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“Awesome!”
Review of Barceloneta

Barceloneta
Ranked #70 of 1,176 Restaurants in Leicester
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Sharonloveshols
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Awesome!”
Reviewed May 30, 2013

Three of us visited on the 24th May for a friends birthday - this place was amazing!
We were ordering 3 dishes each to share, but the waitress kindly pointed out that this would be too much so we ordered 7 dishes - there was still much more than we could eat. We had the traditional paella, scallops in parma ham, goats cheese balls, aubergine fritters, monkfish and prawn skewers, stuffed pepper and the chicken and chorizo skewers. The food came out quite quickly and altogether, a total feast. There was not a single complaint from any of us about any aspect of the food - it was all beautifully cooked and tasted amazing.
The prices are good value around £5-8 per dish dependant on the contents.
Really wish I had been here sooner, will definitely be returning again.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Sharonloveshols
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Paul S, Manager at Barceloneta, responded to this review, February 2, 2014
Hi and thank you for taknig the time to review us.
We are pleased to hear your experience with us was positive and look forward to serving you again in the future.

Regards
Barceloneta
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Lutterworth, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Love this place so much it has become a weekly must”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Great mix of flavours in a wide variety of dishes. Week after week the chefs have a very good consistency so that it is very rare for a dish not to hit the high standard set.

Love the ambience created by the mix of decor, music, food and highly efficent and friendly staff.

The Barceloneta is always busy mid-week when we go, which speaks for itself, when the other restaurants on the same road are usually empty

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank GOLDFINCH59
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Paul S, Manager at Barceloneta, responded to this review, February 2, 2014
Hi and thank you for taking the time to review us.
We are pleased to know you enjoy our restaurant and had a good experience with us,
We look forward to seeing you again.

Regards
Barceloneta
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Leicester
Level 6 Contributor
189 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Tasty tapas”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

Went here with a group of work colleagues who had preordered from the party menu selection. There was ample food for the group and it offered a varied selection. Bar is downstairs so people tended to get up and go and fetch drinks as we didn't want them adding to the groups food bill. We were a party of 12 which was just enough to sit at one table together. Great place to meet friends. Table is only booked for 2 hours some of our group arrived early and were told to wait in the bar until the time of our reservation.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Lian S
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Paul S, Manager at Barceloneta, responded to this review, February 2, 2014
Hi and thank you for taking the time to review us.
We are pleased to know you experience with us was positive and look forward to serving you again.

Regards
Barceloneta
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Leicester, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Awful start to what should have been a lovely evening”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

Upon booking a table for four people at 18:30 on Bank Holiday Sunday I was told that they would require the table back at 20:30, at the time I didn't think this would be a problem - 2 hours is plenty of time for tapas I thought! We were seated down stairs, which unlike the dining room upstairs, is poorly lit and cramped. It was half an hour before anyone came to take a drinks order and a further half an hour before we could order food. (Even then we had to collar a waiter to take our order). By this time I was looking somewhat anxiously at my watch as it was pushing 19:30 and as far as I knew we were being turfed out at 20:30.

The food took another 40 minutes to arrive. Having worked in catering I understand that good food, cooked to order can take a while and was still prepared at this point for the food to make up for anything that may have gone awry before. Unfortunately, when it arrived, the food was exceptionally disappointing. We had ordered beef and goats cheese canapes which arrived lukewarm - the goats cheese was served on toasted bread which was burned on the outside and raw on the inside. The chicken and chili dish was light on both chicken and chili, the chorizo in the chorizo and bacon pasta was tough and mostly fat, to the point that it was inedible, and the stuffed and baked red onions were tough, chewy and (as with pretty much every dish) absolutely dripping in oil. Perhaps the most troubling problem; one of our party was vegetarian and having ordered mushrooms stuffed with spinach was in fact served mushrooms stuffed with chorizo. Unfortunately due to the covering of cheese she had no way of knowing this until she put one in her mouth. Again, I know that mistakes happen, but upon informing one of the waiting staff there was no apology, no offer to remove the item from the bill and the replacement mushrooms were over cooked, oily and really quite nasty.

Any one of these things on their own could have been overlooked if the rest of the experience made up for it, but unfortunately that wasn't the case. What should have been a fun and vibrant start to the evening instead left us all feeling flat, annoyed and a little bit sick. It was far from the start we wanted. Although when we reported the issues we were offered a £20 voucher and bottle of wine on our next visit, I'm not sure we'll want to risk going back making the gesture somewhat empty.

  • Visited May 2013
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5 Thank Cat M
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Paul S, Manager at Barceloneta, responded to this review, September 24, 2014
Hi and thank you for taking the time to review us.

We would just like to apologise for the events that happened on this night over a year and half ago.
We believe that over this period of time our service and food have improved dramatically and we would love to see you give us another chance.

Regards
Barceloneta
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2 reviews
“Always check your bill!”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

This restaurant has great food and atmosphere but they tried to over charge us by nearly ten pounds. When we queried there was no apology, almost as if they knew they'd over charged us. Latest in a long list of gripes against this venue.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank drummerwarrior
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Paul S, Manager at Barceloneta, responded to this review, September 24, 2014
Hi and thank you for taking the time to review us.

I can only apologise for what I am sure was a genuine mistake of over charging you, I am sure you can appreciate with so much wonderful food and drinks on offer in the restaurant that there are many different buttons on the till which could have easily been pressed by mistake.

We do hope you will not be completely put off dining with us again.

Regards
Barceloneta
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