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Review of Casa Barcelona

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Ranked #3,658 of 8,996 Restaurants in Toronto
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Spanish
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Etobicoke
Cross street: Islington Ave
Description: Casa Barcelona has infuenced the growing popularity of Spanish tapas in Toronto's dining scene since its conception twelve years ago. It has become the restaurant by which all other tapas restaurants are measured and continues to be the highest rated Spanish restaurant in the country where its secret to succes is uniqueness. No other restaurant can knock your socks off by offering live entertainmenet every Friday & Saturday, special events such as cooking lessons and wine tasting, and a menu of more than 140 tapas, 50 main courses and the second best selection of wines in Toronto wit over 1100 labels and an inventory of 27000 bottles. Join the tapas craze and choose Casa Barcelona for a one of a kind dining experience.
Reviewed December 14, 2012

As part of the whatTOdo team one of our members evaluated Casa Barcelona and here are some of their thoughts: The service has not yet been perfected but Eduardo Riviezzi who is the owner and chef of the restaurant is very delightful and eager to accommodate all of your cravings. There was barely a moment when our glasses were empty. I was very pleased of how Eduardo would visit each table just to find out if everyone was satisfied and happy with their food and service. Also, he was very welcoming to every guest.

The menu was long but offered a wide variety of different appetizers, soups, salads, and main dishes. The restaurant also had a long wine menu and desert menu offering different kind of meals and drinks for the individual to choose from. The menu was lengthy, and so it gives an extensive assortment of different combinations for individuals who are picky at what they want to order. It took us a while to choose what we wanted to eat since we are not aware of the different meals. Furthermore, for the real wine enthusiast, Casa Barcelona offers a wide-ranging collection of Vintage wines in the restaurants private cellar.

We started the night with ordering some of their famous tapas. We ordered green Spanish olives stuffed with Cabrales cheese and Shrimps wrapped with bacon, and drizzled with olive oil. We also tried the chef's pick of Pan con Tomate. These tapas ranged from $6 to $9 each. The servings/portions of these appetizers were perfect size, perfect to enjoy with a good red wine. For the main dishes we had Paella traditional and Paella de las Ramblas de Barcelona. These meals ranged from $30 to $40 each. Overall, these main dishes were a bit greasy and expensive, but overall they fill you up quickly. It is perfect for an individual who enjoys seafood. For dessert we had Churros con chocolate and Churros con dulce de leche. The dessert in general was good. It was not too sweet but perfect with a coffee as well as the serving was reasonable.

Casa Barcelona is a small cultured restaurant. Based on our visit we discovered that their target market is mainly family-oriented and 35+. The decorations and atmosphere of the restaurant were quite unique and had a cozy sensation to it. Tables covered in white tablecloth and seats were comfortable. The walls were backlit by a soft yellow light, which really created a welcoming and warm feel. The tables are also positioned in a way for easy passing. For a Friday night it was not busy, but reservations are still preferred.

We also experienced a night of belly dancing and the traditional flamenco dancing. The performances were keeping us entertained while we were enjoying the wine and waiting for the food. The music was pleasurable; it was at a comfortable volume that allowed for conversations, without the need of shouting across the table. Overall it was entertaining.

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1  Thank AnastasiaG385
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

Had a enjoyable eveing out with Family members the food was at best average and not huge portions so you need to order alot of different plates, so it makes the evening very expensive.. Although this is a different dining experience with tasting of the foods. The strolling minstrel was an added bonus, and was very good at keeping the crowd entertained. The service was good and the atmosphere could use some updating..the owner/cook who came out to check on us was very friendly as well..

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Thank Fiumes61
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Reviewed August 18, 2012

Had lunch here many months ago, found the tapas ok, but was very expensive and did not make us want to come back.

Thank hienuf
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Reviewed May 5, 2012

Wayyyy over priced for really bad tapas. We went for a date night dinner & found ourselves feeling like we at a comedy show... How could they charge so much for a really crappy dinner. $82 bucks get you scraps of food - zero presentation - sloppy - little flavor but mound of garlic & onions to help mask the taste. Weve had tapas many times before... And really enjoyed them. This is the first restaurant we've ever felt compelled to actually write about...because it truly sucked. Save your money.

4  Thank hairclip1980
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Reviewed March 15, 2012

owner is abnoxious
food and ambiance dirty
food is hit and miss
wine list is not backed by stock

2  Thank John M
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