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“Great Service and Food!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Barcelona South Norwalk

Barcelona South Norwalk
63. 65 N. Main St, Norwalk, CT 06854-2703
+1 203-899-0088
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Ranked #5 of 342 Restaurants in Norwalk
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Spanish, Tapas, Wine Bar
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Opened in 1996, the original Barcelona, South Norwalk, has grown from a tiny tapas bar seating 30 to a 140-seat restaurant with two sophisticated, beautiful dining rooms and an outdoor patio. The original 40-foot-long, hand-carved walnut bar is still there, as are the young and young-at-heart who populate South Norwalk in the evenings. SoNo Barcelona showcases the old brick and raw steel of the former factory building it inhabits. It's a touch of SoHo in SoNo, with the food and flavors of the Ramblas.
New York City, New York
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
“Great Service and Food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Stopped in on a whim and we are glad we did. The variety of Tapas was excellent and the wine list is not to be believed! Our young server was eager to please with explanations of all of the dishes. After about 10 different tapas, we were ready for some dessert and it it did not disappoint. With wide variety in taste, we were both able to find something that we loved and the atmosphere was hopping with a great latin jazz band jammin in the corner of the bar. Will definitely return and try the other locations closer to home.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
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English first
Gardiner, Maine
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Underwhelming.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

The Barcelona Wine Bar is a duel of contrasts: a nicely decorated little place with a ton of character - and, unfortunately, some below average food and worse service. IMO, the #3 top restaurant in Norwalk could do a lot better.

SERVICE. In the course of a Sunday night meal that took 75 minutes from start to finish, I saw my waitress twice: once when ordering, and once when paying (had to ask for the check repeatedly). My tapas were brought out by the kitchen staff - not in pairs (as suggested by the waitress), but one by one, which subtracted from the whole tapas experience. Some of the food was extremely rich and could have used bread to go with it (also suggested by the waitress, but never seen on the table).

FOOD. The Albondigas (Meatballs in Tomato Sauce) were quite clearly microwaved - two out of the five were cold. The Beef Empanadas looked great but tasted like they were made at Taco Bell (yes, really). The Roasted Cauliflower was quite good, along with the Wild Mushrooms a la Plancha (enter the lamentable lack of bread and the fact that each dish was brought out individually).

CHECK. $46 (before tip) for four tapas, one glass of wine, and one bottle water ($7 by itself) might be too steep for some. I know it was for me.

BOTTOM LINE. A cute, somewhat overpriced place that thinks itself too trendy to pay attention to consistently good food and service.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Norwalk, Connecticut
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“Excellent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

I ate at Barcelona years ago and was not really impressed. I just ate there last week and not this can become one of my favorites. The chicken and filet were awesome! I do not think I have ever had such tender and tasty (nice and spicy) chicken. The potatoes were awesome (and addicting). The churros and fruit crisp were a nice ending. The service was perfect. Quick and very helpful.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Oh no dont do it”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

A group of friends went.. and the bottome line was, the next day all of us were sick out our mouths and azzzzzz. And if you want to say one of us was sick, then i would agree but the group which i did not know everyone said the same things i was told 2 weeks later.....and the gm who is married tried to pick up my friends wife, a chubby dude with curly hair...lol
Whats with all the places i have been in the past few months in ct with creepy managers, im going to chain places from now.lol or eating take out.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Darien, Connecticut
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“Tasty Tapas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

Very helpful staff to assist you with the menu and the must try Tapas. They also help you with how many plates per table.

Visited August 2012
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