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La Rioja

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Fri, 4/19
8:00 PM

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#1,110 of 8,984 Restaurants in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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The restaurant La Rioja, located in the heart of Barcelona, offers a market cuisine where modernity, tradition, Catalan and Rioja recipes, balance and variety, family ambience and professional service harmonize.
$17 - $45
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Breakfast
Spanish, European
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service, Highchairs Available
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Reviewed May 10, 2018 via mobile

My sister, my wife and I stopped in during our wanderings through Barcelona. The restaurant is away from the majority of the crowds, which is why it caught our eye. So glad we stopped in. Staff was welcoming, and our inability to speak Spanish was...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank rmcdermid
Reviewed December 22, 2017

Delicious chorizo and bean starter and avocado and shrimp salad. Good steaks in mushroom or pepper sauce with finely cut french fries. The Belle Otero dessert had the nicest fruits possible. The Monsanto Blau tinto was delicious.

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank Gamine1949
Luisa C, Gerente at La Rioja, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2017

Thanks a lot for your opinion. I hope see you again and offer you another dishes to taste.

Reviewed November 10, 2017 via mobile

We visited this small family restaurant because of the glowing Trip Advisor reviews and it was the worst meal we had our entire trip! My paella was so over cooked the prawn meat was turned to dust! My husband had the veal and it was...More

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank bonniebrookints
Reviewed September 27, 2017

We arrived here quite late having not booked anything. The staff were very welcoming and accommodated 5 of us very quickly. The food is really lovely. I can recommend the oven baked hake. One of the best hake dishes I have every had. Its reasonably...More

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank shar1h
Reviewed September 11, 2017

We basically chose this place because of all the stellar reviews for the Paella which was the best in town according to earlier reviews. When we got there at 8:30 there wasn't a soul in the place, which got the wife a little freaked out......More

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank wineguy52
Luisa C, Gerente at La Rioja, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2017

Your opinion hasn't been honest because whit your bill ($86) was included 3 tapas, 1 Rioja red wine bottle and 2 Night menus, the 30% off it isn't apply to menus. I respect you didn't like the paella's taste, but it surprise me because it's...More

Reviewed April 9, 2017

This place was recommended by our cab driver during our family visit. Small little family run restaurant tucked in the city centre but 'BIG' in flavor. We had their signature tapas (not very many varieties which we left it to the Chef) but I must...More

Date of visit: March 2017
Thank dannyng33
MLuisa2, Gerente at La Rioja, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2017

Thanks a lot, I remember your kindly visit. See you next time.

Reviewed February 13, 2017

A quiet and unassuming spot, filled with locals having lunch and delicious specialties. Was recommended by our hotel concierge and definitely a great little spot.

Date of visit: December 2016
Thank Tracy W
Reviewed February 1, 2017

We went on Wednesday tonight in February, so there was only one other table being served. We ordered the "paella menu" which included an appetizer, entree, dessert, and beverage (wine, water, or beer). I had the scrambled eggs with peppers and mushrooms, seafood paella, and...More

Date of visit: February 2017
Thank Michelle31387
Reviewed January 8, 2017

We began looking for New Year's eve reservations 3 days before the holiday upon arrival to the city. We happened upon La Rioja in our travels--We all liked the proposed menu, so we inquired about seating. The host graciously re-arranged the tables to accommodate our...More

Date of visit: December 2016
Thank Martin P
Reviewed December 7, 2016

Although the restaurant looks not special more like a canteen, the Paella was really fabulous and authentic. The service was great and fast. And what more can you want.

Date of visit: December 2016
Thank heikereiner
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Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
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picturesque neighborhood is the very heart of
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under Roman dominion up through the Spanish Civil War
with a vibrant modern-day culture of artisan shops and
authentic culinary experiences. Avid explorers will be
thrilled to discover quaint terraces and plazas
brought to life by the many small bars and local
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