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Bar, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Catalan

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0.3 miles from Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a glass of coke and the glass was dirty, that wasn't a good omen. Waiting staff ignored us for the first 10 minutes, lots of burly men that seemed to resent being in that place to work. food was poor e.g. bravas was more...mayonnaise than potatoes. Other dishes seemed cold in the middle. We went based on the reviews, but the staff don't seem to care enough to do a good job, and there standard of cleanliness makes me worry. They don't care so they don't deserve your money. Find somewhere better. Worst meal so far in Barcelona, don't like writing a bad review but this was so bad. And they didn't seem like they would care if you complained.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

Original catalan tapas bar without touristic people. The tapas so delicious and fresh. The price and quality was perfect!

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed July 28, 2021

Recently spent 10 days in Barcelona and, of course, had tapas in multiple restaurants ranging from the "quick, we need to be on time for Casa Batlló" chain tapas, to several highly rated ones in Barceloneta, El Born, etc. - Jai-Ca was absolutely the best...of all, and in the lower price range, at 50E for a two people meal we couldn't finish (the waiter had to stop us from ordering and told us we're getting a bit too much - so extra points here too!). Also loved the "locals" atmosphere and they had really good sangría too!More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed July 28, 2021

We went there with my friend on a weekday night. The place was not even full but there was a big line in front of it. We went inside, no one asked anything. There were two waiters for the whole place, they were slow and...messy. After 5-6 mins of standing finally we could talk to a waiter. We saw 4 empty tables but he said that they are full and we have to wait. How long? He didnt know. To summarize, we wanted to eat there but the attempt failed.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Compass08283569800, encargado at Jai-Ca, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2021
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Lamentamos el incidente, y le pedimos disculpas de parte de toda la empresa. Nos gustaría averiguar quien no le atendió...More

Reviewed July 20, 2021 via mobile

We visited The place because of positive reviews but unfortunately it was terrible. We ordered sangria - tasted like 2€ sangria from the grocery store adding peaches; for tapas: calamares - chewy and gummy.. and croquettes soaked with fat… big dissapointment. Maybe the place was...fine in the past but nowadays it is not. So sorry to write such review but maybe it will help to improve.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Compass08283569800, responsable de local at Jai-Ca, responded to this reviewResponded July 21, 2021
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lamentamos su decepción, pero equivoca su criterio. Nuestra sangria puede o no gustar, pero se hace al momento con licores,...More

Reviewed July 12, 2021 via mobile

Food was fine (but DONT order the tuna carpaccio). Staff wasn't really friendly and toilets were dirty. Made me question the hygiene...

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed August 2, 2020 via mobile

Located in a small road in barceloneta u can find a superb pulpo a la galiega and bomba (cheese meat ball) ... service can improve however food and atmosphere compensate

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed March 27, 2020

Read the reviews and was craving for some tapas so my partner and I decided to have our first Barcelona lunch here. It's clear the restaurant is popular, seeing as there are 2 branches right across each other and each time we visited, there were...a lot of occupied tables. We were not disappointed. The food was fantastic and the service was excellent. Being foreigners with terrible Spanish, the servers treated us very well and were unerringly polite every time we were there. We ended up sampling most of their tapas and our favorites ended up being: callos, la bombeta, patatas bravas and gambas. Prices were very reasonable (especially compared to the rest of Europe!) and we walked away stuffed. We also ended up trying some of their house wine since it's only an additional €2. Despite not being drinkers we enjoyed it too, and it complemented the food perfectly. I would love to return to Barcelona because the food is amazing, and Jai-Ca is a testament to that fact.More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed March 2, 2020 via mobile

Hate to write a review. One of my requirements when traveling is an authentic experience. That restaurant where everyone spoken English. Trip advisor being the worst source of information. I love meat and potatoes, I’m mid -western, but part of the reason i travel is...to explore new food. Everything was great, no one in the restaurant was speaking English. You can get by if you don’t speak Spanish. There is a menu in English. Bottom line it’s good. The place you’d come back to in your own neighborhood.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed February 22, 2020

I hate to write bad reviews, but I have to when it comes to Jai-Ca. The worst service we had in Barcelona, no one even spoke to us or acknowledged we were there for like ten minutes. Once we did get the chance to order,...it was impossible to simply order the fried calamari they're known for. We got some weird previously frozen dish instead that didn't look like what other people around us had? Service was not nice, no one smiled once, they seemed pissed we were even there?? But all that aside the food was NOT good. Not sure why this place is so well known. It's just lots of fried stuff and its not even that good... SKIP IT!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Response from Spinner47 | Reviewed this property |
There is one large table with seating for at least 20 Book early ! Great Tapas bar
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Response from Andrew M | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I don't think there were TV's...but the food is amazing
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Jai-Ca is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4