our table for 2. We also had a tight schedule as we were headed to the Ballet, and they got us in and out on time. Would definitely go back with a larger group to try more dishes and when we can stay long and taste some more unique wines.

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SC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place for ore theater dinner with my daughter. Great food, fun environment, service..

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MK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!!!

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b
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was good, not amazing. I loved the ambiance but the cocktails were not good.

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TB
London
34 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique menu...but interesting.
And the food is well cooked with well-thought-out flavors.
Great bread!
Very accommodating service.

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SV
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is our third visit, the food and drinks were great. The tapas style plates are delicious. Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, meatballs, were remarkable and enough to share. We will definitely return.

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L
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Four of us had the $40 tapas tasting menu and everyone in our group liked every course. Plus we had a very good waiter and a corner booth so it was a near perfect dining experience.

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SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, waiter very knowledgeable, honest. Wait staff very friendly and efficient. Food was delicious timely as we had a concert to be at.

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c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place and great happy hour. In fact, the only happy hour place in Hayes Valley. We got seated at the corner of the restaurant even though the restaurant was almost empty at 5pm and it remained empty for the 1 hour we were there.

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JD
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Spanish tapas with a gourmet twist! We had the crispy brussell sprouts, meatballs, tortilla espanol, meat and cheese plate and the hanger steak. We would have anyone of those again. Sangria was delicious. Just wish they were open for brunch before the ballet!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The service needs at Barcino needs help. Every few minutes a server or other team member would interrupt our meal asking to clear plates or remove glasses, but not asking if we wanted more tapas, drinks or water. They forgot part of our order, and then tried to charge us for it. While they removed that charge from our bill, it reflected the rushed and chaotic character of Barcino’s service. For the price of the meal, I think Barcino can and should do much better (or at least be able to buy enough plates and glasses so they are not rushing customers on a Friday night).

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LB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the churros!!

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NR
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Terrible food. They destroyed Spanish cuisine, by adding too much salt and oil in everything. The tortilla was not firm and had a extremely sweet coulis in top and meatballs with grapes cucumber and mint and cilantro ?! I mean there is a limit to creativity , when it comes at the price if taste ..

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W
San Francisco
100 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was the 4th time we have eaten at Barcino, and have always been pleased with the food and the service. This time we went with a cousin and his wife from Wisconsin. They really enjoyed the experience.

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B
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about it!

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ML
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Just ok. Charcuterie and veggie tapas were excellent. Octopus, which is typically my favorite, was poorly executed and not cooked properly. Also, we ordered far too much. I even asked server if we had ordered too much and he said it was about right. Could have/should have ordered two fewer plates.

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d
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was here for SF Restaurant Week & decided to bring a friend. Well, she loved it, too! We ate every bit of our tapas, plus had the sinful churros. Yum!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Ambience and our main waiter were great. But the tapas that night were very disappointing. The patatas were so crispy you couldn’t puncture with a fork. The manchego was sliced so thin that our group of 3 barely had a taste. The main course, a shared seafood paella, left all 3 of us with stomach issues that same night (no shellfish allergies in the group).

We expected a better experience from our first visit here which we were looking forward to for weeks (paella craving). Sadly we won’t be returning. Maybe it was an off night? But I won’t be recommending to friends. Proof that ambience & cool branding alone don’t make a restaurant.

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RB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Too many different servers - we had at least 3. And 1 of them was not good.

Some dishes very good, but others too salty/heavy/oily.

One in party opined meat was not very good.

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D
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Hayes Valley tapas. Fun place with great tapas selection and great gin & tonics! Loved tortilla, jam on, Brussels sprouts.

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SY
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We (3 of us) ordered the seafood paella and two tapas - one cold & one hot, to eat while we waited. Everything was delicious! I loved the tortilla with potato, and also the wonderful & beautiful Brussels sprouts salad with citrus and pomegranate seeds. Then in seemingly no time, our paella arrived, full of lots of varieties of seafood and pork belly - yum! We nearly finished it all, but my husband took home the remainder of the rice for next day’s lunch. We also enjoyed some wine by the glass. All the staff were great AND I could hear my dining companions!

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LF
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Horrible ethos around customer care and hospitality. They forced 3 couples who would all have enjoyed a booth into tight tables next to one another even as place was near closing. It was terrible but not really servers fault as it’s obviously a management decision. Hostess was terrible.

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b
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Happy hour is rather strange

White wine offered but no red wine and the only cocktail offered was gin and tonic
The tonic is home made
No other cocktails and no red wine

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MB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Lived the food. The only downside was the seating was too close together which made our conversation seemed force. We had a table for two. But the service was outstanding. Food was great

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J
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The small and medium plate options gives a group of people a chance to taste different dishes. The food is freshly prepared and looks as good as it tastes. The chef accommodated a food allergy I had and made for a throughly enjoyable experience for me.

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OT
San Francisco
75 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Three of us shared:
verdura, nice and crispy wee brussels sprou ts;
jamon serrano with tomato bread, very nice;
paella marisc, with clams, prawns, pork belly - delicious, and we were almost able to eat it all - very generous serving.
Dessert were Barcino's justly famous churros - great ending to a fine meal.

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d
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great change since the previous spot, Boxing Room. Much improved! Great tapas on the tasting menu & quite a list of booze. I tried a tequila I've never had before. Love the plants in the place, too!

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SL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

It was so disappointing. A beautiful setting but super mediocre uninspired tapas, every dish had a problem: too salty, soaked in oil, undercooked, even cold center in the potatoes. Maybe their fryer temp was off or something.

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CR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The good: Jamon Iberico, a couple other excellent dishes, great service from the host/sommelier, and a very nice bottle of wine. The bad: several mediocre dishes, indifferent service from our actual server, pretty high noise level, and quite expensive for what you get. So, for a fairly high price, inconsistent quality of food and inconsistent level of service. Some very good, some not.

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LP
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good albeit a bit pricey but portion sizes are relatively large for tapas. They have a very good bar menu and have vermouth's on tap-- a much more interesting way to go than just tapas and wine- try it!! They also have a great cocktail and wine list as well!

Good interior vibe and so convenient to opera, symphony and jazz center-- great pre/post performance dining!

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J
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

On our two prior visits to Barcino, we had ordered the everything paella and it was outstanding. Be prepared to allow them a little while to prepare it, however as they do, of course, make it to order. This time we tried an assortment of tapas and they were also quite outstanding- an explosion of flavors.
Two orders left the two of us still a little hungry, however, and we ordered a "comienza" with chorizo sausage and some other items. This was not quite as tasty.
Service if pretty good and the waitstaff is fairly attentive.

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PA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a great tapas place near Davies Hall so perfect before or after concert spot. Good food, drinks and service.

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MM
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had brunch. Tapas portions are fairly generous & we enjoyed the variety. The ambience is great and the serive attentive. We shall try dinner soon.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual!
Very good Paella

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f
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very good tapas food. friendly service. in a good neighborhood if you are going to a concert, be it symphony or SFJAZZ.

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