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El Born / La Ribera
0.1 miles from Museu Picasso
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
European, Spanish, Catalan
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The variety, the taste, the authenticity and the presentation is first class. Just can't believe a place could be such perfectly perfect.

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was recommended this place from a friend, and the wait was definitely worth it. Queued for about 30 minutes outside waiting for a table, of which we was offered a drink whilst we waited (lovely touch). The food was absolutely incredible and the staff...was even better. Will be returning every time i come back to Barcelona. The Octopus melts in your mouth, calamari was fantastic, and everything else we tried was spot on. Thank you for a great eveningMore

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is the ❤️ heart and soul of Barcelona! We fly from Florida just to experience your bubbly atmosphere delicious authentic tapas and friendly family. Thank you for making everyday special! Your sweet personality makes the line go quickly and we will always return....Thank you for making everyday special!More

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed May 23, 2022 via mobile

Very busy but brilliant atmosphere, it's quite a small restaurant but always people queuing for a table and it was worth the wait. Recommended to come here by our walking tour guide. Great tapas, best we had in Barcelona and very nice house cava which...went down extremely quickly! Would recommend to anyone, you will be shoulder to shoulder with others in some areas but embrace it!More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed May 6, 2022 via mobile

A great buzzy vibe food tasty and a pleasure to find and well worth the wait. Definitely not main stream don’t shout to loud it will spoil it👍

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed May 2, 2022 via mobile

The vibe in this places is priceless!! Besides the food being amazing, the actual vibe of the people there were amazing and it made you feel like you’re a local in barcelona. The waiters are so nice and were very friendly. There was a line...so maybe try to go earlier than planned. The food was amazing specially if you like seafood.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed April 20, 2022

I love cava and tapas, so this is my happy place. Have now visited twice with family and friends, once we queued half an hour early and managed to get a table, the second time we ate standing at the bar. They make their own...cava which is delicious and comes in Kilner bottles. The food is delightful: my son was still thinking about the pork dish several days later! The pasta dish with meat and cheese is insanely moreish. The fresh anchovies are banging. I could list every dish with an admiring adjective but you get the picture. We just asked the lovely people serving to bring us their recommendations, and they did. We were blessed to be visiting in a group of five so we ate most things on the menu, including the custard dessert to finish. We ate and drank far more than was necessary (but frankly it would have been rude to have eaten less) and it came to £172 in sterling on my bill for the five of us. I can't wait to return.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed April 5, 2022

If you wanna avoid the crowd you should go there by 12 pm just when they are opening. If you are late for 15-20 minutes the whole place will be full and you will have to wait. Once you sit down, be brave and order...the most unusual thing and it will probably be perfect. We ordered olives stuffed w/ real anchovies, mussels in escabetx sauce and baby squid with sta. pau beans. The squid dish was one of the best dishes I've ever eaten in Barcelona. It was extraordinary. If you love seafood with a balance of salt, olive oil and carbs, you must try it.More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed March 19, 2022 via mobile

We asked our waiter to pick the food for us and were not disappointed. Genuine and very good tapas. Amazing staff and local. Just perfect place. Be in time before opening!

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed March 1, 2022

Called in at lunchtime, had to wait 20 mins for a table, mostly tourists in the bar. My smoked cod was superb as was the sausage with polenta. All the taps on the bar looked very tasty. Tiny place, but great atmosphere would definitely recommend...if you are prepared to queue for a table.More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed February 27, 2022

What a great experience. This is just like stepping into a tapas bar in San Sebastian. Its loud, alive and the food is excellent. My wife and I stood at the bar for our lunch. Everything about this place makes you smile. Tortilla (runny in...the middle, oh yes!) Iberico Secreto, anchovies, pan con tomate, a couple of glasses of house cava each, a small pastry and coffees. All served with love and less than 50 euros. Cant wait to return on our next visit to Barcelona.More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed February 20, 2022 via mobile

We came at 8 o’clock and there was a bit of a queue. In total we waited about 45 minutes, but the waiter was super service minded and served drinks and snacks outside. After 9 o’clock the queue was really long and people couldn’t get...in. So it’s a good idea to show up when they open or shortly after. The food was one of the best food experiences we had in BCN. I recommend ordering the pluma iberica and lots of cava. The deserts was also really good.More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed February 11, 2022

You could feel the warm atmosphere already on the street outside the restaurant. Serving sparkling wine special brand. It is a small place so it feels that you almost are invited to a family dinner. The service and genuine positive atmosphere is great. We tried...8 tapas and all were “top notch”. This is a place you should not miss when you are in Barcelona.More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed November 9, 2021

Honestly the most phenomenal meal out I’ve ever had. Queue outside from 18:30 to get a table straight away (opens at 19:00) and order a bottle of their cava (it’s great). The service is friendly and fast, and the atmosphere is amazing. The padrón peppers...with grilled pork, calamari, chorizo tortilla, Catalan pasta and chocolate truffles with salt (dessert) are amazing. Honestly some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. Calamari is a MUST (almost creamed myself when I ate it)… amazing value for the quality you get. You can tell how much care they put into their food. Would give 1000/10 if I could. Thank you!More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed November 6, 2021

You won’t be disappointed, this is a fantastic small tapas bar which we were fortunate enough to stumble across. There was a queue of about 30 people waiting for the bar to open. We joined the queue and just managed to get in. Everything we...tried was fabulous all washed down with their own light sparking wine, can’t recommend enough. The freshly made still warm Spanish Omelette was one of my favourite dishes. Will definitely be back.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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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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Response from Vikavei | Reviewed this property |
I don't think that they take reservations. It's more of a first come first served situation. I would strongly recommend to go earlier before they open especially if it's a larger group of people.
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