Permanently Closed - Barcino

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561 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish
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Hours of operation
Happy Hour
Tue–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(415) 430-6590
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Ryan McIlwraith
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Cross street
Gough
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Parking details
There is a parking garage across the street
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Public transit
Civic Center BART, 49,47,21,5, F
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 561 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.5
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4.4
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Overly pretentious but not particularly good for spanish food. Everything was on the sweeter side, without much flavor.

Drinks were OK. Service was fine. Overall just OK.

T
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This review is somewhat colored by the fact that the electricity in Hayes Valley went down before we could get past the cocktail and a plate of Serrano ham. But I was with an old friend, the wine was pouring and we had a good evening. The staff was very warm, and they let us hang out even though the kitchen had closed.

ZP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I'm sorry to hear it is closing! It's a very nice spot.

o
San Francisco
185 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service & staff. This Hayes Valley destination will be very much missed after February 15th.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great staff and ambiance.

W
San Francisco
107 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed the food overall, but the seafood paella was rather skimpy on the seafood. We'll go again, but stick to the small plates and tapas.

l
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Pre symphony.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great Spanish Food. We are going back to sample more of the menu.

S
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We've been here several times over the last 2 years. Service has fallen off - plates taken prior to finishing or plates not taken at all. Food choices seem to be fewer. Overwhelming use of oil and overly hot spice tend to overpower the flavor profile the Chef was intending. Doubt we'll try it again.

M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Terrible value for money. The paella was mediocre, at best.

E
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice pre-symphony dinner, shared everything. Reasonably quiet in a booth. Good food.

EM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Delicious food and cool spot. The service wasn't very warm or friendly though for me. I probably wouldn't return.

CC
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Disinterested hostes, long waits to get menu, and then no happy hour menu unless you ask for it, no explanation of the oysters your eating, some dishes come out pipping hot (pattatas) some lukewarm ( beefsteak), flan dessert took almost 30 minutes to emerge from the kitchen. When you show up before 6 and its empty, you feel like you could have gotten a bit more attention.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience2

less than mediocre. definitely don't recommend. the food wasn't authentic although the churros were phenomenal.

SB
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and service. We were there for quite a while and never felt pressured to move on. We will definitely be going again for our regular "girls night out".

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Rather pricey, but the tapas and service were very good.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the second time my mother and I dined at Barcino. The first time we sat at the bar and although the food and service were wonderful, because my mom is wheelchair bound due to a stroke, it was a bit too tight. We were walk ins at 5 p.m. and because I didn’t ask for a table, the restaurant was not at fault.

The second time we dined at Barcino was absolutely wonderful, in all aspects. The staff went out of their way to make sure my mother and I were comfortable at a table. Our server this evening was Daniel and he was just fantastic. He was immensely knowledgeable, personable, kind, patient, and thorough. We ate oysters, Pan Tomate, Iberico ham, and Gambas al Ajillo. Everything was perfectly done. The blueberry pear sorbet was outstanding and when my mother and I were indecisive about an after-dinner drink, Daniel was kind enough to offer us a sherry. It was like drinking a smooth, sweet, fig syrup. What a great way to end a perfect dining experience. I also have to mention the staff, especially Daniel, were all so kind to my mother. The majority of what she says is incomprehensible because of the stroke and instead of the staff being intimidated or uncomfortable, as many people are, they did everything they could to make her feel welcome and special. All around, our dinner at Barcino was just perfect. My mother and I are looking forward to returning as soon as we are able.

J
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Great for location--the tapas are Catalan-ish, where the major flavoring for all dishes is just salt.

I've cooked Iberian food at home, since the 1980's and the East Bay has 3 restaurants, no less, where I can go to elevate my game. Of 3 tapas, salt was the predominant/overwhelming flavor--which it should not be in albondigas, pulpo, pa & jamon. {beef veal meatballs, octopus, bread & tomato, and the former + thinly sliced ham.} Be aware that 1/3 of every dish but the pulpo is same slices of olive oil bread--so if you order without for diet reasons, expect a very small dish. I have no medical issues with salt--God help anyone who does. The sometimes-unsubtle Portugese rural small plates that we had through most of August were more subtly flavored and variegated.
A minor point--if you order beer listed (and asked for) as Pilsner, inquire when it comes. Mine was a kolsch--a nice one, but not if you are fussy about your beers

F
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Delicious food, beautifully presented.
Our server was friendly, attentive, responsive and courteous without hovering.
Especially recommend the hamachi plate.

LM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was great and 3 medium shared plates was plenty for my 2 daughters and me, even thought the waiter said we would need more...maybe if there had been a bigger eater, but we were more than satisfied with portions to share. Waiter was OK, and bartender was a bit rude, but food was great.

SD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great New Years Eve dinner at Barcino--great food, service, very fun and pretty affordable for NY Eve! Appreciate that they just had their standard menu and didn't try to make a killing on NYE. Will go again!

MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good vibe, excellent food, and attentive friendly service.

BP
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

New Year's Eve is almost never a restaurant's best night but we were impressed with Barcino for our pre-show dinner. The chef's tapas menu with wine pairing was a great NYE value and the choices were lovely. The wine pairing was exceptional. Service was good, particularly since everyone seemed to have an 8 PM show to make. We will be back!

RB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We arrived for our reserved table just at "closing," but did not feel rushed. (Several tables were occupied when we departed, later.) The Paella (served with dark rice) was available with no restrictions, and (although the menu says, "Up to 40 minutes...") arrived perhaps 20 minutes after ordering. The imaginative small plates were more than enough for 4 of us to share. All in all, we're pleased that, based on prior dinners there, we had recommended Barcino to our friends.

The Paella was more than adequate for 4, and would be too much for 2. We shared two small plates, and the total amount of food was perhaps a bit more than needed.

c
San Francisco
150 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This was our first time here. The cocktails were great, I liked my red sangria. The food/tapas were average. The presentation, sauces on the food and overall taste were just ok. Not sure I would come back.

EA
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Barcino is conveniently located to the Civic Center Arts scene. If you are dashing off to a performance with little time to dine, Barcino's menu of small plates makes "grabbing a bite" literally easy - AND delicious. I loved the hipster crowd - even as one who has aged out of that community. Very relaxing, sexy, and cool destination in Hayes Valley with good picks for meat lovers and vegetarians alike.

IB
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding first dining experience. The cheese plate, pear salad, shrimp and meatballs were delicious! Wait staff great and they get you out before the show. Will definitely be back.

MD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy Barcinos before the symphony. Love the food, waitstaff and location. We’ll be back!

AM
San Francisco
121 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our meal, once again, at Barcino. And, more importantly, so did our guests. Our sister in law is vegetarian, and she found plenty of dishes she loved, and they accommodated this in others by leaving dressings, garnishes, etc, on the side for the rest of us. Thank you, Barcino, for making our Hamilton night very special.

l
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The steak dish was the best entree I've had in SF for a couple of years.

MG
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Overall disappointing portion sizes for the price.Specifically the pulpo dish

D
San Francisco
171 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time here in a two week period. Just as good the second time! We will keep coming back when our plans take us to Hayes Valley.

b
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was tasty and nicely presented but the service was not very attentive

RD
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe, excellent service, INCREDIBLE food, amazing background music, fantastic bartender and host! We will be back!!

LS
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food convenient location.

D
San Francisco
171 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Delicious flavors and a varied tapas menu. Tasty cocktails. Our server, Claire, was professional and helpful. Very sweet. We had plenty of time to catch our show. We will definitely return.

NY
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was mediocre at best.

SB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We ordered the patatas, the carabasseta, papatas, verdura, the pop and a bottle of wine. The carabasseta was good, but the rest of the food was OK. I think the place is overpriced but it is closed to the Davis Symphony hall. But I think there are better places in the area.

l
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had the seafood paella and it was excellent, great crust ont he bottom. The Fall squash sald also excellent.

D
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun place in Hayes Valley. Nice decor and seating options. Fab gin and tonics! Lots of delicious menu choices. We love the tomato bread, prosciutto and salads. Love the bistec and meatball entrees.

Barcino
Responded on November 25, 2019

Thanks so much for sharing! We're glad you had a great experience. Come see us again some time!

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