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El Born / La Ribera
0.1 miles from Museu Picasso
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

There’s a line outside waiting for this great tapas bar to open. Worth the wait. Good food, good cava, friendly and helpful staff even though it’s very busy. Slurp down your anchovies with the house cava, try the calamares con sanfaina (squid with a local...ratatouille)More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Very small place, most likely need to wait to be seated. But it’s so worth it! Great atmosphere and the food is superb, very authentic.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Might be the longest I have waited in line since Studio 54, and worth every minute. Great food great in house homemade cava, unapologetic but enthusiastic servers and a non pretentious attitude. Don’t wait you miss out!

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Tiny space. Doesn't take reservations. Worth the wait! The food and service were exemplary. We were asked if we wanted to wait or share a "big" table with 2 others. we chose the second. The "big" table was barely a 4 top and we quickly...made fast friends with our neighbors!More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant was recommended by several tour guides and apparently is also recommended in a few guidebooks….which is why there’s always a line to get in. I absolutely loved this place and if I wasn’t traveling solo, I would have ordered more. One plus was...that because i was only one, I was seated almost immediately. When you enter this tiny bustling tapas restaurant, you will see people sitting at small tables scrunched together and others standing at any surface area in which they can be served. I was placed at a dresser that was doubling as a table and shared it with another fellow solo traveler in the back of the restaurant. It was cozy and standing room only for us, but I was fine with it. I could see everything coming out of the kitchen. Our waitress was energetic, friendly and helpful and made recommendations including…not to over order. She suggested 2 tapas and said see how I feel after. Her suggestion of a glass of the house cava was perfect. I had anchovies in vinegar — which was so yummy (i don’t usually eat anchovies…but these were delicious and house specialty), the grilled calamari (amazing!!), and the tomato bread. Next time I will also try to clams in garlic sauce and the grilled steak and shishito peppers…and the tortilla omelet. They looked amazing. I did have the mini “napolean” like dessert….perfect bite size. I hope to squeeze in one last meal there before I leave on Sunday. Highly recommend for the food, friendly and brisk service, and cozy ambience.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place , have visited several times over the years . Great welcome each time! Service brilliant , food and drink wonderful, highly recommend!!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 10, 2024 via mobile

we had a fantastic lunch ham and sausage Naturally local to that we got their local cava/champagne definitely worth a visit there is a small queue at lunchtime but it goes quickly to get a table

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 8, 2024 via mobile

This is the best you will be find in the Gothic Quarter, I say this as the wait to just get in takes about 45 mins. It opens at 7pm to a preformed queue! Once your close to the door, they serve home brewed Cava...you whilst you wait. This sets off your appetite and draws you in. The buzz awaits. The menu is amazing, the beef and papers, or the cod and chickpeas - it’s all 100% amazing. Sit, eat slowly and soak in the atmosphere, look sad when your glass is empty- and hurrah it gets filled up, by a welcoming smile and a waitress. I last came 20 years ago and have wanted to return since. A masterpiece in culinary excellenceMore

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed March 23, 2024

Everything about this place is a pleasurable experience. The host/owner, Laura, is a bubbly delight, smiling, laughing and greeting customers with genuine hospitality, while managing the line of people waiting to get in. She makes everyone feel welcome and wanted, offering to bring drinks to...those waiting, setting up tiny tables outside, or offering places at the bar where you can stand and grab a quick bite. The service is lighting fast, with plates coming out of the kitchen or the bar without delay. The food is of exceptionally high quality, no matter what you order. The razor clams, baby clams, mussels and longostine are all exceptional seafood choices. The bar offers up all the usual selections of Jamon Bellota, anchovies, olives and an exceptional tuna ventresca over leeks vinaigrette. Be sure to order some tomato and olive oil drenched Catala bread to enjoy with these savory delights. Don't overlook the uniquely Catalan dishes like chickpeas with cured pork cheeks, baby squid with tiny beans cooked in squid ink or the traditional sausage (not chorizo) on a bed of pureed cauliflower. There are no bad choices here.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 5, 2024 via mobile

Waited in a queue half hour despite it being a Tuesday night but the food was absolutely incredible. Everything we ordered was delicious, the staff were so so helpful and the atmosphere of the place really sealed the deal. Definitely recommend!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed February 23, 2024 via mobile

we stood in line waiting for our turn which was really worth it. The food was good and the staff very attentive and pleasant. Would definitely visit the restaurant again.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 17, 2024 via mobile

Great experience there. Lovely food with good price. Traditional Spanish cuisine. Iberian ham here was especially good. Would definitely come back.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 11, 2024

Great Ambience. Nice fresh food. Signature dish: Anchovies and Sider. Place was full but got in very fast and started standing at the counter on the end of the restaurant, and we were later moved (upon our request) to one of the small tables once...place was available. The service by the waitresses was great, they keep on coming with suggestions but are not pushy. This is an unformal tapas bar that may not be ideal for a romantic or business dinner. But absolutely great with friends. Or on your own!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 8, 2024 via mobile

Excellent small plates to share. Easy to be gluten free ( just don’t orde bread). Baby clams were incredible. The pepper sauce with calamari was outstanding. Pork and peppers were excellent. The xampanyet is very tasty—similar to cava but cheaper. Go early or late to...avoid all the tourists. But if it’s busy it’s worth the wait.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed January 21, 2024

Came here for Tapas as this place was hyped up to me like Victor Wembanyama and it did not disappoint. I came right at opening, thinking it was a savvy vet move. It was not. Apparently the vet move is to get here at least...30 min before opening to get a table. The girl seating people was so talented, calming angry customers with a diffusing smile and doing her best to get everyone in that she could. She was lowkey like cool cute I was crushing a little bit ngl hehehe. Since I was only 1 person, I waited about 10 minutes and was given a standing spot at the bar. It was kind of cool, something so different than I'm used to but I embraced it and enjoyed it. I even met this cool couple at the bar, shoutout to Priyanka and Andrea. The Asian guy behind the bar was so engaging and friendly but was talking me into absolutely everything. Fairplay to him. I was initially just going to get a light meal, but ended up getting talked into the following: Prosciutto w/ bread, Octopus, Calamari, Catalan Sausage w/ beans, Beef Fillet w/Cadron peppers, a dessert, and 4 glasses of red wine. Everything was fantastic, but the beef fillet with peppers was the true standout. El Xampanyet is an absolute MUST when in Barcelona!! IG @jnov_ Tiktok @jnov__More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Sorry but I’m not sure. They were open for lunch and dinner on the two weekdays we visited.
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Response from Sena Ö | Reviewed this property |
It's really small place and really hard to find a place to sit. Most of the people are standing. However I saw couples or friend groups there. If you go early you might find a place.
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