Rude Waitstaff, Poor Service, Mediocre Food.
This place is in my neighborhood and I had been wanting to try it for awhile, so when I spotted a deal for it on Livingsocial, I grabbed a $50 voucher for $25. My husband and I decided to eat there a couple nights ago and it turned out to be a horrible experience.
When we walked in, it was busy & loud -- felt like a sports bar, but LOUD!! We were seated, given bread & hummus (both very good) and drinks by a super nice man. We waited about 15 mins and our waitress finally took our order. We waited and waited and waited. We watched other people's orders come out that had been seated after us and finally asked the waitress if it would be much longer. She said about 6 minutes......15 minutes later, we started receiving some of our dishes. About halfway thru our 3rd dish, the couple right next to us presented their Livingsocial deal to the waitress, which prompted me to give mine to her. She immediately got pissed, told me that I had to purchase $60 worth of food, per the owner's policy. When I told her that the deal wasn't for $60, it was for $50, she stomped off. At that point we were still waiting for one more dish, which we'd ordered about 15 mins prior. Several more minutes go by and the waitress came up and asked if we were ready for dessert. I looked at her and said, "Dessert? We are still waiting on our steamed clams." She puffed her chest out and said "Excuse me, Ma'am, but we are really busy and the kitchen is having problems getting orders out and there is nothing I can do about it," as snotty as she could be -- as if I it was my fault she couldn't keep up with her orders!! Then she stomped off again. I was stunned. I sat there for a minute then hunted her down, told her to cancel the rest of my order and give me my check. She brought over the check which still had the steamed clams on it, which I had canceled. She said that since I had not spent $60, as required (even though this was not stated on the livingsocial offer at all -- the voucher was for $50), she was giving me back my coupon (which she didn't), and I needed to pay the entire check, per the owner. The owner came over and said that his personal policy was to require a $60 purchase to use the $50 voucher and it wasn't his fault the Livingsocial people forgot to state it on the offer. He & my husband argued for a couple minutes and he finally agreed to accept the voucher and tip his own waitress. Good thing, because that was the only conclusion I could come up with, too.
Firefly has much better food, atmosphere, service, as does Extreme Sushi right next door to Barcelona.
The food was not horrible, some of it was pretty good, but not worth the BS, noise and long wait.
More bar than tapas. This local tapas bar, emphasis on bar, is located near the South Point on Southern Highlands Parkway. We were started off with a plate of grilled bread, hummus and an addictive, though spicy, garlic cream cheese spread (2.5 Forks). Our first order was pan fried dates stuffed with almonds wrapped in bacon with a wine reduction sauce and blue cheese (3.5) and quesa fundido, baked cheese in a roasted pepper and tomato sauce (2.5). We then shared an entrée of paella which was mediocre due to the absence of saffron, a good seafood broth and chorizo (2). We concluded the meal by sharing a delicious flan (4).
My new Favorite!.
Me and a group of friends decided to go to barcelona Tapas and bar, and our first impression... the place look nice, quiet, casual, and friendly people around; for my surprise they have big screens every were which I like, it is a big plus if you want to watch TV while you're visiting.
In general the atmosphere is great and the staff is truly friendly (great customer service), you can really feel the coziness of a family own business and great music for ambience.
We tried their Sangria, and we fell in love with it! And their tapas with very decent servings were yummy!.
They have happy hour everyday and all kinds of promotions, they have all the information posted in their website including discount coupons that you can use when you dine in.
In general everything was spectacular!
And I'm very happy to have this new place in my list.
I'm giving it 5 stars! ..Way better than a lot of places on the Strip!
I was told by our server that they have live music Thursdays thru Saturdays, I'm definitely coming back to check this out!
Amazing Gem on Southern Highlands!.
I just moved to the Southern highlands area a couple of months ago, I got a little surprised at home when looking for tapas places on the internet, found this only one review about Barcelona Tapas and Bar, I was amazed by the difference on the reviews of this place in other sites, That I decide giving my personal experience to you, well first off I think making everybody happy is not an easy task, I just want to say I've been several times dining out at other Restaurants and there is always something you might want to complain about, I've been several times at Barcelona Tapas and Bar and every time I had the best times, their always mind blowing food, not to mention their delicious homemade Sangria, and the most friendly staff that I can recall so far in all this years of me been a frequent diner, and to top it off, they have live Music every week from Thursdays thru Saturdays!
I'm giving this place 5 well deserved stars.
Bad Service & Food.
I was looking forward to trying this place since I read about it in the 89148 Magazine back in February. I love tapas and the menu looked so promising…carpaccio with truffle oil, grilled octopus with a red wine reduction, and chorizo clams in a white wine broth. My mouth waters just thinking about these dishes and many more on Barcelona’s menu, but I’m sad to report that this was one of the most disappointing restaurants I’ve ever been to!
It just so happens that I recently acquired a coupon to this restaurant and went to it last Friday. I just want to make it clear that I would have happily tried this place at full price, and the dish I was looking most forward to trying was the carpaccio (you just can’t go wrong with raw beef and truffle oil…I’d hope). My boyfriend and I were seated and greeted promptly. When the server came over to take our drink order, he looked down at my coupon, took it and went straight to the kitchen. Being a server for a long time, I could tell he was not happy that we brought this coupon, but I tried to remedy the situation by being extremely nice. We ordered the carpaccio, pan fried dates, steamed clams, diabla shrimp, grilled octopus, sautéed tilapia, albondigas, and merguez. After a short while the tapas started coming out, and after delivering the first wave, our server said, “I’m sorry, but the carpaccio is very popular and we are running out of it tonight.” I smiled and said disappointed, “oh really?” and he responded, “yes.” Both my boyfriend and I picked up on his wording, but we did not confront him about it. It is my strong belief that they had enough carpaccio for AT LEAST another order, but they didn’t want to waste it on a table with a coupon! As the night progressed our server grew increasingly more impatient and annoyed with our presence. When we got our check he had manually written in an 18% tip…on a table for 2, and I always automatically tip 20% (even when the service is bad)! With a coupon or something comped, I usually tip much more because that’s what fellow service industry workers do…(can you tell how livid I am?) Unfortunately, I wish I could say that only the service was sub par, but the food ranged from ok to not even edible.
Pan Fried Dates- This was the best dish we had from Barcelona. The bacon was cooked well, all of the textures were spot on, and they had a nice savory sweet taste. However, the red wine reduction was way too thin, the blue cheese crumbles were on the stingy side, and Firefly’s are much better.
Steamed Clams- The clams were cooked well, but the chorizo was very dry. The broth also needed more seasoning (this is a common theme).
Diabla Shrimp- I liked this, but again, it was not as good as Firefly’s. A nice spicy sweet sauce with shrimp, but the sauce was a little too thin.
Grilled Octopus- This just lacked seasoning. The octopus was a pretty good texture, not too chewy, but the flavor was bland. For good grilled octopus, try Olives in the Bellagio.
Sauteed Tilapia- Completely inedible! I’m not sure if the kitchen just didn’t care or if they genuinely made a mistake, but the outside of the fish was mushy and the inside was raw. I’ve never seen fish this texture before, and I honestly can’t think of how it happened.
Albondigas- Meatballs in marinara with melted mozzarella on top. These were so dry we drenched each bite in the marinara.
Merguez- A spicy lamb sausage served over roasted red pepper couscous. The sausage was dry and not very spicy. The couscous was a little wet, but it had a good flavor.
The one good thing about our experience was that the man refilling our drinks was extremely friendly! He never let a drink go empty and explained they have live music some nights. I really wish the food had been better so I could give this place a second chance.
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