Barcino

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Tapas / Small Plates

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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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dishes and excellent service

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wedding dinner reception for 8 people

KT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent. Great drink menu as well. If you like gin and tonics, that's their specialty.

MK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is consistently excellent in the quality of food, creative and elegant. Their staff always warm and friendly. It is my go to place before or after concerts, birthdays and just for a bite and drinks.

VK
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Not very authentic Spanish food- I've been to Spain. Mostly, the chairs (the low ones) are VERY uncomfortable. Sitting for a leisurely meal wasn't very relaxing - no matter the amount of liquor consumed. We had an 8:30pm reservation and arrived early and were seated immediately which was great. BUT... we started with one waiter and then barely into ordering our meal he introduced another waiter and said he was taking a break. Then later he came back and took over. The waiter that stepped in for him was rushed and it felt ackward all around.

S
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous in all categories! Superior food and many choices! Going back in two weeks! Highly recommend!

T
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Really good location for symphony. Service attentive; oysters great and other food OK. Background music totally unneeded and contributed to the excess noise.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has the best paella! It is hard to eat any other paella after this place.

K
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The hostess that particular evening was not very friendly, our server was ok. I asked him for a particular gin drink that I had there last year and he gave me a not so friendly reply of "when was the last time you were here, umm that was like 2 years ago" I really didn't want to argue with him, I wanted to have a good time with my friends. I guess he wanted us to buy a bottle or something, which we would have but he was so flippant towards us that we changed our mind. In the middle of our meal they switched our server and we never got one of our orders. I asked our new server where is the octopus that we ordered, he told us he would check and we never heard back about the octopus. I didnt feel like asking about it anymore we were already full from the meal we ate. We got desert and left, we wont back until you guys work on your customer service, being nice is not uncool and is part of your chosen profession.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great food and cocktails! Get the octopus - yum! Love the ambience and easy to get to by public transportation. Didn’t love the wines but the rose sangria was lovely! Will be back

SP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Server knew NOTHING about wine.; he insisted on only describing as "light, medium, or full bodied" and could not answer questions that strayed from that immature, unhelpful format. Patatas were undercooked and used russet potatoes, resulting in a grainy texture. Kind of lukewarm, too. Won't be back.

m
Central Coast
31 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Accidentally deleted my reservation the day of and wasn't able to remake it via OpenTable so I left a voicemail for the restaurant. They returned my call early morning and reinstated the reservation for me. Was seated at a booth which was quiet enough for conversation. Tapas dishes were good though some were harder to share than others (although how to share 2 octopus tentacles?) and were not inexpensive. Standout dessert was the churros served with cinnamon whipped cream and a milk chocolate sauce. I was surprised that the chocolate sauce didn't work that well with the churros. Maybe if it was a dark chocolate? Flavors were fun and food was well executed. Staff is fantastic. Thank you for going above and beyond Absinthe Group!

KR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went bar for cocktails the next night since it had a great feel to the place.

WM
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was excellent but the service rushed. Mains arrived before the appetizers were cleared. Not ok at any price and especially at these!

GB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Even though we told waiter we had to leave by set time, once dish never came and the waiter wasn’t keeping us appraised. We left having only had 2 tapas instead of 3 and it wasn’t the meal we’d planned on.

M
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice food and the pricing doesn’t
Break the bank

W
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Tried the vegetarian paella for the first time and enjoyed it. Only suggestion would be to have fewer potatoes and possibly add some varieties of mushrooms!

B
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Get in early to enjoy happy hour. The meatballs and bistec were delicious. We needed extra bread to get every last bit of the sauces.
Barcino’s version of a Negroni was perfect accompaniment to all the dishes we tried.

SG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. Loved the salad with avocado and cucumbers and the tortilla (egg and potato omelette) the best. Great place for dinner before jazz or symphony

ME
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is fabulous and the atmosphere is relaxed and fun.

ML
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very good place to go before an opera or the symphony.

IL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Barcino was a breath of fresh air. The dishes were prepared to perfection and the cocktails were delicious.

F
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food, drinks and ambiance were lovely. The manager was very helpful. Our server was polite, but unfocused and lacked any enthusiasm. Will return thiugh

VY
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food is decent, but not worth the pricetag. We spent $370 on okay food for 3 people.

G
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was excellent.
The service was OK - the best were the bus boys - they were efficient and friendly. The waiters were a bit into themselves - definitely not concerned with customers. The same applies to the hostess.

Too bad the staff was not wonderful - the evening could have been so much nicer if they had been.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to celebrate sister getting a new job! Staff was friendly, attentive. Food delicious. Great night, we’ll come back!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Awful food in a diner-like setting. I was just in Spain this summer and this was an absolute slap in the face. Would have rather eaten fast food

AG
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place for cocktails and Spanish-oriented bar bites. The service was friendly and helpful from the host->bar->table for dinner. They have a great selection of Vermut and other Spanish cocktails in addition to a full bar serving very capable "other" cocktails. The food was delicious with one exception... the meatballs. They were flavorful but overly salty. The Ibérico jamon was delicious. The portion was small but I understand I'm not in Barcelona! Great location, nice atmosphere. I was a chill place. My co-workers who live in SF say that there's better Tapas in the city. I was pleased.

GF
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with friendly and fun service. We will definitely be back!

BB
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable meal, shared with friends prior to going to Hamilton. The ambiance and lighting was delightful and the food delectable. The service was wonderful. Great place. Try it out.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience at Barcino. The food and service are impeccable and I love the Gin Tonic menu. The Tortilla, Gambas, and seasonal salad were delish along with the Jamon Serrano and Pa as go-tos. Thanks for another amazing meal!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall place has gone down hill. Service was poor, waited over 20 minutes in between dishes. Octopus totally overpriced and covered in salad, was this just for decoration? Made it impossible to eat. Pretty disappointed, used to be one of my favorite

m
Central Coast
32 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a celebration dinner on a Saturday night (not opera season). We were greeted warmly. They gave us a booth. Cocktails are a bit of a wait as the bar can get backed up. Food comes out pretty quick. It's a nice place for tapas. The dishes are classed by smaller to larger. Though I wish they were all a bit larger for the prices. There was s croquette dish that had one croquette which was challenging to share, so sharing can be a challenge for groups. However, I have been here a dozen times and love the place. People are friendly and do their best to be accommodating. The food has wonderful flavor combinations and the cocktails are fun. Gin tonics on draft? Yes!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great tapas and cocktails and love the back in the day Fern bar experience.

J
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

4 of us had a pre-opera dinner. We arrived early for a 6 PM reservation and the waiter offered happy hour bargains-500 mL carafe of wine for $15, oysters $1/each as well as the menu. Food was excellent and filling. Hanger steak was particularly good as were the shrimp and beet and fennel salad. Service was excellent with serving plates cleared quickly and new plates provided during the meal. We will be back!

SL
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

First time at Barcino will
Probably be my last time. While service was excellent and the waitstaff very attentive, they cannot make up for the menu and the prices. The gambas we shared were well done and garlicky but the beets with braised fennel was not great- the fennel was more stewed than braised and the flavor
Combo w an odd “hummus” just didn’t work at all. The potatoes were ok. Drinks were good but very $$$. And although we went early to go to a concert, I could barely hear my date over the loud ambient noise. All over - between 3 stars and 3.5 stars. And there should be an icon for overpriced stickershock

TD
New England
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Barcino is nice place to dine. We had the chefs choice. With wine menu that went well together.
Your staff group needs more outgoing people.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The only real problem we had was the woman at the front. Her service was so apathetic and verging on grumpy. We met friends at the bar, very nice service, for pre dinner drinks and then checked in. She wanted to put us at the worst table in the back so we asked to wait until a better one opened up. She just didn’t care about her job and her attitude was rude and unappealing. Pity because I won’t be in a hurry to go back.

c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

The food was good but nothing was suggested or expained to us. The waiter was very rude.

JU
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for pre-Symphony dinner. We had the set tapas menu. Everything was great except the meatballs that were way too salty.
Because of the Symphony, we had to rush off but we could’ve easily lingered to enjoy more.

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